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Mercenary Velites Mercenaries Missile Infantry

Mercenary Velites

These javelin-armed skirmishers are fast moving and lightly armoured.

Recruited from amongst Rome's poor and those too young to fight as hastati, the velites were the Roman army’s light infantry. They wore wolf skin head-dresses which are thought to have some totemic significance, although they were also worn to induce fear in their enemies. At the Battle of Zama in 202 BC, when Scipio Africanus confronted the Carthaginian general, Hannibal, it was the velites who helped fend off his initial elephant charge, utilising their light armour and weapons to move quickly around them. They harassed the elephants to a frenzy while the cavalry blew horns to disorientate the beasts. Hannibal had hoped to break the Roman lines with his elephants; instead, many of the frightened beasts turned on the Carthaginians. Those elephants who didn’t crash through their own lines were caught in a cleverly orchestrated manoeuvre, whereby the Romans carefully channelled them through gaps made in the cohorts' formation.

Mercenary Velites

Unit Name

Mercenary Velites

Main Unit Key

inv_mercenary_velites

Land Unit Key

inv_mercenary_velites

Naval Unit Key

pel_transport

Soldiers

120

Category

Missile Infantry

Class

Missile Infantry

Custom Battle Cost

420

Recruitment Cost

420

Upkeep Cost

315

Missile Damage

32

├ Missile Weapon

rome_javelin

├ Projectile

javelin_normal

├ Missile Damage

20

├ Missile Ap Damage

12

└ Base Reload Time

10

Accuracy

5

Range

80

Reload

13

Shots Per Minute

7

Ammunition

7

Melee Attack

10

Weapon Damage

24

├ Melee Weapon

rome_shortsword

├ Melee Damage Base

20

├ Melee Damage Ap

4

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

4

Melee Defence

45

├ Base Defence

15

├ Shield

round

└ Shield Defence

30

Armour

40

├ Armour

cloth

├ Armour Defence

10

└ Shield Armour

30

Health

50

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_light_fast

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

10

Base Morale

30

Abilities

No Ability

Attributes

  • Resistant to Fatigue
    Fatigue has less of an effect on this unit.
  • Hide (scrub & forest)
    This unit can hide in scrub and forest until enemy units get too close.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Transport
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very slow speed
  • Weak ramming
Mercenary Velites
  • Short range
  • Fast rate of fire
  • Very good damage and armour penetration
  • Very weak in melee
  • Very poor morale

Rise of the Republic Mercenaries Pool

Mercenaries Pool
No. Pool Province Region Initial Unit Count Chance To Replenish Max Replenish Per Turn Max Count
1 inv_province_pool_latium Latium Anagni
Antium
Casinum
Fregellae
0 0.15 1 3
2 inv_province_pool_roma Roma Ostia
Roma
0 0.15 1 3
Barion
Herdonia
Sipious
Sylbion
Algarium
Nùgoro
Terranòa
Thathari
Consentia
Croton
Terina
Thurii
Brentesion
Hydros
Manduria
Taras
Capua
Neapolis
Pithekousai
Poseidonia
Carthago
Kerkouane
Utica
Aethalia
Aleria
Mantinon
Pallas
Akragas
Entella
Motya
Panormos
Luna
Pisa
Sarsina
Viesul
Aesernia
Histonium
Teate
Felsina
Parmni
Placentia
Ravenna
Brixia
Eporedia
Mediolanon
Vercelum
Cornus
Karalis
Nuraxi
Sulci
Hipponion
Locri
Rhegion
Skyllition
Anagni
Antium
Casinum
Fregellae
Clavenna
Comum
Oscela
Albingaunum
Asta
Retovium
Stalia
Aceruntia
Elea
Herakleia
Potentia
Ausculum
Firmum
Hadria
Bergamum
Feltria
Sebatum
Tridentum
Ostia
Roma
Alba Fucens
Cures
Nursia
Reate
Bovianum
Compsa
Corfinium
Terventum
Ariminum
Caesena
Sena
Agyrion
Katane
Kephaloidion
Messini
Gela
Hybla Heraea
Leontini
Syrakousai
Fufluna
Tarchuna
Vatluna
Velusna
Terra Incognita
Aritim
Clevsin
Felathri
Siena
Iguvium
Perusia
Sestinum
Spolettium
Cisra
Veii
Patavium
Tarvisium
Tegeste
Vedinum