How to Destroy a Building in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition

Lauded as one of the best RTS games ever made, the 20-year-old Age of Empires II has recently had a facelift and a re-release.

Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition brings back everything we loved about the first game, but with a few important quality of life updates. And with its 4K graphical overhaul, it looks better than ever.

Whether you’re jumping into the game for the first time or simply need to refresh your memory, you may be wondering how to destroy a building in Age of Empires II. Well, you’ve come to the right place.


There’s a lot of building to be done in Age of Empires II and sometimes you may need to make room for more necessary structures. That means structures you’ve previously built may need to be torn down and destroyed to make way for something new.

To destroy a building in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition, simply select the chosen building and press the delete key on your keyboard. Hey presto! The building is no more. You will also see a new cool crumbling graphic in the new edition.