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 when 150 food and 75 wood is invested at developing the Technology. The War Galley is 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 2X resistant to enemy conversions than regular units.

Upgrades Edit

Tool AgeEdit

Bronze AgeEdit

Iron AgeEdit

Civilization Bonuses Edit

  • Greeks: War Galleys move 30% faster.
  • Minoans: War Galleys cost 30% less wood.
  • Hittites: War Galleys have +4 range.
  • Yamato: War Galleys have 30% more HP.
  • Macedonians: War Galleys are four times more resistant against conversion.

History Edit

Ancient ship designers tried numerous tricks to get more power for warships, including putting more men on single oars. The most successful design was the Bireme, an ancient warship devised by the Phoenicians. This ship is a precursor to the Trireme and features two tiers of single rowers per side. This ship provided reasonable maneuverability and speed. It appeared around 1000 BC and made up the bulk of Mediterranean navies for several hundred years after around 600 BC.

Unit Evolution: War Galley

Scout Ship --> War Galley --> Trireme


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