Dye is one of the 31 rare resources. It appears as rows of dye plants with red, yellow and blue blossoms and some bowls standing on the ground nearby.
- +10 Wealth gather rate
- +10 Knowledge gather rate
- Cost of Civic Research reduced by 25%
The gather rate of rare resources can be increased in various ways, as described in the main article. Note that Knowledge is not gathered before the Classical Age, but the Greeks may gather Knowledge from the beginning, making an early exploitation of Dye more useful.
Dye is one of five rare resources that reduce research cost, with the other four being Furs, Papyrus, Silk and Silver. The cost reduction is quite significant, so if Dye happens to be available nearby, a Merchant should be sent to collect it as soon as possible.