Monitor Icon
First AppearanceAge of Empires III
Naval vessel
Cost800 WoodResources wood
200 CoinIcon coin
Age AvailableAges industrial Industrial Age
Base Hit Points1200
Training Limit2
Resists50% vs. Ranged
Siege Damage80 / 200
Siege Multipliersx10.0 vs. Buildings
x0.2 vs. Villagers
x0.1 vs. Docks
Siege Range36 / 100
Siege Area of Effect3 / 10
R.O.F.5.0 / 20.0
Train Time40 seconds
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The Monitor is a ship featured in Age of Empires III.

Overview Edit

The Monitor has a mortar fixed on the front for bombarding beaches or fortifications, but is weak against other ships and anti-ship units. However, it has a long range ability, which allows it to fire a single shell from an extremely long distance. This strategic fire can allow the user to take out high threat areas, such as Forts or clumped packs of enemy soldiers before sending in an attack force. Monitors are built at the Dock and can also be upgraded to an Imperial Monitor. They are able to be built in the Industrial Age, and upgraded in the Imperial Age.

It is generally considered better than the Ironclad for long-range attacks. With the European Cannons or Offshore Support HC Cards these ships can out range all other ships except other Monitors with these shipments. The full potential of this ship can be done with addition of Team improved Warship and Western Reform for the Chinese.

Unction and Monitors Edit

Due to the sizeable bonuses of the unction aura for the Spanish, they are the only civilization capable of turning a monitor into an effective, although makeshift fixed gun on any map with a puddle of water large enough to hold it. The high age requirements for the maximum damage potential makes this only realistically an option for the Spanish during Treaty and Deathmatch games, or fights against A.I. opponents. However, if the Spanish are teamed with a Russian ally who sends TEAM Cheap Priests the strategy could be used in long running skirmish games with reduced effectiveness.

However, if the Sioux acquire a Monitor through the TEAM 1 Monitor card, it becomes the most damaging warship (assuming a full Fire pit and the Fire Dance), with no limited aura.

Shipments Edit

History Edit

"Bomb ships or bomb ketches were made by removing the front masts of a warship to make room for one or more deck-mounted mortars. These ships could then bombard an enemy fortress from several miles away. The Star-Spangled Banner, the US national anthem, refers to such a bombardment."


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