Atakabune. Slow, powerful ship resistant to building fire that can train units.
—In-game description

The Atakabune (pronounced Ah-tah-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 | edit source]

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.

Atakabunes are resistant to building fire thanks to the Siege Unit tag they have; Outposts and Town Centers do half their damage against them.

Units[edit | edit source]

The Atakabune must be close to the shore to train the units, and will also be unable to move and attack while doing so.

Age Unit Cost Pop.
Ages colonial.jpg
Aoe3 samurai icon.png Samurai 100 food,
100 coin
2
Ashigaru musketeer icon.png Ashigaru Musketeer 80 food,
40 coin
1
Yumi archer icon.png Yumi Archer 50 food,
55 wood
Naginata rider icon.png Naginata Rider 100 food,
100 coin
2
Ages fortress.jpg
Yabusame icon.png Yabusame 60 food,
150 coin

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

As Atakabune are unique to the Japanese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

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

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

As Atakabune are unique to the Japanese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

History[edit | edit source]

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.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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