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Craftsmanship is a technology in Age of Empires that can be researched at the Market once Iron Age is reached. To research this upgrade, 240 food, 200 wood is required.

Availability chart[]

Aoede craftsmanship available Available Aoede craftsmanship unavailable Unavailable

Gameplay[]

Once researched, the range of all units that fires a projectile increases by one point, with the exception of siege weapons and siege ships. Woodcutters also benefit from this upgrade as they work 20% faster and carry +2 wood. This is the last woodworking technology available from the Market.

Before Return of Rome, researching it was also required to upgrade Ballistae to Helepolises.

Affected units[]

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]

  • Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans: Researching Craftsmanship is 30% faster.

Changelog[]

ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires[]

  • Woodcutters work 36% faster.
  • Researching Craftsmanship is required to upgrade Ballistae to Helepolises.

Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Woodcutters work 20% faster.

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • Researching Craftsmanship is not required to upgrade Ballistae to Helepolises.

History[]

The discovery of inexpensive ways to make iron was as great a technological leap over bronze making as bronze was over stone.  Iron surpassed bronze in every critical characteristic- hardness, strength, and the ability to hold an edge before needing to be resharpened- Plus one.  Iron was much easier to acquire than were copper and tin, making it available to all cultures and for all uses.  Historians consider the ability to make and use iron ore one of the distinctions between barbaric and civilized culture.
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Technologies in Age of Empires
Economic technologies
WoodWoodworking Woodworking · Artisanship Artisanship · Craftsmanship Craftsmanship
FoodDomestication Domestication · PlowAOE Plow · Irrigation AOE Irrigation
GoldGold Mining Gold Mining · Coinage Coinage
StoneStone Mining Stone Mining · Siegecraft Siegecraft
MiscellaneousWheelicon Wheel · Jihad Zealotry
Military technologies
GeneralBallistics Ballistics · Alchemy Alchemy · RoR Conscription Conscription
InfantryToolworking Toolworking · Metalworkingicon Metalworking · Metallurgyicon Metallurgy
Leatherarmorinfantryicon Leather Armor Infantry · Scalearmorinfantryicon Scale Armor Infantry · Chainmailinfantryicon Chain Mail Infantry
Bronzeshieldicon Bronze Shield · Ironshieldicon Iron Shield · Towershieldicon Tower Shield
Logistics Logistics
Aristocracy Aristocracy
Slinger-0 SlingerStone Mining Stone Mining · Siegecraft Siegecraft
Bronzeshieldicon Bronze Shield · Ironshieldicon Iron Shield · Towershieldicon Tower Shield
Logistics Logistics
CavalryToolworking Toolworking · Metalworkingicon Metalworking · Metallurgyicon Metallurgy
Leatherarmorcavalryicon Leather Armor Cavalry · Scalearmorcavalryicon Scale Armor Cavalry · Chainmailcavalryicon Chain Mail Cavalry
NobilityIcon Nobility
ArcherWoodworking Woodworking · Artisanship Artisanship · Craftsmanship Craftsmanship
Leatherarmorarchersicon Leather Armor Archers · Scalearmorarchersicon Scale Armor Archers · Chainmailarchersicon Chain Mail Archers
7 Scout Ship Scout ShipWoodworking Woodworking · Artisanship Artisanship · Craftsmanship Craftsmanship
SiegeEngineering Engineering
AoE2 DE priest icon PriestAstrology Astrology · Mysticism Mysticism · Polytheism Polytheism · Afterlife Afterlife · Monotheism Monotheism · Fanaticism Fanaticism · Medicine Medicine · RoR Theocracy Theocracy
BuildingArchitecture aoe Architecture · RoR City Watch City Watch · RoR Urbanization Urbanization
Miscellaneous technologies
Writing Writing
Unit/Building unlocking/upgrade technologies
IndividualBattle Axe Battle Axe · Catapult Trireme technology Catapult Trireme · Research Small Wall Small Wall · Research Watch Tower Watch Tower
SeriesAoe improved bow icon Improved Bow · Aoe composite bow icon Composite Bow
Broad Sword Broad Sword · Long Sword Long Sword
Unused or removed technologies
Martyrdom Sacrifice · RoR City Watch Scouting · Short Sword Short Sword · Mathematics Mathematics
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