|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).|
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, it is relatively inexpensive, costing only 300 wood and 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 so it can move faster and can store troops inside it and transport them faster. The Caravel is also one of the only warships that can harvest from fish and Whales just like Fishing Boats.
- Its gather rates are: Fish 0.67, and Whale 0.5, respectively.
- The Ottomans use Galleys instead of caravels.
- Spanish civilizations may want to use galleons and Privateers instead, due to Spanish Galleons and the Spanish Inquisition.
- Privateer ships can be sent by most civilizations during the colonial age as well. 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.
- Caravels are one of the easier ships to repair at a dock due to their low HP, this means a player can withdraw a damaged vessel and have it back in the fight in a relatively short period of time.
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"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."
- The Caravel uses a modified version of the voice clips of the Musketeer (depending on their language).