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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For other uses, see Transport Ship.

Used to move units across water. Select the units you want to transport, then right-click on the Transport Ship to board them. Use the Unload button to unload units on the shore.
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The Transport Ship is a ship in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Dock. It can transport units, but cannot attack other units. The Transport Ship enables land units to be moved across water, and is useful for conducting sneak attacks or rescuing units from a lost situation. With few hit points, it possesses decent pierce armor, but if sunk, all units aboard are lost. Therefore, it is advisable to protect Transports with military vessels like Galleys or Fire Ships.

The initial transport capacity of Transport Ships is 5. It can be increased to 10 and 20 by researching the technologies Careening and Dry Dock, respectively. Saracen Transport Ships have a bonus of +5 transport capacity, being able to carry 25 units when fully upgraded.


Available from the Dark Age (since The Forgotten), Transport Ships can aid in overseas raids and reconnaissance. They also make effective dummies through deception; players can have several Transport Ships garrison an inexpensive unit and encourage opponents to pursue them. This will drive the enemies main force away from a player's intended target and improve any offensive maneuver.

Transport Ships are essential in maps with large bodies of water like Archipelago and Islands since there is no other way to transport units between islands or through the sea.

If a Transport Ship with units garrisoned in it is converted, the units inside it will not be converted. The player must destroy the Transport to kill the enemy units inside. Another tactic that involves converting enemy Transport Ships is to take advantage of it and hold their population of people inside, as that population can't be used by the enemy at that moment. In free for all games when this happens some players move the converted Transport Ship with enemy units inside to the location of a common enemy for both players in order to take advantage of the current diplomacy.

Further statistics[]

Armor CareeningDE Careening (+0/+1)
UniqueTechCastle-DE Carrack (+1/+1, Portuguese only)
Speed DryDockDE Dry Dock (+15%)
Conversion defense Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion (+1 min, +1 max)
FaithDE Faith (+4 min, +4 max)
HeresyDE Heresy (die upon getting converted)
UniqueTechCastle-DE First Crusade (+4 min, +4 max, Sicilians only)
Creation speed ShipwrightDE Shipwright (+54%)
Train cost ShipwrightDE Shipwright (-20% wood)
Capacity CareeningDE Careening (+5)
DryDockDE Dry Dock (+10)

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Berbers AoE2 Berbers: Transport Ships move 10% faster.
  • Burmese AoE2 Burmese: Researching Devotion and Faith is 50% cheaper.
  • Celts AoE2 Celts: Transport Ships can convert herdable animals even if enemy units are next to them.
  • Chinese AoE2 Chinese: Technologies that benefit Transport Ships are 10%/15% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Georgians AoE2 Georgians: Transport Ships receive -20% (-40% instead of -25%) damage on higher elevations.
  • Italians AoE2 Italians: Careening, Dry Dock, and Shipwright are 33% cheaper.
  • Persians AoE2 Persians: Transport Ships are created 5%/10%/15%/20% faster in the Dark/Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age. Careening is researched 15%/20% faster in the Castle/Imperial Age. Researching Dry Dock is 20% faster.
  • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Transport Ships have +10% hit points.
  • Saracens AoE2 Saracens: Transport Ships have +100% HP and +5 transport capacity.
  • Spanish AoE2 Spanish: Researching technologies that benefit Transport Ships provides 20 gold each.

Team bonuses[]


AoE2-DLCicon-0 The Age of Kings[]

  • Transport Ships are available from the Feudal Age on.
  • Shipwright reduces the wood cost by 20%.
  • Vikings AoE2 Vikings: Transport Ships are 20% cheaper.

AoE2-DLCicon-1 The Conquerors[]

  • With patch 1.0b, Shipwright also decreases train time by 35%.
  • Heresy introduced.

AoE2-DLCicon-2 The Forgotten[]

  • Transport Ships are already available in the Dark Age.
  • Vikings AoE2 Vikings: Transport Ships are 10%/10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Dark/Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

AoE2-DLCicon-3 The African Kingdoms[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

  • Vikings AoE2 Vikings: With update 73855, Transport Ships no longer benefit from the warship discount bonus.


  • Garrisoned archers cannot fire out of Transport Ships.
  • If a Transport Ship loaded with a Monk carrying a Relic is sunk, the Relic will automatically teleport back to the Monk's position before it garrisoned into the Transport Ship.
  • Due to a scripting bug, units garrisoned in transport ships are treated as though they are still on the land they garrisoned from until they are ungarrisoned. This means that if a script plays, such a timed destruction to a certain area of the map, and the units departing from that area don't ungarrison themselves before that time, they will instantly die after making landfall.


Trading ships of all kinds were requisitioned when armies were moved overseas. Such ships were usually modified into transports to better accommodate troops, horses, livestock, siege equipment, and supplies. England was invaded on several occasions during the Middle Ages, including the early Saxon/Angle/Jute invasions, numerous Norse invasions (the Danes ruled much of England temporarily), and the later Norman invasion of 1066. The Normans also invaded Sicily and southern Italy. Many of the Crusades involved sea movement from France to the Holy Land. The English brought armies into France several times during the Hundred Year's War.


Units in Age of Empires II
CivilianMaleVillDE Villager · Tradecart aoe2DE Trade Cart · FishingShipDE Fishing Ship · Trade cog aoe2DE Trade Cog · King eu aoe2DE King
ReligiousMonk aoe2DE Monk
InfantryMilitiaDE Militia · Manatarms aoe2DE Man-at-Arms · Longswordsman aoe2DE Long Swordsman · Twohanded aoe2DE Two-Handed Swordsman · Champion aoe2DE Champion
Spearman aoe2DE Spearman · Aoe2-infantry-2-pikeman Pikeman · Halberdier aoe2DE Halberdier
Eaglescout aoe2DE Eagle Scout · Eaglewarrior aoe2DE Eagle Warrior · EliteEaglewarrior aoe2DE Elite Eagle Warrior
ArcherArcher aoe2DE Archer · Crossbowman aoe2DE Crossbowman · Arbalester aoe2DE Arbalester
Skirmisher aoe2DE Skirmisher · Elite skirmisher aoe2DE Elite Skirmisher
Hand cannoneer aoe2DE Hand Cannoneer
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE Cavalry Archer · Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de Heavy Cavalry Archer
Aoe2de DOI elephant archer icon Elephant Archer · ElephantArcherIcon-DE Elite Elephant Archer
CavalryScoutcavalry aoe2DE Scout Cavalry · Lightcavalry aoe2DE Light Cavalry · Hussar aoe2DE Hussar
Knight aoe2DE Knight · Cavalier aoe2DE Cavalier · Paladin aoe2DE Paladin
Camelrider aoe2DE Camel Rider · Aoe2 heavycamelriderDE Heavy Camel Rider
Battle elephant aoe2DE Battle Elephant · Elite battle elephant aoe2DE Elite Battle Elephant
Steppelancericon Steppe Lancer · Elitesteppelancericon Elite Steppe Lancer
Xolotlicon Xolotl Warrior
AoE2DE Armored Elephant icon Armored Elephant · AoE2DE Siege Elephant icon Siege Elephant
SiegeBattering ram aoe2DE Battering Ram · Capped ram aoe2DE Capped Ram · Siege ram aoe2DE Siege Ram
Mangonel aoe2DE Mangonel · Onager aoe2DE Onager · Siege onager aoe2DE Siege Onager
Scorpion aoe2DE Scorpion · Heavyscorpion aoe2DE Heavy Scorpion
Bombard cannon aoe2DE Bombard Cannon
Trebuchet aoe2DE Trebuchet
Petard aoe2DE Petard
Siegetower aoe2DE Siege Tower
War shipTransportship aoe2DE Transport Ship
Galley aoe2DE Galley · War galley aoe2DE War Galley · Galleon aoe2DE Galleon
Fire galley aoe2DE Fire Galley · Fireship aoe2DE Fire Ship · Fastfireship aoe2DE Fast Fire Ship
Demoraft aoe2DE Demolition Raft · Demoship aoe2DE Demolition Ship · Heavydemoship aoe2de Heavy Demolition Ship
Cannon galleon aoe2DE Cannon Galleon · Elite cannon galleon aoe2de Elite Cannon Galleon
AoE2 Dromon Dromon
ReligiousMissionaryIcon-DE Missionary · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest
InfantryBerserkIcon-DE Berserk · Aoe2de Chakram Chakram Thrower · CondottieroIcon-DE Condottiero · Aoe2-icon-flemish-militia Flemish Militia · GbetoIcon-DE Gbeto · Aoe2de Ghulam Ghulam · HuskarlIcon-DE Huskarl · JaguarWarriorIcon-DE Jaguar Warrior · KamayukIcon-DE Kamayuk · Karambitwarrioricon-DE Karambit Warrior · AoE2 DE Legionary new icon Legionary · Aoe2-icon--obuch Obuch · SamuraiIcon-DE Samurai · Aoe2-icon-serjeant Serjeant · Shotelwarrioricon-DE Shotel Warrior · TeutonicKnightIcon-DE Teutonic Knight · ThrowingAxemanIcon-DE Throwing Axeman · Aoe2de Urumi Urumi Swordsman · AoE2 WarriorPriest Warrior Priest · WoadRaiderIcon-DE Woad Raider
ArcherArambaiicon-DE Arambai · CamelArcherIcon-DE Camel Archer · ChukoNuIcon-DE Chu Ko Nu · AoE2 CompositeBowman Composite Bowman · ConquistadorIcon-DE Conquistador · GenitourIcon-DE Genitour · GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE Genoese Crossbowman · Imperialskirmishericon-DE Imperial Skirmisher · JanissaryIcon-DE Janissary · Kipchakicon Kipchak · LongbowmanIcon-DE Longbowman · MangudaiIcon-DE Mangudai · PlumedArcherIcon-DE Plumed Archer · Aoe2de ratha ranged Ranged Ratha · Rattanarchericon-DE Rattan Archer · SlingerIcon-DE Slinger · WarWagonIcon-DE War Wagon
CavalryBallistaelephanticon-DE Ballista Elephant · BoyarIcon-DE Boyar · Aoe2de camel scout Camel Scout · CataphractIcon-DE Cataphract · Aoe2de roman unique centurion icon Centurion · Aoe2-icon-coustillier Coustillier · Flaming camel icon Flaming Camel · ImperialCamelRiderIcon-DE Imperial Camel Rider · Keshikicon Keshik · Konnikicon Konnik · Leitisicon Leitis · MagyarHuszarIcon-DE Magyar Huszar · MamelukeIcon-DE Mameluke · AoE2 Monaspa Monaspa · Aoe2de ratha melee Melee Ratha · AoE2 Savar Savar · Aoe2de shrivamsha rider Shrivamsha Rider · TarkanIcon-DE Tarkan · WarElephantIcon-DE War Elephant · Aoe2-icon-winged-hussar Winged Hussar
SiegeAoe2-icon--houfnice Houfnice · Aoe2-icon-hussite-wagon Hussite Wagon · OrganGunIcon-DE Organ Gun
War shipCaravelIcon-DE Caravel · LongboatIcon-DE Longboat · Aoe2de Thirisadai Thirisadai · TurtleShipIcon-DE Turtle Ship