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Cannon Boat. Somewhat expensive, but powerful boat good at blasting ships and builders from a distance.
—In-game description

The Cannon Boat is a military naval vessel in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that can be trained by African civilizations (Ethiopians and Hausa) at the Port once the Fortress Age is reached.


Special ability[]

Long-range bombardment attack.png Long-range Bombardment Attack: Fires a single mortar shell to the target from a range of 40, doing 80 (480 against buildings, 20 against artillery, 8 against villagers, 4 against Docks/Ports) damage in an AOE of 3.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Imperial Age
Legendary Canoes 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrade Fishing Canoes, Battle Canoes, and Cannon Boats to Legendary (+50% hit points and attack)

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Buildings
Weak vs. Ships, artillery especially Culverins, defensive structures
Hit points
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards[]


Though relatively late to arrive on the scene in sub-Saharan African warfare, artillery – however rare – could be used to great effect. While impactful on land, its appearance also sparked a decline in the dominance of coastal fortresses as nigh-impregnable strategic bastions. When mounted on warships, cannons could obliterate coastal fortifications.

See also[]

  • Monitor – European and Asian analogue