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This article is about the structure. For the scenario, see The Fountain of Youth?.

Lake of the Moon water fountain. Is It Magic?
—In-game description

The Fountain of Youth is a structure that appears in the The Fountain of Youth? scenario of the Act I: Blood campaign. It is a primary target of the main antagonists in Age of Empires III, the Circle of Ossus.


Fuente Juventud

The Fountain of Youth

The fountain spent its time in the "Lake of the Moon", somewhere in the region of Florida, until the events of Act I: Blood. It became the center of a massive battle involving the Circle, Knights of St. John, Elisabet Ramsey's pirates, Sahin's Ottoman companies, and Seminole natives. It is destroyed through the use of a Fixed Gun, military ships and artillery. After its destruction, protagonist Morgan Black fills his canteen in the water of the Lake of the Moon, leading to the belief that he drank the water. Eventually the lake dried up and became a swamp by the events of Act III: Steel, where the Circle tries to dig up lost Spanish treasure ships. Later, Amelia Black meets an individual who is only identified as the Old Coot, who in the end says "you defeated the Circle, and in just one lifetime too", implying that he is in fact, Morgan Black.



An easy way to destroy the fountain is to destroy the outpost on the neighboring island, then position Mortars to attack it along with the captured Fixed Gun and also create a fleet of ships (primarily Fire Ships and Galleons).

This is the best overall strategy for the Hard difficulty of the game, minus the Fire Ships which are less important than regular ships that can support land forces guarding the base and Fixed Gun as well as protect the Fixed Gun from enemy attacks by sea.


Some players may wish to postpone its destruction in order to destroy the large Boneguard base and farm experience from the endless appearance of Boneguard ships (even after the land forces and structures have all been destroyed). For most players this is only realistic on the Easy difficulty setting due to the limited technology level available to the Knights of St. John. Destroying the base is a matter of careful micromanagement of all Falconets, Mortars, Crossbowmen, Seminoles, and heavy use of Lancers.

Once a number of the base's structures are destroyed (including their Docks), the enemy will be reinforced with a large army (50+ units) of Doppelsoldners, Cavalry, Boneguards, and Falconets. Enemy ships, now including Frigates, will continue to spawn in the bay near the ruins of the Boneguard base (where their docks had been located). Simply park a large fleet here and periodically replace ships. This is only useful to those investing time into leveling rather than merely using a cheat code.


Buildings in Age of Empires III
Dock aoe3de Dock · House indian aoe3de House · Livestock pen aoe3de Livestock Pen · Market icon aoe3de Market · Native embassy DE icon Native Embassy · Stables aoe3de Stable · Towncenter aoe3de Town Center · Trading post african aoe3de Trading Post · Wall aoe3de Wall
EuropeansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Church aoe3de Church · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Tavern icon de Tavern
Native AmericansCommunity plaza aoe3de Community Plaza (formerly Fire Pit) · Corral aoe3de Corral · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Farm aoe3de Farm · Tribal marketplace icon Tribal Marketplace · War hut aoe3de War Hut
AsiansJapan barracks aoe3de Barracks · Japan castle aoe3de Castle · Consulate icon aoe3de Consulate · Monastery aoe3de Monastery · China rice paddy icon aoe3de Rice Paddy · Advanced wonders Wonder
Federal AmericansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Plantation aoe3de Estate · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Saloon aoe3de Saloon
AfricansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Field portrait aoe3de Field · Granary portrait aoe3de Granary · Hut portrait aoe3de Hut · Livestock market aoe3de Livestock Market · Palace portrait aoe3de Palace · Port portrait aoe3de Port · War camp aoe3de portrait War Camp · Watch tower aoe3de portrait Watch Tower
Flag BritishDE BritishHouse aoe3de Manor House
Flag DutchDE DutchBank aoe3de Bank
Flag GermanDE GermansMercenary camp portrait Mercenary Camp
Flag OttomanDE OttomansChurch aoe3de Mosque
Flag RussianDE RussiansBlockhouse aoe3de Blockhouse
Flag AztecDE AztecsNobles aoe3de Nobles' Hut
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeIro house icon Longhouse · Artillery depot aoe3de Siege Workshop
Flag SiouxDE LakotaTeepee icon DE Teepee
Flag ChineseDE ChineseChinese village aoe3de Village · China waracademy aoe3de War Academy
Flag IndianDE IndiansCaravanseraiDE Caravanserai · MangoGroveDE Mango Grove · SacredFieldDE Sacred Field
Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseCherry orchard portrait aoe3de Cherry Orchard · Dojo aoe3de Dojo · Shrine aoe3de Shrine
Flag IncanDE IncaInca kallanka Kallanka · Inca kancha house Kancha House · Inca stronghold Stronghold · Inca tambo Tambo
Flag SwedishDE SwedesSwedish torp Torp
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesMeeting house aoe3de icon Meeting House · State capitol aoe3de icon State Capitol
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de EthiopiansMountain monastery portrait aoe3de Mountain Monastery
Flag Hausa HausaUniversity portrait University
Flag MexicanDE MexicansCathedral portrait Cathedral · Hacienda portrait Hacienda
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansBasilica portrait Basilica · Lombard portrait Lombard
Flag MalteseDE MalteseCommandery portrait Commandery · Depot portrait Depot · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Hospital portrait Hospital
Aztec temple portrait American Citadel (formerly Maya Castle) · Athos monastery portrait Athos Monastery · Battery tower portrait Battery Tower · Factory aoe3de Factory · Field hospital aoe3de Field Hospital · Regent's Castle aoe3de Regent's Castle
Scenario Editor/campaign only
Cherokee Warhut Portrait Cherokee War Hut · Wall aoe3de Command Post · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Fort Tower icon AoE3DE Fort Tower · Gunpowder Stores icon AoE3DE Gunpowder Stores · Ossuary AoE3DE Ossuary · Fountain Youth Portrait The Fountain of Youth · Tower aoe3de Tower