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Powerful, heavy Mercenary Warship with very high hitpoints.
—In-game description

The War Dhow is a powerful mercenary war ship in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals that is unique to the Ethiopians and can be trained at the Port once the Fortress Age is reached.


Special ability[]

  • Broadside attack.png Broadside Attack: Fires a volley of cannon shots at an enemy ship within attack range, with each shot doing 15 siege damage.

Further statistics[]

As War Dhows are unique to the Ethiopians, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Home City Cards[]

As War Dhows are unique to the Ethiopians, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

In-game dialogue[]

The War Dhow speaks Arabic, reusing Saracens' military units' dialogue files from Age of Empires II.

  • Select 1 Na'am? (نعم؟) - Yes?
  • Select 2 Mosta'ed (مستعد) - I'm ready
  • Select 3 Amrok (أمرك) - Your order?
  • Move 1 Na'am (نعم) - Yes
  • Move 2 Sa af'al (سأفعل) - I will do it
  • Move 3 Hassanan (حسناً) - Okay
  • Attack 1 Hojoom! (!هجوم) - Attack!
  • Attack 2 Al quetal! (!القتال) - We'll fight!
  • Attack 3 Na'am! (!نعم) - Yes
  • Attack 4 Al hojoom! (!الهجوم) - We attack!


The term "dhow" refers to many subclasses of vessels rigged with lateen sails used by the cultures inhabiting the coasts of the Indian Ocean and the Red Sea. Lateen rigged ships, with their ability to easily tack and maneuver, were perfect for plying the waterways of this region and adapting to the changing currents and winds. Although originally used primarily by merchants and explorers, dhows also found a niche as versatile and dangerous warships.

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