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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For other uses, see Fishing Boat.

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. African civilizations have Fishing Canoes instead.

Overview[]

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 player sends the Armed Fishermen 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[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing (ships and buildings close to shore when massed with Armed Fishermen Home City Card)
Weak vs. Everything, especially Culverins and warships
Improvements
Gathering speed Long Lines Long Lines (+30%)
Gill Nets Gill Nets (+15%)
Huron Fish Wedding Huron Fish Wedding (+15%)
Fasting Fasting (+10%)
Aztec chinampa Aztec Chinampa (+5%)
Klamath Work Ethos Klamath Work Ethos (+5%)
Collective Economy Collective Economy (+50% from whales; Asians only)
Excessive Taxation Excessive Taxation (+50% from whales; Europeans only)
Excessive Tribute Excessive Tribute (+50% from whales; Native Americans only)
Mountain State Gold Rush Mountain State Gold Rush (+40% from whales; United States only)
Navajo Craftsmanship Navajo Craftsmanship (+20% from whales)
Somali coinage Somali Coinage (+10% from whales)
Hit points Nootka Bark Clothing Nootka Bark Clothing (+50%)
Eastern Medicine Eastern Medicine (+35%; Asians only)
Frontiersmen Frontiersmen (+35%; Federal Americans only)
Great Coat Great Coat (+35%; Europeans only)
Spirit Medicine Spirit Medicine (+35%; Native Americans only)
Apache Cactus Use Apache Cactus Use (+15%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+5%)
Attack Eastern Medicine Eastern Medicine (+3; Asians only)
Spirit Medicine Spirit Medicine (+3; Native Americans only)
Line of Sight Frontiersmen Frontiersmen (+6; Federal Americans only)
Blunderbuss Blunderbuss (+4; Europeans only)
Eastern Medicine Eastern Medicine (+4; Asians only)
Spirit Medicine Spirit Medicine (+4; Native Americans only)
Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Speed Apache Cactus Use Apache Cactus Use (+15%)
Train time Christian Schools Christian Schools (-15%)
Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
New Mexico Immigration New Mexico Immigration (-10%; United States only)
Penalties Excessive Taxation Tax Burden (-40% hit points, Knights of St. John only)
Fasting Fasting (-40% hit points)
Pennsylvania Pound Pennsylvania Pound (-10% coin gather rate; United States only)

Home City Cards[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Fishing Boat
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Purple Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times
Red Shipment that can be sent twice
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Pioneers) Pioneers Villagers get +65% hit points (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Spanish Home City (Fish Market) Fish Market Fishing boats gather food from fishes 25% faster and coin from whales 20% faster (also +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Spanish Home City 4 (Rendering Plants) Rendering Plant Fishing boats gather food from fishes 30% faster and coin from whales 25% faster (also +2 Uhlans for the Germans; +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
British Home City 4 (Whale Oil) Whale Oil Fishing boats gather coin from whales 30% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
40
Spanish Home City 4 (Schoners) Schooners Fishing Boats cost -20 wood and train time -30%
Age I tech tree aoe3
10
Japanese Home City 4 (Armed Fishermen) Armed Fishermen Fishing Boats get a ranged and siege attack, +10% hit points, and +33% Line of Sight (also +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age II tech tree aoe3
25
  • "Pioneers" is available to Asians (except the Japanese), Europeans (except the Italians), Federal Americans, and Native Americans (except the Inca).
  • "Fish Market" is not available to the Japanese and Portuguese.
  • "Rendering Plant" is not available to the Mexicans and Native Americans.
  • "Whale Oil" is available to the Japanese, Portuguese, Swedes, and United States.
  • "Schooners" is available to the Aztecs, Europeans (except the French and Germans), and Mexicans.
  • "Armed Fishermen" is available to the Inca, Indians, and Japanese.

Asians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 4 (East Indiamen2) East Indiamen Ships 1 Dock Rickshaw; Fishing Boats cost -20 wood (also +1 Hindu Villager for the Indians)
Age I tech tree aoe3
10

Aztecs[]

Card Description Age HC level
Aztec Home City 4 (Cheap Fishing Boats) TEAM Texcoco Fishing Boats Fishing Boats and Fishing Canoes cost -20 wood
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

British[]

Card Description Age
British Home City 4 (Team Whale Oil) TEAM Whale Oil Fishing boats gather coin from whales 15% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
40
Acupuncture aoe3 Acupuncture All units' train time -20%
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Europeans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 4 (Economic Theory) Economic Theory Villagers and fishing boats gather 10% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
40
Mexico Home City (Citizenship) Citizenship Ships 6 Citizens; Citizens can be trained at Town Centers for 70 coin; Fishing Boats can be trained at Docks
Revolution
N/A
  • "Economic Theory" is not available to the British, Dutch, Spanish, and Swedes.
  • "Citizenship" is available upon Revolutions.

Haudenosaunee[]

Card Description Age
Haudenosaunee Home City 3 (Wampum) Wampum Training units and constructing buildings grants +35% XP; unit train time -20%, siege unit and artillery train time -5% instead
Age IV tech tree aoe 3

Inca[]

Card Description Age
Inca Home City 3 (Alpaca Wool) Alpaca Wool Villagers get +50% hit points and +30% resistance; units affected by villager upgrades get +15% hit points and +10% resistance
Age I tech tree aoe3
Inca Home City 4 (Salt Ponds) Salt Ponds Villagers gather food from herded and hunted animals 20% faster; fishing boats gather food from fisheses and coin from whales 20% faster
Age II tech tree aoe3
Inca Home City 5 (Floating Islands) Floating Islands Chincha Rafts can train Fishing Boats and Chincha Rafts
Age I tech tree aoe3
Inca Home City 5 (Chinchillas) Chinchillas Chincha Rafts and Fishing Boats get +20% speed and -35% train time
Age II tech tree aoe3

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25
Indian Home City 3 (Foreign Trading Companies) Foreign Trading Companies Gives a trickle of 0.75 export; Consulate Armies cost -15% export but Indian units cost +2.5% (except Villagers, Fishing Boats, and Sacred Cows which cost +5%); +1 Hindu Villager
Age III tech tree aoe3
N/A
Indian Home City 5 (Bombay Marine) Bombay Marine Ships' train time -30% and train bounty +30%; +1 Hindu Villager
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Italians[]

Card Description Age
Italian Home City 3 (Florentine Football) Florentine Football Villagers get +40% hit points, +40 hand attack, and +25% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Italian Home City 1 (TEAM Frutta di Mare) TEAM Frutta di Mare Ships 1 Minke Whale, 1 Fishing Ground containing 10,000 food and 4 Fishing Boats/Fishing Canoes
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Italian Home City 4 (Gondolas) Gondolas Technologies now also grant a free Fishing Boat
Age III tech tree aoe3

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Pioneers) TEAM Jujutsu Villagers get +35% hit points; Surgeons, Priests, Architects, Native Scouts, and Envoys get +20% attack; Disciples and Shaolin Masters get +10% attack; units affected by villager upgrades get +10% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Japanese Home City 4 (Chonindo) TEAM Chonindo Villagers and fishing boats gather 8% faster from all sources except hunts; Haciendas auto gather 8% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
40
Japanese Home City 4 (Fish Market) Fish Market Fishing boats gather food from fishes 25% faster and coin from whales 20% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Japanese Home City 5 (5 Fishing Boats) 5 Fishing boats Ships 5 Fishing Boats
Age II tech tree aoe3
1
Japanese Home City 5 (3 Fishing Boats) 3 Fishing boats Ships 3 Fishing Boats
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Japanese Home City 5 (TEAM 3 Fishing Boats) TEAM Sushi Ships 3 Fishing Boats/Fishing Canoes
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Japanese Home City 5 (8 Fishing Boats) 8 Fishing boats Ships 8 Fishing Boats
Age III tech tree aoe3
10

Lakota[]

Card Description Age
Winter counts Winter Counts Training units grants +40% XP and constructing buildings grants +20% XP
Age I tech tree aoe3

Maltese[]

Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
Maltese Home City 5 (Speronaras) Speronaras Ships get +10% speed; Order Galleys and Fishing Boats get +30% speed instead
Age I tech tree aoe3

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Mexican Home City 4 (TEAM Rendering Plant) TEAM Rendering Plant Fishing boats gather 10% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
Hc 14 fishing boat 14 Fishing Boats Ships 14 Fishing Boats
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Federal card colegio de san nicolas Colegio de San Nicolás Ships 500 XP; units get +4 and buildings (except Walls) get +8 Line of Sight; sees what enemies can see for 20 seconds
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card michoacan fishermen Michoacán Fishermen Ships 1 Dock Wagon; ships 1 Fishing Boat for each shipment sent so far this game including this one
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card national servant National Servant All units get +10% hit points; Padre healing 200% faster
Imperial Age
Maya Revolution (Nojpeten) Nojpetén Ships 6 Fishing Boats; Fishing Boats can be trained at Docks, cost -70%, but get -70% hit points
Revolution
  • "Colegio de San Nicolás" and "Michoacán Fishermen" are available upon selecting the Michoacán Federal State.
  • "National Servant" is available upon selecting the Estado de México Federal State.
  • "Nojpetén" is available upon revolting to the Maya.

Native Americans[]

Card Description Age HC level
Iroquois Home City 5 (3 Fishing Boats) 3 Fishing Boats Ships 3 Fishing Boats
Age I tech tree aoe3
1

Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 4 (Fish Market) TEAM Fish Market Fishing boats gather 10% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
1
Portuguese Home City 4 (Portuguese White Fleet) Portuguese White Fleet Each Dock spawns 4 Fishing Boats after 80 seconds
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
25

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3
10
Chile Home City (Salitrera) Salitrera Trading Posts generate 0.5 coin/sec.; Citizens can be trained at Town Centers for 70 coin; Fishing Boats can be trained at Docks
Revolution
N/A
Portuguese Home City 4 (Portuguese White Fleet) Fishing Fleet Ships 2 Dock Wagons; ships 1 Fishing Boat for each shipment sent so far in game
Revolution
N/A
  • "Salitrera" and "Fishing Fleet" are available upon revolting to Chile.

United States[]

Card Description Age
US Home City 5 (French Immigrants) French Immigrants [Immigrant] Ships 3 Coureur des Bois; villagers get +35% hit points, +100% ranged attack, +0.5 speed, and now resist ranged attacks; units affected by villager upgrades get +10% hit points and speed; costs 225 wood
Age I tech tree aoe3
US Home City 5 (Virginia Oak) Virginia Oak Docks, Fishing Boats, Sloops, and Frigates get +15% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
Federal card slater textile mill Slater Textile Mill Gives 30 food for every villager and 20 wood for every Fishing Boat; villagers cost -30 food; Fishing Boats cost -20 wood
Age II tech tree aoe3
Federal card indiana mobilization Indiana Mobilization Ships 1 Carbine Cavalry for every shipment that had been sent by the player, including this one; all units' train time, technology research time, and age-up time -10%; costs 500 wood
Age III tech tree aoe3
Federal card vermont coppers Vermont Coppers Estate technologies are free and researched instantly; villagers and fishing boats gather coin 5% faster; all coin autogather and trickle 5% faster
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Federal card connecticut shipwrights Connecticut Shipwrights Artillery train time -25%, buildings' build time -35%, and ships' train time -50%
Imperial Age
  • "Slater Textile Mill" is available upon selecting the Rhode Island Federal State.
  • "Indiana Mobilization" is available upon selecting the Indiana Federal State.
  • "Vermont Coppers" is available upon selecting the Vermont Federal State.
  • "Connecticut Shipwrights" is available upon selecting the Connecticut Federal State.

Changelog[]

3Icon48px Age of Empires III[]

  • Fishing Boats cost 100 wood and give 10 XP when trained or killed.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Fishing Boats cost 70 wood and give 7 XP when trained or killed.

Trivia[]

  • The fisherman on the Japanese Fishing Boat uses the same model and attacking animation as the Disciplined Yumi Archer's once the Armed Fishermen Home City Card is sent.
  • The figther on the Indian Fishing Boat uses the same model and attacking animation as the Dacoit-like unit steering the Marathan Catamaran once the Armed Fishermen Home City Card is sent.
  • Cormorants are used to fish on the Chinese/Japanese Fishing Boat. This is a reference to how, in China and Japan, as well as some European countries, trained cormorants have been used in commercial fishing since ancient times - the sea birds dive underwater to catch fish before returning to the boat, with special rings worn around their necks to prevent them from swallowing their catches.

History[]

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[]

Civilian units in Age of Empires III
General
AllFishing ship aoe3de Fishing Boat · Settler aoe3de Settler · Covered wagon aoe3de Covered Wagon/Town Travois/Town Rickshaw/Town Center Builder · Outpost wagon aoe3de Trading Post Wagon, Lakota trading post aoe3de Trading Post Travois, and Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Trading Post Rickshaw · Outpost wagon aoe3de Dock Rickshaw/Dock Wagon/Dock Travois · Native embassy DE icon Native Embassy Travois/Native Embassy Builder/Royal Embassy Wagon
EuropeansPriest aoe3de Priest · Factory wagon aoe3de Factory Wagon · Fort wagon aoe3de Fort Wagon · Factory wagon aoe3de Homestead Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Military Wagon · Factory wagon aoe3de Prospector Wagon (Factory wagon aoe3de Silver · Factory wagon aoe3de Gold)
Europeans and USSurgeon aoe3de Surgeon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Outpost Wagon · Spc wagon aoe3de Estate Wagon · Spc wagon aoe3de Mill Wagon
Native AmericansVillager aztec aoe3de Villager · Haudenosaunee healer aoe3de Healer · Team native aoe3de Native Scout* · Aztec travois aoe3de Farm Travois · Aztec travois aoe3de War Hut Travois
AsiansChinese castle wagon aoe3de Castle Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Market Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Monastery Rickshaw
AfricansEthiopian fishing canoe portrait aoe3de Fishing Canoe · Camp portrait Camp Builder · Hausa builder portrait Kingdom Builder · Hausa builder portrait Livestock Market Builder · Palace portrait aoe3de Palace Builder · Hausa builder portrait Trade Builder · Watch tower aoe3de portrait Watch Tower Builder
Unique units
Flag DutchDE DutchVillager dutch merchant portrait Merchant · Envoy aoe3de Envoy · Bank wagon aoe3de Bank Wagon
Flag FrenchDE FrenchCoureur aoe3de Coureur des Bois
Flag GermanDE GermansSettler wagon aoe3de Settler Wagon
Flag OttomanDE OttomansVillager ottoman yoruk portrait Yörük · Imam de Imam
Flag SpanishDE SpanishMissonary de Missionary
Flag AztecDE AztecsWarrior priest de Warrior Priest · Aztec travois aoe3de Nobles' Hut Travois
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeTravois portrait aoe3de Travois (Haudenosaunee)
Flag ChineseDE ChineseOutpost Wagon Blockhouse Wagon · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Consulate Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Village Rickshaw · Mongol scout aoe3de Mongol Scout
Flag IndianDE IndiansIndian peasant aoe3de Hindu Villager · Indian castle grove aoe3de Grove Rickshaw · Indian town center rickshaw aoe3de Sacred Field Rickshaw
Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseFactory wagon aoe3de Livestock Pen Wagon · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Dojo Rickshaw · Japanese Town Center Rickshaw Military Rickshaw · Japanese grove aoe3de Orchard Rickshaw · Japanese grove aoe3de Rice Paddy Rickshaw · Chinese town center rickshaw aoe3de Shrine Wagon
Flag IncanDE IncaPriestess-icon-aoe3 Priestess · Travois inca AoE3de Builder Travois · Lakota trading post aoe3de Kallanka Travois · Lakota trading post aoe3de Stronghold Travois · Lakota trading post aoe3de Tambo Travois
Flag SwedishDE SwedesSpc wagon aoe3de Torp Wagon
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesFactory wagon aoe3de Coal Prospector Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Infrastructure Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Meeting House Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de State Capitol Wagon
Flag MexicanDE MexicansBank wagon aoe3de Cathedral Wagon · Factory wagon aoe3de Hacienda Wagon
Revolution RevolutionFactory wagon aoe3de Diamond Prospector Wagon · Sansculotte portrait Sansculotte
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de EthiopiansAbun portrait aoe3de Abun · Rickshaw1 icon portrait Indian Market Rickshaw · Mountain monastery portrait aoe3de Mountain Monastery Builder
Flag Hausa HausaGriot aoe3de portrait Griot · Bank wagon aoe3de Mosque Wagon · Hausa builder portrait Hausa Builder · University portrait University Builder
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansItalians architect portrait Architect · Bank wagon aoe3de Basilica Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Lombard Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Tavern Wagon
Flag MalteseDE MalteseOutpost wagon aoe3de Commandery Wagon · Spc wagon aoe3de Depot Wagon · Fort wagon aoe3de Fixed Gun Wagon
Miscellaneous
Berber nomad portrait Berber Nomad · Berber salt camel portrait Berber Salt Camel · Trading post african aoe3de Red Sea Wagon · Balloon portrait Hot Air Balloon · Cree coreur portrait updated Cree Coureur des Bois · Factory wagon aoe3de Arsenal Wagon · Bank wagon aoe3de Church Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Frontier Post Wagon · Pilgrims icon definitive Pilgrim · Bank wagon aoe3de Athos Monastery Wagon · Outpost wagon aoe3de Battery Tower Wagon · Lakota trading post aoe3de American Citadel Travois
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