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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.

Technology availability
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The Turks already mine gold 20% faster due to their civilization bonus and are also able to research Gold Shaft Mining. As a result, they have the fastest gold mining in the game. The Hindustanis are the second fastest, receiving a 10% bonus from their unique technology Grand Trunk Road.

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Bohemians: Gold Shaft Mining is free.
  • Burgundians: Can research Gold Shaft Mining in the Feudal Age. Gold Shaft Mining costs -50% food.
  • Chinese: Gold Shaft Mining is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.


The Age of Kings[]

  • Japanese: Cannot research Gold Shaft Mining.

The Forgotten[]

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

The African Kingdoms[]

  • Malians: Gold Shaft Mining is free.

Rise of the Rajas[]

Lords of the West[]


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.