Game Overview

Game Overview

Age of Empires Online is the next chapter in the best-selling Age of Empires PC game franchise.The game features some of the greatest ancient civilizations including the Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, and Celts, with more being introduced all the time, and offers more than hundreds of hours of gameplay for free!

And that’s just where the experience starts! As players grow their empires and look for new adventures, Age of Empires Online delivers the opportunity to buy new Premium Content Packs – everything from entirely new civilizations to Booster Packs with new game modes and more. It’s the biggest Age of Empires game ever.

What’s more, Age of Empires Online adds new social interaction, customization, and multiplayer gameplay in an evolving and persistent world. Play co-operatively or competitively, craft and trade items, and level up by completing quests – all for free! Plus, Age of Empires Online still offers all the classic RTS gameplay, empowering players to build mighty empires, manage resources, earn rewards, and battle their way into rich new worlds full of lively villagers, epic warriors, and historically-themed architecture.

In Age of Empires Online, YOU RULE.



Your empire is gaining notoriety and strength but not enough to tackle your greatest challenges. Alliance is the key. Call upon your closest allies and unite against your foes. You can finish many quests faster with your LIVE friends and reap the benefits of your alliances. For some of the toughest quests, you may find that you can only finish with friends. Once your combined forces lay the enemies to rest, all that’s left is to gather the spoils.

Player vs. Player

You’re on your way to conquering the known world, yet you thirst for greater challenges. Test the civilization you’ve built and your ability to make tactical and strategic decisions. How will your civilization fare against other rising, formidable powers? Find out in the player vs. player game. You can fight against other players or your LIVE friends—the game randomly generates maps for battle. Some PvP wins get you experience points. Some give you only the satisfaction of grinding your opponents into the dust.

Champion Mode: In Champion Mode, stats from gear and Advisors won’t affect your units, but you can still show off all your cool-looking gear. All units and technologies are fully unlocked, except for limited Star Techs. Join the fray and test your champion skills now!

Units & Buildings

To expand your empire, you'll establish settlements across the world. You can choose from various buildings to help you get a foothold in foreign lands, and you can select from many types of units to gather your resources, defend your territories, and defeat your enemies.


  • Scout


    Players start with the Scout unit on almost every quest. It is a tough, fast unit that excels at uncovering the map and killing aggressive fauna like Wolves and Boars. It isn’t much of a fighter against bandits and other human enemies. You only get one, so keep your Scout alive!

  • Military


    Military units excel at defending your Outposts and attacking enemies. Fairly cheap to produce and available early, these units can receive many upgrades and a lot of equipment to boost their power.

  • Villager


    The backbone of any outpost, the Villager performs all of the mundane tasks you assign. Villagers pick berries, chop wood, and construct the buildings you use to train your army. Their upgrades let them carry more resources and move and build faster.

  • Priest


    Priests can convert enemy units and heal friendly units. If enhanced with the right tech, they can even convert enemy buildings to your side, although they must sacrifice themselves in the process. Even a single Priest can turn the tide of a battle.


  • Barracks


    At the Barracks, you train infantry units. The bulk of most fighting forces come from here, as well as their upgrades. Available from the start, the Spearman is a great unit for fighting animals and early bandits.

  • House


    Houses add to the population limit for each quest. For every one built, the limit increases by five and lets you build more villagers or military units. Smart players might use several houses to wall off entrances to their base.

  • Storehouse


    The Storehouse is a drop-off point for resources gathered by villagers. Small and cheap, it can be built near any resource allowing efficient use of villagers. The upgrades for resource gathering are also found here for wood, food, stone, and gold.

  • Guardtower


    Guardtowers provide a way to defend your base and strategic locations without having to spend your limited available population on military units. Although a bit expensive, they can hold their own against small groups of units, especially once upgraded. Paired with Walls, they can be a major part of any defense.

Capital City

Capital City

The fate of an empire is in your hands, and from your Capital City you will strengthen your economy, improve your technologies, and embark on quests to expand your influence across the Mediterranean. Custom-design your Capital City as it grows into a center for civilization, using blueprints to build custom buildings that open doors to the rest of the world.


Craft Halls can be constructed in your Capital City. Each Craft Hall allows you to create a variety of Advisors and equipment that enhance different units in the game.

  • Hunting Lodge

    Hunting Lodge

    • Enhances Archers and other missile units.
  • Cavalry Hall

    Cavalry Hall

    • Enhances all mounted units.
  • Military College

    Military College

    • Enhances all infantry units.
  • Engineering College

    Engineering College

    • Enhances siege weapons and some boats.
  • Builder

    Builder's Hall

    • Enhances buildings and some boats.
  • Craftsman

    Craftsman's Hall

    • Enhances Villagers, Fishing Boats, and Trade Carts.
  • Grand Temple

    Grand Temple

    • Enhances Priests.