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Age: Bronze
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Barracks, build Stable, build Academy.
Upgrade Cost: – – –
Cost: 60 food, 40 gold
Hit Points: 120
Attack: 17
Armor: 5
Piercing Armor: – – –
Range: – – –
Speed: Slow
Upgrade of: – – –
Special: – – –
The Hoplite is the weakest of the elite infantry units. It can be upgraded to the Phalanx.
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.


There are two types on infantry in AoE, the cheap and quick to build, light infantry and the expensive, heavily armored elite infantry. Although the Hoplite is the weakest elite infantry it still has a very high attack and high armor, and because of this it can be a quick and powerful unit to place on the battlefield in Bronze.

The Hoplite excels in one-on-one combat but its slowness can be prone to hit and run attacks from archers. 

Best when: Try using to finish off someone in RM, or when he has no archers left.


Greek infantry soldiers of the Classical Age were called Hoplites, from the name of their large round shields called hoplons. For battle they wore a cuirass, helmet, and greaves. They were armed with a long spear or pike and sword. Hoplite armies fought each other hand-to-hand in the dense Phalanx formation that faced the enemy with a bristling wall of spear points staggered at chest level. Fighting at close range in such a formation required a commitment to training and discipline that became a way of life. Hoplites were the best infantry soldiers in the world for many centuries until being supplanted by the more flexible and functional Roman legionnaire.