Age of EmpiresEdit
|Upgraded To||Sentry Tower|
|Cost to Upgrade||120 Food |
Watch Towers are a good defensive unit and can hold back early rushes if placed behind walls in early ages. Its strength will dramatically decrease once the Bronze Age is reached so it is advised to upgrade it to the Sentry Tower as soon as possible. It is recommended to place them at higher elevations since the attack will be increased.
- Woodworking increases range by one point
- Artisanship increases range by one point
- Architecture decreases build time by 33% and increases hit points by 20%
- Can be upgraded to the Sentry Tower
- Alchemy increases attack by one point
- Ballistics increases its accuracy
- Craftsmanship increases range by one point
- Can be upgraded to the Guard Tower
- Can also be upgraded to the Ballista Tower
- Babylonian Watch Towers hit points doubled
- Choson Watch Towers have +2 Range
- Roman Watch Towers costs 75 Stone instead of the usual 150
Age of Empires IIEdit
|Upgraded To||Guard Tower|
|Cost to Upgrade||200 Wood |
Garrisoned foot archers and villagers will increase the number of arrows the tower fires, thus increasing the damage. Up to five foot-soldiers (infantry and archers, although infantry do not increase the firepower of the tower) may be garrisoned into the watch tower. When garrisoned in the watch tower (or any other building) units will slowly regain any lost hit points. This ability can be sped up by researching Herbal Medicine.
Offensively, towers can be upgraded by Fletching, Bodkin Arrow, and Bracer (all Blacksmith upgrades) for range and damage, Chemistry (at the University) for damage, and Heated Shot (also at the University) for damage against ships. Defensively, towers may be upgraded with Masonry, Architecture (increase HP), and; Murder Holes (eliminates minimum range). Towers are generally more useful in the game for stopping and slowing small raiding parties. They are ineffective against large armies and siege weapons.
In the map type Fortress, each player receives several watch towers, dotted along the walls, at the beginning of the game. The towers serve as a useful early defense system while the players tech up.
Some of the earliest fortified stone structures were simple watch towers. From the watch tower a local lord could keep a large area in view. The stone structure made it impregnable to assault except by a major force. THe lord could withdraw into the tower, putting his animals on the bottom, stores and treasure on a second floor, living on upper floors, and fighting from the top. The Normans were famous for building stone watch towers across their lands in Normandy and England to provide military and political control.
Age of MythologyEdit
The Watch Tower is the upgraded version of the Sentry Tower. It becomes available in Classical Age. When the Egyptians reach this Age, their Sentry Towers are automatically upgraded to Watch Towers without cost.