This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II. For the technology in Age of Mythology, see Wheelbarrow (Age of Mythology).
Introduced in KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization All civilizations
Age Feudal-age-reseach Feudal Age
Researched at Town-center-logo Town Center
Required for Handcart Hand Cart
Research time 75 seconds
Research cost
Wood 50
Food 175
Effect Villagers carry 25% more and move 10% faster

Wheelbarrow is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Town Center once the Feudal Age is reached. Once researched, it allows Villagers to carry 25% more resources (13 instead of 10, so actually 30% more) and move 10% faster. Hand Cart is the further upgrade of this technology.

Civilizations Bonuses Edit

  • Chinese: Wheelbarrow is 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Persians: Researching Wheelbarrow is 10%/15%/20% faster in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Vikings: Wheelbarrow is free.

History Edit

The simple wheelbarrow, or one-wheeled hand cart, was a significant invention at a time when most people worked with their hands in an agricultural community. There was little industry in the early part of the Middle Ages. The economy was powered largely by people growing crops, herding livestock, gathering, and building. The wheelbarrow provided an important productivity improvement. (from Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings game manual)

Economic technologies in 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