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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 exclusive to the United States and Mexicans. It replaces the Caravel and can be trained at the Dock once the Commerce Age is reached.


Like the Caravel, the 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 (automatically activated when attacking with a cooldown of 60 seconds): Fires a volley of five shots at an enemy ship or artillery within attack range, with each shot doing 34 (68 against ships) siege damage and 1 AOE.

Further statistics[]

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[]

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Sloop
  • Green: TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
  • Purple: Shipment that can be sent an INFINITE number of times


Card Description Age
Team improved warships.png TEAM Improved Warships Warships get +15% hit points and attack
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Card Description Age
Shivajis tactics.png TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
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Card Description Age
Portuguese Home City 4 (Fish Market).png TEAM Fish Market Fishing Boats, Caravels/Galleys/War Junks/Fune, Canoes, War Canoes, Tlaloc Canoes, and Marathan Catamarans gather 10% faster
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Card Description Age
Russian Home City 5 (Cold Water Port).png TEAM Cold Water Port Warships cost -15%
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Card Description Age
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition).png TEAM Inquisition All units get +10 LOS
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  • 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.


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