|This article is about the building in Age of Empires II. For the building in Age of Empires III, see Outpost (Age of Empires III).|
"A stationary watch point that provides advanced warning of nearby enemy activity."—Age of Empires II description
Tactics and placement Edit
Outposts are good for keeping watch over an area that is key to security in early stages of the game. They are also commonly used to keep watch over important resource areas to notify players of enemy expansion. They become less common as the game progresses, due to the availability of better scouts such as the Light Cavalry. Also, they cost stone, which is the rarest resource and better spent on Castles, walls, and stronger towers. Therefore, Houses and Lumber Camps (which do not cost any stone) are more commonly used to watch an area.
However, when fully upgraded, they have the maximum LOS of 20, a feat only other towers and Castles boast.
Further statistics Edit
|Building strengths and weaknesses|
|Hit points|| Masonry (+10%)|
|Armor|| Masonry (+1/+1, +3 building armor)|
Architecture (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
|Line of Sight|| Town Watch (+4)|
Town Patrol (+4)
|Conversion defense|| Faith|
|Construction speed||Treadmill Crane (+20%)|
Civilization bonuses Edit
- Burmese: Researching Faith is 50% cheaper.
- Byzantines: Outposts have +10%/+20%/+30%/+40% HP in the Dark/Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age. Town Watch is free.
- Chinese: Technologies that benefit Outposts are 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
- Incas: Outposts cost 15% less stone.
- Koreans: Outposts are built 33% faster.
- Malians: Outposts cost 15% less wood.
- Persians: Researching Town Watch and Town Patrol is 10%/15%/20% faster in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
- Spanish: Outposts are built 30% faster.
Team bonuses Edit
- A team containing Ethiopians: Outposts have +3 Line of Sight.
- A team containing Malians: Researching Masonry, Architecture, and Treadmill Crane is 80% faster.
The Age of Kings Edit
- Outposts cost 25W/25S.
The Conquerors Edit
- Outposts now cost 25W/10S.
- Heresy introduced.
The Forgotten Edit
- Outposts now cost 25W/5S.
- Koreans: Outposts are now built 33% faster.
- The original Age of Kings manual had a picture of a Villager next to an Outpost when talking about garrisoning in towers. As Outposts cannot garrison units, this is either a mistake or an implication that Outposts were originally supposed to garrison units.
"The world of 500 AD was far less populated than the world of today, and there were great expanses of empty and desolate land. To keep watch at the frontier, lords established outposts that would provide early warning of attack and report movements of settlers and trade caravans. As the land became more populated and more settled, outposts were replaced by establishing castles and communities on borders."
|Buildings in Age of Empires II|
|House · Monastery · Wonder|
|Economy||Town Center · Dock · Fish Trap · Mill · Farm · Market · Lumber Camp · Mining Camp · Feitoria|
|Research||Blacksmith · University|
|Barracks · Archery Range · Stable · Siege Workshop · Castle · Harbor|
|Towers||Outpost · Watch Tower · Guard Tower · Keep · Bombard Tower|
|Walls||Palisade Wall · Stone Wall · Fortified Wall · Palisade Gate · Gate|