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.
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