Here are some thoughts about Teutons and how to make them both more viable and interesting to play:
I think Light Cav at least is necessary for Teutons as they lack raiding possibilities and have a really hard time in trash wars. The lack of husbandry is nothing but annoying. It also doesn’t make much sense to have the best knights of the line (Paladin) but to lack knowledge about breeding horses. Franks also got squires as opposed to the vanilla game because it just sucks to not have these kinds of techs. It didn’t make sense. Same thing with Teutons who need a tad bit more love to become a good civ. The potential of this civ is great but almost never reached and you rarely see them being played successfully. There are too few situations in which Teutons excel as their strengths are rather situational. And that’s okay. But effort should allow Teutons to improve upon some of their weaknesses as they are quite a static civ that has many issues when gold is becoming scarce. This is not just about adding techs to their tree, it’s more about giving them incentives to play in a more pious way.
Which is why my idea is as follows: Give Teutons LC and on top of that add relic boni to Teutons (instead of husbandry and other things) that work like this:
1 relic = 5% speed for mounted units, siege units and ships (and maybe Teutonic Knights)
2 relics = +1 damage for all military units (inf, cav, archers/skirms, ships and maybe siege units and towers/castles/tc)
3 relics = +1 piercing armor for all military units (inf, cav, archers/skirms, ships, siege units monks)
4 relics = additional 5% speed for mounted units, siege units and ships (and maybe Teutonic Knights)
Why 5% at first and fourth relic? To somewhat account for the fact that the Teuton army is a bit slow, but confirmation in their faith gives them more fervor and haste. It would also give Teutons more reasons to make use of monks and it’d address their weaknesses without making it silly or overpowered. The Teuton army would be fairly strong with 4 relics, but not too strong compared to other civs and their boni. And the opponent could always try to counter the Teuton relic hunt. The Teutons are more of a relic civ than Lithuanians are in my opinion, so it wouldn’t break comprehension. It’d also compliment the Teuton campaign which starts off with collecting relics and tops it off with Barbarossa’s bones being brought to Jerusalem. Moreover Germany is full of cathedrals, churches and chapels that stem them from medieval times. And many of them give or gave shelter to sacred bones.
I think it would be fun changes to the civ without making it overpowered. And LC would be just fine, no Hussars. And should you think for some reason that LC should stay locked for Teutons, so give their scouts some love to make them viable in trash wars and raiding scenarios. But I think it’d be easier to just give them LC. Historically it doesn’t make much sense for Teutons to not have light cavalry at all. As a trade off their food cost could be upped to 90 for Teutons only starting in Castle Age. Or consider them to be some kind of mercenaries which is why their trash trade off would be gold costs = 80 food, 10 gold. There are many possibilites for trade offs to balance it out a bit.
That’s it for now. Have a great weekend everybody