Fune. Good at exploring, fishing or transport.
—In-game description

The Fune is a military naval vessel in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Japanese and can be trained at the Dock once the Colonial Age is reached. It functions similarly to the European Caravel.

Overview[edit | edit source]

In terms of usefulness and cost compared to the Caravel, the Fune are weaker, causing less damage per cannonball and also have 2 less range. However, they have two advantages, concerning their sailing speed and Rate of Fire, as they boast a slight advantage of 9.0 speed rather than 8.5, while they fire once per second, making them excellent for naval hit-and-run operations, by shelling land positions, or attacking Fishing Boats. They are also ideal (in small groups) for exploiting naval treasures.

Special ability[edit | edit source]

Broadside attack.png Broadside Attack: Fires a volley of cannon shots at an enemy ship within attack range, with each shot doing 50 siege damage. 60 seconds cooldown.

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

As Fune are unique to the Japanese, 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
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)
Speed Apache Endurance.png Apache Endurance (+5%)
Gather rate Gill Nets.png Gill Nets (+15%)
Long Lines.png Long Lines (+30%)
Collective Economy.png Collective Economy (+50% from whales)
Huron Fish Wedding.png Huron Fish Wedding (+20%)
Navajo Craftsmanship.png Navajo Craftsmanship (+20% from whales)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

As Fune are unique to the Japanese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The Fune seems to be based on the Bezaisen-class ships (弁才船), a class of large coastal transports popular in the Edo period (1603-1868).
  • The Fune's portrait has a different border than other ships.

History[edit | edit source]

In 1281, when the Mongol Hordes of Kublai Khan invaded Japan, the Japanese had no navy with which to fight back. Most of the military action occurred on land, although groups of adventurous samurai utilized coastal fishing boats to assault, board, and then seize ships of the Mongol navy.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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