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“Well-armed and plentiful, these troops are effective at tearing down enemy buildings.”

Phalanx is a level 5 standard Heavy Infantry unit unlocked in the Classical Age. Its predecessor is the Hoplite and can be upgraded to the Pikeman. It is researched in a level 4 Blacksmith.

General Information[]

The standard Heavy Infantry's default A.I. or purpose is to destroy the closest building (excluding walls), but they may fight back when attacked by an enemy troop. They're excellent at taking down defensive Heavy Cavalry (noticeably on cavalry at an age lower than them) and are able to destroy buildings quickly. However, their disadvantages are that they have low health, meaning that they can be killed very quickly. They can get destroyed easily by Splash Damage Structures such as Catapults or Mortars and Multiple Target Damage Structures such as Redoubt or Machine Gun. They are also weak against other Heavy Infantry (and even Ranged Infanty} spawned by the City Center, Garrisons, Ambush Traps etc.

Historical Description[]

The Phalanx is a tight military formation armed with large shields and extra-long spears, first adopted in the 8th century BC by the Spartans. The front line of the unit locks shields, and several ranks of soldiers are able to thrust their spears over the shield-wall at the enemy. The formation is only effective on flat, open terrain, but when deployed by highly-trained troops, can be devastating against cavalry and other infantry.

Visuals[]

Mediterranean: It has bronze armour. This soldier is modelled after the ancient Greek soldier.

North European: Appearance like norse soldier, Iron armour, black belt and leather sleeves.

Oriental: This troop has darker coloured armour, wears a couple of red bands and resembles an ancient chinese warrior.

Attacking Strategies[]

  • If these units are used in large groups and not in heavy fire, they can be devastating and can destroy a base easily.
  • Catapults or Mortars, with their splash damage, are devastating against these units and can kill a group of them in a few hits if in the range of the impact. Spread the units around so that the mortar would have to hit each infantry to kill it and that its impact would not affect other infantry as well, or deploy a few Heavy Cavalry to destroy it.
  • Redoubts or Machine Guns buildings can likewise be devastating against these units, if it is not dealt with appropriately. Keep the units away from it until it is destroyed or position them to destroy it quickly.
  • If a group of these units are under fire from Catapults or Mortars or Redoubts or Machine Guns buildings, consider using war tactics such as Sabotage or Protect and destroy the buildings as quick as possible, or use Demolition beforehand to eliminate these threats. You may also consider using Heavy Cavalry or other units to destroy these threats early on.
  • The Missile Silo can eliminate a group of these units quickly. Don't group them together so much that will attract the Silo attacks. Or you could deploy them after the Silo is destroyed, sabotaged or distracted by other units with high HP.
  • Use Ranged Infantry or Machine Gun Infantry to support them, so they don't perish easily to defenders.
  • They can be used as a distraction for many defenses and can help protect ranged infantry such as Ranged Infantry from defenses.
  • A group of them can easily overwhelm single target defensive towers, but are vulnerable against machine gun buildings.
  • While using an army entirely composed with Heavy Infantry can decimate enemy bases early on, this strategy becomes less useful as you advance ages as your opponents will use more powerful defenses with AOE effect such as the Missile Silo.


Defensive Strategies[]

  • The level 4 Garrison can train up Phalanxs to help defend the village from attackers. Put the garrison defended and inside walls: that way, the garrison can train Phalanxs without getting attacked for a short amount of time. It is suggested that a garrison should be close to the Acropolis since training Phalanxs would be quicker than usual; spawned defenders will also have increased hitpoints.
  • The level 1 Ambush Trap deploys Phalanxs when triggered by enemy troops too close to it. It is suggested to put in areas where enemies may deploy Heavy Cavalry.


Trivia[]

  • Historically, phalanx wasn't a military unit, it was a military formation used by greek hoplites.
  • Initially, Roman troops also used the phalanx formation (inherited from the Etruscans, who inherited it from the greeks), but after a number of defeats against the Samnites, it was abandoned in favor of the manipular system.
  • Historically, both North European and Asian Nations had a very different style of warfare, and didn't use anything similar to the phalanx formation.
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