Saracen Fast Castle with Knight Rush
This is a write up on how
to obtain a fast castle (sub 17:00) while
attacking with knights. This post is nothing new-
I'm sure a lot of players can do this quite well-
this post is meant to help people that are new to
the game or are just not that good at building up
The Quick Castle and Knight Rush
The goal of this strategy is to reach castle age
before 16:30 with enough resources to make about 8
knights. This post will tell you exactly how to do
it- this build order works with any civ. (For a
short version of the build, see the end of this
The Long Version of the Build
The Short Version of the Build
1) The Build
For this to work, you need to find 2 boars and all
-Your first 3 villagers will build 2 houses- 2
villagers will build one house, the third villager
will build the second house. As this is happening
your scout should be circling around, once you
find your starting sheep, send them to your town
-The first 6 villagers will be shepards (so that's
the original 3, plus the first 3 trained will all
go to sheep).
-The 7th villager will build a mill, then become
-The 8th and 9th villagers should also pick
So by this point you have a pop of 10/15, with 1
scout, 3 foragers and 6 shepards.
-The 10th villager trained will head towards your
first boar. Immediatly after his creation,
research loom. Send this villager to the boar that
is furthest from your TC, the idea is that once
this villagers gets to the boar, loom has finished
researching. Use this villagers to lure the boar
back to your TC, your 6 shepards will become
Once the boar has been killed, the villager that
lured it will chop wood on a tree near your TC (a
-The 11th villager out build a house, then chops
wood (a straggler)
-The 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th villagers will
also chop wood (Stragglers).
Once you have 100 wood, build a lumber camp
-The 16th villager should lure the 2nd boar to
your TC, after that he should chop wood. It
doesn't have to be this villager that lures the
2nd boar- once there is only about 100 food left
in the 1st boar, you should send a villager to
lure the second one.
-The 17th villager build a house, then chops wood
near the lumber camp.
-The 18th villager chops wood near the lumber
So now your pop is 19/25, you have 1 scout, 3
foragers, 6 hunters, and 9 choppers working near
the lumber camp. You've went through 4 sheep
already, you should have 4 sheep left (out of your
8), and you're hunters are working on their 2nd
-Villagers 19 and 20 build farms (right next to
-The 21st villager builds a house, then a farm.
-Villagers 22, 23, and 24 also build farms.
Around this time your hunters should have finished
their 2nd boar, so they will go back to sheep. So
now you should have a pop of 25/30, with 1 scout,
3 foragers, 6 shepards, 9 lumberlacks, and 6
-Villager 25 builds a mining camp, and then mines
-Villagers 26 and 27 also mine gold.
***You Click the Feudal Button***
Once your 6 shepards have went through all 8
sheep, take 5 of them and move them to wood, and
have one of them build a farm. It's important not
to forget to build a farm! If you don't do this,
you won't have enough food to click the castle
button right away...
Also, once you have 175 wood, take a lumberjack
and have him build a barracks- when he's done with
the barracks put him back on wood.
So as your going to feudal, you have a pop of
28/30, with 1 scout, 3 foragers, 7 farmers, 3 gold
miners, 13 lumberjacks, and 1 villager building a
-When you reach Feudal Age, que 2 villagers at
your TC- they will both be gold miners.
-Have 2 lumberjacks build a stable, and 1
lumberjack build a blacksmith. When they are done
with their buildings, put them back on wood.
Your builders should finish right before your 2nd
villager is created, when this happens- click the
During the transition to castle, take 3 villagers
off wood and have them mine gold. Also, take 4
villagers off wood and have them build a mill
(near dear) and have them hunt (dear- duh!). You
also need to research wood chopping and horse
collar, and build a 2nd stable and some houses.
So during the transition you have a pop of 30/30
with 1 scout, 3 foragers, 7 farmers, 8 gold
miners, 4 dear hunters, and 7 lumberjacks.
Once You get to Castle
-Train some more villagers- set them on wood.
-Train knights, you should have enough resources
for 8 knights in total. I like to attack with two
groups of 4 knights, one group attacks in one
place, once your opponent sends in spearmen, take
that group out and send in the 2nd group to
2) Practical Considerations
-This strategy won't work if you're getting
flushed (duh), since the flush is common in 1v1s,
this is a better strategy for team games.
-Once you get to castle, you don't build a 2nd TC
right away- you need those resources to raise your
-You want to get to castle as quick as possible-
so if you need to, use more than 2 villagers to
make a stable/blacksmith
-Once you get to castle, you don't research bow
saw, gold mining, or any other economic upgrades-
you need the food to make your 8 knights.
-You don't research bloodlines or any blacksmith
upgrades- each upgrade uses the same amount of
food as creating 2 knights does, personally I'd
rather have the 2 extra knights than the upgrades.
-After you've made your 8 knights, it's up you as
to what to do next- whether to focus on your
economy or to make more military units. I like to
make a 2nd town center and expand my economy while
I'm still raiding my opponent with my knights.
-Don't lose your knights! If he brings in
spearmen, get out of there and strike at another
spot- the point of this strategy is to wound his
economy while building up yours, not to totally
destroy him- that will come later
3) Quick Version of Build
-First 6 Villagers on sheep- they will become boar
-Next 3 on berries.
- Next 9 on wood.
- Next 6 on farms.
-Last 3 on gold.
During transition, one shepard becomes farms, the
other 5 hunters become choppers, and one chopper
build a barracks
-When you hit feudal, train to villagers- they
-Build a stable and a blacksmith
During Transition, go up to 8 gold miners, have 4
choppers become dear hunters (build mill), build
2nd stable and some houses, and research horse
collar and wood cutting upgrades
-When you get to castle, make 8 knights- once you
get 4, attack!