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Chinese combination of Barracks and Stable. Trains infantry and cavalry in mixed groups. Also, upgrades infantry and cavalry.
—In-game description

The War Academy is a military building in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Chinese and is available once the Commerce Age is reached. It trains banner armies consisting of infantry and cavalry, fulfilling the role of a Barracks and a Stable, and contains upgrades for Chinese infantry and cavalry.


Age Army Cost Pop. Consists of
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OldHanArmy.png Old Han Army 255 food,
180 wood
6 3 Chu Ko Nu
3 Qiang Pikemen
StandardArmy.png Standard Army 255 food,
170 coin
5 3 Chu Ko Nu
2 Steppe Riders
MingArmy.png Ming Army 345 food,
120 wood
2 Qiang Pikemen
3 Keshiks
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TerritorialArmy.png Territorial Army 285 food,
255 coin
6 3 Changdao Swordsmen
3 Arquebusiers
ForbiddenArmy.png Forbidden Army 480 food,
350 coin
8 2 Iron Flails
2 Meteor Hammers
ImperialArmy.png Imperial Army 480 food,
255 coin
7 3 Arquebusiers
2 Iron Flails

Further statistics[]

As War Academies unique to the Chinese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Flying Buttress.png Flying Buttress (+20%)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning.png Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards[]

As War Academies are unique to the Chinese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:


The Asian Dynasties[]

  • The War Academy has 34 LOS.

Definitive Edition[]


In the early seventeenth century, the Manchu emperor Nurhaci established the Eight Banners - administrative groups into which all families were placed, often based on lineage and tribal connections. These groups were broken down further into companies. Nurhaci wished to create a citizenry that could be called upon to wage war on enemies of the Manchu, as each company was required to furnish a number of soldiers, often 300, that together would form a larger regional banner army.

Later, when Nurhaci’s successors conquered the Mongols and the Han Chinese in the mid-seventeenth century, they incorporated these new warriors into the banner army system. During its height, the Eight Banners system included ethnic Manchu, Han Chinese, and Mongol soldiers. Although it began as a foreign military system forced upon the conquered, the system quickly evolved into the core administrative philosophy behind many government practices, such as the disbursement of salaries, distribution of land, management of property, and oversight of popular welfare and justice matters.