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Merchant Ship
Merchant boat
AgeIron Age
Trained atDock
TypeCivilian Vessel
Cost100 Wood
SpeedVery Fast
Upgraded FromTrading boat Trade Boat

The Merchant Ship is a civilian ship in Age of Empires, and an upgrade to the Trade Boat, which allows players 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. The upgrade requires 200 Food and 75 Wood. This will increase the HP by 50 and the speed as well.

Civilization Bonuses Edit

  • Yamato: Merchant Ships have +33% hit points, totaling it up to 324.
  • Palmyran: Merchant Ships provide twice as much Gold per trip.
  • Minoan: Merchant Ships costs 30% less Wood.
  • Macedonians: Merchant Ships are four times more resistant against conversion.

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.

— the Age of Empires manual

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