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The Flying Dutchman is a cheat unit in Age of Empires. When Flying Dutchman is typed in the chat menu, it will immediately transform all Catapult Triremes and Juggernaughts on the map into Flying Dutchmen. Flying Dutchmen are more powerful, with the extra ability to sail on the ground. If used effectively, the Flying Dutchman can be an effective hit and run siege weapon, since it can outrun most kinds of infantry and slower units. The Flying Dutchman is also available in the Scenario Editor.


Iron Age


  • Typing the cheat code after researching these technologies does not have any effect to the Flying Dutchman.
  • Use this cheat with caution since the increased fire rate of Phoenician Juggernaughts and the extra range given by Engineering are eliminated once this cheat is summoned.
  • If played as the Yamato, the hit points for this unit are increased by 20%.
  • If played as the Minoans, the cost per unit decreases by 33%.


  • The Flying Dutchman is a reference to a nautical folklore. This mythical phantom ship is believed to be a sign of doom to sailors since it is cursed to sail the seas for eternity and can never rest at port.
  • The myth about the Flying Dutchman originates from ship lost in the 17th-century, which is not during the time period in which Age of Empires is set.




FLYING DUTCHMAN vs EVERY UNIT - Age of Empires- Definitive Edition