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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For the unit in Age of Empires, see War Galley (Age of Empires).
War Galley
WarGalley
Unit Information
Type Naval Vessel
Introduced In KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization All civilizations
Age Castle-age-reseach Castle Age
Trained At Dock-logo Dock
Training Time 36 seconds
Training Cost
Wood 90
Gold 30
Statistics
Hit Points 135
Attack 7 pierce
Attack Bonuses +9 vs Ship
+7 vs Building
+4 vs Rams
Rate of Fire 3.05
Frame Delay 0
Range 6
Accuracy 100%
Projectile Speed 6
Melee Armor 0
Pierce Armor 6
Armor Classes Ship
Speed 1.43
Line of Sight 8
Unit Evolution
Upgraded From Galley Galley
Upgrades To GalleonAoE2 Galleon
Upgrade Cost Galleon-research 400 Food, 315 Gold
Upgrade Time 65 seconds

"Stronger than Galley."

Age of Empires II description

The War Galley is a naval vessel in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Dock once the Castle Age is reached. Instead of firing arrows like its predecessor, it fires large bolts like a Scorpion, but unlike the Scorpion (or the Caravel), their bolt only damages the single unit it hits.

Tactics Edit

In naval battles, quickly advancing to Castle Age and researching War Galley is considered imperative as the upgrade significantly reduces the training time of Galleys. Since it is a relatively weak unit, it is strongly advised to upgrade it to the Galleon as soon as possible.

The Galley line units are the backbone of any naval army, War Galleys and Galleons are a very cost effective way to deal with Cannon Galleons and Demolition Ships if they are micromanaged properly. They are also useful in shoreline combats against enemy units and shoreline buildings with the exception of Towers, Castles, and siege units. War Galleys work a lot better in large numbers, and they must be paired with Fire Ships in most cases, and are excellent escorts for Transport Ships.

The War Galley's main counter unit is the Fire Ship, but Demolition Ships may also be a problem in many circumstances. Longboats and Turtle Ships are also a threat, and siege units like Trebuchets, Onagers, and Bombard Cannons can be devastating against an army of War Galleys in shoreline combats. Also, Monks can be dangerous, especially without Faith researched.

Further statistics Edit

Unit Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong vs. Transport Ships, Fishing Ships, buildings in the shoreline, melee units in the shoreline
Weak vs. Fire Ships, Turtle Ships, Longboats, Towers, Castles, ranged siege units on the shoreline
Upgrades
Attack Fletching Fletching (+1)
Bodkinarrow Bodkin Arrow (+1)
Bracer Bracer (+1)
Chemistry Chemistry (+1)
Range Fletching Fletching (+1)
Bodkinarrow Bodkin Arrow (+1)
Bracer Bracer (+1)
Accuracy Ballistics Ballistics (hit moving targets)
Armor Careening Careening (+0/+1)
CastleAgeUnique Carrack (+1/+1, Portuguese only)
Speed Drydock Dry Dock (+15%)
Conversion defense Faith Faith
Heresy Heresy
Creation speed Shipwright Shipwright (+54%)
Train cost Shipwright Shipwright (-20%)
Upgrades War Galleys can be upgraded to Galleons

Civilization bonuses Edit

Team bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

The Conquerors Edit

  • With patch 1.0c, Shipwright also decreases train time by 35% now.
  • Heresy introduced.

The Forgotten Edit

  • Vikings: War Galleys are now 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.

Trivia Edit

  • The War Galley is one of only four upgraded forms of military units (the other three being the Man-at-Arms, the Long Swordsman, and the Capped Ram) to be available to all civilizations.
  • War Galleys deal bonus damage against the cheat unit Saboteur (since The Conquerors) because it is in the same unit class as ships.

History Edit

The war galley was a larger and improved fighting ship. It carried a larger contingent of marines and archers. When necessary, the equivalent of a war galley was created by putting fighting towers at the stern and bow of trading ship. These provided better protection and a height advantage for archers when closed with an enemy ship.

Gallery Edit

Unit Evolution: Galley

Galley Galley --> WarGalley War Galley --> GalleonAoE2 Galleon

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