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Oil.png Oil is one of the six basic resources in Rise of Nations. It is a mid/late-game resource and used in the production of modern units and technologies.

Oil.png Oil does not show up until the Industrial Age.png Industrial Age, when the use of the internal combustion engine becomes prevalent. Oil.png Oil essentially replaces Food.png Food as a staple resource in the late-game, as it is needed for some modern buildings and units such as aircraft, vehicles, modern ships and missiles, as well as their upgrades.

Gathering Oil[]

Oil patch in the desert.

Oil patch in the ocean.

Oil.png Oil is gathered by building an Oil Well over a patch of oil and having a Citizen operate the structure. Oil.png Oil can also be gathered from the sea by sending a Citizen out to build an Oil Platform on the oil patch. Upon completion of either structure the nation is granted a one-time bonus of 50 Oil.png Oil. Both Oil Wells and Oil Platforms then gather Oil.png Oil at a rate of 35 (per 30 seconds).

The global gather rate of Oil.png Oil can be increased by building Refineries, with each Refinery adding 33% to the base gather rate of Oil.png Oil. A nation needs to develop Science.png Science 6 (Electronics) to be allowed to build Refineries. Building a Refinery in every city may allow a nation with a relatively small number of Oil Wells to still compete effectively.

Adopting Capitalism grants a nation a one-time bonus of 500 Oil.png Oil, as well as increasing the gather rate by +100 Oil.png Oil (per 30 seconds).

Rare resources[]

Entering the Industrial Age.png Industrial Age also reveals a few more rare resources, some of which also produces Oil.png Oil and can be gathered by sending a Merchant from the Market to the resource location:

The gather rate of rare resources in friendly (i.e. own and allied) territory can be increased by researching the Taxation line at the Temple (+20%, +50%, +100%, +200%) and by building the Porcelain Tower (+200%).

Nation powers[]

  • The Russian Power of the Motherland: +20% bonus Oil.png Oil production.



  • Whenever possible, be sure to be the first to seize any available oil resource as you will not be the only nation competing for natural resources. This is important, especially when computer-controlled nations will follow this tactic frequently. Be quick to find and construct an Oil Well; otherwise, you may struggle to construct military units.
  • If you are unable to achieve the previous tactic, it is possible to build Refineries in every city to increase oil production.
  • In the Scenario Editor, to place oil, you must place a patch of rocks then click on the rock patch again with the rock-placing tool.
    • There is a glitch when placing an oil patch in the water. When this happens, the oil patch in the water will appear like the one on the land instead of the water.