This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the unit in Age of Mythology, see Trireme (Age of Mythology).
AgeIron Age
Trained atDock
Cost135 Wood
Rate of FireFast
Upgraded FromWar Galley War Galley
The Trireme is an Iron Age upgrade of the War Galley, and is one of the strongest naval vessels featured in Age of Empires. To upgrade a War Galley to a Trireme, 300 Food and 100 Wood is required. It is required to develop the Catapult Trireme. Instead of firing arrows like the War Galley, it fires a large spear similar to a Ballista.

Upgrades Edit

Dock Tree
Stone Age
Fishing Boat age of empires
Fishing Boat
Trading boat
Trade Boat
Tool Age
Alu AoE LightTransport v1.00 Icon
Light Transport
Scout Ship
Scout Ship
Bronze Age
Fishing Ship
War Galley
War Galley
Merchant boat
Merchant Ship
Iron Age
Alu AoE HeavyTransport v1.00 Icon
Heavy Transport
Fire galley aoe
Fire Galley
Catapult Trireme

Civilization Bonuses Edit

  • Greek: Triremes move 30% faster.
  • Minoan: Triremes cost 30% less wood.
  • Persian: Triremes attack 50% faster.
  • Yamato: Triremes have 30% more HP (+59 hit points).
  • Macedonians: Triremes are four times more resistant against conversion.

Babylonians, Hittites, and Shang do not have the ability to construct a Trireme in the Iron Age.

Strategy Edit

Triremes are known for their fast speed and good rate of fire, making them a deadly force to be reckoned with. Under most circumstances, developing Triremes is a must when it comes to naval combat. Players and computers that have the ability to produce them can unleash powerful assaults on enemy fortresses in a matter of minutes. Whether a player possesses triremes can mean the difference between victory and defeat. Players who select civilizations with bonuses suited for these ships can construct a powerful navy that can tear down any fortified structure, giving them an edge in naval combat.

History Edit

The first true warships were built to ram enemy ships. The first civilization to build these kinds of ships were thought to be the Greeks, who copied the overall design of the ship from the Phoenicians. This ship developed by the Greeks was known as the Trireme. The rams mounted at the front of the Trireme are usually made of iron and other metals. Once the enemy ship is rammed, a large gap would appear in its hull, causing it to sink within a matter of minutes. Early warships were almost oar-powered torpedoes, consisting of a light, floating hull manned by oarsmen. A sail, if present, was used only in transit, not in battle. As technology progressed, the development flaming arrows gradually replaced the ram, as it was more effective and could eliminate enemy ships from a greater range and distance.

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