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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. For the unit in Age of Empires IV, see Springald Ship.

War Junk. Good at exploring, fishing or transport.
—In-game seconds

The War Junk is a military ship in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Chinese and can be trained at the Dock once the Commerce Age is reached. It functions identically to the Caravel.


The War Junk has a moderate amount of hit points and is sometimes used to collect treasures. It is good at exploring, and has the ability to attack and fish. The War Junk's full potential can be discovered with the addition of Western Reforms and the Warship Combat cards.

Even when unupgraded, War Junks can still be surprisingly cost effective, thanks to their good rate of fire. Unlike Funes, a similar ship, War Junks can defeat Caravels in a one-on-one combat, and are very handy in harassing enemy Fishing Boats.

With European Cannons card, the War Junk get a +5 boost to range (including Broadside Attack) and LOS, which outranges most European Caravels except those with the Offshore Support card, making them an alarmingly dangerous and efficient early naval harasser and scout. In decent groups, they can threat even larger ships, such as Frigates.

Special ability[]

  • Broadside attack Broadside Attack: Fires a volley of cannon shots at an enemy within attack range, with doing 35×3 siege damage with a ×2.0 multiplier against ships. 60 seconds cooldown.

Further statistics[]

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

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Ships, infantry close to shore
Weak vs. Artillery especially Culverins, defensive structures
Gather rate Long Lines Long Lines (+30%)
Gill Nets Gill Nets (+15%)
Huron Fish Wedding Huron Fish Wedding (+15%)
Fasting Fasting (+10%)
Aztec chinampa Aztec Chinampa (+5%)
Klamath Work Ethos Klamath Work Ethos (+5%)
Collective Economy Collective Economy (+50% from whales)
Navajo Craftsmanship Navajo Craftsmanship (+20% from whales)
Somali coinage Somali Coinage (+10% from whales)
Hit points Armor Plating Armor Plating (+50%)
Byzantine legacy Byzantine Legacy (+15%)
Tar kilns Tar Kilns (+10%)
Attack Carronade Carronade (+25%)
Percussion Lock Percussion Lock (+50% Broadside Attack damage)
Som ajuran engineers Somali Ajuran Engineers (+20% multiplier vs. Frontier fortification)
Line of Sight Town Watch Town Watch (+3)
Train time Immigrants Immigrants (-10%)
Cost Mapuche Ad-mapu Mapuche Ad-mapu (-10% coin cost)
Golden liberty Golden Liberty (-5% coin cost)
Other Merritocracy Meritocracy (-20% upgrade cost)
Oresund customs Öresund Customs (generates 0.2 coin/sec.)

Home City Cards[]

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

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the War Junk
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Blue Shipment that arrives fast (5 seconds)


Card Description Age HC level
Team improved warships TEAM Improved Warships Warships get +10% hit points and attack
Age II tech tree aoe3
  • "TEAM Improved Warships" is available to the Chinese and Maltese.


Card Description Age
British Home City 4 (Team Whale Oil) TEAM Whale Oil Fishing boats gather coin from whales 15% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Western reforms Western Reforms All units get +8% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Acupuncture aoe3 Acupuncture All units' train time -20%
Age III tech tree aoe3
British Home City 3 (Advanced Dock) Advanced Dock Docks get +100% attack and heal ships 85% faster; warships' train time -33%
Age I tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City (Fish Market) Fish Market Fishing boats gather food from fishes 25% faster and coin from whales 20% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 4 (Rendering Plants) Rendering Plant Fishing boats gather food from fishes 30% faster and coin from whales 25% faster
Age II tech tree aoe3
Chinese Home City 5 (1 War Junk) 1 War Junk Ships 1 War Junk
Age II tech tree aoe3
Chinese Home City 5 (2 War Junks) 2 War Junks Ships 2 War Junks
Age II tech tree aoe3
Indian Home City 5 (European Cannons) European Cannons Warships get +15% attack, +2 Line of Sight and range
Age II tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 5 (Admiralty) Admiralty Dock warship technologies cost and research time -60%
Age II tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Shivajis tactics TEAM Shivaji's Tactics All units get +5% hit points and attack
Age IV tech tree aoe 3


Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Cheaper Unit Upgrades) TEAM Sengoku Unit upgrades cost -20%
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Japanese Home City 4 (Chonindo) TEAM Chonindo Villagers and fishing boats gather 8% faster from all sources except hunts; Haciendas auto gather 8% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age
Maltese Home City 2 (TEAM Knights of the Round Table) TEAM Knights of the Round Table Ships 1 Hospitaller for each Town Center owned by the player; all units get +2% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age
Mexican Home City 2 (TEAM Mariachi) TEAM Mariachi For the next 30 seconds, military buildings work 400% faster and units get +10% speed
Age I tech tree aoe3
Mexican Home City 4 (TEAM Rendering Plant) TEAM Rendering Plant Fishing boats gather 10% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Portuguese Home City 4 (Fish Market) TEAM Fish Market Fishing boats gather 10% faster
Age I tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Russian Home City 5 (Cold Water Port) TEAM Cold Water Port Warships cost -15%
Age II tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Spanish Home City 3 (Inquisition) TEAM Spanish Inquisition Ships 1 Inquisitor; all units get +10 Line of Sight
Age II tech tree aoe3


  • Oddly enough, the War Junk shares its history section with the Fune.


In 1281, when the Mongol Hordes of Kublai Khan invaded Japan, the Japanese had no navy with which to fight back. Most of the military action occurred on land, although groups of adventurous samurai utilized coastal fishing boats to assault, board, and then seize ships of the Mongol navy.


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