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Gold Shaft Mining is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Mining Camp once the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, it allows Villagers to gather gold 15% faster.

Gold Shaft Mining is available to all civilizations except for the Goths, Italians, Mayans, Portuguese, Spanish, Teutons, and Vietnamese.

It is worth noting that the Turks already mine gold 20% faster due to their civilization bonus but still get Gold Shaft Mining. As a consequence, they have the fastest gold mining is the game. The Indians are the second fastest, getting another +10% bonus out of their unique technology Sultans.

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Chinese: Gold Shaft Mining is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.

Changelog Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

  • Japanese: Cannot research Gold Shaft Mining.

The Forgotten Edit

  • Japanese: Gold Shaft Mining was added to the technology tree.

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Malians: Gold Shaft Mining is free.

Rise of the Rajas Edit

History Edit

When sources of gold and silver near the surface were exhausted, miners developed technology for going deep underground. This involved building lifts to send men down and bring ore up. It required pumps to pull water up and push air down. And it required new tunneling techniques for shoring up mine galleries and shafts to prevent cave-ins. Some of the richest silver mines were found in Eastern Europe.
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