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

Provides food by gathering fish and depositing them at the Dock. The Fishing Ship has more hit points and is faster than the Fishing Boat.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

The Fishing Ship is an economic unit in Age of Empires that gathers food from fishing spots. It is an upgrade of Fishing Boat and has more hit points, speed and can carry 5 more fish (for a total of 20). It can be upgraded at the Dock in the Bronze Age.

Boats are twice as resistant to conversion as regular units. Minoan naval units are much cheaper, while Yamato have more HP. The Hittites do not have access to Fishing Ships.

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Greeks AoE Greeks: Fishing Ships have +20% speed.
  • Macedonians AoE Macedonians: Fishing Ships have +2 Line of Sight and are four times more resistant to conversion.
  • Minoans AoE Minoans: Fishing Ships cost -25%/-30% in the Bronze/Iron Age.
  • Yamato AoE Yamato: Fishing Ships have +20%/+25% hit points in the Bronze/Iron Age and work 20% faster.

Team bonuses[]

  • Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans: Researching technologies that benefit Fishing Ships is 30% faster.


ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires[]

  • Minoans AoE Minoans: Fishing Ships cost -30%.
  • Yamato AoE Yamato: Fishing Ships have +33% hit points.

Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Yamato AoE Yamato: Upon release, Fishing Ships have +25% hit points. With update 38862, they have +20% hit points.

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • Yamato AoE Yamato: Fishing Ships work 20% faster.
  • Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans (team bonus): Technologies benefiting Fishing Ships researched 30% faster.
  • Minoans AoE Minoans: With update 99311, Fishing Ships cost -25%/-30% in the Bronze/Iron Age.
  • Yamato: With update 99311, Fishing Ships have +20%/+25% hit points in the Bronze/Iron Age.


The never-ending quest for food eventually enticed humans out onto lakes, rivers, and oceans in search of fish. Fish of greater size and variety and in greater quantity were often found in deeper offshore waters. Fishing ships, larger than small canoes, were developed to control larger nets. Fishing ships were able to hold greater quantities of processed fish (cleaned and salted at sea) before return to land was required.
Age of Empires manual


Units in Age of Empires
CivilianReturnofrome female villager icon Villager · Returnofrome trade cart icon Trade Cart
OtherAoE2 DE priest icon Priest · Slinger-0 Slinger · Returnofrome artifact icon Artifact
Civilian ship1 Fishing Boat Fishing Boat · 2 Fishing Ship Fishing Ship
3 Trade Boat Trade Boat · 4 Merchant Ship Merchant Ship
InfantryClubman Clubman · AxemanAoEDE Axeman
Short Swordsman Short Swordsman · Broad Swordsman Broad Swordsman · AoE nuRoR Long Swordsman icon Long Swordsmen · Returnofrome legionary icon Legionary
HopliteDE Hoplite · AoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Phalangite · Returnofrome centurion icon Centurion
ArcherBowman aoe1de Bowman
Improved Bowman22 Improved Bowman · Composite Bowman Composite Bowman
Chariot Archer111 Chariot Archer
Horse Archer Horse Archer · Returnofrome heavy horse archer icon Heavy Horse Archer
EAICON DE Elephant Archer
CavalryScout-0 Scout
ChariotDE Chariot · ScytheDE Scythe Chariot
Cavalry111 Cavalry · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Heavy Cavalry · Returnofrome cataphract icon Cataphract
War ElephantDE War Elephant · Returnofrome armored elephant icon Armored Elephant
Camel RiderDE Camel Rider
SiegeStone ThrowerDE Stone Thrower · CatapultDE Catapult · Returnofrome heavy catapult icon Heavy Catapult
BallistaDE Ballista · Returnofrome helepolis icon Helepolis
War Ship7 Scout Ship Scout Ship · 8 War Galley War Galley · 9 Trireme Trireme
Catapult Trireme Catapult Trireme · Returnofrome juggernaut icon Juggernaut
10 Fire Galley Fire Galley
5 Light Transport Light Transport · 6 Heavy Transport Heavy Transport
Scenario Editor-only units
Short Swordsman Chieftain · Donkey caravan aoe2DE Donkey · Clubman Explorer · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon General · AoE2 DE priest icon High Priest · Returnofrome horse icon Horse · HeavyCavalryDE Mercenary (removed) · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin · AoE2 DE priest icon Pharaoh · 5 Light Transport Raft · Returnofrome artifact icon War Chest