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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the similar unit in Age of Empires, see Fishing Boat (Age of Empires).

Gathers Food from Fish or Coin from Whales.
—In-game description

Fishing Boats are economic ships in Age of Empires III that can be trained at the Dock. It is similar in function to their iterations in the previous games, but can gather coin from whales and transport units.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Fishing Boat's base gathering rate are 0.67/s food from fishes and 0.5/s coin from whales.

Although lacking offensive or defensive capabilities (unless if an Asian player sends the Armed Fisherman Home City Card), Fishing Boats can be garrisoned inside the Dock and deal damage to enemy units within range (similar to Villagers in a Town Center).

Fishing Boats can also garrison units inside them, like most other ships. However, this cannot be done by selecting the unit and right-clicking the Fishing Boat; instead, the player must click the "Garrison inside a building or ship" button and then left-click the Fishing Boat. There is also no "Un-garrison all" button, so the player must un-garrison each unit separately.

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing (ships and buildings close to shore when massed with Armed Fisherman Home City Card)
Weak vs. Everything, especially Culverins and warships
Improvements
Gathering speed Gill Nets.png Gill Nets (+15%)
Long Lines.png Long Lines (+30%)
Excessive Taxation.png Excessive Taxation (+50% from whales, Europeans only)
Excessive Tribute.png Excessive Tribute (+50% from whales, Native Americans only)
Collective Economy.png Collective Economy (+50% from whales, Asians only)
Huron Fish Wedding.png Huron Fish Wedding (+20%)
Navajo Craftsmanship.png Navajo Craftsmanship (+20% from whales)
Hit points Great Coat.png Great Coat (+35%, Europeans only)
Spirit Medicine.png Spirit Medicine (+35%, Native Americans only)
Eastern Medicine.png Eastern Medicine (+35%, Asians only)
Nootka Bark Clothing.png Nootka Bark Clothing (+50%)
Apache Cactus Use.png Apache Cactus Use (+15%)
Attack Eastern Medicine.png Eastern Medicine (+3, Asians only)
Sight Blunderbuss.png Blunderbuss (+4, Europeans only)
Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2, Europeans only)
Spirit Medicine.png Spirit Medicine (+4, Native Americans only)
Eastern Medicine.png Eastern Medicine (+4, Asians only)
Speed Apache Cactus Use.png Apache Cactus Use (+15%)
Creation speed Christian Schools.png Christian Schools (-15%)
Other Sharia.png Sharia (+10% limit)
Penalties Excessive Taxation.png Tax Burden (-40% hit points, Knights of St. John only)
Fasting.png Fasting (-40% hit points)

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

Fishing was a huge industry in northeastern North America, where poor soil did not readily support extensive agriculture. Fish and shellfish were abundant in the waters of the Atlantic and in time a thriving industry of fishing, whaling and shipbuilding developed. The Gloucester Schooner was a long, sleek, two-masted fishing vessel first constructed in 1713 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. These ships plied the waters of the Atlantic for cod, halibut, and mackerel, sometimes salting their catches at sea or, when close to the coast, bringing them in fresh.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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