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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the unit in Age of Mythology, see Juggernaut.

The Juggernaught is a heavy war ship in Age of Empires. It is an upgrade of the Catapult Trireme and is available once Engineering is researched. The upgrade, available at the Dock, costs 1,300 food and 700 wood. Like all stone throwing siege weapons, Juggernaughts deal 28 bonus damage against buildings (to a total of 35 damage, since buildings in Age of Empires have 80% resistance to all attacks) but only 10 bonus damage against towers (to a total of 17 damage).

The Juggernaught is far superior compared to its previous form in splash damage and, more importantly, the amount of hit points. Before the Definitive Edition, the Juggernaught had the capability to knock down trees. Since the cost is very expensive in normal games such as random map, players usually ignore the upgrade and prefer the Catapult Trireme. However, in Deathmatches, this upgrade is very useful, especially if the player chooses Phoenicians since their siege ships have -24% reload time than ordinary ones.

Unit availability
Available Unavailable

The * indicates that the civilization can fully upgrade their Juggernaughts, i.e. gets Alchemy and Ballistics.

The ^ indicates that the civilization has at least one civilization bonus that benefits the combat strength of their Juggernaughts.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Buildings
Weak vs. Ships, Ballistae
Attack Alchemy.png Alchemy (+1)
Range Engineering.png Engineering (+2)
Accuracy Ballistics.png Ballistics (hit moving targets)

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Greeks: Juggernaughts move 20% faster.
  • Minoan: Juggernaughts are 30% cheaper.
  • Phoenicians: Juggernaughts have -24% reload time.
  • Yamato: Juggernaughts have +20% HP.


Age of Empires[]

  • Juggernaughts can destroy trees and cost 135 wood, 75 gold.
  • The Juggernaught upgrade costs 2,000 food, 900 wood.

Definitive Edition[]

  • Juggernaughts cannot destroy trees and cost 135 wood, 50 gold.
  • The Juggernaught upgrade costs 1,300 food, 700 wood.

Flying Dutchman[]

A Juggernaught-like cheat unit called the Flying Dutchman can be obtained in the Scenario Editor and can also be summoned if the player types Flying Dutchman in the chat box. In appearance, it appears as a Juggernaught, but not only is it far superior in attack, it can also travel on land as if it were a land unit, as well as being able to travel on water. This unit can also be obtained in normal games via a cheat code.


The most remarkable advances in war ships appeared on the Mediterranean before the conquest of the entire region by Rome. These ships could reach enormous size, carrying crews of several thousand rowers and marines. They fought by firing catapults at each other until close enough to grapple and board. The largest were too slow to effectively ram each other. Because of their size and slowness, they could not operate far from shore and needed substantial support from supply ships carrying food and water for the crew. The largest were show ships, built in an arms race that emphasized size and expense instead of practicality.
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