“Slow, infinite source of Coin. Limited to 10 gatherers.”—In-game description
The Plantation is an economic building in Age of Empires III that is available once the Fortress Age is reached unless if the Advanced Plantation Home City Card has been sent, in which case it can be built in the Discovery Age. It is an infinite source of coin that can be gathered by villager-type units and acts as a replacement to the trading system in previous games.
Each villager tasked to the Plantation gathers 0.5 coin per second, which is lower than mines (0.6 coin) until improved by Plantation technologies, Home City Cards, and/or native technologies. Up to 10 villagers can work on a Plantation at a time, though due to collisions between units it is best to only use 7 per Plantation.
Most civilizations who can build Plantations have access to the Advanced Plantation Home City Card, which reduces their cost by 31% and allows them to be built in the Discovery Age. The cost can be lowered by another 40% with the Land Grab card for a total of 71% cost reduction, but only if Land Grab is sent before Advanced Plantation – when sending the cards in the other order the cost reduction is only 58.6%. This is due to the hidden, different discount types the two cards use.
The following requires the Deccan or Silk Road maps. It also requires a Japanese ally (TEAM Chonindo), and an ally with TEAM Rum Distillery; see Home City Card for a navigation box to individual civilization cards.
The gather rate cap for a Settler at a Plantation is 88.25 coin per minute per gatherer, or 1.471 coin per second, which can be attained with the Economic Theory, TEAM Chonindo, Rum Distillery, TEAM Rum Distillery, Cigar Roller, Royal Mint, and Textile Mill cards, Excessive Taxation, Fasting, and Punjabi New Year upgrades.
The gather rate cap for the Coureur des Bois and Cree Coureur des Bois is 94.5 coin per minute per gatherer, or 1.575 coin per second, while the Settler Wagon is 194 coin per minute per wagon, or 3.233 coin per second with the Guild Artisan card.
|Settlers, Coureurs des Bois, and Settler Wagons gather coin from Plantations and Rice Paddies 10% faster||EU|
|Earth Ceremony||185 food,|
|Villagers gather coin 10% faster||NA|
|Earth Gift Ceremony||380 food,|
|Villagers gather coin 20% faster; requires Earth Ceremony|
|Tezcatlipoca Worship||900 coin||Ships 1 Skull Knight for every 4 minutes the game has passed, up to 30 minutes||Aztecs|
|Maple Festival||250 food,|
|Ships 500 coin for every 10 minutes the game has passed, up to 30 minutes||Iroquois|
|Gun Trade||400 wood||Wakina Rifles and Rifle Riders get +25% attack||Sioux|
|Settlers, Coureurs des Bois, and Settler Wagons gather coin from Plantations and Rice Paddies 20% faster; requires Bookkeeping||EU|
|Settlers, Coureurs des Bois, and Settler Wagons gather coin from Plantations and Rice Paddies 30% faster; requires Homesteading|
|Excessive Tribute||1,000 food,|
|All coin gathering (but not shipments and Trade Routes) is 50% faster; requires Earth Gift Ceremony||NA|
Further statistics Edit
|Building strengths and weaknesses|
|Hit points||Flying Buttress (+20%)|
|Sight||Gas Lighting (+4)|
|Construction cost|| Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)|
Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)
|Other||Cherokee Basket Weaving (improvements except Excessive Tribute and Big Buttons cost no wood)|
|Penalties|| Code Napoleon (+50% cost, French only)|
Customized Merc Weapons (+30% cost, John Black's Mercenaries only)
Home City Cards Edit
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Plantation|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Native Americans Edit
Bugs and glitches Edit
- Plantations placed too closely together (side by side with no space between them) may cause some villagers to "migrate" to the adjacent Plantation. This bug also occurs with Mills and, to a lesser degree, Farms and Rice Paddies.
“A plantation is a large farm where crops are cultivated. They were common in the southern United States as well as in parts of the Caribbean. Many historical plantations used slave labor. In the United States, plantations are associated with a distinct type of architecture known as the Plantation House.”
|Buildings in Age of Empires III|
|Age of Empires III|
|Economic||Town Center · Trading Post · Market · Mill · Livestock Pen · Church · Plantation · Factory · Capitol|
|Military||Outpost · Dock · Barracks · Stable · Artillery Foundry · Arsenal · Fort · Saloon*|
|Other||Field Hospital · Native Embassy*|
|Aztecs||Fire Pit · Farm · War Hut · Nobles' Hut|
|Iroquois||Longhouse · Fire Pit · Farm · War Hut · Corral · Siege Workshop|
|Sioux||Teepee · Fire Pit · Farm · War Hut · Corral|
|The Asian Dynasties|
|Chinese||Village · Rice Paddy · Consulate · Castle · Monastery · War Academy · Wonders|
|Indians||Sacred Field · Rice Paddy · Consulate · Castle · Monastery · Caravanserai · Wonders|
|Japanese||Shrine · Rice Paddy · Consulate · Castle · Monastery · Dojo · Wonders|
|* introduced in The Warchiefs|