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

Ships are the only units in Age of Empires that can move across water. They can also pass shallow water, but can never move on land. 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 or Coastal.

General information[]

All ships move quite fast and possess 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 Priests.

All ships are trained at the Dock and most ships only cost wood, with the exception of the Fire Galley and the Catapult Trireme line, that also cost gold.

List of ships[]

Ship A HP At Ar PA Ra ROF LOS Sp W G TT Ci
Fishingboataoeicon.png Fishing Boat
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45 0 0 0 0 N/A 6 1.4 50 0 40 16
Fishingshipaoeicon.png Fishing Ship
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75 0 0 0 0 N/A 6 2.0 50 0 40 16
Tradeboaticon.png Trade Boat
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120 0 0 0 0 N/A 4 2.0 100 0 50 16
Merchantshipicon.png Merchant Ship
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200 0 0 0 0 N/A 4 2.5 100 0 50 16
Lighttransportaoeicon.png Light Transport
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150 0 0 0 0 N/A 4 1.4 150 0 75 16
Heavytransportaoeicon.png Heavy Transport
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200 0 0 0 0 N/A 5 1.75 150 0 75 16
Scoutshipaoeicon.png Scout Ship
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120 5 0 0 5 1.5 7 1.75 135 0 70 16
Wargalleyaoeicon.png War Galley
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160 8 0 0 6 1.7 9 1.75 135 0 70 16
Triremeaoeicon.png Trireme
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200 12 0 0 7 1.89 10 1.75 135 0 70 13
Firegalleyaoeicon.png Fire Galley
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200 24 0 0 1 1.0 8 2.0 115 40 60 8
Catapulttriremeaoeicon.png Catapult Trireme
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135 35 0 0 9 5.3 12 1.45 135 50 90 8
Juggernautaoeicon.png Juggernaught
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200 35 0 0 10 5.3 13 1.45 135 50 90 7

Technologies[]

Listed below are all technologies that benefit ships. This list does not contain unit upgrades.

Technology Researched at Age Civilizations Effect
Woodworking.png Woodworking Market
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All Increases range of Scout Ship line by +1
Artisanship.png Artisanship Market
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All Increases range of Scout Ship line by +1
Craftsmanship.png Craftsmanship Market
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12 Increases range of Scout Ship line by +1
Alchemy.png Alchemy Government Center
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13 Increases attack of ranged ships by +1 and of Fire Galleys by +6
Ballistics.png Ballistics Government Center
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15 Increases accuracy
Engineering.png Engineering Government Center
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12 Increases range of Catapult Trireme line by +2; enables the Juggernaught upgrade

Civilization bonuses[]

The following civilizations have bonuses that benefit naval units:

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