Alchemy is a technology in Age of Empires that is researched at the Government Center. It can only be researched in the Iron Age and improves the attack of all units that launch projectiles by 1 point.
The attack of the Ballista/Helepolis is improved by 2 points while the attack of Fire Galleys increases by 6 points. However, if the "Black Rider" cheat code is entered after researching this upgrade, the +1 attack bonus will not be applied.
Age of Empires
- Alchemy does not affect Towers (Visual effects apply).
The Rise of Rome
- Alchemy increases the attack of Towers.
|“||The beginnings of chemistry can be traced back to ancient attempts to make gold and silver out of base metals, to find a universal cure for disease, and to discover secrets of prolonging life. The experiments and secrecy of the alchemists gave them an aura of mystery and magic. Alchemists were both feared and sought out for help. In an ancient world of little scientific understanding, mystery, and magic had power.||”|
|—Age of Empires manual|
|Government Center technologies|
|Age of Empires|
|Bronze Age||Nobility · Architecture · Writing|
|Iron Age||Aristocracy · Ballistics · Alchemy · Engineering|
|The Rise of Rome|