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 player's.
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.
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 powerYear 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."
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 MigrationHome 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.
"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."