AgeCastle Age
Trained atDock
TypeMilitary Vessel
Cost75 Wood,
45 Gold
Upgraded ToFast Fire Ship
Cost to Upgrade280 Wood
250 Gold

A Fire Ship is a military naval unit that is available in Age of Empires II, Age of Mythology, and Age of Empires III.

Age of Empires II Edit

In Age of Empires II, the fire ship is a small ship with a "flamethrower" mounted in the bow. It has an attack bonus against other ships. it must come in very close to enemy ships in order to attack. It upgrades to Fast Fire Ship. Fire ships are good counters to most ships and deal damage quickly. They may even be employed in shallows against ground troops to good effect. However demolition ships are perfect counters to fast fire ships due to the close proximity with which a fire ship has to attack. Korean Turtle Ships are also threats to Fire Ships and even Viking Longboats can be a threat. Fire Ships have a very rapid attack speed but a low attack per "flame".

The Byzantine Fire Ships have a 20% faster firing rate.

The Fire Ship is available to all civilizations except for the Vikings.

History Edit

The Byzantines alone in the West carried forward the ancient traditions of ship building into the Middle Ages. Their improvement over the trireme was the fire ship, a narrow and fast warship powered by both oars and lateen sails. The fighting power of these ships was provided partly by marines, archers, and catapults, but the secret weapon of the Byzantine navy was Greek fire. This extremely volatile mixture was squirted out of hoses from the bow of the fire ship and ignited on contact with air. Fire was a devastating weapon against wooden ships and the enemies of the Byzantines could not stand up to fire ships spraying Greek fire. Other civilizations acquired the secret of Greek fire at times, but it was so closely guarded and dangerous to use that it is lost today.

Age of Empires III Edit

Fire Ship Edit

The fire ship in Age of Empires III is a lit-on-fire, suicidal Caravel. It is only able to ram itself into an enemy ship or dock, severely damaging the ship or building.

Fire Junk Edit

Main Article: Fire Junk

The Fire Junk is a Chinese ship lit up for suicide missions. It's available from the Dock in the Colonial Age and is identical in stats to a regular Fire Ship.

Age of Mythology Edit

Main article: Fireship (Age of Mythology)
Unit Evolution: Fire Ship

Fire Ship --> Fast Fire Ship


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