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Range is the value which measures the maximum distance a unit or building can attack in each of the games in the Age of Empires series. It also applies to units which can do other actions at range, like convert or heal.

Range is measured in a variety of different ways depending on the game. In Age of Empires, Age of Empires II, and Age of Empires IV, range measurements are based on tiles. In Age of Empires IV, the range of the player's ships and certain siege engines is displayed on the map when the unit is selected.

Note that both units and buildings may also have a minimum range meaning they cannot attack targets that are too close to them.

Units and buildings with long range[]

The following section shows units and buildings (fully upgraded) with the longest range in every game of the series. This does not take into account temporary or conditional effects such as special abilities or auras.

ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires[]

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AoE2-DLCicon-0 Age of Empires II[]

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All these buildings except the Town Center have 1 minimum range, which can be eliminated by researching Murder Holes.

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GameIcon-AoE4 Age of Empires IV[]

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Most defensive landmarks have the same base range as a Keep, which can be extended with emplacements. Exceptions include:

Emplacements[]

Trivia[]

  • The range of defensive buildings effectively creates a tier system based on whether attacking units can safely outrange them. For example, in Age of Empires II, the range of Town Centers is set at 6, a number that can only be surpassed by Castle Age units and technologies. This makes attacking enemy Town Centers a risky enterprise in most situations before the Castle Age. Similarly, a Castle's range of 11 means that only a small handful of units (including a Castle's own Trebuchets) is ever able to attack Castles safely.
  • In Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, the range indicator has been added. Players can now see the maximum attack range of units and buildings when using a specific hotkey (Alt-key by default).

Gallery[]

Gameplay elements in the Age of Empires series
Age · Ability (II · M · III · IV) · Architecture set (II · III) · Area of Effect (Trample damage) · Armor/Resists (hack/melee · pierce/ranged · crush/siege)  · Armor class/Tag (I - original · I - Return of Rome · II · IV) · Artificial intelligence · Attack (Attack bonus/Multiplier) · Attack delay · Attack ground · Aura (IV) · Auto Scout · Building (I · II · M · III · IV) · Civilization (I · II · M · III · IV) · Civilization bonus · Cheat code (I · II · M · III · IV) · Conversion · Counter · Diplomacy · Gaia/Mother Nature · Game modes · Garrison · Gather Point · Healing · Hit points · Hotkey · Line of Sight · Mini map · Player · Population · Range · Rate of Fire · Regeneration · Relic (II · M · IV) · Repairing · Resource (Renewable resources) · Scenario Editor (I · II · M · III · IV) · Score · Signal Allies/Flare · Soundtrack (I · II · M · III · IV) · Speed · Stealth mode · Taunt · Technology (I · II · M · III · IV) · Technology tree (I · II · IV) · Town Bell · Trade (IV) · Tribute · Unit (I · II · M · III · IV) · Unit formation · Unit stance (III) · Upgrade (I · II · III · IV) · User interface · Victory · Villager Priority
Genie Engine
Frame delay · Full Tech Tree · Team bonus
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of EmpiresRuins · Discovery
AoE2-DLCicon-0 Age of Empires IIPass-through damage · Projectile duplication
Bang Engine
Autoqueue · Snare
Aom original icon Age of MythologyGod (Major · Minor) · God power · Settlement
3Icon48px Age of Empires IIIAge-up methods (Politician/Tribal Council/Wonder/Federal State/Alliance· Banner army · Consulate · Damage Cap · Home City · Home City Card · Inspiring Flag · Minor civilization · Nuggets · Promotion · Revolution · Target Lock · Trade Monopoly · Trade Route · Treasure
Essence Engine
GameIcon-AoE4 Age of Empires IVBounty · Dynasty · Fire armor · Imperial Council (Vizier Point) · Influence · Landmark · Religion · Sacred Site · Variant civilization
If a gameplay element has different pages across games, like civilization, the individual pages are linked in brackets.
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