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Since it’s release, some AOW4 players are asking for instructions on ‘how to build an outpost’ in the game. They have the needed amount of gold and they’re specifically interested in using a hero unit to perform this action, but they’re unsure of the necessary steps, as the game’s encyclopedia doesn’t provide clear guidance on this topic.


  1. Building Outposts
  2. Upgrading Outposts

Building an Outpost

Don’t worry, it is a simple 3 step process:

  1. Select the Province: Start by selecting the province where your hero is currently located.
  2. Check the Bottom Panel: After selecting the province, you should see a panel at the bottom of the screen displaying various options.
  3. Build the Outpost: Among these options, look for a button that allows you to build an outpost.
Image showing the process of how to build an outpost in Age of Wonders 4
Building an Outpost in AOW4

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Upgrading Outpost to a City

Even after you’ve established an outpost, you’ll need a hero to upgrade it to a city. This means positioning your hero strategically for future city expansion. Here are 2 tips to help you with that.

  1. Adept Settlers: Adept Settlers are a unit type that’s particularly useful for city expansion. They can speed up the process of upgrading outposts to cities, especially if you’ve unlocked the early perk “Outposts upgrade to cities faster”.
  2. Strategy: With the Adept Settlers and their perk, you can quickly establish an outpost, add a work camp or palisade, and then upgrade it to a city. This strategy allows for rapid expansion and also provides a healing point for your units.

Remember, expanding wisely and strategically is key to building a successful empire in Age of Wonders 4. Good luck!

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