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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 Knights of St. John (Act I: Blood campaign), the Indians, the United States, and the Mexicans.

Overview[]

The Frigate, with a base hit points of 2,000, 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.

Upgrades[]

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
Improvements
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)
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[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Frigate
  • Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
  • Purple: Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times

All[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 3 (Advanced Dock).png Advanced Dock Docks get +100% attack and heal ships 50% faster; Warship train time -33% (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
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10
Spanish Home City 5 (1 Frigate).png 1 Frigate Ships 1 Frigate (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
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10
Spanish Home City 5 (Improved Warships).png Improved Warships Warships get +25% hit points and attack (also +1 Villager for the Indians)
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10
British Home City 5 (Offshore Support).png Offshore Support Warships get +20% attack, +2 LOS, and +2 range
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40
  • Since the Frigate is only available for European civilizations (except the Ottomans) and the Indians, "Advanced Docks" is only relevant to them.
  • "Offshore Support" is available to British and Ottomans.

British[]

Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 5 (Naval Gunners).png Naval Gunners Warships get +25% attack
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25

Chinese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Team improved warships.png TEAM Improved Warships Warships get +15% hit points and attack
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10

Indians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
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25
Indian Home City 5 (Bombay Marine).png Bombay Marine Ship train time -30% and train bounty +30%; +1 Villager
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1
Indian Home City 5 (2 Frigates).png 2 Frigate Ships 2 Frigates +1 Villager
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25
Indian Home City 5 (European Cannons).png European Cannons Warships get +15% attack, +2 LOS, and +2 range; +1 Villager
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40

Japanese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades).png TEAM Cheaper Unit Upgrades Unit upgrades cost -20%
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1

Mexicans[]

Card Description Age
1 Frigate Ships 1 Frigate
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Portuguese[]

Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 3 (Navigation School).png Navigation School Warships cost -20% and train time -25%
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25

Russians[]

Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 5 (Russian North Fleet).png Russian North Fleet Ships 1 Frigate and 1 Monitor
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25
Russian Home City 5 (Cold Water Port).png TEAM Cold Water Port Warships cost -15%
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10

Spanish[]

Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
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10
Spanish Home City 5 (Armada).png Armada Warships get +20% hit points and 2 LOS; Caravels can now train infantry units; Frigates can now train cavalry and artillery units; Monitors can now train Mortars; Battleships can now train infantry, cavalry and artillery units
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10

Swedes[]

Card Description Age
Russian Home City 5 (Russian North Fleet).png Baltic Fleet Ships 1 Frigate and 1 Galleon
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Swedish Home City 5 (Vasa).png Vasa Ships 1 Frigate; Destroyed Frigates and Galleons return 20% of their coin cost
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Trivia[]

History[]

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.

Gallery[]

See also[]

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