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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For other uses, see Galley.

Small, fast ship with weak attack.
Age of Empires II description

The Galley is a naval vessel in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Dock once the Feudal Age is reached. Galleys are small, fast ships primarily used for scouting and attacking other units vulnerable to attack.


Galley sprite aoe2.png

Whilst being a relatively weak naval unit compared to its successors, the Galley is effective in numbers, able to take out enemy ships with ease, providing their numbers are great enough. They are also effective at wiping out enemy Fishing Ships and other economic units within close proximity to the coast.

Galleys are also fantastic Transport Ship escorts in the Feudal Age, being able to offer defense and divide fire. They excel mostly in guarding and destroying enemy fishing fleets. Building Galleys en masse is very helpful for when the time arises that they can be upgraded to the more competent War Galley.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Transport Ships, Fishing Ships, buildings in the shoreline, melee units in the shoreline
Weak vs. Fire Galleys, towers, Castles, ranged units on the shoreline
Attack FletchingDE.png Fletching (+1)
BodkinArrowDE.png Bodkin Arrow (+1)
BracerDE.png Bracer (+1)
ChemistryDE.png Chemistry (+1)
Range FletchingDE.png Fletching (+1)
BodkinArrowDE.png Bodkin Arrow (+1)
BracerDE.png Bracer (+1)
Accuracy BallisticsDE.png Ballistics (hit moving targets)
Armor CareeningDE.png Careening (+0/+1)
CastleAgeUnique.png Carrack (+1/+1, Portuguese only)
Speed DryDockDE.png Dry Dock (+15%)
Conversion defense FaithDE.png Faith
HeresyDE.png Heresy
Creation speed ShipwrightDE.png Shipwright (+54%)
Train cost ShipwrightDE.png Shipwright (-20% wood)
Upgrades WarGalleyDE.png War Galley

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]


The Age of Kings[]

  • Galleys train in 36 seconds.
  • Shipwright reduces the wood cost by 20%.
  • Vikings: Galleys are 20% cheaper.

The Conquerors[]

  • Galleys train in 60 seconds.
  • With patch 1.0b, Shipwright also decreases train time by 35%.
  • Heresy introduced.

The Forgotten[]

  • Italians: Upgrading to War Galley is 50% cheaper.
  • Vikings: Galleys are 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

Rise of the Rajas[]

  • Vikings: Galleys are 15%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

Definitive Edition[]

Lords of the West[]

Dynasties of India[]

  • With update 61321, siege units and ships are now resistant to armor-ignoring attacks similarly to buildings.


  • Galleys, Fire Galleys, and Demolition Rafts are the only units in the game sharing an upgrade.
  • Before The Forgotten, the Galley was the only military vessel available in the Feudal Age.
  • Galleys deal bonus damage against the cheat unit Saboteur (since The Conquerors) because it is in the same unit class as ships.


Warships largely disappeared in Europe during the Dark Ages because no civilization other than the Byzantines possessed the wealth and organization necessary for maintaining any sort of navy. As the centuries passes, a few small warships again appeared in the Western Mediterranean. These were oar-powered galleys used primarily for scouting and chasing down pirates that plagued sea trade. The best warship in the West were built and maintained by the Byzantines, who alone had carried on their shipbuilding traditions since ancient times.
—Unit description