"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

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.

Technologies Edit

Clicking on the icon links to the corresponding page.

DarkageDE FeudalageDE CastleageDE ImperialageDE
Masonryavailable Architectureavailable
Fortifiedwallresearchavailable Chemistryavailable Bombardtowerresearchavailable
Ballisticsavailable Siegeengineersavailable
Guardtowerresearchavailable Keepresearchavailable
Heatedshotavailable Arrowslitsavailable

Availability grid Edit

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 = Available
Unavailable = Unavailable
ConquerorsIcon Aztecs
AfricanIcon Berbers
KingsIcon Britons
AoE2-DLCicon-5 Bulgarians
RajaIcon Burmese
KingsIcon Byzantines
KingsIcon Celts
KingsIcon Chinese
AoE2-DLCicon-5 Cumans
AfricanIcon Ethiopians
KingsIcon Franks
KingsIcon Goths
ConquerorsIcon Huns
ForgottenIcon Incas
ForgottenIcon Indians
ForgottenIcon Italians
KingsIcon Japanese
RajaIcon Khmer
ConquerorsIcon Koreans X
AoE2-DLCicon-5 Lithuanians
ForgottenIcon Magyars
RajaIcon Malay
AfricanIcon Malians
ConquerorsIcon Mayans
KingsIcon Mongols
KingsIcon Persians
AfricanIcon Portuguese
KingsIcon Saracens
ForgottenIcon Slavs
ConquerorsIcon Spanish
AoE2-DLCicon-5 Tatars
KingsIcon Teutons
KingsIcon Turks
RajaIcon Vietnamese
KingsIcon Vikings
Civilization Masonry Architecture Fortified-wall-research Guard-tower-research Keep-research Heatedshot Treadmillcrane Bombard-tower-research Siegeengineers Arrowslits All

Further statistics Edit

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

Civilization bonuses Edit

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Conquerors Edit

The African Kingdoms Edit

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

Trivia Edit

  • 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

"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."

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