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The Fortified Tower (called Sea Fortification before the Definitive Edition) is an unconstructable, powerful tower introduced in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, that appears in some campaign scenarios and the Scenario Editor. As a hero building, it is immune to conversion and can regenerate hit points.

In The African Kingdoms, all Fortified Towers have the African building style regardless of civilization assigned in the Editor, but in Rise of the Rajas a second sprite is introduced that is unique to the Southeast Asian style. In the Definitive Edition, the appearance of the Fortified Tower varies with every architecture set.

As with other scenario-editor exclusive towers (except for the Fire Tower), the Fortified Tower shares its secondary projectiles with the Watch Tower line and the Donjon. As the attack as well as the attack bonuses of this tower's secondary projectiles are thus identical to those of a player's Watch Tower line or Donjon, they benefit from researching Guard Tower, Keep, and Arrowslits.

Campaign appearances[]

CampaignIcon-FranciscoDE Francisco de Almeida[]

CampaignIcon-TariqIbnZiyadDE Tariq ibn Ziyad[]

  • Razzia: There is a Fortified Tower along the southern walls of the eastern and northern bases of the Frankish army. There's also a Fortified Tower by the southwest Castle of Bordeaux.

CampaignIcon-SundjataDE Sundjata[]

  • The Lion's Den: Fortified Towers are owned by the enemy and present in the sea between the player and Koumbi Saleh, as well as the coastline of the latter.

CampaignIcon-YoditDE Yodit[]

  • Welcome Home: The city of Aksum is defended by Fortified Towers. Destroying them switches ownership to the city section it's defending to an ally.

CampaignIcon-LeLoiDE Le Loi[]

CampaignIcon-SuryavarmanIDE Suryavarman I[]

  • Quelling the Rebellion: Each enemy faction has a camp with a Fortified Tower as its central fortification. Destroying a Tower will convert that base to Suryavarman's side.
  • Challenging a Thalassocracy: The Tambralingas have a Fortified Tower in their island base, with a Relic underneath the Tower.

CampaignIcon-GajahMadaDE Gajah Mada[]

  • Serving the New King: Kingdom of Luwu has several Fortified Towers along the coast of their base. Makassar also has a Fortified Tower on the southern cliff, overlooking the sea entrance into their naval base.
  • The Pasunda Bubat Tragedy: The Sunda control two Fortified Towers protecting the western river next to Trowulan.

CampaignIcon-PrithvirajDE Prithviraj[]

  • Born of Fire: Nagarjuna has a Fortified Tower on the river.
  • The Digvijaya: A Fortified Tower belongs to the Paramara, overlooking the sea entrance into their base.
  • Hand of a Princess: Lal Kot controls a Fortified Tower in the southeastern area of the map.
  • The Fate of India: The Buddhist Monks are protected by a Fortified Tower.

Mongol Raiders[]

  • A Fortified Tower guards the western flank of the Tatar base.

CampaignIcon-Ivaylo Ivaylo[]

CampaignIcon-Kotyan Kotyan Khan[]

  • Blood for Blood: Fortified Towers are found along the southern coast of the Danube. One is under control of the Teutons towards the exit, and one is under the Hungarians, overlooking the Danube.
  • A New Home: A Fortified Tower is located on an island east of Nesebar, belonging to the Latin Empire.

Battles of the Forgotten Icon Battles of the Forgotten[]

  • Scn 16 lake poyang normal Lake Poyang: Several high-attack Fortified Towers under Admiral Chen's command appear along the lakeside, protecting enemy fortifications. Their attack stat is much higher than what is normally possible.
  • Scn 15 bapheus normal Bapheus: The Byzantines have two Fortified Towers, one in their northern and southern Bases each.

CampaignIcon-EdwardDE Edward Longshanks[]

  • Vain Ambition: Two Fortified Towers protect Hereford. The eastern base of the Baronial Forces also contains a Fortified Tower.
  • A Man of God: Fortified Towers protect Limassol, Acre and Tripoli, as well as the eastern Crusader fort and the Mamlukian base in the eastern corner.
  • Of Castles and Kings: There are Fortified Towers protecting the main bases of Llywelyn and Dafydd, as well as one Fortified Tower in each of the two military bases of the Welsh army in the northwest. There are also Fortified Towers by the first and third Castles.
  • Toom Tabard: Several Fortified Towers protect Berwick.
  • Hammer of the Scots: Several Fortified Towers protect Berwick and one is present inside Stirling. There are also Fortified Towers in the fortified northern base of the Scottish army, presumably Methven.

CampaignIcon-HautevillesDE The Hautevilles[]

  • Roger in Sicily: Two Fortified Towers defend the city of Palermo in the northwest.
  • Bohemond in the East: Numerous enemy Fortified Towers surround Antioch, as well as defend various bases around the map. A singular Fortified Tower is also located within Antioch, defending the Saracen held fort in the southeast.
  • Wonder of the World: Two Fortified Towers defend the Berber base in the southwest.

CampaignIcon-DukesDE The Grand Dukes of the West[]

  • Unholy Marriage: Several Fortified Towers defend English towns and Castles in England.
  • The Maid Falls: A Fortified Tower defends the northwest entrance into Compiègne.

Algirdas icon Algirdas and Kestutis[]

  • No Man's Land: Three Fortified Towers protect the eastern river crossing under the control of the Teutonic Order. Bryansk also has a Fortified Tower south of the city.
  • A Worthy Opponent: Fortified Towers are present inside the Kremlin Fortress.

32 jadwiga normal Jadwiga[]

  • Duel of the Dukes: A Fortified Tower is present in the Vytautas' middle starting base.
  • The Siege of Vilnius: There are Fortified Towers in the main Teutonic camp, and one Fortified Tower in the camp of the Teutonic raiders.
  • Vytautas' Crusade: Fortified Tower is present along the river coast in Golden Horde lands. A couple of Fortified Towers are present in Vozia. Several Fortified Towers also protect Kazikermen, and its Market in the eastern corner of the map.
  • The Fruits of Her Labor: Fortified Towers protect the entrances of the two Teutonic forts.

Jan Zizka icon Jan Zizka[]

  • Courage and Coin: Teutonic Order have a Fortified Tower in each of their two bases, close to their castles and commanders. Crusader Knights also have two Fortified Towers in their base.
  • The Emperor's Fury: There is a Fortified Tower in the center of Kutna Hora. A Fortified Tower is also present as part of the Teutons' fortified position in the east.

Babur Icon Babur[]

  • Pearl of the East: Babur's starting base is protected by a Fortified Tower, and it must be protected until the night ends.

Rajendra Icon Rajendra[]

  • Rising Star: A Fortified Tower defends the waters north of the Khmer base. A Fortified Tower also protects Chola Docks.
  • Sacred Waters: The Pala Empire has a Fortified Tower by the coastline close to the delta of the river Ganges.
  • Slaying the Vritra: The Khmer have a Fortified Tower by the coast south of their base.

Ismail Icon Ismail[]

VictorsAndVanquished Campaign Icon Victors and Vanquished[]

  • Scn 23 charlemagne Charlemagne: A Fortified Tower is present in the base of Minor Factions to the west of Carloman base.
  • Scn 35 constantine Constantine XI: Fortified Towers are present in the Ottoman bases. There is also one Fortified Tower on an island to the west of Constantinople. In Constantinople, two Fortified Towers protect the western Gate and Hagia Sophia each.
  • Scn 36 fetih Fetih: In Constantinople, two Fortified Towers protect the western gate and Hagia Sophia each.
  • Scn 31 komnenos Komnenos: The Seljuk Turks have a Fortified Tower near the Docks.
  • Scn 29 seljuk Seljuk: A Fortified Tower is located in the center of southernmost camp of the Ghaznavids.
  • Scn 37 shimazu Shimazu: A Fortified Tower is present on an island near the north of Korea.


The various appearances of the Fortified Towers are based on several real-life structures.

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  • The East Asian model is based on tiered tower-like Pagodas built in east and southeast Asia beginning from around the 5th Century.
  • The East European model is based on the original white towers of the Moscow Kremlin built in 1495.
  • The Middle Eastern model is based on square-base watch towers present along with cylindrical ones (although the latter type is more common) in the Arabian peninsula, such as the fort towers of Al-Mudayrib Castle in Oman.
  • The South Asian/Indian model is based on the Vijaya Stambha built in 1448, and present in Age of Empires III as the Tower of Victory.


  • Though Fortified Towers seem to occupy 2×2 tiles, they actually occupy 1×1 like other towers.
  • In the Definitive Edition, the Western European version of the Fortified Tower has the same appearance as The Tower of Flies and The Accursed Tower. In addition, the Fortified Tower shares its HP with the Tower of Flies, and Range and Line of Sight with The Accursed Tower. It doesn't share firing rate with either of those two towers.
  • The statues at the entrance of the East and Southeast Asian Fortified Towers are Chinese Guardian Lions (Shī), also called Foo Dogs or Lion Dogs in the West. They were traditionally built at the entrance of government buildings and the houses of the wealthy, and were said to have protective qualities. This custom was imported from India, where lions were used as a symbol of power, at the same time as Buddhism (lions are not native to East Asia).
  • The Fortified Tower is the only hero unit whose appearance differs according to the civilization.
  • As of the Definitive Edition, the Fortified Tower is the first and only building in Age of Empires II that has a different icon based on architecture set.


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
Heroes in Age of Empires II
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings
Non-military Monk hero aoe2DE Archbishop · Empbarrel aoe2DE Emperor in a Barrel · Monk hero aoe2DE Friar Tuck · Monk render Harold Haardraade (removed) · Hunting wolf aoe2DE Hunting Wolf · Ornluthewolf aoe2DE Ornlu the Wolf · Shah aoe2DE Shah
Infantry Aethelfrith aoe2DE Aethelfrith · Charlemagne aoe2DE Charlemagne · Charlesmartel aoe2DE Charles Martel · El cid campeador aoe2DE El Cid · Erikthered aoe2DE Erik the Red · Hrolf the ganger aoe2DE Hrolf the Ganger · Joan maid aoe2DE Joan the Maid · King arthur aoe2DE King Arthur · Kitabatake aoe2DE Kitabatake · Lahire aoe2DE La Hire · Minamoto aoe2DE Minamoto · Sheriff nottingham aoe2DE Sheriff of Nottingham · King arthur aoe2DE Siegfried · Ataulf aoe2DE Theodoric the Goth · William wallace new aoe2de William Wallace
Cavalry Belisarius aoe2DE Belisarius · Gawain aoe2DE Constable Richemont · Dukedalencon aoe2DE Duke D'Alençon · Frankish paladin aoe2de Frankish Paladin · Gawain aoe2DE Gawain · Guy Joesselyne icon AoE2DE updated Guy Josselyne · Joan arc aoe2DE Joan of Arc · Kushluk aoe2DE Kushluk · Lancelot aoe2DE Lancelot · Alexandernevski aoe2DE Master of the Templar · Lancelot aoe2DE Mordred · Reynaldde aoe2DE Reynald de Chatillon · Lionheart aoe2DE Richard the Lionheart · Roland aoe2DE Roland · Sieurbertrand aoe2DE Sieur Bertrand · Sieurdemetz aoe2DE Sieur de Metz · Sirjohnfastolf aoe2DE Sir John Fastolf · Gawain aoe2DE The Black Prince
Archer Archereyes aoe2DE Archer of the Eyes · Genghiskhan aoe2DE Genghis Khan · Lorddegraville aoe2DE Lord de Graville · Robin hood aoe2de Robin Hood  · Subotai AoE2DE Subotai · Tamerlane aoe2DE Tamerlane
Siege Hero trebuchet packed aoe2DE Bad Neighbor · Hero trebuchet packed aoe2DE God's Own Sling · Jeanbureau aoe2DE Jean Bureau · Jeandelorrain aoe2DE Jean de Lorrain · Saboteur aoe2DE Saboteur
Building Wonder aoe2DE Dome of the Rock · Pyramid aoe2DE Great Pyramid · Accursed tower aoe2DE The Accursed Tower · Accursed tower aoe2DE The Tower of Flies
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors
Non-military Aoe2 Imam Imam · Kingalfonso aoe2DE King Alfonso · Kingsancho aoe2DE King Sancho · Popeleoi aoe2DE Pope Leo I
Infantry Erikthered aoe2DE Harald Hardrada · Minamoto aoe2DE Nobunaga · Scythianwildwoman aoe2DE Scythian Wild Woman
Cavalry Alexandernevski aoe2DE Alexander Nevski · Attilathehun aoe2DE Attila the Hun · Bledathehun aoe2DE Bleda the Hun · El cid campeador aoe2DE El Cid Campeador · Henryv aoe2DE Henry V · Scythian scout aoe2DE Scythian Scout · Williamconq aoe2DE William the Conqueror
Ship Yisun aoe2DE Admiral Yi Sun-Shin
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten
Non-military Chand bardai aoe2DE Chand Bardai · Queen aoe2DE Queen (formerly) · Sanyogita aoe2DE Sanyogita
Infantry Cuauhtemoc aoe2DE Cuauhtemoc · Fransforza aoe2DE Francesco Sforza · Fredbarb aoe2DE Frederick Barbarossa
Cavalry Jarl aoe2DE Jarl · Saladin aoe2DE Saladin · Savar aoe2DE Savar (removed) · Vladdracula aoe2DE Vlad Dracula
Archer Franciscode aoe2DE Francisco de Orellana · Pizarro aoe2DE Gonzalo Pizarro · Khosrau aoe2DE Khosrau · Osman aoe2DE Osman · Prithvi aoe2DE Prithvi · Prithviraj aoe2DE Prithviraj
Building Wonder aoe2DE Quimper Cathedral
AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms
Non-military Yodit aoe2DE Princess Yodit
Infantry Gidajan aoe2DE Gidajan · Henry ii aoe2DE Henry II · Itzcoatl aoe2DE Itzcoatl · Little john aoe2DE Little John · Pachacuti aoe2DE Pachacuti · Yekuno aoe2DE Yekuno Amlak · Yodit aoe2DE Yodit
Cavalry Abraha elephant aoe2DE Abraha Elephant · Babur aoe2DE Babur · Miklos toldi aoe2DE Miklos Toldi · Richarddeclare aoe2DE Richard de Clare · Sumanguru aoe2DE Sumanguru · Sundjata aoe2DE Sundjata · Miklos toldi aoe2DE Tristan · Zawisza DOTD Zawisza the Black
Archer Dagnajan aoe2DE Dagnajan · Guglielmo aoe2DE Guglielmo Embriaco · Huayna capac aoe2DE Huayna Capac · Musa ibn aoe2DE Musa ibn Nusayr · Mustafa pasha aoe2DE Mustafa Pasha · Pacal ii aoe2DE Pacal II · Su dingfang aoe2DE Su Dingfang · Tariq aoe2DE Tariq ibn Ziyad
Building Accursed tower aoe2DE Fortified Tower
AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas
Non-military Buibi aoe2DE Bui Bi · Jayanegara aoe2DE Jayanegara · Udaya aoe2DE Udayadityavarman I
Infantry GajahMada aoe2DE Gajah Mada · Jayaviravarman aoe2DE Jayaviravarman · Lelaiicon Le Lai (removed) · Leloi aoe2DE Le Loi · LeTrien aoe2DE Le Trien · Sunda aoe2DE Sunda Royal Fighter
Cavalry Bayinnaung aoe2DE Bayinnaung · DinhLe aoe2DE Dinh Le · Envoy aoe2DE Envoy · RadenWijaya aoe2DE Raden Wijaya · Suryavarman aoe2DE Suryavarman I · Wangtong aoe2DE Wang Tong
Archer Luu Nhan Chu aoe2DE Luu Nhan Chu · Tabinshwehti aoe2DE Tabinshwehti
Building Wonder aoe2DE Gol Gumbaz · Wonder aoe2DE Sanchi Stupa
AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last Khans
Non-military King bela iv aoe2de King Bela IV
Infantry Ataulf aoe2DE Ataulf · Cusi yupanqui aoe2de Cusi Yupanqui · Ivaylo aoe2DE Ivaylo · Sosso guard aoe2de Sosso Guard · Topa yupanqui Topa Yupanqui
Cavalry Ataulf aoe2DE Alaric the Goth · Cuman chief aoe2de Cuman Chief · Henrythelion aoe2DE Henry the Lion · Ivaylo aoe2DE Ivaylo · Lelai aoe2DE Le Lai · Tokkhan aoe2DE Tokhtamysh Khan · Tsar aoe2DE Tsar Konstantin · Vytautus the great aoe2de Vytautas the Great
Archer Girgen khan aoe2de Girgen Khan · KotyanKhan aoe2DE Kotyan Khan · UrusKhan aoe2DE Urus Khan
Ship Erikthered aoe2DE Leif Erikson · The middlebrook aoe2de The Middlebrook · Pizarro aoe2DE Vasco da Gama
AoE2Icon-LordsWest Lords of the West
Non-military Jacqueline of hainaut aoe2de Jacqueline of Hainaut
Infantry Dafydd ap gruffydd aoe2de Dafydd ap Gruffydd · Llywelyn ap gruffydd aoe2de Llywelyn ap Gruffydd
Cavalry Bernard darmagnae aoe2de Bernard d'Armagnac · Bohemond aoe2de Bohemond · Edward longshanks aoe2de Edward Longshanks · Gilbert de clare aoe2de Gilbert de Clare · John the fearless aoe2de John the Fearless · Philip the good aoe2de Philip the Good · Robert guiscard aoe2de Robert Guiscard · Roger bosso aoe2de Roger Bosso
Siege Hero trebuchet packed aoe2DE Warwolf Trebuchet
Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes
Non-military Jadwiga aoe2de Jadwiga
Infantry Young Jadwiga aoe2de Young Jadwiga
Cavalry Algirdas aoe2de Algirdas · Dmitry of Moscow aoe2de Dmitry of Moscow · Emperor Sigismund aoe2de Emperor Sigismund · Jan Zizka aoe2de Jan Zizka · Jogaila aoe2de Jogaila · Kestutis aoe2de Kestutis · Mikhail of Tver aoe2de Mikhail of Tver · Ulrich von Jungingen aoe2de Ulrich von Jungingen
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India
Infantry Aoe2de amoghavarsha Amoghavarsha
Cavalry Aoe2de General Araiyan General Araiyan · AoE2DE Mihira Bhoja icon Mihira Bhoja · AoE2DE Rajendra Chola icon Rajendra Chola · Aoe2de Young Babur icon Young Babur
Archer AoE2DE Ibrahim Lodi icon Ibrahim Lodi · AoE2DE Qutlugh Icon Qutlugh · Aoe2de shaybani khan icon Shaybani Khan
AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain Royals
Non-military AoE2DE Tamar icon Tamar
Infantry Yury icon AoE2DE Yury · Zakare icon AoE2DE Zakare · Stephan icon AoE2DE Stephan · Mleh icon AoE2DE Mleh
Cavalry AoE2DE Ismail icon Ismail · AoE2DE Shah Ismail icon Shah Ismail · Selim icon AoE2DE Selim the Grim · AoE2DE Thoros icon Thoros · Ivane icon AoE2DE Ivane