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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 United States 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 Saloon in most cases, but have the Repentant prefix added before their names (e.g. Repentant Pistolero, Repentant Corsair, etc.).


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


Age Technology Cost Effect Civ.
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Training Forms.png Training Forms 100 food,
100 coin
Gives the Shaolin Master Monastic Sangha Chinese
White Tiger Training.png White Tiger Training 75 food,
75 coin
Brahmins can train Wagner the Pet White Tigers Indians
Reiki.png Reiki 200 wood,
100 coin
Sohei Archer can heal injured units Japanese
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The Five Precepts.png The Five Precepts 200 food,
200 coin
Disciples get +20% hit points and attack Chinese
Improved Healing.png Improved Healing 250 food,
250 coin
Brahmins heal +67% hit points Indians
Intonjutsu Stealth.png Intonjutsu Stealth 200 wood,
200 coin
Sohei Archer can use stealth mode and gives him Dodge Japanese
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Atonement.png Compunction 200 food,
250 wood
Outlaw hit points and attack +20%, train time -50% All
Supreme Ultimate Fist.png Supreme Ultimate Fist 350 food,
350 wood
The Shaolin Master gets +300% attack and his Roundhouse Kick ability deals +100% damage Chinese
Terror Charge.png Terror Charge 500 food,
500 coin
Brahmins gets +5% speed and gives him Terror Charge, and elephant and cavalry train time -20% Indians
Kyudo.png Kyudo 500 wood,
500 coin
Increases the hit points threshold of Sohei Archer's Divine Strike ability by 50% Japanese
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Slow Motion Routines.png Slow Motion Routines Increases the Shaolin Master's Critical Strike chance to 40% Chinese
Crushing Force.png Crushing Force Increases Brahmins' Stomp chance to 20% Indians
Kayakujutsu.png 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.png Flying Buttress (+20%)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning.png Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards[]


The Asian Dynasties[]

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

Definitive Edition[]

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

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.