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Yeomen is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors that is unique to the Britons and available at the Castle. Once researched, it increases foot archer range by +1 (including Skirmishers) and tower attack by +2.


The Yeomen research combined with their civilization bonuses gives the Britons' foot archers the longest attacking range in the game and makes their Longbowmen even more effective at range. With Yeomen, Briton towers also perform better against small-sized attacks, especially with Arrowslits researched as well. It is difficult to research in the Castle Age, as it is prohibitively expensive, and so it is generally researched in the Imperial Age. However, it is theoretically possible to achieve a range of 9 for Briton Crossbowmen and Longbowmen in the Castle Age. It also affects Skirmishers, unlike the Briton bonus of +1/+2 range in the Castle/Imperial Age, giving them a range of 8 in the Castle Age and 9 in the Imperial Age - the same effect in terms of range that the technology Atlatl gives to Aztec Skirmishers.


The Conquerors[]

  • Yeomen is available in the Imperial Age only.
  • Yeomen only affects the first arrow of towers.

The Forgotten[]

  • Yeomen moved to Castle Age.

The African Kingdoms[]

  • With patch 4.8, Yeomen affects the secondary arrows of towers.


The longbow developed in Wales became a favored British weapon under Edward I, who quickly understood how it could be effectively deployed. British longbowmen played havoc against French armies throughout the Hundred Year’s War. British free men, called yeomen, were skilled and highly motivated by self-interest. The pay and loot from a successful campaign in France could set up a man in business for life.