"Russian combination of Barracks and Outpost. Can defend the frontier or train infantry in groups. Also provides 5 population."
In-game description

The Blockhouse is a military/defensive building in Age of Empires III that is unique to the Russians. It combines the functions of a Barracks and an Outpost by training and upgrading Russian infantry, attacking nearby enemies, and receiving Home City shipments, as well as supporting 5 population.

Tactics Edit

Blockhouses are resource-friendly, with Russian players only having to pay wood for a fraction of the cost required for a Barracks and Outpost. TEAM Cheap Barracks will reduce the cost by 15%, while TEAM Art of War reduces it by 10%. If both cards are stacked, Blockhouses only cost 187 wood. However, using this method, Barracks and War Academies will be much cheaper than Blockhouses, at 40 wood and 90 wood respectively, drastically reducing their economic advantage.

Due to Blockhouses' dual-role, losing them will hinder the Russian player's defense and ability to train infantry simultaneously, which can sometimes lead to them being overwhelmed easily during an attack involving siege units.

Units Edit

Age Unit Cost Pop.
Ages colonial
Strelet icon 10 Strelets 375 food,
100 wood
Musketeer icon 5 Musketeers 375 food,
125 coin
Ages fortress
Aoe3 halberdier icon 4 Halberdiers 200 food,
280 coin
Falconet icon Falconet 100 wood,
400 coin
Ages industrial
Mortar icon Mortar 100 wood,
350 coin
Falconets and Mortars require the Blockhouse Cannon Home City Card to be trained at Blockhouses.

Upgrades Edit

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Ages fortress
Frontier outpost Frontier Blockhouse 400 wood,
200 coin
Upgrades Blockhouses into Frontier Blockhouses (+50% attack)
Ages industrial
Fortified outpost Fortified Blockhouse 800 wood,
400 coin
Upgrades Blockhouses into Fortified Blockhouses (+50% hit points, +50% attack, +100% anti-ship attack and a bombard attack with an AOE of 3); requires Frontier Blockhouse

Civilization differences Edit

  • In The Asian Dynasties, the Chinese in random map games can build Blockhouses by allying with the Russians at the Consulate, which provides the Blockhouse Wagon shipment that ships a namesake unit capable of building a Blockhouse for free. It also allows European Settlers and Native American Villagers, if the player somehow managed to obtain them, to build Blockhouses. Unlike its standard counterpart however, the Chinese Blockhouse cannot train units.
    • The Indians in the Act III: India campaign can build Blockhouses in the same way as the Chinese in random map games, however, only (rescued) European Settlers can build extra Blockhouses after the shipment.

Further statistics Edit

As Blockhouses are unique to the Russians, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ships, infantry, weak cavalry
Weak vs. Artillery, Siege units
Hit points Flying Buttress Flying Buttress (+20%)
Attack Heated Shot Heated Shot (+1.5x multiplier vs. ships)
Sight Gas Lighting Gas Lighting (+4)
Other Iroquois league Iroquois League (train Iroquois Tomahawks and Iroquois Mantlets, vanilla Age of Empires III only)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards Edit

As Blockhouses are unique to the Russians, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

History Edit

"A blockhouse is a military building that is often fortified for protection. A blockhouse is similar to a fort, but while a fort has multiple buildings, a blockhouse has only one structure. In the New World, blockhouses were used for defense on the frontier. Russian blockhouses built along the west coast were hexagonal in shape and usually had multiple stories."

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