Light HoplitesDiscipline is needed to fight with spear and shield in the phalanx.
Hoplites date back to the wars between the Greek city-states in the 8th and 7th centuries BC. During the Greco-Persian Wars most hoplites wore a Corinthian-style bronze helm, and a cuirass of bronze or stiffened linen or canvas. They were armed with a short sword and an iron-tipped spear with a bronze counterbalance butt-spike. Hoplites were named, though, after the round hoplon shield they carried. The hoplon-and-spear combination required them to fight as a phalanx, a block of spearmen some eight ranks deep. When closed up, each man would find shelter behind the shield of his neighbour, creating a wall of bristling spear-points. While all hoplites were originally citizen-soldiers, full-time mercenaries took over and became the standard fighting unit of the Greek world. Later, under Phillip II of Macedon and Alexander the Great, the shield became smaller, while the spear developed into the five metre sarissa pike. Many armies adopted the phalanx of hoplites as a tactical unit because it was very successful in battle.
Unit NameLight Hoplites
Main Unit KeyGre_Light_Hoplites
Land Unit KeyGre_Light_Hoplites
Naval Unit Keypel_transport
Custom Battle Cost440
├ Melee Weaponrome_hoplite_spear
├ Melee Damage Base20
├ Melee Damage Ap6
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large15
├ Bonus vs Elephants15
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence30
└ Shield Defence15
├ Armour Defence20
└ Shield Armour45
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_light_fast
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points15
- Hoplite Wall
The unit moves into close wall formation.
Bracing, melee defence, shield strength
- Rapid Advance
Improved unit movement speed over an extended period.
Speed, acceleration, charge speed
This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
- Formation Attack
The unit will try to stay in formation when in melee.
- Hide (forest)
This unit can hide in forests until enemy units get too close.
Strengths & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Average defensive unit
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Weak attack
- Poor morale
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