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"Atakabune. Slow, powerful ship resistant to building fire that can train units."

In-game description

The Atakabune (pronounced At-ah-kah-boo-neh) is a military naval vessel in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Japanese and can be trained at the Dock once the Colonial Age is reached. It is the Japanese counterpart to the European Galleon.

Overview Edit

The Atakabune is strong against Caravels and Galleys, but is easily countered by larger and stronger ships such as the Frigate. It is the medium ship for the Japanese.

Further statistics Edit

As the Atakabune can only be trained by the Japanese, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed here.

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ships, infantry close to shore
Weak vs. Artillery especially Culverins, defensive structures
Improvements
Hit points Armor Plating Armor Plating (+50%)
Attack Carronade Carronade (+25%)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)

Home City Cards Edit

As the Atakabune is exclusive to the Japanese, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.

History Edit

"The atakabune-class naval ship was used during Japan’s warring states period of the sixteenth century, when rival daimyo built fleets to occasionally engage in naval warfare. When Toyotomi Hideyoshi unified the country’s disparate clans under his leadership, he also gained control of many feudal armies. The invasion of Korea in 1591 saw the redeployment of many weapons Toyotomi had acquired from his former enemies, including the atakabune-class ships. They proved vital in the invasion, as well as in the subsequent campaigns lasting until 1598.

The atakabune was a boxy, armored ship by design, its hull held together with iron nails that were highly susceptible to rusting. As a result, the atakabune was not suited for carrying heavier payloads, like cannons. The preferred method of Japanese naval combat consisted of grappling an enemy vessel and then boarding with an assault party, so the lack of cannons was not a hindrance.
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Gallery Edit