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Age of Empires 4 guide – The best build order for you

Age of Empires 4

It is difficult to find the best Age of Empires 4 build order. You need to gather resources, explore the map and build your army before the attacks of the enemy. If you’re not fast enough or prioritize the wrong buildings, your empire won’t last long. Whether you’re new to the game or just need to sharpen your real-time strategy skills, you can use this guide to get off to a good start. Follow the steps as described below and you’ll have your original empire up and running in just a few minutes.

How to start – Age of Empires 4

Age of Empires 4
  • Start producing Villagers.
  • Ask all villagers to collect food from sheep.
  • Start exploring the map with your Scout.
  • Take three or more sheep.

Your first priority when starting a new game in Age of Empires 4, is to create more Villagers. More villagers mean more hands to gather resources and thus gain an advantage over your enemies. Note that your supply of Villagers is limited by time, not resources: you can easily get more food, but you can only earn one Villager every 20 seconds. This is why you should click on the Town Center and line up for more Villagers as soon as the game starts.

Next, use a hotkey to select the Villager awaiting your first command. Every second they idle is a wasted second, so ask them to collect food from the nearest sheep as quickly as possible.

While you wait for your first new Villager to arrive, use Scout to explore your surroundings. Your goal (currently) is to find the source of gold and bring back at least three sheep. Be sure to use the hotkeys to switch back and forth between the Boy Scouts and Town Center in no time.

Dark Age build order

  • Build another house.
  • Build a mining camp.
  • Start mining for gold (two Villagers).
  • Add three more villagers to the food.

At this point, we have only 20 seconds left in the game, but you’re about to hit your population limit. So as soon as the first new Villager arrives, ask him to build an extra house. This will expand your population cap to 20 people, enough to get you through the Dark Ages.

When advancing to the Feudal Age requiring gold, the next step is to select a new Villager and ask them to build a mining camp at the nearest gold mine (supported by the one who just built the house).

It takes about 10 seconds for a Villager to mine 10 gold. Given that you’ve got 100, now you don’t need any other Villagers at the mining camp. Bring the next three to provide food (sheep brought back by the Scouts).

Dark Age to Feudal Age – Age of Empires 4

Age of Empires 4
  • Build a lumber camp.
  • Start collecting wood (three or four villagers).
  • Build a landmark.

With 10 Villagers collecting food and two collecting gold, you’ll soon have enough to build your landmark. While you don’t need it to progress to the Feudal Age, use the waiting time to build a lumber camp next to a forest and get a supply of wood. We only have 50 logs left from our original supply, so it’s important to build a logging camp before adding new houses.

Have you got 400 food and 200 gold? Then use a Villager to start building the landmark to reach the Feudal Age. More villagers will speed this process up, but it’s best to use them for your wood supply. That way, by the time your landmark is ready, you’ll have enough wood for military construction.

Feudal Age build order

Age of Empires 4
  • Build another house.
  • Build a mill next to berry bushes for faster gathering.
  • Build military buildings, start queuing army units.
  • Build farms.

Build a second house to avoid the population cap, and then use any additional wood to build a factory. If you place it next to some berry bushes, you can use your remaining wood for military constructions (as opposed to farms). After all, the enemy might be planning an attack soon and you don’t have any protection yet.

If your landmark is completed, the Feudal Age of Age of Empires 4 will provide several options for your first army. Don’t have a military strategy yet? Then you can just choose Barracks and get some Spearmen. After you create the spear soldier queue, you should build some farmland next to your factory.