Building information
Type Research
Introduced in KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization All civilizations
Age Castle-age-reseach Castle Age
Construction time 60 seconds
Use Improve buildings and ranged units
Wood 200
Size 4x4 tiles
Hit points 2,100
Melee armor Castle-age-reseach 2
Imperial-age-research 3
Pierce armor Castle-age-reseach 9
Imperial-age-research 10
Armor classes Building
Standard building
Line of Sight 6

"Used to improve buildings and missile units."

Age of Empires II description

The University is a research building in Age of Empires II that becomes available once the Castle Age is reached. The University provides technologies to improve buildings and missile firing units.

Tactics and placement Edit

As a building incapable of attacking or producing units, the placement of a University must not be given much thought. All it needs to do is provide researches and optimally stand until it's done doing so. Once all necessary technologies have been researched, the University is a completely useless building and can freely be deleted (unless it is walling out an area of importance in which case it should be replaced).

As the University provides essential technologies for defensive structures and missile firing units, it should be built as soon as enough wood is available, especially when a turtling strategy is chosen or the player goes heavy on ranged units. Ballistics and Chemistry are the most important technologies here and as such, their research should be prioritized.

Technologies Edit

Darkage Feudalage Castleage Imperialage
Masonryavailable Architectureavailable
Fortifiedwallresearchavailable Chemistryavailable Bombardtowerresearchavailable
Ballisticsavailable Siegeengineersavailable
Guardtowerresearchavailable Keepresearchavailable
Heatedshotavailable Arrowslitsavailable

Availability grid Edit

The following table shows the availability of the technologies for every civilization. Technologies that are available to all civilizations are not shown in the table. An 'X' in the last column indicates that all technologies are available.

Available = Available
Unavailable = Unavailable
ConquerorsIcon Aztecs
AfricanIcon Berbers
KingsIcon Britons
RajaIcon Burmese
KingsIcon Byzantines
KingsIcon Celts
KingsIcon Chinese
AfricanIcon Ethiopians
KingsIcon Franks
KingsIcon Goths
ConquerorsIcon Huns
ForgottenIcon Incas
ForgottenIcon Indians
ForgottenIcon Italians
KingsIcon Japanese
RajaIcon Khmer
ConquerorsIcon Koreans X
ForgottenIcon Magyars
RajaIcon Malay
AfricanIcon Malians
ConquerorsIcon Mayans
KingsIcon Mongols
KingsIcon Persians
AfricanIcon Portuguese
KingsIcon Saracens
ForgottenIcon Slavs
ConquerorsIcon Spanish
KingsIcon Teutons
KingsIcon Turks
RajaIcon Vietnamese
KingsIcon Vikings
Civilization Masonry Architecture Fortified-wall-research Guard-tower-research Keep-research Heatedshot Treadmillcrane Bombard-tower-research Siegeengineers Arrowlits All

Further statistics Edit

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Masonry Masonry (+10%)
Architecture Architecture (+10%)
Armor Masonry Masonry (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
Architecture Architecture (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
Line of Sight Townwatch Town Watch (+4)
Townpatrol Town Patrol (+4)
Conversion defense Faith Faith
Heresy Heresy
Construction speed Treadmillcrane Treadmill Crane (+20%)

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Burmese: Researching Faith is 50% cheaper.
  • Byzantines: Universities have +30%/+40% HP in the Castle/Imperial Age. Town Watch is free.
  • Chinese: Technologies that benefit Universities are 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Malians: Universities are 15% cheaper.
  • Persians: Researching Town Watch and Town Patrol is 10%/15%/20% faster in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Spanish: Universities are built 30% faster.

Team bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Malians: Universities work 80% faster.

Changelog Edit

The Conquerors Edit

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Arrowslits introduced. Initially, it is available in the Castle Age. With patch 4.8, it moved to the Imperial Age.

Trivia Edit

History Edit

"During the bleakest days of the Dark Ages, learning was all but extinguished in much of Europe. A scattering of priests and monks in isolated monasteries carried forward the ability to read and write and kept books alive by copying old manuscripts. Charlemagne attempted to reverse this trend by creating a school to train men who could help him control his empire, but this experiment largely disappeared under a new wave of barbarian invasions from the north and east. The first centers of higher learning were associated with great cathedral towns such as Cambridge, Oxford, Padua, and Paris. Future priests and church leaders received training in Latin, the Bible, Christian philosophy, and other Christian writings. Medicine, science, and mathematics did not enter the curricula until much later. Graduates of these first universities led the Church and provided a pool of educated men who served generations of European kings as advisors and administrators."

Gallery Edit