Pharaoh A New Era: How to Trade

Trading in Pharaoh: A New Era is critical to balancing your economy and selling off surplus goods. However, it can be confusing if you’re unsure what you’re doing, which is why we’ve made this guide to help. 

Producing your own settlement’s food and resources can last you a while in the new city-builder and management game, Pharaoh: A New Era, but there will come a time when you must trade with other towns and cities to balance your economy and raise your revenues. If you’re confused about how it works, this guide will show you exactly what you need to do. 

Pharaoh: A New Era How to Trade

To set trade, players need to open a trade route to the town they want to trade with on the World Map. This requires accessing the Overseer panel and clicking the Overseer of Commerce icon. From here, you’ll be able to set your goods on import and export, though you can’t import and export the same good. 

If trade is not working, ensure you have enough Storage, as if it’s completely full, your workers will have nowhere to place the imports.

Opening a Trade Route

Before you start trading, you’ll need to set a trade route. which costs Debens, the in-game currency. Click the World Map icon on the left side of the screen, then left-click the settlement you’d like to trade with. Select Open Land Trade Route to enable trade between the settlement and your city. 

On this screen, you’ll be able to see what the settlement purchases or sells. Often, you’ll need a specific good, so open trade routes to settlements you’ll benefit from. 

Opening a Trade Route in Pharaoh A New Era

Keep in mind, trading is locked behind the game’s tutorial, which ends on the “The First Pharaoh” mission in the city of Nekhen in 3000 BC. So, if you haven’t made it this far in the campaign, you’ll have to complete the tutorial before it becomes available to you. 

Setting Imports and Exports

Now that a trade route is open, you can start selling or importing goods. Click the Overseer icon on the left side of the screen, then click the Overseer of Commerce icon. From here, you’ll have a list of Resources you have stored and whether there are any available trade routes available for imports and exports. 

Setting Imports and Exports in Pharaoh A New Era

On this screen, there is a dropdown next to the different materials you have stored. Click the dropdown menu to set whether you import or export the goods. You can set the goods to export up to a certain number, or you can export all surplus goods. On imports, you can set it to a specific number or only import goods as you need them. 

Land vs. Sea Trade Routes

As you advance through the game, there will be certain settlements that can be accessed by road and trade routes that are only accessible by sea. To trade via sea, players will need to build a Dock on a grassy straight area adjacent to water. Trade boats will come through to import and export goods. Make sure not to block off sea trade routes with bridges, as it will prevent the trading vessel from getting stuck. If trade isn’t working, make sure that you have a Dock and enough Storage Yards to accept the new imports.

Now that you know how to trade in Pharaoh: A New Era, you can build a thriving economy. Remember that if import costs exceed export costs, your settlement’s Prosperity will tank. Make sure you’re producing more than you’re consuming, or you’ll throw off your economy. 

See our Pharaoh: A New Era Section for more guides on the game.