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This article is about the building in Age of Mythology. For the building in other games of the series, see Town Center.

The Town Center is an economic building in Age of Mythology. It is the most important of all buildings as it trains villagers and provides Age advancement. In addition, each civilization can train certain other units and research certain myth technologies at the Town Center. It is also a drop-off site for all resources, though it is mostly used by herders and farmers.


Like in Age of Empires II and Age of Empires III, the Town Center can defend itself, easily dispatching early enemy units. Unlike in those games, Town Centers in Age of Mythology do not require a garrison in order to fire arrows at enemies. However, having a garrison increases the damage output. It takes several units with a high hack or crush attack to destroy a Town Center, so they are generally not threatened until the Heroic Age. Town Centers can garrison up to 25 units and initially support 15 population, though this can be increased to 20 in the Heroic Age by researching Fortified Town Center.

A factor that limits the placing of Town Centers is the fact their foundations can be laid exclusively on abandoned Settlements. This limits the areas in which villagers can be trained, and also negates any effort to rush with Town Centers.

From The Titans onwards, additional Town Centers can be built in the Classical Age (and earlier for the Atlanteans). It is very important to build them as they increase a player's population cap. However, they are expensive, take a long time to build, and can only be built on existing Settlements. There are three Settlements per player on a standard map, so the number of Town Centers that can be built is limited.

If a player does not have a Town Center, such as when the Nomad random map is played, they can build one in the Archaic Age.


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  • GreekPortrait Greeks: The Greek Town Center is built quite quickly but is expensive.
  • EgyptianPortrait Egyptians: The Egyptian Town Center is the cheapest – costing only 100 food, 400 gold – but takes the longest time to build. Egyptian players can help defend their Town Centers, especially outlying ones, by using mercenaries, which are trained almost instantly.
  • NorsePortrait Norse: Unlike many other Norse buildings, their Town Centers are as strong as the other civilizations' ones. The Norse can train three economic units plus their basic infantry unit at the Town Center in the Archaic Age. The infantry unit, the Ulfsark, acts as both scout and builder.
  • AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans: Atlantean Town Centers are cheaper and, uniquely, can be built in the Archaic Age. Before Tale of the Dragon, they had the weakest Town Centers and the least firepower, needing careful defending. The Atlanteans gain favor for each Town Center they hold.

Resource trickle comparison[]

There are quite a few means of auto-generating resources in Age of Mythology.

Resource generator Civilization God Resource Rate (per minute)
Aomrelicvase Ring of the Nibelung N/A Gold 18
Aomrelicvase Ship of Fingernails Food 24
Aomrelicvase Ankh of Ra Favor 2.4
VaultsOfErebus Vaults of Erebus GreekPortrait Greeks HadesPortrait Hades Gold 45
PlentyIcon Plenty Vault HephaestusIcon Hephaestus 180
Food 180
Wood 180
MonumentVillagersIcon Monument EgyptianPortrait Egyptians All Favor 4.9 - 6.9
FloodOfTheNile Flood of the Nile IsisPortrait Isis Food 45
Hersiricon Hersir NorsePortrait Norse All Favor 0.6
In combat: 1.2
TownCenterAOMAtlantean Town Center AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans All Favor 6.3
HornsOfConsecration Horns of Consecration (Rheia): 7.56
GardenIcon Garden ChinesePortrait Chinese All Food 30
HouseAltars House Altars (Dabo Gong): 36
Wood 30
HouseAltars House Altars (Dabo Gong): 36
Gold 30
HouseAltars House Altars (Dabo Gong): 36
Favor 3
HouseAltars House Altars (Dabo Gong): 3.6
NuWaPortrait Nü Wa 3.6
HouseAltars House Altars (Dabo Gong): 4.2
Sacrifices Sacrifices HeBoIcon He Bo 6
  1. Gardens can be tasked to generate any resource, but they only generate one at a time.
  2. The Plenty Vault generates all three resources simultaneously.


Common technologies[]

Age ups[]


Civilization Trains units Myth technologies Spawns units
3x Oracleicon Oracle
2x Scout Cavalry Icon Scout Cavalry
* once a Temple has been built

Further statistics[]

Civilization and god bonuses[]


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Hit points Masons Masons: +15%
Architects Architects: +15%
FortifiedTownCenter Fortified Town Center: +25%
AthenianWall Athenian Wall: +20% (Hera only)
Sun-dried Mud Brick Sundried Mudbrick: +10% (Hathor only)
RammedEarth Rammed Earth: +10% (He Bo only)
Attack FortifiedTownCenter Fortified Town Center: +50%
CopperWeapons Copper Weapons: +10%
BronzeWeapons Bronze Weapons: +10%
IronWeapons Iron Weapons: +10%
Range FortifiedTownCenter Fortified Town Center: +2
Accuracy Crenellations Crenellations
Armor Masons Masons: +20% Hack armorhack/ +5% Crush armorcrush
Architects Architects: +5% Crush armorcrush
Line of Sight SignalFires Signal Fires: +6
CarrierPigeons Carrier Pigeons: +6
OracleTech Oracle: +8 (Apollo only)
Resource cost Sun-dried Mud Brick Sundried Mudbrick: -15% gold (Hathor only)
Construction speed DivineBlood Divine Blood: +15% (Aphrodite only)
Work rate HornsOfConsecration Horns of Consecration: +20% favor generation (Rheia only)
Other FortifiedTownCenter Fortified Town Center: +5 population

Relic bonuses[]


Aom original icon Age of Mythology[]

  • Additional Town Centers can be built starting in the Heroic Age.

AoM The Titans icon The Titans[]

  • Additional Town Centers (except for the Atlanteans) can be built starting in the Classical Age.


The rise of agriculture provided a food surplus that had to be collected and stored to be available in winter months and other periods when food was scarce. The need to collect, store, and protect food surpluses gave rise to the first towns as administrative centers. Towns quickly became engaged in many additional activities, including the gathering and storage of other resources, centers of manufacturing, population concentration points, and centers of trade. All villages and towns had an administrative center that was the site of governmental power and leadership. At first this might have been the local leader's home. The Town Center was often the place where important supplies were stored, especially food surpluses. The destruction of the Town Center usually meant the loss of the town's governmental infrastructure. If this could not be restored, the town or village ceased to function.
—In-game help section


  • At some point in development, Town Centers did not require Settlements to be built. Additionally, they were built in the final and original third Age, the Olympic Age.
  • At some point in development, the Atlanteans originally were able to build a unique Town Center called the "Township" which was cheaper, available in the Classical Age onward, and could be upgraded into Town Centers.
The Atlantean Township trains Villagers, provides population room, and acts as smaller city hub than the Town Center. You can only build Townships on Settlements. There are enough Settlements on most maps for every player to have 3, but the more Settlements you have, the less your enemy can use. If your team claims all the Settlements on a map, you win the game under standard victory conditions.The Atlanteans sent people forward to help start these smaller Townships in order to gain geographical advantages in resource gathering. These Townships became smaller centers of manufacturing, population concentration points, and centers of trade, but allowed the Atlanteans to increase the boundaries of their population and controlled land earlier than other civilizations. Gaining and holding settlements also how the Atlanteans gain favor The destruction of the Town ship does not have quite the impact as the loss of the Town Center but getting them up early and defending them well gave the Atlanteans a seemingly unfair territorial advantage. After getting a strong foothold in the area the Atlanteans would move in stronger forces and eventually rebuild Town Centers in the place of these Townships.
  • The Chinese Town Center reuses the icon of the Norse Town Center.


Buildings in Age of Mythology
EconomicTownCenterAOMGreek Town Center · AoMR Village Center Greeks icon Village Center · Building house icon House · AomFarmIcon Farm · ArmoryIcon Armory · Market icon AOM Market
MilitaryDockAOMIcon Dock · TempleAOMIcon Temple
Walls and gatesStonewall icon Wooden Wall · GateIconAoM Gate · Stonewall icon Stone Wall · GateIconAoM Stone Gate · Fortifiedwall icon Fortified Wall · GateIconAoM Fortified Gate
TowerSentryTowerIcon Sentry Tower · Improvement watch tower icon 64 Watch Tower · Guard Tower upgrade icon AoM Guard Tower
SpecialAomWonderIcon Wonder · SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Gate
GreekPortrait GreeksGranaryIcon Granary · Storehouse Icon Storehouse · MilitaryAcademyIcon Military Academy · ArcheryRangeAOMIcon Archery Range · StableAOMIcon Stable · Fortress Fortress
EgyptianPortrait EgyptiansGranaryIcon Granary · LumberCampIcon Lumber Camp · MiningCampIcon Mining Camp · MonumentVillagersIcon Monument · MilitaryAcademyIcon Barracks · Midgol Migdol Stronghold · SiegeWorks Siege Works · Lighthouse icon Lighthouse · Obelisk Obelisk · CitadelWall Icon Citadel Wall · GateIconAoM Citadel Gate · Improvement ballista tower icon 64 Ballista Tower
NorsePortrait NorseLonghouse icon Longhouse · HillFort Hill Fort · ArmoryIcon Dwarven Foundry · AoMR Great Hall icon Great Hall
AtlanteanPortrait AtlanteansManor Manor · EconomicGuild Economic Guild · MilitaryBarracksIcon Military Barracks · CounterBarracksIcon Counter-Barracks · Palace Palace · BronzeWall icon Bronze Wall · GateIconAoM Bronze Gate · IronWall icon Iron Wall · GateIconAoM Iron Gate · OrichalkosWall icon Orichalkos Wall · GateIconAoM Orichalkos Gate · SkyPassage icon Sky Passage · Mirror tower icon Mirror Tower
ChinesePortrait ChineseBuilding storage pit icon Storage Pit · GardenIcon Garden · MilitaryAcademyIcon War Academy · StableAOMIcon Stable · Building chinese fortress icon Castle · Earthen Wall Icon Earthen Wall · GateIconAoM Earthen Gate · Great Wall Icon Great Wall · GateIconAoM Great Gate
Non-constructable (non-campaign exclusive buildings)
CitadelIcon Citadel Center · HealingSpringIcon Healing Spring · HesperidesIcon Hesperides Tree · LureIcon Lure · PlentyIcon Plenty Vault · TartarianGateIcon Tartarian Gate · UnderWorldPassageIcon Underworld Passage
Charioteria Charioteria