The War Galley is a warship featured in Age of Empires and The Rise of Rome. War Galleys are available at the Dock once Bronze Age is reached when 150 food and 75 wood is invested at developing the Technology. The War Galley is an upgrade of the much lighter Scout Ship. The War Galley has more hit points, attack strength, and range than a Scout Ship. Once the Iron Age is reached, the War Galley can be upgraded to a more improved ship, the Trireme. Ships are 2X resistant to enemy conversions than regular units.
On water maps, it is a good idea to research War Galley as soon as the player advances to the Bronze Age, since the War Galley surpasses its predecessor, the Scout Ship, in all aspects.
Despite having a weaker attack value than its successor, it has a faster fire rate and its projectile travels faster. In naval maps, Hittite players can make War Galley production a priority, since their civilization bonus gives their War Galleys extra range. Due to their extra range, they can outrange even a fully upgraded Trireme and harass enemy land units near the shore, giving their own units great support.
The appearance of the ram triggered an arms race in ship design. Hulls were strengthened to support ever-heavier rams on the bow. As hulls grew larger, more oarsmen were required to provide power. A deck was added and a second group of oarsmen was placed there. This increased power without increasing length, but the deck made the ship somewhat instable. A ship with two levels of rowers was called a bireme.