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 "There never was a good knife made of bad steel."
– Benjamin Franklin

Game Info[]

Metallurgy, the next step in the development of metal working, delivers a new level of sophistication to Renaissance weaponry and prepares its entrance into the Modern age. It also unlocks a variety of new units.

Lancers are a harder-hitting version of Knights. They have several more points of Combat Strength and receive a bonus against mounted units. However, they have a penalty during defense, making them brittle if they aren't defended.

Sipahi are unique Ottoman Lancers that are even faster than regular Lancers. They can pillage in enemy territory without breaking stride, making them the single best sabotage unit in the game.

Hakkapeliitta are unique Swedish Lancers that can interact with Great Generals and have a 15% combat bonus.

Winged Hussars are unique Polish Lancers that can have extra strength, and two promotions (Formation I and Shock I). It can force defending enemy troops to withdraw.

Civilopedia entry[]

Metallurgy is the science of metals and metallic alloys. In Civilization V the "metallurgy" technology covers the advancements in this field since the 19th century AD. In the 19th and 20th centuries, great strides have been made in all facets of metallurgy, from extraction, to the creation of new alloys, to the production of cheap, high-quality metals.

Metal remains at the heart of modern civilization. Much of the world is built of steel, and what isn't is made of aluminum or titanium. Our communications networks are made of metal, and so are our vehicles, weapons, satellites and spacecraft. Without modern metallurgy 90% of the Earth's population would starve within a year.


Despite being a Renaissance technology, between Gunpowder and Rifling, this technology's icon shows an armored knight wearing a helmet of the 12th-13th century, protections outdated for centuries, if not the idea of armor itself.

Civilization V Technologies [edit]
Ancient Agriculture Animal Husbandry Archery Bronze Working Calendar Masonry Mining Pottery Sailing The Wheel Trapping Writing
Classical Construction Currency Drama and Poetry GodsKings5 clear.png Engineering Horseback Riding Iron Working Mathematics Optics Philosophy
Medieval Chivalry Civil Service Compass Education Guilds GodsKings5 clear.png Machinery Metal Casting Physics Steel Theology
Renaissance Acoustics Architecture GodsKings5 clear.png Astronomy Banking Chemistry Economics Gunpowder Metallurgy Navigation Printing Press
Industrial Archaeology Biology Dynamite Electricity Fertilizer Industrialization GodsKings5 clear.png Military Science Rifling Scientific Theory Steam Power Telegraph1
Modern Ballistics GodsKings5 clear.png Combustion Electronics Flight Mass Media1 Plastics Radio Railroad Refrigeration Replaceable Parts
Atomic2 Atomic Theory Combined Arms GodsKings5 clear.png Computers Ecology Nuclear Fission Penicillin Radar Rocketry
Information2 Advanced Ballistics Future Tech Globalization Lasers Mobile Tactics GodsKings5 clear.png Nanotechnology Nuclear Fusion Particle Physics Robotics Satellites Stealth Telecommunications GodsKings5 clear.png The Internet BNW-only.png
1Vanilla only 2Atomic and Information eras are Future Era in Vanilla
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