Fire Galley

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Fire Galley

Age: Iron (RoR only)
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Dock, research Scout Ship, upgrade to War Galley, research Fire Galley.
Upgrade Cost: – – –
Cost: 115 wood, 40 gold
Hit Points: 200
Attack: 24
Armor: – – –
Piercing Armor: – – –
Range: 1
Speed: Fast
Upgrade of: – – –
Special: Twice as resistant to conversion. +5 damage from Ballista, Helepolis. +10 damage from other siege weapons.
The Fire Galley is a short-range vessel used to defend against other ships. Fire Galleys are superior to Triemes in one-on-one combat. Fire Galleys take extra damage from siege weapons because their heavy artillery can shatter the Fire Galley’s burning pots and set fire to the ship.
Alchemy increases attack. Fire Galleys can only be built if the civilization cannot research the Catapult Trieme. Hence, the Fire Galley is not available in a Full Tech Tree game.

The Fire Galley is a really helpful edition to RoR. In AoE, any civilization without the Catapult Trieme, or even worse, the Trieme would struggle at sea as the Triemes and Juggernaughts kill all their FBs and War Galleys. Fire Galleys are only available to civs without the Catapult Trieme and can easily take out a Trieme. They are not seen in a Full Tech Tree, so civilization with the Catapult Trieme will never use them in a normal RM or DM. Carthaginian Fire Galleys are best with their attack and are one of the few good sea civs that lack the Juggernaught.

Fire Galleys have started a triangle in naval combat – Fire Galleys beat Triemes beat Catapult Triemes beat Fire Galleys. So, best use them against non-siege ships. Due to their short range, land attacks are pretty silly.



Because ships were primarily built of materials that burnt easily, fire was a devastating weapons against them. Ancient mariners devised several ways to set enemy ships on fire. The simplest was to fire flaming arrows or ballista bolts on an enemy ships. (Which all ships with Alchemy do anyway.) Next most useful were flaming grenades, like a modern Molotov cocktail. Most intricate were flaming firepots suspended from the bow of a ship by a pole. When the pole was positioned over the deck of an enemy ship, the pot was dropped, shattering it and spreaded burning liquid over the deck. The illustration in the actual game of having two flamethrowers attached to the side of the ship is false and was only applied by the Byzantines in the Dark Ages with the technology of Greek Fire.