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Azula's royal sloop was a coveted production of Fire Nation naval expertise.

The royal sloop[1] is a Fire Nation royal-class ship commonly used as a means of transportation by the Fire Nation Royal Family. Many ships of this class are customized by their owners in order to meet their preferences and needs. For example, Princess Azula used a massive, intimidating, and heavily ornamented sloop, while Fire Lord Zuko preferred a smaller but faster variant of this class.

As one of the most technologically advanced ships in the fleet, the royal sloop, specifically the one used by Azula, was the pride of the Fire Nation Navy. The ship was specially made for Azula and no expense was spared for its construction.[2]


Sulan's Smile was a pleasure ship commissioned by Fire Lord Chaeryu for the personal use of his wife, Sulan, before her death. A royal minister arranged the ship to be used by Avatar Kyoshi in order to depart the Fire Nation after the resolution of the Camellia-Peony War.[3] The Avatar used the ship to sail to a part of the Mo Ce Sea where she could cross over to the Spirit World in the water, before Captain Joonho and his men could rescue her.[4] She used the ship one month later to travel to Yokoya for her final confrontation with Yun.[5]

Azula used her royal sloop when she traveled to the Earth Kingdom in order to capture the traitors Zuko and Iroh on Fire Lord Ozai's orders. On deck, she made it clear to her bodyguards that they were not to hesitate to attack a member of the royal family if they wanted to live. Soon after she dismissed the guards, the captain approached the princess, saying that the tides would not allow them to bring the ship into port before nightfall. It became apparent that Azula ruled her crew with an iron fist when she forced the captain to bring the ship in regardless, threatening to kill him if he did not. At nightfall, Azula practiced her lightning generation on deck under the watchful eyes of her teachers, Lo and Li.

Royal sloop

Azula's ship was docked near the village resort when she attempted to take Zuko and Iroh back to the Fire Nation.

After docking in the port, Azula tracked down her brother and uncle and convinced Zuko to journey back to the Fire Nation with her on her ship. Iroh, skeptical about Azula's intentions, joined him in order to keep an eye on Zuko's safety. When the two arrived at the docks, they walked through an honorary guard formed by Azula's crew and were warmly welcomed by the princess, who ordered the captain to set course for home. When the captain relayed the orders to the guards, he misspoke, saying that they were "taking the prisoners home". Zuko realized her true intentions, immediately taking action and pushing the captain overboard in order to get on deck where Azula was, while Iroh took care of Azula's bodyguards. The two siblings fought on deck, Azula clearly the better fighter. However, when she prepared to finish the fight with a bolt of lightning, Iroh intervened by redirecting the bolt and throwing his niece overboard, allowing the two to escape.[6] Azula later discarded her ship as main means of transportation after Lo and Li pointed out that it might no longer be wise to travel with the Royal Procession if she intended to keep the element of surprise.[7]

The Fire Nation princess used her ship again to travel back home with Zuko, Mai, and Ty Lee after they had conquered the Earth Kingdom capital of Ba Sing Se. They also brought Iroh along with them as a prisoner after he betrayed his niece and nephew by attacking them in the Crystal Catacombs in order to allow Katara to escape with Aang's body.[8][9][10]

Zuko's royal sloop

Fire Lord Zuko's royal sloop was less ornate than his sister's.

During the arrival of Sozin's Comet, Phoenix King Ozai used a royal sloop to travel from the Fire Nation Royal Plaza to his personal airship base off the coast of the Earth Kingdom.[11]

As Fire Lord, Zuko used a new, smaller royal sloop to travel to the Earth Kingdom after the Harmony Restoration Movement threatened to escalate, using it as flagship for his fleet.[12]


The royal sloop used by Azula was much larger and faster than her brother's ship, which was a much older model. As a testament to its royalty and high rank, the ship boasted gold on the roof of its tower and on the two-pronged bow.[6]


  • The sloops used by the Fire Nation Royal Family bear closer resemblance to the sloop-of-war, notably the Flower-class sloop utilized by the British Royal Navy during World War I, rather than the typical single-masted sailboat which the name is more commonly associated with.


  1. The Earth Kingdom Chronicles: The Tale of Azula, p. 7.
  2. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at Location: The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Azula's Ship.
  3. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twenty-Three, "Second Chances". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  4. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twenty-Four, "Lost Friends". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  5. Yee, F. C. (author), DiMartino, Michael Dante (author). (July 21, 2020). Chapter Twenty-Six, "Home Again". The Shadow of Kyoshi. Amulet Books.
  6. 6.0 6.1 Ehasz, Aaron, Ehasz, Elizabeth Welch, Hedrick, Tim, O'Bryan, John (writers) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (March 17, 2006). "The Avatar State". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
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  8. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & DiMartino, Michael Dante (director). (December 1, 2006). "The Crossroads of Destiny". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 2. Episode 20. Nickelodeon.
  9. Ehasz, Aaron (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (September 21, 2007). "The Awakening". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 1. Nickelodeon.
  10. Chan, May; Ehasz, Aaron; Mattila, Katie; Wilgus, Benjamin (writer), Ganter, Amy Kim (artist), Dzioba, Wes (colorist), Comicraft (letterer). "Going Home Again" (September 18, 2007), Nick Mag Presents: Avatar: The Last Airbender.
  11. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 1: The Phoenix King". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  12. DiMartino, Michael Dante; Konietzko, Bryan; Yang, Gene Luen (writer), Sasaki of Gurihiru (penciling, inking), Kawano of Gurihiru (colorist), Heisler, Michael; Comicraft (letterer). The Promise Part Two (May 30, 2012), Dark Horse Comics.

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