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Sloop. Small and nimble warship. Good at exploring, fishing or transport.
—In-game description

The Sloop is a military naval vessel in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition that is unique to the United States. It replaces the Caravel and can be trained at the Dock once the Commerce Age is reached.


Like the Caravel, the United States Sloop is a light scout craft that can be used for scouting, fishing, and supporting heavier ships. Like most ships, the Sloop can also be used to transport units, up to 50 from one location to another. It is more fragile than the Caravel, but possesses faster movement and a stronger attack, along with a charged ability.

The Sloop is faster than the Caravel, but is beaten by the Ottoman Galley. This makes them effective for scouting and transporting military units. Because of their lower hit points, Sloops should not be individually sent to naval combat against enemy ships, especially Frigates, which can rip them apart in a matter of seconds. Thus, it is strongly advised to have them supported by other ships and to research technological improvements from the Dock as soon as possible in order to increase their efficiency.

Special ability[]

Passive broadside ability.png Broadside Attack (charged): Fires all guns at an enemy ship or artillery within attack range, with each shot doing 34 siege damage at a rate of fire of 0.05, 1 area of effect and with x2 multiplier against ships.

Further statistics[]

As Sloops are unique to the United States, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ships, infantry close to shore
Weak vs. Artillery especially Culverins, defensive structures
Hit points Armor Plating.png Armor Plating (+50%)
Attack Carronade.png Carronade (+25%)
Percussion Lock.png Percussion Lock (+50% Broadside Attack damage)
Sight Town Watch.png Town Watch (+2)
Gather rate Gill Nets.png Gill Nets (+15%)
Long Lines.png Long Lines (+30%)
Excessive Taxation.png Excessive Taxation (+50% from whales)
Huron Fish Wedding.png Huron Fish Wedding (+20%)
Navajo Craftsmanship.png Navajo Craftsmanship (+20% from whales)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu.png Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)

Home City Cards[]

As Sloops are unique to the United States, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards that are shown on the following tables:


  • The Sloop is based on the Privateer model, but uses different textures.


During the American Revolution and the following years, the young nation faced a vast problem: it had no navy, leaving it vulnerable to sea blockades, bombardment, and piracy. Small war vessels like sloops and their cousins, cutters and schooners, formed a key part of the American navy during its early years. Vessels such as the USS Hannah, the Franklin, the Warren, the Hancock, and the Lee used their superior mobility to even the odds against formidable opponents, and still hold an esteemed place in the nautical lore of the northeast United States.