Royal PeltastsThe king's own skirmishers are a force to be reckoned with.
These skirmishers were named for their small crescent-shaped leather or wicker shields or 'peltai'. It was a common habit to name troops for their shield style in the Greek world. They wore little or no armour and carried three javelins. After harassing the enemy by flinging javelins, they would hastily retreat before any counter-charge or flanking move could be carried out. As armies developed and tactics became more complex, peltasts were expected to take part in hand-to-hand combat: with such expectation they were given stiffened linen cuirasses and short swords. They were still expected to use javelins, but could then join in the close fighting. Eventually, peltasts even exchanged their characteristic shield for the heavier thureos. Their name and battlefield function remained unchanged.
Unit NameRoyal Peltasts
Main Unit KeyGre_Royal_Peltasts
Land Unit KeyGre_Royal_Peltasts
Naval Unit Keypel_transport
Custom Battle Cost1280
├ Missile Weaponrome_javelin_light
├ Missile Damage20
├ Missile Ap Damage9
└ Base Reload Time10
Shots Per Minute6
├ Melee Weaponrome_kopis
├ Melee Damage Base30
├ Melee Damage Ap6
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large0
├ Bonus vs Elephants0
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence34
└ Shield Defence15
├ Armour Defence35
└ Shield Armour45
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_heavy_fast
├ Man Health40
└ Bonus Hit Points20
The unit moves into a close formation and raises shields.
Armour strength, bracing, melee defence, shield strength
- Use the Whip
Improved attack and fatigue resistance for a short time.
Melee attack, weapon damage, fatigue resistance
This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
This unit provides a morale bonus to nearby allies.
- 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
- Very good attack
- Average defence
- Average damage but low armour penetration
- Good morale