AgeIron Age
Trained atDock
Cost135 Wood
Upgraded FromWar Galley

The Trireme is an Iron Age upgrade from the War Galley and is one of the strongest naval vessels featured in Age of Empires. To upgrade a War Galley to a Trireme, 300 Food and 100 Wood is required prior to researching. Once upgraded, the player gains the ability to construct a Trireme as well as the ability to develop the Catapult Trireme. 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.


Civilization Bonuses

  • Greek warships are 30% faster.
  • Minoan naval units costs 30% less.
  • Persian Triremes fire 50% faster.
  • Yamato naval units have 30% more HP.

Babylonians, Hittites, and Shang do not have the ability to construct a Trireme in the Iron Age.


The first true warships were built 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 flaming arrows gradually replaced the ram, as it was more effective and could eliminate enemy ships from a greater range and distance.

Unit Evolution: Trireme

Scout Ship --> War Galley --> Trireme

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