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This article is about the scenario in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. For other uses, see Naval Battle.

The rules of naval battles are different than those of land warfare. Familiarize yourself with the various classes of warships and destroy the opposing fleet while sustaining minimal damage to your own.

Naval Battle is one of two possible fifth scenarios of The Art of War in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition. This scenario tests the player in managing different ships in naval battles.


Sun Tzu stresses balance, but a commander will not always have his two feet on solid ground! Sometimes, he must set sail to achieve victory. Rivers must be navigated to open new trade routes, and oceans must be crossed to make new discoveries. But what if your opponent has also brought ships to sea?

Sun Tzu teaches us: 'The onrush of a conquering force is like the bursting of pent-up waters into chasm a thousand fathoms deep.'

You are not water-shy, are you? Good. The captain of your fleet are awaiting your orders.

Video Instruction[]

There are three main types of warships available for use against your opponents:

Galleys equipped to fire from a distance,

Fire Ships for close combat,

and exploding Demolition Ships.

Each of these warships has its own strengths and weaknesses.

The War Galley fires bolts from a long distance,

but the fast, maneuverable Fire Ship with its high pierce armor is an excellent counter to it.

Demolition Ships, on the other hand, are fast and very effective at clearing out groups of enemy ships in one devastating explosion.

They do especially well against groups of Fire Ships.

However, if the approaching Demolition Ships are targeted by War Galleys, they will be sunk before they can get close enough to cause any damage.

Using the three ship types efficiently requires some practice.

Hoist the sails and prove your mettle.

Scenario instructions[]

Main objectives[]

  • Destroy all enemy warships.


  1. Fire Ships are a great counter to War Galleys, but keep them away from enemy Demolition Ships.
  2. War Galley can attack from a long range, but are powerless against the flames of Fire Ships in close combat. Use them in large groups to outnumber the enemy fleet, and, if possible, pair them with Fire Ships.
  3. Due to their area-of-effect attack, Demolition Ships will destroy or heavily damage most ships or groups of ships in a single devastating explosion. They are useful against any warship, but only if they can manage to reach it. They can also be devastating against Transport Ships and land units.
  4. It is not easy to maneuver a Demolition Ship close to an enemy ship. Distract your opponent with other ships before sending your Demolition Ship to attack.
  5. Do not hesitate to use your Demolition Ships -- if destroyed, they will only count as losses if they do not reach their targets.


Your scouts report:

  • You command a respectable Castle Age fleet in the northwest near an allied village (3, Yellow).
  • Your goal is to reach the eastern end of the river. You will encounter enemy blockades (2, Red) along your way. The enemy fleets consist of War Galleys, Fire Ships, and Demolition Ships.


Gold: Less than 5 ships lost.
Silver: Less than 14 ships lost.
Bronze: Less than 20 ships lost.