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Stronger than Fire Ship. Spews fire at other ships.
Age of Empires II description

The Fast Fire Ship is a naval vessel in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Dock once the Imperial Age is reached. Like its predecessor, it is a ship with a "flamethrower" mounted on the bow. The Fast Fire Ship has an attack bonus against other ships, but it must come in very close to enemy ships in order to attack.

In comparison to its predecessor, the Fast Fire Ship deals more damage and is better armored. As the name suggests, the Fast Fire Ship is also faster than its predecessor and now able to catch up with Galleons, which is a major improvement. The attack rate, however, remains the same.

Unit availability
Available Unavailable

The * indicates that the civilization can fully upgrade their Fast Fire Ships, i.e. gets Dry Dock. Faith and Heresy are not taken into account because they only contribute to their combat strength in a very situational manner.

The ^ indicates that the civilization has at least one civilization or team bonus or a unique technology that benefits the combat strength of the Fast Fire Ship.


Ships in mid-battle.

Although the Fast Fire Ship is better on a close confrontation against a Galleon, Galleons are usually preferred for their lower cost and superior range which can increase benefits from scouting. In large-scale confrontations, a fleet of Galleons can defeat a fleet of Fast Fire Ships comfortably due to their superior range, but if properly supported by other naval vessels, a fleet of Fast Fire Ships can sink down a fleet of Galleons easily. Fast Fire Ships are also vulnerable against Demolition Ships and Turtle Ships, two other ship types that require a close range to attack.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Transport Ships, Fishing Ships, buildings in the shoreline, melee units in the shallows, Galleons, Cannon Galleons
Weak vs. Demolition Ships, Turtle Ships, Longboats, towers, Castles, ranged siege units on the shoreline
Range CastleAgeUnique.png Greek Fire (+1, Byzantines only)
Armor CareeningDE.png Careening (+0/+1)
Speed DryDockDE.png Dry Dock (+15%)
Conversion defense FaithDE.png Faith
HeresyDE.png Heresy
Creation speed ShipwrightDE.png Shipwright (+54%)
Train cost ShipwrightDE.png Shipwright (-20% wood)

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]


The Age of Kings[]

  • Fast Fire Ships have 120 HP.
  • Fast Fire Ships have 8 pierce armor and 6 armor against anti-ship attacks.
  • Shipwright reduces the wood cost by 20%.

The Conquerors[]

  • Fast Fire Ships have 8 pierce armor and 7 armor against anti-ship attacks.
  • With patch 1.0b, Shipwright also decreases train time by 35%.
  • Heresy introduced.

The Forgotten[]

The African Kingdoms[]

  • Fast Fire Ships have 9 pierce armor and 9 armor against anti-ship attacks.
  • Fire Galley introduced.
  • With patch 4.8, Fast Fire Ships are affected by Ballistics.
  • Malians: Cannot upgrade to Fast Fire Ship.

The Rise of Rajas[]

  • Fast Fire Ship have 8 pierce armor again.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Koreans: Fast Fire Ships cost -15% wood. With update 39284, they cost -20% wood.
  • Malians: Fast Fire Ship added to their technology tree.

Dynasties of India[]

  • With update 61321, siege units and ships are now resistant to armor-ignoring attacks similarly to buildings.


  • The Fire Ship is based on the Byzantine Dromon galleys and their Greek fire weapon. However, it is incorrectly depicted without oars.
  • The Fire Ships are the only units in the game without an integer range.
  • The Fast Fire Ship and the Fire Ship are the only units in the game to deal both melee and pierce damage.
  • Fast Fire Ships deal bonus damage against the cheat unit Saboteur (since The Conquerors) because it is in the same unit class as ships.


The fire ship was improved over the years to increase its speed, maneuverability, and armor. Constantinople was successfully defended by its navy of fast fire ships for many centuries.