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This article is about the building in Age of Empires II. For other buildings with the same name, see Fortified Wall.

Stone wall that is difficult to breach without siege weapons. Slows down your enemies and warns you of their approach. Cannot be converted by enemy Monks.
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The Fortified Wall is an upgrade to the Stone Wall in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the University once the Castle Age is reached. Upgrading from Stone Walls to Fortified Walls also upgrades Gates to Fortified Gates.

Availability chart[]

Fortifiedwallavailable AvailableFortifiedwallunavailable Unavailable

Tactics and placement[]

When Fortified Walls are built around the outside of a town, it makes the town very difficult to attack, as any attacking units will have to destroy a piece of the Wall before it can attack any of the other buildings, and it offers a warning to the town that their opponents are attacking. Compared to the Stone Wall, the Fortified Wall has +1,200 hit points, or an increase of 67%, as well as +4 melee armor, +2 pierce armor, and +8 anti-building armor. Given the upgrade's low cost (200 food, 100 wood), it is almost always worth getting the upgrade if available.

Fortified Walls are essential when performing a turtling strategy, as they help the player to gain some time to train own units and strengthen the fortification. Also, they provide defense for friendly ranged units and buildings that can attack the enemy units from behind the wall without taking any retaliation from non-ranged units.

Walls should be placed in strategic points or surround and protect the player's settlements, preferably at a little distance from important buildings like Town Centers to prevent enemy siege weapons to attack these buildings from behind the wall. When placing a wall, the player can take advantage of the terrain. For example, placing them next to forests and cliffs helps to enclose an area as well while precious stone is saved. The support of towers and Castles is highly valuable, especially in major choke points as the walls only serve as a blocking building and cannot attack. Placing Gates is also important to increase the efficiency of defensive structures as the Gate allows friendly units to pass through the wall while impeding enemy units to enter the walled area.

Having units like archers and ranged siege weapons behind a wall can prove to be a highly efficient way to defend an important location as well, also the support of fast moving melee units like cavalry is worth noting as the cavalry can manage to destroy enemy siege units that may destroy the walls.

If the player seeks a victory through a Wonder or Relics, Fortified Walls become a vital part of the defense as they will help to block the access to the Wonder or the Monasteries holding Relics as well as the usual elements of a player settlement.


Hit points UniqueTechCastle-DE Great Wall (+30%, Chinese only)
Construction speed TreadmillCraneDE Treadmill Crane (+20%)

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines: Fortified Walls have +30%/+40% hit points in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Researching Fortified Walls and technologies that benefit Fortified Walls is 10%/15% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Incas AoE2 Incas: Fortified Walls are 15% cheaper (they actually cost 4 stone, 2 if teamed with Mayans).
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Researching Fortified Walls and Treadmill Crane is 33% cheaper.
  • Georgians AoE2 Georgians: Fortified Walls receive -20% damage (-40% instead of -25%) when fighting from higher elevation.
  • Romans AoE2 Romans: Fortified Walls are built and repaired 5% faster.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Fortified Walls are built 30% faster. Receive 20 gold after researching Treadmill Crane.

Team bonuses[]

  • Georgians AoE2 Georgians: Repairing Fortified Walls costs 25% fewer resources.
  • Malians AoE2 Malians: Researching Fortified Walls and Treadmill Crane is 80% faster.
  • Mayans AoE2 Mayans: Fortified Walls are 50% cheaper (rounded up to 3 stone per segment).
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Technologies that benefit Fortified Walls are researched 25% faster.


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Fortified Walls take 8 seconds to build.
  • The Fortified Wall upgrade costs 200 food, 100 stone.
  • Fortified Walls' foundations have 12/12 armor while under construction.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

  • Fortified Walls take 10 seconds to build.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Great Wall introduced.
  • Koreans AoE2 Koreans: Fortified Walls are built 33% faster.

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • Koreans AoE2 Koreans: With patch 4.8, the faster-built fortification bonus properly affects Fortified Walls.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

  • With update 42848, Fortified Walls' foundations have 0/0 armor while under construction.
  • Koreans AoE2 Koreans: Fortified Walls are no longer built faster.


The fortified wall was an upgrade of the stone wall accomplished by building fighting positions into the wall so that defenders could be more effective in repulsing assaults. Strong points and bastions allowed defenders to shoot at enemies at the base of wall, where they might otherwise be safe. The three lines of stone walls outside Constantinople were fortified with hundreds of towers, helping to make the defenses impregnable until the advent of cannon.


  • A piece of Fortified Wall has two appearances. The default appearance of a wall piece changes to a middle section wall piece if that piece is joined by another Fortified Wall piece/Fortified Gate on the opposite sides.
  • The Mediterranean Fortified Wall in the Definitive Edition is based on Medieval Italian style merlon.
  • The Eastern European Fortified Wall is based on medieval Russian fortifications like the Novgorod Detinets and kremlins in general. However, this was changed to a more generic Brick Gothic inspiration in the Definitive Edition.


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