This article is about the Villager in Age of Empires II. For the Villager in other games of the series, see Villager.
"Gathers wood, food, stone, gold. Builds and repairs buildings. Also repairs ships, siege weapons."
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The Villager is an economic unit in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Town Center. Villagers are the backbone of every civilizations' economy, performing key tasks such as resource gathering and building construction. The only unit to be either male or female, a newly created Villager is randomly assigned gender at the Town Center.

All civilizations, except for the Chinese and Mayans (who start with six and four Villagers, respectively), begin a standard game with three Villagers. While they perform ineffectively in combat conditions and cease their tasks when attacked, a few can be useful when positioned in the rear of an army, enabling them to repair damaged siege weapons or construct military buildings to reinforce an army. Spanish Villagers with Supremacy receive a strong boost to their combat stats, making them viable for combat in the early Imperial Age.

Tasks Edit

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Villagers may be assigned with different tasks. Accordingly, their titles and icons will change to the corresponding task they are currently completing.
Icons Title Task
FEMALEVILLDEMaleVillDE Villager Attacks enemy units, structures, wild animals or is simply idle.
Villager f builder aoe2DEVillager m builder aoe2DE Builder Constructs buildings.
Villager f food aoe2DEVillager m food aoe2DE Farmer Gathers food from a farm.
Villager f food aoe2DEVillager m food aoe2DE Fisherman Gathers food from fish schools near the shore.
Villager f food aoe2DEVillager m food aoe2DE Forager Gathers food from berry bushes.
Villager f wood aoe2DEVillager m wood aoe2DE Lumberjack Gathers wood from trees.
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Villager f stone aoe2DEVillager m stone aoe2DE
Miner Gathers gold or stone from mines.
Villager f food aoe2DEVillager m food aoe2DE Shepherd Herds herdables near a Town Center or Mill, and gathers food from them.
Villager f food aoe2DEVillager m food aoe2DE Hunter Kills and gathers food from non-herdable animals.
Villager f builder aoe2DEVillager m builder aoe2DE Repairer Repairs buildings, ships and siege units.

Gathering rates Edit

Villagers gather resources from different sources at a different speed. The table below shows all gathering rates in descending order.

Villager type Resource Gathering rate (resources/second)
Farmer Food 0.53*
Fisherman Food 0.43
Hunter Food 0.41
Lumberjack Wood 0.39
Gold Miner Gold 0.38
Stone Miner Stone 0.36
Shepherd Food 0.33
Forager Food 0.31
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Villagers gathering food from a Wild Boar in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition.

* Note that the listed Farm gather rate is only while harvesting; Farmers also spend a substantial amount of time walking about the Farm, during which no food is collected, lowering the net collection rate substantially. This also does not account for travel time to and from the nearest Mill or Town Center, further lowering the collection rate. Together, these two factors lower the default Farm collection rate, even when optimally placed, to around 0.32/second.

Despite the listed gather rate, Farms seem to have a hidden maximum production rate of 0.44 food per second. While Villagers can collect at the listed 0.53 for brief periods of time, over the long term, they will average a collection rate of 0.44, even if modified in the Scenario Editor to move instantly. This has the side effect of making the Hand Cart upgrade less effective than it should be, improving gather rates by only a few percent.

Buildings Edit

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Villagers can construct the following buildings:

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A Villager building a Blacksmith.

Multiple Villagers can be used to construct a building faster. If t is the time required for one Villager to construct a building, and n is the number of Villagers used, the building time will be

$ \tfrac{3t}{n+2} $ . This means the first Villager works three times as fast as any additional one and that it is more efficient to split Builders up when constructing multiple buildings, unless a key building has to be constructed quickly (e.g. a Castle or a Town Center).

Repairing Edit

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Villagers can repair buildings, siege weapons, and ships. Doing so saves resources, although for buildings it may be a lot slower than constructing a new one. Villagers can repair from two tiles away - This is mainly meant to make repairing ships on the shore easier, but it also makes it possible to repair a unit or tower that has been fully walled, e.g. a tower.

Costs Edit

Repairing a building or unit from 1 hit point to full health costs half of the originally required resources. The costs are deducted from the resource stockpile as the repair progresses, instead of being paid at the start and repairing partly will cost the appropriate amount (so repairing only half of the HP costs 25% of the original cost). Discounts also apply, e.g. a Franks player will only pay 244 stone to fully repair a Castle. If a player runs out of resources during a repair, the Villagers stop repairing and remain idle until they are retasked. Upgrades that increase the hit points of buildings do not affect repair costs.

The Town Center is an exception to the cost rule: It costs 550 wood and no stone to repair fully, but the stone stockpile can't be empty or the Villagers won't be able to start repairing, even though no stone is consumed in the actual repair. Discounts for Town Centers do not apply to repairing.

Since The African Kingdoms, there is an exception to the exception: During the Dark Age, Town Centers cost the normal amount of wood and stone to repair.

Speed Edit

For buildings, the first Villager will repair 750 hit points per minute, and any additional Villager will add 375 HP/minute to that (and thus will be only half as fast). This is the same regardless of the type of building, any upgrades or the original amount of hit points. Treadmill Crane does not affect the repair speed.

In most cases, constructing new building will be faster than repairing and may be preferable despite the higher cost (e.g. when replacing a damaged wall section).

Siege weapons and ships are repaired at 25% of the speed of buildings, so 187.5 HP/minute for the first and 93.75 HP/minute for any additional Villager.

Further statistics Edit

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Most buildings, Skirmishers (in small numbers), rams, Trebuchets
Weak vs. Almost everything
Carry capacity Wheelbarrow Wheelbarrow (+3)
Handcart Hand Cart (+7)
Heavyplow Heavy Plow (+1, Farmers only)
Gathering speed

For wood:

Doublebitaxe Double-Bit Axe (+20%)
Bowsaw Bow Saw (+20%)
Twomansaw Two-Man Saw (+10%)

For stone: