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This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires IV. For the civilization in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, see Saracens.
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The Abbasid Dynasty is a playable Asian civilization in Age of Empires IV.

Civilization overview[]

The Abbasid Dynasty is an adaptive civilization due to their ability to research unique upgrades at the House of Wisdom. These upgrades impact and alter core game elements and mechanics, providing a unique way to build your empire.

Age of Empires IV, the Abbasid Dynasty civilization spans the years 750-1517 CE and is based on the Abbasid Caliphate and the Mamluk Sultanate. The empire was born in modern-day Iraq, but after the Mongols destroyed its capital of Baghdad in 1258, the seat of power moved to Cairo.

You will experience the “Golden Age of Islam” playing the Abbasid Dynasty. This period saw flourishing technological innovations as the medieval world raced towards the modern era. The Abbasid Dynasty ruled the spiritual heart of the Islamic world for nearly 800 years, surviving civil wars, the Crusades, the Mongol invasion, relentless piracy, and rebellions.


The Abbasid Dynasty civilization is centered around their House of Wisdom, which provides unique upgrade opportunities and acts as the basis of their Golden Age mechanic.

As buildings are constructed around the House of Wisdom, the tier of their Golden Age increases, bringing with it increases to gather, research, and production rates.

Unique to their civilization, the Abbasid Dynasty receive Camel Archers and Camel Riders, which serve as unique anti-cavalry cavalry units.

The Abbasid Dynasty’s unique ability to construct Landmarks and advance through the ages without needing to assign active villagers enables the Abbasid Dynasty to continue gathering resources, construct buildings, or perform other tasks allowing uninterrupted growth.

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Start the game with +50 Wood (200 Wood instead of 150).
  • Gather from Berry Bushes 30% faster but cannot gather from Boar.
  • Constructing the Mill near Berry Bushes increases the amount of food available by 100% (from 250 to 500 Food per Berry Bush).
  • Infantry units are able to construct Battering Rams and Siege Towers (from the Dark Age), Springalds and Mangonels (from the Castle Age) without researching Siege Engineering.
  • Advance in Age by building wings from the House of Wisdom. It doesn't require that Villagers construct, unlike others civilizations. Nearby buildings gain +5 fire armor.
  • Docks are 50% cheaper.
  • Enter a Golden Age by building structures within the influence of the House of Wisdom.
Golden Age Bonuses
Tier Structures Resource Gather Rate Research Speed Production Speed
1 10 +10%
2 30 +15% +15%
3 60 +20% +20% +20%

Unique units[]

Unique to their civilization, the Abbasid Dynasty receive Camel Archers and Camel Riders, which serve as unique anti-cavalry cavalry units.

The Camel Archer is an anti-cavalry cavalry unit that reduces damage from nearby enemy cavalry units. Their expanded attack range and higher damage than average Horse Archers allows them to pick away at enemy cavalry from a safe distance.

The Imam is an inspirational community leader that can be created from the Abbasid’s Mosque building.

Unique buildings[]

  • BuildingIcon-HouseOfWisdomAoE4.png House of Wisdom (Economic Wing, Trade Wing, Military Wing and Culture Wing)
  • BuildingIcon-PrayerHallOfUqbaAoE4.png Prayer Hall of Uqba (Wonder)

Unique technologies[]


  • Originally, Abbasid Dynasty gathered berries 25% faster. With patch 11009, it is 30%.

Mastery Challenges[]

Abbasid Mastery[]

Born of the fertile crescent in the modern-day Middle East, the abbasid caliphate ruled over the Islamic world for hundreds of years. It oversaw a great period of flourishing and technological innovation known as the "Golden Age of Islam", bringing the medieval world racing towards the modern era.

In-game dialogue[]


  • The flag of the Abbasid Dynasty is the Black Standard, one of the flags flown by Muhammad in Muslim tradition. It was historically used by Abu Muslim in his uprising leading to the Abbasid Revolution in 747 and is also associated with the Abbasid Caliphate.
  • The Abbasid Dynasty is the only civilization in the game not to appear in any of the game single player campaigns, nor any of the The Art of War challenges until the Season One Update, where they are the enemy in the Advanced Combat scenario.