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This article is about the building in Age of Empires II. For the similar building in other games of the series, see Wonder.
Wonder
Wondericon
Overview
Type Civilian
Introduced In KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization All civilizations
Age Imperial-age-research Imperial Age
Construction Time 3500 seconds
Use Grants victory if defended for 200 years
Cost
Wood 1000
Stone 1000
Gold 1000
Stats
Size 5x5 tiles
Hit Points 4800
Melee Armor 3
Pierce Armor 10
Armor Classes Building
Line of Sight 8

"Building a Wonder of the World demonstrates the superiority of your civilization. Constructing a Wonder that stands for a certain period of time is one way to win the game."

Age of Empires II description

The Wonder is a civilian building in Age of Empires II that becomes available once the Imperial Age is reached. In certain game modes, the Wonder grants victory if built and defended for 200 years.

Each civilization builds a Wonder of historically relevant and unique appearance. They cannot be converted.

Tactics and Placement Edit

Wonders only serve as a victory condition, and as such they must be used only in game modes that allow that kind of victory. When a player starts to build a Wonder, every other player receives a notification with the location of the Wonder so they know where to steer their aggression.

Wonders should be placed in a well defended area so it is better to first build up a strong fortification composed of Castles, Walls, and Towers, so basically perform a late-game turtling strategy. In any case the player must be prepared to be the main focus of all enemy attacks and prepare to defend the Wonder. It is advised to have a huge army to defend against attacking armies, particularly siege units. Since the Wonder takes incredibly long to be built, it is advised to build it with as many Villagers as possible while also leave them near the area once they finish in case the Wonder needs to be repaired. In team games the support of allies while defending is highly valuable.

It is possible (but costly) to create more than one Wonder so that if one does not stand, other Wonders can stand for the time required to win the game.

A Monument (an unconstructable building) can be found in the Scenario Editor and some campaigns. Its appearance varies being different for each civilization, much like the Wonder, and it has the same icon, although it merely functions as decorative. It has 9999 hit points, making it the bulkiest building in the game.

List of Wonders Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

Britons Edit

Wonderbritons

The Aachen Cathedral and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Aachen Cathedral

Campaign Appearances:

Byzantines Edit

Wonderbyzantines

The Hagia Sofia and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Hagia Sophia

Campaign Appearances:

Celts Edit

ROCK OF CASHEL AOE2

The Rock of Cashel and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Rock of Cashel

Campaign Appearances:

Chinese Edit

WonderchineseaoeII

The Temple of Heaven and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Temple of Heaven

Campaign Appearances:

Franks Edit

Wonderfranks

The Chartres Cathedral and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Cathedral of Chartres

Campaign Appearances:

Goths Edit

Wondergoths

The Theodoric I Mausoleum and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Mausoleum of Theoderic I

Campaign Appearances:

  • None

Japanese Edit

WonderjapaneseaoeII

The Tōdai-ji Temple and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Tōdai-ji

Campaign Appearances:

Mongols Edit

Wondermongols

The Great Tent of Genghis Khan and a medieval depiction of the tent

Wonder: Great Tent of Genghis Khan

Campaign Appearances:

Persians Edit

WonderpersianaoeII

The Taq-i Kisra Palace and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Taq-i Kisra Palace

Campaign Appearances:

Saracens Edit

Wondersaracens

The Great Mosque of Samara and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Great Mosque of Samarra

Campaign Appearances:

Teutons Edit

Wonderteutons

The Maria Laach Abbey and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Maria Laach Abbey

Campaign Appearances:

Turks Edit

Wonderturks

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Selimiye Mosque

Campaign Appearances:

Vikings Edit

WondervikingsaoeII

The Borgund Stave Church and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Borgund Stave Church

Campaign Appearances:

The Conquerors Edit

Aztecs Edit

GREAT PYRAMID OF TENOCHTITLAN AOE2

The Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan

Campaign Appearances:

Huns Edit

Wonderhuns

The Arch of Constantine and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Arch of Constantine

Campaign Appearances:

  • None

Koreans Edit

Wonderkorean

The Hwangyong Temple and a model of the real structure

Wonder: Hwangnyong Temple

Campaign Appearances:

Mayans Edit

Wondermayan

The Temple of the Great Jaguar at Tikal and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Temple of the Great Jaguar

Campaign Appearances:

Spanish Edit

WonderspanishaoeII

The Torre del Oro and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Torre del Oro

Campaign Appearances:

The Forgotten Edit

Incas Edit

WonderincasaoeII

The Sun Temple of Machu Pichu and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Temple of the Sun at Macchu Picchu

Campaign Appearances:

Indians Edit

WonderindiansaoeII

The Gol Gumbaz and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Gol Gumbaz

In Rise of the Rajas, the Indians got a new Wonder.

Italians Edit

Wonderitalians

The Saint Lawrence Cathedral and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Cathedral of St. Lawrence

Campaign Appearances:

Magyars Edit

Wondermagyars

The Hunyad Castle and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Hunyad Castle

Slavs Edit

Wonderslavs

The Kizhi Pogost and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Kizhi Church

The African Kingdoms Edit

Berbers Edit

WonderBerbers

The Hassan Tower and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Hassan Tower

Ethiopians Edit

WonderEthiopians

Bete Amanuel and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Biete Amanuel

Malians Edit

WonderMalians

Great Mosque of Djenne and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Great Mosque of Djenné

Campaign Appearances:

Portuguese Edit

WonderPortuguese

The Belém Tower and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Belém Tower

Campaign Appearances:

Rise of the Rajas Edit

Burmese Edit

ShwezigonPagoda

The Shwezigon Pagoda and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Shwezigon Pagoda

Campaign Appearances:

Khmer Edit

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The Angkor Wat and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Angkor Wat

Campaign Appearances:

Malay Edit

KalasanAOE2

The Kalasan Temple and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Kalasan Temple

Campaign Appearances:

Vietnamese Edit

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The But Thap Temple and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Bút Tháp Temple

Campaign Appearances:

Indians Edit

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The Brihadeeswarar Temple and its real life counterpart

Wonder: Brihadeeswarar Temple

Campaign Appearances:

Further statistics Edit

Building Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Upgrades
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)
Construction Speed Treadmillcrane Treadmill Crane (+20%)
Other Unique-tech Atheism (adds 100 years to Wonder victories for all players, Huns only)

Civilization bonuses Edit

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Forgotten Edit

  • Indians: The Wonder is the Gol Gumbaz.

Rise of the Rajas Edit

  • Indians: The Wonder now is the Brihadeeswarar Temple. The Gol Gumbaz is still available in the Scenario Editor.

Trivia Edit

  • The British Wonder is actually in Germany.
  • The Wonder is the only constructable building that does not have the standard building armor class, along with the Fish Trap.
  • It is the only item in the game to cost three different resources.
  • The Slav Wonder is anachronistic, as the Khizi Pogost was not built until the 17th century. A more accurate choice would've been the Moscow Kremlin when it was a Limestone Citadel, the Dormition Cathedral, or the Ferapontov Monastery.
  • The design for the Malian Wonder is anachronistic by necessity. It is based on the current appearence of the Great Mosque of Djenne, but the mosque was rebuilt in the early 20th century. The original mosque would likely have looked different, but no records exist that describe its appearence, so it remains unknown. The architect for the original mosque was from Egypt, so it is possible that it would have been similar to medieval Egyptian mosques in appearance.

History Edit

"One distinguishing cultural characteristic of the great Middle Age civilizations was architecture. Buildings in Japan, Scandinavia, Britain, Constantinople, and Arabia looked quite different and employed different construction techniques. In many cases, particularly noteworthy buildings stand as icons for the building civilization, marking it for all time as a culture that achieved greatness, if only temporarily. Examples of such Middle Age cultural icons are the Cathedral at Chartres, Charlemagne’s Palace, and the Hagia Sophia at Constantinople."

Age of Empires II manual

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