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This article is about the building in Age of Empires II. For the building in other games of the series, see Dock.

Used to build and upgrade ships, deposit food from Fishing Ships, and trade with other players by sea.
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The Dock is an economic and military building in Age of Empires II. It builds and improves ships, can be used as a trading point when trading with Trade Cogs and as a drop site for fishermen.

Tactics and placement[]

Several units can be created or upgraded only in the second page of the Dock, which is accessed by the red arrow in the build panel of the Dock. The Dock is the only building in the game with two pages.

Docks serve for both economy and naval warfare as they produce all kinds of vessels while also being a drop site for the Fishing Ships, Fishermen and Trade Cogs. They must be used depending the kind of map of the game.

When playing on maps like Archipelago and Islands it is absolutely necessary to build Docks and give them an extensive use since most of the action will occur on the seas. It is recommended to build at least one (preferably two) Docks in the Dark Age already in order to boost the economy with the production of Fishing Ships.

On maps like Coastal, Baltic, and Continental with important water bodies but where the settlements aren't separated by water, the use of Docks can make a huge difference in many situations while still be important for boosting economy early in the game, but are not always necessary. On these maps the naval units are mostly used to support the land army and for dealing with enemy buildings near the shoreline.

On maps like Rivers, Highland, or others that feature rivers and/or lakes, Docks become part of the defensive structures as the rivers and lakes represent a barrier for land troops, and in this case using the naval units becomes more helpful to aid fortifications near the shoreline and the shallows which in this kind of maps are the only narrow points usable for land troops in order to cross rivers.

Often it is useful to place towers and Castles near the Docks as these buildings will effectively protect the Docks from enemy ships. Placing the Docks near Shore Fish or Box Turtles is beneficial, since after building is finished, the builder can collect food from the shore fish immediately. It is also recommended to place the Dock in bays or gulfs, as this makes it more difficult for enemy ships to reach the Dock. Also, the Docks can be easier defended that way.

Docks may only be built in shallow water or on shallows, next to the coast.


When establishing a water trade route, Trade Cogs will leave for any Dock (ally, neutral, or enemy) and will return with gold. They will always travel to a particular Dock (closest to 100 tiles distance), friend or foe alike. The amount of gold they return depends on the length of the trade route. In team games on maps like Archipelago or Islands the naval trade routes are vital. So it is important to know which Docks are better defended from enemy ships in order to protect the Trade Cogs and establish secure and continuous trade routes.

Trainable units and technologies[]

Clicking on the icon links to the corresponding page.

Blue: Units
Green: Technologies
Purple: Unique units
Imperial Age
Fishing Ship
Transport Ship
War Galley
Dromon (mutually exclusive with Cannon Galleon)
Fire Ship
WarGalleyDE War Galley
WarGalleyDE War Galley
Vikings AoE2 Vikings only
Koreans AoE2 Koreans only
Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese
Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians
ChemistryDE Chemistry

Availability grid[]

The following table shows the availability of the units and technologies for every civilization. Unique units and units and technologies that are available to all civilizations are not shown in the table.

= Available
= Unavailable
Civilization Galleon Fire Galley Fire Ship Fastfireship aoe2DE Demoraft aoe2DE Demoship aoe2DE Heavydemoship aoe2de Cannon galleon aoe2DE Elite cannon galleon aoe2de DryDockDE ShipwrightDE BracerDE SiegeEngineersDE
Armenians AoE2 Armenians Dromon
Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs
Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis
Berbers AoE2 Berbers
Bohemians AoE2 Bohemians
Britons AoE2 Britons
Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians
Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians
Burmese AoE2 Burmese
Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines Dromon
Celts AoE2 Celts
Chinese AoE2 Chinese
Cumans AoE2 Cumans
Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians
Ethiopians AoE2 Ethiopians
Franks AoE2 Franks
Georgians AoE2 Georgians
Goths AoE2 Goths Dromon
Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras
Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis
Huns AoE2 Huns Dromon
Incas AoE2 Incas
Italians AoE2 Italians
Japanese AoE2 Japanese
Khmer AoE2 Khmer
Koreans AoE2 Koreans
Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians
Magyars AoE2 Magyars
Malay AoE2 Malay
Malians AoE2 Malians
Mayans AoE2 Mayans
Mongols AoE2 Mongols
Persians AoE2 Persians
Poles AoE2 Poles
Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese
Romans AoE2 Romans Dromon
Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians
Slavs AoE2 Slavs
Spanish AoE2 Spanish
Tatars AoE2 Tatars
Teutons AoE2 Teutons
Turks AoE2 Turks
Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese
Vikings AoE2 Vikings

Taking into account that the Dromon and (Elite) Cannon Galleon are mutually exclusive, the Berbers, Byzantines, Dravidians, and Spanish have a complete Dock. Only the Berbers have access to Siege Engineers, meaning they are the only civilization can fully upgrade every ship.

Further statistics[]

Hit points Masonry aoe2de Masonry (+10%)
ArchitectureDE Architecture (+10%)
Armor Masonry aoe2de Masonry (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
ArchitectureDE Architecture (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
Conversion resistance Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
Line of Sight TownWatchDE Town Watch (+4)
TownPatrolDE Town Patrol (+4)
Creation speed ShipwrightDE Shipwright (+54%)
Build speed TreadmillCraneDE Treadmill Crane (+20%)
Civilization bonuses
Hit points Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines (+10%/+20%/+30%/+40% in Dark/Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age)
Persians AoE2 Persians (+100%)
Damage resistance Georgians AoE2 Georgians (-20% {-40% instead of -25%} when on higher elevation)
Resource cost Malians AoE2 Malians (-15%)
Creation speed Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs (+11%, military units only)
Build speed Romans AoE2 Romans (+5%)
Spanish AoE2 Spanish (+30%)
Work rate Persians AoE2 Persians (+5%/+10%/+15%/+20% in Dark/Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age)
Other Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras (can garrison Fishing Ships)
Romans AoE2 Romans (+5% repair speed)
Team bonuses
Line of Sight Malay AoE2 Malay (+6)
Resource cost Vikings AoE2 Vikings (-15%)
Other Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians (+5 population)
Georgians AoE2 Georgians (repairing costs -25%)

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Vikings AoE2 Vikings: Warships are 20% cheaper. Team bonus: Docks are 25% cheaper.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

  • Trade Cogs generate +10% gold.
  • Gillnets introduced.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Cannon Galleons are 15% cheaper.
  • Vikings AoE2 Vikings: Warships are now 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age. Team bonus: Docks are now 15% cheaper.

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

  • Italians AoE2 Italians: With patch 5.5, Fishing Ships are now 20% cheaper.
  • Italians: With patch 5.8, Fishing Ships are now 15% cheaper.
  • Malay AoE2 Malay: Initially, Fishing Ships are 33% cheaper. With patch 5.3, that bonus is removed.
  • Vikings AoE2 Vikings: Warships are now 15%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Fish Traps can be queued.
  • Docks now have the automatic reseed button for Fish Traps.
  • Persians AoE2 Persians: Docks work 5% faster in the Dark Age. With update 36906, workrate in the Dark Age is restored to normal.
  • With update 36906, Docks become dropsites for Fishermen.

AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals[]


The emergence of deep-draft merchant ships led to the construction of docks where these ships could tie up and unload. Ships of this new design could not be dragged ashore easily for unloading. Associated with docks were the shipyards where ships were built.


  • Internally, the Dock has an unused resource referred to as "Trade Goods" that is set to 600. This has no gameplay implication, and is likely a leftover from development before the Trade Workshop was scrapped.
  • Visually, the Central European and Western European Docks have identical layouts, essentially being palette swaps of each other, while the Mediterranean and South Asian Docks have very similar layouts.
  • In the original game, the Dock was one of only two buildings, along with the Market, which could be selected and its information box viewed by the player, even when no longer in the player's Line of Sight. This was in order to provide information about its trade value.


Buildings in Age of Empires II
Civilian buildings
EconomicTowncenter aoe2DE Town Center · Dock aoe2de Dock · Fish trap aoe2DE Fish Trap · Mill aoe2de Mill · FarmDE Farm · Market aoe2DE Market · Lumber camp aoe2de Lumber Camp · Mining camp aoe2de Mining Camp · Feitoria aoe2DE Feitoria · Folwark Folwark · Ao2de caravanserai icon Caravanserai · AoE2 MuleCart Mule Cart
ResearchBlacksmith aoe2de Blacksmith · University AoE2 DE University
ReligiousAoE2 FortifiedChurch Fortified Church · MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery
MiscellaneousHouse aoe2DE House · Wonder aoe2DE Wonder
Military buildings
ProductionBarracks aoe2DE Barracks · Archery range aoe2DE Archery Range · Stable aoe2DE Stable · Siege workshop aoe2DE Siege Workshop · Dock aoe2de Dock
Fortified productionCastle aoe2DE Castle · Harbor aoe2de Harbor · Krepost icon updated Krepost · Aoe2-icon-donjon Donjon
TowerTowncenter aoe2DE Town Center · AoE2 FortifiedChurch Fortified Church · Outpost aoe2de Outpost · Watch Tower icon AoE2DE Watch Tower · Guard Tower icon AoE2DE Guard Tower · Keep icon AoE2DE Keep · Bombard tower aoe2DE Bombard Tower
WallPalisade wall aoe2de Palisade Wall · Palisade gate aoe2DE Palisade Gate · Stone wall aoe2de Stone Wall · Gate aoe2de Gate · Fortified wall aoe2de Fortified Wall · Gate aoe2de Fortified Gate
Scenario Editor buildings
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of KingsBridge · MonasteryAoe2DE Cathedral · Wonder aoe2DE Dome of the Rock · Pyramid aoe2DE Great Pyramid · MonasteryAoe2DE Mosque · Pavilion big icon AoE2DE Pavilion · Pyramid aoe2DE Pyramid · Accursed tower aoe2DE The Accursed Tower · Accursed tower aoe2DE The Tower of Flies · Market aoe2DE Trade Workshop · Yurt thatch big aoe2DE Yurt
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The ConquerorsWonder aoe2DE Monument · SeaGateDE Sea Gate · Watch Tower icon AoE2DE Sea Tower · Sea Wall icon AoE2DE Sea Wall
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The ForgottenAmphitheatre aoe2DE Amphitheatre · Aqueduct aoe2DE Aqueduct · Wonder aoe2DE Arch of Constantine · Fortified wall aoe2de City Wall · Amphitheatre aoe2DE Colosseum · Keep icon AoE2DE Fire Tower · Palisade wall aoe2de Fortified Palisade Wall · Castle aoe2DE Fortress · Castle aoe2DE Poenari Castle · Wonder aoe2DE Quimper Cathedral · MonasteryAoe2DE Temple of Heaven · Wooden Bridge
AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African KingdomsBarricade aoe2DE Barricade · Fence aoe2DE Fence · Accursed tower aoe2DE Fortified Tower · 2de granary new icon Granary · Hut small aoe2DE Hut · Wondericon Palace (removed) · Aoe2de storage icon new Storage · Tent small aoe2DE Tent
AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the RajasTent army small aoe2DE Army Tent · Wonder aoe2DE Gol Gumbaz · Wonder aoe2DE Sanchi Stupa
AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last KhansWonder aoe2DE Aachen Cathedral · Chain aoe2DE Chain · Gate aoe2de City Gate · Wonder aoe2DE Dormition Cathedral · Wonder aoe2DE Rock Church · Wonder aoe2DE Sankore Madrasah · MonasteryAoe2DE Shrine · Wonder aoe2DE Tower of London
Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the DukesAoe2de pagan shrine icon Pagan Shrine
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of IndiaWonder aoe2DE Minaret of Jam