|This article is about the building in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition. For the technology in Age of Empires II: The Forgotten, see Stronghold (Age of Empires II).|
|“||A powerful defensive fortification that can train all Inca military units. Garrisoned units strengthen its attack.||”|
The Stronghold is a military/defensive building in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Incas. It is similar to the European Fort, but weaker, and can be garrisoned by military units instead of villagers, which also increases its ranged attack.
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|Plumed Spearman||100 food,
|Chimu Runner||65 food,|
|Jungle Bowman||90 food,|
|Bolas Warrior||35 food,|
|War Huts, Tambos and Strongholds get +3 LOS and range|
|Strongholds get +50% hit points and +1.0 ranged AOE|
|Thunderbolts of Illapa||1,600 coin||Ships 4 Field Cannons|
As Strongholds are unique to the Incas, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following tables:
|Building strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Most ground units, ships|
|Weak vs.||Artillery, especially Rockets and Great Bombards, Siege units|
|Hit points|| Flying Buttress (+20%)|
|Attack||Sacsayhuaman (+1 ranged AOE)|
|Construction cost|| Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)|
Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)
Home City Cards
As Strongholds are unique to the Incas, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Stronghold|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- Originally, the Stronghold had 6 minimum range, 3 Area of Effect, and capped its bonus damage at 50 units. With update 6159, it has no minimum range, 1.5 Area of Effect, and caps its bonus damage at 25 units.
- Originally, the Sacsayhuaman technology gave the Stronghold +3 range, +3 LOS and +50% hit points. With update 6159, it gives +1 Area of Effect and +50% hit points.
- With update 9476, the radius of the "range ring" was corrected, to properly reflect the Stronghold's range.
- Originally, the Stronghold's in-game description was "A powerful military building that can train and garrison all military units to strengthen its attack.", suggesting that artillery can be garrisoned. With update 9476, the Stronghold's in-game description is "A powerful defensive fortification that can train all Inca military units. Garrisoned units strengthen its attack.", no longer suggesting that artillery can be garrisoned.
|“||The Inca Empire dominated the Andean region not just through remarkable administration and military logistics, but also with a series of extensive strongholds, often situated on mountains or other strategically important locations. Combinations of stone walls, ramparts, and earthworks formed defensible positions from which the Inca could control the surrounding territory.|
Strongholds such as Saqsahuaman, Macchu Picchu, and Ollantaytambo played a critical role in the deadly conflict between the Spanish and the Inca, frustrating attempts by the former to conquer Inca land and the latter to retake it. Despite superior Spanish technology, the firm earthworks and stone ramparts provided a surprisingly staunch resistance against assaults, while defenders used the surrounding terrain to great effect in hampering hostile advances.