|This article is about the building in Age of Empires III. For the building in Age of Empires II, see Outpost (Age of Empires II).|
"Tower that can be used to defend the frontier."—In-game description
Native American civilizations have War Hut instead of Outpost which combines the functions of a Barracks and an Outpost, while Asian civilizations have Castle instead of Outpost which combines the functions of an Artillery Foundry and an Outpost.
Outposts have a fairly high amount of hit points, and a ranged attack that does 1.5x damage to cavalry and light infantry, so scouting parties should be careful. They also have an anti-ship attack with an extremely long range, which can be particularly powerful if the TEAM Coastal Defenses Home City Card is sent. Outposts are more effective if surrounded by walls and a gate, slowing down enemy units, and effectively protecting the own Outpost until reinforcements arrive.
Outposts can be garrisoned by villager-type units, making them effective at securing resources such as huntable animals and mines, and gaining crucial map control. Unlike the Town Center, garrisoning villagers does not increase the Outpost's attack.
The player can build up to 7 Outposts at a time, which can be increased to 13 with the Extensive Fortifications Home City Card available to most civilizations.
The "Outpost Trick" refers to using a unit with high ranged resistance and/or hit points to distract a Outpost or Town Center while it is being attacked, or troops move past it instead (especially Settler, or Villager for Outposts, Explorer, War Chief, and Monk for both). Against Fortified Outposts, higher hit points are preferable (ranged resistance is useless), and drawing the area of effect fire away from the main force attacking from a different angle. The AI will never manually switch targets with an Outpost or Town Center, or focus fire with them, and most players fail to do so either. Furthermore, loosely grouped outposts and other defensive buildings will have blind spots in their coverage that only allow 1-2 of them to attack simultaneously if attacked from certain angles.
|Upgrades Outposts into Frontier Outposts (+50% attack)|
|Upgrades Outposts into Fortified Outposts (+50% hit points, +50% attack, +100% anti-ship attack and a bombard attack with splash damage radius of 3); requires Frontier Outpost|
- The only way for the Knights of St. John to research Fortified Outposts is through use of the Heavy Fortifications card available to them in the Fortress Age.
Further statistics Edit
As the Outpost can only be built by European civilizations except Russians, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed heres.
|Building strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Ships, infantry, weak cavalry|
|Weak vs.||Artillery, siege infantry|
|Hit points||Flying Buttress (+20%)|
|Attack||Heated Shot (+1.5x multiplier vs. ships)|
|Sight||Gas Lighting (+4)|
|Construction cost|| Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)|
Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)
|Penalties|| Code Napoleon (+50% cost, French only)|
Customized Merc Weapons (+30% cost, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Home City Cards Edit
As the Outpost is exclusive to European civilizations except Russians, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Outpost|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
"Outposts are buildings that are used to gain territory in a military conflict. One example of their use is in the disputed territory of Clipperton Island. The Island was originally charted by Magellan in 1521. It changed hands between Spain, France, and the United States. Eventually, Mexico claimed it and built an outpost to reinforce their claim. Even with the outpost, though, Clipperton Island continued to change hands well into the twentieth century."
|Buildings in Age of Empires III|
|Economic||Town Center · Trading Post · House (Europeans except British, Aztecs) · Manor (British) · Longhouse (Iroquois) · Teepee (Sioux) · Village (Chinese) · Indian House (Indians) · Shrine (Japanese) · Market · Mill (Europeans) · Bank (Dutch) · Farm (Native Americans) · Rice Paddy (Asians) · Livestock Pen (Europeans) · Sacred Field (Indians) · Fire Pit (Native Americans) · Mosque (Ottomans) · Consulate (Asians) · Church (Europeans except Ottomans) · Plantation (Europeans and Native Americans) · Factory (Europeans) · Capitol (Europeans)|
|Military||Outpost (Europeans except Russians) · Blockhouse (Russians) · War Hut (Native Americans) · Castle (Asians) · Dock · Monastery (Asians) · Barracks (Europeans except Russians, Indians and Japanese) · Stable (Europeans and Japanese) · Corral (Native Americans) · Caravanserai (Indians) · War Academy (Chinese) · Artillery Foundry · Saloon (Europeans) · Arsenal (Europeans) · Fort (Europeans) · Siege Workshop (Iroquois) · Nobles' Hut (Aztecs) · Dojo (Japanese)|
|Other||Field Hospital · Native Embassy · Wonders (Asians)|