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This article is about the building in Age of Empires. For the building in other games in the series, see Archery Range.

Used to train various foot and mounted archers. Required to build Siege Workshop.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

The Archery Range is a Tool Age military building in Age of Empires that trains archers, available once the player has built the first Barracks.

Trained units can be garrisoned inside by setting the building's rally point to itself. Once a unit is ejected, it cannot be regarrisoned.

Gameplay[]

The Archery Range is the training building for most of the game's projectile units. The player must have built an Archery Range to unlock the Siege Workshop. Note that although some of the Archery Range's units are mounted, they don't benefit from cavalry Storage Pit upgrades. These units are available here, depending on the faction and technologies:

  • Bowman: Tool Age archer. The weakest ranged unit in the game, but also the cheapest.
  • The Improved Bowman line: inexpensive medium-power foot archer. The Improved Bowman has shorter projectile range than the mounted units, but the Composite Bowman upgrade matches them.
  • Chariot Archer: fast, medium-power archery unit that requires no gold but a significant amount of wood, and has increased resistance to Priest conversion. Requires Wheel.
  • The Horse Archer line: fast, expensive, and the most powerful Archery Range unit.
  • Elephant Archer: slow, very expensive, but extremely durable.

Units[]

Archery Range
Requires
Returnofrome greek barracks icon Barracks
Stone Age Icon (DE)
Tool Age Icon (DE)
Bronze Age Icon (DE)
Iron Age Icon (DE)
Aoede bowman available
Aoede improved bowman available
Requires
Aoe improved bow icon Improved Bow
Composite Bowman
Chariot Archer
Requires
Wheelicon Wheel
Horse Archer
Aoede heavy horse archer available
Elephant Archer


Unit availability[]

Civilization Improved Bowman22 Composite Bowman Chariot Archer111 Horse Archer Returnofrome heavy horse archer icon EAICON DE All
Assyrians AoE Assyrians
Babylonians AoE Babylonians
Carthaginians AoE Carthaginians
Choson AoE Choson
Egyptians AoE Egyptians
Greeks AoE Greeks
Hittites AoE Hittites
Lac Viet AoE Lac Viet X
Macedonians AoE Macedonians
Minoans AoE Minoans
Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans
Persians AoE Persians
Phoenicians AoE Phoenicians
Romans AoE Romans
Shang AoE Shang
Sumerians AoE Sumerians
Yamato AoE Yamato
Civilization Improved Bowman22 Composite Bowman Chariot Archer111 Horse Archer Returnofrome heavy horse archer icon EAICON DE

Upgrades[]

Hit points Architecture aoe Architecture (+20%)
Line of Sight RoR City Watch City Watch (+3)
Construction time Architecture aoe Architecture (-33%)

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]

  • Babylonians AoE Babylonians: Archery Ranges are built 10% faster.
  • Choson AoE Choson: Archery Ranges have +2 Line of Sight.
  • Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans: Unit upgrades at the Archery Range and technologies benefiting the Archery Range are researched 30% faster.
  • Yamato AoE Yamato: Archery Ranges cost -33% wood.

Changelog[]

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • Team bonuses added:
    • Babylonians AoE Babylonians: Archery Ranges are built 10% faster.
    • Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans: Technologies at and benefiting the Archery Range are researched 30% faster.
    • Yamato AoE Yamato: Archery Ranges cost -33% wood.
  • Yamato: Archery Range upgrades cost -30%.
  • Choson AoE Choson (team bonus): With update 93001, Archery Ranges have +2 Line of Sight.

History[]

The bow was developed as a hunting weapon long before the first towns appeared and was easily adapted to warfare. Because the bow allowed fighting from a distance and from behind cover, archers did not have to fight face- to- face with their enemy. As the first civilizations grew in size and their armies grew correspondingly, formal training of archers was instituted. As part of this training, bowmen practiced shooting on archery ranges to improve accuracy.
Age of Empires manual

Gallery[]

Buildings in Age of Empires
Civilian buildings
GeneralReturnofrome stone age house icon House · AOEDE Temple icon Temple · Returnofrome greek iron age government center iconReturnofrome east asian iron age government center iconReturnofrome egyptian iron age government center iconReturnofrome mesopotamian iron age government center iconReturnofrome roman iron age government center icon Government Center · Returnofrome greek wonder iconReturnofrome east asian wonder iconReturnofrome egyptian wonder iconReturnofrome mesopotamian wonder iconReturnofrome roman wonder icon Wonder
EconomicReturnofrome greek town center iconReturnofrome east asian town center iconReturnofrome egyptian town center iconReturnofrome mesopotamian town center iconReturnofrome roman town center icon Town Center · AOEDE Dock icon Dock · Storage Pit icon Storage Pit · AOEDE Granary icon Granary · Market AOEDE icon Market · AOEDE Farm icon Farm
UnconstructableAqueduct aoe2DE Aqueduct · Army Tent icon nuRoR Army Tent · Barricade aoe2DE Barricade · Chain aoe2DE Chain · Amphitheatre aoe2DE Colosseum · 2de granary new icon Granary · Pyramid aoe2DE Great Pyramid · Hut small aoe2DE Hut · Returnofrome greek wonder icon Monument · Pyramid aoe2DE Pyramid · Returnofrome ruins icon Ruins · AOEDE Trade Workshop icon Trade Workshop · Yurt thatch small aoe2DE Yurt
Military buildings
ProductionReturnofrome greek barracks iconReturnofrome east asian barracks iconReturnofrome egyptian barracks iconReturnofrome mesopotamian barracks iconReturnofrome roman barracks icon Barracks · AOEDE Archery Range icon Archery Range · AOEDE Stable icon Stable · AOEDE Siege Workshop icon Siege Workshop · Returnofrome greek academy iconReturnofrome east asian academy iconReturnofrome egyptian academy iconReturnofrome mesopotamian academy iconReturnofrome roman academy icon Academy
TowerAOEDE Watch Tower icon Watch Tower · AOEDE Sentry Tower icon Sentry Tower · Returnofrome greek guard tower iconReturnofrome east asian guard tower iconReturnofrome egyptian guard tower iconReturnofrome mesopotamian guard tower iconReturnofrome roman guard tower icon Guard Tower · Returnofrome greek guard tower iconReturnofrome east asian guard tower iconReturnofrome egyptian guard tower iconReturnofrome mesopotamian guard tower iconReturnofrome roman guard tower icon Ballista Tower
WallReturnofrome small wall icon Small Wall · Returnofrome greek medium wall iconReturnofrome east asian medium wall iconReturnofrome egyptian medium wall iconReturnofrome mesopotamian medium wall iconReturnofrome roman medium wall icon Medium Wall · Returnofrome greek fortified wall iconReturnofrome east asian fortified wall iconReturnofrome egyptian fortified wall iconReturnofrome mesopotamian fortified wall iconReturnofrome roman fortified wall icon Fortified Wall · Small Gate (AOE RoR) icon Small Gate · Medium Gate (AOE RoR) icon Medium Gate · Fortified Gate (AOE RoR) icon Fortified Gate
UnconstructableReturnofrome greek guard tower iconReturnofrome east asian guard tower iconReturnofrome egyptian guard tower iconReturnofrome mesopotamian guard tower iconReturnofrome roman guard tower icon Mirror Tower · Returnofrome greek guard tower iconReturnofrome east asian guard tower iconReturnofrome egyptian guard tower iconReturnofrome mesopotamian guard tower iconReturnofrome roman guard tower icon Zenobia's Tower
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