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Fluyt. Slow, powerful ship resistant to building fire that can train units.
—In-game description

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.

As with the Galleon, the Fluyt is classified as a siege unit, making it resistant to defensive structures; Outposts and Town Centers deal half damage against it.


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 75%, 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.

Age Unit Cost Pop.
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Pikeman aoe3de.png Pikeman 40 food,
40 wood
Skirmisher portrait tar updated.png Skirmisher 50 food,
65 coin
Hussar aoe3de.png Hussar 120 food,
80 coin
Grenadier de.png Grenadier 120 food,
60 coin
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Halberdier de.png Halberdier 50 food,
70 coin
Ruyter de.png Ruyter 30 food,
75 coin
Independence dragoon portrait.png Independence Dragoon* 90 food,
90 coin
Java spearman aoe3de.png Javanese Spearman** 100 food 1
  • * Only if the player revolts to Brazil, requires the "Guard of Honor" Home City Card
  • ** Only if the player revolts to Indonesia

Further statistics[]

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.png Armor Plating (+50%)
Attack Carronade.png Carronade (+25%)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png 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:



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.


See also[]