The Treasure Ship is a special, campaign-exclusive ship in Age of Empires III. It cannot be built, but is featured in the campaign and available in the Scenario Editor."Ships carrying massive amounts of Coin, but has no attack."—In-game description
In the missions they are featured, they are completely immobile, and behave functionally more like buildings rather than as proper units. They have no attack and no speed, as they have been landed ashore and moored.
Once captured by the player, they provide a trickle of 3 coin per second.
Campaign appearances Edit
The first appearance of Treasure Ships is in the mission Spanish Treasure Fleet. Delgado ran his treasure fleet aground in Florida and Morgan Black needed to capture them. The main focus of the mission is for the player to capture six of the eight vessels.
- Although the ships that appear in the game carry gold, the real-life Spanish Treasure Fleet was not limited to carrying cargoes of precious minerals and metals. The convoys also transported agricultural goods such as sugar and tobacco to Spain, and goods from Spain to her colonies.
Although the Treasure Ships themselves lack a history file, the Spanish Treasure Fleet is indirectly mentioned in the Galleon's history files:
"These square-rigged, three-masted warships were used primarily by European powers in the fifteenth through eighteenth centuries. Well-suited for carrying cargo and for war, galleons made up the bulk of the famous Spanish Treasure Fleet that carried plunder from the Americas back to Spain's waiting coffers. They carried around 30 cannon, fired from two decks in broadsides. Adaptations to the basic galleon design yielded heavy Spanish Galleons and the lighter, more maneuverable galleons of the British and other European nations. They were eventually replaced as multipurpose ships by the clipper, a fast cargo ship, and the massive Man-of-War.
Approximate weight: 500 tons. Length: 120 feet."