"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.
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.
|Upgrades Blockhouses into Frontier Blockhouses (+50% attack)|
|Upgrades Blockhouses into Fortified Blockhouses (+50% hit points, +50% attack, +100% anti-ship attack and a bombard attack with splash damage radius 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.
Further statistics Edit
As the Blockhouse can only be built by the Russians, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed here.
|Building strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Ships, infantry, weak cavalry|
|Weak vs.||Artillery, siege infantry|
|Hit points||Flying Buttress (+20%)|
|Attack||Heated Shot (+1.5x multiplier vs. ships)|
|Sight||Gas Lighting (+4)|
|Other||Iroquois League (train Iroquois Tomahawks and Iroquois Mantlets, vanilla Age of Empires III only)|
|Construction cost|| Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)|
Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)
Home City Cards Edit
As the Blockhouse is exclusive to the Russians, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Blockhouse|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
"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."
|Buildings in Age of Empires III|
|Economic||Town Center · Trading Post · House (Europeans except British, Aztecs) · Manor (British) · Longhouse (Iroquois) · Teepee (Sioux) · Village (Chinese) · Indian House (Indians) · Shrine (Japanese) · Market · Mill (Europeans) · Bank (Dutch) · Farm (Native Americans) · Rice Paddy (Asians) · Livestock Pen (Europeans) · Sacred Field (Indians) · Fire Pit (Native Americans) · Mosque (Ottomans) · Consulate (Asians) · Church (Europeans except Ottomans) · Plantation (Europeans and Native Americans) · Factory (Europeans) · Capitol (Europeans)|
|Military||Outpost (Europeans except Russians) · Blockhouse (Russians) · War Hut (Native Americans) · Castle (Asians) · Dock · Monastery (Asians) · Barracks (Europeans except Russians, Indians and Japanese) · Stable (Europeans and Japanese) · Corral (Native Americans) · Caravanserai (Indians) · War Academy (Chinese) · Artillery Foundry · Saloon (Europeans) · Arsenal (Europeans) · Fort (Europeans) · Siege Workshop (Iroquois) · Nobles' Hut (Aztecs) · Dojo (Japanese)|
|Other||Field Hospital · Native Embassy · Wonders (Asians)|