|First Appearance||Age of Empires III|
|Age Available||Industrial Age|
|Base Hit Points||1200|
|Resists||50% vs. Ranged|
|Siege Damage||80 / 200|
|Siege Multipliers||x10.0 vs. Buildings|
x0.2 vs. Villagers
x0.1 vs. Docks
|Siege Range||36 / 100|
|Siege Area of Effect||3 / 10|
|R.O.F.||5.0 / 20.0|
|Train Time||40 seconds|
The Monitor is a ship featured in Age of Empires III.
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.
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French / Germans 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."