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This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II. For the technology in Age of Empires III, see Town Watch (Age of Empires III).

Town Watch is a defensive technology in Age of Empires II available at the Town Center upon reaching Feudal Age. Once researched, it increases the Line of Sight for all buildings (except walls, Gates, Farms, and Fish Traps) by +4.

Town Patrol is the further upgrade of this technology.

Strategy[]

While this technology is rarely regarded as essential, especially before accumulating the food required to advance to the Castle Age, it is worth noting that a 4 tile increase can be very significant for some buildings. It triples the sight range of a House (200% increase). It also nearly doubles that of production and technology buildings such as a forward Archery Range. This can allow these structures to detect units which might have otherwise escaped and slipped past them, particularly as Houses are often placed at the outskirts of a settlement like cheap "walls".

Due to their already high Line of Sight, defensive structures such as the Outpost only gain 50% more radius, although this can still be useful.

Civilizations bonuses[]

  • Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines: Town Watch is free.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Town Watch is 5%/10%/15% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Persians AoE2 Persians: Researching Town Watch is 10%/15%/20% faster in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Receive 20 gold after researching Town Watch.

Team bonuses[]

  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Researching Town Watch is 25% faster.

Changelog[]

AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines: Must research Town Watch like all other civilizations.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

History[]

Each town and community was responsible for its own defense for much of the Middle Ages, relying on the local lord and his retinue of soldiers for protection. The danger from bandits, raiders, or unfriendly neighbors was real. Communities developed a town watch that scouted the nearby countryside regularly. The town watch reported danger to give the community time to prepare what defense it could.
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Technologies in Age of Empires II
Economic technologies
MaleVillDEFEMALEVILLDE VillagerWheelbarrowDE Wheelbarrow · HandcartDE Hand Cart
Aoe2de food FoodHorseCollarDE Horse Collar · HeavyPlowDE Heavy Plow · CropRotationDE Crop Rotation
GillnetsDE Gillnets
Aoe2de wood WoodDoubleBitAxe aoe2DE Double-Bit Axe · BowSawDE Bow Saw · TwoManSawDE Two-Man Saw
Aoe2de gold GoldGoldMiningDE Gold Mining · GoldShaftMiningDE Gold Shaft Mining
CaravanDE Caravan
Aoe2de stone StoneStoneMiningDE Stone Mining · StoneShaftMiningDE Stone Shaft Mining
Civilian shipsDryDockDE Dry Dock · ShipwrightDE Shipwright
Market aoe2DE MarketCoinageDE Coinage · BankingDE Banking
GuildsDE Guilds
Military technologies
GeneralConscriptionDE Conscription
HeresyDE Heresy · Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion · FaithDE Faith
Melee unitsForging aoe2de Forging · IronCastingDE Iron Casting · BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace
CavalryBloodlinesDE Bloodlines · HusbandryDE Husbandry
ScaleBardingArmorDE Scale Barding Armor · ChainBardingDE Chain Barding Armor · PlateBardingArmorDE Plate Barding Armor
InfantrySuplliesicon Supplies · AoE2 Gambesons Gambesons · SquiresDE Squires · ArsonDE Arson
ScaleMailArmorDE Scale Mail Armor · ChainMailArmorDE Chain Mail Armor · PlateMailArmorDE Plate Mail Armor
Ranged unitsBallisticsDE Ballistics · ChemistryDE Chemistry
FletchingDE Fletching · BodkinArrowDE Bodkin Arrow · BracerDE Bracer
ArchersPaddedArcherArmorDE Padded Archer Armor · LeatherArcherArmorDE Leather Archer Armor · RingArcherArmorDE Ring Archer Armor
ThumbRingDE Thumb Ring · ParthianTacticsDE Parthian Tactics
SiegeSiegeEngineersDE Siege Engineers
ShipCareeningDE Careening · DryDockDE Dry Dock
ShipwrightDE Shipwright
WarGalleyDE War Galley
BuildingTownWatchDE Town Watch · TownPatrolDE Town Patrol
Masonry aoe2de Masonry · ArchitectureDE Architecture
HeatedShotDE Heated Shot · ArrowSlitsDE Arrowslits · MurderHolesDE Murder Holes · TreadmillCraneDE Treadmill Crane · HoardingsDE Hoardings · BombardTower aoe2DE Bombard Tower
HerbalDE Herbal Medicine
MonkRedemptionDE Redemption · AtonementDE Atonement · SanctityDE Sanctity · FervorDE Fervor · IlluminationDE Illumination · BlockPrintingDE Block Printing · TheocracyDE Theocracy
MaleVillDEFEMALEVILLDE VillagerLoomDE Loom · SapperDE Sappers
Miscellaneous technologies
SpiesDE Spies · SpiesDE Treason · UniqueTechCastle-DEUniqueTechImperialDE Unique technologies
Removed/cut generic technologies
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