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Steppe Husbandry is a technology in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Cumans and can be researched at the Castle. Once researched, Scout Cavalry line units, Steppe Lancers and Cavalry Archers are created 100% faster.


Steppe Husbandry gives a similar effect like the Frankish unique technology Chivalry and the Gothic unique technology Perfusion; Further boosting the creation speed of key units of the Cuman army, namely Light Cavalry, Steppe Lancers and Cavalry Archers. If the player wants to create a quick, cost-effective army, this technology is useful, especially by its cost and the fact that all Cuman cavalry already move 10%/15% faster in the Castle/Imperial Age. However, it does not affect Kipchaks or Genitours.

In the Imperial Age, the creation speed can be improved with Conscription, and even more if the player has a Briton and/or a Hunnic ally, which makes their Archery Range and Stable work 20% faster, respectively.


Definitive Edition[]

  • Originally, Steppe Husbandry did not affect Steppe Lancers, and the effect was 400% (though the tech tree incorrectly stated 80%). With update 36202, Steppe Husbandry now benefits Steppe Lancers, and its effect is reduced to 100%.