Redemption is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Monastery. Once researched, it allows Monks and Missionaries to convert enemy siege weapons and most buildings.

All buildings as well as Trebuchets and Battering Rams cannot be converted from a distance, meaning the Monk or Missionary has to stand directly next to the building/unit to convert it. All other siege weapons are convertible from a distance.

Converting buildings takes significantly longer than converting units.

Technology availability
Available Unavailable

Affected buildings Edit

Redemption anim aoe2de

Four Monks converting an enemy Watch Tower. The left Monk died trying.

While all siege weapons are convertible, not all buildings are. The following table shows which buildings are convertible and which are not.
Convertible Not convertible

Houseicon House
Millicon Mill
Marketicon Market
Lumbercampicon Lumber Camp
Miningcampicon Mining Camp
Blacksmithicon Blacksmith
Universityicon University
Dockicon Dock
Barracks-logo Barracks
Acheryrangeicon Archery Range
Stableicon Stable
Siegeworkshopicon Siege Workshop
Outposticon Outpost
Watchtowericon Watch Tower
Watchtowericon Guard Tower
Watchtowericon Keep
Bombardtowericon Bombard Tower
Feitoriaicon Feitoria
Dockicon Harbor

Towncentericon Town Center
Farmicon Farm*
Fishtrapicon Fish Trap*
MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery
Castleicon Castle
Palisadewallicon Palisade Wall
Palisadegateicon Palisade Gate
Stonewallicon Stone Wall
Gateicon Gate
Stonewallicon Fortified Wall
Wondericon Wonder
Kreposticon Krepost

* Idle Farms and Fish Traps however are converted when a Villager or Fishing Ship starts gathering from them.

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Aztecs: Redemption gives Monks +5 HP.
  • Burmese: Redemption is 50% cheaper.

Team bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Lithuanians: Researching Redemption is 20% faster.

History Edit

"The ability of someone fallen from the faith to redeem himself or herself was a powerful act of forgiveness on the part of a religion. Religions that were forgiving and allowed redemption had an advantage over those that did not."
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