Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition Patch Brings Back Winter Event

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Fans of Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition will be happy to know that the winter event is now back. The Frosty Friends from the North Event is now active and will stay that way till January 3.

The winter covers a big portion of the map, from Viking Berserks to Bengalis Rathas, for none shall escape the harsh cold. Besides the chilling event, several challenges have been introduced and completing them will grant players with exclusive rewards. However, the challenges must be done in specific order and dates.

Update 73855 also brought a ton of other changes, including several balancing changes to multiple civilizations. More details are mentioned below.

General
  • The Shared LoS setting is now on by default on for all matchmaking modes including lobby games.
  • Parthian Tactics now give the same anti-spearman bonus increase (+2) to Cavalry Archers as to other mounted archer units.
  • Heavy Cavalry Archer anti-spearman attack increased from 2 > 4.
  • Battle Elephant cost reduced from 120 food 70 gold > 110 food 70 gold.
Burmese
  • Parthian Tactics applies to Arambai.
Byzantines
  • Fixed an issue where Cataphracts with Logistica were dealing less than intended damage to Condottieri.
Gurjaras
  • Mounted unit bonus damage changed from 40% > 20% in Feudal/30% in Castle/and 40% in Imperial.
  • Chakram and Elite Chakram Damage reduced from 5 > 3 (6 > 4 Elite).
  • Chakram Pass-through damage increased from 50% > 100%.
  • Elite Chakram +1 Bonus damage vs Infantry.
Hindustanis
  • Camel Attack speed bonus reduced from 25% > 20%.
Khmer
  • Fixed an issue where (Elite) Ballista Elephants were not resistant to armor-ignoring damage.
Poles
  • Stone miner bonus reduced from 50% > 33% gold generation.
Portuguese
  • New Team Bonus – Technologies Research 25% faster (excluding Age Up).
  • New Civ Bonus (replaces faster tech civ bonus) – Foragers generate a trickle of wood (33%).
Tatars
  • Fixed an issue where Flaming Camels were not receiving the intended (+40%) anti-building bonus damage increase from Siege Engineers.
Vikings
  • Warship discount bonus no longer affects Transport Ships.

The complete patch notes are available on the official site.

So, what do you think? Are you interested in any of these changes? Have you been playing Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition recently? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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