What are the ways of improving water tiles?



  • I'm going to play an archipelago map. The problem is that water tiles seem so useless in Civ 5. They only give one food and one gold. The only two things I recall that can help to improve them is lighthouse for additional food and a colossus for gold, but the latter sadly just works for that one city.

    Are there any other ways improving water tiles, or shall I go more for the specialist economy?



    • Tile Improvements: Work boats can be used to develop special resource tiles on water (like fish, whale, and oil).
    • Wonders: As mentioned, the Colossus of Rhodes increases commerce.
    • Social Policies: Merchant Navy (Commerce) helps somewhat indirectly, by giving +3 production in coastal cities.
    • Buildings: As mentioned in the question, the Seaport and Lighthouse improve output of water tiles.
    • Technologies: I believe as you get higher technologies, the output of water tiles will be improved as well. EDIT: I think I was mistaken about this (unfortunately can't load the game up at work).


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