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Age: Iron
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Dock, upgrade to War Galley, upgrade to Trireme.
Upgrade Cost: 250 food, 100 wood
Cost: 135 wood
Hit Points: 200
Attack: 12
Armor: – – –
Piercing Armor: – – –
Range: 7
Speed: Fast
Upgrade of: War Galley
Special: Boats are twice as resistant to conversion as other units; fire rate once/2 seconds.

The Trireme has more hit points, attack strength and range than a War Galley. The Trireme cannot be upgraded. However, you can research the Catapult Trireme, which is even stronger. War vessels fire at enemy villagers, military units, and boats within range. Researching Alchemy increases attack strength. Ballistics increases accuracy. Woodworking, Artisanship, and Craftsmanship increase range.


Ancient ship designers tried numerous tricks to get more power for warships, including putting more men on single oars. The most successful design was the trireme, three tiers of single rowers per side. This ship provided reasonable maneuverability and speed. It appeared around 600 BC and made up the bulk of Mediterranean navies for several hundred years after 500 BC.