|First Appearance||Age of Empires III|
|Cost||800 Wood |
|Age Available||Industrial Age|
|Base Hit Points||1200|
|Resists||50% vs. Ranged|
|Siege Damage||80 / 200|
|Siege Multipliers||x10.0 vs. Building|
x0.2 vs. Villager
x0.1 vs. Docks
|Siege Range||36 / 100|
|AoE||3 / 10|
|R.O.F.||5.0 / 20.0|
The Monitor is a ship featured in Age of Empires III.
The Monitor has a mortar fixed in 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, making it useful in a fire support role. Monitors are built in the Dock and can also be upgraded to an Imperial Monitor. They are able to be trained and upgraded in the Imperial Age. It is generally considered better than the Ironclad for long-range attacks.
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 aquire a Monitor through the TEAM 1 Monitor card, that is the most damaging warship (assuming a full Fire pit and the Fire Dance), with no limited aura.