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This article is about the unit. For the technology, see Cannon Galleon (technology).

Anti-building siege warship with long range, but cannot attack enemies at close range.
Age of Empires II description

The Cannon Galleon is a ship in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Dock in the Imperial Age once Chemistry is researched. Prior to update 47820, the Cannon Galleon technology must have been researched before Cannon Galleons could be trained.

In the Definitive Edition, the Armenians, Byzantines, Goths, Huns, and Romans have the Dromon instead, the comparison with which can be found here.

Availability chart[]

Cannongalleonavailable AvailableCannongalleonunavailable Unavailable
means that the civilization had access to Cannon Galleons in the past, but does not currently.


Cannon Galleons have an exceptionally long range and deal very large bonus damage against buildings. They can outrange Castles and Bombard Towers, so they are almost the sea-going equivalent to Bombard Cannons, only being slightly faster. They deal decent damage, but their slow Rate of Fire, slow projectile speed, and minimum range make them weak and ineffective against ships, particularly Fire Ships.

Cannon Galleons should always be deployed with an escort, most likely Fire Ships and Galleons. As they outrange Towers and Castles, Cannon Galleons should be used for safely dealing with such structures that deal bonus damage against ships.

Cannon Galleons have the same range as fully upgraded Turkish Bombard Towers, Korean Keeps, or Teutonic Castles.

Generally speaking, Cannon Galleons should be used primarily to clear the shoreline of enemy buildings, and occasionally to harass land units at range. They should not be used against enemy ships, and ships are in fact the best way to deal with them, provided sea control has not been lost completely.

Like Bombard Cannons and the Mangonel line, Cannon Galleons can attack ground and cause Friendly fire.

Spanish Cannon Galleons are significantly better than the ones of all other civilizations, because their projectiles are much faster (7 tiles/second instead of 3 tiles/s) and hit moving targets with Ballistics-like behavior. The Ballistics research is not required, however. They also fire 18% faster since update 42848.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Buildings
Weak vs. Ships, Bombard Cannons, Monks
Attack SiegeEngineersDE Siege Engineers (+20% attack against buildings)
Armor CareeningDE Careening (+0/+1)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Carrack (+1/+1, Portuguese only)
Accuracy UniqueTechImperialDE Arquebus (hit moving targets, Portuguese only)
Range SiegeEngineersDE Siege Engineers (+1)
UniqueTechImperialDE Artillery (+2, Turks only)
Speed DryDockDE Dry Dock (+15%)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Wagenburg Tactics (+15%, Bohemians only)
Conversion defense Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
UniqueTechCastle-DE First Crusade (+4 min, +4 max, Sicilians only)
Creation speed ShipwrightDE Shipwright (+54%)
Train cost ShipwrightDE Shipwright (-20% wood)
Upgrades EliteCannonGalleonUpgDE Elite Cannon Galleon

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Cannon Galleons require their own technology.
  • Cannon Galleons have an accuracy of 50% and do not benefit from Siege Engineers.
  • Shipwright reduces the wood cost by 20%.
  • Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines: Can build Cannon Galleons.
  • Britons AoE2 Britons: Cannot build Cannon Galleons.
  • Goths AoE2 Goths: Can build Cannon Galleons.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: Cannon Galleons have +50% hit points.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

  • With patch 1.0b, Shipwright also decreases train time by 35%.
  • Cannon Galleons gain +40 attack vs siege weapons, and +15 attack vs infantry, archers and cavalry each.
  • Heresy introduced.
  • Huns AoE2 Huns: Can build Cannon Galleons.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Cannon Galleon's projectiles are affected by the technology Ballistics and are 4× faster.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: Artillery introduced. Cannon Galleons have +25% HP.

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

  • Britons AoE2 Britons: Cannon Galleon added to the technology tree.
  • Huns AoE2 Huns: Cannon Galleon removed from the technology tree.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Cannon Galleons are 15% cheaper.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Cannon Galleons fire with Ballistics-like accuracy (without need for the technology itself) and their cannonballs move at 7 tiles/s (~3.6× faster).

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

AoE2Icon-LordsWest Lords of the West[]

Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes[]

  • With update 54480, Cannon Galleons' projectile speed is increased from 1.95 to 3.

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

  • With update 61321, Cannon Galleons are resistant to armor-ignoring attacks similarly to buildings.
  • With update 81058, Cannon Galleons have +15 melee attack, but -15 attack vs cavalry, archers, infantry and siege, -4 attack vs Mamelukes. Cannon Galleons have an accuracy of 100%, gain +0.25 blast radius, and attack ground ability.

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • Cannon Galleons benefit from Siege Engineers.
  • Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines: Cannon Galleon removed from the technology tree.
  • Goths AoE2 Goths: Cannon Galleon removed from the technology tree.

Aoe2 hb Victors and Vanquished[]

  • With update 111772, Cannon Galleon projectile speed increased from 3 to 3.5.


Primitive cannon were first mounted on ships in the fourteenth century. These were mounted in the stern or bow for firing forward or aft. Small weapons were mounted on the rails for use against enemy crews in close action. The first ship built specifically for carrying cannon appeared in 1406. Effectively mounting a large number of cannons on a ship took many years to work out. It required new designs to compensate for the enormous weight of the guns high on the ship's sides. Tackle had to be designed to allow the guns to be fired and reloaded safely. Safe procedures were also needed for storing and accessing powder. Useful cannon galleons did not appear until late in the Middle Ages.


  • Cannon Galleons are the only non-unique gunpowder units that can be upgraded.
  • Before the Definitive Edition, the Cannon Galleon and the Elite Cannon Galleon were the only non-unique units that shared their icon and sprite. This original appearance is retained by the Cannon Galleon while the Elite Cannon Galleon gets a new one.


Units in Age of Empires II
CivilianMaleVillDE Villager · Tradecart aoe2DE Trade Cart · FishingShipDE Fishing Ship · Trade cog aoe2DE Trade Cog · King eu aoe2DE King
ReligiousMonk aoe2DE Monk
InfantryMilitiaDE Militia · Manatarms aoe2DE Man-at-Arms · Longswordsman aoe2DE Long Swordsman · Twohanded aoe2DE Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion aoe2DE Champion
Spearman aoe2DE Spearman · Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Pikeman · Halberdier aoe2DE Halberdier
Eaglescout aoe2DE Eagle Scout · Eaglewarrior aoe2DE Eagle Warrior · EliteEaglewarrior aoe2DE Elite Eagle Warrior
ArcherArcher aoe2DE Archer · Crossbowman aoe2DE Crossbowman · Arbalester aoe2DE Arbalester
Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher · Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer · Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer · ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
CavalryScoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry · Lightcavalry aoe2DE Light Cavalry · Hussar aoe2DE Hussar
Knight aoe2DE Knight · Cavalier aoe2DE Cavalier · Paladin aoe2DE Paladin
Camelrider aoe2DE Camel Rider · Aoe2 heavycamelriderDE Heavy Camel Rider
Battle elephant aoe2DE Battle Elephant · Elite battle elephant aoe2DE Elite Battle Elephant
Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
AoE2DE Armored Elephant icon Armored Elephant · AoE2DE Siege Elephant icon Siege Elephant
SiegeBattering ram aoe2DE Battering Ram · Capped ram aoe2DE Capped Ram · Siege ram aoe2DE Siege Ram
Mangonel aoe2DE Mangonel · Onager aoe2DE Onager · Siege onager aoe2DE Siege Onager
Scorpion aoe2DE Scorpion · Heavyscorpion aoe2DE Heavy Scorpion
Bombard cannon aoe2DE Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet aoe2DE Trebuchet
Petard aoe2DE Petard
Siegetower aoe2DE Siege Tower
War shipTransportship aoe2DE Transport Ship
Galley aoe2DE Galley · War galley aoe2DE War Galley · Galleon aoe2DE Galleon
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley · Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship · Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft · Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship · Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon · Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon
AoE2 Dromon Dromon
ReligiousMissionaryIcon-DE Missionary · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest
InfantryBerserkIcon-DE Berserk · Aoe2de Chakram Chakram Thrower · CondottieroIcon-DE Condottiero · Aoe2-icon-flemish-militia Flemish Militia · GbetoIcon-DE Gbeto · Aoe2de Ghulam Ghulam · HuskarlIcon-DE Huskarl · JaguarWarriorIcon-DE Jaguar Warrior · KamayukIcon-DE Kamayuk · Karambitwarrioricon-DE Karambit Warrior · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Legionary · Aoe2-icon--obuch Obuch · SamuraiIcon-DE Samurai · Aoe2-icon-serjeant Serjeant · Shotelwarrioricon-DE Shotel Warrior · TeutonicKnightIcon-DE Teutonic Knight · ThrowingAxemanIcon-DE Throwing Axeman · Aoe2de Urumi Urumi Swordsman · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest · WoadRaiderIcon-DE Woad Raider
ArcherArambaiicon-DE Arambai · CamelArcherIcon-DE Camel Archer · ChukoNuIcon-DE Chu Ko Nu · AoE2 CompositeBowman Composite Bowman · ConquistadorIcon-DE Conquistador · GenitourIcon-DE Genitour · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Genoese Crossbowman · Imperialskirmishericon-DE Imperial Skirmisher · JanissaryIcon-DE Janissary · Kipchakicon Kipchak · LongbowmanIcon-DE Longbowman · MangudaiIcon-DE Mangudai · PlumedArcherIcon-DE Plumed Archer · Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Ratha · Rattanarchericon-DE Rattan Archer · SlingerIcon-DE Slinger · WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon
CavalryBallistaelephanticon-DE Ballista Elephant · BoyarIcon-DE Boyar · Aoe2de camel scout Camel Scout · CataphractIcon-DE Cataphract · Aoe2de roman unique centurion icon Centurion · Aoe2-icon-coustillier Coustillier · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel · ImperialCamelRiderIcon-DE Imperial Camel Rider · Keshikicon Keshik · Konnikicon Konnik · Leitisicon Leitis · MagyarHuszarIcon-DE Magyar Huszar · MamelukeIcon-DE Mameluke · AoE2 Monaspa Monaspa · Aoe2de ratha melee Melee Ratha · AoE2 Savar Savar · Aoe2de shrivamsha rider Shrivamsha Rider · TarkanIcon-DE Tarkan · WarElephantIcon-DE War Elephant · Aoe2-icon-winged-hussar Winged Hussar
SiegeAoe2-icon--houfnice Houfnice · Aoe2-icon-hussite-wagon Hussite Wagon · OrganGunIcon-DE Organ Gun
War shipCaravelIcon-DE Caravel · LongboatIcon-DE Longboat · Aoe2de Thirisadai Thirisadai · TurtleShipIcon-DE Turtle Ship