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

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

The Galley is a military naval vessel in Age of Empires III that is unique to the Ottomans. It replaces the Caravel and can be trained at the Dock once the Commerce Age is reached.


Like the Caravel, the Ottoman Galley is a light scout craft that can be used for scouting, fishing, and supporting heavier ships. Like most military vessels, the Galley can also be used to transport units, up to 50 from one location to another. It is more fragile than the Caravel, but possesses faster movement and a stronger attack.

One of the Galley's biggest advantages is its speed. This makes them effective for scouting undiscovered territory and transporting military units through the sea. Because of its low amount of hit points, Galleys in general should not be individually sent to naval combat towards enemy ships, especially Frigates which can rip it apart in a matter of seconds. Thus, it is strongly advised to research technological improvements from the Dock as soon as possible.

Special abilities[]

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.

Further statistics[]

As Galleys are unique to the Ottomans, 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
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)
Gather rate Gill Nets.png Gill Nets (+15%)
Long Lines.png Long Lines (+30%)
Excessive Taxation.png Excessive Taxation (+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[]

As Galleys are unique to the Ottomans, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards that are shown on the following tables:


Galleys were ships powered by both oar and sail. They were mostly used in the Mediterranean, and developed into other varieties that emphasized sail over oars, like the galliot and galleass. The men at the oars were often slaves or convicts, chained to their posts while a ship sat at anchor. Most galleys had cannon that fired only forward, though some designs allowed for both rowers and cannons, giving the galley a broadside attack.

Approximate weight: 250 tons. Length: 140 feet.