This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II. For the technology in Age of Empires III, see Arsenal#Artillery.
Heated Shot
Introduced in KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization See description
Age Castle-age-reseach Castle Age
Researched at University-logo University
Research time 30 seconds
Research cost
Food 350
Gold 100
Effect Towers +125%, Castles and Harbors +4 attack vs ships

Heated Shot is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the University. Once researched, it gives towers an attack bonus against of +125% ships, and Castles and Harbors +4 attack against ships.

Technology availability
Available Unavailable

Attack increase against ships Edit

Because Heated Shot is an attack multiplier for Towers, but not for Castles and Harbors, the actual increase in attack bonus against ships differs for the affected buildings.

Building Attack bonus without Heated Shot Attack bonus with Heated Shot Increase
Watch Tower 7 16 +9
Guard Tower 9 20 +11
Keep 10 23 +13
Bombard Tower 40 90 +50
Castle 0 4 +4
Harbor 9 13 +4

Note that, before the launch of The African Kingdoms, it was highly unrecommended to stay close to building fire not only with ships, but also with Camels, Mamelukes, and Saboteurs, as they were classified as ships, hence taking full bonus damage. In The African Kingdoms, however, that was changed and camel-type units were moved out of the ship class.

Civilizations bonuses Edit

  • Chinese: Heated Shot is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.

Team bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Malians: Researching Heated Shot is 80% faster.

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."

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