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A building refers to a structure that supports the basic needs of a civilization. They can only be built by villagers or settlers, and form the backbone of a civilization. Buildings are crucial in establishing a civilization and can be separated into three different categories in the Age of Empires series according to its function.

Types of BuildingsEdit

In the Age of Empires series, buildings are separated into 3 distinct categories with each having its own distinct function. The main types of structures found in the game include:

  • Economic buildings
  • Fortifications
  • Military buildings

Economic BuildingsEdit

Economic buildings are crucial when it comes to building a civilization. They are the most important structures in the game as building them is the only way to research technologies that is needed to advance a civilization. These structures provide economic benefits for an entire civilization and usually train economical units such as villagers, fishing boats or trading vessels. Some of these structures serve as a drop off point when a unit collects a particular resource while other economic buildings provide unlimited resources, such as a mill, bank or a factory.


Unlike other buildings which trains units and researches technologies, these structures simply are designed for combat. Fortified structures often have a large amount of hit points, range and decent attack. Unlike other buildings which can only be made of wood, these structures rely on stone, which is considered a rare resource.

Military BuildingsEdit

Military buildings train units only suited for combat and researches technologies that are required to upgrade these units. Military structures can be separated into categories based on what kind of units they train. These structures are vital for a strong civilization since building them are the only way to achieve a military conquest or victory.

Age of EmpiresEdit

Main article: Buildings (Age of Empires)

Age of Empires IIEdit

Main article: Buildings (Age of Empires II)

Age of Empires IIIEdit

Main article: Buildings (Age of Empires III)

Age of MythologyEdit

Main article: Buildings (Age of Mythology)

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