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This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II. For the technology in Age of Empires IV, see Shipwrights.

Shipwright is a technology in Age of Empires II available at the Dock upon reaching the Imperial Age. Once researched, it decreases the amount of wood required to build any Dock unit by 20%. With patch 1.0b, it also reduces the training time of ships by 35%, which results in an increase in the creation speed of ships by 54%. Unlike the similar technology Conscription, Shipwright does not make Docks work faster, hence technologies are not researched faster.

The Vikings have a civilization bonus making their warships 20% cheaper in the Imperial Age, partly compensating the fact that they cannot research Shipwright.

Availability chart[]

Shipwrightavailable AvailableShipwrightunavailable Unavailable
means that the civilization had access to Shipwright in the past, but does not currently.

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Researching Shipwright is 15% cheaper.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Researching Shipwright is 33% cheaper.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Receive 20 gold after researching Shipwright.

Team bonuses[]

  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Researching Shipwright is 25% faster.


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Shipwright only reduces the train cost of Dock units.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

  • With patch 1.0b, all ships receive a +54% creation speed boost upon researching Shipwright.

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

AoE2-DLCicon-4 Rise of the Rajas[]

  • Khmer AoE2 Khmer: Can research Shipwright.

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Khmer AoE2 Khmer: Shipwright removed from their technology tree.

AoE2Icon-LordsWest Lords of the West[]

Aoe2 hb Victors and Vanquished[]


  • None of the four civilizations introduced in The Last Khans and neither of the two civilizations introduced in Dawn of the Dukes have access to Shipwright. Since update 111772, neither of the two civilizations introduced in The Mountain Royals have access to Shipwright.
  • During the beta, the Tatars had access to Shipwright.
  • Sometimes it is not cost-effective to research Shipwright, when the player plans to create only few ships. If in-game food costs the same as wood, there should be 4,000 wood spent to get 1,000 food for free because of the discount. This means that Shipwright will pay for itself after creating 25 Cannon Galleons or 72 Demolition Ships. The wood savings are important on maps like Islands where the tendency of wood to deplete is high. Also, the technology does not affect gold cost.


Men who built and designed ships were called shipwrights. Their value to sea coast communities increased as the demand for sea trade and war ships increased. Expert shipwrights built sturdier ships at a lower cost.
Technologies in Age of Empires II
Economic technologies
MaleVillDEFEMALEVILLDE VillagerWheelbarrowDE Wheelbarrow · HandcartDE Hand Cart
Aoe2de food FoodHorseCollarDE Horse Collar · HeavyPlowDE Heavy Plow · CropRotationDE Crop Rotation
GillnetsDE Gillnets
Aoe2de wood WoodDoubleBitAxe aoe2DE Double-Bit Axe · BowSawDE Bow Saw · TwoManSawDE Two-Man Saw
Aoe2de gold GoldGoldMiningDE Gold Mining · GoldShaftMiningDE Gold Shaft Mining
CaravanDE Caravan
Aoe2de stone StoneStoneMiningDE Stone Mining · StoneShaftMiningDE Stone Shaft Mining
Civilian shipsDryDockDE Dry Dock · ShipwrightDE Shipwright
Market aoe2DE MarketCoinageDE Coinage · BankingDE Banking
GuildsDE Guilds
Military technologies
GeneralConscriptionDE Conscription
HeresyDE Heresy · Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion · FaithDE Faith
Melee unitsForging aoe2de Forging · IronCastingDE Iron Casting · BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace
CavalryBloodlinesDE Bloodlines · HusbandryDE Husbandry
ScaleBardingArmorDE Scale Barding Armor · ChainBardingDE Chain Barding Armor · PlateBardingArmorDE Plate Barding Armor
InfantrySuplliesicon Supplies · AoE2 Gambesons Gambesons · SquiresDE Squires · ArsonDE Arson
ScaleMailArmorDE Scale Mail Armor · ChainMailArmorDE Chain Mail Armor · PlateMailArmorDE Plate Mail Armor
Ranged unitsBallisticsDE Ballistics · ChemistryDE Chemistry
FletchingDE Fletching · BodkinArrowDE Bodkin Arrow · BracerDE Bracer
ArchersPaddedArcherArmorDE Padded Archer Armor · LeatherArcherArmorDE Leather Archer Armor · RingArcherArmorDE Ring Archer Armor
ThumbRingDE Thumb Ring · ParthianTacticsDE Parthian Tactics
SiegeSiegeEngineersDE Siege Engineers
ShipCareeningDE Careening · DryDockDE Dry Dock
ShipwrightDE Shipwright
WarGalleyDE War Galley
BuildingTownWatchDE Town Watch · TownPatrolDE Town Patrol
Masonry aoe2de Masonry · ArchitectureDE Architecture
HeatedShotDE Heated Shot · ArrowSlitsDE Arrowslits · MurderHolesDE Murder Holes · TreadmillCraneDE Treadmill Crane · HoardingsDE Hoardings · BombardTower aoe2DE Bombard Tower
HerbalDE Herbal Medicine
MonkRedemptionDE Redemption · AtonementDE Atonement · SanctityDE Sanctity · FervorDE Fervor · IlluminationDE Illumination · BlockPrintingDE Block Printing · TheocracyDE Theocracy
MaleVillDEFEMALEVILLDE VillagerLoomDE Loom · SapperDE Sappers
Miscellaneous technologies
SpiesDE Spies · SpiesDE Treason · UniqueTechCastle-DEUniqueTechImperialDE Unique technologies
Removed/cut generic technologies
Bombardcannonresearch Bombard Cannon · CannongalleonresearchDE Cannon Galleon · Cartography aoe2de Cartography · Handcannon Hand Cannon · Huntingdogs Hunting Dogs · Revetments · TrackingDE Tracking