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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III. For the related unit in Age of Empires II, see Galleon (Age of Empires II).

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

The Galleon is a military naval vessel in Age of Empires III that can be trained at the Dock once the Commerce Age is reached. It can transport land units and train infantry and cavalry, and are resistant to defensive structures due to being classified as a siege unit; Outposts and Town Centers do half their damage against them.

Galleons are available to European civilizations (except the Dutch, who have Fluyts instead), and the Indians.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The Galleon is a fast and powerful military ship that is capable of training infantry and cavalry directly onto foreign soil. Note that it will be unable to fire with its cannons during this process. They are significantly more resilient than the Caravel due to increased health and resistance.

Most civilizations will find the Galleon capable of surviving battles in the early ages, especially when compared to a Caravel. However Spanish Galleons (with cards) make excellent attack vessels and damage sponges in any age.

The Galleon can produce units normally available at a Barracks or Stable for that civilization, as well as Grenadiers and Abus Guns. The Spanish Galleons can also produce Pirates if a Home City Card is sent, though this is no longer the case in the Definitive Edition.

Spanish Galleons and countering them[edit | edit source]

The Spanish have the strongest Galleons in the game if they take advantage of their cards. If they choose to do so the Spanish galleon has more hit points than any other ship sailing the seas in Age of Empires III and The WarChiefs, except the Spanish Frigate which has only 525 more.

With the release of The Asian Dynasties expansion, the Spanish Fuchuan becomes the highest hit point vessel in the game (25 more hit points than the Spanish Frigate) when received via the "TEAM 1 Fuchuan" card sent by a Chinese ally. Spanish Galleons can easily hold their own against the more expensive Frigates, Tekkousen, and Fuchuan or outrun them if necessary. If Unction is used to augment the card bonuses and Dock upgrades they will inflict 162 damage per shot (not including allied bonuses), but be limited to the waters near shore due to the range limitations of the aura.

While extremely durable, the Spanish Galleon is slower than a Tlaloc Canoe and can't retreat effectively from combat with them. It also lacks the range of many other ships, this can be exploited by an opponent as a means of overcoming the durability and shoreline attack power. Particularly dangerous are the Fuchuan (with "European Cannons"), Tlaloc Canoes (with Water Ceremony and "Offshore Support"), Canoe (with Water Ceremony, "Offshore Support", or Fire Ceremony) and Monitors or Ironclads due to their long-range shots. If used near the shoreline for purposes of drawing upon unction, then it's recommended to back-up the galleon with Culverins, as they have greater range than all ships except Monitors, Ironclads (though it beats the Ironclad in its normal attack range) or some ships with Offshore Support. When attacking enemy shores with the ship, the same artillery can be dangerous to the Galleon. Augmented Fire Ships (with Home City Cards, etc.) can also be dangerous in large groups.

Blocking Galleon training[edit | edit source]

Walling up the shore so that there is no free space will prevent Galleons from training units onto the shore, as well as preventing any ships from being able to land troops. Even if a 1-2 area gap is left somewhere along the walled up coast (between the shore and wall), only 1-2 units will be landed or trained; units will not appear behind the enemy wall.

Units[edit | edit source]

The Galleon 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. Civ.
Ages colonial.jpg
Aoe3 pikeman icon.png Pikeman 40 food,
40 wood
1 British
French
Germans
Portuguese
Spanish
Rodelero small icon.png Rodelero 65 food,
35 coin
Spanish
Doppelsoldner icon.png Doppelsoldner 75 food,
125 coin
2 Germans
Rajput icon.png Rajput 100 food,
35 wood
1 Indians
Musketeer icon.png Musketeer 75 food,
25 coin
British
French
Portuguese
Russians
Spanish
Aoe3 janissary icon.png Janissary 100 food,
25 coin
Ottomans
Sepoy icon.png Sepoy 90 food,
30 coin
Indians
Aoe3 crossbowman icon.png Crossbowman 40 food,
40 wood
French
Germans
Portuguese
Spanish
Aoe3 longbowman icon.png Longbowman 60 food,
40 wood
British
Strelet icon.png Strelet 37.5 food,
10 wood
Russians
Gurkha icon.png Gurkha 70 food,
55 coin
Indians
Aoe3 hussar icon.png Hussar 120 food,
80 coin
2 British
French
Ottomans
Portuguese
Spanish
Uhlan icon.png Uhlan 50 food,
100 coin
Germans
Cossack icon.png Cossack 75 food,
75 coin
1 Russians
Sowar icon.png Sowar 80 food,
80 coin
2 Indians
Zamburak icon.png Zamburak 60 food,
60 coin
1
Grenadier icon.png Grenadier 120 food,
60 coin
2 British
Ottomans
Russians
Abus gun icon.png Abus Gun 50 food,
100 coin
Ottomans
Ages fortress.jpg
Aoe3 skirmisher icon.png Skirmisher 50 food,
65 coin
1 French
Germans
Spanish
Cassador icon.png Cassador 80 food,
35 coin
Portuguese
Aoe3 halberdier icon.png Halberdier 50 food,
70 coin
French
Portuguese
Russians
Cuirassier icon.png Cuirassier 150 food,
150 coin
3 French
Oprichnik icon.png Oprichnik 90 food,
60 coin
2 Russians
Lancer icon.png Lancer 110 food,
90 coin
Spanish
Mahout Lancer icon.png Mahout Lancer 400 food,
250 wood
7 Indians
Dragoon icon.png Dragoon 90 food,
90 coin
2 British
French
Portuguese
Spanish
Aoe3 war wagon icon.png War Wagon 150 food,
150 coin
3 Germans
Aoe3 cavalry archer icon.png Cavalry Archer 100 food,
60 coin
2 Ottomans
Russians
AoE3 Howdah icon.png Howdah 250 food,
350 coin
6 Indians

Further statistics[edit | edit source]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ships, infantry close to shore
Weak vs. Artillery especially Culverins
Improvements
Hit points Armor Plating.png Armor Plating (+50%)
Attack Carronade.png Carronade (+25%)
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)
Penalties High Crusade.png High Crusade (-5% hit points, Knights of St. John only)

Home City Cards[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

These square-rigged, three-masted warships were used primarily by European powers in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. Well-suited for carrying cargo and for war, galleons made up the bulk of the famous Spanish Treasure Fleet that carried plunder from the Americas back to Spain's waiting coffers. They carried around 30 cannon, fired from two decks in broadsides. Adaptations to the basic galleon design yielded heavy Spanish Galleons and the lighter, more maneuverable galleons of the British and other European nations. They were eventually replaced as multipurpose ships by the clipper, a fast cargo ship, and the massive Man-of-War.

Approximate weight: 500 tons. Length: 120 feet.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

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