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Phalanx

Age: Iron
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Barracks, build Stable, build Academy, upgrade to Phalanx.
Upgrade Cost: 300 food, 100 gold
Cost: 60 food, 40 gold
Hit Points: 120
Attack: 20
Armor: 7
Piercing Armor: - - -
Range: - - -
Speed: Slow
Upgrade of: Hoplite
Special: - - -
Description:
The Phalanx has more attack strength and armor than the Hoplite. The Phalanx can be upgraded to the Centurion.
Researching Toolworking, Metalworking, and Metallurgy increases attack strength. Leather Armor, Scale Armor, and Chain Mail increase armor. The Bronze Shield and Iron Shield increase piercing armor. Aristocracy increases speed.
Comments
The Phalanx is just the hoplite brought into the Iron Age. It's been given a new look and better stats. But with the quality
of some of the Iron Age missile and siege units, you really must stick to one-on-one fighting. In DM, you need to get the Centurion, fast!

Best when: You can upgrade to Centurion.

Centy
History
The phalanx was a Greek heavy infantry formation used from about 800 BC to the conquest of Greece by the Romans in the Second Century BC. The Greek infantry, called hoplites, formed a square that could quickly face in any of four directions. Each man carried a pike or spear up to 12 feet in length. As the formation advanced, it presented an imposing wall of spear points to its front. Hoplites carried a large round shield and wore a bronze helmet, breastplate (cuirass), and greaves. All free men in the Greek city-states trained in the phalanx. The discipline and drill required to make the phalanx work permeated the entire Greek culture. Greek infantry fighting from the phalanx was the finest in the western world for several centuries. No other infantry faced it in hand-to-hand combat and won until the new tactics of combined arms made it obsolete. The last great success of the phalanx was in Alexander's campaign against the Persians, although in that army it fought as part of a combined arms army.
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