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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the similar unit in Age of Empires II, see Caravel (Age of Empires II).

Caravel. Good at exploring, fishing or transport.
—In-game description

The Caravel is a military ship in Age of Empires III that can be trained at the Dock once the Commerce Age is reached. It can transport land units and gather from fishes and whales.

Caravels are available to European civilizations (except the Ottomans, who have Galleys instead and Maltese which have Order Galleys), Indians, and Ethiopians (through the Portuguese Alliance Age-up).

Overview[]

The Caravel is one of the first military ships available in the game other than the Galleon or Fluyt. Although it is one of the weakest warships in the game in terms of survivability, it is fast, versatile, relatively cheap and yet has surprisingly heavy firepower and high DPS for its cost and small size. It costs only 300 wood, 100 coin and can be built in a short amount of time. The Caravel is very useful at exploring uncharted waters because it is not big as other large ships, therefore being more agile and maneuverable. Moreover, it can transport and ferry troops from within across bodies of water, able to carry up to 50 units. It can also be used to clear out weak coastal enemy positions at beaches as well as harassing enemy Fishing Boats. However, it is most effective combined with the heavier Galleons and Frigates to take the heat while the Caravels exploit their high DPS. Moreover, care should be taken when near Outposts and Town Centers that can easily destroy one in just a few shots. The Caravel is also one of the only warships that can harvest from fish and Whales just like Fishing Boats, with a gather rate of 0.67 and 0.5.

Caravels are one of the easier ships to repair at a Dock due to their low hit points, this means a player can withdraw a damaged vessel and have it back in the fight in a relatively short period of time.

The Spanish may want to use Galleons and Privateers instead, due to the "Spanish Galleons" and "TEAM Inquisition" cards.

Most civilizations can ship Privateers during the Commerce Age. Though they lack a Caravel's speed and ability to gather resources, they are tougher and possess greater Line of Sight than most ships in that Age.

The Admiral of the Ocean Sea is a politician that gives a Caravel to the player when picking him for aging up to the Fortress Age (except for the Ottomans and Maltese, which receive Galleys or Order Galleys, respectively).

Special abilities[]

  • Broadside attack Broadside Attack: Fires a volley of cannon shots at an enemy within attack range, with each shot doing 50×2 siege damage in an Area of Effect of 1 with a ×2.0 multiplier against ships. 60 seconds cooldown.
  • Long-range bombardment attack Long-range Bombardment Attack (available to Finland after sending the "Gunboats" Home City Card): Fires a single mortar shell to the target from a range of 40, which deals 100 siege damage in an Area of Effect of 4, with a ×6.0 multiplier against buildings, ×0.5 multiplier against artillery, and ×0.2 multiplier against villagers. Can only target buildings. 90 seconds cooldown.

Civilization differences[]

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ships, infantry close to shore
Weak vs. Artillery especially Culverins, defensive structures
Improvements
Gather rate Long Lines Long Lines (+30%)
Gill Nets Gill Nets (+15%)
Huron Fish Wedding Huron Fish Wedding (+15%)
Fasting Fasting (+10%)
Aztec chinampa Aztec Chinampa (+5%)
Klamath Work Ethos Klamath Work Ethos (+5%)
Collective Economy Collective Economy (+50% from whales; Asians only)
Excessive Taxation Excessive Taxation (+50% from whales; Europeans only)
Large Scale Farming Large Scale Farming (+35% from whales; Ethiopians only)
Navajo Craftsmanship Navajo Craftsmanship (+20% from whales)
Somali coinage Somali Coinage (+10% from whales)
Hit points Armor Plating Armor Plating (+50%)
Byzantine legacy Byzantine Legacy (+15%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+10%)
Attack Carronade Carronade (+25%)
Percussion Lock Percussion Lock (+50% Broadside Attack damage)
Som ajuran engineers Somali Ajuran Engineers (+20% multiplier vs. Frontier fortification)
Line of Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Train time Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
Strangers' Quarters Strangers' Quarters (-10%; Ethiopians only)
Cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Other Exploration Fleet Exploration Fleet (ships 1 Caravel with 3 Petards in it; Indians and Japanese only)
Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
Oresund customs Öresund Customs (generates 0.2 coin/sec.)
Penalties Coffee Trade Coffee Trade (-10% speed; Dutch only)
High Crusade High Crusade (-5% hit points; Knights of St. John only)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Caravel
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Purple Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
Red Shipment that can be sent twice
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 3 (Advanced Dock) Advanced Dock Docks get +100% attack and heal ships 85% faster; warships' train time -33% (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age I tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City (Fish Market) Fish Market Fishing boats gather food from fishes 25% faster and coin from whales 20% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Spanish Home City 4 (Rendering Plants) Rendering Plant Fishing boats gather food from fishes 30% faster and coin from whales 25% faster (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans; +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 4 (Whale Oil) Whale Oil Fishing boats gather coin from whales 30% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
40
Spanish Home City 5 (1 Caravel) 1 Caravel Ships 1 Caravel (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans)
Age II tech tree aoe3
1
Spanish Home City 5 (2 Caravels) 2 Caravels Ships 2 Caravels (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans; +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
1*
Indian Home City 5 (3 Caravels) 3 Caravels Ships 3 Caravels (also +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Spanish Home City 5 (Improved Warships) Improved Warships Warships get +25% hit points and attack (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans; +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Team improved warships TEAM Improved Warships Warships get +10% hit points and attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Indian Home City 5 (European Cannons) European Cannons Warships get +15% attack, +2 Line of Sight and range (also +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
Spanish Home City 5 (Admiralty) Admiralty Dock warship technologies cost and research time -60% (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans; +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
1
  • "Advanced Docks" is available to Europeans and the Indians.
  • "Fish Market" is not available to the Japanese and Portuguese.
  • "Whale Oil" is available to the Japanese, Portuguese, and Swedes.
  • "1 Caravels" and "2 Caravels" are available to Europeans (except the Maltese and Ottomans) and Indians.
  • "3 Caravels" is available to the Indians and Portuguese.
  • "Improved Warships" is available to Europeans (except the Maltese), Ethiopians, Indians, and Japanese.
  • "TEAM Improved Warships" is available to the Chinese and Maltese.
  • "European Cannons" is available to Asians and Ethiopians.
  • "Admiralty" is available to Europeans, Federal Americans, and Indians.

British[]

Card Description Age
British Home City 4 (Team Whale Oil) TEAM Whale Oil Fishing boats gather coin from whales 15% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3

Ethiopians[]

Card Description Age
Ignatian spirituality Ignatian Spirituality All units get +5% hit points and regeneration capability even while in combat
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Trainspeed africa Feudal Armies All units' train time -15%; hero respawn time -15%
Age III tech tree aoe3
Advanced port Advanced Port Ports get +100% hit points and heal ships 100% faster; warships' train time -33%
Age I tech tree aoe3
Roof africa Roof of Africa Villagers and fishing boats gather food 25% faster
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Fazogli gold Fazogli Gold Villagers and fishing boats gather coin 20% faster
Age II tech tree aoe3
Land of the sea Land of the Sea Warships get +35% attack for each garrisoned Ras
Age III tech tree aoe3

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 4 (Economic Theory) Economic Theory Villagers and fishing boats gather 10% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
40
British Home City 5 (Naval Gunners) Naval Gunners Warships get +20% attack
Age III tech tree aoe3
25
Gunboats Gunboats Grants Imperial Monitor upgrade; Caravels can use the Long-range bombardment ability
Revolution
N/A
Indonesia Home City (Lantakas) Lantakas Artillery, buildings, and ships get +15% attack
Revolution
N/A
United States Home City (Rhode Island Militia) Rhode Island Militia Ships 10 Veteran State Militia and 5 Militiamen; Caravels, Galleons/Fluyts, Frigates, and Ironclads get +10% ranged attack per garrisoned State Militia and/or Militiaman (up to +60%); turns all Crossbowmen/Longbowmen and Pikemen into State Militia; State Militia replace Crossbowmen, Longbowmen, Pikemen, and Halberdiers at Barracks and Forts, and can be upgraded to Guard
Revolution
N/A
  • "Economic Theory" is not available to the British, Dutch, Spanish, and Swedes.
  • "Naval Gunners" is available for the British, French, Italians, Russians, and Swedes.
  • "Gunboats" is available to the Russians and Swedes upon revolting to Finland.
  • "Lantakas" is available to the Dutch and Portuguese upon revolting to Indonesia.
  • "Rhode Island Militia" is available to the British, Dutch, French, Italians, and Swedes upon revolting to the United States.

Germans[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 5 (Offshore Support) Offshore Support Warships get +15% attack, +2 Line of Sight and range; +2 Uhlans
Age II tech tree aoe3
40

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Indian Home City 3 (Foreign Trading Companies) Foreign Trading Companies Gives a trickle of 0.75 export; Consulate Armies cost -15% export but Indian units cost +2.5% (except Villagers, Fishing Boats, and Sacred Cows which cost +5%); +1 Hindu Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
N/A
Indian Home City 5 (Bombay Marine) Bombay Marine Ships' train time -30% and train bounty +30%; +1 Hindu Villager
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
1
Japanese Home City 4 (Chonindo) TEAM Chonindo Villagers and fishing boats gather 8% faster from all sources except hunts; Haciendas auto gather 8% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
10
Japanese Home City 4 (Fish Market) Fish Market Fishing boats gather food from fishes 25% faster and coin from whales 20% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Japanese Home City 4 (Peacetime Fishing) Peacetime Fishing Warships gather food from fishes and coin from whales 125% faster
Age III tech tree aoe3
25

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Mexican Home City 4 (TEAM Rendering Plant) TEAM Rendering Plant Fishing boats gather 10% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 3 (Navigation School) Navigation School Warships cost and train time -20%
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
Portuguese Home City 4 (Fish Market) TEAM Fish Market Fishing boats gather 10% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Portuguese Home City 5 (Carracks) Carracks Caravel get +15% hit points
Age III tech tree aoe3
N/A
Portuguese Home City 5 (Naval Infantry) Naval Infantry Caravels can train Crossbowmen, Ordinance Riflemen (if available), Pikemen, and Halberdiers; Monitors and Ironclads can train Musketeers, Cassadores, and Grenadiers (if available); Frigates can train all Barracks units; Battleships can train all Barracks units and Grenadiers; Caravels, Frigates, Monitors, Ironclads, and Battleships now tagged as recruiting ships
Age III tech tree aoe3
N/A

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 5 (Cold Water Port) TEAM Cold Water Port Warships cost -15%
Age II tech tree aoe3
10

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Spanish Home City 5 (Armada) Armada Warships get +20% hit points and 2 Line of Sight; Caravels can now train infantry units; Frigates can now train cavalry and artillery units; Monitors can now train Mortars; Battleship can now train infantry, cavalry, and artillery units
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Trivia[]

  • The Caravel uses a low-pitch version of the voice clips of the Musketeer (depending on their language).
  • The model for the Caravel is actually based on a carrack. The real caravel doesn't have a forecastle, and the caravel's sails are triangular lateen sails.
  • The Spanish Caravel may have the random names of Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria, making reference to the Christopher Columbus's ships of his first voyage to the Americas.

History[]

Caravels were developed by Portuguese shipwrights in the fourteenth century, and were initially used to explore the coast of Africa. They had two masts with square sails and one forward triangular, or lateen, sail. They were relatively small ships and wide for their length, giving them a shallow draft and the ability to sail safely in shallow waters. These two factors made them extremely popular with explorers until the Spanish Galleon took over about 200 years later.

Approximate weight: 80 tons. Length: 50 feet.

Gallery[]

See also[]

Military units in Age of Empires III
Common/shared units
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