Winning with an Expansion Victory requires expanding your cities, building the Beacons of Unity, and defending them for 15 turns against all enemies.
However, defending multiple Beacons is far from easy and many players are struggling with it.
In this guide, I will explain how to win an Expansion Victory in Age of Wonders 4 and provide the best tips and tricks to help you defend your Beacons of Unity.
For a different playstyle, consider checking out our guide on how to win a Magic Victory in Age of Wonders 4.
How to Win an Expansion Victory in Age of Wonders 4
To win an Expansion Victory in Age of Wonders 4, you will need to control multiple cities and build three Beacons of Unity. The number of cities you’ll need to own will depend on the map size and can be seen in the quests menu under the “Expansion Victory” tab.
However, you can only build one Beacon of Unity on each city, which means you’ll need a minimum of three cities for an Expansion Victory, without counting Vassals (you can’t force them to build a Beacon).
Once you’ve built the three Beacons and decide to light them, a 15-turn countdown will begin. Once it ends and the Beacons are still lit, you will win the game.
However, once you light the Beacons, all other Empires will wage war on you (regardless of truces) and AI Partisans will spawn around the Beacons and try to capture them.
With the basics out of the way, let’s see some of the best tips for lighting and defending the Beacons of Unity against other Empires and Partisans.
Best Tips & Tricks to Win an Expansion Victory
Here are the best tips and tricks to win an Expansion Victory in Age of Wonders 4:
- Place your Cities close together – Build the Beacons of Unity there so you can defend them with the same army.
- Have three separate armies of 2,000+ Power – With the cities close together, you’ll be able to defend your Beacons against any attack.
- Utilize Vassals to better guard your borders – Vassalizing enemy Empires is a great way to make sure you won’t have to deal with everyone at the same time while also having someone to help you.
- Keep your armies near your cities and keep them healed – You’ll have to deal with all enemy Empires and AI Partisans, so it’s important to know that each army will fight multiple battles.
With these tips, you’ll be able to fend off all enemy attacks and keep the Beacons of Unity lit for 15 turns without much trouble.
In conclusion, that’s everything you should know on how to win an Expansion Victory in Age of Wonders 4.
Build your cities close together and have multiple strong armies to defend them when the world turns against you.
What do you think of the Expansion victory conditions compared to Magic and Domination? Would you prefer the addition of a more diplomatic and peaceful approach to victory? Let us know in the comments below.
Also, if you’re just starting out, don’t forget to check out our guide on how to heal your units in Age of Wonders 4.