For the similar Empire: Total War units, see Fifth Rate or Sixth Rate.

32-gun Frigate
32-gun Fifth Rate NTW
Appears in Napoleon: Total War
Belongs to Nearly all factions
Crew 99
Guns 32 (16 on each side)
Firepower 576
Range 500 (round shot)/350 (chain shot)/150 (grape shot)
Accuracy 60
Reloading skill 40
Hull strength 510
Speed 20 (22)
Maneuverability Medium
Morale 9
Produced from Dockyard
Cost 480
Upkeep 120
Turns to Train 5
Unit Cap None
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The 32-gun Frigate, or 32-gun Fifth Rate for Great Britain, is a type of frigate in Napoleon: Total War.


A 32-gun frigate is a single deck warship, mostly used for convoy raiding and protection.

This square-rigged ship is armed with 12-pounders on the only gun deck. The cannons it carries do not have the same punch as the guns found on larger ships, but they are more than capable of damaging smaller ships. The speed and handling characteristics of a 32-gun frigate allow it to choose when and where to engage a slower enemy. Whereas most ships must blast away at close range, this frigate can pepper an enemy at a distance.

The first 32-gun frigates were introduced in 1756 and classed as “fifth rates” by the Royal Navy. The Southampton-class of frigates were British built and had more headroom on the lower deck than the French frigate models. British frigates had been derived from the French designs: the British were impressed with the French design, and copied captured examples for their own fleet. Although not usually commanded by a full captain, a frigate was a desirable ship for an ambitious officer as it gave him a taste of independent command.

General InformationEdit

32-Gun Frigates are equal to or better than 24-gun Frigates in every category, with superior numbers of men, guns, and more firepower per cannon. They are slightly more expensive but this is well-offset by their increased durability and firepower without sacrificing maneuverability or speed. They are best suited to fighting frigates and other small ships: even though they are somewhat more sluggish than the fleetest ships, they are still nimble and maneuverable enough to be able to fire their cannons to good effect. Against ships of the line, however, 32-gun frigates are outmatched in terms of firepower and durability, though they may still harrass and wear down larger ships if carefully controlled.

Some factions' ship statistics are different from others; differences are listed below (traits that to not differ are not listed). Unlike most other ship types, British ships aren't statistically superior and are only (barely) cheaper. 

Faction Accuracy Speed Cost
France 70 21 510 SP/600 MP
Great Britain 60 20 480 SP/560 MP
General 60 20 490 SP/570 MP
Napoleon: Total War Ships
Light Ships BrigGalleySloop
Frigates 24-gun Frigate32-gun Frigate38-gun FrigateCarronade FrigateRazee
Ships of the Line 106-gun Ship-of-the-Line122-gun Ship-of-the-Line50-gun Ship-of-the-Line64-gun Ship-of-the-Line74-gun Ship-of-the-Line80-gun Ship-of-the-Line86-gun Ship-of-the-Line98-gun Second RateHMS ElephantSantissima Trinidad
Steam Ships 38-gun Steam Ship80-gun Steam ShipIroncladSteam Paddle Frigate
Trade Ships Dhow (Trade Ship)Indiaman (Trade Ship)Merchantmen (Trade Ship)
Support Ships Bomb KetchRocket Ship