"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 European civilizations' Home City in the Industrial Age. 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, 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/Great Bombards.
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.
|Factories generate +30% food|
|Water Power||250 food,|
|Factories generate +30% wood|
|Steam Power||250 food,|
|Factories generate +30% coin|
|Mass Production||300 food,|
|Heavy Cannon/Rocket/Great Bombard train time -25%|
Civilization differences Edit
- In The Asian Dynasties, the Chinese can build one (and only one) Factory by allying with the Russians at the Consulate, which provides the Factory Wagon shipment that ships the namesake unit capable of building a Factory.
Further statistics Edit
|Building strengths and weaknesses|
|Hit points||Flying Buttress (+20%)|
|Sight||Gas Lighting (+4, European civilizations only)|
|Resource generation|| Cannery (+30% food)|
Water Power (+30% wood)
Steam Power (+30% coin)
Home City Cards Edit
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Factory|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
"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."
|Buildings in Age of Empires III|
|Age of Empires III|
|Economic||Town Center · Trading Post · Market · Mill · Livestock Pen · Church · Plantation · Factory · Capitol|
|Military||Outpost · Dock · Barracks · Stable · Artillery Foundry · Arsenal · Fort · Saloon*|
|Other||Field Hospital · Native Embassy*|
|Aztecs||Fire Pit · Farm · War Hut · Nobles' Hut|
|Iroquois||Longhouse · Fire Pit · Farm · War Hut · Corral · Siege Workshop|
|Sioux||Teepee · Fire Pit · Farm · War Hut · Corral|
|The Asian Dynasties|
|Chinese||Village · Rice Paddy · Consulate · Castle · Monastery · War Academy · Wonders|
|Indians||Sacred Field · Rice Paddy · Consulate · Castle · Monastery · Caravanserai · Wonders|
|Japanese||Shrine · Rice Paddy · Consulate · Castle · Monastery · Dojo · Wonders|
|* introduced in The Warchiefs|