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This article is about the ships in Age of Empires II. For ships in other games of the series, see Ship.
Ship

Ships are the only units in Age of Empires II that can move across water. They can also pass shallow water and beach terrain, but can never move on other land terrains. As water is a natural and impenetrable barrier for all units but ships, they are of crucial importance on maps with a lot of water, e.g. Islands, Coastal, or Baltic.

All ships (except Fishing Ships) have Ship armor. Fishing Ships take the exact same bonus damage from all units except the Fire Galley, as if they were regular ships.

Overview[]

Ships fightanim aoe2de

Ships in mid-battle.

All ships move quite fast, possess high pierce armor, and high hit points. Hence, almost all military ships are quite capable of battling land units on the shoreline for they can hit-and-run melee units and kill ranged units with their ranged attack and good resistance against arrow fire. They fare worse against siege weapons and Monks. All ships have an attack bonus against buildings, which makes them good raiding units to clear shorelines, but defensive structures deal bonus damage against ships as well, so they should only be attacked if they can be outranged.

All ships are trained at the Dock and cost wood and gold. The two Dark Age ships, the Fishing Ship and the Transport Ship, only cost wood.

List of ships[]

Ship Age Hpicon aoe2de
HP
Armoricon aoe2de
Ar
Range-armoricon aoe2de
PA
AoE2DE icon Pierce Attack
At
Rangeicon aoe2de
Ra
AoE2DE icon Reload Time
RoF
LoS AoE2DE icon Movement Speed
Sp
Aoe2de wood
Wood
Aoe2de gold
Gold
TT Civs
FishingShipDE Fishing Ship DarkageDE 60 0 4
N/A
5 1.26 75 0 40 All
Transportship aoe2DE Transport Ship DarkageDE 100 4 8 5 1.45 125 0 46 All
Trade cog aoe2DE Trade Cog FeudalageDE 80 0 6 6 1.32 100 50 36 All
Galley aoe2DE Galley FeudalageDE 120 0 6 6p 5 3 7 1.43 90 30 60 All
War galley aoe2DE War Galley CastleageDE 135 6 7p 6 8 36
Galleon aoe2DE Galleon ImperialageDE 165 8 8p 7 9 All except Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs and Malians AoE2 Malians
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley FeudalageDE 100 0 4 1p + 0m 2.49 0.25 5 1.3 75 45 60 All except Vikings AoE2 Vikings
Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship CastleageDE 120 6 2p + 1m 1.35
Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship ImperialageDE 140 8 3p + 1m 1.43 30
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft FeudalageDE 45 0 2 90m 0 N/A 6 1.5 70 50 45 All except Koreans AoE2 Koreans and Romans AoE2 Romans
Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship CastleageDE 60 3 110m 1.6
Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship ImperialageDE 70 5 140m 1.6 23
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon ImperialageDE 120 0 6 50m 13 10 15 1.1 200 150 46 36
Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon 150 8 60m 15 17 21
AoE2 Dromon Dromon ImperialageDE 125 1 6 50m 12 8 1.2 175 150 65 5
LongboatIcon-DE Longboat CastleageDE 130 0 6 7p 6 3 8 1.54 100 50 25 Vikings AoE2 Vikings
LongboatIcon-DE Elite Longboat ImperialageDE 160 8 8p 7 9
TurtleShipIcon-DE Turtle Ship CastleageDE 200 6 5 50m 6 6 8 0.9 180 180 50 Koreans AoE2 Koreans
TurtleShipIcon-DE Elite Turtle Ship ImperialageDE 300 8 6 7 1.035
CaravelIcon-DE Caravel CastleageDE 130 0 8 6p 6 3 9 1.43 90 40 45 Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese
CaravelIcon-DE Elite Caravel ImperialageDE 150 8p 7
Aoe2de Thirisadai Thirisadai ImperialageDE 250 2 10 9p 6 3.45 8 1.3 180 60 40 Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians

The following ships are only available in the Scenario Editor:

Ship HP Ar PA At Ra RoF LoS Sp
Canoe aoe2DE Canoe 70 0 6 7 5 3 8 1.5
Dragonship aoe2DE Dragon Ship 150 2 8 4 3 0.25 6 1.4
Junk aoe2DE Junk 75 0 0
N/A
7 1.21

Technologies[]

Listed below are all technologies that benefit ships. Marked with yellow background are unique technologies. This list does not contain unit upgrades.

Technology Researched at Age Civilization Effect
CaravanDE Caravan Market aoe2DE Market CastleageDE All Trade Cogs move 50% faster
GillnetsDE Gillnets Dock aoe2de Dock CastleageDE All Fishing Ships gather food 25% faster
CareeningDE Careening Dock aoe2de Dock CastleageDE All Increases pierce armor by 1 and Transport Ship capacity by 5
DryDockDE Dry Dock ImperialageDE 33 Increases speed by 15% and Transport Ship capacity by 10
ShipwrightDE Shipwright Dock aoe2de Dock ImperialageDE 23 Lowers wood cost by -20% and decreases creation time by 35% or boosts creation by 54%
FletchingDE Fletching Blacksmith aoe2de Blacksmith FeudalageDE All Increases range and attack of Galleys, Longboats, Caravels, and Thirisadais by 1
BodkinArrowDE Bodkin Arrow CastleageDE All
BracerDE Bracer ImperialageDE 37
BallisticsDE Ballistics University AoE2 DE University CastleageDE All Improves accuracy of Galleys, Longboats, Caravels, and Thirisadais at moving targets
ChemistryDE Chemistry University AoE2 DE University ImperialageDE All Increases attack of Galleys, Longboats, Caravels, Thirisadais, and Dromons by 1; enables the creation of Cannon Galleons
SiegeEngineersDE Siege Engineers University AoE2 DE University ImperialageDE 29 Increases range of Dromons, Cannon Galleons, and Turtle Ships by 1, and attack vs buildings by 20%
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted) MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery CastleageDE 26 Converted ships sink instead of changing color
Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max) MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery CastleageDE All Increases conversion resistance by 15%
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max) MonasteryAoe2DE Monastery ImperialageDE 41 Increases conversion resistance
UniqueTechCastle-DE Cilician Fleet Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Armenians AoE2 Armenians Demolition Ships +20% blast radius
Galley-line and Dromons +1 range
UniqueTechCastle-DE Wagenburg Tactics Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Bohemians AoE2 Bohemians Cannon Galleons move 15% faster
UniqueTechCastle-DE Greek Fire Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines Increases range of Fire Ships by 1 and blast radius of Dromons by 0.2
UniqueTechCastle-DE Grand Trunk Road Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis Trade Cogs are 10% more efficient
UniqueTechImperialDE Silk Road Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Italians AoE2 Italians Trade Cogs cost -50%
UniqueTechCastle-DE Carrack Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese Ships' armor increased by +1/+1
UniqueTechImperialDE Arquebus Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese Improves accuracy of Cannon Galleons at moving targets
UniqueTechCastle-DE Ballistas Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Romans AoE2 Romans Galley-line gets +2 attack
UniqueTechCastle-DE First Crusade (+4 min, +4 max) Castle aoe2DE Castle CastleageDE Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians Ships are more resistant to conversion
UniqueTechImperialDE Artillery Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Turks AoE2 Turks Cannon Galleons gain +2 range
UniqueTechImperialDE Bogsveigar Castle aoe2DE Castle ImperialageDE Vikings AoE2 Vikings Longboats get +1 attack

Civilizations[]

The best naval civilizations are the Armenians, Berbers, Bengalis, Byzantines, Dravidians, Italians, Koreans, Portuguese, Romans, Saracens, and Vikings. The Chinese, Japanese, Malay, Persians, and Spanish also have strong naval bonuses, but less strong than the afore-mentioned civilizations.

The Berbers, Dravidians, and Spanish are the only civilizations to have access to all naval units and technologies. The Byzantines do as well, if the Dromon is considered equal to the Elite Cannon Galleon.

The Cumans have the worst navy in the game, as they lack all late-game important technologies that affect ships, and they do not have Bracer or even Cannon Gallons. The Bohemians, Incas, Malians, Slavs, Bulgarians, Poles, Teutons, Franks, Georgians, and Huns also have lackluster navies. The Aztecs and Malians are the only two civilizations that do not have access to Galleons.

Availability grid[]

The following table shows the availability of the units and technologies for every civilization. Unique units and units and technologies that are available to all civilizations are not shown in the table.

= Available
= Unavailable
Civilization Galleon Fire Galley Fire Ship Fastfireship aoe2DE Demoraft aoe2DE Demoship aoe2DE Heavydemoship aoe2de Cannon galleon aoe2DE Elite cannon galleon aoe2de DryDockDE ShipwrightDE BracerDE SiegeEngineersDE
Armenians AoE2 Armenians Dromon
Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs
Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis
Berbers AoE2 Berbers
Bohemians AoE2 Bohemians
Britons AoE2 Britons
Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians
Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians
Burmese AoE2 Burmese
Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines Dromon
Celts AoE2 Celts
Chinese AoE2 Chinese
Cumans AoE2 Cumans
Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians
Ethiopians AoE2 Ethiopians
Franks AoE2 Franks
Georgians AoE2 Georgians
Goths AoE2 Goths Dromon
Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras
Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis
Huns AoE2 Huns Dromon
Incas AoE2 Incas
Italians AoE2 Italians
Japanese AoE2 Japanese
Khmer AoE2 Khmer
Koreans AoE2 Koreans
Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians
Magyars AoE2 Magyars
Malay AoE2 Malay
Malians AoE2 Malians
Mayans AoE2 Mayans
Mongols AoE2 Mongols
Persians AoE2 Persians
Poles AoE2 Poles
Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese
Romans AoE2 Romans Dromon
Saracens AoE2 Saracens
Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians
Slavs AoE2 Slavs
Spanish AoE2 Spanish
Tatars AoE2 Tatars
Teutons AoE2 Teutons
Turks AoE2 Turks
Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese
Vikings AoE2 Vikings


Taking into account that the Dromon and (Elite) Cannon Galleon are mutually exclusive, the Berbers, Byzantines, Dravidians, and Spanish have a complete Dock. Only the Berbers have access to Siege Engineers, meaning they are the only civilization can fully upgrade every ship.

Civilization bonuses[]

The following civilizations have bonuses that benefit naval units:

  • Armenians AoE2 Armenians: Galley-line and Dromons fire an additional projectile. The additional projectile for the Galley line deals 1 damage.
  • Aztecs AoE2 Aztecs: Warships created 11% faster.
  • Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis: Ships regenerate 15 HP per minute.
  • Berbers AoE2 Berbers: Ships move 10% faster.
  • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: Fletching, Bodkin Arrow, and Bracer cost -50% food.
  • Burgundians AoE2 Burgundians: Cannon Galleons have +25% attack. Caravan and Gillnets can be researched in the Feudal Age, and cost -33% food.
  • Burmese AoE2 Burmese: Researching Devotion and Faith is 50% cheaper.
  • Byzantines AoE2 Byzantines: Fire Ships and Dromons attack 25% faster.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Demolition Ships have +50% HP. Technologies that benefit ships are 5%/10%/15% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Dravidians AoE2 Dravidians: Fishing Ships carry +15.
  • Georgians AoE2 Georgians: Ships receive -20% damage (-40% instead of -25%) when fighting from higher elevation.
  • Gurjaras AoE2 Gurjaras: Docks can garrison Fishing Ships (max 10).
  • Hindustanis AoE2 Hindustanis: Cannon Galleons have +1/+1 armor.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Dock and University technologies are 33% cheaper. Fishing Ships are 15% cheaper. Cannon Galleons are 20% cheaper.
  • Japanese AoE2 Japanese: Fishing Ships have double HP, +2 pierce armor, and work 5%/10%/15%/20% faster in the Dark/Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Koreans AoE2 Koreans: Warships cost -20% wood.
  • Persians AoE2 Persians: Docks have double HP and work 5%/10%/15%/20% faster in the Dark/Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Ships have +10% HP and cost -20% gold.
  • Romans AoE2 Romans: Galley-line and Dromons have +1/+1 armor.
  • Saracens AoE2 Saracens: Transport Ships have double HP and +5 transport capacity. Galleys attack 25% faster.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Cannon Galleons fire 18% faster, and have Ballistics-like accuracy and faster missiles. Fletching, Bodkin Arrow, and Bracer cost no gold.
  • Tatars AoE2 Tatars: Ships deal +20% damage (+50% instead of +25%) from elevations.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: Chemistry is free. Cannon Galleons have +25% HP. The Elite Cannon Galleon upgrade is 50% cheaper.
  • Vietnamese AoE2 Vietnamese: Gillnets costs no wood.
  • Vikings AoE2 Vikings: Warships are 15%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

Team bonuses[]

The following civilizations have team bonuses that benefit naval units:

  • Bengalis AoE2 Bengalis: Trade Cogs yield 10% food in addition to gold.
  • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: Fletching, Bodkin Arrow, and Bracer are researched 80% faster.
  • Japanese AoE2 Japanese: Galleys have +50% Line of Sight.
  • Lithuanians AoE2 Lithuanians: Devotion, Faith, and Heresy are researched 20% faster.
  • Malians AoE2 Malians: Ballistics and Chemistry are researched 80% faster.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Technologies that benefit ships are researched 25% faster.
  • Sicilians AoE2 Sicilians: Transport Ships have +5 Line of Sight and cost -50%.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Trade Cogs generate 25% more gold. Researching technologies that benefit ships provides 20 gold each.
  • Teutons AoE2 Teutons: Ships are more resistant to conversion.
  • Turks AoE2 Turks: Cannon Galleons and Turtle Ships are created 25% faster.

Appearance[]

Excluding Fishing Ships and Scenario Editor ships, which always have the same appearance, the ships are one of the few units with varying models that show their origin. Nearly every architecture set has a corresponding rig for their ships:

Trivia[]

  • Fishing Ships always use a single, bicolor Lateen rig.
  • Before the Definitive Edition, the Cannon Galleon and the Elite Cannon Galleon were the only two non-unique units that shared sprites.
  • The South Asian architecture set is the only set without an accompanying unique sail design: Hindustani and Gurjara ships use Middle Eastern sails, while Bengali and Dravidian ships use Southeast Asian sails.
    • Historically, classical Indian vessels used tall square sails. The use of triangular lateen sail in the Indian Ocean before the 1500s is contested, some historians believed that they are only widely used after the coming of Mediterranean influence through the Portuguese contact (post-1498).
    • The Thirisadai model uses a Borobudur ship (Javanese ship type) as a reference. As such, the sail model is a canted rectangular sail or Tanja sail, an Austronesian type of sail.
  • The untrainable Junk uses the Junk rig without a symbol.
  • Neither the Canoe nor the Dragon Ship have sails, though the latter has a vertical flag with an Asian-styled dragon.
  • Historically, neither the Aztecs nor the Mayans had sails at the time of Spanish contact; the crab claw rig they use in the game originated in Southeast Asia and was used by Austronesian peoples in the Indian and Pacific oceans.
    • The use of sails by the Incas and other pre-Columbian peoples of the South American Pacific coast and their nature is highly debated. A 1526 Spanish account describes a native ship with lateen sails, and colonial art depicts native ships with crab claw sails (though of a different type to those in the game), which could have been what the 1526 ship actually used. Natives also used lug sails during the colonial period, which some historians presume were in use before the conquest, but others believe were copied from the Spanish.
  • The Dromon is the only regional ship in the game, shared by the Armenians, Byzantines, Goths, Huns, and Romans, replacing the Cannon Galleon. The Dromon is at the disposal of the civilizations that coexisted at the end of the fall of the Western Roman Empire and did not acquire advanced gunpowder weapons, being the most important warship of the Byzantine navy from the 5th to the 12th century AD.

Gallery[]

Units in Age of Empires II
CivilianMaleVillDE Villager · Tradecart aoe2DE Trade Cart · FishingShipDE Fishing Ship · Trade cog aoe2DE Trade Cog · King eu aoe2DE King
ReligiousMonk aoe2DE Monk
InfantryMilitiaDE Militia · Manatarms aoe2DE Man-at-Arms · Longswordsman aoe2DE Long Swordsman · Twohanded aoe2DE Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion aoe2DE Champion
Spearman aoe2DE Spearman · Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Pikeman · Halberdier aoe2DE Halberdier
Eaglescout aoe2DE Eagle Scout · Eaglewarrior aoe2DE Eagle Warrior · EliteEaglewarrior aoe2DE Elite Eagle Warrior
ArcherArcher aoe2DE Archer · Crossbowman aoe2DE Crossbowman · Arbalester aoe2DE Arbalester
Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher · Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer · Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer · ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
CavalryScoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry · Lightcavalry aoe2DE Light Cavalry · Hussar aoe2DE Hussar
Knight aoe2DE Knight · Cavalier aoe2DE Cavalier · Paladin aoe2DE Paladin
Camelrider aoe2DE Camel Rider · Aoe2 heavycamelriderDE Heavy Camel Rider
Battle elephant aoe2DE Battle Elephant · Elite battle elephant aoe2DE Elite Battle Elephant
Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
AoE2DE Armored Elephant icon Armored Elephant · AoE2DE Siege Elephant icon Siege Elephant
SiegeBattering ram aoe2DE Battering Ram · Capped ram aoe2DE Capped Ram · Siege ram aoe2DE Siege Ram
Mangonel aoe2DE Mangonel · Onager aoe2DE Onager · Siege onager aoe2DE Siege Onager
Scorpion aoe2DE Scorpion · Heavyscorpion aoe2DE Heavy Scorpion
Bombard cannon aoe2DE Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet aoe2DE Trebuchet
Petard aoe2DE Petard
Siegetower aoe2DE Siege Tower
War shipTransportship aoe2DE Transport Ship
Galley aoe2DE Galley · War galley aoe2DE War Galley · Galleon aoe2DE Galleon
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley · Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship · Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft · Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship · Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon · Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon
AoE2 Dromon Dromon
Unique
ReligiousMissionaryIcon-DE Missionary · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest
InfantryBerserkIcon-DE Berserk · Aoe2de Chakram Chakram Thrower · CondottieroIcon-DE Condottiero · Aoe2-icon-flemish-militia Flemish Militia · GbetoIcon-DE Gbeto · Aoe2de Ghulam Ghulam · HuskarlIcon-DE Huskarl · JaguarWarriorIcon-DE Jaguar Warrior · KamayukIcon-DE Kamayuk · Karambitwarrioricon-DE Karambit Warrior · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Legionary · Aoe2-icon--obuch Obuch · SamuraiIcon-DE Samurai · Aoe2-icon-serjeant Serjeant · Shotelwarrioricon-DE Shotel Warrior · TeutonicKnightIcon-DE Teutonic Knight · ThrowingAxemanIcon-DE Throwing Axeman · Aoe2de Urumi Urumi Swordsman · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest · WoadRaiderIcon-DE Woad Raider
ArcherArambaiicon-DE Arambai · CamelArcherIcon-DE Camel Archer · ChukoNuIcon-DE Chu Ko Nu · AoE2 CompositeBowman Composite Bowman · ConquistadorIcon-DE Conquistador · GenitourIcon-DE Genitour · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Genoese Crossbowman · Imperialskirmishericon-DE Imperial Skirmisher · JanissaryIcon-DE Janissary · Kipchakicon Kipchak · LongbowmanIcon-DE Longbowman · MangudaiIcon-DE Mangudai · PlumedArcherIcon-DE Plumed Archer · Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Ratha · Rattanarchericon-DE Rattan Archer · SlingerIcon-DE Slinger · WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon
CavalryBallistaelephanticon-DE Ballista Elephant · BoyarIcon-DE Boyar · Aoe2de camel scout Camel Scout · CataphractIcon-DE Cataphract · Aoe2de roman unique centurion icon Centurion · Aoe2-icon-coustillier Coustillier · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel · ImperialCamelRiderIcon-DE Imperial Camel Rider · Keshikicon Keshik · Konnikicon Konnik · Leitisicon Leitis · MagyarHuszarIcon-DE Magyar Huszar · MamelukeIcon-DE Mameluke · AoE2 Monaspa Monaspa · Aoe2de ratha melee Melee Ratha · AoE2 Savar Savar · Aoe2de shrivamsha rider Shrivamsha Rider · TarkanIcon-DE Tarkan · WarElephantIcon-DE War Elephant · Aoe2-icon-winged-hussar Winged Hussar
SiegeAoe2-icon--houfnice Houfnice · Aoe2-icon-hussite-wagon Hussite Wagon · OrganGunIcon-DE Organ Gun
War shipCaravelIcon-DE Caravel · LongboatIcon-DE Longboat · Aoe2de Thirisadai Thirisadai · TurtleShipIcon-DE Turtle Ship
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