Gunpowder (Civ4)

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Gunpowder - 1200 Beaker

A technology introduced in Vanilla
Required techs Guilds or Education
Leads to Chemistry (with Engineering)
Rifling (with Replaceable Parts)
Units enabled Musketman
Buildings enabled None
Era Renaissance

"You can get more of what you want with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word."
-Al Capone


Gunpowder allows you to build Musketman units and Cuirassiers (with Military Tradition).

Civilopedia EntryEdit

Gunpowder is a chemical mixture of saltpeter, sulfur, and charcoal. When ignited, it burns rapidly and explodes if contained to any degree. Gunpowder is believed to have been developed by the Chinese, who used it in fireworks as early as the 9th century, but it did not reach Europe until the 14th century. Europeans immediately saw the potential of this substance, and manufactured it for use in weapons as early as 1334. The discovery of gunpowder led to the invention of firearms, such as the musket, which led to the replacement of archers in most armies of the world by the late 1500s. Gunpowder marked one of the major technological turning points in military history significantly changing the way wars were fought.

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