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 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 Farms, Fish Traps, walls, and gates) by +4.

Town Patrol is the further upgrade of this technology.

Civilizations bonuses

  • Byzantines: Town Watch is free.
  • Chinese: Town Watch is 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Persians: Researching Town Watch is 10%/15%/20% faster in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.


The Age of Kings

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

The Conquerors

  • Byzantines: With patch 1.0c, Town Watch is free.


"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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