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Age of Empires 4 Guide: How Relics Work



Age of Empires 4 Guide: How Relics Work

Age of Empires 4 brings the series back to the Middle Ages and is particularly close to Age of Empires 2. As in the big model, the developer studio has therefore also brought back relics. In reality, relics are religious objects. Mostly physical remains or parts of the personal belongings of a canonized person.

In a video game-like Age of Empires 4, of course, these finds primarily have playful effects and can provide advantages in multiplayer – in very different ways. In this guide, we explain what you can do with the remains of the holy people.

Find and collect relics on the map


Damned! Hiked through the Black Forest again and suddenly stumbled upon a glowing statue in which the right kneecap of Saint Friedolin is kept! Well, at least that’s how it happens in Age of Empires 4. This is where the relics are distributed all over the map at the beginning of each game.

The locations are completely random, so you have no choice but to uncover the map with your scouts and look for the relic symbol. Usually, this happens on the side. Depending on the number of players, between four and 20 relics are scattered on the map.


Without exception, religious units can collect relics (right-click) and transport them. So monks (England, China, France), prelates (Holy Roman Empire), warrior monks (Rus), imams (Abbasids), shamans (Mongols), and scholars (Delhi).

These units can be trained in monasteries or the equivalent from the time of knighthood. Factions that receive these units beforehand (for example the prelates of the Holy Roman Empire) can also only pick up relics from the third age onwards.

What do relics bring in buildings?

Once you’ve grabbed a relic, it’s best to bring it back to your base. You can have your monk bring the holy objects to a monastery or to the appropriate building of your faction. Simply select the monk and the relic and then click with the right mouse button on the building.

In a monastery: As soon as you bring a relic into a religious building, the relic generates 100 gold per minute there. A total of 20 relics fit into one of these buildings. If you put in a lot of effort, you can earn 2,000 gold per minute in this way. Should you research tithe barns in the same building, you will receive an additional 30 gold, food, and stone per minute and relic.

The Holy Roman Empire

The Holy Roman Empire is known as relic hunters, as this faction receives significantly more bonuses as a result. With this faction, you can stow the relics in outposts, towers, keep or harbors instead of in a monastery. Then they not only generate 100 gold per minute but also increase the range of vision by 25 percent and the armament of the buildings by 50 percent. They also do 35 percent more damage and can shoot 20 percent further.

In ports, relics increase the speed of attack by ships by five percent.

Wololo: using relics in battle

Monks can be dangerous for the plans of your opponents if you equip them with relics. As long as a religious entity is carrying a relic, it can use the conversion ability.

Conversion: This ability creates a circular zone around the unit, after which the unit begins to sing the famous Wololo. If enemy units are still in the zone after six seconds, they will all be drawn to your side.

Conversion is powerful but needs to be well coordinated. Since it is sufficient to simply flee from the monk, you should create a distraction elsewhere beforehand. You should also protect the monk, otherwise, he may be slain before conversion.

Tip: The swift warrior monks of the Rus are particularly suitable for conversion. After all, thanks to their horses, they are very mobile and can even defend themselves.

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