|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the unit in Age of Mythology, see Trireme (Age of Mythology).|
The Trireme is an Iron Age upgrade of the War Galley, and is one of the strongest naval vessels featured in Age of Empires. Instead of firing arrows like the War Galley, it fires a large spear similar to a Ballista.
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.
- Alchemy increases attack by 1.
- Ballistics increases accuracy.
- Woodworking increases range by 1.
- Artisanship increases range by 1.
- Craftsmanship increases range by 1.
Civilization bonuses Edit
- Greek: Triremes move 20% faster.
- Minoan: Triremes cost 30% less wood.
- Persian: Triremes have a 25% higher Rate of Fire.
- Yamato: Triremes have 25% more HP.
- Macedonians: Triremes are four times more resistant against conversion.
"Ancient ship designers tried numerous tricks to get more power for warships, including putting more men on single oars. The most successful was a trireme, three tiers of single rowers per side. This ship provided resonable maneuverability and speed. It appeared around 600 B.C. and made up the bulk of Mediterranean navies for several hundred years after 500 B.C."—Age of Empires manual
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 of flaming arrows gradually replaced the ram, as it was more effective and could eliminate enemy ships from a greater range and distance.
|Units in Age of Empires|
|Age of Empires|
|Priest · Villager · Trade Boat · Merchant Ship · Fishing Boat · Fishing Ship · Light Transport · Heavy Transport|
|Infantry||Clubman · Axeman · Short Swordsman · Broad Swordsman · Long Swordsmen · Legion · Hoplite · Phalanx · Centurion|
|Archers||Bowman · Improved Bowman · Composite Bowman · Chariot Archer · Elephant Archer · Horse Archer · Heavy Horse Archer|
|Cavalry||Scout · Cavalry · Heavy Cavalry · Cataphract · Chariot · War Elephant|
|Siege||Stone Thrower · Catapult · Heavy Catapult · Ballista · Helepolis|
|Navy||Scout Ship · War Galley · Trireme · Catapult Trireme · Juggernaught|
|The Rise of Rome|
|Armored Elephant · Camel Rider · Fire Galley · Scythe Chariot · Slinger|