Motte and Bailey
Motte and bailey (Civ5)

Swordsman improvement introduced in 1066: Year of Viking Destiny


Engineering (Civ5) Engineering

  • +100% defensive strength for any unit on the tile
  • 3 damage to adjacent enemy units

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The Motte and Bailey is a unique improvement in the 1066: Year of Viking Destiny scenario of Civilization V.

Motte and Bailey in Game

Motte and Bailey in game

Game InfoEdit

Unique defensive improvement of the Normans. Only a Swordsman may build it.

  • Constructed on:
  • Effect:
    • Gives +100% defensive 20xStrength5 Combat Strength to a unit on the tile.
    • Deals 3 damage to enemy units that end their turn on adjacent tiles.


The Motte and Bailey is indispensable for entrenching Norman troops in strategic locations. It is essentially the same as a Citadel, but can be constructed without sacrificing a Great General. Have your Swordsmen build it in empty terrain next to captured cities to ensure that the English will suffer heavy losses when they try to retake them.

Civilopedia entryEdit

A design first attributed to the Normans in the 10th century, the motte-and-bailey was a type of elevated castle built on top of a raised earthwork mound. The Motte was formed by digging a trench around the prospective castle site. The leftover fill-dirt was then used to construct an artificial hill or mound, upon which the castle itself was built. The "Bailey" refers to the lower courtyard, typically enclosed by a large wall, containing a barracks, servants' quarters, and storage buildings.