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Frigate. Heavy war ship.
—In-game description

The Frigate is a military naval vessel in Age of Empires III that can be trained at the Dock once the Fortress Age (Industrial Age in the vanilla Age of Empires III and The WarChiefs) is reached. It is one of the strongest and most durable warships in the game.

Frigates are available to European civilizations except the Knights of St. John (Act I: Blood campaign), the Indians and the United States.


The Frigate, with a base hit points of 2000, it has 800 more than the next warship, the shore-ravaging Monitor. As the Monitor can't really fight anything tougher than a Caravel, this is the high-end ship-to-ship warship of choice for use past the Fortress Age. Moreover, because of its long sight radius and relatively good speed for its large size, it can also double up for exploration although the large hull may make steering and maneuvering somewhat more cumbersome and clunky. Like all warships, the Frigate can transport 50 units, and blast close-to-shore buildings and units. However some buildings such as fully upgraded Outposts or Forts will decimate the ships. The Frigate can be upgraded to an Imperial Age Man-of-War (Ship of the Line). Frigates can also be upgraded at a Dock with the Armor Plating and Carronade bonuses.

Special ability[]

Broadside attack.png Broadside Attack: Fires a volley of cannon shots at an enemy ship within attack range, with each shot doing 80 siege damage. 60 seconds cooldown.


Age Upgrade Cost Effect
Imperial Age
Imperial navy.png Imperial Men-o'-War 1,500 wood,
1,500 coin
Upgrades Frigates to Imperial Men-o'-War (+50% hit points and attack)

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ships, infantry and buildings close to shore
Weak vs. Artillery especially Culverins, defensive structures
Hit points Armor Plating.png Armor Plating (+50%)
Attack Carronade.png Carronade (+25%)
Percussion Lock.png Percussion Lock (+50% Broadside Attack damage)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Speed Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy.png Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
Penalties Coffee Trade.png Coffee Trade (-10% speed, Dutch only)

Home City Cards[]



Frigates changed a lot over time, but began as lean, fast, well-armed ships used for scouting, raiding trade routes, and filling in the line of battle when the larger battleships were scarce. Early frigates carried messages and important passengers. Later, their single deck of 20 to 30 cannon was doubled to two decks of 40 to 60 cannon. British frigate captains still using the swift, lighter frigates were ordered not to engage the heavier, deadly American frigates unless the odds were two-to-one in the British captain's favor.

Approximate weight: 950 tons. Length: 150 feet.


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