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Powerful, defensive building that can also train units. Can only be sent from the Home City.
—In-game description

The Fort is a military/defensive building in Age of Empires III that can only be built by Fort Wagons or Russian Musketeers via the "National Redoubt" Home City Card as well as the Explorer with the "Castrametation" Home City Card in the Definitive Edition. It is one of the strongest defensive buildings in the game that are also capable of training infantry and cavalry units, as well as Falconets, and serving as a drop-off point for Home City shipments.

Tactics[]

While having impressive hit points and a great range, Forts are expensive to repair and can only take on one target at a time (although there is Area of Effect damage when they fire). They are most often used to gain map control, or to defend a coastline or colony. Since it is a special Home City shipment, another Fort Wagon cannot be built if the Fort is destroyed unless multiple shipments of wagons are available. Forts are formidable defenses but are not invincible. They can be destroyed with artillery or long range ships such as Monitors or Ironclads. A large amount of units can bring it down as the Fort can only fire on one enemy at a time, though it does splash damage.

However, as with artillery pieces, if a unit is placed correctly, the fort will fire on that unit but will be unable to deal any damage. Forts are usually placed in strategic areas or near the first Town Center. When in use by the AI, easy ones will usually place the Fort near their starting location. Higher AIs tend to place the Fort near the enemy's settlement(s) and if allied, the AI will notify the player of where they are building it.

In The Asian Dynasties expansion, the Fort has been tinkered with slightly. First, European civilizations are able to build at least one Fort and most are able to build two. The main addition lies in the Russian Home City Cards, where they can allow Musketeers to build Forts by sending the "National Redoubt" card in the Industrial Age. This makes the Russians very powerful coupled with the ability to instantly create infantry.

In the Definitive Edition, the "Castrametation" Home City Card is now available to all European civlizations (including the Spanish, who didn't have it in The Asian Dynasties) and allows the Explorer to build Forts, making the loss of Forts no longer a major blow to the player's defense.

Units[]

Age Unit Cost Pop. Civ.
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Pikeman aoe3de.png Pikeman 40 food
40 wood
1 British
Dutch
French
Germans
Portuguese
Spanish
Swedes
Randelero de.png Rodelero 65 food
35 coin
Spanish
Doppel de.png Doppelsoldner 75 food
125 coin
2 Germans
Musketeer icon aoe3de.png Musketeer 75 food
25 coin
1 British
French
Portuguese
Russians
Spanish
Janissary aoe3de.png Janissary 100 food
25 coin
Ottomans
Carolean.png Carolean* 60 food
40 coin
Swedes
Regular aoe3de.png Regular* 60 food
50 coin
United States
Crossbow aoe3de.png Crossbowman 40 food
40 wood
French
Germans
Portuguese
Spanish
Swedes*
Longbow aoe3de.png Longbowman 60 food
40 wood
British
Strelet de.png Strelet 37.5 food
10 wood
Russians
State militia aoe3de.png State Militia* 50 food
35 wood
United States
Hussar aoe3de.png Hussar 120 food
80 coin
2 British
Dutch
French
Ottomans
Portuguese
Spanish
Swedes
United States
Uhlan portrait aoe3de updated.png Uhlan 50 food
100 coin
Germans
Cossack de.png Cossack 75 food
75 coin
1 Russians
Grenadier de.png Grenadier 120 food
60 coin
2 British
Dutch
Ottomans
Russians
Abus gun de.png Abus Gun 50 food
100 coin
Ottomans
Leather-cannon-icon-aoe3.png Leather Cannon* 300 food
100 wood
3 Swedes*
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Skirmisher portrait tar updated.png Skirmisher 50 food
65 coin
1 Dutch
French
Germans
Spanish
Cacador de.png Cassador 80 food
35 coin
Portuguese
Sharpshooter icon aoe3.png Sharpshooter* 40 food
75 coin
United States
Halberdier de.png Halberdier 50 food
70 coin
Dutch
French
Portuguese
Russians
Cuirassier de.png Cuirassier 150 food
150 coin
3 French
Oprichink de.png Oprichnik 90 food
60 coin
2 Russians
Lancer aoe3de.png Lancer 110 food
90 coin
Spanish
Dragoon aoe3de.png Dragoon 90 food
90 coin
British
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Ruyter de.png Ruyter 30 food
75 coin
1 Dutch
War wagon de.png War Wagon 150 food
150 coin
3 Germans
Cavalry archer portrait aoe3de updated.png Cavalry Archer 100 food
60 coin
2 Ottomans
Russians
Hakkapelit-icon-aoe3.png Hakkapelit* 90 food
110 coin
Swedes
Carbine cavalry aoe3de.png Carbine Cavalry* 80 food
80 coin
United States
Gatlin de.png Gatling Gun 100 wood
250 coin
4
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Corsair de.png Barbary Warrior* 100 food 1 Barbary States
Berber arquebusier aoe3de.png Corsair Marksman* 80 food
35 coin
Barbary States
Hausa
Cetbang aoe3de.png Cetbang Cannon* 100 wood
200 coin
2 Indonesia
Java spearman aoe3de.png Javanese Spearman* 100 food 1
Nizam icon.png Nizam Fusilier* 90 food, 25 coin Egypt
Comanchero icon aoe3de.png Gaucho* 120 food Argentina
Comanchero icon aoe3de.png Jagunço* Brazil
Comanchero icon aoe3de.png Llanero* Gran Colombia
Comanchero icon aoe3de.png Morochuco* Peru
Cowboy aoe3de.png Cowboy* United States (revolutionary)
Dutch Skirmishers can be trained in the Commerce Age.
Units with an asterisk (*) are added in the Definitive Edition.
In the Definitive Edition, Grenadiers can be trained by European civilizations other than British, Dutch, Ottomans, and Russians once the "Grenade Launchers" Home City Card is sent.

Technologies[]

Age Technology Cost Effect
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Revetment.png Revetment 500 wood
500 coin
Forts get +50% attack, +6 LOS, and +6 range
Star fort.png Star Fort 300 food
300 wood
300 coin
Forts get +50% hit points

Civilization differences[]

Revolutionary[]

  • Revolting to the United States makes every Fort, both existing and newly built ones, spawn a Gatling Gun, and also allows Forts to train Gatling Guns. Two of their Home City Cards also benefits Forts greatly:
    • "Conscription" allows American Forts to use Levy (and Conscription if "Town Militia" was sent before revolting) like Town Centers.
    • "Volunteers" makes every American Fort, both existing and newly built ones, spawn four Volunteers.
  • Revolting to Haiti: Pirates can be trained at Barracks, Forts, Galleons, Privateers, and the Saloon, and use 1 population instead of 6.

Further statistics[]

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Most ground units, ships
Weak vs. Artillery, especially Rockets and Great Bombards, Siege units
Improvements
Hit points Flying Buttress.png Flying Buttress (+20%)
Star fort.png Star Fort (+50%)
Attack Heated Shot.png Heated Shot (+1.5x multiplier vs. ships)
Revetment.png Revetment (+50%)
Construction cost (Russians) Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning.png Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)
Range Revetment.png Revetment (+6)
Sight Gas Lighting.png Gas Lighting (+4)
Revetment.png Revetment (+6)
Other Iroquois league.png Iroquois League (train Iroquois Tomahawks and Iroquois Mantlets, vanilla Age of Empires III only)

Home City Cards[]

Changelog[]

Age of Empires III[]

  • Forts give 0 XP when built and 440 XP when destroyed.
  • The Fort anti-ship attack has no multipliers.
  • Forts have 8,500 hit points.

The Asian Dynasties[]

Definitive Edition[]

  • Forts give 110 XP when built and 220 XP when destroyed. With update 50830, they give 220 XP when destroyed.
  • The Fort anti-ship attack has a x0.5 multiplier against siege units.
  • The Fort built by the Chinese by allying with the Russians at the Consulate now has unique Russian and Chinese names.

The African Royals[]

Trivia[]

  • All forts have civilization unique names, usually referring to important colonial garrisons or trading posts. This trait would later also be taken up by the Tavern and Palace.
  • Since the Defintive Edition, Forts built by the Chinese by allying with the Russians at the Consulate have unique Russian and Chinese names, which are not the same used by the Russian Forts and are related to the frontier between the Russian Empire and the Qing Dynasty: Aigun, Albazin, Hai, Gao, Kyakhta, Nerchinsk, Shitoufeng, Vladivostok, Wei, and Zhèn.
  • The French having the most number of Forts may be a callback to the Franks being to build more Castles (the Age of Empires II version of the Fort) than others thanks to its cheaper cost.

History[]

Forts in the New World ranged from wooden palisades assembled hastily as outposts or for the protection of watersheds to sprawling star forts whose distinctively angled earthen and stone walls protected key ports, mines, cities, and overland trade routes.

Fort McHenry, once called Fort Whetstone, was a star fort surrounded on three sides by water. In 1814 it survived a 25-hour bombardment by the British. Francis Scott Key wrote a poem about his experiences during and after the battle, and the story of Fort McHenry and its star-spangled banner became the national anthem of the United States in 1931.

Gallery[]

See also[]

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