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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 rosterEdit

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

AnchorageEdit

Naval yardEdit

Population cost (mainstream)Edit

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

Mainstream unitsEdit

These units are available from a wharf. In addition, a wharf is required in order to be able to allow land units to be transported via water.

  • Motorboat

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Coastal Motor Boat

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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 Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
1

Hafen

Low Rather low
  • Destroyer

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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 Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

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

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War Junk

Ingame dread.j

Very slow warship, armed only with assault rifles.

  • 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
  • Jit Pecunia
  • Bount Militiae
Somewhat slow Medium Medium Good Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Medium Medium

TrawlerEdit

  • 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 Weapon 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 unitsEdit

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

Battle cruiserEdit

  • Available only to the powers - see major powers and minor powers for more info.
  • Modern Age vanilla skin
  • Upgrade of the Dreadnought, has limited anti-air capability, but is just as powerful.




Battle cruisers are a more destructive version of a destroyer, and are also capable of high speed and anti-aircraft support. Use these units to counter the cheaper but weaker destroyers and cruisers

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Battle Cruiser

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  • 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 Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Marinenfabrik

Medium Medium

BattleshipEdit

  • Is the hardest-hitting conventional surface vessel unless capital ships are considered
  • Very extensive LOS
  • Battleships are buildabe only by the 7 major naval powers, as well as Brazil and the Netherlands.

Battleship
Submarine

Battship
  • Heavy-duty warship specialised in bombarding surface targets and massing naval power.
  • Capable of engaging air, but is rather weak
  • Subceptible to submarine attack
  • Strong against: Surface-based targets
  • Weak against: 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 Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

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

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Air carrierEdit

  • 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 Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Medium Medium

SubmarineEdit

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.

  • Stealthy bane of heavy ships, but subceptible to destroyers and cruisers.
  • Submarines (I) are cheap, but Advanced Submarines (II) are costly, and available only to powers such as France or Germany. However, the survivability of Advanced Submarines is substantially higher, having more hitpoints and movement speed.
  • Submarines have enough payload to destroy civvy shipping, and suffer almost no damage from capital ships!

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 Medium Good Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

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

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Capital shipEdit

Capital ships are the biggest floating weapons around, and come in different sizes and shapes, and are available only to the 7 major powers. Capital ships are not only powerful, but they have different capabilities - that comes with a handicap. For instance, the Iowa-class battleship is the fastest-sailing, fastest-producing and cheapest capital ship, but clearly is outmatched by other capital ships such as the Bismarck-class battleship, in terms of firepower and armour. Capital ships are so big that (wht the possible exception of British and Russian capital ships) they canot be garrisoned in dockyards. NOTE: Germany and Japan receive 2 different capital ships, instead of 1. Capital ships have hit penalties against small craft, but can be used to take out destroyers and large targets. Most Tier 1 Battleships require only Stainless Steel from your Foundry, but the Tier 2 Battleships of Japan and Germany require both Shell Process and Replaceable Parts; for the Italian and French battleship programmes, however, only Mechanisation (Level 2 Trunk tech) and Logistics are required.

See the following list for more details:

Unique unitsEdit

KNILEdit

Note: unlike other factions, the KNIL do not have the capital ship or the aircraft carrier.

Battle CruiserEdit

Java-class light cruiser - Weakest but fastest-moving, fastest-hitting and cheaper than normal battle cruisers

SpecialEdit

  • Brinio - light attack craft, meant to out-tech the other swift boat factions (Italy, USA and Germany), but must be upgraded later on to ....

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Brinio

Brinio
  • 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
Free Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Epic Far
Nederland
  • Flores - has better rate of fire, range and accuracy, making it ideal for offshore bombardment.

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Flores

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
Free Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Epic Far
Nederland

Empire of JapanEdit

Capital shipsEdit

  • 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
  • Lower armour and speed in comparison to normal battleship, but has immense firepower
  • 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
Free Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Epic Far
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
Free Slowest Legendary Excellent Brutal Slow Very slow
Cost Created from Armour Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Epic Far
Japan

British CommonwealthEdit

As a general rule, British ships are served by 3 main advantages: they have good range, excellent LOS, and the ability to regenerate after a battle. This ability is enhanced compared with tanks and infantry on land.

Aircraft carriersEdit

  • Ark Royal - in addition to having good LOS and a variety of good torpedo bombers, Ark Royal has an enhanced regeneration capability and a slight speed bonus.

Battle cruisersEdit

  • Town-class cruiser - average power and durability, compared to the Aviso-type ships of France and Portugal, but can easily shoot them from afar.

Capital shipsEdit

  • KGV-class battleship - average power and durability, but with good LOS, and can easily shoot from afar. Several Nelsons can take on a Bismarck, but might have problems with the bigger Yamato. You must have some ancillary research completed to unlock this ship.

GermanyEdit

Capital shipsEdit

  • Bismarck-class battleship - strong, immensely powerful, but one of the slowest to move - yet the slowest to die nonetheless in a heated exchange. Note-Bismarck requires some technologies to be built.

SubmarinesEdit

  • U-boat - Replaces submarine, and is highly advanced, with a variety of tricks, such as better speed and weapon range than other submarines. The German U-boat can be upgraded to the Type XXII U-Boat for better performance

SpecialEdit

  • S-boat - unlike other warships, this is a weak, but cheap-producing gunboat, capable of taking out submarine and surface targets, and very effective at taking out air. Unlike other warships, the S-boat is known for being built of both timber and oil.

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Capital shipsEdit

  • Soyuz-class battleship - Average-performance battleship, with a cheap pricetag, but hidden high ramp costs in metal, and a long gestation period. To create many capital ships, Russia must build as many naval facilities as it can. A player will then be forced to decide what sort of military force it needs, because its navy requires high micromanaging.

Battle CruisersEdit

  • Kirov-class heavy cruiser - as with the Soyuz battleship, the Kirov also can be created in huge numbers initially, before it is slowed by its ramp cost in metal. slightly slower to build, but not as indefatigably difficult to build as the Soyuz.

Kingdom of ItalyEdit

Capital shipsEdit

  • Littorio-class battleship - average hull strength and weak range, but highly powerful main guns and engine. Unlike many other capital ships, Littorio doesn't need any auxiliary technologies to be created. Unlike other warships, Littorio can be built from the Anchorage, ensuring Italy can spam build capital ships well until the late game.

SpecialEdit

  • MAS Squad

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Iowa-class Battleship

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  • Cheap but weak light assault vessels, deals added damage against submarines and is also capable of damaging cruisers and battleships.
  • 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.
Prereq: Build time HP LOS Attack Attack speed Move
speed
Free Very fast Low Medium Low Medium Very fast
Cost Created from Armour Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
1

Hafen

Low Rather low
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FranceEdit

Capital shipsEdit

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

Aircraft carriersEdit

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

SpecialEdit

Aviso (shared with Portugal): a cross between a destroyer and a motorboat. Although cheap, easily destroyed in combat, and not as effective as a destroyer.

United States of AmericaEdit

Capital shipsEdit

  • Iowa-class battleship - Average-strength battleship. Capable of outranging warships like the Vittorio Veneto class, but still fragile against other ships, especially such as Bismarck-class or Yamato-class warships. It however is distinguished from other factions by having a lower pop cost, and a fast build time. Theoretically, the USA can churn out quite a number of these warships.

CruiserEdit

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

Aircraft carriersEdit

  • 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.

SpecialEdit

  • PT boat: cheap and fast unit, vulnerable to aircraft but has an attack bonus against all land units.

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Kirov-class Missile Cruiser

Ingame swift
  • 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 Weapon range Specialty
Base Ramp Pop
2

Hafen

Medium Medium

BrazilEdit

CruiserEdit

  • Minas Gerais-class dreadnought - can be replaced by battleships later on. It's costly, but packs a far more powerful punch than other cruiser-class units in existence. Note that Brazil cannot build cruisers or battleships without Hierarchy researched.

Kilo class attack sub

Ticonderoga class attack sub

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