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Alchemy is a technology in Age of Empires that is researched at the Government Center in the Iron Age. It is available to all civilizations except the Choson, Romans, and Shang.

Gameplay[]

Alchemy improves the attack of all projectile units by 1. The attack of Fire Galleys increases by 6. However, if the "Black Rider" cheat code is entered after researching this upgrade, the +1 attack bonus will not be applied.

Affected units[]

Team bonuses[]

  • Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans: Researching Alchemy is 30% faster.

Changelog[]

ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires[]

  • Alchemy grants +2 attack to Ballista and Helepolis.
  • Alchemy does not affect Towers (visual effects apply).
  • Assyrians AoE Assyrians: Cannot research Alchemy.

RomeIcon The Rise of Rome[]

  • Alchemy increases the attack of Towers.

Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Alchemy grants +1 attack to Ballista and Helepolis.
  • Assyrians AoE Assyrians: With update 46777, Alchemy was added to their technology tree.

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • Assyrians AoE Assyrians: Upon release, Alchemy was removed from their technology tree. With hotfix 85208, it was added back.

History[]

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.
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