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This article is about the technology in Age of Empires. For similiar technologies in other games of the series, see Plow.

The Plow is an economic upgrade in Age of Empires. It can be researched at the Market once the Bronze Age is reached. Domestication is required before researching Plow.


Once researched, the food production of Farms increases by 100 food.

Plow is available to every civilization.

Civilization bonuses[]


Age of Empires[]

  • The Palmyrans and Persians do not have access to Plow.

Definitive Edition[]

  • With update 38862, the Palmyrans and Persians have access to Plow.


The first agriculturists planted seeds by hand using digging sticks to open the ground.  The invention of the plow made it possible to more easily prepare farmland for planting.  The plow ripped open long rows for seeding, burying unwanted plants and cutting unwanted roots in the process.  When pulled behind domesticated animals, such as oxen, food production per farmer and per acre again increased.  The plow has continued to evolve since ancient times.  For example, U.S. President Thomas Jefferson invented an improved version.
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