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Elite Cannon Galleon
CannonGalleonIcon
Unit Info
Type Naval Vessel, Gunpowder Unit
Introduced In KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization See table
Age Imperial-age-research Imperial Age
Trained At Dock-logo Dock
Training Time 46 seconds
Training Cost
Wood 200
Gold 150
Stats
Hit Points 150
Attack 45 melee
Attack Bonuses +275 vs Building
+40 vs Siege Weapon
+15 vs Infantry
+15 vs Archer
+15 vs Cavalry
Rate of Fire 10
Frame Delay 0
Range 15
Minimum Range 3
Accuracy 50%
Melee Armor 0
Pierce Armor 8
Armor Classes Ship
Gunpowder Unit
Speed 1.1
Line of Sight 17
Unit Evolution
Upgraded From CannonGalleonIcon Cannon Galleon

"Stronger than Cannon Galleon. Long-range warship used to attack targets on shore to establish beachhead."

Age of Empires II description

The Elite Cannon Galleon is a naval vessel in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Dock once the Imperial Age is reached. As an upgrade of the Cannon Galleon, it has an even longer range and more attack, but remains weak against other ships. It excels at destroying immobile targets on land.

Unit availability
Available Unavailable

Tactics Edit

Elite Cannon Galleons have an exceptionally long range and deal bonus damage against buildings. They can outrange Castles and Bombard Towers, so they are almost the sea-going equivalent to Bombard Cannons, only being slightly faster. They deal huge damage, and bonus damage against ships, but their slow rate of fire and very slow projectile speed makes it weak and ineffective against Galleons and other ships, particularly Fire Ships.

Elite Cannon Galleons should be always deployed with an escort, most likely Fire Ships and Galleons. As they outrange Towers and Castles, Cannon Galleons must almost always be used for dealing with such structures that deal bonus damage against ships.

Generally speaking, Elite Cannon Galleons should only be used to clear the shoreline off enemy buildings, and not be put against enemy ships.

Spanish Elite Cannon Galleons are significantly better than the ones of all other civilizations, because their projectiles are much faster (7 tiles/second instead of 1.95 tiles/s) and hit moving targets with Ballistics-like behavior (The Ballistics research is not required).

Further Statistics Edit

Unit Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong vs. Buildings
Weak vs. Ships, Bombard Cannons, Monks
Upgrades
Range Artillery (Turks only)
Accuracy Arquebus (Portuguese only)
Armor Careening, Carrack (Portuguese only)
Speed Dry Dock
Conversion Defense Faith, Heresy
Creation Speed Shipwright
Train Cost Shipwright

Civilization Bonuses Edit

  • Berbers: Elite Cannon Galleons move 10% faster.
  • Burmese: Researching Faith is 50% cheaper.
  • Italians: Elite Cannon Galleons are 20% cheaper. Researching Careening, Dry Dock, and Shipwright is 50% cheaper.
  • Persians: Elite Cannon Galleons are created 20% faster. Careening and Dry Dock are researched 20% faster.
  • Portuguese: Elite Cannon Galleons have +10% HP and cost 15% less gold.
  • Spanish: Elite Cannon Galleons have Ballistics-like accuracy and faster missiles.
  • Turks: Cannon Galleons have +25% HP.
  • Vikings: Elite Cannon Galleons are 20% cheaper.

Team Bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Turks: Elite Cannon Galleons are created 20% faster.
  • A team containing Teutons: Elite Cannon Galleons are more resistant to conversion.

Changelog Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

  • Shipwright reduces the wood cost by 20%.
  • Mongols: Can build Elite Cannon Galleons.
  • Turks: Elite Cannon Galleons have 150 HP. Due to a bug, Elite Cannon Galleons do not benefit from the civilization bonus that gives all other gunpowder units +50% HP.

The Conquerors Edit

  • With patch 1.0c, Shipwright also decreases train time by 35% now.
  • Heresy introduced.
  • Spanish: Elite Cannon Galleon's projectiles are affected by the technology Ballistics and are 4× faster.
  • Turks: Artillery introduced. Elite Cannon Galleons now benefit from the civilization bonus and have +25% HP (the bonus was reduced).

The Forgotten Edit

  • Italians: Elite Cannon Galleons are 15% cheaper.
  • Mongols: Elite Cannon Galleon removed from technology tree.
  • Spanish: Elite Cannon Galleons fire with Ballistics-like accuracy (without need for the technology itself) and their cannonballs move at 7 tiles/s (~3.6× faster).

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Italians: With patch 4.8, Elite Cannon Galleons are now 20% cheaper.

Trivia Edit

  • If an Elite Cannon Galleon is created in the Scenario Editor for a player that it isn't in the Post-Imperial Age, it will be able to do actions like follow another unit or protect another unit, which it can't do when it is created during a game.
  • The Elite Cannon Galleon is the naval unit with the longest base range (15), and has the seconds longest base range of all units, just behind the Trebuchet. The Turkish Elite Cannon Galleon gets a +2 range bonus from their unique technology, making it the unit with the longest range, tied at 17 with the Trebuchet with Siege Engineers researched.
  • Cannon Galleons and Elite Cannon Galleons share the same icon. They are the only non-unique units to do so.

History Edit

"Primitive cannon were first mounted on ships in the fourteenth century. These were mounted in the stern or bow for firing forward or aft. Small weapons were mounted on the rails for use against enemy crews in close action. The first ship built specifically for carrying cannon appeared in 1406. Effectively mounting a large number of cannons on a ship took many years to work out. It required new designs to compensate for the enormous weight of the guns high on the ship’s sides. Tackle had to be designed to allow the guns to be fired and reloaded safely. Safe procedures were also needed for storing and accessing powder. Useful cannon galleons did not appear until late in the Middle Ages."

Gallery Edit

Unit Evolution: Cannon Galleon

CannonGalleonIcon Cannon Galleon --> CannonGalleonIcon Elite Cannon Galleon

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