Great Buildings are special buildings inspired by world history which can be built to provide powerful benefits to the player. Each Age offers two Great Buildings (with No Age, Arctic Future and higher ages having three Great Building), each one with its own unique bonus, graphic, and space required to build.
Unlike conventional buildings which require only coins / supplies, Great Buildings have additional requirements of goods and blueprints which must be collected before the Great Building can be constructed. Once the Great Building's requirements have been met and the foundation laid, it will be level 0 and must be "leveled" to level 1 before granting benefits to the player.
For Great Buildings to gain levels, Forge Points must be placed into them. For each level gained, the inherent bonus of that Great Building increases as well as rewards paid to top donors. At level 10, the Great Building will no longer advance until a full set of blueprints are traded. Once this occurs, a single level will be unlocked; this must be done for each level past 10.
GvG Support Pool
|Oracle of Delphi|
|Temple of Relics|
|Bronze Age||Tower of Babel|
|Statue of Zeus|
|Lighthouse of Alexandria|
|Early Middle Ages||Cathedral of Aachen|
|High Middle Ages||St. Mark's Basilica|
|Late Middle Ages||Saint Basil's Cathedral|
GvG Support Pool
|Castel del Monte|
|Colonial Age||Deal Castle|
GvG Support Pool
|Frauenkirche of Dresden|
|Royal Albert Hall|
|Progressive Era||Château Frontenac|
Quest Reward Boost
|Modern Era||Space Needle|
|Postmodern Era||Cape Canaveral|
|Contemporary Era||Innovation Tower|
|The Future||Rain Forest Project|
|Arctic Future||Gaea Statue|
|Oceanic Future||Atlantis Museum|
Chance of Double Plunder
Chance of First Strike
|The Blue Galaxy|
Chance of Double Collection
|Virtual Future||Terracotta Army|
Spoils of War
You can acquire the 9 blueprints in the following ways:
- Aiding other players by polishing and motivating.
- Plundering buildings after attacking another player. This has a lower blueprint rate than motivating / polishing.
- Receiving rewards from certain quests, Guild Expeditions, Daily Challenges and Incidents.
- Helping in construction of a Great Building of another player by donating Forge Points. The blueprints will be received when the building levels, if you finish in reward position. See here.
- Trading in 2 duplicate copies of blueprints you already possess. The new one will not be either of the traded copies, but may be a different duplicate.
- Purchasing any specific blueprint with diamonds in the construction screen.
- Building a Shrine of Inspiration provides a random blueprint every 48 hours.
- Building the Rain Forest Project increases the chance of getting a blueprint by polishing / motivating.
Note: The Great Building blueprint that is received from a building that was recently polished, motivated or plundered will be from the same age as that building.
To place the Great Building, you will first have to acquire the 9 separate blueprints and also the required goods of the building's age. However, the placed Great Building is level 0 and it does not give any bonus yet. See the next section. A Great Building must be connected by roads to provide benefits or to allow Forge Point contributions.
The Great Building on level 0 is just a construction site and it won't build up itself. Players have to use an amount of Forge Points to upgrade it. Once the building reaches level 1, it is built and start to give out bonuses but still can be upgraded with increasing bonuses to a maximum of level 10. In Patch 1.29 (7 July 2014) maximum level of Great Buildings has been removed. Now players can trade in a complete blueprint set to unlock levels after 10. Forge Points must still be added to achieve these new levels however.
Details of the cost of Forge Points on levels can be found in the topic of each building.
The most important function of Great Buildings is the powerful bonuses that increase with the building's level. Depending on the building, you might get the following:
Gives an increased chance of gaining blueprints while aiding.
An amount of coins every 24 hours.
Chance to double collect the first number of buildings collected.
Chance to kill one enemy unit at the start of battles (for two-wave battles, the chance applies only to the first wave).
An amount of Forge Points every 24 hours.
Permanent happiness bonus.
An amount of medals every 24 hours.
Permanent population bonus.
An amount of supplies every 24 hours.
Details of the bonuses of each Great Building can be found in the topic of each building.
To help construct a Great Building, simply visit a city of one of your friends, neighbors or guild-mates in which a Great Building construction is present, and click on the Great Building. You may now donate Forge Points, and also view which reward you will receive (if any) for your current donations. You may only contribute to another player's Great Building(s) after you have researched Architecture in the Iron Age.
When the current construction level is completed, the top five most generous donors (not counting the building's owner) will receive rewards:
- Medals (based on level and age of the Great Building)
- Forge Point packages (based on level)
- Blueprints (as outlined below):
|Levels of Great Building|
|No. of Blueprint Reward|
|Forge of Empires Universe|
|Research and Warfare||Technologies • Forge Points • Armies and Units • Provinces • Army Management • Hit Points • Guild vs. Guild (GvG)|
|Peacetime Actions||Guild Expeditions • Trading • Quests • Cultural settlements • Daily Challenges • Friendships • Guild • Visitation Actions|
|City Life||Events • Resources • Incidents • Happiness • Neighborhood • Achievements • Friends Tavern|
|Buildings and Architecture||Buildings • Great Buildings • Special Buildings • Building Modes • Reconstruction Mode|
|Once-in-a-While||Ages • Expansion • Random Rewards|
|Collections||Continent Maps • Province Owners • Quest Givers • Portraits • Special Skills|
|Miscellaneous||New Ranking System • Ranking Overview • Changelogs • Guild Support Pool • World • InnoGames|