Used to improve buildings and missile units.
Age of Empires II description

The University is a research building in Age of Empires II that becomes available once the Castle Age is reached. The University provides technologies to improve buildings and missile firing units.

Tactics and placement[edit | edit source]

As a building incapable of attacking or producing units, the placement of a University must not be given much thought. All it needs to do is provide researches and optimally stand until it is done doing so. Once all necessary technologies have been researched, the University is a completely useless building and can freely be deleted (unless it is walling out an area of importance in which case it should be replaced).

As the University provides essential technologies for defensive structures and missile firing units, it should be built as soon as enough wood is available, especially when a turtling strategy is chosen or the player goes heavy on ranged units. Ballistics and Chemistry are the most important technologies here and as such, their research should be prioritized.

Since most University technologies are very situational, players (including the AI ones) hardly ever build more than one per game.

Technologies[edit | edit source]

Clicking on the icon links to the corresponding page.

DarkageDE.png FeudalageDE.png CastleageDE.png Imperial Age
Masonryavailable.png Architecture
Fortified Wall Chemistryavailable.png Bombardtowerresearchavailable.png
Ballistics Siegeengineersavailable.png
Guard Tower Keepresearchavailable.png
Heated Shot Arrowslitsavailable.png

Availability grid[edit | edit source]

The following table shows the availability of the technologies for every civilization. Technologies that are available to all civilizations (Ballistics, Murder Holes, and Chemistry) are not shown in the table. An 'X' in the last column indicates that all technologies are available.

Available.png = Available
Unavailable.png = Unavailable
Civilization Masonry.jpg Architecture Fortified Wall Guard Tower Keep-research.jpg Heated Shot Treadmillcrane.jpg Bombard Tower Siegeengineers.jpg Arrowslits.jpg All
CivIcon-Aztecs.png Aztecs
CivIcon-Berbers.png Berbers
CivIcon-Britons.png Britons
CivIcon-Bulgarians.png Bulgarians
Menu techtree burgundians.png Burgundians
CivIcon-Burmese.png Burmese
CivIcon-Byzantines.png Byzantines
CivIcon-Celts.png Celts
CivIcon-Chinese.png Chinese
CivIcon-Cumans.png Cumans
CivIcon-Ethiopians.png Ethiopians
CivIcon-Franks.png Franks
CivIcon-Goths.png Goths
CivIcon-Huns.png Huns
CivIcon-Incas.png Incas
CivIcon-Indians.png Indians
CivIcon-Italians.png Italians
CivIcon-Japanese.png Japanese
CivIcon-Khmer.png Khmer
CivIcon-Koreans.png Koreans X
CivIcon-Lithuanians.png Lithuanians
CivIcon-Magyars.png Magyars
CivIcon-Malay.png Malay
CivIcon-Malians.png Malians
CivIcon-Mayans.png Mayans
CivIcon-Mongols.png Mongols
CivIcon-Persians.png Persians
CivIcon-Portuguese.png Portuguese
CivIcon-Saracens.png Saracens
Menu techtree sicilians.png Sicilians
CivIcon-Slavs.png Slavs
CivIcon-Spanish.png Spanish
CivIcon-Tatars.png Tatars
CivIcon-Teutons.png Teutons
CivIcon-Turks.png Turks
CivIcon-Vietnamese.png Vietnamese
CivIcon-Vikings.png Vikings
Civilization Masonry.jpg Architecture Fortified Wall Guard Tower Keep-research.jpg Heated Shot Treadmillcrane.jpg Bombard Tower Siegeengineers.jpg Arrowslits.jpg All

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Masonry.jpg Masonry (+10%)
Architecture.jpg Architecture (+10%)
Armor Masonry.jpg Masonry (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
Architecture.jpg Architecture (+1/+1, +3 building armor)
Line of Sight TownWatchDE.png Town Watch (+4)
TownPatrolDE.png Town Patrol (+4)
Conversion defense Faith.jpg Faith
Heresy.png Heresy
Construction speed Treadmillcrane.jpg Treadmill Crane (+20%)

Civilization bonuses[edit | edit source]

Team bonuses[edit | edit source]

Changelog[edit | edit source]

The Conquerors[edit | edit source]

The African Kingdoms[edit | edit source]

  • Arrowslits introduced. Initially, it is available in the Castle Age. With patch 4.8, it moved to the Imperial Age.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Portuguese: With update 42848, University technologies and technologies that benefit Universities are researched 30% faster.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Native American University is loosely based on the El Caracol observatory.
  • The African University is loosely based on the University of Sankore.
  • The Central Asian University resembles the Ulugh Beg Madrasa in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
  • The Koreans are the only civilization that have access to all University technologies. In addition, the tower-improving technologies are free.

History[edit | edit source]

During the bleakest days of the Dark Ages, learning was all but extinguished in much of Europe. A scattering of priests and monks in isolated monasteries carried forward the ability to read and write and kept books alive by copying old manuscripts. Charlemagne attempted to reverse this trend by creating a school to train men who could help him control his empire, but this experiment largely disappeared under a new wave of barbarian invasions from the north and east. The first centers of higher learning were associated with great cathedral towns such as Cambridge, Oxford, Padua, and Paris. Future priests and church leaders received training in Latin, the Bible, Christian philosophy, and other Christian writings. Medicine, science, and mathematics did not enter the curricula until much later. Graduates of these first universities led the Church and provided a pool of educated men who served generations of European kings as advisors and administrators.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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