|This article is about the building in Age of Empires III. For the building in other games of the series, see Castle.|
"A powerful defensive building that can also train and upgrade artillery."—In-game description
The Castle is a military/defensive building in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Asian civilizations (Chinese, Indians, and Japanese). It acts as a combination of an Outpost and an Artillery Foundry by attacking nearby enemies, training and upgrading artillery, and serving as a drop-off point for Home City shipments.
3 Hand Mortars
|Upgrades Castles into Hill Castles (+50% attack)|
|Upgrades Castles into Mountain Castles (+50% hit points, +50% attack, +100% anti-ship attack and a bombard attack with splash damage radius of 3); requires Hill Castle|
Further statistics Edit
|Building strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Ships, infantry, cavalry|
|Weak vs.||Artillery, siege infantry|
|Hit points||Flying Buttress (+20%)|
|Attack||Heated Shot (+1.5x multiplier vs. ships)|
|Sight||Gas Lighting (+4, Europeans only)|
|Construction cost|| Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)|
Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)
Home City Cards Edit
As the Castle can only be built by Asian civilizations, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Castle|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
"The fortification of towns had been in practice since ancient times, exhibited in the high-walled cities of Rome and the palaces of Byzantium; but in the ninth century, the feudal lords of Europe began to experiment with the castle, or fortified residence. These began as an elevated patch of terrain surrounded by a primitive ditch. Throughout medieval times, as siege technology developed and the threat of war constantly loomed, European rulers began to raise the walls of their fortresses higher and higher, and thicker walls were topped with towers and parapets.
By the thirteenth century, castles had become highly sophisticated, and the integral spine to any kingdom. First, a strategic location was chosen, such as on a high cliff or at the bend in a river. Then a moat was dug, restricting access to a narrow point that was often blocked by a retractable drawbridge. The keep, or innermost part of the castle, was protected by a series of walls that had to be breached in order to enter, defeat the survivors, and claim victory.
The earliest Japanese castle was the yamashiro, a deforested hill carved into a series of walls and courtyards. Each of the horizontal baileys gave defenders an open view of the battlefield. Because it had the same primarily defensive purpose as the European castle, the yamashiro shared many of the same features, with its squat, angular walls surrounding ditches. Also, both structures housed barracks and training facilities for a standing army led by the elite warrior class (the samurai, in the case of the Japanese)."
|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)|