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Unlike the land army, naval units are extremely costly to maintain. One destroyer is roughly worth 3 normal French light tanks, and so you should be careful about what units you build for the navy, as many of these units are hard to build.

For this reason, the Japanese, British, Germans and Italians are potential naval powers, because of their special construction capabiltiies.

Naval unit roster

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A selection of naval units. Front row: gunboats, battleships and attack craft; back row: carriers and capital ships

Anchorage

Naval yard

Population cost (mainstream)

  • Trawler, light ship class, destroyer, submarine - 1
  • Cruiser, battle cruiser, capital ship - 2
  • Carrier, super capital ship - 4
  • Total number of units - 27

Mainstream units

These units are available from an Anchorage.

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Destroyer

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Light-to-medium surface craft with some anti-air, anti-submarine capability, making it useful as an early escort vessel due to its lack of minimum range.

  • Best used to mass naval power
  • Fairly cheap
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Jit Pecunia
Medium Low Medium Medium Medium Fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Ol: 100
Metall: 80
Ol: 4
Metall: 2
2

Hafen

Rather low Medium
  • Can target air.
  • Bonus damage versus Submarine.
  • +1 Splash damage.
  • Cruiser

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Cruiser

Ingame dread.j

Somewhat poor speed, but excellent armour and armaments. So she is deal for gaining early game naval supremacy and shelling most enemy fortifications although it performs poorly against assault craft, and has weak AA capability.

  • Strong against Destroyers
  • Weak against Assault Craft, Submarines
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Jit Pecunia
  • Bount Militiae
Somewhat slow Medium Medium Good Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Medium Medium +1 Splash damage.

Motorboat icon
Coastal Motor Boat

Ingame pic cmb

Cheapest combat naval unit.

  • Has low defence against low-level naval units, but high defence against large enemy ships such as Battle Cruisers, Battleships and Super Battleships.
  • Can be used to attack submarines but isn't that powerful.
  • Strong against: heavy ships, submarines
  • Weak against: escort ships, aircraft
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Jit Pecunia
Very fast Low Medium Low Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Holz: 100
Ol: 70
Ol: 2 1

Hafen

Low Rather low

Trawler

  • capable of gathering fish from the ocean.

Trawler icon
Trawler

Ingame trawler

Gathers resources from Fish and Whale patches.

  • Strong against nothing
  • Weak versus military units
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Jit Pecunia
Somewhat slow Medium Medium Good Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Medium Medium






Broadly put, use destroyers for their anti-air, anti-submarine capabilities, and the costlier but more powerful cruiser against surface naval targets.

Restricted units

These units may be built from a naval yard, which can be built only in cities or major cities.

Battle cruiser

Battle cruisers are a powerful mid- to high-level naval unit, with the ability to provide anti-aircraft support. Use these units to counter the cheaper but weaker destroyers and cruisers, especially in the absence of Battleships.

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Battle Cruiser

Algerie

Medium to heavy ship, meant for massing naval power and meant to function as an advanced "early game" line ship, or as a substitute for the heavier and more powerful battleships and capital ships.

  • Capable of engaging air, but is rather weak
  • Subceptible to submarine attack
  • Strong against: Destroyers, land-based targets
  • Weak against: Battleships, submarines, aircraft
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Free Somewhat slow Medium Medium Good Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

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Medium Medium
  • Improved anti-aircraft capability.
  • +1 Splash damage.

Battleship

Battleship
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Battship

Heavy-duty warship specialised in bombarding surface targets and massing naval power, but is highly susceptible to aircraft and submarines.

  • Strong against: Surface-based targets
  • Weak against: Submarines, aircraft
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Chess Militiae
Somewhat slow Medium Medium Good Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

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Medium Medium
  • Poor LOS which increases with each scientific upgrade.
  • +1 Splash damage.

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Air carrier

  • Costly, slow unit, vulnerable to submarines, but has a powerful complement of torpedo bombers.
  • The number of torpedo bombers is increased for different factions (along with the addition of special units) to maintain balance
  • Carriers can be built by all major powers except Russia.

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Air Carrier

  • Somewhat poor speed, but excellent armour and armaments.
  • Ideal for gaining early game naval supremacy and shelling most enemy fortifications although it performs poorly against motorboats.
  • Capable of engaging air, but is rather weak
  • Subceptible to submarine attack
  • Costly
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Free Somewhat slow Medium Medium Good Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

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Medium Medium

Submarine

Light, slow and fragile, submarines have a devastating attack against heavy ships, and are cloaked when not moving. Much later, however, they can be upgraded to become true submersibles, being stealthed to all but specialised units capable of seeing hidden units.

Not all factions are capable of raising Submarines, however: only a select few may do so.

  • Stealthy bane of heavy ships, but subceptible to destroyers and cruisers.

Submarine
Submarine

Ingame pic early sub

Somewhat poor speed, but is highly capable of destroying surface shipping and is cloaked when not attacking

  • Has mediocre LOS which increases with each science upgrade
  • Strong against: transport barges, trawlers, merchant marie, heavy ships
  • Weak against: aircraft, destroyers
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Free Somewhat slow Medium Scales with Science research. Good Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Medium Medium
  • Poor LOS which increases with each scientific upgrade.

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Advanced Submarine
Submarine

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Upgrade of Submarine. Is now capable of attacking and moving while submerged in additiion to better weapon range and mobility, giving it enhanced tactical survivability.

  • Has mediocre LOS which increases with each science upgrade
  • Strong against: transport barges, trawlers, merchant marie, heavy ships
  • Weak against: aircraft, destroyers
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Mech [3]
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Somewhat slow Medium Scales with Science research. Good Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Medium Medium
  • Poor LOS which increases with each scientific upgrade.

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Capital ship

Capital ships are the biggest floating weapons around, and come in different sizes and shapes, and are available only to six of the major powers.

See the following list for more details:

Unique units

KNIL

Motorboat icon
Brinio

Brinio

Slower but more powerful logith vessel with good LOS, a more accurate shell attack but is weak against aircraft.

  • Strong versus: light ships
  • Weak against: medium and heavy surface vessels
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Free Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop

Ol: 100
Metall: 160

Ol: 100
Metall: 160

2

Hafen

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  • Mediocre attack bonus versus buildings.
  • Defence penalty versus aircraft.
Nederland
  • Flores - has better rate of fire, range and accuracy, making it ideal for offshore bombardment.

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Flores

Motorboat flores
  • Upgrade of Brinio-class gunboat
  • Slower but more powerful attack vessel, with good LOS, very accurate 10 mm guns but is weak against aircraft.
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Free Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Ol: 100
Metall: 160
Ol: 100
Metall: 160
2

Hafen

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  • Strong attack bonus versus all light ships and buildings.
  • Mediocre attack bonus versus light fortifications.
  • Defence penalty versus aircraft.
  • Powerful but slow main guns with +1 splash damage..
Nederland

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Java-class Cruiser

Java cameo

Dutch unique upgrade of Cruiser that sacrifice hitpoints of normal Battle Cruiser for more speed and attack.

  • Strong versus: light ships
  • Weak against: medium and heavy surface vessels
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Free Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop

Ol: 100
Metall: 160

Ol: 100
Metall: 160

2

Hafen

Epic Far
  • Attack bonus versus all light ships.
  • +1 Splash damage.
Nederland

Empire of Japan

Capital ships

  • Kongo-class battleship - has weaker armour, slower speed but good guns. The only difference between Kongo and other ships is that she comes out earlier than other warships.

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Kongo

Kongo

Unique Japanese upgrade for Battleship, with stronger attack.

  • Ideal for shelling enemy installations, but weak against units, especially air units and submarines.
  • Strong against:
  • Weak against: aircraft, missiles, submarines, light watercraft and coastal batteries
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Mech [3]
Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

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Japan
  • Yamato-class super battleship - immensely huge, powerful warship, comparable with the Bismarck class. But with poor speed, a construction penalty and a high pricetag to boot. Note-like all warships, Yamato is not an upgrade, but still requires some technologies to be built.

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Yamato

Yamato
  • Immensely huge, powerful but slow warship with a construction penalty and a high pricetag to boot.
  • Ideal for gaining early game naval supremacy and shelling most enemy fortifications although it performs poorly against motorboats, aircraft and submarines.
  • Strong against:
  • Weak against: aircraft, missiles, submarines, light watercraft and coastal batteries
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Electro [4]
  • Allemande Pecunia
Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Ol: 100
Metall: 160
Ol: 10
Metall: 6
3

Marinenfabrik

Epic Far
Japan

British Commonwealth

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Admiral-class Battlecruiser

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Unique British battle cruiser unit with extensive LOS, which sacrifices AA capabilities for stronger armour.

  • Strong against: buildings and land units
  • Weak against:battleships and coastal batteries
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Mech [3]
  • Log1 Liefen
Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Ol: 100
Metall: 100
Ol: 5
Metall: 2
2

Hafen

Epic Far
Uk

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King George V-class Battleship

Kgv cameo

Unique British capital ship unit with extensive LOS. deal for shelling enemy installations, but weak against units, especially air units and submarines.

  • Strong against: buildings and land units
  • Weak against: aircraft, missiles, submarines, light watercraft and coastal batteries
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Mech [3]
  • Allemande Pecunia
Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Epic Far
Uk

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Vanguard-class Battleship

Kgv cameo

Upgrade of King George V and Battleship, and is faster, stronger, and has greater accuracy.

  • Strong against: buildings and land units
  • Weak against: aircraft, missiles, submarines, light watercraft and coastal batteries
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Reactors [6]
  • Allemande Pecunia
  • Con2
Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Epic Far
Uk

Germany

Capital ships

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Bismarck-class Battleship

Ger BB
  • Immensely huge, powerful but slow warship with a construction penalty and a high pricetag to boot.
  • Ideal for gaining early game naval supremacy and shelling most enemy fortifications although it performs poorly against motorboats, aircraft and submarines.
  • Strong against:
  • Weak against: aircraft, missiles, submarines, light watercraft and coastal batteries
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Mech [3]
  • Allemande Pecunia
Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Ol: 100
Metall: 160
Ol: 10
Metall: 6
3

Marinenfabrik

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Deutschland
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Type XXI U-Boat

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The ultimate submarine, and a German unique unit. Clearly superior to both Submarines and Advanced Submarines, but fairly costly to build.

  • Strong against: light ships, submarines, light aircraft
  • Weak against: medium and heavy warships
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Movement
speed
  • Iface IR3 assets Nahrung
  • Timber3 Holz
Slow High Low Low Medium Slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
10t, 4o 3o, 1t 2

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High Medium
  • Attack bonus against cavalry and vehicles
  • Poor mobility and low turn speed

Deutschland

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E-Boat

Sboot cameo

Unique German light naval unit capable of attacking both submarine and aerial targets. Tougher and stronger than normal Coastal Motor Boat.

  • Strong against: light ships, submarines, light aircraft
  • Weak against: medium and heavy warships
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Movement
speed
  • Mech [3]
Slow High Low Low Medium Slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
10t, 4o 3o, 1t 2

Hafen

High Medium
  • Attack bonus against cavalry and vehicles
  • Poor mobility and low turn speed

Deutschland

USSR

Battle Cruisers

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Kirov-class Heavy Cruiser

Kirov cruiser

Unique Soviet battle cruiser-type unit. Initially cheap to build, but has a high ramp cost in metal.

  • Strong versus: light ships
  • Weak against: heavy surface vessels
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Mech [3]
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  • Radio Pecunia
Rather slow Reasonable Medium Strong Rather slow Medium
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Ol: 100
Metall: 50

Ol: 5
Metall: 5

2

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Respectable Long
  • Attack bonus versus all light ships.
  • +1 Splash damage.
Cccp

Kingdom of Italy

Capital ships

Lottio icon
Littorio-class Battleship

Italy BB

Unique Italian Capital Ship unit that does not need to be built at the Naval Yard, and which replaces the Battleship, placing a premium on speed and firepower.

  • Strong against: buildings and land units
  • Weak against: aircraft, missiles, submarines, light watercraft and coastal batteries
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Mech [3]
  • Log1 Liefen
Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Marinenfabrik

Epic Far
Italia

Special

  • MAS Squad

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MAS Squad

Ingame motoscafo

Unique Italian light vessel. Cheap but weak light assault vessels, can be used to attack all naval units and aircraft. Has low defence against low-level naval units, but high defence against large enemy ships such as Battle Cruisers, Battleships and Super Battleships.

  • Strong versus: submarines, heavy ships
  • Weak versus: destroyers, cruisers, gun boats
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Free Very fast Low Medium Low Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
9t, 5o 3t 1

Hafen

Low Rather low
  • Defensive bonus versus heavy warships.
  • Deals mediocre damage versus submarines and aircraft.
Italia

France

Capital ships

  • Richelieu-class battleship - Better than the Vittorio Veneto class but with a higher cost, and some ancillary research required.

Lottio icon
Richelieu-class Battleship

France BB
  • Immensely huge, powerful but slow warship with a construction penalty and a high pricetag to boot.
  • Ideal for gaining early game naval supremacy and shelling most enemy fortifications although it performs poorly against motorboats, aircraft and submarines.
  • Strong against:
  • Weak against: aircraft, missiles, submarines, light watercraft and coastal batteries
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Mech [3]
  • Allemande Pecunia
Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Ol: 100
Metall: 160
Ol: 10
Metall: 6
3

Marinenfabrik

Epic Far
Deutschland

Aircraft carriers

  • Béarn class - early aircraft carrier, is cheap to build but of inferior quality.
  • Joffré class - cheap to build but is pretty "normal".

Special

Aviso (shared with Portugal):

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Aviso

Aviso cameo

Escort vessel that is a cross between a Destroyer and a Castal Motorboat. Although cheap and ideal as an offshore bombardment unit, easily destroyed in combat, and not as effective as a destroyer.

  • Ideal for gaining early game naval supremacy and shelling most enemy fortifications although it performs poorly against motorboats, aircraft and submarines.
  • Strong against:
  • Weak against: aircraft, missiles, submarines, light watercraft and coastal batteries
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Free Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Ol: 100
Metall: 160
Ol: 10
Metall: 6
3

Marinenfabrik

Epic Far
France Portugal

United States of America

Lottio icon
Iowa-class Battleship

USA BB
  • Immensely huge, powerful but slow warship with a construction penalty and a high pricetag to boot.
  • Ideal for gaining early game naval supremacy and shelling most enemy fortifications although it performs poorly against motorboats, aircraft and submarines.
  • Strong against:
  • Weak against: aircraft, missiles, submarines, light watercraft and coastal batteries
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
  • Electro [4]
  • Allemande Pecunia
Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
Ol: 100
Metall: 160
Ol: 10
Metall: 6
3

Marinenfabrik

Epic Far
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Cruiser

  • Baltimore-class cruiser - Replaces cruiser, battle cruiser, and destroyer. Has the best stats of each and every one.

Aircraft carriers

  • Yorktown-class - the Yorktown has a lower ramp cost, making it easier for the American player to produce these warships once the appropriate technology is acquired.
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Balao-class Submarine

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Unique upgrade of Advanced Submarine for USA. Has better armour, and is cheaper and faster to assemble.

  • Strong against: light ships, submarines, light aircraft
  • Weak against: medium and heavy warships
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Movement
speed
  • Iface IR3 assets Nahrung
Slow High Low Low Medium Slow
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
10t, 4o 3o, 1t 2

Hafen

High Medium
  • Attack bonus against cavalry and vehicles
  • Poor mobility and low turn speed

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PT Boat

Ingame swift Unique American light vessel: cheap and fast unit, vulnerable to aircraft but has an attack bonus against all land units, and can only be built in the late game.
  • Strong against: land targets particularly light infantry and vehicles.
  • Weak against: attack aircraft, medium ships.
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Electro [4]
Somewhat slow Medium Medium Good Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
  • 100t/60 + 2o
  • 2o
1

Hafen

Medium Medium
  • Attack bonus versus infantry and vehicles.
  • Takes added damage from aircraft
  • Can't attack aircraft.
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Argentina

Cruiser

  • Rivadiva-class dreadnought - Clearly faster and more powerful than any other cruiser unit, but is essentially outclassed, since Argentina cannot replace Cruisers with Battleships.

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