AOE2 Archer Rush Build Order

AOE2 Archer Rush Build Order
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This is the generic AOE2 Archer Rush Build Order that can be used with any civilization in Age Of Empires 2. This build order is the standard meta as developed by Cicero and his interactive build order mod which can be used in game. An archer rush can have a devastating effect on your opponent and can be used to kill villagers at range whilst they are collecting wood from wood-lines or shoot over walls. Their main counter is skirmishers, so you will need to make sure that you add in your own skirmishers for protection if you are not planning on adding scouts to your army. Whilst there are quicker build orders for specific civilizations which take advantage of their bonuses, this generic build order is a great place to start for new players.

Civilizations that have their own specific build order for an archer rush are Britons, Ethiopians, Japanese, Vietnamese and Khmer. The Khmer actually have 2 different ones, one of which can be completed at 15 population! That is a really advanced build order and can be quite hard to pull off. My personal favourite is the Vietnamese archer rush as they get extra HP. My other favourite has to be the Ethiopian archer rush because of their faster firing rate.

AOE2 Archer rush build order is as follows:-

Dark Age

6 vills to sheep 
4 to wood (with LC)
1 boar
1 build 2 houses then berries
3 berries and lure 2nd boar with existing villager
2 boar/sheep
5 wood with 2nd lumber camp
Loom
Click up to Feudal Age

Whilst Advancing

As soon as you click up, send 3 villagers from food to gold and 1 to wood 
when feudal age is half way completed, make a barracks with a wood villager.

Feudal Age

4 or 5 new villagers to gold 
make blacksmith and research fletching
attack with 6 archers

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