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

Trains and upgrades hand and ranged infantry.
—In-game description

The Barracks is a military building in Age of Empires III that trains and upgrades infantry. It becomes available upon reaching the Commerce Age.

The Native American civilizations and Russians have access to the War Hut and Blockhouse, respectively, both of which combine the functions of a Barracks and an Outpost. The Chinese train banner armies containing infantry through the War Academy.

Units[edit | edit source]

Age Unit Cost Pop. Civ.
Ages colonial.jpg
Aoe3 pikeman icon.png Pikeman 40 food,
40 wood
1 British
Dutch
French
Germans
Portuguese
Spanish
Swedes
Knights of St. John
John Black's Mercenaries
United States
Rodelero small icon.png Rodelero 65 food,
35 coin
Spanish
Knights of St. John
Doppelsoldner icon.png Doppelsoldner 75 food,
125 coin
2 Germans
Rajput icon.png Rajput 100 food,
35 wood
1 Indians
Aoe3 samurai icon.png Samurai 100 food,
100 coin
2 Japanese
Musketeer icon.png Musketeer 75 food,
25 coin
1 British
French
Portuguese
Spanish
John Black's Mercenaries
United States
Aoe3 janissary icon.png Janissary 100 food,
25 coin
Ottomans
Sepoy icon.png Sepoy 90 food,
30 coin
Indians
Ashigaru musketeer icon.png Ashigaru Musketeer 80 food,
40 coin
Japanese
Carolean.png Carolean 60 food,
40 coin
Swedes
Aoe3 crossbowman icon.png Crossbowman 40 food,
40 wood
French
Germans
Portuguese
Spanish
Knights of St. John
John Black's Mercenaries
Aoe3 longbowman icon.png Longbowman 60 food,
40 wood
British
Yumi archer icon.png Yumi Archer 50 food,
55 wood
Japanese
Gurkha icon.png Gurkha 70 food,
55 coin
Indians
Ages fortress.jpg
Aoe3 skirmisher icon.png Skirmisher 50 food,
65 coin
Dutch
French
Germans
Spanish
John Black's Mercenaries
United States
Cassador icon.png Cassador 80 food,
35 coin
Portuguese
Aoe3 halberdier icon.png Halberdier 50 food,
70 coin
Dutch
French
Portuguese
John Black's Mercenaries
Revolution.png
Barbary Warrior* Barbary States
Corsair Marksman*
Javanese Spearman* Indonesia
Pirate Haiti
Dutch Skirmishers can be trained in the Colonial Age.
Units with an asterisk (*) are added in the Definitive Edition.

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Improvements
Hit points Flying Buttress.png Flying Buttress (+20%)
Sight Gas Lighting.png Gas Lighting (+4, European civilizations only)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning.png Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)
Other Iroquois league.png Iroquois League (train Iroquois Tomahawks and Iroquois Mantlets, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Penalties Code Napoleon.png Code Napoleon (+50% cost, French only)
Counter Infantry Rifling.png Customized Merc Weapons (+30% cost, John Black's Mercenaries only)

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The ambient sound for the Barracks is a remastered version of the Military Academy selection sound from the 1998 video game Caesar III.
  • Ironically, although the Barracks' history description (see below) says that Barracks were built specifically to stop colonists from having to house soldiers, the Barracks does not provide any population and needs houses (civillian ones) to house the soldiers.
  • Even though the Barracks is not available until the Commerce Age, it has its Exploration Age appearance, shared by all European civilizations.

History[edit | edit source]

Barracks were constructed in the British colonies when colonists tired of housing British regulars for two straight years during the French and Indian War. Hostilities escalated as increasing numbers of troops were sent to defend the Crown's interests. More and more settlers were required by law to provide shelter to the soldiers. Eventually the dissatisfaction amongst colonists grew so strong that Lord Laudon, General in Chief of America, agitated for the construction of a number of barracks to house the soldiers.

The Third Amendment of the U.S. Constitution specifically prohibits the requirement by law for citizens to house soldiers.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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