Age of Empires 2 Update 78174 – 8 March 2023

In summary, here is the comprehensive list of new features and updates included in the Age of Empires 2 Update patch 78174, which was released on March 8th, 2023.

Please refer to Age of Empires 2 Patch Notes for the complete list of release notes.

Bug Fixes (AoE2 PC Version)

Stability & Performance

  • Fixed crashes related to Empire Wars.


  • Fixed an issue where units could pass through palisades/walls/buildings.

Bug Fixes (AoE2 XBOX Version)

Stability & Performance

  • The game no longer crashes when pressing the town bell button after a town center was destroyed.
  • The game no longer crashes when switching repeatedly between Xbox home and the game application.
  • The game no longer crashes while viewing the map pool screen while in the Ranked menu.
  • Addressed a crash that could occur while toggling cross-input matchmaking on or off.


  • Fixed the find menu from opening when trying to navigate the cheats/quick taunt menu.
  • Addressed UI issues around 3v3 and 4v4 matches and lobbies on Xbox One/Xbox One S/Xbox One X.
  • Fixed issue where site-based command would not pick the closest unit.


  • Increased the size of the enlarged mini-map by 1.75x to improve the readability of the mini-map from a distance. The enlarged mini-map is accessible on the Console UI by holding down the right bumper on your controller.
  • Fixed an issue where the Find Buildings menu could pop up instead of the cheats menu when using a controller.

  • Fixed an issue where villagers would not build foundations when queuing multiple building foundations with Villager Priorities enabled using a controller.

  • Max zoom on console has increased from 1.25 to 3.
  • In-game voice chat now has a toggle in the audio settings menu.

Civilization Balance (All Versions)


  • Siege/Armored Elephant – HP reduced from 200 ▶ 180 / 250 ▶ 220
  • Siege Elephant – Cavalry Armor increased from 8 ▶ 10, Elephant Armor increased from 18 ▶ 20, and Ram armor decreased from 2 ▶ 0

Bohemians (Nerfed)

  • Houfnice – upgrade cost increased from 950 food / 750 gold ▶ 1100 food / 800 gold
  • Houfnice – blast radius decreased from 0.8 ▶ 0.7

Burgundians (Nerfed)

  • Economic upgrades discount reduced from 40% ▶ 33%

Gurjaras (Nerfed)

  • Elite Chakram Throwers now deal the intended 1 bonus damage vs Condottieri

Corrected rounding errors in the bonus damage of some units:

  • Hussar bonus vs Monks increased from 16 ▶ 17
  • Camel Rider bonus vs Camels increased from 6 ▶ 7
  • Heavy Camel Rider bonus vs Cavalry decreased from 26 ▶ 25
  • Armored Elephant bonus vs Buildings increased from 97 ▶ 100
  • Armored Elephant bonus vs Siege increased from 32 ▶ 33
  • Genitour bonus vs Archers increased from 5 ▶ 6
  • Elite Genitour bonus vs Archers increased from 6 ▶ 7

Hindustanis (Nerfed)

  • Villagers cost discount reduced from 10/15/20/25% ▶ 5/10/15/20% in Dark/Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age

Poles (Nerfed)

  • Folwark – Instant food conversion decreased from 10% ▶ 8%


I am GregStein, an experienced Age of Empires 2 player and part-time developer. With over 7 years of experience in multiplayer gaming, blogging and technical issues.

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