Heaven’s reference pages


Age: Iron
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Barracks, build Stable, build Government Center, build Academy, upgrade to Phalanx, research Aristocracy, upgrade to Centurion.
Upgrade Cost: 1800 food, 700 gold
Cost: 60 food, 40 gold
Hit Points: 160
Attack: 30
Armor: 8
Piercing Armor: – – –
Range: – – –
Speed: Slow
Upgrade of: Phalanx
Special: – – –
The Centurion is the ultimate elite infantry unit. It has more hit points, attack strength, and armor than the Phalanx. You must research Aristocracy before you can upgrade 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.


The Centurion in AoE, along with the Legion, Scythe and Ballista Tower is in the group of an essential super unit that is miles better than the unit it upgraded. You not only get a huge 40 HP extra but a +10 attack. Given another armor boost this killing machine can take down a normal elephant one-on-one. This led to the centurion becoming a rush unit in AoE DM. All this changed when the AE came along making the Centurion useless again as they lack adjacent damage. Still it was my favourite unit in AoE until RoR came out, putting it into the same super unit category as the cataphract.

Best when: You are playing in AoE without AEs and HAs.

Greek, Macedonian and Carthaginian elite infantry are all good due to extra speed, HP or piercing armor. Macedonian units are the best due to their extra armour and conversion resistance.


The smallest tactical unit in the Roman army trusted with independent maneuver was the 120 man maniple. Each maniple was commanded by a Centurion, a veteran promoted from the ranks after demonstrating bravery, skill, discipline, and leadership. The maniple was roughly equivalent to the modern infantry company and the Centurion was a combination of modern infantry captain and top sergeant. Centurions were the backbone of the legions that built and defended the Roman Empire.