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|
|Empire: Total War Ships|
|Light Ships||Brig • Galley • Light Galley • Race-Built Galleon • Sloop • Xebec|
|Frigates||24-pounder Frigate • Admiral's Flagship, 5th Rate • Carronade Frigate • Fifth Rate • Razee • Sixth Rate • USS Constitution|
|Ships of the Line||Admiral's Flagship, 1st Rate • Admiral's Flagship, 3rd Rate • First Rate Ship of the Line • Fourth Rate Ship of the Line • Heavy First Rate • HMS Victory • Second Rate Ship of the Line • Third Rate Ship of the Line|
|Trade Ships||Dhow • Fluyt • Galleon • Indiaman|
|Support Ships||Bomb Ketch • Rocket Ship • Steamship|