Wheel is a technology in Age of Empires that can be researched at the Market once the Bronze Age is reached. It increases the work rate and movement speed of all villagers by 50%. It is a very useful all-round economic upgrade that enhances resource collecting. Wheel must be researched in order to train Chariots and Chariot Archers.

Wheel is available to all civilizations.

Civilization bonuses[edit | edit source]

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Age of Empires[edit | edit source]

  • Wheel grants +64% speed.
  • Persians: Cannot research Wheel.

The Rise of Rome[edit | edit source]

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • All civilizations can now research Wheel.
  • With update 38862, Wheel grants +50% speed.

History[edit | edit source]

The use of the wheel for transport was discovered in Sumeria sometime after 3400 B.C. and derived from the potter's wheel that appeared first.  The Sumerians learned that in a small cart, a donkey could pull a load equal to three times what it could carry on its back.  The wheel revolutionized transport and had an important impact on the battlefield as well.  By the Bronze Age, chariot archers were dominating warfare on the open plains.  The wheel was apparently used only for children's toys in ancient America, probably because of the rough geography and the lack of an animal like the ox or horse.
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