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Heated ShotFile:Heatedshot.png
Age AvailableCastle Age
BuildingUniversity
Cost 350 Food,
100 Gold
StatsTower attack against Ships +125%, Castle +25% attack against Ships.
Heated Shot is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the University. By lighting arrows and heating cannonballs, this technology greatly increases tower and castle attack against ships.

History Edit

Coastal gunners who engaged ships learned to heat their cannonballs in furnaces until they were red hot. If a heated shot lodged in the woodwork of a sailing ship, it could set the ship afire. The wadding in the barrel of the gun had to be sufficiently thick to not burn away before the cannon could be fired. If the shot burned through the wadding too quickly, the gun could go off before being properly aimed. In such a case the gun might explode rather than fire. Heated shot that plunged through decks was especially dangerous. It could lodge deep in the ship where the crew could not reach it with water before fire had taken hold. If fire reached the powder magazine, the ship would explode.

Missile / Siege Technologies
Fletching | Bodkin Arrow | Bracer | Padded Archer Armor | Leather Archer Armor | Ring Archer Armor | Ballistics | Murder Holes | Heated Shot | Chemistry | Siege Engineers | Thumb Ring | Parthian Tactics

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