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Do you like to spam archers, make armies of monks, flush, or what?

The beautiful thing about AOEII is that there's so many ways to go about winning. I've played against bots as well as some really good humans and I've seen a lot of different tactics people have used to win. I personally like to be primarily defense early on and try to get a good economy up before starting my slow but devastating assault with trebs guarded by archers, skirms, and pikes. I just want to know what other people like to use, or what are some of the craziest tactics you've ever seen before? Do you like to spam long bowmen, or Flush (Feudal Rush)? Do you like to go about conquest or try to make a wonder? Do you like to send in armies of monks to convert their forces to be used against themselves? For example, I played a game with my friends where one guy on my team was attacking a random monastery with like 10 or so champions, and my other friend had an onager on a transport ship. he unloaded and opened fire on the champions, so they went to kill the onager. the onager just got right back on the ship and sailed just off the shore so the camps couldn't get him, so my first friend sent them back to get the monastery. my second friend kept doing that and sure enough every champion died by that one onager lol. I also like to build watch towers (not the arrow-shooting kind) behind trees, so that it's not blatantly obvious to your enemy when they walk by it. Good for seeing when enemies are coming to attack you. It's also fun to try to surround the enemy's town with them.

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    Mass [elite] Teutonic knights for the win.
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    I used to play this game and the only strategy I really ever saw anyone use a lot of was the Castle Strategy which by the way was highly annoying.
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    Posted by NightStalker

    Mass [elite] Teutonic knights for the win.

    lol, i used to do that, but then cavalry archers just tear them apart lol. hit n run, and the teutonic knghts are so slow they cant even get close :\

    they rock in swarms though, just walking straight into your enemy's towns n stuff though lol
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    I build a maze of walls into my main city, gain a mass amount of units at a hidden secondary city (or make units then place them on ships), then attack the enemy :D
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    Yeah, my friend always does that too lol, like build a barracks or something behind my town then just strolls on in when the big battle is happening somewhere really far away :P
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    Spam the special units. I'm usually Huns (No houses FTW), Mongols, or Byzantines.

    Oh and I'm also a very defensive person so I generally will wall off strategic places and make little cavalry task forces at each gate to go swarming at any trebuchets. Add some monks at the gates to heal your trebuchet destroying task force and you are set! =D
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    I usually try to do that, but it seems like they can still rush your trebs with like 20 paladins or something and take them out, and youre kinda screwed then if you cant outrange their castles. i guess you could do that though if you have like hordes of pikemen to back them up though, as well as archers and a monk or two :D

    but yeah, mongols, byzantines, and britons ftw :D
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    I tried before a monk rush. Failed several times so I brought them in with bowmans/knights flanking and managed to convert like half a base before my defenses ran out :(
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    I used to be elite at this game, i'd usually hit fuedal by 8 mins, castle by 15, then i'd knight rush them while they were still setting up. While knight rushing, i'd build up pikemen, more knights, scorpions and alot of rams.

    I kicked anyones ass at this game. Best class = Chinese, start with extra villagers... Haven't played the game in years lol.

    Some tips = Rarely use special units, most of them to expensive, mass pikemen, knights and scorpions. Scorpions take out their pikemen, horsemen take out their archers/infantry, pikemen take out their horses. Rams are alot better then trebs in a fair few cases, hard to kill and do alot of damage.
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    I have a small town, encase the whole thing in walls and spam attacking guard tower thingies, although I only play against bots and they rarely attack -.-
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    Build up for one solid attack, thats the best you can do.
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    None of these tactics woerk well online with other fellows, because they'll just send in a mass of knights and wipe out a majority of your villagers... I used to play online all the tiem. If you'd like to win, stick to pikemen, knights, scorpions and rams. Play as the chinese or the mongols, with these tips, it's insta-win.
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    French cav spam, 100 villagers.
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    French have best knights in the game a cav rush supported by xbows ect and you win.
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    Posted by Ekic

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    None of these tactics woerk well online with other fellows, because they'll just send in a mass of knights and wipe out a majority of your villagers... I used to play online all the tiem. If you'd like to win, stick to pikemen, knights, scorpions and rams. Play as the chinese or the mongols, with these tips, it's insta-win.

    And maybe everyone doesn't play like you do... Mine works perfectly fine online. Pikemen gets owned by archers, scorpions can easily be taken down with a few mounted soldiers, or if you so want, longbowmen, taken that you know the shortcuts for formations. When the scorpion fires, split the formation, when it fires again, line it.

    Knights gets owned by archers masses. Archers only loose when anumbered. That's at least my experience...


    Knights own archers in every case, unless super outnumbered. Pikemen own the knights trying to destroy the scorpions, scorpions own the everything they attack.
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    Take out the enemy before it can do $h!T
    (houses-soldiers) CHARGE! >.<
    thats wat i used to do
    now i only play WoW-Cs:s-HOMAM-V or heroes of might and magic 5
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    I usually (if its a place where i can use boats) get a big line of paladins/ knights on 4 transports then 2 minutes later go in with champs/2h soldiers or swordsman and then the archers then those huge destroying things u get from castles. that always get them big time.
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    I played this game with my friends they have this tactic of SPAMMING paladins -_- i mean like 100 paladins on each side imagine about 400 paladins attacking each other
    well i picked muslims which have the mamelukes which are good against paladins TOTAL CARNAGE
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    I love saracens, and I love making spam of Mamelukes, Monk rush is really nice but difficult. I also like a scout rush using the market. Others civs that I love are Mongols and Aztecs, with aztecs I love making an attack in the first age with 5 militias, I also use a monk rush with them because they have the best monks, and finally with Mongols I have lots of tactics, a spam of Mangudais and Hussars is amazing, a Tower Rush is also great, and I also like Light Cavalry rush and in imperial age a super spam of fully upgraded mongol Hussars!
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