Trade Good

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Trade goods play a very important role in a civilizations economy. There are many different trade good types each with their own special bonuses that greatly effect the efficiency of a town. Trade goods are randomly seeded throughout the map and can be identified easily by the unique three block tall pillar of bedrock with a sign displaying the type. In order to harvest trade goods a Trade Outpost improvement is required. Once the trade good is harvested it can be socketed in the town halls trade good item frame. The trade good will then produce coins and a buff for the town every hour for five days.

Trade Good Pillar and Expiration Date

Trade goods have an expiration date, every 120 hours (5 days) the trade goods disappear from where ever they were previously stored or socketed and reappear back in their Trade Outpost pillar (find out when exact reset will be by doing /civ time). You will need to recollect the trade good in order to use it again. But be warned, while it is in the trade good pillar it can be stolen by a spy performing the Pirate mission. If you die while running the trade good back to your town hall/capital someone else might pick it up and thus gain control of it. If you see a pirate, dont hesitate to slay him to get the trade good back. If the trade good item disappears (despawns) it can be found back in the trade outpost item frame. The trade good item can be placed in normal chests, but not in ender chests.

Making Money

To maximize income from trade goods it is essential to understand how they stack up, and which modifiers affect income and how. There are three different multipliers that stack multiplicatively. These are: Government Type, Monopoly Buff, Stacking Goods. The government type multiplier is straight forward, and gives a % increase of the base amount based on government type. The best type of government for trade goods is Theocracy with a 2.0 multiplier. The monopoly buff is 25% extra per monopoly buff and has no hard cap (except that there are only 8 trade slots). The multiplier is (1+NumberOfMonopoly*0.25). Thus the maximum multiplier is 3.0. The monopoly multiplier is for all socketed trade goods in the town. Stacking multiple trade goods of the same type will also give a multiplier. This multiplier will however only apply to those stacked goods. The multiplier is (1+(NumberOfGoods-1)*0.5). To prevent trade good stacking from breaking the economy there is a hard cap in place at 4 goods, which is equivalent to a multiplier of 2.5. You can have more than 4 of the same type, but the multiplier wont increase.

The ingame screen shown when you do "/town info trade" can be read like this: The number on the right of each good is the stacking modifier which is applied and thus gives an income shown on the right for each trade good. All of these individual income numbers are then added together and multiplied with the "Trade Multiplier" which is calculated as TradeMultiplier=GovernmentTypeMultiplier*MonopolyMultiplier. The sum is multiplied with the TradeMultiplier.

For making money it is vastly superior to stack the same type in 8 of the same or 4+4 configurations, but to do this careful planning has to be done when deciding where to place any town. Also many towns in a civ might work together to increase the money made. This can be seen from the last line in the example. If there are 8 towns with that configuration making each 4250 pr hour that nets a total of 8*4250 = 34000 coins per hour. Where they to stack a type in each town (8 Spice in first town, 8 oil in second town and so on) they would make a total of 100000 coins per hour or three times as much, using the same trade goods! This is of course without any monopoly buffs, which would increase the difference even more, if utilized correctly.


The following examples are all done with Theocracy as government type. The "Trade Multiplier" is the calculation outside of the brackets []. The first number inside the bracket is the number of trade goods, then the income, then the stacking multiplier calculation inside a parenthesis.

4 Whales + 4 Herbs = 2*1*[4*500*(1+(4-1)*0.5)]+2*1*[4*250*(1+(4-1)*0.5)] = 15000 coins per hour
4 Whales + 4 Gems = 2*2*[4*500*(1+(4-1)*0.5)]+2*2*[4*375*(1+(4-1)*0.5)] = 35000 coins per hour
4 Salmon + 4 Silver = 2*1*[4*250*(1+(4-1)*0.5)]+2*1*[4*125*(1+(4-1)*0.5)] = 7500 coins per hour
8 Tobacco = 2*3*[8*375*(1+(4-1)*0.5)] = 45000 coins per hour (theoretical maximum for trade good income per town)
8 Pearls = 2*3*[8*375*(1+(4-1)*0.5)] = 45000 coins per hour (theoretical maximum for trade good income per town)
8 Gems = 2*3*[8*375*(1+(4-1)*0.5)] = 45000 coins per hour (theoretical maximum for trade good income per town)
8 pelts = 2*3*[8*250*(1+(4-1)*0.5)] = 30000 coins per hour
4 Pelts + 4 Ivory = 2*3*[4*250*(1+(4-1)*0.5)]+2*3*[4*250*(1+(4-1)*0.5)] = 30000 coins per hour
1 Spice + 1 Oil + 1 Limestone + 1 Whale + 1 Coffee + 1 Silver + 1 Salt + 1 Crabs =
2*1*[1*125]+2*1*[1*375]+2*1*[1*250]+2*1*[1*500]+2*1*[1*375]+2*1*[1*125]+2*1*[1*125]+2*1*[1*250] = 4250 coins per hour
8 Corn = 2*1*[8*125*(1+(4-1)*0.5)] = 5000 coins per hour

Periodic Table of The Trade Goods

Name Buffs Terrain Rarity Hourly Pay
Coffee Rush, Extraction, Innovation Land RRR $375
Copper Advance Tooling Land R $125
Corn Year of Plenty Land R $125
Cotton Fine Art Land R $125
Crab Fishing, year of Plenty Water RR $250
Gems Barter, Greed, Monopoly Land RRR $375
Grapes Year of Plenty, Hedonism Land R $125
Guarana Rush, Extraction, Medicine Land RRR $375
Hemlock Espionage, Sabotage, Dirty Money Land RRR $375
Herbs Medicine Year of Plenty Land RR $250
Horses Advanced Tooling, Year of Plenty Land RR $250
Incense Fine Art, Innovation Land RR $250
Ivory Monopoly, Fine Art Land RR $250
Limestone Construction, Barricade Land RR $250
Marble Construction, Fine Art Land RR $250
Oil Fire Bomb, Advanced Tooling, Extraction Land RRR $375
Olives Hedonism Land R $125
Papyrus Innovation Land R $125
Pearls Greed, Monopoly Water RRR $375
Pelts Monopoly, Fine Arts Land RR $250
Poison Ivy Espionage, Sabotage, Dirty Money Land RRR $375
Salmon Fishing, Year of Plenty Water RR $250
Shrimp Fishing, Year of Plenty Water RR $250
Silver Barter, Hedonism Land R $125
Spice Preservative Land R $125
Tobacco Greed, Fine Art, Monopoly Land RRR $375
Tuna Fishing, Year of Plenty Water RR $250
Whale Innovation, Advanced Tooling, Fine Art, Extraction Water RRRR $500

Buff Types

Buff Name Buff Effect Stack-Able
Advance Tooling Increases the mine improvement by 50% N
Barricade Increases the HP of defensive structures by 50% N
Barter Increases the exchange rate of minerals at bank by 5% Y
Construction Increases hammer construction by 100 Y
Dirty Money Increases the chance of performing mission steal treasury and piracy by 50% N
Fine Art Increases the culture output of a town by 25% N
Espionage Increases the changes of performing missions poison granary and revolt by 50% N
Extraction Increases the Trommel's efficiency by 50% N
Fire Bomb Increases damage of Arrow/Cannon Towers by 100%, Arrow Towers shoot Fire Arrows N
Fishing Allows an uncooked fish to suffice for two bread N
Greed Increases bank's interest rates by 3% N
Hedonism Increases happiness by 3 Y
Innovation Increases Town's science rate by 10% Y
Medicine Decreases friendly re-spawn time during war N
Monopoly Increases coin output from all trade goods by 15% Y
Preservative Reduces consumption rate of Cottages by 50% N
Rush Reduces the production cost of all structures, wonders and improvements by 15% N
Sabatoge Increases effectiveness of sabotage missions by 50% N
Year of Plenty Increases growth rate of farms by 15% Y

See Also

Tutorials CivCraft Defensive Structures Civ & Town Structures Tile Improvements Wonders Units Command Reference

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