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Age: Iron
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Barracks, research Short Sword, upgrade to Broad Sword, upgrade to Long Sword, build Temple, research Fanaticism, upgrade to Legion.
Upgrade Cost: 1400 food, 600 gold
Cost: 35 food, 15 gold
Hit Points: 160
Attack: 13
Armor: 2
Piercing Armor: – – –
Range: – – –
Speed: Medium
Upgrade of: Long Swordsman
Special: – – –
The Legion is the ultimate infantry unit. The Legion has many more hit points and more attack strength than the Long Swordsman. You must research Fanaticism before you can upgrade to Legion.
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.


One of the ugliest units in the game, the Legion has a great cost / HP ratio (that is, if you forget the huge upgrade cost). With 160 HPs, these guys are fairly tough. They’re better at getting close to siege and archers than other infantry units – after all they survive two hits from Cats and three from STs and Ballistas/Helepoli. With Bronze and Iron shield they can even survive four hits from the Ballista and Helepolis (if they don’t have Alchemy of course). Choson Legions are even better. However, Roman Legions will kill Choson Legions in single combat. Roman swordsmen attack 30 % faster. Choson Legions get + 80 HPs. This is the weakest superunit and a dubious one. The only advantage is the low cost per unit.


The Roman legion was the ultimate military formation of antiquity. The legion was a 4200-man unit at full strength, broken down into 120-man units called maniples. Most of the maniples went into battle as separate blocks of men in a square formation that looked something like a checkerboard from above. Ten maniples fought as skirmishers in loose order to the front of the first line of blocks. They attacked the enemy infantry line with sling stones, arrows, and javelins as the two armies closed and then fell back between gaps in the blocks. They might move to the edges of the battle to protect the Roman line and harass the enemy line. The heavy infantry blocks moved forward, throwing javelins just before the clash. Gaps in the blocks might be filled in by a second row of blocks containing more experienced soldiers. The third and final row of blocks was the smallest but contained the most experienced veterans who served as the legion’s reserve. The basic legion might have attached cavalry, archers, engineers, and artillery, depending on the task before it. At its peak, the Roman Empire had Legions deployed all along its frontiers, defending against barbarians, putting down revolts, expanding the empire, and maintaining order.