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

Used to train and upgrade infantry. Required for Archery Range, Stable.
Age of Empires II description

The Barracks is the first military building available for construction in Age of Empires II; prerequisite to building the Archery Range and Stable. It trains and improves infantry.

Tactics and placement[]

As the Barracks is the first military building that enables a player to create military units, it is highly important to have at least one as soon as the player can afford it in order to defend themselves. Having a Barracks early in the game is important even if the player does not intend to use infantry units (unless they are Khmer or Sicilians), because it is the prerequisite to build Archery Ranges and Stables.

The Barracks is a vital building when performing early game rushes like the Dark Age rush and Feudal Age infantry rush. Placing a Barracks close to an enemy's base cuts off traveling distance for the troops, as they can be created near the opponent. Barracks infantry units move rather slowly (except for Eagle Warriors). When playing defensively the Barracks should be placed within fortifications in order to produce support units that can deal with most kinds of siege units, cavalry units, and trash units.

In the Goths' case, they must use their Barracks extensively for offensive and defensive purposes, as their Barracks work extremely fast, enabling them to mass infantry at an incredibly high rate. Defensively, Goths should always substitute fortifications with just Barracks as they don't have access to Stone Walls and Guard Towers.

Trainable units and technologies[]

Clicking on the icon links to the corresponding page.

Blue: Units
Green: Technologies
Purple: Unique units
Long Swordsman
Legionary (also replaces Two-Handed Swordsman)
Romans AoE2 Romans only
Eagle Scout
Italians AoE2 Italians
team only
Huskarl (Goths only)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Anarchy
Elite Huskarl (Goths only)
Flemish Militia (Burgundians only
UniqueTechImperialDE Flemish Revolution

Availability grid[]

The following table shows the availability of the units and technologies for every civilization. Unique units, Eagle Scout line (since only the Native American civilizations have access to them), Arson (since only the Goths lack it because of their civilization bonus), and units that are available to all civilizations are not shown in the table. An 'X' in the last column indicates that all other units and technologies are available.

= Available
= Unavailable
= Researched for free or fully covered by a civilization bonus if unavailable
Civilization Twohanded aoe2DE Champion aoe2DE Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Halberdier aoe2DE SquiresDE Suplliesicon AoE2 Gambesons All
Armenians AoE2 Armenians X
Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs
Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis X
Berbers AoE2 Berbers
Bohemians AoE2 Bohemians
Britons AoE2 Britons X
Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians
Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians
Burmese AoE2 Burmese X
Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines X
Celts AoE2 Celts X
Chinese AoE2 Chinese
Cumans AoE2 Cumans
Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians X
Ethiopians AoE2 Ethiopians
Franks AoE2 Franks X
Georgians AoE2 Georgians X
Goths AoE2 Goths
Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras
Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis
Huns AoE2 Huns
Incas AoE2 Incas
Italians AoE2 Italians
Japanese AoE2 Japanese X
Khmer AoE2 Khmer
Koreans AoE2 Koreans X
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 Legionary
Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians X
Slavs AoE2 Slavs X
Spanish AoE2 Spanish X
Tatars AoE2 Tatars
Teutons AoE2 Teutons X
Turks AoE2 Turks
Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese
Vikings AoE2 Vikings
Civilization Twohanded aoe2DE Champion aoe2DE Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Halberdier aoe2DE SquiresDE Suplliesicon AoE2 Gambesons All


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%)
UniqueTechImperialDE Perfusion (+100%, Goths only)
Other UniqueTechCastle-DE Anarchy (allows creation of Huskarls, Goths only)
UniqueTechImperialDE Flemish Revolution (allows creation of Flemish Militia, Burgundians only)

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Tracking costs 75 food, is available for research in the Feudal Age.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Tracking is free and instantly granted upon reaching the Feudal Age.
  • Supplies introduced for all civilizations except Goths. It cost 150 food, 100 gold, and takes 35 seconds to research. With update 37650, some civilizations lose access to it.
  • Slavs AoE2 Slavs: Supplies is free.
  • Slavs (team bonus): Barracks placed before start of the game now correctly give population.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: With update 42848, all technologies are researched 30% faster as a civilization bonus.

Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes[]

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals[]


Weapons were made and stored and soldiers drilled in the barracks. During the late Middle Ages, the barracks was incorporated within a castle complex. It became also the part of the castle where professional soldiers lived, ready to help defend the castle or maintain order in the surrounding countryside.
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