"Tekkousen. Heavy warship."

In-game description

The Tekkousen (pronounced Tek-oo-sen) is a military naval vessel in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Japanese and can be trained at the Dock once the Fortress Age is reached. It is the Japanese counterpart to the European Frigate.

Overview Edit

The Tekkousen has similar hit points and strength to a Frigate, making it highly effective against weaker units such as the Galleon or Atakabune.

With European Cannons, Tekkousen outranges normal Frigates while also proving to be a strong match even against highly upgraded ones.


Ability Effect
Broadside attack
Broadside Attack
Fires a volley of cannon shots at an enemy ship within attack range, with each shot causing 70 siege damage; 60 seconds cooldown

Upgrades Edit

Age Improvement Cost Effect
Ages imperial
Imperial navy
Exalted Tekkousen
1,000 wood,
1,000 coin
Upgrades Tekkousen to Exalted (+50% hit points and attack)

Further statistics Edit

As the Tekkousen can only be trained by the Japanese, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed here.

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ships, infantry and buildings close to shore
Weak vs. Artillery especially Culverins, defensive structures
Hit points Armor Plating Armor Plating (+50%)
Attack Carronade Carronade (+25%)
Percussion Lock Percussion Lock (+50% Broadside Attack damage)
Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+2)
Speed Apache Endurance Apache Endurance (+5%)
Train cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)

Home City Cards Edit

As the Tekkousen is exclusive to the Japanese, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.

Trivia Edit

History Edit

"The Korean kobukson (“turtle ship”) is often thought of as the first armored boat, a precursor to the American ironclads of the eighteenth century. However, the Japanese used armored ships in their feudal wars of the sixteenth century, as rival daimyo battled each other for land and sea supremacy. Daimyo Oda Nobunaga constructed six tekkousen (“iron armor ships”) for his personal navy. These boats were protected by 3-inch armor plating, and armed with multiple cannons and high caliber rifles. They were utilized during the invasion of Korea in 1592-1598."

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