The Iron Boar is a special unit appearing in campaigns of The Conquerors and The Forgotten. A much more powerful variant of the Wild Boar, it provides a tough challenge for any attacker, boasting 350 hitpoints, and an attack more powerful than most units. Unlike other boar variations, the Iron Boar does not possess attack bonuses vs mounted units or Eagle Scouts.
Originally, Villagers cannot hunt and gather from the Iron Boar despite being advertised to hold 700 food. If commanded to attack the Iron Boar, Villagers will stand still. Even if the Iron Boar is triggered to fight Villagers by ordering them to attack in conjunction with soldiers, the Villagers will remain immobile and let themselves be killed.
In the HD Edition and the Definitive Edition, the Iron Boar can be hunted and gathered from by Villagers like a common huntable animal. However, the Iron Boar's high attack and HP makes this much more micromanagement intensive, and liable to result in Villager deaths than hunting Wild Boars. Villagers also take more time, and gather more food from the Iron Boar before taking it to a dropsite, which paradoxically results in a large portion of the Iron Boar's meat being lost to spoiling.
The Iron Boar appears in the first scenario of the Attila the Hun campaign, the first scenario of the HD Edition version of the Prithviraj campaign, and in the final scenario of the El Dorado campaign. In the former, Attila is invited by his brother, Bleda the Hun, to hunt down the Iron Boar. In the second, if the player chooses to go hunting, Prithvi will encounter the Iron Boar near a river in the hunting ground. In the third, several Iron Boars have been summoned by a witch to attack a village, but the player can make them leave by killing the witch.
Attila - The Scourge of God
Since Bleda betrays the player soon after they kill the Iron Boar, it is best to let the Iron Boar fight with Bleda so that Bleda will barely defeat the Iron Boar, allowing Attila to easily kill him when Bleda springs his ambush. Attila may also choose to skip the Iron Boar altogether and choose to betray Bleda before they even begin to fight the Iron Boar; or leave the camp whereupon Bleda takes control of the Huns but leaves some followers for Attila. Another method is to kill the Boar, then run back to the camp so the player can control all Bleda's units.
Prithviraj - A Promising Warrior
When the player encounters the Iron Boar after crossing the river (near a waterfall), the Iron Boar will attack. Instead of killing it, they should lure it by retreating until the Iron Boar gets into the river and is drowned at the waterfall. They may then safely cross the river.
|Animals in Age of Empires II|
|Herdables||Sheep · Turkey · Cow · Llama · Goat · Pig · Water Buffalo · Goose|
|Huntables||Deer · Ostrich · Zebra · Ibex|
|Aggressive huntables||Wild Boar · Javelina · Iron Boar · Elephant · Rhinoceros|
|Wild animals||Wolf · Dire Wolf · Rabid Wolf · Jaguar · Bear · Lion · Crocodile · Tiger · Komodo Dragon · Snow Leopard|
|Marine animals||Shore Fish · Snapper · Tuna · Perch · Salmon · Marlin · Dorado · Dolphin · Box Turtles|
|Other||Horse · Wild Horse · Camel · Wild Camel · Bactrian Camel · Wild Bactrian Camel · Donkey · Stormy Dog|
|Military||Furious the Monkey Boy · Alfred the Alpaca · Penguin|
|Heroes||Ornlu the Wolf · Hunting Wolf|