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This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II. For other uses, see Wheelbarrow.

Wheelbarrow is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Town Center once the Feudal Age is reached. Once researched, it allows Villagers to carry 25% more resources and move 10% faster.

Hand Cart is the further upgrade of this technology.

Wheelbarrow is a crucial economical upgrade and should be researched in any game. However, the player should consider that researching it blocks the Town Center for Villager production (the 75 seconds needed for the research equals the training time of three Villagers), so it must not always be researched as soon as possible, sometimes Villager production can be more effective.

Carry capacity comparison table[]

Since civilization bonuses are applied before Wheelbarrow, Aztec Villagers benefit even more from this technology than a generic Villager.

Unupgraded Wheelbarrow Hand Cart
Villager (generic) 10 13 20
Villager (Aztecs) 13 17 26
Hunter (generic) 35 44 66
Hunter (Goths) 50 63 95

Note: to ensure that the actual increase is never below 25%, the calculated value for the carry capacity is rounded up to the nearest integer.

Civilizations bonuses[]


Rise of the Rajas[]

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Lords of the West[]


The simple wheelbarrow, or one-wheeled hand cart, was a significant invention at a time when most people worked with their hands in an agricultural community. There was little industry in the early part of the Middle Ages. The economy was powered largely by people growing crops, herding livestock, gathering, and building. The wheelbarrow provided an important productivity improvement.
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