Age of Empires II: HD Edition

Age of Empires II: HD Edition

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Maximum Extended Help (Expansions)
New Workshop General: Graphics, Terrain
New Workshop Languages: Chinese, English, German, Italian, Spanish
File Size
3.455 MB
Mar 20, 2016 @ 6:31pm
Feb 22 @ 1:50am
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Maximum Extended Help (Expansions)

This mod replaces the often incredibly unhelpful, inaccurate tooltips (activated with F1) with something actually useful - exact stats, correct descriptions on what researches do.

All parts in italics are possible upgrades for the units (I have excluded blacksmith upgrades and some others here, as they are obvious and clutter up things too much) or team bonuses. Civ bonuses are not mentioned, they also would take up too much space for little gain.
This mod also fixes several errors in the tech tree, such as the Celtic Sheep bonus (works totally different from the original description), all attack speed increases (which are calculated in a wrong way) and others.

Have a look at the pictures to see some examples.

Make sure that:
-You have your language set to English, German, Italian, Spanish or Chinese (It's currently only available for these languages)
-You have extended help enabled (You can set with with a button next to the top right of your minimap or by pressing F1)
-The mod is enabled and you do not have other mods that modify language files. Or, if you do, set this mod to the highest priority (0).
-You are playing on the expansion data set (You can play with this on the base game data set, but units&techs might have changed descriptions due to balance changes.)
Here is the mod for the base game: Maximum Extended Help (AoC)
You can have both versions installed and activate just the one you need. Just restart AoE after disabling the wrong one in the mod manager and you're good to go.
-Note for the italian translation: the original italian translation has some discrepancies (especially concerning the expansions version) that make the game mechanics confusing in some parts and this mod does not correct them all. To enjoy the full effectiveness of Maximum Extended Help, subscribe to this mod ( and, after you have launched the game, click on the Steam Workshop main menu button and make sure Maximum Extended Help is above (higher priority) Correzioni Lingua Italiana.

Thank you to Philippe Le bon for the voobly version (see here[]) as a starting point!

I am thankful for any feedback, big or small - Did you find an error? Do you not understand something? Is there a formatting error somewhere? Are you missing some information
or is there something you think is irrelevant?

This version is only for the expansion data set. Unfortunately there seems to be no way to have properly have both versions in one mod.

If you want to have this information available outside the game as well, check out my "Cheat Sheet", which has all this information (and a lot more) in a printable format:
Cheat Sheet

If you like what I'm doing and have the money, you're welcome to donate :) Donate to Jineapple[]
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Jineapple  [author] Feb 22 @ 1:51am 
I've updated this to 5.7 balance and fixed the mentioned errors (Thanks for the reports). Sorry for the delay, I've been extremely busy recently.
Fuhloh Feb 17 @ 7:06am 
Great mod, I hope it will be updated with the 5.7 balance.
Brasidas Jan 30 @ 9:08am 
Will this one be updated to Version 5.7?
UnLimiTeD Jan 6 @ 9:42am 
Very nice and useful mod.
One question: The mod shows all handheld gunpowder units as having an accuracy of 50%. The AoE2 wiki puts the Hand Cannoneer at 65%. Which is correct?
Jineapple  [author] Dec 21, 2017 @ 5:46am 
Thanks, I'll probably fix those with the update to 5.7 balance :)
Peter Porky Dec 20, 2017 @ 10:58pm 
Hey! I love your mod but I noticed an error:

It says scorpions do +4 vs. rams, and that heavy scorpions do +2 vs. rams. I'm fairly sure it's scorpions do +1 vs. rams, and heavy scorpions do +2 vs. rams.
Saint_Michaels_ Dec 6, 2017 @ 8:05pm 
I noticed a small error recently. on the Magyar Recurved Bow UT, it's missing the +1 Damage increase from 5.5. It still has it listed as only increasing Range by +1
Xerxes=Sexrex Nov 20, 2017 @ 7:33am 
OH! Jineapple made this!? Been using it for ages, thinking how great it was, and didn't even realise. Kudos Jineapple, and thank you.
odox joie Nov 17, 2017 @ 9:50pm 
this is incredible.
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