Age of Empires IV: Patch 20249 Reduces Healing Improvement of Herbal Medicine; Fixes Remappable Hotkeys

Age of Empires IV Patch 20249
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Patch 20249 for Age of Empires IV is here, bringing a notable change to Herbal Medicine.

Herbal Medicine in the Age of Empires IV is a technology that can be researched at the Mosque or Monastery, which increases the healing rate of religious units by 100%. According to the devs, they saw players bringing more monks to the battlefield because of how powerful this technology is. That is why they reduced the healing rate improvement of Herbal Medicine down to 60% to temper the effects of “attack-move healing.”

Patch 20249 brought a lot of bug fixes for remappable hotkeys as well. When using the Fully Remappable hotkey layout, pressing and holding down the Shift Key and the hotkey for unit production commands will now batch produce units as intended. Moreover, holding a hotkey now correctly queues up multiple units in a production building or buys/sells large quantities of resources at the market. This is pretty useful in a game like Age of Empires IV since you don’t have to repeatedly press hotkeys just to produce something in bulk.

Here are the other changes in this patch:

REMAPPABLE KEY BINDINGS
  • Cancel Construction hotkey is now remappable.
  • Wooden Fortresses now respect bindings made under the Outpost category.
  • Golden Gate keys are now properly mapped to match the Market.
  • Khan Attack Speed Arrow is now remappable.
  • Mongol Town Center double production keys now mirror the Town Center keys properly.
  • Professional Scouts (Improved) now mirrors the base hotkey.
  • English unique technology Admiralty is now remappable.
  • White Tower unit production hotkeys now update properly.
  • Wynguard Palace unit production is now remappable.
  • Astronomical Clocktower siege is now remappable.
  • Barbican of the Sun emplacement upgrades are now remappable.
  • Palace of Swabia Prelates now mirrors the Town Center binding.
  • Burgrave Palace is now fully remappable.
  • Delhi Sultanate Assign Scholar Directly is now remappable
BALANCE
Technologies
  • Survival Techniques
    • Cost reduced from 100 Gold, 50 Wood to 75 Gold, 25 Wood.
    • Research time reduced from 45 to 25 seconds.
Units
  • Siege Engineering
    • Research time reduced from 45 to 30 seconds.
  • Ram
    • Cost decreased from 300 to 250
  • Scout
    • Health regeneration reduced by 50%.
    • Production time increased from 20 to 25 seconds.
    • Reducing the height of Stealth forests from 500 to 100 to allow for Scouts to see through them reliably without obstruction.
  • Early Horseman, Vanguard Man-at-Arms, and Spearman
    • Cost to advance to the next tier is reduced from 75 Gold, 25 Food to 35 Gold, 15 Food.
    • Research time reduced from 30 to 15 seconds.

The full changelog can be found here.

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