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Stone Mines provide the resource stone in Age of Empires, Age of Empires II, and Age of Empires IV. They commonly appear in clumps of 3-10 mines and the stone can be extracted by tasking a Villager on the mine.

Stone is not used in Age of Empires III and Age of Mythology. Hence, Stone Mines don't appear there.

Age of Empires[]

Can be mined for stone.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

Stone Mines in Age of Empires are fairly common, typically found near a player's starting point, and in small clusters around the map. Mining is the only method of acquiring stone, aside from Market commodity buying in Return of Rome, so if constructing a lot of defensive buildings, it is important to secure as many Stone Mines as possible before the resource is completely depleted.

Stone is used to build/upgrade Towers, Walls, Gates and Wonders, train Slingers, and to research Stone Mining, Siegecraft and Urbanization.

Age of Empires II[]

Stone Mines in Age of Empires II are about as common as in Age of Empires, although more stone is used; as such, the mines run out more quickly, leaving trade as the only available method of acquiring more. Stone is used for building Towers, Walls, Castles, Town Centers, and Wonders, and for researching some technologies.

Poles have the passive ability to generate gold when mining stone.

Age of Empires IV[]

In Age of Empires IV, Stone Mines are called Stone Outcroppings and appear as small or large deposits. Stone is used in defensive buildings, like Keeps, and some technologies. The Mongols are the only civilization that cannot mine stone, but build an Ovoo over it to gather it passively. As they can't build stone buildings, it is used to research extra strong technologies or for double unit creation in buildings in the influence of the Ovoo.


Resources in Age of Empires series
CommonFood · Wood · Gold/Coin · Stone*
Age of MythologyFavorAOM Favor
Age of Empires IIIResource xp XP · Aoe3 export Export · Aoe3de influence Influence
Age of Empires IVAoE4 Bounty icon Bounty · AoE4 Vizier Point icon Vizier Point · Resource olive oil Olive Oil
Extractable resource sources in the Age of Empires series
CommonTree · Gold Mine · Stone Mine· Berry Bush · Farm (I · II · M · III · IV) · Animals (Fish · Herdable animal)
Age of Empires IIFish trap aoe2DE Fish Trap
Age of MythologyAoM Gold Mine icon Jade Mine
Age of Empires IIICherry orchard portrait aoe3de Cherry Orchard · Coal mine portrait Coal Mine · Copper mine portrait Copper Mine · Food crate icon AoE3DE Crate · Gold mine portrait Diamond Mine · Plantation aoe3de Estate · Field portrait aoe3de Field · Hacienda portrait Hacienda · MangoGroveDE Mango Grove · Mill aoe3de Mill · China rice paddy icon aoe3de Rice Paddy · Rock supply icon AoE3DE Rock · Gold mine portrait Salt Mine · Silver Mine icon AoE3DE Silver Mine · Gold mine portrait Tin Mine
Age of Empires IVAoE4 OliveGrove Olive Grove
* not used in Age of Mythology and Age of Empires III