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Race-Built Galleon
Race-Built Galleon
Belongs to Pirates
Crew 59
Guns 28 (13 on each side, 2 stern chasers)
Firepower 109
Range 500
Accuracy 60
Reloading skill 40
Hull strength 1830
Speed 17
Maneuverability Medium
Tech requirement None
Produced from Fishing Fleet, Shipyard, Trading Port or higher
Cost 540 SP/580 MP
Upkeep 130

A Race-Built Galleon is a ship type in Empire: Total War.


A galleon is a square rigged warship, capable of long ocean voyages and of carrying some cargo. Demi-culverins are the usual armament carried.

A galleon is a strong, seaworthy vessel, capable of surviving an Atlantic crossing in the worst of weathers. This is a tribute to their builder’s methods and techniques, learned over the decades of making caravels and carracks. The lines of a galleon show its medieval heritage, as the type is similar to the earlier ships, but without their high forecastle shape. The galleon retains a high stern castle, but its main fighting power is on the gun deck. This change meant that galleons are not fighting platforms for (land) troops, but fight with broadside batteries of demi-culverin cannons. In this respect, it is a forerunner to the later square-rigged rated ships of the line. The guns and strength of construction make them dangerous targets, as numerous English pirates and privateers discovered to their cost.

A galleon can also carry a substantial cargo. The Spanish galleon fleets carrying bullion from the New World, for example, made a tempting target because they were such good cargo vessels. The wealth they imported was almost beyond calculation. The gold and silver, however, damaged Spain by flooding the country with “cheap” money, and there was no understanding of economics to help stop the problem.

General InformationEdit

Unique to the Pirates faction (unless captured by other factions), Race-Built Galleons are seaworthy vessels, carrying similar firepower to Brigs, but with much better hull strength and sails. They are strong enough to pose a serious threat to anything lighter than a frigate, although they are also ineffectual against larger ships due to their rather insubstantial firepower.

Race-built galleons cannot initiate boarding actions. Unlike Galleons, they are not merchant ships and cannot utilize trade nodes.

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