Introduced in KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization All civilizations
Age Feudal-age-reseach Feudal Age
Researched at Market-logo Market
Research Time 1 seconds
Research Cost
Food 0
Gold 0
Effect See allies' Line of Sight

Cartography is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Market. Once researched, it allows a player to share their allies' Line of Sight.

Cartography is a very helpful technology in the early part of the game, especially when allied with computer players. Players wishing to see the Line of Sight of their enemies will have to research Spies, but this is only available in the Imperial Age and is quite costly.

Team bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Portuguese: Start the game with Cartography researched.


The Age of KingsEdit

  • Cartography costs 100F/100G.
  • Cartography takes 60 seconds to research.

The ForgottenEdit

  • Cartography is free to research and is researched almost instantly.

History Edit

There was a revival of European learning after the Dark Ages that started mainly in the monasteries of the Christian Church, particularly in Ireland. The west Europeans were far behind the educational standards of the Byzantines, the Saracens, and the Chinese. Part of this revival was an interest in geography that became even more pronounced when the Crusaders and adventurers brought back tales of exotic trade goods and riches beyond the horizon. Kings and churchmen commissioned maps and cartography, the science of map making, became a newly prized skill.

Economic Technologies (Age of Empires II)

Town Center: I: Loom II: Wheelbarrow III: Hand Cart
Dock: III: Gillnets
Lumber Camp: II: Double-Bit Axe III: Bow Saw IV: Two-Man Saw
Mill: II: Horse Collar III: Heavy Plow IV: Crop Rotation
Mining Camp: II: Gold MiningStone Mining III: Gold Shaft MiningStone Shaft Mining
Market: II: CartographyCoinage III: BankingCaravan IV: Guilds

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