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This article is about the technologies in Age of Empires. For technologies in other games of the series, see Technology.

Listed below are all technologies available in Age of Empires.

Economy technologies[]

Technology Age Building Cost Effect Time
Woodworking Woodworking Tool Age Icon (DE) Market 120 food, 75 wood Woodcutters work rate +20% and carry +2 wood. +1 missile weapon range 60
Artisanship Artisanship Bronze Age Icon (DE) 170 food, 150 wood 80
Craftsmanship Craftsmanship Iron Age Icon (DE) 240 food, 200 wood 100
Stone Mining Stone Mining Tool Age Icon (DE) 100 food, 50 stone Stone miners work rate +30% and carry +3 stone. Slingers +1 Attack/Range/LOS 30
Siegecraft Siegecraft Iron Age Icon (DE) 190 food, 100 stone Stone miners work rate +30% and carry +3 stone. Increase Villagers attack vs. Walls/Towers. Slingers +1 Attack/Range/LOS 60
Gold Mining Gold Mining Tool Age Icon (DE) 120 food, 100 wood Gold miners work rate +30% and carry +3 gold 50
Coinage Coinage Iron Age Icon (DE) 200 food, 100 gold Increases Gold Mine productivity by 25%. Tribute is free. Gold miners work rate +33% and carry +3 gold 60
Domestication Domestication Tool Age Icon (DE) 150 food, 50 gold Farms +75 food 40
PlowAOE Plow Bronze Age Icon (DE) 250 food, 75 wood Farms +100 food 75
Irrigation AOE Irrigation Iron Age Icon (DE) 300 food, 100 wood Farms +125 food 100
Wheelicon Wheel Bronze Age Icon (DE) 175 food, 75 wood Villagers get +60% speed 75

Religious technologies[]

Technology Age Building Cost Effect Time
Polytheism Polytheism Bronze Age Icon (DE) Temple 120 gold Priests get +40% speed 50
Mysticism Mysticism Priests get +20 hit points
Astrology Astrology 175 gold Priest conversion and healing are 30% more effective
Medicine Medicine Iron Age Icon (DE) 150 gold Priest healing rate +100%
Monotheism Monotheism 350 gold Priests can convert Buildings and other Priests 75
Afterlife Afterlife 275 gold Priests get +3 conversion range and LOS
Fanaticism Fanaticism 150 gold Priests rejuvenate 50% faster 60
Jihad Zealotry 120 gold Villagers' +7 attack, +0.11 speed, +40 hit points, -8 carry capacity
RoR Theocracy Theocracy 400 gold Only one Priest in group must rest after a conversion 100

Military technologies[]

Technology Age Building Cost Effect Time
General
RoR Conscription Conscription Iron Age Icon (DE) Government Center 450 food, 250 gold Land military units trained 25% faster 60
Infantry
Toolworking Toolworking Tool Age Icon (DE) Storage Pit 100 food Melee units +2 attack 40
Metalworkingicon Metalworking Bronze Age Icon (DE) 200 food, 120 gold 75
Metallurgyicon Metallurgy Iron Age Icon (DE) 300 food, 180 gold Melee units +3 attack 100
Leatherarmorinfantryicon Leather Armor Infantry Tool Age Icon (DE) 75 food Infantry +2 melee armor 30
Scalearmorinfantryicon Scale Armor Infantry Bronze Age Icon (DE) 100 food, 50 gold 60
Chainmailinfantryicon Chain Mail Infantry Iron Age Icon (DE) 125 food, 100 gold 75
Bronzeshieldicon Bronze Shield Bronze Age Icon (DE) 150 food, 180 gold Infantry and Slingers +1 pierce armor 50
Ironshieldicon Iron Shield Iron Age Icon (DE) 200 food, 320 gold 75
Towershieldicon Tower Shield 250 food, 400 gold 100
Logistics Logistics Bronze Age Icon (DE) Government Center 180 food, 100 gold Barracks units take 1/2 population space 60
Aristocracy Aristocracy Iron Age Icon (DE) 175 food, 150 gold Academy units get +0.225 tiles/second movement speed 60
Cavalry
Toolworking Toolworking Tool Age Icon (DE) Storage Pit 100 food Melee units +2 attack 40
Metalworkingicon Metalworking Bronze Age Icon (DE) 200 food, 120 gold 75
Metallurgyicon Metallurgy Iron Age Icon (DE) 300 food, 180 gold Melee units +3 attack 100
Leatherarmorcavalryicon Leather Armor Cavalry Tool Age Icon (DE) 125 food Cavalry +2 melee armor 30
Scalearmorcavalryicon Scale Armor Cavalry Bronze Age Icon (DE) 150 food, 50 gold 60
Chainmailcavalryicon Chain Mail Cavalry 175 food, 100 gold 75
NobilityIcon Nobility Government Center 175 food, 120 gold Cavalry (except elephants) +15% hit points 70
Missile / siege
Woodworking Woodworking Tool Age Icon (DE) Market 120 food, 75 wood Woodcutters work rate +20% and carry +2 wood. +1 missile weapon range 60
Artisanship Artisanship Bronze Age Icon (DE) 170 food, 150 wood 80
Craftsmanship Craftsmanship Iron Age Icon (DE) 240 food, 200 wood 100
Stone Mining Stone Mining Tool Age Icon (DE) 100 food, 50 stone Stone miners work rate +30% and carry +3 stone. Slingers +1 Attack/Range/LOS 30
Siegecraft Siegecraft Iron Age Icon (DE) 190 food, 100 stone Stone miners work rate +30% and carry +3 stone. Increase Villagers attack vs. Walls/Towers. Slingers +1 Attack/Range/LOS 60
Leatherarmorarchersicon Leather Armor Archers Tool Age Icon (DE) Storage Pit 100 food Archers +2 melee armor 30
Scalearmorarchersicon Scale Armor Archers Bronze Age Icon (DE) 125 food, 50 gold 60
Chainmailarchersicon Chain Mail Archers Iron Age Icon (DE) 150 food, 100 gold 75
Engineering Engineering Government Center 200 food, 100 wood Siege Units and Siege Ships have +2 range and LOS 70
Alchemy Alchemy 250 food, 200 gold +1 attack to missile weapons. +6 attack to Fire Galley 100
Ballistics Ballistics 200 food, 50 gold Missile weapons and siege units hit moving targets 60

Defense technologies[]

Technology Age Building Cost Effect Time
RoR City Watch City Watch Tool Age Icon (DE) Town Center 150 food, 175 wood Increases the Line of Sight of all buildings by 3 50
Architecture aoe Architecture Bronze Age Icon (DE) Government Center 100 food Buildings have +20% hit points and construction time -33% 15

Miscellaneous technologies[]

Technology Age Building Cost Effect Time
Writing Writing Bronze Age Icon (DE) Government Center 200 food, 75 gold Share exploration with allies 30
RoR Urbanization Urbanization 300 wood, 100 stone Houses provides double population space 45
Tool Age Icon (DE) Tool Age Stone Age Icon (DE) Town Center 500 food Progress to the next age 120
Bronze Age Icon (DE) Bronze Age Tool Age Icon (DE) 800 food 140
Iron Age Icon (DE) Iron Age Bronze Age Icon (DE) 1000 food, 800 gold 160

Removed technologies[]

Technology Age Building Cost Effect Time
RoR City Watch Scouting Bronze Age Icon (DE) Government Center ??? Military units +4 sight ???
Mathematics Mathematics Iron Age Icon (DE) ??? +50% missile weapon range ???
Short Sword Short Sword Bronze Age Icon (DE) Barracks 120 food, 50 gold Allows training of the Short Swordsman ???
Martyrdom Sacrifice Iron Age Icon (DE) Temple 400 gold Sacrifice the Priest to instantly convert an enemy unit 100

Upgrades[]

Main article: Upgrade (Age of Empires)
Technologies in Age of Empires
Economic technologies
WoodWoodworking Woodworking · Artisanship Artisanship · Craftsmanship Craftsmanship
FoodDomestication Domestication · PlowAOE Plow · Irrigation AOE Irrigation
GoldGold Mining Gold Mining · Coinage Coinage
StoneStone Mining Stone Mining · Siegecraft Siegecraft
MiscellaneousWheelicon Wheel · Jihad Zealotry
Military technologies
GeneralBallistics Ballistics · Alchemy Alchemy · RoR Conscription Conscription
InfantryToolworking Toolworking · Metalworkingicon Metalworking · Metallurgyicon Metallurgy
Leatherarmorinfantryicon Leather Armor Infantry · Scalearmorinfantryicon Scale Armor Infantry · Chainmailinfantryicon Chain Mail Infantry
Bronzeshieldicon Bronze Shield · Ironshieldicon Iron Shield · Towershieldicon Tower Shield
Logistics Logistics
Aristocracy Aristocracy
Slinger-0 SlingerStone Mining Stone Mining · Siegecraft Siegecraft
Bronzeshieldicon Bronze Shield · Ironshieldicon Iron Shield · Towershieldicon Tower Shield
Logistics Logistics
CavalryToolworking Toolworking · Metalworkingicon Metalworking · Metallurgyicon Metallurgy
Leatherarmorcavalryicon Leather Armor Cavalry · Scalearmorcavalryicon Scale Armor Cavalry · Chainmailcavalryicon Chain Mail Cavalry
NobilityIcon Nobility
ArcherWoodworking Woodworking · Artisanship Artisanship · Craftsmanship Craftsmanship
Leatherarmorarchersicon Leather Armor Archers · Scalearmorarchersicon Scale Armor Archers · Chainmailarchersicon Chain Mail Archers
7 Scout Ship Scout ShipWoodworking Woodworking · Artisanship Artisanship · Craftsmanship Craftsmanship
SiegeEngineering Engineering
AoE2 DE priest icon PriestAstrology Astrology · Mysticism Mysticism · Polytheism Polytheism · Afterlife Afterlife · Monotheism Monotheism · Fanaticism Fanaticism · Medicine Medicine · RoR Theocracy Theocracy
BuildingArchitecture aoe Architecture · RoR City Watch City Watch · RoR Urbanization Urbanization
Miscellaneous technologies
Writing Writing
Unit/Building unlocking/upgrade technologies
IndividualBattle Axe Battle Axe · Catapult Trireme technology Catapult Trireme · Research Small Wall Small Wall · Research Watch Tower Watch Tower
SeriesAoe improved bow icon Improved Bow · Aoe composite bow icon Composite Bow
Broad Sword Broad Sword · Long Sword Long Sword
Unused or removed technologies
Martyrdom Sacrifice · RoR City Watch Scouting · Short Sword Short Sword · Mathematics Mathematics
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