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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.
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.
List of ships
Listed below are all technologies that benefit ships. This list does not contain unit upgrades.
|Woodworking||Market||All||Increases range of Scout Ship line by +1|
|Artisanship||Market||All||Increases range of Scout Ship line by +1|
|Craftsmanship||Market||12||Increases range of Scout Ship line by +1|
|Alchemy||Government Center||13||Increases attack of ranged ships by +1 and of Fire Galleys by +6|
|Ballistics||Government Center||15||Increases accuracy|
|Engineering||Government Center||12||Increases range of Catapult Trireme line by +2; enables the Juggernaught upgrade|
The following civilizations have bonuses that benefit naval units:
- Carthaginians: Fire Galleys have +25% attack; transport ships move 25% faster.
- Greeks: Ships move 20% faster.
- Hittites: Scout Ships and War Galleys have +2 range in the Tool Age and +3 range in the Bronze/Iron Age.
- Macedonians: Ships are four times more resistant to conversion.
- Minoans: Ships are 30% cheaper.
- Palmyrans: Trade ships return twice the gold.
- Persians: Triremes have -25% reload time.
- Phoenicians: Catapult Trireme and Juggernaught have reload time.
- Yamato: Ships have +20% HP.
|Units in Age of Empires|
|Age of Empires|
|Priest · Villager · Trade Boat · Merchant Ship · Fishing Boat · Fishing Ship · Light Transport · Heavy Transport|
|Infantry||Clubman · Axeman · Short Swordsman · Broad Swordsman · Long Swordsmen · Legion · Hoplite · Phalanx · Centurion|
|Archer||Bowman · Improved Bowman · Composite Bowman · Chariot Archer · Elephant Archer · Horse Archer · Heavy Horse Archer|
|Cavalry||Scout · Cavalry · Heavy Cavalry · Cataphract · Chariot · War Elephant|
|Siege||Stone Thrower · Catapult · Heavy Catapult · Ballista · Helepolis|
|Ship||Scout Ship · War Galley · Trireme · Catapult Trireme · Juggernaught|
|The Rise of Rome|
|Armored Elephant · Camel Rider · Fire Galley · Scythe Chariot · Slinger|