Villagers forget to build

:arrow_forward: GAME INFORMATION

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  • GAME BUILD #: ###### Every version the last few months, including the current one.
  • OPERATING SYSTEM: Windows 10

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Villagers forget to build and just go to the middle of the building foundation and stand idle there. If they were queued to do something else after building, for example chop wood, they will just skip building and go chop right away.

It happens ONLY in multiplayer. Hence I assume it’s a lag issue, but not necessarily because the rest of my game flows normally without any kind of lag whatsoever, while this happens about 20-35% times I send a vill to build!

No, it’s not because there some kind of obstruction (vills attacked, something blocking the foundation), it happens in any kind of situation, even most normal ones like selecting a building with a hotkey and placing it down with left click. Then the vills goes there, forgets to build, and stands in the middle of the foundation. No obstructions.

:arrow_forward: FREQUENCY OF ISSUE

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  • 100% of the time / matches I play (ALWAYS)
    Only in multiplayer, and in about 1/2 or 1/3 times a vill is commanded to build. Which is a lot!

:arrow_forward: REPRODUCTION STEPS

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Here’s the steps to reproduce the issue:

  1. It happens to me, not anyone else (I’ve checked on Reddit and other places). However, you can see it happen by replaying any of my ranked matches from my point of view.
  2. Honestly, I’m just desperate for a solution. It makes the ranked matches unplayable. Important buildings not going up on time, quickwalling impossible, etc.

:arrow_forward: EXPECTED RESULT

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Villagers should build! 11

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It says new users cannot upload files. However, you can easily find it. It’s an 1v1 Ranked Arabia match Tatars vs Ethiopians I played on May 1st.

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I thought I was the only one, thank you for providing the details, I was trying to replicate it locally but as you said, this seems to be happening only in online mode.
Attaching some images of the issue on my side:


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Could you try disabling your mods? This issue might be caused by a mod that need an update, that would explain why the rest of the players aren’t having this issue.
Thanks for the report :slight_smile:

That was a good idea, but unfortunately not the solution. I disabled all my mods and played an unranked game… and it kept happening. At 10:33 the first time, then a few more times later.

Still can’t upload attachments, but it’s the Tatar vs Lithuanian 1v1 Unranked game on Golden pit, played this morning.

It seems I’m not the only one, some people have reached out to me on Reddit, Facebook and here.

Any other solutions? I’m desperate…

I reported this issue to the team and will be investigated :slight_smile:

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I have that issue from time to time too. It first encountered a few month ago. So it is not a new issue.

Here is a game recording where it happend several times during the match…

MP Replay v101.102.18071.0 #(83607) @2023.05.18 202731 (3).aoe2record (1.6 MB)

Thank you!

Relevant update: It is NOT lag related. I tried connecting my laptop with ethereal cable, thus reaching ~100 mbps and the build bug is still there…

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The team is working on it :slight_smile:

Hey Felizon, any updates on this issue?

Was hoping to find it’s fixed on the list of newest hotfixes, but I understand you guys have got so much on your plate now so my (rare) bug is probably not too high on the priority list…


It (sometimes) happens when the building foundation is right clicked after being set, essentially double clicked. Never happens when I just set the foundation (hotkey, left click), villagers build it normally.

Obviously, it shouldn’t ever happen, but I’m told it’s a network issue, not an in-game bug.