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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For the unit in Age of Empires, see Fire Galley (Age of Empires).

Warship that spews fire at close range.
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The Fire Galley 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. Fire Galleys are automatically upgraded to Fire Ships when the War Galley upgrade is researched.

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


The Fire Galley is the main ship of Feudal Age water battles. They can be used as a fairly effective type of harassment ship in the early game due to the general lack of available naval power on all sides to mount an effective counterattack, allowing players to potentially raze enemy Docks as well if micromanaged properly.

One-on-one, Fire Galleys easily defeat Galleys. In larger engagements, however, Galleys might come out at an advantage due to their higher range, which allows them to attack first, while the Fire Galleys first need to close the gap and might get in each other's way. Also, micromanaging Galleys with a hit-and-run strategy will prove useful against Fire Galleys.

Fire Galleys are also vulnerable to Demolition Rafts, being unable to shoot them at a safe range before exploding due to their low range. However, this is only cost-effective if multiple Fire Galleys are caught in the explosion.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Transport Ships, buildings in the shoreline, melee units in the shallows, Galleys, rams
Weak vs. Demolition Rafts, towers, ranged siege units on the shoreline
Range UniqueTechCastle-DE Greek Fire (+1, Byzantines only)
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% wood)
Upgrades Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship (requires WarGalleyDE War Galley)

Civilization bonuses[]

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

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • Fire Galleys have +3 attack against all ships.
  • Fire Galleys train in 60 seconds.
  • Fire Galleys have a pierce armor of 5.
  • At launch, Fire Galleys have 100 HP.
  • With patch 4.8, Fire Galleys have Ballistics-like behaviour.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Fire Galleys cost -15% gold.

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

  • Fire Galleys have a pierce armor of 4.
  • With patch 5.4, Fire Galleys have 100 HP again.
  • With patch 5.8, Fire Galleys only do +1 damage against Fishing Ships.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]


  • The Fire Galley is based on the Byzantine Dromon galleys and their Greek fire weapon.
  • The Fire Ships are the only units in the game without an integer range.
  • Fire Galleys, Demolition Rafts, and Galleys are the only units in the game sharing an upgrade.
  • Despite being introduced in The African Kingdoms, the Fire Galley is shown with a The Conquerors icon in the Scenario Editor.
  • The Fire Galley is the only unit in the game with the lowest possible attack of 1.
  • Fire Galleys deal bonus damage against the cheat unit Saboteur because it is in the same unit class as ships.


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