Carthage’s home policy interfered with its attempts to expand its influence. The ruling nobles were split into conflicting factions, which is why Carthaginian generals fighting overseas often didn’t receive support from home and had to rely on foreign soldiers and mercenaries.
Although war elephants were the ultimate force of the Carthaginian army, generals made extensive use of the Hippeis, Greece's mounted warrior class, fast but lightly armored Numidians, and recruited skirmishers from Gallic and Iberian tribes.
Known as the “Father of Strategy”, Hannibal Barca was one of the world’s greatest military tacticians. He strikes swift and true, being able to whip even slow units into shape and get them moving across the battlefield. With his ability to increase the melee damage of select units, Hannibal is a master of quick, devastating attacks.
The junior brother of great Hannibal Barca is a versatile support commander. His units can perform quick hit and run attacks wearing enemies down. In a decisive clash of several armies, Hasdrubal may tip the scales by encouraging allies with promises of wealth, and bribing foes.
Here are just a few highlights of the units employed by the Carthage faction. Many more are eager to follow your orders and charge into battle, Commander.
Rally them under your banners!
These brave warriors of the Carthage military were influenced by the Greeks in terms of combat style. Backed up by Carthage’s enormous wealth, spearmen may outperform Greek hoplites due to better equipment. Still, their bonds of citizenship are weak, which results in low morale and less effective melee defense. Though the unit boasts high maneuverability, it is vulnerable to flanking attacks. Bear in mind that when in phalanx, spearmen move very quickly and can cause a lot of damage, but become fatigued quicker. Use this ability wisely.
Epic wars with Rome left their mark as the Carthage military adopted many elements of Roman strategy like the powerful Formed Combat formation, representing a mixture of severe discipline with Barbarian-like aggressiveness. To create a tough defensive formation, use the Shield Screen ability. It makes the entire unit immobile, but gives it substantial resistance to charges and missile fire.
Carthage’s cavalry line is an interesting combination of Greek-inspired ‘Hippeis’, medium cavalry armed with spears and shields, and the fast but lightly armored Numidians. Numidian units carry a small number of javelins they can throw to weaken the enemy. The Tier IX Elite Hippeis can use the Mounted Combat buff when they want to charge into battle. This increases their melee attack and defense, but reduces their speed and acceleration.
Elephants are the ultimate force of the Carthaginian military. They are unlike any other unit. Almost immune to charges, elephants cannot be flanked and are able to smash infantry with ease. However, they are slow and vulnerable to armor-piercing weapons. An elephant’s roar can reduce the morale of all nearby enemies for an extended time. To smash foes immediately, use the Stomp ability knocking them to the ground.
Fast, accurate and brave warriors. Carthage can recruit skirmishers drawn from the tribes of Iberia and Gaul. The skirmishers can take on a spread-out formation that can minimize damage from artillery fire. Their tactics live up to their name: they appear, hit the enemy and then retreat.