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

Gathers food from fish and Fish Traps. Builds Fish Traps.
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The Fishing Ship is a civilian ship in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Dock. It is a basic resource gatherer. Unlike its counterpart in Age of Empires, the Fishing Ship cannot be upgraded.

The Fishing Ship can build Fish Traps which are similar to Farms on water. Fish Traps take longer to build, but hold more food. Fishing Ships gather food faster from normal fish than from Fish Traps. Fishing Ships, like Villagers, have a Drop Off command in their command panel, which when pressed tasks the Fishing Ship to deposit its carried resource to the nearest Dock and immediately return to work.

Collection Rate[]

Fishing Ships gather food at a rate of 0.28 food per second from Shore Fish (fish that is adjacent to the shore), 0.49 food per second from deep-sea fish (all other fish) and 0.35 food per second from Fish Traps. They have a base carry capacity of 15 food. Provided that the Fishing Ship is close to a Dock and gathers from deep-sea fish, it will collect food significantly faster than Villagers collecting from Farms, who collect at a rate of 0.32 (taking into account the amount of time Villagers simply walk around the Farms without gathering). It can be noted that this means that Fishing Ships collecting from deep-sea fish collect food almost exactly 50% faster than Villagers collecting from Farms (while also being 50% more expensive than Villagers).

However, unlike Farms, the fishing rate is highly dependent on the distance to the fish from the Dock; Once the deep-sea fish near the shore have been depleted, the traveling time back to the Dock can significantly decrease the effective collection rate. Building Fish Traps can deal with this issue, but they have a slightly lower effective collection rate due to the long construction time of the trap. However, once built, they provide a much greater amount of food (715 for 100 wood) per invested wood compared to a Farm (175-550, depending on upgrades, for 60 wood). In addition, once the Gillnets upgrade has been researched, Fishing Ships collect faster from Fish Traps than Villagers from Farms. The advantage of Fish Traps over Farms is that the former needs no upgrades (Farms need upgrades at the Mill to increase wood-to-food efficiency), while also collecting food much faster. Farms only provide better wood-to-food efficiency with Crop Rotation (Heavy Plow for Sicilians).

Further statistics[]

Armor CareeningDE Careening (+0/+1)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Carrack (+1/+1, Portuguese only)
Conversion resistance 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)
Movement speed DryDockDE Dry Dock (+15%)
Resource cost ShipwrightDE Shipwright (-20% wood)
Creation speed ShipwrightDE Shipwright (+54%)
Work rate GillnetsDE Gillnets (+20%)

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis: Fishing Ships regenerate 15 HP per minute.
  • Berbers AoE2 Berbers: Fishing Ships move 10% faster.
  • Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians: Gillnets can be researched in the Feudal Age and costs -33% food.
  • Burmese AoE2 Burmese: Researching Devotion and Faith is 50% cheaper.
  • Celts AoE2 Celts: Fishing Ships can convert herdable animals even if enemy units are next to them.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Technologies that benefit Fishing Ships are 10%/15% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians: Fishing Ships carry +15 food.
  • Georgians AoE2 Georgians: Fishing Ships receive -20% (-40% instead of -25%) damage on higher elevations.
  • Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras: Fishing Ships can be garrisoned in Docks.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Fishing Ships cost -15%. Researching Gillnets, Careening, Dry Dock, and Shipwright is 33% cheaper.
  • Japanese AoE2 Japanese: Fishing Ships have double HP and +2 pierce armor. Fishing Ships work 5%/10%/15%/20% faster in the Dark/Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Mayans AoE2 Mayans: Fish from all sources lasts 15% longer.
  • Persians AoE2 Persians: Fishing Ships are created 5%/10%/15%/20% faster in the Dark/Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age. Careening and Gillnets are researched 15%/20% faster in the Castle/Imperial Age. Researching Dry Dock is 20% faster.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Fishing Ships have +10% HP.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Researching technologies that benefit Fishing Ships provides 20 gold each.
  • Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese: Researching Gillnets is 100% faster and costs no wood.

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Fishing Ships can construct buildings, if the construction site was initiated by a Villager and lies at a shore.
  • Fishing Ships are in the ship armor class.
  • Shipwright reduces the wood cost by 20%.
  • Fishing Ships have 0.5 collision size.
  • Fishing Ships gather from Fish Traps at 12.6 per minute (0.21 per second).

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

  • Fishing Ships can no longer build buildings other than Fish Traps.
  • With patch 1.0b, Fishing Ships gather from Fish Traps at 21 per minute (0.35 per second).
  • With patch 1.0b, Shipwright also decreases train time by 35% now.
  • Heresy introduced.

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

  • Italians AoE2 Italians: With patch 4.8, Fishing Ships are now 33% cheaper instead of having an increased LOS.

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

  • With patch 5.8, Fishing Ships are assigned their own new Fishing Ship armor class while the ship armor class was removed. This change basically gives them +2 armor against Fire Galleys only, and is identical to the Ship armor class when facing other units.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: With patch 5.5, Fishing Ships are now 20% cheaper.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: With patch 5.8, Fishing Ships are now 15% cheaper.
  • Malay AoE2 Malay: Initially, Fishing Ships are 33% cheaper. With patch 5.3, that bonus is removed.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Persians AoE2 Persians: With the release version, Fishing Ships are created 5% faster in the Dark Age. With update 36906, the creation speed is restored to normal.

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

Aoe2 hb Victors and Vanquished[]

  • The Drop Off command was added to the command panel of Fishing Ships.


The technology of shipbuilding, sailing, and navigation improved substantially during the Middle Ages. One result of these advances was a greater range and efficiency for Fishing Ships. The rich waters off the coasts of Europe, North Africa, and Asia provided a bounty of seafood that could be preserved by drying and salting. Preserved fish, especially cod, became an important trade good in the late Middle Ages.
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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