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Stone Shaft Mining is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Mining Camp once the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, it allows Villagers to gather stone 15% faster.

The Koreans already mine stone 20% faster due to their civilization bonus but are still able to research Stone Shaft Mining. As a result, they have the fastest stone mining in the game.

Technology availability
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Civilization bonuses[]

  • Bohemians: Stone Shaft Mining is free.
  • Burgundians: Can research Stone Shaft Mining in the Feudal Age. Stone Shaft Mining costs -50% food.
  • Chinese: Stone Shaft Mining is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Portuguese: Stone Shaft Mining is researched 30% faster.
  • Vietnamese: Stone Shaft Mining costs no wood.


Rise of the Rajas[]

  • Vietnamese: Stone Shaft Mining costs the regular price.

Definitive Edition[]

Lords of the West[]


The demand for stone escalated rapidly when castles were being built across Europe, towns were being fortified, and the increasingly wealthy Roman Catholic Church began building its great cathedrals. Stone cutting became an important trade. New technology was needed to get to desirable stone because the easily reached surface sources were rapidly exhausted in some areas.