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This article is about the building in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. For other uses, see Monastery.

Trains repentant outlaws and mercenaries. Provides Monk improvements.
—In-game description

The Monastery is a military building in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Asian civilizations (Chinese, Indians, and Japanese). It is an equivalent of the European Tavern and the Federal American Saloon, but also provides technologies to improve Monks. It also generates 0.7 XP per second.

Outlaws and mercenaries trained at the Monastery are statistically identical to ones trained at the Tavern in most cases, but have the Repentant prefix added before their names (e.g. Repentant Pistolero, Repentant Corsair, etc.).


Main article: Outlaw (Age of Empires III)
Main article: Mercenary (Age of Empires III)


Age Technology Cost Effect Civ.
Age I tech tree aoe3
Training Forms Training Forms 100 food
100 coin
Gives the Shaolin Master Monastic Sangha Chinese
White Tiger Training White Tiger Training 75 food
75 coin
Brahmins can train Wagner the Pet White Tigers Indians
Reiki Reiki 200 wood
100 coin
Sohei Archer can heal injured units Japanese
Age II tech tree aoe3
The Five Precepts The Five Precepts 200 food
200 coin
Disciples get +20% hit points and attack Chinese
Improved Healing Improved Healing 250 food
250 coin
Brahmins heal +67% hit points Indians
Intonjutsu Stealth Intonjutsu Stealth 200 wood
200 coin
Sohei Archer can use stealth mode and gives him Dodge Japanese
Age III tech tree aoe3
Atonement Compunction 200 food
250 wood
Outlaw hit points and attack +20%/+30%/+50% in Fortress Age/Industrial Age/Imperial Age, train time -50% All
Supreme Ultimate Fist Supreme Ultimate Fist 350 food
350 wood
The Shaolin Master gets +300% attack and his Roundhouse Kick ability deals +100% damage Chinese
Terror Charge Terror Charge 500 food
500 coin
Brahmins gets +5% speed and gives him Terror Charge, and cavalry and Siege Elephant train time -20% Indians
Kyudo Kyudo 500 wood
500 coin
Increases the hit points threshold of Sohei Archer's Divine Strike ability by 50% Japanese
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Slow Motion Routines Slow Motion Routines Increases the Shaolin Master's Critical Strike chance to 40% Chinese
Crushing Force Crushing Force Increases Brahmins' Stomp chance to 20% and elephants get +15% hand attack Indians
Kayakujutsu Kayakujutsu 350 wood
350 coin
Sohei Archer can use Sabotage Japanese

Further statistics[]

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Flying Buttress Flying Buttress (+20%)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-10%)
Tupi Forest Burning Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Monastery
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team


Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Improved Buildings) Improved Buildings Buildings get +40% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
Japanese Home City 3 (Holy Refuge) Holy Refuge Ships 1 Monastery Rickshaw and Monastery technologies cost -50% (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
Land reforms Land Reforms Villagers and Rickshaws build buildings 50% faster and buildings' build bounty doubled (also +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
Atonement Atonement The Monastery can train Iron Troopers/Jat Lancers/Yojimbo and outlaws use -2 population (also +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age I tech tree aoe3
The Indians have the TEAM Improved Buildings card instead of Improved Buildings.
The Atonement card unlocks Iron Troop for the Chinese, Jat Lancer for the Indians, and Yojimbo for the Japanese.


Card Description Age HC level
Confucius gift Confucius' Gift Technologies are researched instantly and Home City shipments arrive 33% faster
Age III tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Team improved buildings TEAM Improved Buildings Buildings get +25% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3
Mughal architecture Mughal Architecture Buildings except wonders cost -20% wood and build time -50% +1 Villager
Age II tech tree aoe3


3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Monasteries give 20 XP when built and 40 XP when destroyed.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Monasteries give 45 XP when built and 90 XP when destroyed.

Age3DE Icon The African Royals[]


"Monastery" derives from the Greek word "monasterion," and describes a group of people, usually monks or nuns, who live a life apart from the rest of society because of their devotion to a religion and its ascetic principles. This community often shares the common goal of striving to reach spiritual perfection and wisdom, often taking vows of celibacy, poverty, and obedience.

Monasteries were first built in the fourth century BCE to accommodate pilgrims during their annual retreat, or vassa, a period lasting from July to October. The vassa took place during Southeast Asia's rainy season. The monks, who were typically a migratory group, were expected to remain in a single place out of the weather, and under intense meditation. Early retreats were held in pavilions and parks that had been donated by wealthy benefactors. These vihara, Sanskrit for "refuges," became popular, and as time passed the custom of permanently residing in communal dwellings became more desirable.

One of the most famous Buddhist monasteries is the Shaolin Monastery, located in the Henan province of China, founded in 495 CE. The edifice is associated specifically with Chan Buddhism and the martial art of Kung Fu. Monastery legend states that the Indian monk Bodhidharma visited the temple in 527 CE. During his time meditating on the mountain overlooking the monastery, Bodhidharma taught himself a form of martial arts to defend against wild animals and bandits. He stayed at the temple for nine years, and before his departure he taught his disciples the skills he had learned, creating the martial arts legend that surrounds the Shaolin monks to this day.
—In-game compendium


Buildings in Age of Empires III
Dock aoe3de Dock · House indian aoe3de House · Livestock pen aoe3de Livestock Pen · Market icon aoe3de Market · Native embassy DE icon Native Embassy · Stables aoe3de Stable · Towncenter aoe3de Town Center · Trading post african aoe3de Trading Post · Wall aoe3de Wall
EuropeansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Church aoe3de Church · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Tavern icon de Tavern
Native AmericansCommunity plaza aoe3de Community Plaza (formerly Fire Pit) · Corral aoe3de Corral · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Farm aoe3de Farm · Tribal marketplace icon Tribal Marketplace · War hut aoe3de War Hut
AsiansJapan barracks aoe3de Barracks · Japan castle aoe3de Castle · Consulate icon aoe3de Consulate · Monastery aoe3de Monastery · China rice paddy icon aoe3de Rice Paddy · Advanced wonders Wonder
Federal AmericansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Plantation aoe3de Estate · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Saloon aoe3de Saloon
AfricansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Field portrait aoe3de Field · Granary portrait aoe3de Granary · Hut portrait aoe3de Hut · Livestock market aoe3de Livestock Market · Palace portrait aoe3de Palace · Port portrait aoe3de Port · War camp aoe3de portrait War Camp · Watch tower aoe3de portrait Watch Tower
Flag BritishDE BritishHouse aoe3de Manor House
Flag DutchDE DutchBank aoe3de Bank
Flag GermanDE GermansMercenary camp portrait Mercenary Camp
Flag OttomanDE OttomansChurch aoe3de Mosque
Flag RussianDE RussiansBlockhouse aoe3de Blockhouse
Flag AztecDE AztecsNobles aoe3de Nobles' Hut
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeIro house icon Longhouse · Artillery depot aoe3de Siege Workshop
Flag SiouxDE LakotaTeepee icon DE Teepee
Flag ChineseDE ChineseChinese village aoe3de Village · China waracademy aoe3de War Academy
Flag IndianDE IndiansCaravanseraiDE Caravanserai · MangoGroveDE Mango Grove · SacredFieldDE Sacred Field
Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseCherry orchard portrait aoe3de Cherry Orchard · Dojo aoe3de Dojo · Shrine aoe3de Shrine
Flag IncanDE IncaInca kallanka Kallanka · Inca kancha house Kancha House · Inca stronghold Stronghold · Inca tambo Tambo
Flag SwedishDE SwedesSwedish torp Torp
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesMeeting house aoe3de icon Meeting House · State capitol aoe3de icon State Capitol
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de EthiopiansMountain monastery portrait aoe3de Mountain Monastery
Flag Hausa HausaUniversity portrait University
Flag MexicanDE MexicansCathedral portrait Cathedral · Hacienda portrait Hacienda
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansBasilica portrait Basilica · Lombard portrait Lombard
Flag MalteseDE MalteseCommandery portrait Commandery · Depot portrait Depot · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Hospital portrait Hospital
Aztec temple portrait American Citadel (formerly Maya Castle) · Athos monastery portrait Athos Monastery · Battery tower portrait Battery Tower · Factory aoe3de Factory · Field hospital aoe3de Field Hospital · Regent's Castle aoe3de Regent's Castle
Scenario Editor/campaign only
Cherokee Warhut Portrait Cherokee War Hut · Wall aoe3de Command Post · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Fort Tower icon AoE3DE Fort Tower · Gunpowder Stores icon AoE3DE Gunpowder Stores · Ossuary AoE3DE Ossuary · Fountain Youth Portrait The Fountain of Youth · Tower aoe3de Tower