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.


No Age Observatory
Guild Goods
GvG Support Pool
Oracle of Delphi
Temple of Relics
Relic Hunt
Bronze Age Tower of Babel
Statue of Zeus
Military Boost
Iron Age Colosseum
Lighthouse of Alexandria
Supply Boost
Early Middle Ages Cathedral of Aachen
Military Boost
Hagia Sophia
Forge Points
High Middle Ages St. Mark's Basilica
Coin Boost
Notre Dame
Late Middle Ages Saint Basil's Cathedral
Fierce Resistance
GvG Support Pool
Castel del Monte
Forge Points
Military Boost
Colonial Age Deal Castle
Fierce Resistance
GvG Support Pool
Frauenkirche of Dresden
Industrial Age Capitol
Royal Albert Hall
Supply Boost
Progressive Era Château Frontenac
Quest Reward Boost
Military Unit
Modern Era Space Needle
Guild Goods
Postmodern Era Cape Canaveral
Forge Points
The Habitat
Contemporary Era Innovation Tower
Forge Points
Lotus Temple
Tomorrow Voyager V1
Plunder Goods
Dynamic Tower
Aid Goods
The Future Rain Forest Project
Blueprint Boost
The Arc
Guild Goods
Contribution Rewards
Arctic Future Gaea Statue
Arctic Orangery
Forge Points
Critical Hit
Seed Vault
Helping Hands
Oceanic Future Atlantis Museum
Chance of Double Plunder
The Kraken
Forge Points
Chance of First Strike
The Blue Galaxy
Chance of Double Collection
Virtual Future Terracotta Army
Advanced Tactics
Himeji Castle
Supply Production
Spoils of War
Space Age: Mars The Virgo Project​
Coin production
Missile Launch
Star Gazer
Goods (Previous Age)



All Blueprints can be viewed in the inventory menu which is located at the bottom left orange "inventory" icon of the screen. This is also where you can build the Great Buildings.

You can acquire the 9 blueprints in the following ways:

  1. Aiding other players by polishing and motivating.
  2. Plundering buildings after attacking another player. This has a lower blueprint rate than motivating / polishing.
  3. Receiving rewards from certain quests, Guild Expeditions, Daily Challenges and Incidents.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Purchasing any specific blueprint with diamonds in the construction screen.
  7. Building a Shrine of Inspiration provides a random blueprint every 48 hours.
  8. 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 must 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:

Advanced Tactics Advanced Tactics
Attack and defense bonus for units in both attacking and defending armies.

Aid Goods Aid Goods
Provides one good of the same age as the building that you aid, for the first number of buildings aided.

Blueprint Boost Blueprint Boost
Gives an increased chance of gaining blueprints while aiding.

Coin Boost Taxes
Raises the coin production of your houses a number of times a day, adds up with productivity and motivation.

Coins Coins
An amount of coins every 24 hours.

Contribution Rewards Contribution Boost
Provides an increase of contribution rewards when donating to other players’ Great Buildings. Contribution rewards consist of Forge Points, blueprints and/or medals.

Critical Hit Critical Hit Chance
When a unit attacks another unit from the same age, it has a chance of dealing 1.5 times the expected damage.

Double Collection Double Collection
Chance to double collect the first number of buildings collected.

Double Plunder Double Plunder
Chance to double the resources plundered after successfully defeating a neighbour’s defense.

Fierce Resistance DEB
Attack and defense bonus for units in defending army, adds up with every Great Building that has the same bonus.

First Strike First Strike
Chance to kill one enemy unit at the start of battles (for two-wave battles, the chance applies only to the first wave).

Forge Points Forge
An amount of Forge Points every 24 hours.

Guild Goods Imperial Goods
Provides goods of the player’s age for their Guild Treasury every 24 hours.

Goods GoB
An amount of goods from your current age every 24 hours. From Modern Era on it produces doubled unrefined goods.

GvG Support Pool Defense (boost)
Provides the player’s guild with a support boost for Guild vs. Guild (GvG).

Happiness Happiness
Permanent happiness bonus.

Helping Hands Helping Hands
Chance of getting something extra when aiding other players. Rewards consist of coins, supplies, medals, goods or diamonds.

Medals Medals
An amount of medals every 24 hours.

Military Boost Attack Bonus
Attack and defense bonus for units in attacking army, adds up with every Great Building that has the same bonus.

Military Unit MIBU
Gives you a number of unattached military units every 24 hours, from the military buildings constructed in your city.

Plunder Goods Plunder Goods
Provides one good of the same age as the building that you plunder, for the first number of buildings plundered.

Population Population
Permanent population bonus.

Quest Reward Boost Reward
Gives you a boost on most quest rewards. This boost doesn't apply on rewards consisting of Forge Points or military units.

Relic Hunt Relic Hunt
Increases the probability of finding a Relic upon completing a Guild Expedition challenge.

Spoils of War SpoilsOfWar
Chance of getting random reward when winning battles.

Supplies Supplies
An amount of supplies every 24 hours.

Supply Boost Production
Raises the supply production of your production buildings a number of times a day, adds up with productivity and motivation.

And many more.....

Details of the bonuses of each Great Building can be found in the topic of each building.



Players who have Great Buildings have a "castle" icon on the social menu

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. However, keep in mind that if you level up another person's Great Building, it might cause them to lose their daily collection (if the building provides any). Good donation etiquette mandates that the last few forge points must be left for the owner to put.

When the current construction level is completed, the top four or 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
Ranks 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
1st - 1 1 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6 7
2nd - - 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 5 5
3rd - - 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 4 4
4th - - - 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 3
5th - - - 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3
No. of Blueprint Reward

See also

Forge of Empires Universe
Research and Warfare TechnologiesForge PointsArmies and UnitsProvincesArmy ManagementHit PointsGuild vs. Guild (GvG)
Peacetime Actions Guild ExpeditionsTradingQuestsCultural settlementsDaily ChallengesFriendshipsGuildVisitation Actions
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