The Scout Ship appears in Age of Empires and is the first offensive vessel available. It is, as its name suggests, a light, fast moving scouting vessel. Because of its low attack it is not very effective in combat although it is the best available prior to the Bronze Age. It has an extensive sight range and can be used in conjunction with Scouts for effective exploration. At least two should be used when fighting another vessel, especially if it is any other offensive vessel. Boats are more resistant to enemy conversions than regular units.

Upgrades Edit

Tool Age Edit

Bronze Age Edit

Iron Age Edit

Dock Tree
Stone Age
Fishing Boat age of empires
Fishing Boat
Trading boat
Trade Boat
Tool Age
Alu AoE LightTransport v1.00 Icon
Light Transport
Scout Ship
Scout Ship
Bronze Age
Fishing Ship
War Galley
War Galley
Merchant boat
Merchant Ship
Iron Age
Alu AoE HeavyTransport v1.00 Icon
Heavy Transport
Fire galley aoe
Fire Galley
Catapult Trireme

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Greeks: Scout Ships move 30% faster.
  • Minoans: Scout Ships cost 30% less wood.
  • Hittites: Scout Ships have +4 range.
  • Yamato: Scout Ships have 30% more hit points (+35 hit points).
  • Macedonians: Scout Ships are four times more resistant against conversion.

History Edit

The first true warships built to attack and sink other ships were galleys mounting a heavy ram at the front. The warship attempted to ram an enemy ship and stave in its hull, causing it at least take on water if not sink. Early warships were almost oar-powered torpedoes, consisting of a light, floating hull manned by oarsmen. A sail, if present, was used only in transit, not in battle.


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