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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms. For other uses, see Organ Gun.

Portuguese unique siege unit. Fires a volley of bullets
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The Organ Gun is the first unique unit of the Portuguese in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms. It is a gunpowder siege weapon that fires a volley of bullets. Like all other unique gunpowder units, Organ Guns do not require Chemistry in order to be trained.

Organ Guns can be upgraded to Elite Organ Guns in the Imperial Age.


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Note: This section is written for Organ Guns since update 81058.

Organ Guns fire many weak bullets in a single volley in a cone-like spray, each of which deals has a tendency to hit a different unit. Due to each of their projectiles being affected by enemy pierce armor, they perform very well against low-pierce-armor units, but their effectiveness falls drastically against high-pierce-armor units or units with pierce armor upgrades (like technologies from the Blacksmith, Gambesons, Fabric Shields etc.). They also perform poorly against buildings, which naturally have high pierce armor. As such, they are meant to be used against masses of foot units. Their weaker projectiles have attack bonuses against infantry and Skirmishers to help negate the latter's moderate pierce armor.

It is advised to always protect Organ Guns, because their minimum range and slow Rate of Fire leaves them vulnerable to melee and siege attacks. Firing from behind allied units and buildings can prevent incoming enemies from exploiting the Organ Gun's minimum range. Halberdiers and Hand Cannoneers pair well with Organ Guns, and can effectively protect them from melee attacks. They are also vulnerable against siege units, especially Bombard Cannons and Siege Onagers, though Elite Organ Guns can barely survive a hit from a regular Onager. Also, despite having an attack bonus against rams, they deal only one damage per projectile, as the attack bonus simply changes the dynamic from the minimum damage to actual one damage (which only helps when attacking rams downhill). As such, they are a poor choice against them, while the rams can deal devastating damage to an Organ Gun, if ordered to attack it.

Comparison with other similar siege units[]

  • Organ Guns and Hussite Wagons fire multiple projectiles which damage different units
  • The Mangonel and Bombard Cannon lines fire a single high damage projectile which deals Area of Effect damage to multiple units caught in the blast radius (the secondary projectiles of the Mangonel line are mostly cosmetic)
  • Scorpions and Ballista Elephants fire projectiles which deal pass-through damage to multiple units in the direction of the projectile

Further statistics[]

As Organ Guns are unique to the Portuguese, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry and archers in dense formation
Weak vs. Cavalry and siege weapons
Conditional matchups Condottieri, Huskarls, Mangudai, and Eagle Warriors
Range SiegeEngineersDE Siege Engineers (+1)
Accuracy UniqueTechImperialDE Arquebus (track moving targets)
Conversion resistance Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE Conscription (+33%)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Kasbah (+25%, with a Berber ally only)
Team bonuses
Conversion resistance Teutons AoE2 Teutons (+3 min, +1 max)
Creation speed Turks AoE2 Turks (+25%)


AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • With patch 4.8, Organ Guns are affected by the Turk's team bonus.

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

  • Organ Guns' minimum range increased (0 (None) → 1) and their anti-infantry attack bonus of +1 was removed.
  • With patch 5.7, Organ Guns' secondary projectiles' damage increased (1 → 2) on hit.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

  • With update 39284, the Portuguese's gold discount increased, decreasing the Organ Gun's cost (60 gold → 56 gold).
  • With update 42848, as a new civilization bonus, technologies that benefit Organ Guns are researched 30% faster.

AoE2Icon-LordsWest Lords of the West[]

  • With update 47820, missed secondary projectiles deal 100% (2) damage, same as secondary projectiles on hit.

Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes[]

  • With update 51737, Organ Guns' projectile speed increased (5.5 → 7.5).

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

  • With update 73855, technologies that benefit Organ Guns are researched 25% faster (from 30%).
  • With update 81058, Organ Guns overhauled:
    • Primary projectiles deal 16 (non-Elite)/20 (Elite → 7/9) damage. Secondary projectiles which dealt 2 damage are removed.
    • It fires more projectiles (5 (both) → 6 (non-Elite)/7 (Elite)), accuracy reduced (50% → 0%), and dispersion reduced (0.75 → 0.25).
    • Deal +1 attack against Infantry; +1 bonus attack against Buildings added for Elite only.
  • With hotfix 82587, Organ guns receive numerous fixes:
    • Secondary projectiles of Organ Guns were removed, making all projectiles primary. This ensured that all projectiles would receive hill bonuses/penalties and that converted Elite Organ Guns would deal intended damage instead of the damage of unupgraded Organ Guns.
    • Missed projectiles deal 100%.
    • They fire less projectiles (6 (non-Elite)/7 (Elite) → 5/6) additional (but primary) projectiles, and dispersion is 0.6.
    • Receive +1 attack against skirmishers.
    • Fixed issues that prevented their projectiles from dispersing properly and caused their projectiles to pass between units without hitting them.

AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals[]

  • With update 61321, (Elite) Organ Gun damage decreased from 7 (9) to 6 (8). (Elite) Organ Gun bonus damage vs Infantry and Skirmishers increased from 1 to 2.


  • Before update 81058, of all siege units capable of attacking, the Organ Gun was the only one without an attack bonus against buildings.
    • It made up for the lack of the attack bonus with its multiple projectiles which did 2 damage each, irrespective of armor of unit, or misses.
  • The Organ Gun is also one of the unique units of the Portuguese in Age of Empires III. Here, it appears as a substitute for the Falconet instead of a siege unit.
  • The Organ Gun, along with the Bombard Tower, is the only unit firing multiple projectiles which does not use the concept of secondary projectiles. As a result, all projectiles are equally affected by hill bonuses/penalties and upgrades.
  • The Organ Gun, Arambai, Chakram Thrower, and secondary projectiles of Hussite Wagons are the only units dealing 100% damage to mishits.


An organ gun, most commonly known as a ribauldequin or rabauld, was a Renaissance-era volley gun with many small-caliber iron barrels set up parallel on a wooden platform, in use during the 14th and 15th centuries. When the gun fired in a volley, it created a shower of iron shot, serving mostly as an anti-personnel gun. The name "organ gun" referred to the artillery's resemblance to a pipe organ, a well-known musical instrument.

The first known ribauldequin was used by the army of Edward III of England in 1339 in France during the Hundred Years' War. Nine-barreled ribaults were used by Milan and other participants in the Italian Wars (1494-1559).


Video overview[]

Units in Age of Empires II
CivilianMaleVillDE Villager · Tradecart aoe2DE Trade Cart · FishingShipDE Fishing Ship · Trade cog aoe2DE Trade Cog · King eu aoe2DE King
ReligiousMonk aoe2DE Monk
InfantryMilitiaDE Militia · Manatarms aoe2DE Man-at-Arms · Longswordsman aoe2DE Long Swordsman · Twohanded aoe2DE Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion aoe2DE Champion
Spearman aoe2DE Spearman · Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Pikeman · Halberdier aoe2DE Halberdier
Eaglescout aoe2DE Eagle Scout · Eaglewarrior aoe2DE Eagle Warrior · EliteEaglewarrior aoe2DE Elite Eagle Warrior
ArcherArcher aoe2DE Archer · Crossbowman aoe2DE Crossbowman · Arbalester aoe2DE Arbalester
Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher · Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer · Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer · ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
CavalryScoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry · Lightcavalry aoe2DE Light Cavalry · Hussar aoe2DE Hussar
Knight aoe2DE Knight · Cavalier aoe2DE Cavalier · Paladin aoe2DE Paladin
Camelrider aoe2DE Camel Rider · Aoe2 heavycamelriderDE Heavy Camel Rider
Battle elephant aoe2DE Battle Elephant · Elite battle elephant aoe2DE Elite Battle Elephant
Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
AoE2DE Armored Elephant icon Armored Elephant · AoE2DE Siege Elephant icon Siege Elephant
SiegeBattering ram aoe2DE Battering Ram · Capped ram aoe2DE Capped Ram · Siege ram aoe2DE Siege Ram
Mangonel aoe2DE Mangonel · Onager aoe2DE Onager · Siege onager aoe2DE Siege Onager
Scorpion aoe2DE Scorpion · Heavyscorpion aoe2DE Heavy Scorpion
Bombard cannon aoe2DE Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet aoe2DE Trebuchet
Petard aoe2DE Petard
Siegetower aoe2DE Siege Tower
War shipTransportship aoe2DE Transport Ship
Galley aoe2DE Galley · War galley aoe2DE War Galley · Galleon aoe2DE Galleon
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley · Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship · Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft · Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship · Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon · Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon
AoE2 Dromon Dromon
ReligiousMissionaryIcon-DE Missionary · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest
InfantryBerserkIcon-DE Berserk · Aoe2de Chakram Chakram Thrower · CondottieroIcon-DE Condottiero · Aoe2-icon-flemish-militia Flemish Militia · GbetoIcon-DE Gbeto · Aoe2de Ghulam Ghulam · HuskarlIcon-DE Huskarl · JaguarWarriorIcon-DE Jaguar Warrior · KamayukIcon-DE Kamayuk · Karambitwarrioricon-DE Karambit Warrior · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Legionary · Aoe2-icon--obuch Obuch · SamuraiIcon-DE Samurai · Aoe2-icon-serjeant Serjeant · Shotelwarrioricon-DE Shotel Warrior · TeutonicKnightIcon-DE Teutonic Knight · ThrowingAxemanIcon-DE Throwing Axeman · Aoe2de Urumi Urumi Swordsman · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest · WoadRaiderIcon-DE Woad Raider
ArcherArambaiicon-DE Arambai · CamelArcherIcon-DE Camel Archer · ChukoNuIcon-DE Chu Ko Nu · AoE2 CompositeBowman Composite Bowman · ConquistadorIcon-DE Conquistador · GenitourIcon-DE Genitour · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Genoese Crossbowman · Imperialskirmishericon-DE Imperial Skirmisher · JanissaryIcon-DE Janissary · Kipchakicon Kipchak · LongbowmanIcon-DE Longbowman · MangudaiIcon-DE Mangudai · PlumedArcherIcon-DE Plumed Archer · Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Ratha · Rattanarchericon-DE Rattan Archer · SlingerIcon-DE Slinger · WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon
CavalryBallistaelephanticon-DE Ballista Elephant · BoyarIcon-DE Boyar · Aoe2de camel scout Camel Scout · CataphractIcon-DE Cataphract · Aoe2de roman unique centurion icon Centurion · Aoe2-icon-coustillier Coustillier · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel · ImperialCamelRiderIcon-DE Imperial Camel Rider · Keshikicon Keshik · Konnikicon Konnik · Leitisicon Leitis · MagyarHuszarIcon-DE Magyar Huszar · MamelukeIcon-DE Mameluke · AoE2 Monaspa Monaspa · Aoe2de ratha melee Melee Ratha · AoE2 Savar Savar · Aoe2de shrivamsha rider Shrivamsha Rider · TarkanIcon-DE Tarkan · WarElephantIcon-DE War Elephant · Aoe2-icon-winged-hussar Winged Hussar
SiegeAoe2-icon--houfnice Houfnice · Aoe2-icon-hussite-wagon Hussite Wagon · OrganGunIcon-DE Organ Gun
War shipCaravelIcon-DE Caravel · LongboatIcon-DE Longboat · Aoe2de Thirisadai Thirisadai · TurtleShipIcon-DE Turtle Ship