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Four Lakes is a random map in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition and Age of Empires IV.

Age of Empires II[]

An ordinary land at first sight, with four serene lakes resting in the corners of the map, it rapidly breaks into a race for control of the much-coveted waters, for they hold the greatest abundance of fish.
—In-game description
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Four Lakes selection

Description[]

Four Lakes is a relatively simplistic random map. The map is very open with patches of trees, and features Goats as the main herdable animal near the Town Centers. As the map's name would imply, there are four lakes that take up the four corners of the map. This is the only place where bodies of water are found on this map. The corner lakes are filled with fish, providing a very high amount of food for Fishing Ships. It has the in-game map tags of "Land" and "Open".

Strategy[]

Many of the strategies that apply on other open maps, such as rushes, also apply here. However, the addition of the namesake lakes allows certain civilizations to fare better than otherwise. The Japanese are the best example of this, since they have a bonus that improves the work rate of their Fishing Ships. That being said, civilizations that perform badly on open maps, such as the Italians, still don't perform well on Four Lakes, even with their relevant fishing-related bonuses.

Trivia[]

  • Four Lakes was inspired by the custom map Cross.[1]

Age of Empires IV[]

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A land surrounded by four lakes invites aggression from all sides, both on land and on water.
—In-game description
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Four Lakes icon

Four Lakes in this game is similar to its counterpart in previous games: an open map with water in each corner. Civilizations with some bonus to fishing, like the Abbasid Dynasty with their cheaper Docks and Japanese with their cheaper Fishing Boats, have an advantage in this hybrid map. There are two Sacred Sites in the map.

Trivia[]

  • Despite the icon of the map showing the position of four Sacred Sites, one in each lake in the corners of the map, there are only two Sacred Sites, and they are located in the mainland. There are no islands inside the lakes, only some underwater terrain with the same shape.
  • A very similar map was added earlier in Age of Empires IV: Forest Ponds.

Gallery[]

References[]

  1. "Inspired by Cross made by MadCADer" — Comment in the map's .rms file.
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