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

Used to train and upgrade archer units.
Age of Empires II description

The Archery Range is a military building in Age of Empires II that becomes available once the Feudal Age is reached and a Barracks is built; alternately, Sicilians players may unlock it by building a Donjon instead. It trains and improves archers.

Tactics and placement[]

The Archery Range is an essential building if the player has an archer-based civilization, or if the player needs to have an effective counter to enemy archers, as the Skirmisher is trained there. If a player is intending to perform a turtling strategy that requires the use of ranged units, they should build several Archery Ranges within fortifications, as they can produce the required basic types of archers, also considering that archers garrisoned in towers and Castles allow them to fire more arrows.

Like the Barracks, placing the Archery Ranges near an enemy settlement helps to cut off walking distances for the troops as they can be created near the opponent, allowing them to attack more effectively, also considering that foot archers have slow movement speed.

Trainable units and technologies[]

Clicking on the icon links to the corresponding page.

Blue: Units
Green: Technologies
Purple: Unique units
Dark Age Feudal Age Castle Age Imperial Age
Archer Crossbowman Arbalesteravailable
Skirmisher Eliteskirmisheravailable Imperialskirmisheravailable
Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese
team only
Cavalry Archer Heavycavalryarcheravailable
Elephant Archer Eliteelephantarcheravailable
Incas AoE2 Incas only
ChemistryDE Chemistry
Berbers AoE2 Berbers
team only
Thumbringavailable Parthiantacticsavailable

Availability grid[]

The following table shows the availability of the units and technologies for every civilization. Unique units and units that are available to all civilizations are not shown in the table.

= Available
= Unavailable
= Researched for free or fully covered by a civilization bonus if unavailable
Civilization Crossbowman aoe2DE Arbalester aoe2DE Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Hand cannoneer aoe2DE ThumbRingDE ParthianTacticsDE All
Armenians AoE2 Armenians
Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs
Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon ElephantArcherIcon-DE
Berbers AoE2 Berbers
Bohemians AoE2 Bohemians
Britons AoE2 Britons
Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians
Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians
Burmese AoE2 Burmese
Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines
Celts AoE2 Celts
Chinese AoE2 Chinese
Cumans AoE2 Cumans
Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon ElephantArcherIcon-DE
Ethiopians AoE2 Ethiopians
Franks AoE2 Franks
Georgians AoE2 Georgians
Goths AoE2 Goths
Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon ElephantArcherIcon-DE
Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis
Huns AoE2 Huns
Incas AoE2 Incas
Italians AoE2 Italians
Japanese AoE2 Japanese X
Khmer AoE2 Khmer
Koreans AoE2 Koreans
Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians
Magyars AoE2 Magyars
Malay AoE2 Malay
Malians AoE2 Malians
Mayans AoE2 Mayans
Mongols AoE2 Mongols
Persians AoE2 Persians
Poles AoE2 Poles
Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese
Romans AoE2 Romans
Saracens AoE2 Saracens X
Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians
Slavs AoE2 Slavs
Spanish AoE2 Spanish
Tatars AoE2 Tatars
Teutons AoE2 Teutons
Turks AoE2 Turks
Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese
Vikings AoE2 Vikings
Civilization Crossbowman aoe2DE Arbalester aoe2DE Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Hand cannoneer aoe2DE ThumbRingDE ParthianTacticsDE

The Native American civilizations and the Bohemians do not have access to any mounted archer unit, unless allied with the Cumans or the Berbers.


Hit points Masonry aoe2de Masonry (+10%)
ArchitectureDE Architecture (+10%)
Armor Masonry aoe2de Masonry (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
ArchitectureDE Architecture (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
Line of Sight TownWatchDE Town Watch (+4)
TownPatrolDE Town Patrol (+4)
Conversion defense Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
Construction speed TreadmillCraneDE Treadmill Crane (+20%)
Work Rate ConscriptionDE Conscription (+33%)

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes[]

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals[]


Missile weapons like the bow carried over the Middle Ages from ancient times in most areas of the world. Northern Europe was an exception for many centuries because the dense forests of the region nullified the range advantage of bows. Throwing weapons like axes, javelins, and knives were more popular there. As the forests were cleared, use of the bow spread. Training with missile weapons took place at the archery range. The training of bowmen was especially favored in England, where every town had an archery range and competitions were held each week to encourage practice. From its large pool of archers, England could easily recruit several thousand expert longbowmen for armies going to France. As crossbows and early firearms came into use, men were trained to operate these weapons at a modified archery range.
Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings manual


Buildings in Age of Empires II
Civilian buildings
EconomicTowncenter aoe2DE Town Center · Dock aoe2de Dock · Fish trap aoe2DE Fish Trap · Mill aoe2de Mill · FarmDE Farm · Market aoe2DE Market · Lumber camp aoe2de Lumber Camp · Mining camp aoe2de Mining Camp · Feitoria aoe2DE Feitoria · Folwark Folwark · Ao2de caravanserai icon Caravanserai · AoE2 MuleCart Mule Cart
ResearchBlacksmith aoe2de Blacksmith · University AoE2 DE University
ReligiousAoE2 FortifiedChurch Fortified Church · MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery
MiscellaneousHouse aoe2DE House · Wonder aoe2DE Wonder
Military buildings
ProductionBarracks aoe2DE Barracks · Archery range aoe2DE Archery Range · Stable aoe2DE Stable · Siege workshop aoe2DE Siege Workshop · Dock aoe2de Dock
Fortified productionCastle aoe2DE Castle · Harbor aoe2de Harbor · Krepost icon updated Krepost · Aoe2-icon-donjon Donjon
TowerTowncenter aoe2DE Town Center · AoE2 FortifiedChurch Fortified Church · Outpost aoe2de Outpost · Watch Tower icon AoE2DE Watch Tower · Guard Tower icon AoE2DE Guard Tower · Keep icon AoE2DE Keep · Bombard tower aoe2DE Bombard Tower
WallPalisade wall aoe2de Palisade Wall · Palisade gate aoe2DE Palisade Gate · Stone wall aoe2de Stone Wall · Gate aoe2de Gate · Fortified wall aoe2de Fortified Wall · Gate aoe2de Fortified Gate
Scenario Editor buildings
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of KingsBridge · MonasteryAoe2DE Cathedral · Wonder aoe2DE Dome of the Rock · Pyramid aoe2DE Great Pyramid · MonasteryAoe2DE Mosque · Pavilion big icon AoE2DE Pavilion · Pyramid aoe2DE Pyramid · Accursed tower aoe2DE The Accursed Tower · Accursed tower aoe2DE The Tower of Flies · Market aoe2DE Trade Workshop · Yurt thatch big aoe2DE Yurt
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The ConquerorsWonder aoe2DE Monument · SeaGateDE Sea Gate · Watch Tower icon AoE2DE Sea Tower · Sea Wall icon AoE2DE Sea Wall
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The ForgottenAmphitheatre aoe2DE Amphitheatre · Aqueduct aoe2DE Aqueduct · Wonder aoe2DE Arch of Constantine · Fortified wall aoe2de City Wall · Amphitheatre aoe2DE Colosseum · Keep icon AoE2DE Fire Tower · Palisade wall aoe2de Fortified Palisade Wall · Castle aoe2DE Fortress · Castle aoe2DE Poenari Castle · Wonder aoe2DE Quimper Cathedral · MonasteryAoe2DE Temple of Heaven · Wooden Bridge
AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African KingdomsBarricade aoe2DE Barricade · Fence aoe2DE Fence · Accursed tower aoe2DE Fortified Tower · 2de granary new icon Granary · Hut small aoe2DE Hut · Wondericon Palace (removed) · Aoe2de storage icon new Storage · Tent small aoe2DE Tent
AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the RajasTent army small aoe2DE Army Tent · Wonder aoe2DE Gol Gumbaz · Wonder aoe2DE Sanchi Stupa
AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last KhansWonder aoe2DE Aachen Cathedral · Chain aoe2DE Chain · Gate aoe2de City Gate · Wonder aoe2DE Dormition Cathedral · Wonder aoe2DE Rock Church · Wonder aoe2DE Sankore Madrasah · MonasteryAoe2DE Shrine · Wonder aoe2DE Tower of London
Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the DukesAoe2de pagan shrine icon Pagan Shrine
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of IndiaWonder aoe2DE Minaret of Jam