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Anti-building siege warship with long range, but cannot attack enemies at close range
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The Elite Cannon Galleon is a ship in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Dock in the Imperial Age. As an upgrade of the Cannon Galleon, it has an even longer range and more attack, but remains weak against other ships. It excels at destroying immobile targets on land.

Availability chart[]

Elitecannongalleonavailable AvailableElitecannongalleonunavailable Unavailable
x means that the civilizations gets fully upgradeable Elite Cannon Galleons. The technologies being considered here are Dry Dock, Shipwright, and Siege Engineers.
+ means that the civilization gets some civilization or team bonus or a unique technology that benefits the combat strength of the Elite Cannon Galleon.
means that the civilization had access to Elite Cannon Galleons in the past, but does not currently.


Elite Cannon Galleons have an exceptionally long range and deal 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 huge damage, but their slow rate of fire and very slow projectile speed makes it weak and ineffective against Galleons and other ships, particularly Fire Ships.

Compared to its predecessor, the Elite Cannon Galleon has +30 hit points, +10 attack, +75 anti-building attack, +2 pierce armor, +2 range, and +0.05 blast radius.

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

Generally speaking, Elite Cannon Galleons should only be used to clear the shoreline off enemy buildings, and not be put against enemy ships.

Spanish Elite 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). 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)
Range SiegeEngineersDE Siege Engineers (+1)
UniqueTechImperialDE Artillery (+2, Turks only)
Accuracy UniqueTechImperialDE Arquebus (hit moving targets, Portuguese only)
Armor CareeningDE Careening (+0/+1)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Carrack (+1/+1, Portuguese 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)
Creation speed ShipwrightDE Shipwright (+54%)
Train cost ShipwrightDE Shipwright (-20% wood)

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Berbers AoE2 Berbers: Elite Cannon Galleons move 10% faster.
  • Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians: Elite Cannon Galleons have +25% attack.
  • Burmese AoE2 Burmese: Researching Devotion and Faith is 50% cheaper.
  • Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis: Elite Cannon Galleons have +1/+1 armor.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Elite Cannon Galleons are 20% cheaper. Researching Chemistry, Careening, Dry Dock, and Shipwright is 33% cheaper.
  • Koreans AoE2 Koreans: Elite Cannon Galleons cost -20% wood.
  • Persians AoE2 Persians: Elite Cannon Galleons are created 20% faster. Careening is researched 15%/20% faster in the Castle/Imperial Age. Dry Dock is researched 20% faster.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Elite Cannon Galleons have +10% hit points and cost -20% gold.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Elite Cannon Galleons fire 18% faster, and have Ballistics-like accuracy and faster missiles. Researching technologies that benefit Elite Cannon Galleons provides 20 gold each.
  • Tatars AoE2 Tatars: Elite Cannon Galleons deal +20% damage (+50% instead of +25%) from cliffs and elevations.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: Elite Cannon Galleons have +25% hit points.
  • Vikings AoE2 Vikings: Elite Cannon Galleons are 20% cheaper.

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Elite Cannon Galleons have an accuracy of 50% and do not benefit from Siege Engineers.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: Elite Cannon Galleons have 150 HP. Due to a bug, Elite Cannon Galleons do not benefit from the civilization bonus that gives all other gunpowder units +50% hit points.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

  • With patch 1.0b, Shipwright also decreases train time by 35%.
  • Elite Cannon Galleons gain +40 attack vs siege weapons, and +15 attack vs infantry, archers and cavalry each.
  • Heresy introduced.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Elite Cannon Galleon's projectiles are affected by the technology Ballistics and are 4× faster.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: Artillery introduced. Elite Cannon Galleons benefit from the civilization bonus and have +25% HP (the bonus was reduced).
  • Koreans AoE2 Koreans: Cannot build Elite Cannon Galleons.

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Elite Cannon Galleons are 15% cheaper.
  • Mongols AoE2 Mongols: Elite Cannon Galleon removed from the technology tree.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish:
    • Elite Cannon Galleons fire with Ballistics-like accuracy without need for the technology itself (previously they did need the technology)
    • Elite Cannon Galleons projectile speed buff decreased (4x → ~3.6x).

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • Italians AoE2 Italians: With patch 4.8, Elite Cannon Galleons are 20% cheaper.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Elite Cannon Galleons cost -15% gold.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

AoE2Icon-LordsWest Lords of the West[]

Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the Dukes[]

  • With update 54480, Elite Cannon Galleons' projectile speed is increased (1.95 → 3).

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

  • With update 81058:
    • Elite Cannon Galleons have +15 melee attack, but lose their bonus against infantry, archers, cavalry, and Mamelukes. Bonus against siege decreased (40 → 25).
    • Elite Cannon Galleons accuracy increased (50% → 100%).
    • Gain +0.3 blast radius, and attack ground ability.

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

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

Aoe2 hb Victors and Vanquished[]

  • With update 111772, Elite 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.


  • If an Elite Cannon Galleon is created in the Scenario Editor for a player that is not in the Post-Imperial Age, it will be able to do actions like follow or protect other units, which it can't do when created during a game.
  • The Elite Cannon Galleon is the naval unit with the longest base range (15), and has the second longest base range of all units, just behind the Trebuchet. The Turkish Elite Cannon Galleon gets a +2 range bonus from their unique technology, making it the unit with the second longest range, tied at 17 with any regular Trebuchet with Siege Engineers researched, a value that is only beaten by the Tatar Trebuchet with Timurid Siegecraft researched (19 range).
  • Before the Definitive Edition, Cannon Galleons and Elite Cannon Galleons shared the same icon and model. They were the only non-unique units to do so. However, in the Definitive Edition, Elite Cannon Galleons have a new unique model and icon.
  • Said shared model (retained by the unupgraded Cannon Galleon in the Definitive Edition) is armed with a Late Medieval Bombard Cannon that is lashed to the ship, implying that it was put on a ship not designed to carry cannons (as referenced in the History section). In contrast, the Elite Cannon Galleon is armed with a more advanced bronze Culverin from the 16th century, with trunnions, and the ship's bow has a figurehead.
  • The in-game description of the Elite Cannon Galleon upgrade mentions that it has an extra +100 anti-building bonus over the Cannon Galleon. In reality, it only has an extra +75 anti-building bonus.
  • Before the introduction of the Burgundians, none of the Western European civilizations have access to it in the Definitive Edition .



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