Rocket Icon
First appearanceAge of Empires III
Cost100 woodResources wood
500 coinIcon coin
AgeAges industrial Industrial Age
Base hit points350
Pop. use6
Speed4.0 (Limber)
1.6 (Bombard)
Line of Sight32
Resists75% vs. Ranged
Siege damage300
Siege multipliersx3.0 vs. Ship
x0.75 vs. Artillery
x0.5 vs. Arrow Knight
Siege range28
Rate of Fire5.0
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The Rocket (or Congreve Rocket) is a large and powerful artillery unit unique to the British in Age of Empires III. Rockets are produced for free in the Factory.

Overview Edit

Rockets are an artillery unit available to the British as a replacement for the Heavy Cannon. They are one of the two unique units produced from the Factory, the other being the Great Bombard. They have a faster rate of fire than both the Heavy Cannon and the Great Bombard. They are as effective against infantry units as they are buildings due to their high rate of fire and high attack. They are also more effective against cavalry due to their high base attack.


Other upgrades can be done in Arsenal or from shipments.

Imperial RocketsEdit

Imperial Rocket is the first upgrade for the Rocket. It is available for 1500 wood and 1500 coin once Imperial Age is reached.

Hit Points: +50% (525)
Bombard Attack: +50% (450)

Shipments Edit

  • 2 Congreve Rockets
  • 3 Congreve Rockets
  • 2 Congreve Rockets (infinite times)

Hidden Cost Edit

Training these units at a factory requires 98 seconds (93 with Team Engineering School sent by a Chinese ally). The average gather rate of a Factory is 5.5 every second (before the building upgrade (+20%)). This means that Heavy Artillery produced from a Factory, while appearing to be free, will have a cost dependent upon how effective the factory gathers a needed resource. In many cases this cost can exceed the base value (600 resources) of the unit.

History Edit

"The first rockets used in warfare were developed by the Chinese and Indians. The principle is not dissimilar to a bottle rocket, where explosive propellant (gunpowder) propels a missile (the rocket) and is stabilized by a stick that extends well beyond the body of the rocket. It was William Congreve, a British officer, who developed their use for warfare in the Napoleonic era. His rockets were tubes capped by cones and filled with gunpowder and either shrapnel or shot. They were fired from structures that consisted of a ladder with supports for the body of the rocket and a frame to prop up both ladder and rocket. These were tall affairs, and needed to be, when the stick of a large rocket could be as long as 15 feet! The "rockets' red glare" in the Star-Spangled Banner, the national anthem of the US, refers to the rockets used by the British navy in their assault on Fort McHenry in 1814."

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