Merchant Ship
File:Merchant boat.jpg
AgeIron Age
Trained atDock
TypeCivilian Vessel
Cost100 Wood
SpeedVery Fast
Upgraded FromTrade Boat
In Age of Empires, the Merchant Ship is a civilian ship and an upgrade to the Trade Boat, which allows you to trade other resources for Gold at another civilization’s Dock in exchange for any of the other three resources.

Boats are better resistant to conversions than regular units. Minoan naval units cost less Wood per unit and Yamato get more HP while Palmyran trade vessels get more gold per ship. Out of every single upgrade in the game, this is the only Technology where every civilization can research this technology without checking the "Full tech tree" box. The upgrade requires 200 Food and 75 Wood . This will increase the HP by 50 and the speed as well.


  • Yamato Ships Merchant Ships have +33% hit points, totaling it up to 324.
  • Palmyran Merchant Ships provide twice as more Gold.
  • Minoan Merchant Ships costs 30% less Wood.

History Edit

As civilization spread around the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean, and China Sea, larger trading ships came into use to carry bulk cargoes such as olive oil from Greece, cedar wood from Lebanon, grain from Egypt, and rice from China. Typical ancient Merchant Ships had keels and were built of planks, but did not have interior framing. They carried a single mast for a mainsail and were steered with a large paddle. Their broad beam allowed for cargoes far beyond those of dugout canoes. Recent underwater discoveries of ancient merchant ships indicate they had good sailing qualities and required only a small crew.