|This article is about the building in Age of Empires III. For the building in other games of the series, see Castle.|
|First Appearance||The Asian Dynasties|
|Age Available||Discovery Age|
|Base Hit Points||3000|
|Range Multipliers||x0.25 vs. Villagers|
x1.5 vs. Cavalry
x0.5 vs. Siege Units
x1.5 vs. Light Infantry
|Anti Ship Damage||100|
|Anti Ship Multipliers||x0.5 vs. Siege Units|
|Anti Ship Range||40|
|Use||Trains and upgrades Siege Units; shoots at enemies|
The Castle is similar to an Blockhouse or War Hut, but it trains Siege Units instead of normal infantry. It is more expensive, but stronger than an Outpost, however only five Castles can be built, rather than the seven outposts available to European civilizations. It starts as an Flatland Castle and can be upgraded to a hill castle, which can be upgraded to a Mountain Castle.
- Hand Mortar
- Mongolian Army (Keshiks and Hand Mortars)
- Black Flag Army (Arquebusiers and Flamethrower)
Hill Castle Edit
- Age:Fortress Age
- Costs: 400, 200.
- Effects: Increases attack with 50% (doesn't affect anti-ship attack)
Mountain Castle Edit
- Age: Industrial Age
- Costs: 800, 400
- Increases attack with 50% (bombard attack)
- Increases hit points with 50%
- Enables bombard attack, which has a splash area of 3
- Increases anti ship attack with 100%
"The fortification of towns had been in practice since ancient times, exhibited in the high-walled cities of Rome and the palaces of Byzantium; but in the ninth century, the feudal lords of Europe began to experiment with the castle, or fortified residence. These began as an elevated patch of terrain surrounded by a primitive ditch. Throughout medieval times, as siege technology developed and the threat of war constantly loomed, European rulers began to raise the walls of their fortresses higher and higher, and thicker walls were topped with towers and parapets.
By the thirteenth century, castles had become highly sophisticated, and the integral spine to any kingdom. First, a strategic location was chosen, such as on a high cliff or at the bend in a river. Then a moat was dug, restricting access to a narrow point that was often blocked by a retractable drawbridge. The keep, or innermost part of the castle, was protected by a series of walls that had to be breached in order to enter, defeat the survivors, and claim victory.
The earliest Japanese castle was the yamashiro, a deforested hill carved into a series of walls and courtyards. Each of the horizontal baileys gave defenders an open view of the battlefield. Because it had the same primarily defensive purpose as the European castle, the yamashiro shared many of the same features, with its squat, angular walls surrounding ditches. Also, both structures housed barracks and training facilities for a standing army led by the elite warrior class (the samurai, in the case of the Japanese)."