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Generates resources or artillery automatically. Configure it to produce different things. Can only be sent from the Home City.
—In-game description

The Factory is an economic/military building in Age of Empires III that can only be built by Factory Wagons which can only be shipped from the Home City in the Industrial Age (Fortress Age for the United States). It generates 5.5 food, 5.5 wood, or 5.5 coin (7.15 with their respective improvements) per second depending on the configuration, or automatically trains a Heavy Cannon (Rocket for the British, Papal Bombard for the Italians, Great Bombard for the Ottomans) at no cost. The Factory also provides technologies to improve their resource gather rates and artillery train time, as well as the Imperial upgrade for Heavy Cannons/Rockets/Papal Bombards/Great Bombards.

Tactics[]

Factories are best placed in a well-guarded position, because they cannot be rebuilt when destroyed.

Consider the opportunity cost of shipping a Factory as opposed to shipping crates directly. If the civilization has 1,600 crates available for the resource being produced, the Factory will be profitable after about 5 minutes. If the factory is used for less time, crates would be more effective. Likewise, as a rough guide, the upgrades would be worth it if that resource is planned to be made for 3 minutes or more. Consider reallocating Settlers to avoid this if necessary.

Technologies[]

Age Technology Cost Effect
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Cannery Cannery 250 wood
250 coin
Factories generate +30% food
Water Power Water Power 250 food
250 coin
Factories generate +30% wood
Steam Power Steam Power 250 food
250 wood
Factories generate +30% coin
Mass Production Mass Production 300 food
300 coin
Heavy Cannon/Rocket/Great Bombard/Papal Bombard train time -25%
Imperial Age
Imperial artillery Imperial Cannon/Imperial Rocket/Imperial Great Bombard/Imperial Papal Bombard 1,500 wood
1,500 coin
Heavy Cannon/Rocket/Great Bombard/Papal Bombard get +50% hit points and attack

Civilization differences[]

Further statistics[]

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Improvements
Hit points State Constitutions State Constitutions (+25%; United States only)
Flying Buttress Flying Buttress (+20%)
Byzantine legacy Byzantine Legacy (+15%)
Line of Sight Gas Lighting Gas Lighting (+4)
Build time Cree Textile Craftsmanship Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25%)
Resource generation Cannery Cannery (+30% food)
Water Power Water Power (+30% wood)
Steam Power Steam Power (+30% coin)
Other Factory Icon Factory Wagon (ships 1 Factory Wagon; Chinese only)
Victorian era Victorian Era (ships 1 Factory Wagon)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Factory
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age
Inca Home City 3 (Monumental Architecture) Monumental Architecture Buildings get +30% hit points; Town Centers get +35% attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 3 (Improved Buildings) Improved Buildings Buildings get +40% hit points (also +4 Uhlans for the Germans)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Team improved buildings TEAM Improved Buildings Buildings get +25% hit points
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Spanish Home City 3 (Factory) Factory Ships 1 Factory Wagon (also +4 Uhlans for the Germans)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
British Home City 3 (Robber Barons) Robber Barons Ships 1 Factory Wagon (also +4 Uhlans for the Germans)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Spanish Home City 3 (Industrial Revolution) Industrial Revolution Ships 1 Factory Wagon
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Mexico card Chipotle Tactics Chipotle Tactics Ships 500 food; receive food when an enemy or own building is destroyed equal to 20% ~ 40% of its total cost
Age II tech tree aoe3
  • "Monumental Architecture" is available to the Inca, and also Portuguese and Spanish upon revolting to Peru.
  • "Improved Buildings" is available to Asians (except the Indians), Europeans (except the Maltese), Mexicans, and Native Americans (except the Inca).
  • "TEAM Improved Buildings" is available to the Inca, Indians, and Maltese.
  • "Factory" is available to Europeans (except Italians), Mexicans, Revolutionary France, and Rio Grande.
  • "Robber Barons" is available to Baja California, Europeans (except the Maltese, Russians, Spanish, and Swedes), Revolutionary France, South Africa, and Uited States (upon reaching the Industrial Age).
  • "Industrial Revolution" is available to the Russians, South Africa, Spanish, Swedes, and United States (upon reaching the Industrial Age).
  • "Chipotle Tactics" is available to the Mexicans and Spanish (upon revolting to Mexico).

Asians[]

Card Description Age
Land reforms Land Reforms Villagers and rickshaws build buildings 50% faster; buildings grant +100% build bounty (also +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Gondarine architecture Gondarine Architecture Buildings get +25% hit points; Town Centers and Palaces get +50% hit points; Walls and Mountain Monasteries get +100% hit points
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Federal Americans[]

Card Description Age
Federal card the alamo The Alamo Ship 16 Minutemen; when destroyed by enemies, your buildings spawn a number of Minutemen equal to 1.5% of their cost rounded up
Imperial Age
  • "The Alamo" is available to the United States upon selecting the Texas Federal State, and Mexicans upon revolting to Texas, and spawns 17 Minutemen when a Factory is destroyed.

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age
Haudenosaunee Home City 3 (Wampum) Wampum Training units and constructing buildings grants +35% XP; unit train time -20%, siege unit and artillery train time -5% instead
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Indians[]

Card Description Age
Mughal architecture Mughal Architecture Buildings' cost -20% wood and build time -30%; Wonders' build time -16% instead; +1 Hindu Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3

Lakota[]

Card Description Age
Lakota Home City 3 (Camp Movements) Camp Movements Ships 2 War Hut Travois; building build time -25%; Town Centers, Community Plaza, Markets, Corrals, War Huts, Farms, Native Embassies, Estates, and Docks can now be transformed into a Travois to be built elsewhere
Age II tech tree aoe3
Winter counts Winter Counts Training units grants +40% XP and constructing buildings grants +20% XP
Age I tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 3 (Squires) Squires Military buildings train and research work 80% faster, except Forts which train and research work 260% faster
Age III tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Mexico card Porfiriato Porfiriato Ships 1 Factory Wagon; Factories get +100% hit points and are repaired for free; Cannery, Water Power, Steam Power, Mass Production and Imperial Cannon upgrades are free; costs 500 food, 500 wood
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Federal card colegio de san nicolas Colegio de San Nicolás Ships 500 XP; units get +4 and buildings (except Walls) get +8 Line of Sight; sees what enemies can see for 20 seconds
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card talavera architecture Talavera Architecture Buildings get +30% hit points, -30% build time, and grant coin upon being built instead of XP
Imperial Age
California Home City (California Robber Barons) California Robber Barons Ships 1 Factory Wagon; Factory build limit +1
Revolution
Maya Home City (Maya Architecture) Maya Architecture All buildings except Forts get +30% hit points; buildings now give food as well as experience when built; grants Redoubts
Revolution
  • "Colegio de San Nicolás" is available upon selecting the Michoacán Federal State.
  • "Talavera Architecture" is available upon selecting the Puebla Federal State.
  • "California Robber Barons" is available upon revolting to California.
  • "Maya Architecture" is available upon revolting to the Maya.

United States[]

Card Description Age
Factory Icon New Hampshire Manufacturing Ships 1 Factory Wagon; Factory can not train Heavy Cannons until the Industrial Age; costs 250 food, 250 wood
Age III tech tree aoe3
Federal card vermont coppers Vermont Coppers Estate upgrades are free and research instantly; all coin gather 5% faster
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Federal card connecticut shipwrights Connecticut Shipwrights Ship train time -50%; building build time -35%; artillery train time -15%, Heavy Cannon train time -10% instead
Imperial Age
  • "New Hampshire Manufacturing" is available upon selecting the New Hampshire Federal State.
  • "Vermont Coppers" is available upon selecting the Vermont Federal State.
  • "Connecticut Shipwrights" is available upon selecting the Connecticut Federal State.

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Improved Buildings) Improved Buildings Buildings get +40% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Land reforms Land Reforms Villagers and rickshaws build buildings 50% faster; buildings grant +100% build bounty
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Factory) Factory Ships 1 Factory Wagon (also +4 Uhlans for the Germans)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1
British Home City 3 (Robber Barons) Robber Barons Ships 1 Factory Wagon (also +4 Uhlans for the Germans)
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
Spanish Home City 3 (Industrial Revolution) Industrial Revolution Ships 1 Factory Wagon
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
10
  • "Robber Barons" is not available to the Russians and Spanish.
  • "Industrial Revolution" is available to the Russians (at Home City level 25) and Spanish.

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Team improved buildings TEAM Improved Buildings Buildings get +25% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Changelog[]

3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • The Factory built by the Chinese by allying with the Russians at the Consulate now use the Northern European architecture set and can research the Imperial Cannon upgrade.

History[]

A factory is a large building that produces goods on a large scale and is usually associated with machinery, division of labor, and workers who are paid a wage. The first known factory was the Venice Arsenal, which began mass-producing ships in 1104. Factories came into common use in the eighteenth century and as the Industrial Revolution gathered steam, so to speak, factories cropped up in urban areas all over the western world.

Gallery[]

Buildings in Age of Empires III
Common
Dock aoe3de Dock · House indian aoe3de House · Livestock pen aoe3de Livestock Pen · Market icon aoe3de Market · Native embassy DE icon Native Embassy · Stables aoe3de Stable · Towncenter aoe3de Town Center · Trading post african aoe3de Trading Post · Wall aoe3de Wall
EuropeansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Church aoe3de Church · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Tavern icon de Tavern
Native AmericansCommunity plaza aoe3de Community Plaza (formerly Fire Pit) · Corral aoe3de Corral · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Farm aoe3de Farm · Tribal marketplace icon Tribal Marketplace · War hut aoe3de War Hut
AsiansJapan barracks aoe3de Barracks · Japan castle aoe3de Castle · Consulate icon aoe3de Consulate · Monastery aoe3de Monastery · China rice paddy icon aoe3de Rice Paddy · Advanced wonders Wonder
Federal AmericansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Plantation aoe3de Estate · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Saloon aoe3de Saloon
AfricansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Field portrait aoe3de Field · Granary portrait aoe3de Granary · Hut portrait aoe3de Hut · Livestock market aoe3de Livestock Market · Palace portrait aoe3de Palace · Port portrait aoe3de Port · War camp aoe3de portrait War Camp · Watch tower aoe3de portrait Watch Tower
Unique
Flag BritishDE BritishHouse aoe3de Manor House
Flag DutchDE DutchBank aoe3de Bank
Flag GermanDE GermansMercenary camp portrait Mercenary Camp
Flag OttomanDE OttomansChurch aoe3de Mosque
Flag RussianDE RussiansBlockhouse aoe3de Blockhouse
Flag AztecDE AztecsNobles aoe3de Nobles' Hut
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeIro house icon Longhouse · Artillery depot aoe3de Siege Workshop
Flag SiouxDE LakotaTeepee icon DE Teepee
Flag ChineseDE ChineseChinese village aoe3de Village · China waracademy aoe3de War Academy
Flag IndianDE IndiansCaravanseraiDE Caravanserai · MangoGroveDE Mango Grove · SacredFieldDE Sacred Field
Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseCherry orchard portrait aoe3de Cherry Orchard · Dojo aoe3de Dojo · Shrine aoe3de Shrine
Flag IncanDE IncaInca kallanka Kallanka · Inca kancha house Kancha House · Inca stronghold Stronghold · Inca tambo Tambo
Flag SwedishDE SwedesSwedish torp Torp
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesMeeting house aoe3de icon Meeting House · State capitol aoe3de icon State Capitol
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de EthiopiansMountain monastery portrait aoe3de Mountain Monastery
Flag Hausa HausaUniversity portrait University
Flag MexicanDE MexicansCathedral portrait Cathedral · Hacienda portrait Hacienda
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansBasilica portrait Basilica · Lombard portrait Lombard
Flag MalteseDE MalteseCommandery portrait Commandery · Depot portrait Depot · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Hospital portrait Hospital
Situational
Aztec temple portrait American Citadel (formerly Maya Castle) · Athos monastery portrait Athos Monastery · Battery tower portrait Battery Tower · Factory aoe3de Factory · Field hospital aoe3de Field Hospital · Regent's Castle aoe3de Regent's Castle
Scenario Editor/campaign only
Cherokee Warhut Portrait Cherokee War Hut · Wall aoe3de Command Post · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Fort Tower icon AoE3DE Fort Tower · Gunpowder Stores icon AoE3DE Gunpowder Stores · Ossuary AoE3DE Ossuary · Fountain Youth Portrait The Fountain of Youth · Tower aoe3de Tower
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