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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 unit. Heavily armored horse-drawn archer unit.
Age of Empires II description

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

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


Warwagon anim aoe2.gif

War Wagons are one of the strongest ranged units in the game because they possess high HP, high pierce armor, and the highest base attack among all archers. This makes them usable as either ranged support, as damage soaker, 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 and cavalry archers, though Camel Archers and Genoese Crossbowmen are exceptions.

As damage soakers, War Wagons can be placed at the front line, supported by Monks and other ranged units such as Onagers. Compared to melee units, the War Wagon's biggest advantage as front line troops is its ranged attack allow them to attack enemy troops without chasing them and breaking the line. However, War Wagons should not be used as front line troops against Halberdiers and Camel Riders. Skirmishers also deal attack bonus against War Wagons, but unless greatly outnumbered War Wagons will come out on top, and Skirmishers will always be cost-effective against War Wagons. 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. Eagle Warriors and Huskarls can decimate War Wagons due to their high pierce armor, while Samurai and Kamayuks can deal heavy damage to War Wagons, though the Koreans can counter any of those with Hand Cannoneers. Onagers can do considerable damage to War Wagons, which will have trouble dodging due to their clunkiness and large size, though Koreans can use Bombard Cannons or their own Siege Onagers to counter the enemy siege. Finally, due to lacking Heresy, War Wagons are susceptible to conversion by enemy Monks.

Because of their beefy statistics and significantly fast 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.

However, their large size and ability to obstruct can be quite counterproductive, making them more vulnerable against Onager shots, Bombard Cannons, and even Trebuchets. 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 frame 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.

Like other archer units, War Wagons can increase a Castle's attack damage by garrisoning inside it and increasing the amount of arrows fired. A Castle fully garrisoned with War Wagons can even kill a Huskarl in just one volley.

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, Skirmishers, Eagle Warriors, Mangonels, Monks
Attack FletchingDE.png Fletching (+1)
BodkinArrowDE.png Bodkin Arrow (+1)
BracerDE.png Bracer (+1)
ChemistryDE.png Chemistry (+1)
Range FletchingDE.png Fletching (+1)
BodkinArrowDE.png Bodkin Arrow (+1)
BracerDE.png Bracer (+1)
Firing rate ThumbRingDE.png Thumb Ring (+11%)
Accuracy BallisticsDE.png Ballistics (hit moving targets)
Armor PaddedArcherArmorDE.png Padded Archer Armor (+1/+1)
LeatherArcherArmorDE.png Leather Archer Armor (+1/+1)
RingArcherArmorDE.png Ring Archer Armor (+1/+2)
Speed HusbandryDE.png Husbandry (+10%)
Conversion defense FaithDE.png Faith
Creation speed ConscriptionDE.png Conscription (+33%)
Upgrades Elite-unique-research.jpg Elite War Wagon

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Koreans: War Wagons cost -20% wood. Armor upgrades are free.

Team bonuses[]


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.

The Forgotten[]

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

The African Kingdoms[]

Definitive Edition[]

Dynasties of India[]


  • 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.
  • 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).
  • The War Wagon has been speculated to be based on hwacha, a wooden cart from the Joseon era capable of firing barrage of rocket arrows. This theory is supported by an article at the official Age of Empires blog which confirms that the War Wagon is indeed inspired by hwacha.[1] This was also confirmed by one of the designers in a video.[2] However, while the War Wagon is quick and mobile, 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.


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.




WAR WAGON vs EVERY UNIQUE UNIT (Total Resources) - AoE II- Definitive Edition


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Units in Age of Empires II
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Monk · Villager · Trade Cart · Trade Cog · Fishing Ship · Transport Ship
InfantryMilitia · Man-at-Arms · Long Swordsman · Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion
Spearman · Pikeman
ArcherArcher · Crossbowman · Arbalester
Skirmisher · Elite Skirmisher
Hand Cannoneer
Cavalry Archer · Heavy Cavalry Archer
CavalryScout Cavalry · Light Cavalry
Knight · Cavalier · Paladin
Camel Rider · Heavy Camel Rider
SiegeBattering Ram · Capped Ram · Siege Ram
Mangonel · Onager · Siege Onager
Scorpion · Heavy Scorpion
Bombard Cannon
ShipGalley · War Galley · Galleon
Fire Ship · Fast Fire Ship
Demolition Ship · Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon Galleon · Elite Cannon Galleon
UniqueLongbowman · Cataphract · Woad Raider · Chu Ko Nu · Throwing Axeman · Huskarl · Samurai · War Elephant · Mameluke · Teutonic Knight · Janissary · Berserk · Mangudai  · Longboat
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ShipFire Galley
Demolition Raft
UniqueCamel Archer · Genitour · Gbeto · Shotel Warrior  · Caravel  · Organ Gun
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CavalryBattle Elephant · Elite Battle Elephant
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CavalrySteppe Lancer · Elite Steppe Lancer
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CavalryWinged Hussar
UniqueHussite Wagon · Houfnice · Obuch
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia.png Dynasties of India
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