Stone is one of the four primary resources the player must collect in Age of Empires and Age of Empires II. Stone is mainly used to build static defenses like Towers and Walls, but it is also used for some technologies, as well as Wonders. To obtain Stone, the player must send Villagers to collect them from the Stone Mine.
Age of Empires
In the first game, Stone is required to build defensive structures (such as Ballista Towers), to research defensive technologies (as well as Siegecraft), to construct Wonders and also, to train the Slinger, the only unit to cost stone in the entire game (10 Stone).
Babylonians are the only civilization in the first game to receive a stone-related bonus, in the form of 30% faster stone mining.
Technologies that benefit Stone mining include:
Age of Empires II
Similarly to Age of Empires, Stone is required for many structures, such as Towers:
Technologies that boost stone mining are:
And, these civilizations have a stone-related bonus:
- Aztecs (Villagers carry +5 resources)
- Franks (Castles are 25% cheaper)
- Incas (Buildings cost 15% less stone)
- Koreans (Stone miners work 20% faster)
- Mayans (Natural resources last 15% longer)
Methods to obtain stone
Stone can be purchased for Gold at the market in Age of Empires II.
Stone Mines are similar to Gold Mines. They are not found in abundance on most maps and are usually found in groups of 2-5. Each one yields 250 stone in Age of Empires and 350 stone in Age of Empires II.
Other players may tribute Stone to you on some occasions.
Cheats to obtain Stone
- Age of Empires: Quarry +1000 stone
- Age of Empires II: Rock on +1000 stone