Age Of Empires 4 Tips: 11 Things You Need To Know

Age Of Empires 4 Tips: 11 Things You Need To Know
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David Coulson


27th Oct 2021 04:18

If Age of Empires 4 tips are what you're after in the first series entry for 16 years, then you've come to the right place. Age of Empires 4 is fairly easy to get started with but it requires many, many hours of playing to become an expert so be prepared to spend a lot of time learning the inner workings of the game. With that in mind, these Age of Empires 4 tips will have what you need to get started on your way to conquering all eight civilisations.

Age Of Empires 4 Tips: Civilisations

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There are a total of eight civilisations that you can choose to play as, with each having its own pros and cons. These are:

  • English
  • French
  • Mongols
  • Chinese
  • Delhi Sultanate
  • Rus
  • Holy Roman Empire
  • Abbasid Dynasty

It's worth spending some time figuring out which one suits your play style the best and sticking with them, because each civilisation is well balanced and can become dominant at the right hands.

Age Of Empires 4 Tips: Art Of War

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The Art of War is the training mode in Age of Empires IV, helping new players learn the absolute basics. You can learn about the early and late economy, basic combat, and early and late-game sieges. This mode is invaluable for new players before jumping into the Age of Empires 4 Skirmish mode.

Age Of Empires 4 Tips: Campaign

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Age of Empires 4 has a campaign mode that is broken up into four sections: The Normans, The Hundred Years War, The Mongol Empire, and The Rise Of Moscow. It is recommended that you play through at least The Normans before playing Skirmish or multiplayer, but the campaign is worth playing all the way through before jumping into anything else.

Age Of Empires 4 Tips: Farms Are Vital

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Farms are needed to get food, which you need to get more Villagers and soldiers. We recommend building them around your Town Centre, that way your Villagers don't have far to travel.

Age Of Empires 4 Tips: Invest In Your Villagers

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Villagers are very important in Age of Empires 4. While they can't fight for you, building and farming resources cannot be understated, so having as many as you can at your disposal is never a bad thing. When constructing some of the more important buildings takes a long time, such as a Wonder, then using multiple Villagers will speed up the build time. You can also use multiple to farm each resource, which means you will gather them quickly and will be able to grow your army much faster. Building more houses allows you to have more Villagers too, so make sure you don't forget about them.

Age Of Empires 4 Tips: Stone Walls Are Resistant To Non-Siege Units

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As you progress through a battle you will gain the option to build stone walls. These can't be attacked and destroyed without siege units, which makes them a great defence for the smaller attacks that take place. On the other hand, if you prioritize destroying their siege units, then they won't be able to attack further. Other teams will have these too so you will need your own siege units which can be earned by building a Blacksmith.

Age Of Empires 4 Tips: Upgrade Your Buildings

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Some buildings can be upgraded which will help you progress much faster. These upgrades can improve the Villagers and your combat units, with them increasing in HP, attack, and ranged attacks, as well as improving the efficiency of the buildings themselves, with some improving the speed of hiring new units, as well as them offering better amounts of resources. As you progress through the ages you will be able to improve more buildings, which can be very important when it comes to the late game. 

Now you know all of the best Age of Empires 4 tips, make sure you read our Age of Empires 4 review to learn all about what we thought of the latest instalment in the franchise.


David is a freelance journalist at GGRecon. Beginning his gaming journey in 1993 SNES as an avid Super Mario World fan, his passion for games led him into journalism in 2019. When he's not cranking 90s in Pleasant Park, he can often be found playing the latest releases including Resident Evil, The Legend of Zelda, and Grand Theft Auto.