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

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

Naval warfare in Anno 1800 can play an integral part in the game depending on player's preferences. Although the focus of the Anno series is to build an empire based on strong economy and trade, warfare can work to the player's advantage in securing vital resources as well as forging diplomatic relations with the AI. With this in mind, various types of warships are obtainable at different stages in the game making warfare a viable option for the player.

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 possess a longer range and are more accurate. Consequently, in most situations, a battle cruiser will win a one-on-one sea battle against a ship-of-the-line due to its superior range. However, if a ship-of-the-line can get close enough to a battle cruiser, then the odds can turn in its favor and the battle cruiser may go down in defeat.

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

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

5000Credits.png

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

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

12500Credits.png

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

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

20000Credits.png

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

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

15000Credits.png

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

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

50000Credits.png

−250Balance.png
8Influence.png

Steam ships

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

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

300000Credits.png

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

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

800000Credits.png

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

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

350000Credits.png

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

Sold by Blake

300000Credits.png

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

Sold by Blake and Sarmento

5000Credits.png
Cannot be sold

0Balance.png
0Influence.png
Airships
Airship.png Airship
Icon buff trade gold 0.png
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.png
50Sails.png
25Steam motors.png
40Gas.png
15:00
750 Technicians.pngTechnicians

650000Credits.png

−1200Balance.png
4Influence.png
Special ships
Great Eastern.png Extravaganza Steamer
Icon buff trade gold 0.png
Larger, more durable Cargo ship with an extra item hold. 20Steel beams.png
20Steam motors.png
09:00
Specialist:
Anna Union

Sold by Pirates

500000Credits.png

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

Sold by Pirates

25000Credits.png

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

Sold by Pirates

40000Credits.png

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

Sold by Pirates

100000Credits.png

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

Sold by Pirates

100000Credits.png

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

Sold by Pirates

500000Credits.png

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

Sold by Pirates

500000Credits.png

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

Sold by Pirates

700000Credits.png

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

Sold by Pirates

1200000Credits.png

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

750000Credits.png

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

5000Credits.png
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.png Schooner 2/1 1000 - - 4.4-15.8 20/0
Gunboat.png Gunboat 1/2 850 105 (21) 40 4.0-18.0 20/10
Frigatte.png Frigate 3/2 2000 140 (28) 55 4,2-18.7 10/20
Clipper.png Clipper 4/1 2500 - - 5.5-19.8 20/0
Ship-of-the-line.png Ship-of-the-line 3/3 4000 525 (53) 68 3.2-14.4 0/50

Steam ships

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

Hybrids

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


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