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The Goat is a herdable animal and food source in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms, Age of Mythology, and Age of Empires III.

Age of Empires[]

Goats were planned for Age of Empires, but went unused. A building called the Pasture would have allowed players to train them as a faster way of gathering food than Farms.

Age of Empires II[]

Goats were introduced in The African Kingdoms, and are often found on Africa-themed maps as an alternative to Sheep. Goats are a common food source that is beneficial in the early stages of a developing game when building many Farms is not yet affordable. Their statistics and use are the same as Sheep; they have 7 hit points, hold 100 food, and the same speed, and can be converted by other players.

They may also be used to scout around in early stages of the game, although their poor Line of Sight, slow movement, and possibility of being stolen by the enemy means this is of limited effectiveness.


Age of Mythology[]

The Goat in Age of Mythology is less common than the Pig, but more common than the Cow, and is typically found on Greek-themed and island maps, such as Archipelago and Islands. Upon discovery, Goats hold 50 food, but they fatten over time (at a base rate of 0.35 food per second) up to a maximum of 300 food.

In addition to being found on the map, Goats can be created by using the god power Year of the Goat, available to worshipers of Fu Xi. This god power spawns between 3 and 12 Goats, depending on the Age the casting player is in.

In contrast to Age of Empires II, Goats are not advised to be used as scouts due to their small Line of Sight and poor speed. As with all herdable animals, the use of Goats for food gathering can be effective after researching Husbandry and after all usable hunt sources have been depleted. Gathering from herdable units is the second fastest form of food gathering.


Scientific name -- Capra aegagrus
Size -- 20 - 300 lbs., 4' at shoulder
Diet -- infamously omnivorous, but traditionally grass, twigs, berries and bark

The goat is one of the smallest domestic ruminants. Domestic goats are descended from the Bezoar goats found throughout the Mediterranean and Middle East, particularly the island of Crete. Both sexes of most goats have horns and beards. Horns can be curving or corkscrew-shaped, but most have a sharp inside edge. They can have long or short hair that is silky or coarse, depending on habitat and breeding manipulation.
Goats are bred for their wool, leather, meat, milk and occasionally dung. More people consume dairy products from goats than from any other animal. Unlike many domestic animals, goats are excellent foragers, and need little food from their owners. Overgrazing by goats has become an environmental problem in many parts of the world.
—In-game History section


  • Goats were the first revealed herdable units, and can be seen from certain E3 2001 screenshots, and a Nvidia screenshot.
  • A cut random map known as Golden Fleece had players capture and control an eponymous special Goat. This special Goat is still accessible in the Scenario Editor.
  • The cheat god power Goatunheim turns all units on the map into Goats.


Age of Empires III[]

Goats are animals that fatten over time, much like Sheep. Each Goat starts out with 75 food and progressively fattens over time. The maximum amount each Goat can acquire is 300. The Chinese receive a free Goat at the start of every game.

The Chinese also can train goats from the Village and can sent the Great Migration Home City Card to deliver an one-time muster of Villagers and fattened Goats, and the Year of the Goat card to deliver an one-time muster of Goats.

The Pilgrimage improvement, available at a Trading Post built on a Sufi Mosque settlement, will provide a shipment of fattened Goats every 2 minutes for 30 minutes, providing up to 15 Goats.

Home City Cards[]


Scientific Name: Capra aegagrus
Approx. Size: 3 ft. to shoulder
Diet: Grasses, tree branches, shrubbery

The wild goat is one of the most common goat species. It lives a nomadic existence, often found in mountainous regions across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Adaptively agile, the wild goat is adept at moving from outcropping to outcropping because of its subunguis, the inner layer of hoof material that allows for maximum shock absorption. The subunguis allows for the constant wearing away of the goat’s hoof, leaving it with a consistently sharp edge for gripping rocky surfaces. The wild goat lives in flocks of 500, with the exception of younger males, which are driven away from the group to live in solitary. This period, called a rut, lasts until the male is ready to mate and it returns to the flock. The typical life span for a wild goat is between 12 and 22 years.



  • The Goats in Age of Empires III use a modified set of animations and models from Age of Mythology.