For lore about gnomish submarines, see Submarine.
Gnomish Submarine
Race Gnome
Faction Alliance
Hit Points 60
Armor 0
Sight 5
Speed 7
Gold 800 Gold
Lumber 150 Lumber
Oil 800 Oil
Food 1 Food
Produced at Shipyard
Build time 100 seconds
Basic Damage 50
Range 4
This article contains lore taken from Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness, Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal, the manuals, and/or official bonus maps.

The resourceful Gnomish Inventors have designed an amazing craft known as the Submarine. This watertight vessel can submerge beneath the waves and surreptitiously keep watch on enemy forces above the surface. The Gnomish Submarine is visible only to Towers, aerial forces, and other vessels that move beneath the waves. Using cunning and craft to carry out surprise attacks on more powerful enemies makes the Submarine an invaluable part of the Lordaeron armada.[1]


  • Submarines are special naval units that are invisible to all enemy units except fliers, Towers, and Giant Turtles. They are used to destroy enemy sea buildings and any unescorted ships that cannot see them. They cannot attack enemy land units or buildings.
  • Even if they cannot see them, enemy units can still destroy Submarines by using the "Attack Ground" command or certain spells.
  • Submarines are mostly useful when the enemy is focused on an early-game rush and therefore puts off building a Goblin Alchemist. It is not prudent to build them once Zeppelins become common.