The Blockhouse is a unique military building featured in Age of Empires III that provides basic infantry units for the Russian civilization. It trains Strelets, Halberdiers, and Musketeers.

Overview Edit

The Blockhouse bears similarity to the basic European Barracks as the player is able to train and upgrade units. However, in addition, Blockhouses are able to defend themselves similar to Outposts. The Blockhouse also provides 5 population room for Russian units. Blockhouses are resource-friendly, with players only having to pay wood for a fraction of the cost required for a Barracks and Outpost. Some civilizations can use specific TEAM cards to reduce the cost even further. TEAM Cheap Barracks sent by the Spanish reduces the cost by 15% (250 becomes 212), TEAM Art of War sent by the Chinese will reduce it by 10% (stacked with TEAM Cheap Barracks this reduces the cost by 25% to 187 wood).

Those same cards (stacked) can make Spanish barracks as cheap as 40 Wood and Chinese War Academies as cheap as 90 Wood, drastically reducing the economic advantage of blockhouses. Because the Blockhouse serves a dual role, as they are destroyed the player loses both defense and the ability to train troops simultaneously, this can sometimes lead to Russians being overwhelmed easily during an attack involving siege units.


To upgrade to a Frontier Blockhouse, it costs 400 wood and 200 coin
Hitpoints: 2000
Anti Ship Attack: 100
Ranged Attack: 45

To upgrade to a Fortified Blockhouse, it costs 800 wood and 400 coin
Hitpoints: 3000
Anti Ship Attack: 200
Bombard Attack: 60 (Area 3)
Ranged Attack: 45

Related shipments Edit

History Edit

"A blockhouse is a military building that is often fortified for protection. A blockhouse is similar to a fort, but while a fort has multiple buildings, a blockhouse has only one structure. In the New World, blockhouses were used for defense on the frontier. Russian blockhouses built along the west coast were hexagonal in shape and usually had multiple stories."

Notes Edit

  • The Asian Dynasties - India can build both Castles and Blockhouses in the campaign due to the fact the Consulate allows them to have Russian allies (they have no such allies outside of the campaign, however).
    • China can employ Russian allies outside of the campaign through the Consulate and thus Blockhouses. However, they cannot use the Russians during their campaign scenarios.
    • While Chinese Villagers cannot build Blockhouses, Native Villagers (from an ally's TEAM card or from a minor native tribe) can do so, allowing up to 7 Blockhouses provided the first is shipped from the Consulate.