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Ships are an essential part of Anno 1800 and the backbone of both the trading and warfare systems in the game.

Gameplay

Obtaining ships

Ships can be produced in shipyards or bought from other factions. Players need a trading agreement to be able to buy ships from others. The ships up for sale depend on the amount of citizens players have. If the population on their islands is high enough, they can buy certain ships earlier than they could otherwise have built for themselves.

Pirates sometimes have special ships for sale that can't be obtained in any other way. Pirate ships typically are slightly modified versions that are slightly better in combat than the regular versions.

Transporting cargo

A ship typically has one or more cargo holds, each able to contain up to 50 tons of a single type of good at a time (the only exception to this being the Oil Tanker, which can transport up to 400 tons of oil). Ships can also carry items in their cargo holds, but by equipping them in specialized item slots, the ship will make use of their special effects. Ships can only equip Ship Items, with some of them only available for military ships.

Settling islands

Any ship can build a Warehouse on an unsettled island if it has the required building materials on board (10 Timber and 8 Steel beams) and if the player has enough Influence. If the ship moves in range of an empty coast, the blueprint for a Trading Post will appear. Clicking on it and then on the "build" button in the menu that comes up, will construct the Trading Post. All goods that were on the ship will automatically be transferred onto the island. How much Influence is needed to settle an island, island depends on the island's size.

Wind direction

Wind Direction

The wind direction shown in the upper-left corner of the minimap.

Sailing ships have to consider wind direction. If a ship sails against the wind, its speed is greatly reduced, whereas if it sails with the wind in its back, it will get a boost. Steam ships aren't affected by wind direction, and the Flagship, being a hybrid, is less affected by wind than other sailing ships. You can check the wind direction by looking at the arrows in the top-left corner of the minimap.

Naval warfare

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Each naval ship type has its advantages and disadvantages in naval combat depending on its parameters. Some of these parameters are weapon range, hit points, weapon accuracy, firepower, and the aiming direction of the weapons. E.g. a ship of the line has more firepower than a battle cruiser but the weapons of a battle cruiser have a higher range and accuracy. This means that in most situations a battle cruiser will win a one on one sea battle against a ship of the line. However if a ship of the line can get close enough to a battle cruiser then a ship of the line can take out the battle cruiser.

Trade Routes

For more details see: trade routes

Expeditions

For more details see: expeditions

Statistics and ship comparison

Construction and upkeep costs

Icon

Ship type Description Constr.

Cost/Time

Prerequisite or Vendor Purchase/Sell Value Upkeep Cost

Sail ships

Schooner Schooner
Icon buff trade gold 0
Two-masted trade ship with a medium sized cargo hold. 20Timber
10Sails
03:00
150WorkersWorkers

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

5000Credits

−15Balance
1Influence
Gunboat Gunboat
Icon buff military gold 0
Very fast, one-masted military ship with a small cargo hold. Armed with a front howitzer, though not the sturdiest. 10Timber
20Sails
7Weapons
03:00
150WorkersWorkers

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

12500Credits

−25Balance
2Influence
Frigatte Frigate
Icon buff military gold 0
Fast, three-masted military ship with a medium sized cargo hold. Armed with side cannons. 40Timber
20Sails
15Weapons
06:00
1ArtisansArtisan

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

20000Credits

−100Balance
4Influence
Clipper Clipper
Icon buff trade gold 0
Fast, four-masted trade ship with an increased cargo hold. 40Timber
30Sails
06:00
750ArtisansArtisans

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

15000Credits

−175Balance
2Influence
Ship-of-the-line Ship-of-the-line
Icon buff military gold 0
Slow, four-masted military ship with a medium sized cargo hold. Armed with side cannons. 60Timber
30Sails
30Weapons
12:00
750ArtisansArtisans

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

50000Credits

−250Balance
8Influence

Steam ships

Cargo ship Cargo Ship
Icon buff trade gold 0
A sturdy and reliable trade ship, with a large cargo capacity. 20Steel beams
20Steam motors
09:00
500 EngineersEngineers

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

300000Credits

−500Balance
3Influence
Battle cruiser Battle Cruiser
Icon buff military gold 0
A slow but powerful military ship, armed with advanced turrets designed for long range attacks. 60Steel beams
20Steam motors
25Advanced weapons
15:00
500 EngineersEngineers

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

800000Credits

−850Balance
12Influence
Monitor Monitor
Icon buff military gold 0
A heavily armored steam-powered military ship capable to carry a low amount of cargo. Armed with a heavy mid-range turret. 40Steel beams
10Steam motors
10Advanced weapons
12:00
1 InvestorsInvestor

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

350000Credits

−300Balance
6Influence
Oil tanker Oil Tanker
Icon buff trade gold 0
Designed and built to carry oil barrels, and nothing else. 20Steel beams
20Steam motors
09:00
500 EngineersEngineers

Sold by Blake

300000Credits

−500Balance
5Influence
Hybrids
Flagship Flagship Hybrid steam and sail ship, useful in any situation. Cannot be constructed 150 WorkersWorkers or previous Flagship sunk

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

5000Credits
Cannot be sold

0Balance
0Influence
Airships
Airship Airship
Icon buff trade gold 0
A trading vessel that flies! Very fast and suitable for long-distance trades, but high cost and 'only' 4 cargo slots. Cannot be attacked. Content from The Passage DLC 25Timber
50Sails
25Steam motors
40Gas
15:00
750 TechniciansTechnicians

650000Credits

−1600Balance
4Influence
Special ships
Great Eastern Extravaganza Steamer
Icon buff trade gold 0
Larger, more durable Cargo ship with an extra item hold. 20Steel beams
20Steam motors
09:00
Specialist:
Anna Union

Sold by Pirates

500000Credits

−100Balance
6Influence
Pirate gunboat Pirate Gunboat
Icon buff military gold 0
Pirate version of the classic Gunboat with increased speed and dps. 10Timber
20Sails
7Weapons
03:00
Specialist:
Gideon Small

Sold by Pirates

25000Credits

−25Balance
2Influence
Pirate frigate Pirate Frigate
Icon buff military gold 0
Pirate version of the classic Frigate with increased speed and dps. 40Timber
20Sails
15Weapons
06:00
Specialist:
Petra Piper

Sold by Pirates

40000Credits

−100Balance
4Influence
Pirate ship-of-the-line Pirate Ship-of-the-line
Icon buff military gold 0
Pirate version of the classic Ship of the Line with increased speed and dps. 60Timber
30Sails
30Weapons
12:00
Specialist:
Shih Yang

Sold by Pirates

100000Credits

−250Balance
8Influence
Royal ship-of-the-line Royal Ship-of-the-line
Icon buff military gold 0
Royal version of the classic Ship of the Line with increased damage and durability. 60Timber
30Sails
30Weapons
12:00
Specialist:
Sir Milfoy Credenza-Belfry-Guscott

Sold by Pirates

100000Credits

−250Balance
8Influence
Pirate monitor Pirate Monitor
Icon buff military gold 0
Pirate version of the classic Monitor with increased speed and dps. 40Steel beams
10Steam motors
10Advanced weapons
12:00
Specialist:
Maria Pizarro

Sold by Pirates

500000Credits

−600Balance
6Influence
Pyrphorian monitor Pyrphorian Monitor
Icon buff military gold 0
40Steel beams
10Steam motors
10Advanced weapons
12:00
Specialist:
Stilton Snood

Sold by Pirates

500000Credits

−600Balance
6Influence
Pyrphorian Warship Pyrphorian Warship
Icon buff military gold 0
50Steel beams
15Steam motors
15Advanced weapons
12:00
Specialist:
Slinky Sinistra

Sold by Pirates

700000Credits

−800Balance
9Influence
Pyrphorian battlecruiser Pyrphorian Battle Cruiser
Icon buff military gold 0
60Steel beams
20Steam motors
25Advanced weapons
15:00
Specialist:
Suspicia Slyhood

Sold by Pirates

1200000Credits

−1000Balance
12Influence
Great Eastern2 Great Eastern
Icon buff trade gold 0
Legendary Trade Ship with 8 cargo slots Cannot be constructed Quest after first World's Fair,
Aquired from Sir Archibald Blake

750000Credits

−1000Balance
10Influence
Icon ship diving vessel Salvager
Icon buff trade gold 0
Content from Sunken Treasures DLC Cannot be constructed Aquired from Old Nate

5000Credits
Cannot be sold

N/A

Ships statistics

Icon

Ship type Cargo/Item slots Hitpoints Dmg per shot

(per second)

Attack Range Speed Navigation/

Naval Power

Sail ships

Schooner Schooner 2/1 1000 - - 4.4-15.8 20/0
Gunboat Gunboat 1/2 850 105 (21) 40 4.0-18.0 20/10
Frigatte Frigate 3/2 2000 140 (28) 55 4,2-18.7 10/20
Clipper Clipper 4/1 2500 - - 5.5-19.8 20/0
Ship-of-the-line Ship-of-the-line 3/3 4000 525 (53) 68 3.2-14.4 0/50

Steam ships

Cargo ship Cargo Ship 6/2 4000 - - 10.4 20/0
Battle cruiser Battle Cruiser 3/4 6000 280 (40) 84 9.0 0/70
Monitor Monitor 2/2 3000 93 (31) 48 10.6 20/30
Oil tanker Oil Tanker 1(400t for Oiloil)/0 5000 - - 9.0 0/0

Hybrids

Flagship Flagship 3/2 2000 175 (44) 55 8.0-18.0 15/20
Airships
Airship Airship 4/2 1200 - - 9.4-32.8 ?/0
Special ships
Great Eastern Extravaganza Steamer 6/3 5000 - - 10.4 20/0
Pirate gunboat Pirate Gunboat 1/2 850 105 (26) 40 4.8-21.6 20/10
Pirate frigate Pirate Frigate 3/2 2000 140 (35) 55 5.0-22.5 10/20
Pirate ship-of-the-line Pirate Ship-of-the-line 3/3 4000 525 (70) 68 3.8-17.3 0/50
Royal ship-of-the-line Royal Ship-of-the-line 3/3 5000 650 (65) 68 3.2-14.4 0/50
Pirate monitor Pirate Monitor 2/2 3000 93 (39) 48 12.7 20/30
Pyrphorian monitor Pyrphorian Monitor 2/2 5000 55 (37) 24 10.6 20/30
Pyrphorian Warship Pyrphorian Warship 2/2 6000 45 (45) 33 10.6 20/30
Pyrphorian battlecruiser Pyrphorian Battle Cruiser 3/4 8000 145 (50) 42 9.0 0/70
Great Eastern2 Great Eastern 8/3 6500 - - 11.0 20/0
Icon ship diving vessel Salvager 6/3 4000 - - 10.6 10/0


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