For the similar Napoleon: Total War unit, see 106-gun Ship-of-the-Line.

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The First Rate Ship of the Line is a ship type in Empire: Total War.

Description[edit | edit source]

The first rate is the largest type of "ship of the line", intended to be the command ship at the centre of any fleet.

While these warships are among the most powerful vessels afloat, they are poor sailors being both slow and unresponsive. This is not a serious shortcoming because, armed with around 100 cannons firing 32-, 24- and 18-pounder balls on their three decks, they can fire a terrible and destructive broadside. They carry a crew of over 800 sailors, gunners and marines and have more artillery than most land armies. Their cost, however, is a drawback and few navies can afford to build or maintain more than a handful of them. Their great size, however, means that an admiral and his staff can be carried with little disruption to the normal working of the ship.

General Information[edit | edit source]

First rates are some of the most powerful ships in the game. With over one hundred guns and near-impenetrable hulls, they can deliver heavy broadsides and wade into the thick of the fighting without too much worry of sinking. Due to their size, their speed and maneuverability is limited, and once committed they may have trouble disengaging. What speed and maneuverability they lack they make up for in size and integrity of the hull. First rates are correspondingly expensive to build and maintain.

Some factions' ship statistics are different from others; differences are listed below (traits that to not differ are not listed).

Type Accuracy Reload Skill Hull Strength Speed Morale Cost Upkeep
Standard 30 10 8368 12 10 3240 810
France 40 10 8568 13 10 3350 830

Great Britain

30 25 8772 12 11 3310 820
Spain 30 10 8368 12 10 3200 800
United States 30 20 8772 12 11 3250 810
Empire: Total War Ships
Light Ships BrigGalleyLight GalleyRace-Built GalleonSloopXebec
Frigates 24-pounder FrigateAdmiral's Flagship, 5th RateCarronade FrigateFifth RateRazeeSixth RateUSS Constitution
Ships of the Line Admiral's Flagship, 1st RateAdmiral's Flagship, 3rd RateFirst Rate Ship of the LineFourth Rate Ship of the LineHeavy First RateHMS VictorySecond Rate Ship of the LineThird Rate Ship of the Line
Trade Ships DhowFluytGalleonIndiaman
Support Ships Bomb KetchRocket ShipSteamship
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