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This article is about the building in Age of Empires III. For the building in Age of Empires II, see Monastery (Age of Empires II). For other similar buildings, see Temple or Church.

Template:Infobox BuildingThe Monastery is a building in The Asian Dynasties that is only available to the Asian civilizations. It is an equivalent of the European Saloon.


The Monastery trains outlaw and mercenary units, with the only difference between mercenaries trained in the Monastery with the ones in the Saloon is that the former have "Repentant" added before their names, although both are statistically identical. The Monastery also provides unique improvements for the respective Asian civilizations' Monks.



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Compunction 400 food, 500 wood Outlaw, Wokou and Marathan units get +35% hit points and attack


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Reiki 200 wood, 100 coin Ikko-Ikki can heal friendly units at a rate of 6 hit points per second
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Intonjutsu Stealth 200 wood, 200 coin Ikko-Ikki can use Stealth and get the Dodge ability
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Kyudo 500 wood, 500 coin Increases the minimum hit points for Ikko-Ikki's Divine Strike to instantly kill the enemy by 50%
Note: With Kyudo, Ikko-Ikki will have a 25% chance to kill any target with less than 219 hit points in the Imperial Age.
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Kayakujutsu 350 wood, 350 coin Ikko-Ikki can use the Sabotage ability
Note: The Sabotage ability is similar to a Petard but has a greater range (0-16), deals less damage (1500) and does not kill the Monk.


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Training Forms 100 food, 100 coin Gives Shaolin Master an aura that increases the hit points and attack of nearby Disciples
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The Five Precepts 200 food, 200 coin Gives Disciples +20% hit points and attack
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Supreme Ultimate Fist 350 food, 350 wood Gives Shaolin Master +300% attack (also affects their Roundhouse Kick ability)
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Slow Motion Routines 500 wood, 500 coin Increases the chance for Shaolin Master and Disciples to land a Critical Strike to 40% and 20% respectively


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White Tiger Training 75 food, 75 coin Brahmin can train White Tigers
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Improved Healing 250 food, 250 coin Increases the amount of hit points healed by Brahmin
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Terror Charge 500 food, 500 coin Gives Brahmin an aura that increases the speed of nearby elephants, and elephants train 20% faster
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Crushing Force 500 wood, 500 coin Increases the chance for Brahmin to Stomp nearby enemies to 20%

Home City shipments

As the Monastery is exclusive to Asian civilizations, only their respective Home City cards are shown in the following list.


“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.



  • The Japanese technology Reiki is anachronistic, since the Reiki technique was invented in 1922 (20th century, more than half a century after the end of Age of Empires III timespan) by Mikao Usui.