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This article is about the building in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals. For other uses, see Watch Tower.

Watch Tower that can be used to defend the border.
—In-game description

The Watch Tower is a defensive building in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that is unique to the African civilizations (Ethiopians and Hausa). It functions identically to Outposts but can also train African outlaw units.

Units[]

Age Unit Cost Pop.
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Desert warrior portrait aoe3de.png Desert Warrior 30 food,
70 coin
2
Desert archer portrait aoe3de.png Desert Archer
Desert raider portrait aoe3de.png Desert Raider 50 food,
130 coin
3

Technologies[]

Age Upgrade Cost Effect
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Sentry Tower aoe3de.png Sentry Tower 400 wood,
200 coin
Upgrade Watch Towers to Sentry Towers (+50% attack, +5 LOS)
Nomadic Bandits.png Nomadic Bandits 250 food,
250 wood
Outlaws get +20% hit points and attack, and train time -30%; Outlaws get +25% hit points and attack in the Industrial Age, and +50% hit points and attack in the Imperial Age
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Guard Tower aoe3de.png Guard Tower 800 wood,
400 coin
Upgrade Watch Towers to Guard Towers (+50% hit points, +100% anti-ship attack, gets a bombard attack with an AOE of 3, and +5 LOS); requires Sentry Tower

Further statistics[]

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ships, infantry, weak cavalry
Weak vs. Artillery, siege units
Improvements
Hit points
Attack
Sight
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship.png Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-25% wood)
Tupi Forest Burning.png Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Watch Tower
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
French Home City 5 (Coastal Defenses).png TEAM Coastal Defenses Defensive buildings get +1.0x multiplier against ships
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25

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Team improved buildings.png TEAM Improved Buildings Buildings get +25% hit points
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10

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 3 (Cheap Outposts).png TEAM Cheap Outposts Outposts, Blockhouses, War Huts, Castles, and Watch Towers cost -30%
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1

History[]

Coastal regions in Africa boasted especially sophisticated tower and fortification architecture, but many other regions had formidable outposts of their own around which settlements were built. These settlements attracted travelers, merchants, and mercenaries who variously brought intrigue, power, and vibrancy wherever they went.

See also[]

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