Greece

The lands under ancient Greek occupation eclipsed the country as it is today, comprised of almost 400 independent city-states. With honourable and skilled warriors at their disposal, Greece’s martial prowess encompasses spear infantry, archers, cavalry, pike men, and slingers. Their combination of stalwart defensive units and strong ranged attackers makes Greek battle lines difficult to penetrate.

Commanders

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Resolve and power forms King Leonidas' battle plan. Forming the ultimate defensive wall, his shield bash can disrupt and break enemy lines. His ability to both hide from missile attacks and create an impenetrable bulwark allows Leonidas to hold his ground.


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Powerful yet brittle, the eponymous archon Miltiades targets both body and mind. His rapid infantry charge and ability to wound downed enemies means his best work is performed on the flank. Being able to inflict targeted defence and morale damage allows Miltiades to soften up foes for more attack-minded units.


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The Great King Alexander focuses on pinpoint strikes to disable and scatter enemy forces. His 'hammer' charge ploughs through units, opening them up for capture between the 'anvil', which can lock foes in place. His highly mobile cavalry units are perfect for hunting down the enemy in wedge formation.


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The Illyrian Princess Cynane is a born hunter. Excelling at supporting and striking manoeuvres, her quick movement and tracking abilities allow her to pursue and mark prey on the battlefield. Her bows' lightning-fast reload speeds give rise to Cynane as a perfect hit-and-run sharpshooter.


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Units

Here are just a few highlights of the units employed by the Greek faction. Many more are eager to follow your orders and charge into battle, Commander.

Rally them under your banners!

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Royal Spartans (Tier X)
These elite warriors wield two metre-long spears, and with their muscle cuirasses, polished greaves, Corinthian crested helmets, and bronze hoplons, they are the ultimate defensive choice. Their nigh-impenetrable armour means most missile units will find it hard to deal with the Spartans. However, Royal Spartans will falter in forest combat, so you may want to select a lighter and more mobile unit for this purpose.
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Macedonian Pikemen (Tier VII)
These soldiers carry long sarissa spears and small shields. Lacking solid armour makes the unit vulnerable to missile units and artillery, and while they don’t fare too well in forest combat, they yield great results when charging, and can serve as the main attacking force. Macedonian Pikemen can hinder or even stop a frontal enemy attack if supported by allies. However, these warriors are easily fatigued, and may quickly lose efficiency as an attacking unit. When in a phalanx, soldiers move very slowly, so use this manoeuvre wisely.
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Companion Cavalry (Tier V)
Companion Cavalry is an elite, heavily-armed unit. The riders wear cuirasses and Boeotian helmets and take long spears into battle, making them perfect for ram attacks. With the enemy startled, Companion Cavalry can then withdraw to engage in another routing attack. The lack of shields increases their mobility, but also makes them vulnerable to missile and artillery units.
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Rhodian Slingers (Tier X)

Rhodian Slingers are a unique missile unit that, as the name suggests, are armed only with slings. Do not be fooled or amused by their choice of weapon, as these warriors can be absolutely deadly in combat. The heavy lead bullets thrown with a sling are extremely good at breaking bones and disabling enemies, regardless of armour. However, an inability to deliver arcing fire limits their efficiency to situations where they have a clear shot at a target.


Rhodian Slingers have an extended view range and can use shields to cover from return fire. As well as other missile units, Rhodian Slingers are the primary target of cavalry and melee infantry, requiring support from spears or other infantry units.

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Scythian Archers (Tier VII)
Extremely powerful 80-centimetre Scythian bows can hit the mark at a very impressive range, which makes the Scythian Archers an excellent match for providing support. When they secure a suitable position (the top of a hill or within forests) and then utilise their ability to temporarily increase their firing rate and accuracy, they can significantly improve your chances of victory. However, remember that firing projectiles into the thick of battle can damage allies and warrant a battle penalty. Like many ranged units, Scythian Archers are vulnerable to cavalry and melee units, requiring support from spears or other infantry units.

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