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

Trade unit used for generating gold at another player's Dock. To trade, click the Junk then right-click another player's Dock. Will return with gold to your Dock.
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The Junk is an untrainable civilian ship in Age of Empires II, which is present in the campaign mode and is available in the Scenario Editor. Junks can be used to gain gold by traveling to another player's Dock and back, just like a regular Trade Cog.

Compared to the standard Trade Cog, they move slightly slower, but they carry much more gold than listed at the respective Dock. However, their speed can't be improved by researching Caravan.

Due to being partially coded as buildings, Junks have a square frame when selected, rather than round like most units, and it seems to be untouched by most long-range projectiles, except the Area of Effect damage dealt by any. It shares this behaviour with the Scenario Editor animal Dire Wolf. Enemy units and buildings still target it with the same priority as of any other unit.

Campaign appearances[]

CampaignIcon-FranciscoDE Francisco de Almeida[]

  • Lion of Africa: In the HD Edition, the Emir controls several Junks, renamed as Dhows, which are used to trade with the Portuguese and the Barbary Pirates.

VictorsAndVanquished Campaign Icon Victors and Vanquished[]


Shipbuilding in China, according to many historians, originated earlier than in Egypt. Chinese navigators made long journeys on these ships. The common design used in these sailing ships is called the Junk.

More than 300 types of junks were created, unsightly in appearance but extremely seaworthy, with sails of canvas, silk, or matting. All of them - regardless of the purpose - are structurally very similar: a flat bottom, vertical sides of the hull, a slightly pointed nose, a blunt, chopped off stern with cabins and batten sails woven from reeds. As in Europe, eyes were often painted on the cheekbones near the stem. Add-ons in the stern protruded somewhat beyond the hull. Some junks could accommodate up to 1,000 people.

The design of the junk has existed almost unchanged until modern times. From the 13th to 15th centuries, Chinese junks were bigger than any other ships in the world as can be seen rendered in the world map made by Venetian cartographer Fra Mauro, and is also attested by travelers such as Marco Polo, Niccolò da Conti, and Ibn Battuta. The largest among these were possibly the Ming treasure ships commanded by Zheng He, though this is disputed.



Scenario Editor units in Age of Empires II
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of KingsCobracarDE Cobra Car · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Heavy Crossbowman· Heavy swordsman aoe2DE Heavy Swordsman· Junk aoe2DE Junk· King eu aoe2DE King · Town center packed aoe2de Town Center (Packed)"
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The ConquerorsMonkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · Horse aoe2DE Horse
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The ForgottenAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · Amazonarcher aoe2DE Amazon Archer · Amazonwarrior aoe2DE Amazon Warrior · AoE2DE ingame camel icon Camel · Canoe aoe2DE Canoe · Donkey caravan aoe2DE Donkey · Dragonship aoe2DE Dragon Ship · Eastern swordsman aoe2DE Eastern Swordsman · Flamethrower aoe2de Flamethrower · HeavyPikeman aoe2DE Heavy Pikeman · Centurion aoe2DE Imperial Centurion · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Imperial Legionary · Norsewarrior aoe2DE Norse Warrior · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin · Queen aoe2DE Queen · Relic cart aoe2DE Relic Cart · Royal janissary aoe2de Royal Janissary
AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African KingdomsAoE2 DE priest icon Priest
AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the RajasSharkatzoricon Sharkatzor"
AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last KhansMilitiaDE Bandit · Bactrian camel icon Bactrian Camel · Tradecart aoe2DE Cart · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel (formerly) · Iroquois warrior aoe2DE Iroquois Warrior · Khan aoe2de Khan · Merchant euro aoe2DE Merchant · Hussar aoe2DE Mounted Samurai · Ninja aoe2DE Ninja · Ox cart aoe2DE Ox Cart · Ox wagon1 aoe2DE Ox Wagon · Photonman aoe2DE Photonman
Dawn of the Dukes icon Dawn of the DukesCrusader knight aoe2de Crusader Knight
AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of IndiaSogdian Cataphract icon AoE2DE Sogdian Cataphract
AoE2Icon-MountainRoyals The Mountain RoyalsAoE2 Qizilbash icon Qizilbash Warrior
Hidden units
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of KingsShah aoe2DE Boarding Galley · Archer aoe2DE Outlaw · VMDL DE icon VMDL
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The ConquerorsCavalry archer render model Genitour*
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The ForgottenSiegetowericon Siege Tower· Spy icon AoE2DE Spy*
Cheat units
AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of KingsCobracarDE Cobra Car · Saboteur aoe2DE Saboteur · VMDL DE icon VMDL
AoE2-DLCicon-1 The ConquerorsMonkey aoe2DE Furious the Monkey Boy · AoE2 DE stormy dog Stormy Dog
AoE2-DLCicon-2 The ForgottenAoE2 DE alfred icon Alfred the Alpaca · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin
AoE2-DLCicon-5 The Last KhansPhotonman aoe2DE Photonman · Sharkatzoricon Sharkatzor
marked with " were previously hidden, marked with * were previously unhidden