|This article is about the building in Age of Empires. For the building in other games of the series, see Guard Tower.|
To research its upgrade technology at the Granary, 300 food and 100 stone is required. This defensive building has 200 hit points, 6 attack, and 7 range and can be upgraded. It offers effective defense against other Bronze Age units, but needs to be upgraded to the Ballista Tower to have any kind of effectiveness against Iron Age units. Almost every civilization can build this type of tower. The only exceptions to this are the Romans, the Minoans, and the Yamato.
Like all towers, Guard Towers are more resistant against stone throwing siege weapons than other buildings, having 18 additional armor against them (meaning they will do 10 bonus damage instead of 28).
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Infantry, archers, ships|
|Weak vs.||Siege units|
|Construction time||Architecture (-33%)|
|Hit points||Architecture (+20%)|
|Range|| Woodworking (+1)|
|Accuracy||Ballistics (hit moving targets)|
- Babylonians: Guard Towers have hit points.
- Choson: Guard Towers have +2 range.
- Macedonians: Guard Towers are four times more resistant to conversion.
Age of Empires
- Guard Towers have 200 hit points.
- With update 38862, Guard Towers have 240 hit points.
|“||The tower discovered on the wall at the ancient site of Jericho served several purposes. It extended the visual range of lookouts that would be watching for the approach of raiders and other visitors. An early warning might have been the difference between a successful defense and the fall of the town. The tower was a superior firing position for archery. Bowmen shooting down had an advantage in range and penetration power of arrows versus enemies shooting up. Enemies hiding at the bottom of the wall may have remained visible to archers in the tower. The tower itself was an independent bastion that could serve as the defensive position of last resort if the wall was carried. The Guard Tower was a superior fortification, well- designed for holding out against attack and for bringing weapons to bear on an attacker.||”|
|—Age of Empires manual|
|Buildings in Age of Empires|
|House · Temple · Government Center · Wonder|
|Economic||Town Center · Dock · Storage Pit · Granary · Farm · Market|
|Barracks · Archery Range · Stable · Siege Workshop · Academy|
|Tower||Watch Tower · Sentry Tower · Guard Tower · Ballista Tower|
|Wall||Small Wall · Medium Wall · Fortified Wall|