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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the similar unit in Age of Empires II, see War Galley (Age of Empires II).

The War Galley is a warship featured in Age of Empires and The Rise of Rome. War Galleys are available at the Dock once Bronze Age is reached as an upgrade of the much lighter Scout Ship. The War Galley has more hit points, attack strength, and range than a Scout Ship. Once the Iron Age is reached, the War Galley can be upgraded to a more improved ship, the Trireme. Ships are two times more resistant to enemy conversions than regular units.


On water maps, it is a good idea to research War Galley as soon as the player advances to the Bronze Age, since the War Galley surpasses its predecessor, the Scout Ship, in all aspects.

Despite having a weaker attack value than its successor, it has a faster fire rate and its projectile travels faster. In naval maps, Hittite players can make War Galley production a priority, since their civilization bonus gives their War Galleys extra range. Due to their extra range, they can outrange even a fully upgraded Trireme and harass enemy land units near the shore, giving their own units great support.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, Villagers, Priests
Weak vs. Elephant Archers, siege units, towers
Attack Alchemy.png Alchemy (+1)
Range Woodworking.png Woodworking (+1)
Artisanship.png Artisanship (+1)
Craftsmanship.png Craftsmanship (+1)
Accuracy Ballistics.png Ballistics (hit moving targets)
Upgrades Triremeaoeicon.png Trireme

Civilization bonuses[]


The appearance of the ram triggered an arms race in ship design.  Hulls were strengthened to support ever-heavier rams on the bow.  As hulls grew larger, more oarsmen were required to provide power.  A deck was added and a second group of oarsmen was placed there.  This increased power without increasing length, but the deck made the ship somewhat instable.  A ship with two levels of rowers was called a bireme.
Age of Empires manual

Unit Evolution: War Galley

Scout Ship --> War Galley --> Trireme