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Filled with explosives. Self-destructs when used.
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The Demolition Raft is a ship in Age of Empires II HD: The African Kingdoms that can be trained at the Dock once the Feudal Age is reached. Demolition Rafts are upgraded to Demolition Ships when the War Galley upgrade is researched.

Demolition Rafts are packed with explosives that blow up against enemy ships, Docks, land units caught in shallows, and anything too close to the shore. They are suicide units, behaving as Petards on water.

Both the Demolition Raft and the Fire Galley were introduced in The African Kingdoms to make naval battles in the Feudal Age more versatile and diverse. Before their introduction, the only military vessel available in the Feudal Age was the Galley, so battles were very linear.

Demolition Rafts are available to all civilizations except for the Koreans and Romans.


Demolition Rafts are the fastest military vessels in the Feudal Age and can chase down enemy ships easily. Their low hit points and armor, however, make them vulnerable to any kind of attack. They are best used against groups of Galleys, Fire Galleys, or to quickly destroy enemy Docks (although this is not cost effective).

Like the other members of the Demolition Raft line, they can make great use of the ability to garrison in Docks when created. This is because this tactic allows them to suddenly rush out or mass up, while the enemy cannot react in time and enemy units cannot make good use of their range. This tactic requires foresight of when the enemy will likely put their units close to the Dock to make the best use of.

Demolition Rafts are best used as a complementary unit, rather than the basis of a naval force. This is because they can deal a lot of damage to groups bigger than their numbers, but come at the cost of destroying themselves in the process. A strategy based around them is therefore poor, as they will neutralize themselves winning an engagement, leaving no units to benefit from the water control gained. When used with other units, the Demolition Rafts can deal heavy damage and let the other units finish off the weakened ships.

Due to the absence of strong and long-ranged land units, Demolition Rafts are very effective when used against them in shallows.

Value analysis versus Feudal Age units[]

Manatarms aoe2DE Man-at-Arms Spearman aoe2DE Spearman Archer aoe2DE Archer Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher Scoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry
Cost 60 food, 20 gold 35 food, 25 wood 25 wood, 45 gold 25 food, 35 wood 80 food
Percentage of hit points damaged 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Target deaths to break-even 2 2 2 2 2
Extra value after break-even trade 40* 0 20 0 40

The above table demonstrates how valuable Demolition Rafts can be in certain situations. They only ever need to hit two units to break even in value, especially as gold is usually not close to running out in the Feudal Age. Thus, players can use them in the worst-case scenarios and not be at risk of falling behind in value trades. When killing Villagers, the value is much higher than the cost of the Villagers, as Villagers are bottlenecked by production speed.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Fire Galleys, buildings in the shoreline, melee units in the shallows
Weak vs. Towers, ranged units on the shoreline
Attack SiegeEngineersDE Siege Engineers (+40% against buildings)
Armor CareeningDE Careening (+0/+1)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Carrack (+1/+1, Portuguese only)
Speed DryDockDE Dry Dock (+15%)
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%)
Blast radius UniqueTechCastle-DE Cilician Fleet (+20%, Armenians only)
Upgrades Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship (requires WarGalleyDE War Galley)

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs: Demolition Rafts are created 11% faster.
  • Berbers AoE2 Berbers: Demolition Rafts move 10% faster.
  • Burmese AoE2 Burmese: Researching Devotion and Faith is 50% cheaper.
  • Celts AoE2 Celts: Demolition Rafts can convert herdable animals even if enemy units are next to them.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Technologies that benefit Demolition Rafts are 10%/15% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age. Demolition Rafts have +50% HP.
  • Georgians AoE2 Georgians: Demolition Rafts receive -20% (-40% instead of -25%) damage on higher elevations.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Researching Careening, Dry Dock, and Shipwright is 33% cheaper. Upgrading to Demolition Ship is 33% cheaper.
  • Persians AoE2 Persians: Demolition Rafts are created 10%/15%/20% faster in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age. Careening and the upgrade to the Demolition Ship are researched 15%/20% faster in the Castle/Imperial Age. Dry Dock is researched 20% faster.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Demolition Rafts have +10% HP and cost 20% less gold.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Researching technologies that benefit Demolition Rafts provides 20 gold each.
  • Vikings AoE2 Vikings: Demolition Rafts are 15%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • Demolition Rafts have 50 hit points, 3 pierce armor, and 1.5 blast radius with 100% effect.
  • Initially, Demolition Rafts move at a speed of 1.6. With patch 4.8, the speed was reduced to 1.5.
  • Aztecs: Initially cannot build Demolition Rafts. With patch 4.8, the Demolition Raft was added to the Aztecs' technology tree. Demolition Rafts are created 18% faster.
  • Portuguese: Demolition Rafts cost 15% less gold.
  • Vikings: Demolition Rafts are 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

  • Demolition Rafts have 45 hit points, 2 pierce armor, and 2.5 blast radius with radially decreasing effect.
  • Vikings: With patch 5.5, Demolition Rafts are 15%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

Aoe2 hb Victors and Vanquished[]



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