|“||Fluyt. Slow, powerful ship resistant to building fire that can train units.||”|
The Fluyt is a naval vessel in Age of Empires III that is unique to the Dutch, replacing the standard Galleon, and can be trained at the Dock once the Commerce Age is reached. Although similar in function, it has less hit points and more attack.
The Fluyt is a moderately fast and powerful military ship that is able to garrison soldiers. It is also very resistant to ranged attacks from enemy units and building fire, making them effective in both combat and transportation. It can also be used to train military units on any coastline, making logistics more convenient. Compared to a standard Galleon, it trades hit points for more attack, making it closer to a Caravel in terms of an attack role than a Galleon. Moreover, it is quite a fair bit cheaper, costing 300 coin instead of 500.
The Dutch have a Home City Card available to them in the Fortress Age, which delivers three Fluyts. Combined with the "Admiral Tromp" card, which boosts the Fluyt's HP by , they can form a strong navy.
The Fluyt must be close to the shore to train the units, and will also be unable to move and attack while doing so.
As Fluyts are unique to the Dutch, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Ships, infantry close to shore|
|Weak vs.||Artillery especially Culverins, defensive structures|
|Hit points||Armor Plating (+50%)|
|Sight||Town Watch (+2)|
|Train cost||Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)|
|Penalties||Coffee Trade (-10% speed)|
Home City Cards
As Fluyts are unique to the Dutch, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:
|Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Fluyt|
Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
- The Fluyt makes two appearances in the campaign: in the Bolivar's Revolt and Last Stand of the Boneguard scenarios of Act III: Steel.
|“||The Fluyt is a ship of Dutch design dating from the seventeenth century. They have a shallow draft and a large cargo hold, and can be handled by a very small crew. The Dutch imported relatively cheap wood and tried to mass produce as many parts of the ship as possible. Other nations commissioned their own Fluyts, and the Dutch innovations in ship construction paid off not only in cargo but in the hulls they sold to other countries.
Approximate weight: 300 tons. Length: 105 feet.