"Can be built into existing walls. You or your allies can manually open and close this Gate."

Age of Empires II description

The Gate is a defensive structure in Age of Empires II that becomes available once the Feudal Age is reached. It can be built in existing Stone Walls to have an opportunity to let friendly units through, while keeping enemies out.

When Stone Walls are upgraded to Fortified Walls, the Gates get upgraded as well and their HP jump from 2,700 to 4,000.

Gates are available to all civilizations except for the Goths. Fortified Walls and Gates are available to all civilizations except for the Goths, Huns, Magyars, Malay, and Persians.

Gates open automatically if a friendly unit approaches to let them through, and only close again if no unit stands right under the Gate. So, if friendly units (most notably Trade Carts) cause the Gate to open, enemy units can also pass or keep the Gate open on purpose. To prevent that, Gates can be locked so they will not open, even to friendly units. They can be unlocked again at any time.

Further statistics Edit

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything except Monks
Hit points CastleAgeUnique Great Wall (+30%, Chinese only)
Construction speed Treadmillcrane Treadmill Crane (+20%)

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Byzantines: Gates have +20%/+30%/+40% HP in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Chinese: Technologies that benefit Gates are 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Incas: Gates are 15% cheaper.
  • Koreans: Gates are built 33% faster.
  • Spanish: Gates are built 30% faster.

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

  • Gates have 2,750 HP from the Feudal Age on.
  • The upgrade to the Fortified Wall costs 200F/100S.

The Conquerors Edit

  • The upgrade to the Fortified Wall now costs 200F/100W.

The Forgotten Edit

  • Gate (not fortified) HP staggered: 1,375/2,750/2,750 in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Chinese: Great Wall introduced.
  • Koreans: Gates are now built 33% faster.

History Edit

"Gates were built into walls to allow access to a fortification. Because gates could be the most vulnerable part of a defensive position, extra care was taken to make them strong. A common type of gate was the portcullis, a heavy metal grid that was raised by a winch. The portcullis was in place by grooves in the stonework of the gateway and by its own weight. A long narrow passage, open from above, was usually placed behind the portcullis. Attackers who managed to get past the gate would then remain vulnerable to fire from soldiers in the narrow passage."

Gallery Edit