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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. For the unit in Age of Empires III, see War Wagon (Age of Empires III).

Korean unique cavalry archer unit.
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The War Wagon is the first unique unit of the Koreans in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. It is a mounted archer with very high pierce armor and HP. It fires bolts like a War Galley, but unlike the Scorpion, it does not deal pass-through damage.

War Wagons can be upgraded to Elite War Wagons in the Imperial Age.


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War Wagons function as bulkier Arbalesters with faster movement. This makes them usable as either ranged support, or as a meat shield, or even performing both roles simultaneously. As ranged support, War Wagons can be placed behind melee units such as Halberdiers. They are strong against enemy archers, though Camel Archers and Genoese Crossbowmen are exceptions. However, the higher cost of the War Wagon means they should be taking advantage of their durability. Their role is distinguished from that of typical mounted archers insofar that they are not meant for hit-and-run tactics, owing to their slower movement speed and Rate of Fire. They instead perform similarly to Elephant Archers, as bulky ranged units meant to hold an area or push. Due to their bulk, they can also shrug off most arrow-fire from enemy defenses and attack Villagers from within an enemy Town Center's range.

As meat shields, War Wagons can be placed at the front line, supported by Onagers and Bombard Cannons behind. Compared to melee units, the War Wagon's biggest advantage as front line troops is its ranged attack, which allows them to attack enemy troops without chasing them and breaking the formation. However, War Wagons should not be used as front line troops against Halberdiers and Camel Riders. Elite Skirmishers also deal attack bonus against War Wagons, but unless greatly outnumbered War Wagons will come out on top. Paladins, War Elephants, and Battle Elephants can also overpower War Wagons, but should be wary of Halberdiers. The latter two are inhibited by their slow speed and are less viable than Camel Riders or the Knight line in forcing an engagement. Ghulams, Eagle Warriors and Huskarls can decimate War Wagons due to their high pierce armor and high attack, considering their attack bonuses as well. Finally, due to lacking Heresy, War Wagons are susceptible to conversion by enemy Monks, considering their high value. Despite a War Wagon defeating a Camel Archer in 1 vs 1 due to having much higher hit points, it is still not advisable to face Camel Archers with War Wagons, since they deal high bonus damage and are significantly cheaper.

Because of their beefy statistics and solid speed, War Wagons work decently enough to play the role of raiding units. Besides that, they have a useful attack bonus against buildings, thus focus firing can destroy buildings fairly quickly, all while tanking enemy arrow fire. On maps with narrow paths (e.g. Black Forest), War Wagons can use their large size and collision box to clog the path and prevent enemy troops from advancing and buying some time.

Onagers, Bombard Cannons, and even Trebuchets can do considerable damage to War Wagons, which will have trouble dodging due to their clunkiness and large collision size, though this also helps prevent many War Wagons from taking damage too. Koreans can use Bombard Cannons or their own Siege Onagers to counter the enemy siege. Furthermore, its big collision box hinders its micromanagement even in small groups, and in large groups, it severely cripples their range, unlike other archer units which can stick together in tight spaces. And despite being cavalry archers, hit-and-run tactics do not work very well with War Wagons because of their large size, comparatively low speed, and high attack delay. Also, it should be noted that despite their HP, War Wagons are still vulnerable against melee units.

All these factors should be taken in consideration when using War Wagons, thus the player should be dedicated to using these units smartly and carefully.

Unit comparison[]

WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon line Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer line
Training cost 100 wood, 60 gold 20 wood, 60 gold
Rate of Fire
(equally affected by Thumb Ring)
2.5 2
Speed 1.2 1.4
Armor classes Takes bonus damage from Samurai
Has -1 armor against anti-cavalry-archer attacks
CastleageDE Castle Age WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer
Training time 21 seconds 34 seconds
Hit points 150 50
Armor 0/3 0/0
Pierce attack 9 6
Attack bonus +5 vs Standard Building +2 vs Spearman
Range 4 4
Attack delay 1 0.9
Line of Sight 7 5
Upgrade cost
and time
1,000 wood, 800 gold
75 seconds
900 food, 500 gold
50 seconds
ImperialageDE Imperial Age WarWagonIcon-DE Elite War Wagon Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Training time 21 seconds 27 seconds
Hit points 200 60
Armor 0/4 1/0
Pierce attack 9 7
Attack bonus +5 vs Standard Building +4 vs Spearman
Range 5 4
Attack delay 1 0.88
Line of Sight 8 6

Further statistics[]

As War Wagons are unique to the Koreans, only technologies that are available to them are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, archers, buildings
Weak vs. Cavalry, Genoese Crossbowmen, Huskarls, Mamelukes, Camel Riders, Elite Skirmishers, Eagle Warriors, Mangonels, Monks, Camel Archers
Attack FletchingDE Fletching (+1)
BodkinArrowDE Bodkin Arrow (+1)
BracerDE Bracer (+1)
ChemistryDE Chemistry (+1)
Range FletchingDE Fletching (+1)
BodkinArrowDE Bodkin Arrow (+1)
BracerDE Bracer (+1)
Firing rate ThumbRingDE Thumb Ring (+11%)
Accuracy BallisticsDE Ballistics (hit moving targets)
Armor PaddedArcherArmorDE Padded Archer Armor (+1/+1)
LeatherArcherArmorDE Leather Archer Armor (+1/+1)
RingArcherArmorDE Ring Archer Armor (+1/+2)
Speed HusbandryDE Husbandry (+10%)
Conversion defense Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
Creation speed ConscriptionDE Conscription (+33%)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Kasbah (+25%, with a Berber ally only)
Upgrades EliteUniqueUnitDE Elite War Wagon

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Koreans AoE2 Koreans: War Wagons cost -50% wood. Armor upgrades are free.

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

  • War Wagons train in 25 seconds.
  • War Wagons cost 80 wood, 60 gold.
  • (Elite) War Wagons have 5 (6) range.
  • (Elite) War Wagon deals 4 bonus damage vs. Ram armor class.
  • With patch 1.0b, the War Wagon cost is 120 wood, 60 gold.
  • With patch 1.0b, (Elite) War Wagons have 4 (5) range.
  • With patch 1.0b, War Wagons bonus damage vs. rams was removed.

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

  • War Wagons cost 110 wood, 60 gold.
  • War Wagons train in 21 seconds.

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • With update 87863, the War Wagon's base cost is 200 wood, 60 gold, and the civilization bonus lowers the wood cost by 50%, meaning the cost after the bonus is unchanged.


The Korean kingdom of Koryo was often under attack from all sides — by China, by barbarian civilizations to the north like the Mongols, and by sea raiders. To survive, they needed a strong military. We have hints from scant records that the Koryo were innovative warriors, perhaps being the first to use rockets in combat and carriages of some type. Trains of these wagons could be arranged into temporary fortifications in open areas, providing a mobile, yet substantial, defensive position against mounted enemies. So became the war wagon, a classic chariot with scythed blades and mobile forts from which archers could fire with some protection.


  • Upon its release in The Conquerors, the War Wagon was the archer unit with the highest HP. Since the release of The Forgotten however, the title belongs to the Elephant Archer.
  • The War Wagon was inspired by the hwacha, a wooden cart from the Joseon era capable of firing barrage of rocket arrows.[1] However, while the War Wagon is quick and mobile, a real-life hwacha must be operated stationarily and were used primarily for defensive purposes. In addition, the design of the War Wagon as a two-wheeled cart pulled by horses is probably not based on actual Korean historical units, but instead from ancient Chinese civilian chariots like this one.
  • With 13 attack, a fully upgraded Elite War Wagon has the third highest attack of all ranged units outside of siege weapons and gunpowder units, only behind the Elite Arambai and the fully upgraded Elite Chu Ko Nu, with 15 and 14, respectively.
  • The War Wagon is the only cavalry archer unique unit without Bloodlines, and one of the two unique cavalry archer unique units without Parthian Tactics (the other being the Berbers' Camel Archer).[note 1]
  • Before the Definitive Edition, unlike most units, whose icons usually show their front or upper part of their body, the icon of War Wagon is showing their bottom part (wheel).




  1. the Genitour does not count, as the unit is unaffected by Parthian Tactics and is a shared unique unit via the Berbers' team bonus


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