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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

The Outpost is a tower in Age of Empires II. While lacking any means of attack, it can warn the player of enemy activity by providing extensive Line of Sight.

Tactics and placement[edit | edit source]

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 | edit source]

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Upgrades
Hit points Masonry.jpg Masonry (+10%)
Architecture.jpg Architecture (+10%)
Armor Masonry.jpg Masonry (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
Architecture.jpg Architecture (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
Line of Sight Townwatch.jpg Town Watch (+4)
Townpatrol.jpg Town Patrol (+4)
Conversion defense Faith.jpg Faith
Heresy.png Heresy
Construction speed Treadmillcrane.jpg Treadmill Crane (+20%)

Civilization bonuses[edit | edit source]

  • 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.
  • 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 | edit source]

Changelog[edit | edit source]

The Age of Kings[edit | edit source]

  • Outposts cost 25W/25S.

The Conquerors[edit | edit source]

  • Outposts now cost 25W/10S.
  • Heresy introduced.

The Forgotten[edit | edit source]

  • Outposts now cost 25W/5S.
  • Koreans: Outposts are now built 33% faster.

Rise of The Rajas[edit | edit source]

  • Koreans: With patch 5.8, Outposts are now built 5% faster.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Koreans no longer build Outposts faster.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

History[edit | edit source]

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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