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

Used to train infantry and Slingers. Required to build Archery Range and Stables.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

The Barracks is the earliest military building available in Age of Empires. It becomes available in the Stone Age and allows players to train infantry for combat.

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

The infobox uses "O" as the shorthand of "original" for the original icon for the Bronze/Iron Ages. Moreover, it uses the following shorthands for different architecture sets:

  • G - Greek
  • A - East Asian
  • E - Egyptian
  • M - Mesopotamian
  • R - Roman

Gameplay[]

The Barracks is the training building for light on-foot military units, mostly melee, which are relatively cheap and can be fielded in double numbers with the Logistics technology. Constructing a Barracks is also necessary to unlock all of the other land military buildings: the Archery Range and the Stable, which in turn unlock the Siege Workshop and Academy. These units are available here, depending on the faction and researched technologies:

  • The Clubman line: the Clubman is the only military unit available in the Stone Age, so is used for early raids. The Axeman upgrade adds a bonus against mounted units, making it particularly effective for defending against Scouts. From the Bronze Age onwards this line is of little use unless gold is extremely scarce.
  • The Swordsman line: these are the core, generalist melee troops. Medium speed, medium power, medium durability, and very cheap to train.
  • Slinger: the only ranged unit available at the Barracks, Slingers are a counter to early foot archers, and can be a support unit against fortifications. They're also the only military unit that requires stone to train.

Units[]

Barracks
Stone Age Icon (DE)
Tool Age Icon (DE)
Bronze Age Icon (DE)
Iron Age Icon (DE)
Aoede clubman available
Axeman
Slinger
Aoede short swordsman available
Aoede broad swordsman available
Long Swordsman
Legionary


Unit availability[]

Civilization Broad Swordsman Long Swordsman Legionary Slinger All
Assyrians AoE Assyrians
Babylonians AoE Babylonians X
Carthaginians AoE Carthaginians
Choson AoE Choson X
Egyptians AoE Egyptians
Greeks AoE Greeks
Hittites AoE Hittites
Lac Viet AoE Lac Viet
Macedonians AoE Macedonians
Minoans AoE Minoans
Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans
Persians AoE Persians X
Phoenicians AoE Phoenicians X
Romans AoE Romans X
Shang AoE Shang
Sumerians AoE Sumerians
Yamato AoE Yamato
Civilization Broad Swordsman Long Swordsman Legionary Slinger All

Upgrades[]

Technologies
Hit points Architecture aoe Architecture: +20%
Line of Sight RoR City Watch City Watch: +3
Build speed Architecture aoe Architecture: -33%

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]

Changelog[]

RomeIcon The Rise of Rome[]

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • Team bonuses added:

History[]

When the first armies came into being, places were needed eventually to make weapons, store weapons, drill troops, and house troops.  The Barracks in Age of Empires represents these places.
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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