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                        + AGE OF EMPIRES II: THE CONQUERORS +
                      _________________________________________
    
                             THE GUIDE TO UNIQUE UNITS
    
                           -by Andy "Andy007" Banh
                           -ultimaweapon2k@netscape.net
                           -AIM: ultimaweapon2k
                           -Last update: 5-19-02 (v1.2)
                           -Created: 4-27-02
    
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    that.  Enjoy!!!
    
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       CONTENTS
    
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    I.  UNIQUE UNITS
         A.  Archers
         B.  Cavalry
         C.  Infantry
         D.  Monks
         E.  Ships
         F.  Siege
    
    II.  MISCALLENEOUS INFO
    
    
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    U N I Q U E * U N I T S 
    
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    | U S I N G  --  T H I S  --  G U I D E :                                 |
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    |Example:                                                                 |
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    |((((  (A.) Unit  ))))                                                    |
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    |  (B.) During Medieval times...                                          |
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    | |(C.) NAME    |(D.) HP |(E.) ATK  |(F.) A/PA  |(G.) RANGE |(H.) COST   ||
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    |-UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE:(I.)                                                   |
    |-WEAKNESSES:(J.)                                                         |
    |-ATTACK BONUS:(K.)                                                       |
    |-PROS:(L.)                                                               |
    |-CONS:(M.)                                                               |
    |-STRONG AGAINST:(N.)                                                     |
    |-UPGRADES:(O.)                                                           |
    |-BLACKSMITH:(P.)                                                         | 
    |                                                                         |
    |  (Q.) This unit is fairly good...                                       |
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    | {R.}"fan@home.com" has an effective strategy in using this unit...      |
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    KEY:                                                                      |
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    A.(UNIT) - The unit's name, and what civilization has it.                 |
    B.(BACKGROUND INFO) - Historical background on the unit, derived from the |
                          official AOK and TC manuals.                        |
    C.(NAME) - The unit's name, as it appears in the game.                    |
    D.(HP) - The total hit points of the unit.                                |
    E.(ATK) - The base amount damage of the unit, how much it can damage.     |
    F.(A/PA) - The base Armor of the unit, high Armor reduces damage from     |
               normal enemy attacks.                                          |
               The base Pierce Armor of the unit, high PA reduces damage from |
               arrows.                                                        |
    G.(RANGE) - The base range of a ranged unit.  The longer the range, the   |
                farther it can attack from, one tile in the game is one       |
                range.                                                        |
    H.(COST) - The base cost of the unit.                                     |
    I.(UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE) - The specialty of the unit, making it unique.       |
    J.(WEAKNESSES) - What the unit is weak against, based on other units.     |
    K.(ATTACK BONUS) - Extra damage done against certain unit(s).             |
    L.(PROS) - Good qualities about the unit.                                 |
    M.(CONS) - Bad qualities or weaknesses about the unit.                    |
    N.(STRONG AGAINST) - What the unit dominates against.                     |
    O.(UPGRADES) - Techs that boost the quality or abilities of the unit.     |
    P.(BLACKSMITH) - Techs at the Blacksmith that will boost the Attack/Armor |
                     of the unit.                                             |
    Q.(ANALYSIS) - Is the unit worth building or not?                         |
    R.(CONTRIBUTED STRATEGY) - Strategies and tactics contributed by gamers   |
                               for that unit. (I am no way responsible for    |
                               the content, if there are problems with it,    |
                               e-mail the contributor.)                       |
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    ========+ ARCHERS +=========
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    -----------------------
    ((((   CHO-KU-NU   )))) -- CHINESE 
    -----------------------
    
    The crossbow was invented in China in ancinet times and the chu ko nu was an
    improved crossbow invented there during European Middle Ages.  The chu ko nu
    was something like a semi-automatic crossbow.  It was fitted with a magazine
    of bolts.  When the operator pulled back the bowstring, a new bolt was
    automatically loaded.  When the bowstring reached its limit, the weapon fired
    automatically.  The operator pulled back as quickly as he could to maintain a
    rapid fire.  The weaknesses of the weapon were a short range and weaker power
    compared to larger single-shot crossbows.
    
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |NAME                    | HP   | ATTACK  | A/PA  | Range | Cost         |
    |------------------------|------|---------|-------|-------|--------------|
    |Cho-Ko-Nu               | 45   | 6       | 0/0   | 4     | 40 W, 35 G   |
    |------------------------|------|---------|-------|-------|--------------|
    |Elite Cho-ko-Nu         | 50   | 8       | 0/0   | 4     | 40 W, 35 G   |
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Rapid firing arrows, with a pause in between a few fired
    shots in a row.
    -WEAKNESSES: Mangonels, Bombard Cannons, Longbowmen, Woad Raiders, Huskarls,
                 Eagle Warriors
    -ATTACK BONUS: nothing
    -PROS: Attack damage
    -CONS: Range
    -STRONG AGAINST: Swordsmen, Pikemen, slow units, Camels
    -UPGRADES: Ballistics (Better accuracy and faster firing rate) -- University
               Thumb Ring (100% accuracy) -- Archery Range
               Chemistry (+1 Attack) -- University
               Rocketry (+2 Attack) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
               Elite Cho Ku Nu (950 F, 950 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Fletching(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Feudal Age
                 Bodkin Arrow(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Castle Age
                 Bracer(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Imperial Age
                 Padded Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Leather Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Ring Archer Armor(+2 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         The Cho Ku Nu are good supporting units for a group of cavalry, so
    Mangonels and Onagers don't completely decimate them.  They can take out
    Infantry exceptionally well(except for Huskarls and Woad Raiders).  But
    the lack of range makes them less efficient on killing enemies before they
    reach.  Even with their high archer HP, Longbows destroy them from range.
    
    ---------------------
    ((((  JANISSARY  ))))  -- TURKS
    ---------------------
    
         Some of the best units in the Turkish armies were the janissaries.  
    These men were slaves captured as children and raised under Islam to be 
    fanatical warriors.  They wore white headgear and marched into battle 
    accompanied by music.  They fought on foot with a variety of weapons, 
    including early firearms when these weapons reached the Middle East.  The
    military was their entire life and they took great pride in their ability.
    They led the successful assault into Constantinople and the unsuccessful 
    Turkish attacks against Malta and Vienna.
    
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    | NAME                  | HP   | ATK   | A/PA  | Range  | Cost             |
    |-----------------------|------|-------|-------|--------|------------------|
    | Janissary             | 35   | 17    | 1/0   | 8      | 60 F, 55 G       |
    |-----------------------|------|-------|-------|--------|------------------|
    | Elite Janissary       | 40   | 22    | 2/0   | 8      | 60 F, 55 G       |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Stronger than Hand Cannoneer
    -WEAKNESSES: Mangonels, Longbowmen, Paladins
    -ATTACK BONUS: Infantry
    -PROS: Strong Attack
    -CONS: Slow attack rate.
    -STRONG AGAINST: Infantry, Camel, Slow Units
    -UPGRADES: Ballistics (Better accuracy and faster firing rate) -- University
               Thumb Ring (100% accuracy) -- Archery Rang
               Elite Janissary (850 F, 750 G) -- Imperial Age (at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Padded Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Leather Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Ring Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Although they are stronger than Conquistadors with damage, Janissaries
    aren't so strong when it comes to HP and armor.  They'll fall quickly to
    Onagers or masses of scorpions.  Paladins are also effective.  But since
    they are effective in masses, no infantry will be able to touch them.
    
    ----------------------
    ((((  LONGBOWMEN  )))) -- BRITONS
    ----------------------
    
         The longbow was very tall, 5 or 6 feet long, and crafted from a single
    piece of wood, commonly yew.  It fired 3-foot-long arrows at a great range
    and, in the hands of an expert, could be extremely accurate.  Edward I
    (Longshanks) of England grasped the value of this weapon and the English 
    thereafter employed large contingents of longbowmen in their Middle Age
    armies.  All sports other than archery were banned on Sundays in Britain to
    ensure that archers practiced.  The long bow was used effectively in 
    longe-range barrages against massed troops, firing thin pointed arrows
    called bodkins that could pierce armor.  Arrows were fired simultaneously 
    by thousands of archers and aimed at a distant area rather than a specific
    target.  Enemy troops within the area were forced to receive the barrage with
    no cover but their armor and shields.  The barrage caused casualties and 
    reduced enemy morale.  The most famoius examples of this tactic were the 
    great English victories at Crecy, Poitiers, and Agincourt during the Hundred
    Years War.  French knights recalled with horror the awful sound of thousands
    of arrows in flight and the sky turning dark from their shafts.
    
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | NAME                | HP    | ATK  | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST             |
    |---------------------|-------|------|-------|--------|------------------|
    | Longbowman          | 35    | 6    | 0/0   | 5      | 35 W, 40 G       |
    |---------------------|-------|------|-------|--------|------------------|
    | Elite Longbowman    | 40    | 7    | 0/0   | 6      | 35 W, 50 G       |
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Long range
    -WEAKNESSES: Mangonels, Huskarls, Paladins, Woad Raiders, Eagle Warriors
    -ATTACK BONUS: nothing
    -PROS: Range
    -CONS: Low HP, Slow fire rate
    -STRONG AGAINST: Swordsmen, Pikemen, slow units, Camels
    -UPGRADES: Ballistics (Better accuracy and faster firing rate) -- University
               Chemistry (+1 Attack) -- University
               Elite Longbowmen (850 F, 950 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
               Yeomen (+1 Range)
    -BLACKSMITH: Fletching(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Feudal Age
                 Bodkin Arrow(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Castle Age
                 Bracer(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Imperial Age
                 Padded Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Leather Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Ring Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Longbows are great at range, possibly the one of the most useful
    ranged units in the game.  Although their attack is mediocre, their range
    allows them to destroy masses of enemies before they can reach.  However,
    longbows fire at a slow rate, and are very vulnerable when enemies reach
    them.  Longbows are not strong enough to survive the hits of siege weapons,
    thus they must be backed up. 
    
    --------------------
    ((((  MANGUDAI  )))) -- MONGOLS
    --------------------
    
         The Mongols were united by Genghis Khan, who took them off on a campaign 
    of conquest that reached from the Pacific to the Mediterranean to Central 
    Europe.  The Mongols were superb horsemen and each warrior kept a stable of
    ponies so that fresh mounts were always available.  The strength of the 
    Mongol armies was the horse archer firing a composite bow from the saddle.
    The best of these archers, called the mangudai, used great tactics to catch 
    enemies at a disadvantage.  They used feints and traps to wear out enemy 
    cavalry and shoot it to pieces.  Slower troops could be shot to pieces at 
    range with little risk.  Enemy armies were exhausted and shattered without
    ever coming to grips with the elusive mangudai.  The main weakness of the 
    Mongol army was that only great leaders could keep it together.  When the 
    great Khan or later leaders died, the army dissolved into factions bickering
    for primacy.
    
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    | NAME                | HP    | ATK   | A/PA   | Range   | Cost            |
    |---------------------|-------|-------|--------|---------|-----------------|
    | Mangudai            | 60    | 6     | 0/0    | 4       | 55 W, 65 G      |
    |---------------------|-------|-------|--------|---------|-----------------|
    | Elite Mangudai      | 60    | 8     | 1/0    | 4       | 55 W, 65 G      |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Fast firing Cavalry Archer
    -WEAKNESSES: Mamelukes, Camels, Paladins, Spearmen, Huskarl, Woad Raiders,
                 Onagers
    -ATTACK BONUS: Siege weapons
    -PROS: Fast Attack and Attack damage
    -CONS: Range and Armor
    -STRONG AGAINST: Siege, Monks, Infantry
    -UPGRADES: Ballistics (Better accuracy and faster firing rate) -- University
               Thumb Ring (100% accuracy) -- Archery Range
               Parthian Tactics (+2A/+2PA) -- Archery Range
               Chemistry (+1 Attack) -- University
               Husbandry (+10% Speed) -- Stable
               Bloodlines (+20 HP) -- Stable
               Elite Mangudai (1100 F, 675 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Fletching(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Feudal Age
                 Bodkin Arrow(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Castle Age
                 Bracer(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Imperial Age
                 Padded Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Leather Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
    
         The mangudai is a versatile and mobile.  With its attack bonus against 
    siege, it makes them almost unstoppable.  Yet Mangudai mixed in with hordes
    of Paladins and Siege will destroy almost anything.  Masses of Mangudai
    are useful to pick off infantry and isolated siege.  Mangudai are able to
    hold off a lot of enemies, but when siege overpowers them, they have no chance.
    Mangudai are the best at hit-and-run tactics.
    
    -------------------------
    ((((  PLUMED ARCHER  ))))  -- MAYANS
    -------------------------
    
         The natives of Central America had developed the bow and used it in 
    combat.  Their bow technology was not far advanced, in comparison to the Asian
    composite bow or English longbow.  Archers could be ordered to wound when
    capture of enemies was more important than killing.  Like all other Mayan
    warriors, archers wore distinctive costumes so commanders could distinguish
    their troops and place the right group where needed.  The status of archers 
    was low in comparison to other warrior ranks, so men of lower standing and
    skill entered their ranks.  men of status and ambition joined the ranks of
    the Eagle Warrior where they could have the opportunity to take captives.
    
    The better skilled and experienced bowmen became Elite Plumed Archers.  They
    were especially important when absolute victory was required because they
    had the ability to kill enemies quickly and break enemy army morale under
    a barrage of well-aimed arrows.
    
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    | NAME               | HP    | ATK   | A/PA   | Range   | Cost           |
    |--------------------|-------|-------|--------|---------|----------------|
    | Plumed Archer      | 50    | 5     | 0/1    | 4       | 46 W, 46 G     |
    |--------------------|-------|-------|--------|---------|----------------|
    | Elite Plumed Archer| 65    | 5     | 0/2    | 5       | 46 W, 46 G     |
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Fast speed (foot archer)
    -WEAKNESSES: Onagers, Woad Raiders, Huskarls, Eagle Warriors, Paladins
    -ATTACK BONUS: nothing
    -PROS: Speed
    -CONS: Attack and range
    -STRONG AGAINST: Swordsmen, Pikemen, slow units, Camels, Archers
    -UPGRADES: Ballistics (Better accuracy and faster firing rate) -- University
               Thumb Ring (100% accuracy) -- Archery Range
               Chemistry (+1 Attack) -- University
               Elite Plumed Archer(500 F, 1000 W) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Fletching(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Feudal Age
                 Bodkin Arrow(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Castle Age
                 Bracer(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Imperial Age
                 Padded Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Leather Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Ring Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Plumed Archers are a convenient way of handling infantry, at a low cost.
    Although they are cheap, these archers are weak in attack, with very short
    range.  The good point though, is that their HP is high as well as their
    Pierce Armor, thus making them strong against enemy archers.  With their
    fast foot speed, they can outrun Infantry, but Cavalry becomes a problem
    for these archers.  Even though they can avoid Onager shots, they won't
    avoid a devastating charge of Huskarls or Paladins.
    
    ---------------------
    ((((  WAR WAGON  ))))  -- KOREANS
    ---------------------
    
         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.
    
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    | NAME                 | HP    | ATK   | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST            |
    |----------------------|-------|-------|-------|--------|-----------------|
    | War Wagon            | 150   | 9     | 0/3   | 5      | 80 W, 60 G      |
    |----------------------|-------|-------|-------|--------|-----------------|
    | Elite War Wagon      | 200   | 9     | 0/4   | 6      | 80 W, 60 G      |
     -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Armored Cavalry Archer
    -WEAKNESSES: Onagers, Woad Raiders, Huskarls, Eagle Warriors, Paladins,
                 Camels, Mamelukes, Pikemen
    -ATTACK BONUS: nothing
    -PROS: High Pierce Armor
    -CONS: Consumes too much space.
    -STRONG AGAINST: Swordsmen, slow units, Archers
    -UPGRADES: Ballistics (Better accuracy and faster firing rate) -- University
               Thumb Ring (100% accuracy) -- Archery Range
               Chemistry (+1 Attack) -- University
               Husbandry (+10% Speed) -- Stable
               Elite War Wagon(1000 W, 800 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Fletching(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Feudal Age
                 Bodkin Arrow(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Castle Age
                 Bracer(+1 Attack, +1 Range) -- Imperial Age
                 Padded Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Leather Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
    
         War Wagons are quite the powerful archers.  With high pierce armor and
    HP, they can survive the hits of Onagers, archers, castles, and even Paladins.
    However, since they take up so much space, it makes them harder to use and
    maintain.  Their slow firing rate lets units hit them twice before getting 
    off another shot.
    
    --------------------------------------
    ==============+ CAVALRY +=============
    --------------------------------------
    
    ----------------------
    ((((  CATAPHRACT  )))) -- BYZANTINES
    ----------------------
    
         The Byzantine army carried on many of the military traditions of the
    old Roman Empire into the Middle Ages.  This was a professional force that
    was well trained and well led.  Officers studied tactics and command.  The
    army was organized into formal units that maintained their own traditions
    for centuries.  The best units in the Byzantine army were partially armored
    cavalrymen called cataphracts.  They fought with several weapons, including
    the bow and sword.  With plains to the east and north of their empire,
    the cataphract was ideally suited for combat against unarmored cavalry of
    their enemies.  The Byzantine army went into decline partially because it
    lost the plains of Asia Minor from which it had drawn both horses and 
    cavalrymen for service as cataphracts.
    
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    | NAME               | HP     | ATK    | A/PA     | RANGE    | COST        |
    |--------------------|--------|--------|----------|----------|-------------|
    | Cataphract         | 110    | 9      | 2/1      | 0        | 70 F, 75 G  |
    |--------------------|--------|--------|----------|----------|-------------|
    | Elite Cataphract   | 150    | 12     | 2/1      | 0        | 70 F, 75 G  |
     --------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Trample damage
    -WEAKNESSES: Paladins, Mameluke, War Elephants
    -ATTACK BONUS: Infantry
    -PROS: Trample damage, no true counter against Cataphracts
    -CONS: Costly
    -STRONG AGAINST: Swordsmen, Foot Archers, Monks, Siege
    -UPGRADES: Husbandry (+10% Speed) -- Stable
               Elite Cataphract(1600 F, 800 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
               Logistica (Trample Damage tech) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Scale Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Plate Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Cataphracts are the ultimate Byzantine answer against numerous units,
    it is one of the best overall units in the game.  The cost of them for 
    upgrades is hard to maintain, and they are way too valuable to lose, since
    their cost to produce is also expensive.  Groups of Cataphracts can 
    annihilate swarms of infantry quickly, and even a line of Halberdiers. 
    Because they have no true weakness, this makes them dominate in battles.
    
    ------------------------
    ((((  CONQUISTADOR  )))) -- SPANISH
    ------------------------
    
         Spanish adventurers who set off to conquer the New World became known 
    as Conquistadors.  These men were an assortment of disposed sons of the 
    nobility and soldiers of fortune looking for adventure and loot.  Most were
    soldiers without employment.  They arrived in the New World with a great
    technical advantage in weapons over the natives who could not stand up to 
    steel swords, firearms, and mounted lancers.  The horse was particularly
    terrifying to the first natives who encountered it.  Mounted men were thought
    to be some sort of new creature, half man and half four-legged beast.  Thanks
    to the spread of European diseases before them and advantageous use of native
    allies on occasion, ridiculously small armies of Conquistadores conquered
    with relative ease the two great American civilizations, the Aztecs and the
    Incas.
    
         Within the ranks of the European adventurers who invaded the New World 
    there were soldiers of superior ability and determination who became Elite
    Conquistadors.  These were the men who lead the charges against seemingly 
    insurmountable odds and triumphed due to their superior weapons and grim
    resolve.
    
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    |NAME                    | HP   | ATK   | A/PA  | Range | Cost           |
    |------------------------|------|-------|-------|-------|----------------|
    |Conquistador            | 55   | 16    | 2/2   | 6     | 60 F, 75 G     |
    |------------------------|------|-------|-------|-------|----------------|
    |Elite Conquistador      | 70   | 17    | 2/2   | 7     | 60 F, 75 G     |
     ------------------------------------------------------------------------
    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Mounted Cannoneer, with fast speed.
    -WEAKNESSES: Mangonels, Camels, Mameluke, Paladins
    -ATTACK BONUS: Infantry
    -PROS: High HP, high attack, high armor
    -CONS: Slow attack rate
    -STRONG AGAINST: Infantry,e Archers, slow units
    -UPGRADES: Ballistics (Better Accuracy, faster firing rate) -- University
               Bloodlines (+20 Cavalry HP) -- Stable
               Husbandry (+10% Cavalry Speed) -- Stable
               Elite Conquistador (1200 F, 600 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Padded Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Leather Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Ring Archer Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Conquistadors pack devastating blows in groups, annihilating anything
    coming towards it.  With an attack bonus against Infantry, it is hard for
    Pikes to get close.  But their slow firing rate is a flaw, which faster
    and stronger units can get hits off of them before they can shoot.  Archers
    have almost twice the firing rate of conquistadores.  These units are tough,
    costly, but valuable.
    
    --------------------
    ((((  MAMELUKE  ))))  -- SARACENS
    --------------------
    
         The mamelukes were slaves trained as warriors by various Arab leaders,
    partially because early believers in Islam would not fight each other.  
    Slave warriors got around this ban.  The mamelukes were well trained and
    highly motivated.  A mameluke army from Egypt won a rare victory against 
    the Mongols in Syria, turning these barbarian horsemen back from the Nile
    and North Africa.  In time the mamelukes rose up against their Arab rulers
    and took control themselves.  When Napoleon invaded Egypt in the
    eighteenth century, he defeated a mameluke army at the Battle of Pyramids.
    
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    | NAME              | HP     | ATK     | A/PA   | RANGE   | COST          |
    |-------------------|--------|---------|--------|---------|---------------|
    | Mameluke          | 65     | 7       | 0/0    | 3       | 55 F, 85 G    |
    |-------------------|--------|---------|--------|---------|---------------|
    | Elite Mameluke    | 80     | 8       | 1/0    | 3       | 55 F, 85 G    |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Melee Cavalry Unit
    -WEAKNESSES: Archers, Hand Cannoneers, Onagers, Scorpions, Camels
    -ATTACK BONUS: All Cavalry
    -PROS: Counters tough cavalry units
    -CONS: Cost and Attack
    -STRONG AGAINST: All Cavalry
    -UPGRADES: Husbandry (+10% Speed) -- Stable
               Bloodlines(+20 HP) -- Stable
               Zealotry(+30 HP) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
               Elite Mameluke(1000 W, 800 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Blast Furnace(+2 Attack) -- Imperial Age
                 Scale Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Plate Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Mameluke are one of the most effectively used units in the game.  They
    counter any cavalry, destroying them in a matter of seconds.  Mameluke are
    the ultimate answer against War Elephants and Paladins, and there also seems
    to be no counter against Mamelukes.  But their poor armor and HP keeps them
    at bay, at risk if they get hit by a shot of an Onager.  The range of Mamelukes
    also makes them sufficient, to destroying lines of Infantry and Cavalry.
    They make mincemeat out of Paladins.
    
    ------------------
    ((((  TARKAN  ))))  --  HUNS
    ------------------
    
         The use of the stirrup by the Huns gave them a technological advantage
    against other armies when they advanced toward the west in the 3rd century.
    They could set themselves in their stirrups and charge into a target with
    a lance.  The impact of a lance point transferred the force of the combined
    moving man and horse, thanks to the stirrup.  With rare exceptions (notably
    Alexander's Companion cavalry) horsemen prior to this had rarely been 
    effective with a lance or spear.  The appearance of thousands of barbarian
    cavalry using spears so effectively forced dramatic change in warfare at
    the end of antiquity.  The Roman legions were forced to put more emphasis
    on cavalry in support of their legions and eventually hire barbarian
    horsemen as mercenaries.  Heroes of Hunnic, and Mongolian, armies were
    known as Tarkans.
    
    The best of the Hunnic light horsemen were Elite Tarkan warriors.  They rode
    hard, hit with surprise, and could withdraw as quickly if the situation was
    not advantageous.  The mobility of the Elite Tarkan warriors made them
    devastating radiers, but their light cavalry status put them at disadvantage
    against heavily armored horsemen in close combat.
    
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    | NAME               | HP   | ATK   | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST                |
    |--------------------|------|-------|-------|--------|---------------------|
    | Tarkan             | 90   | 7     | 1/2   | 0      | 60 F, 60 G          |
    |--------------------|------|-------|-------|--------|---------------------|
    | Elite Tarkan       | 150  | 11    | 1/3   | 0      | 60 F, 60 G          |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: None
    -WEAKNESSES: Paladins, Camels, Mameluke, Pikemen
    -ATTACK BONUS: Buildings
    -PROS: High HP, High Pierce Armor
    -CONS: N/A
    -STRONG AGAINST: Foot Archers, Siege, Buildings
    -UPGRADES: Husbandry (+10% Speed) -- Stable
               Bloodlines(+20 HP) -- Stable
               Elite Tarkan(1600 F, 800 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Blast Furnace(+2 Attack
                 Scale Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Plate Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         The Tarkan is an excellent unit rushing your enemies.  As your Paladins
    destroy units, Tarkans will raze buildings quickly, they can even destroy
    take down Castles.  The only thing with Tarkans is that they are only useful
    overall in razing towns.  Tarkans don't have any attack bonuses against
    specific units.
    
    ------------------------
    ((((  WAR ELEPHANT  ))))  -- PERSIANS
    ------------------------
    
         The last civilization in the Middle East to employ war elephants was
    Persia, who got their elephants from India.  The war elephant was a powerful
    complement to an army, especially against troops with no experience against
    them.  They were very difficult to kill, but remained difficult to control
    also.  If they could be directed into an enemy formation, the enemy troops
    always fell back in disarray.
    
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    | NAME               | HP   | ATK   | A/PA    | RANGE  | COST              |
    |--------------------|------|-------|---------|--------|-------------------|
    | War Elephant       | 450  | 15    | 1/2     | 0      | 200 F, 75 G       |
    |--------------------|------|-------|---------|--------|-------------------|
    | Elite War Elephant | 600  | 17    | 1/3     | 0      | 200 F, 75 G       |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Trample Damage
    -WEAKNESSES: Camels, Mameluke, Pikemen, Monks
    -ATTACK BONUS: Buildings
    -PROS: High HP, high attack
    -CONS: Costly
    -STRONG AGAINST: Buildings, foot archers, swordsmen
    -UPGRADES: Husbandry (+10% Speed) -- Stable
               Bloodlines(+20 HP) -- Stable
               Mahouts(+30% Speed) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
               Elite War Elephant(1600 F, 800 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Blast Furnace(+2 Attack) -- Imperial Age
                 Scale Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Plate Barding Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
     
         War Elephants are slow moving units, making them vulnerable to
    conversion or hits.  But, since they have such high HP, it makes masses of
    elephants unstoppable.  Archers have a tough time in taking out hordes
    of elephants, as well as all other units.  Halberdier are the answer, since
    they are cheap and have a major attack bonus versus elephants.  Elephants
    are great in invading towns, for anyone who does not know how to counter
    elephants is dead.
    
    -------------------------------------------
    =============+ INFANTRY +==================
    -------------------------------------------
    
    --------------------
    ((((  BESERKER  ))))  -- VIKINGS
    --------------------
    
          Late in the eighth century Viking sea raiders from Scandinavia
    appeared suddenly in Northern Europe.  They raided and plundered costal
    communities for the next 150 years.  Most of the progress made by 
    Charlemagne in uniting Northern Europe and beginning a rebirth of 
    civilization was erased by the turmoil they caused.  The Vikings were
    known for their great seamanship and ferocity in battle.  Witnesses
    claimed that Viking warriors would occasionally go "beserk" and attack
    with nearly inhuman zeal, oblivious to all danger.  Such behavior was
    terrifying to behold and very difficult to withstand.  The ability to
    go mad with battle lust was a powerful attribute during a period of
    widespread superstition.
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    | NAME           | HP    | ATK    | A/PA   | RANGE   | COST            |
    |----------------|-------|--------|--------|---------|-----------------|
    | Beserker       | 48    | 9      | 0/0    | 0       | 65 F, 25 G      |
    |----------------|-------|--------|--------|---------|-----------------|
    | Elite Beserker | 60    | 14     | 2/0    | 0       | 65 F, 25 G      |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Slowly regenerates HP
    -WEAKNESSES: Cataphracts, Archers, Hand cannoneers
    -ATTACK BONUS: Buildings
    -PROS: High attack, regeneration of HP
    -CONS: Slow regeneration of HP, lack of pierce armor
    -STRONG AGAINST: Other infantry, skirmishers, buildings
    -UPGRADES: Tracking(+2 LOS) -- Barracks
               Squires(+10% Speed) -- Barracks
               Beserkergang(faster regeneration speed) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
               Elite Beserker(1300 F, 550 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Blast Furnace(+2 Attack) -- Imperial Age
                 Scale Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Plate Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Beserkers are one of the strong types of infantry.  They have high
    attack, cost little, thus are good to swarm with along with other units.
    The problem with Beserks is that their regeneration is much too slow,
    and acquiring damage from multiple units is too much for them to recover
    from, they cannot regenerate that quick.
    
    -------------------
    ((((  HUSKARL  ))))  -- GOTHS
    -------------------
    
         Within the Germanic tribes that overran the Western Roman Empire and 
    brought in the Dark Ages, including the Goths, tribal leaders kept a 
    personal retinue of warriors known as huskarls.  These men served their 
    chiefs fanatically in return for a large share in any plunder the tribe
    could grab.  Huskarls trained for battle continuously and had few other
    duties.  A chief had to be successful in acquiring plunder, however, or risk
    being removed or abandoned.  As the Dark Ages progressed, huskarls were
    absorbed into the feudal system as vassals of lords.  They remained a lord's
    or king's personal fighting force but often became responsible for their
    own support on lands given to them by their chief.  This system replaced
    much of the sharing of plunder.
    
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    | NAME              | HP   | ATK   | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST                |
    |-------------------|------|-------|-------|--------|---------------------|
    | Huskarl           | 60   | 10    | 0/6   | 0      | 80 F, 40 G          |
    |-------------------|------|-------|-------|--------|---------------------|
    | Elite Huskarl     | 70   | 12    | 0/8   | 0      | 80 F, 40 G          |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: None
    -WEAKNESSES: Other Infantry, Cavalry, Hand Cannoneers
    -ATTACK BONUS: Buildings, Archers
    -PROS: High pierce armor
    -CONS: Poor armor
    -STRONG AGAINST: Archers, buildings
    -UPGRADES: Tracking(+2 LOS) -- Barracks
               Squires(+10% Speed) -- Barracks
               Elite Huskarl(1200 F, 550 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Blast Furnace(+2 Attack) -- Imperial Age
                 Scale Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
    
         Huskarls are like thick armored infantry walking with a bunch of arrows
    stuck in them.  They can withstand showers of arrows, and tear up archers
    easily.  Their high attack and pierce armor makes it easy for them to destroy
    Watch towers, Castles, and a group of archers.  But unfortunately they lose
    against all other infantry because of their lack of sufficient armor.  Since
    the Goths have the Perfusion tech, you can produce masses of these guys in
    minutes.
    
    --------------------------
    ((((  JAGUAR WARRIOR  ))))  -- AZTECS
    --------------------------
    
         Antoher rank of Aztec fighter was the Jaguar Warrior, who was more
    heavily armed and armored than the Eagle Warrior.  Their role was probably
    to be the heavy infantry of the army and to engage the enemy main body.
    They likely had the advantage in combat against lighter troops that were
    caught off-guard or foolish enough to engage the heavier Jaguar Warrior.
    These warriors wore jaguar headpieces and clothing that represented jaguar
    fur.  The jaguar was chosen as the totem for warriors because it was the
    fiercest predator in the Central American jungles.  In combat, they used 
    an obsidian-bladed sword known as a macana.  Although it lacked the 
    penetration power of steel weapons, the macana was able to keep a razor-sharp
    edge. 
    
    The best of the Jaguar Warriors were promoted to Elite status.  These were
    veterans of demonstrated skill who carried the best weapons and were the best 
    fighting soldiers available.
    
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    | NAME                   | HP   | ATK  | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST              |
    |------------------------|------|------|-------|--------|-------------------|
    | Jaguar Warrior         | 50   | 10   | 1/0   | 0      | 60 F, 30 G        |
    |------------------------|------|------|-------|--------|-------------------|
    | Elite Jaguar Warrior   | 75   | 12   | 2/0   | 0      | 60 F, 30 G        |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: None
    -WEAKNESSES: Cataphracts, Archers, Hand Cannoneers, Cavalry
    -ATTACK BONUS: Infantry
    -PROS: High Attack
    -CONS: Lack of pierce armor
    -STRONG AGAINST: Other Infantry
    -UPGRADES: Tracking(+2 LOS) -- Barracks
               Squires(+10% Speed) -- Barracks
               Garland Wars(+4 Attack) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
               Elite Jaguar Warrior(1000 F, 500 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Blast Furnace(+2 Attack) -- Imperial Age
                 Scale Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Plate Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age 
         
         Jaguar Warriors are awesome against destroying enemy infantry, they
    can decimate groups of Champions or Pikes for you or your allies.  
    Questionably, the only other infantry that seems to beat the Jaguar 
    Warrior is the Teutonic Knight.  Jaguar Warriors have high armor, but
    lack of pierce armor, they are very vulnerable to castle arrows.
    
    -------------------
    ((((  SAMURAI  ))))  -- JAPANESE
    -------------------
    
         When knights were coming into dominance as lords and warriors in 
    Europe, a similar social and military change was taking place 
    simultaneously in Japan.  A weak central government and a scramble for control
    of land gave rise in Japan to a local military ruling class called the samurai.
    These men of noble birth trained continuously in the military arts, as well
    as various cultural arts.  They put great emphasis on honor and tradition,
    as did European knights with the code of chivalry.  Samurai fought with a 
    variety of weapons, including the bow and their unique curved swords made of
    the strongest steel.  They sought out high-ranking enemies on the battlefield
    for personal duels and were trained to seek death in battle to increase their
    aggression and avoid hesitancy.
    
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    | NAME              | HP   | ATK  | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST              |
    |-------------------|------|------|-------|--------|-------------------|
    | Samurai           | 60   | 8    | 1/1   | 0      | 60 F, 30 G        |
    |-------------------|------|------|-------|--------|-------------------|
    | Elite Samurai     | 80   | 12   | 1/1   | 0      | 60 F, 30 G        | 
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: None
    -WEAKNESSES: Archers, Cavalry, Hand Cannoneers
    -ATTACK BONUS: other Unique Units
    -PROS: Attack bonus vs. Unique units
    -CONS: Weak overall
    -STRONG AGAINST: Other infantry, unique units, buildings
    -UPGRADES: Tracking(+2 LOS) -- Barracks
               Squires(+10% Speed) -- Barracks
               Elite Samurai (950 F, 875 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Blast Furnace(+2 Attack) -- Imperial Age
                 Scale Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Plate Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Although Samurai are exceptionally strong against other civ unique
    units, they have many weaknesses and downfalls.  First, they cannot stand
    through a shower of arrows.  Samurai must be supported by Trebuchets if
    they go attacking towns.  Masses of Samurai are easily disposed of by 
    ranged units.  Their attack bonus against unique units is helpful, but
    it isn't probable that your enemy will ONLY use their unique unit.  It's
    likely they will have support units, or something to counter Samurai.
    
    ---------------------------
    ((((  TEUTONIC KNIGHT  ))))  -- TEUTONS
    ---------------------------
    
         At the height of the Christian Crusades into the Holy Land, German
    crusaders formed an order of warrior monks called the Teutonic Knights.
    This order gave up crusading in the Eastern Mediterranean and turned its
    attention to Eastern Europe.  Through conquest they brought Christianity
    to the Baltic region and forests of what became Prussia.  They built 
    castles from which they could control the surrounding countryside.  The
    Teutonic Knights were committed warriors who carved out an empire that 
    lasted into the twentieth century.
    
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    | NAME                  | HP  | ATK  | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST            |
    |-----------------------|-----|------|-------|--------|-----------------|
    | Teutonic Knight       | 70  | 12   | 5/2   | 0      | 85 F, 40 G      |
    |-----------------------|-----|------|-------|--------|-----------------|
    | Elite Teutonic Knight | 100 | 17   | 10/2  | 0      | 85 F, 40 G      |
     -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: None
    -WEAKNESSES: Hand Cannoneers, Cataphracts, Onagers, Scorpions
    -ATTACK BONUS: Buildings
    -PROS: High Attack and Normal Armor
    -CONS: Speed
    -STRONG AGAINST: Paladins, Infantry, Buildings
    -UPGRADES: Tracking(+2 LOS) -- Barracks
               Squires(+10% Speed) -- Barracks
               Elite Teutonic Knight (1200 F, 600 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Blast Furnace(+2 Attack) -- Imperial Age
                 Scale Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Plate Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Teutonic Knights are basically tanks to take out any melee unit.  
    With their high armor, they can take on any melee unit without taking 
    too much harm.  The upgrade from normal to elite is a big jump, and very 
    well worth it. Yes, they are one of the few units that kill Paladins.
    Teutonic Knights have the highest attack of any Infantry unit in the game,
    but they are one of the slowest units at the same time, which makes 
    controlling them a big, big, hassle.  This makes them vulnerable targets
    to the blasts of Hand Cannoneers, or a spray of rocks from Mangonels
    and Onagers.  Teutonic Knights also make easy conversions for enemy
    monks.  So thus like any other unit, you must have support with all types
    of units.  Teutonic Knights are one of the best units in raiding buildings.
    
    ---------------------------
    ((((  THROWING AXEMAN  ))))  -- FRANKS
    ---------------------------
    
         The Franks took their name from the axe that was their preferred
    weapon in ancient times.  They continued to use the axe into the Dark
    Ages and their warriors were especially noted for their ability to throw
    this axe in battle.  The axe was well balanced and could be hurled a 
    good distance by a strong man.  Franks carried several axes into battle,
    holding on to one for hand-to-hand combat.  As they advanced they could
    pick up axes thrown previously to replenish their supply of missiles.
    Throwing axemen were especially good against light troops wearing little
    armor.  Carrying axes was also useful for dismantling fortifications.
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    | NAME                  | HP  | ATK  | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST            |
    |-----------------------|-----|------|-------|--------|-----------------|
    | Throwing Axeman       | 50  | 7    | 0/0   | 3      | 55 F, 25 G      |
    |-----------------------|-----|------|-------|--------|-----------------|
    | Elite Throwing Axeman | 60  | 8    | 1/0   | 4      | 55 F, 25 G      |
     -----------------------------------------------------------------------
    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Ranged infantry
    -WEAKNESSES: Archers, Cavalry, Hand Cannoneers, Onagers, Scorpions
    -ATTACK BONUS: Buildings
    -PROS: Range
    -CONS: Slow, lack of armor and high attack.
    -STRONG AGAINST: Buildings, Skirmishers
    -UPGRADES: Tracking(+2 LOS) -- Barracks
               Bearded Axe(+1 Range) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
               Elite Throwing Axeman (1000 F, 850 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Blast Furnace(+2 Attack) -- Imperial Age
                 Scale Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Plate Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Throwing axemen stand no chance against most units alone whatsoever,
    but with the support of Frankish Paladins, they make a formidable team.
    The advantage Throwing Axemen have over infantry is their range, and thus
    in groups they can take out multiple units before they can reach.  
    Unfortunate for the Axemen, archers will dominate them due to their lack
    of pierce armor and slow speed.  Since the Franks lack the Squires tech,
    it degrades Axemen, making them vulnerable targets to anything with 
    range.  Although cheap, they have many overall weaknesses.
    
    -----------------------
    ((((  WOAD RAIDER  ))))  -- CELTS
    -----------------------
    
         Woad is a plant found in the British Isles from which a blue pigment
    can be extracted.  Celtic warriors painted themselves with this pigment
    prior to battle to look more fearsome and unnerve their enemies.  Celtic
    warriors had been raiding more developed areas of Britain and Europe since
    ancient times.  The Scots, for example, were originally Irish raiders who
    took lands from the Picts in north Britain that became Scotland.  When the
    English sought to conquer the Celts inhabiting Ireland, Wales, and Scotland
    during the Middle Ages, the Celts were at a great disadvantage against the
    English mounted knights.  The Celts often turned to guerrilla tactics, 
    raiding English settlements and withdrawing before English armies.  Raiders
    painted with woad devastated the borderlands.  A renowned woad raider was
    William Wallace of Scotland who rampaged through Northern England for a
    decade.
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    | NAME                | HP  | ATK  | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST                |
    |---------------------|-----|------|-------|--------|---------------------|
    | Woad Raider         | 65  | 8    | 0/1   | 0      | 65 F, 25 G          |
    |---------------------|-----|------|-------|--------|---------------------|
    | Elite Woad Raider   | 80  | 13   | 0/1   | 0      | 65 F, 25 G          |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: None
    -WEAKNESSES: Cavalry, Cataphracts, Hand Cannoneers
    -ATTACK BONUS: Archers, buildings, siege
    -PROS: Fast speed
    -CONS: Lack of normal armor
    -STRONG AGAINST: building, archers, siege
    -UPGRADES: Tracking(+2 LOS) -- Barracks
               Squires(+10% Speed) -- Barracks
               Elite Woad Raider (1000 F, 800 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Forging(+1 Attack) -- Feudal Age
                 Iron Casting(+1 Attack) -- Castle Age
                 Blast Furnace(+2 Attack) -- Imperial Age
                 Scale Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Feudal Age
                 Chain Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+1 Pierce Armor) -- Castle Age
                 Plate Mail Armor(+1 Armor/+2 Pierce Armor) -- Imperial Age
    
         Got problems with ranged units, or siege units taking out your town?
    A mass of Woad Raiders combined with Halberdier and siege can easily handle
    your problem.  Woad Raiders have many advantages over archers and sneaking
    up on siege units.  Unguarded Trebuchets and Onagers become dead meat 
    against Woad Raiders.  Since they also cost cheap, you can produce many
    without destroying your economy.  They are essential to your success in 
    winning with the Celts, along with Celtic infantry and siege.
    
    ------------------------------
    =========+ MONKS +============
    ------------------------------
    
    ----------------------
    ((((  MISSIONARY  )))) -- Spanish(2)
    ----------------------
    
         As Europeans gradually came to understand that Columbus had opened 
    the door to two complete continents, they awoke to the desirability of
    converting the potentially immense native population to Christianity.
    The Spanish, Portuguese, and other European nations sent monks called
    missionaries into the New World to bring about conversion and salvation.
    To be a missionary required great faith, a strong constitution, and great
    zeal.  They often were required to plunge into the wilderness amongst
    peoples of radically different cultures and beliefs.  Many missionaries
    suffered despair, torture, and death at the hands of natives who resisted
    the message being brought to them or identified the monks with the 
    disease and conquest that accompanied them.
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    | NAME                | HP   | ATK  | A/PA  | RANGE   | COST            |
    |---------------------|------|------|-------|---------|-----------------|
    | Missionary          | 30   | 0    | 0/0   | 7       | 100 G           |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Fast monk
    -WEAKNESSES: Cavalry, archers, Siege
    -ATTACK BONUS: None
    -PROS: Faster than monk
    -CONS: Gold consuming cost
    -STRONG AGAINST: Slow moving units
    -UPGRADES AT MONASTERY: Redemption (convert some buildings and siege)
                            Fervor (+15% speed)
                            Sanctity (+50% HP)
                            Atonement(convert other monks)
                            Block Printing(+3 conversion range)
                            Illumination(recharges faith faster)
                            Theocracy(Only 1 monk must rest after group conversion)
                            Faith(Enemies find it harder to convert your units)
                            Heresy(Your converted units die)
    
         Missionaries are almost useless in most game types, except for random
    map when you are conserving your units.  They have less range than monks,
    but greater speed to dodge Onager fire.  Other than that, missionaries 
    are a waste of your gold supply.  It's unlikely that your enemy will allow
    you to convert their hordes.  
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Here, "Pete (pelirrojo111@aol.com)" states an effective strategy in 
    irrating and converting enemy's villagers and trade carts, driving him 
    paranoid with conversions.
    
    "I found that they are really good at converting stragglers from a group,
    or villagers gathering far away from the enemy town.  In a game where you
    have an ally and you can use the trade carts to rack up unlimited gold,
    getting a horde of around 40 missionaries and searching the map for any
    stray units works fairly well.  Also, they are very good at harassing an
    enemy's economy.  It really screws someone up when all of their carts are
    being converted and then when he sends his army to kill the missionaries
    they are already halfway across the map convering the villagers at his
    base because of their fast speed.  Also, as long as you have high hitpoint
    units in front of them, you can get a huge horde of upgraded missionaries
    and convert all the melee units in someone's army, leaving them with only 
    ranged units, forcing them to retreat.
    
    This next one is just common sense, but it proves the missionary's usefulness.
    Even with fervor researched, monks are still really slow.  Because of this, an
    enemy can bring out an army from his base and intercept your forces halfway
    across the map.  By the time you kill those units and you[are] almost at his
    base, he will have a whole new army waiting for you at the gates.  Once you 
    get there, you need to wait for the monks, because attacking without them is
    suicide.  You don't have this problem with missionaries, because they can
    keep up with the rest of the army.  It is fun to get a ton of missionaries and 
    a ton of conquistadors and watch the conquistadors mow down everything in their
    path while the missionaries heal the conquistadors and convert anything that
    gets close enough to attack."
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    ==========+ SHIPS +=============
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    ((((  LONGBOAT  )))) -- Vikings(2)
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         The Viking raiders of the ninth century through eleventh centuries were
    especially terrifying because they could strike anwhere along the seacoast 
    and even upriver.  They had this capability thanks to their longboats.  These
    ships were long, narrow, and of shallow draft, but were surprisingly seaworthy.
    They used oars and a single sail for propulsion.  Longboats could be taken
    into very shallow water and beached.  Only a coast with high bluffs or rocky
    shoreline was safe from them.
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    | NAME                 | HP   | ATK  | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST                |
    |----------------------|------|------|-------|--------|---------------------|
    | Longboat             | 130  | 7    | 0/6   | 6      | 100 W, 50 G         |
    |----------------------|------|------|-------|--------|---------------------|
    | Elite Longboat       | 160  | 8    | 0/8   | 7      | 100 W, 50 G         |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: Fires multiple arrows
    -WEAKNESSES: Bombard Cannons, fire ships
    -ATTACK BONUS: None
    -PROS: Fires multiple shots
    -CONS: Weak shots
    -STRONG AGAINST: Galleons, Demolition ships, Cannon Galleons
    -UPGRADES: Dry Dock (+15% speed) -- at Dock
               Careening (+1 Pierce Armor) -- at Dock
               Chemistry(+1 attack) -- University
               Ballistics(fires faster, better accuracy) -- University
               Elite Longboat (750 F, 475 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    -BLACKSMITH: Fletching(+1 attack, +1 range)
                 Bodkin Arrow(+1 Attack, +1 Range)
                 Bracer(+1 attack, +1 range)
    
         Rarely, will most people battle in water maps and wage war on the
    sea.  So its unlikely you'll ever use ships unless you need them for 
    defense in a lake or for war in the ocean.  Longboats prove helpful in
    the Castle Age against all ships, but once you hit Imperial, Cannon
    Galleons do the damage and have all the range you need.  By the Imperial
    Age, Longboats become obsolete.  In fighting sea wars, they fire quick,
    but aren't strong enough to take out a group of Cannon Galleons firing
    from unreachable range.
    
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    ((((  TURTLE SHIP  ))))  -- KOREANS(2)
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         Under attack by samurai Japan in 1592, the fate of Korea and perhaps
    China depended on breaking the invader's supply lines at sea across the
    Straits of Korea.  Korean admiral Yi Sun-Shin won two great naval 
    victories off southern Korea with the aid of Turtle Ships, the first 
    armored warships in history.  These oar-powered ships had a low profile
    and mounted a battery of cannons on their broadside.  Their sides and
    top were rounded and shaped like a flat turtle shell.  They were not well
    suited for use on the high sea but quite useful in coastal waters where 
    waters were relatively calm.  The Japanese ships were at a great disadvantage
    in combat against them.  Most missile fire glanced off their rounded armor.
    They offered no openings for enemy boarding parties.  Unarmored enemy
    ships were quickly disabled by their cannon.
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    | NAME                  | HP  | ATK  | A/PA  | RANGE  | COST               |
    |-----------------------|-----|------|-------|--------|--------------------|
    | Turtle Ship           | 200 | 50   | 6/5   | 6      | 200 W, 200 G       |
    |-----------------------|-----|------|-------|--------|--------------------|
    | Elite Turtle Ship     | 300 | 50   | 8/6   | 6      | 200 W, 200 G       |
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    -UNIQUE ATTRIBUTE: None
    -WEAKNESSES: Monks, Bombard Cannons, Trebuchets
    -ATTACK BONUS: None
    -PROS: High Armor, High HP, High Attack
    -CONS: Limited range, speed
    -STRONG AGAINST: Fire Ships, Demolition Ships, Galleons
    -UPGRADES: Dry Dock (+15% speed) -- at Dock
               Careening (+1 Pierce Armor) -- at Dock
               Chemistry(+1 attack) -- University
               Ballistics(fires faster, better accuracy) -- University
               Elite Turtle Boat (1000 F, 800 G) -- Imperial Age(at Castle)
    
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    There are no unique siege units, but hopefully Ensemble Studios makes one!
    
    
    
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    II.  M I S C A L L E N E O U S  I N F O
    
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    1.  Corrections________________________________________________________________
    
         If there are any corrections in this guide to be made, e-mail the error
    at ultimaweapon2k@netscape.net.  I would appreciate any corrections and 
    suggestions made.  If you would also like to email me questions, feel free to
    do so.  Give me time to answer if possible.
    
    
    2.  Credits____________________________________________________________________
    
    I have played Age Of Empires II and The Conquerors expansion since they first 
    came out.  The world of AOK and TC has a lot to explore, and lots of 
    experimenting you can do in the game.  Thus, I have enjoyed the game and still
    enjoyed playing the game.  When I stop playing, I'll never know...
    
    Thanks to the following sources and people for help on my guide...
    
    -- "Age of Empires II :: Age of Kings" and "The Conquerors" manuals
       From the official game manuals, I received historical background info on
       the units in the game.
    
    -- GameFAQs :: Thanks to Jeff "CJayC" Veasey for posting my guide.
    
    -- Ensemble Studios :: Thanks for making Age of Empires II such a great game.
       I have been playing since it came out, and still play.  
    
    -- AGE OF EMPIRES II GAMERS :: Thanks for playing the game.
    
    -- Me :: I wrote the FAQ!
    
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    FAN CONTRIBUTIONS
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    -- "Pete" - pelirrojo111@aol.com
       Developed useful strategies for "Missionary" unit.
    
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