Egyptian Units


Catapult
Catapult

Class: Siege Weapon

Cost: 200 Wood200 Gold

Information: Masters of all forms of ranged combat, the Egyptians delight in bombarding enemy structures and formations with catapult fire. After softening the enemy ranks, the Infantry moves in and finishes off any survivors.

Weaknesses: Infantry and Cavalry Units

History: Though the Ancient Egyptians did possess the technology to build catapults they are never mentioned in any Egyptian military account.

Chariot Archer
Chariot Archer

Class: Archer

Cost: 200 Wood100 Gold

Information: Equipped with the best Archers in the Egyptian army, the Chariot Archer is a force to be reckoned with. It lays down a destructive barrage of arrow fire that destroys enemy Spearmen and then moves on before the enemy can counter-attack.

Special Ability: Can train Mounted Archers.

Weaknesses: Cavalry

History: The chariot was a vehicle of travel for high-ranking officials in Ancient Egypt, and it was also a weapon used by archers in the Egyptian Army. Unlike the chariots built by the Hittites, Egyptian chariots were light and fast moving. In the Ancient Egyptian Army the Chariot Archers main role was to protect the infantry. At range chariot archer would make use of arrows to dispense of their enemies, in close corridors they pull out their auxiliary weapon, most often an axe to deal with enemies.

Cleopatra
Cleopatra

Class: Hero

Cost: 200 Gold

Information: (70 BC to 30 BC): Relying on her beauty and stealth, Cleopatra wields a razor-sharp Kopesh Sword to cut down her foes. Extremely fast and agile, Cleopatra moves in, strikes the fatal blow, and then moves on to her next victim. When using her bow, Cleopatra can zoom in x2.

Cleopatra’s secret weapon is Qetesh’s Oration, a gift granted her by the gods that makes all nearby enemies betray their own civilization and submit to Cleopatra. As she gains experience, Cleopatra has an even more powerful effect on enemies.

Weaknesses: Her low Stamina limits Cleopatra’s ability to take on several formations at once.

History: Cleopatra has the distinction in history of being many things at once, among them a ruler, betrayer, seductress and the last of the Ptolemies. The extent to which Cleopatra’s beauty and seductive nature have been portrayed in modern media has grossly exaggerated this figure in history. From most ancient accounts Cleopatra was not beautiful in body, but rather beautiful in mind, being a shrew politician.

In 48 BCE Julius Caesar entered into Alexandria and restored Cleopatra to the throne of Egypt ending the civil war that had plagued the country. Cleopatra’s opponent, her brother, Ptolemy XII continued to fight Caesar and Cleopatra but was killed in 47 BCE. Cleopatra had one child via Caesar.

After Caesar’s death, Mark Antony aligned himself with Cleopatra and together they were married and had 3 children. Mark Antony’s relationship with Cleopatra was mostly based on political and military considerations. Anthony was strongest in the East and needed the wealth of Alexandria to challenge Octavius. At the battle of Actium in 32 BCE, Octavius defeated Cleopatra and Antony. Shortly after Octavius besieged Alexandria in 30 BCE, Antony and Cleopatra committed suicide.

Female Civilian
Female Civilian

Class: Miscellaneous

Information: The Female Civilian is a campaign only unit that has no special attributes.

Weaknesses: All Military Units

Healer
Healer

Class: Miscellaneous

Cost: 50 Wood50 Gold

Information: The Egyptian healer is a religious figure that can heal units in close proximity to it.

Weaknesses: All Military Units

History: Religion was very important to the Ancient Egyptians. As a result armies would always have some sort of religious advisor who would attempt to predict the outcome of battles through their knowledge of the Gods will.

Ladder Team
Ladder Team

Class: Miscellaneous

Cost: 25 Wood50 Gold

Information: The Ladder Team can construct ladders that can be used by other units to assault walls or other elevated defensive positions.

Weaknesses: All Military Units

History: Ladders would normally be constructed by carpenters then brought to a siege by regular military units. Ladders were the favored device of Ancient Egyptian armies for assaulting fortified positions.

Ramses II
Ramses II

Class: Hero

Cost: 200 Gold

Information: (1314 BC to 1224 BC): Ramses unleashes the Battle Staff of Ra, a melee weapon of tremendous power that cleaves enemies in half with a single blow. Ramses is capable of hitting for more damage than any other Hero, making him a one-man wrecking ball against infantry formations.

During the heat of battle, Ramses' nearly god-like status lets him summon Imhotep’s Blessing. This supremely powerful blessing restores all nearby soldiers to full health. The more experienced Ramses becomes, the more powerful his blessing, which increases the number of soldiers that he can heal.

Weaknesses: Because of the weight of the Battle Axe of Ra, Ramses is slower than the other Heroes. He can also only zoom in x1 when in Marksman Mode.

History: Rameses (Ramses) II assumed the throne of Egypt at the tender age of twenty. Displaying remarkable administrative and military skills, Rameses II brought Egypt to its territorial height. Rameses II though well known for his military exploits, is perhaps even better known for his building projects. No pharaoh in Egyptian history constructed as many projects as Rameses II did. Rameses II’s building projects even include a new capital city, Per-Rameses. Most famously Rameses II constructed the extensive mourtuary temple known as the Ramesseum.

Rameses military exploits include the Second Battle of Kadesh in 1274 BCE and the war against the Libyan and Nubian raiders in the later years of his reign.

Siege Ram
Siege Ram

Class: Siege Weapon

Cost: 150 Wood150 Gold

Information: When forced to contend with staunch enemy defenses, the Egyptian army would send in the Siege Ram. Not only does it smash through enemy gates, it's also more than capable of destroying key structures.

Special Ability: Rams can only attack structures.

Weaknesses: Infantry and Cavalry Units

History: The Ancient Egyptians used Siege Rams infrequently. Ladders were the favored devices against fortified positions. The few references to Siege Rams in ancient sources describe nothing more complex than a large log used as a battering ram.

Slave (Male)
Slave (Male)

Class: Miscellaneous

Cost: 40 Gold

Information: The lowest rung on the social ladder, Slaves are the essential backbone to your Civilization. They collect resources and construct and repair all of your structures.

Weaknesses: All Military Units

History: The life of a slave in ancient Egypt depended largely upon whom you were a slave to. Slaves to high officials would often live lives that had more freedom then those on the lowest rungs of the social level that were not slaves. However, slaves used for physical labour could expect a short grueling life. Slaves in Ancient Egypt were mostly composed of conquered peoples.

Temple Bowman
Temple Bowman

Class: Archer

Cost: 30 Wood35 Gold

Information: Only the most accomplished Archers in the Egyptian empire are allowed to become a Temple Bowman. They are extremely effective at softening up enemy Spear Infantry. However, attacks by enemy cavalry is always a risk.

Weaknesses: Cavalry

Upgrades: Mounted Archer > Improved Archer > Composite Archer > Improved Composite Archer > Temple Bowman

History: The bow and arrow was the most important weapon in Ancient Egypt. During the Old Kingdom the simple bow was utilized for military and hunting purposes. In the New Kingdom the simple bow was replaced with the superior composite bow design for its greater tension that thus range abilities. However, the difficulty in manufacturing and maintaining the composite bow made the simple bow the choice for foot archers and the bow was easier to maintain and repair.

Temple Cavalry
Temple Cavalry

Class: Cavalry

Cost: 165 Gold

Information: It takes more than mastery of a horse to join the elite ranks of the Temple Cavalry; it also takes cunning and absolute skill with a blade. Cavalry are relied upon to break through enemy ranks and annihilate their Archers.

Weaknesses: Spearmen

Upgrades: Camel Rider > Improved Camel Rider > Numidian Cavalry > Improved Numidian Cavalry > Temple Cavalry

History: Despite the modern conceptions of camels and the Egyptian military, camels never played a large role in the Ancient Egyptian military.

Temple Guard
Temple Guard

Class: Infantry

Cost: 65 Gold

Information: The most elite swordsmen in your empire fill the ranks of the Temple Guard. They are especially adept at conquering Outposts, which will expand your reach and give you crucial recruiting bonuses.

Weaknesses: Archers

Upgrades: Conscript > Improved Conscript > House Swordsman > Improved House Swordsman > Temple Guard

History: Ancient Egypt’s incredibly long history saw the evolution of weaponry from the Copper Age through to the Iron Age. Until the New Kingdom the Egyptian Army never composed of anything more then a rag-tag group of civilians hastily brought into the army. The invasion of the Hyksos in the Second Intermediate period taught Egypt the necessity of creating more professional armies; it also brought bronze weapons to Egypt and the knowledge necessary to make new Bronze Weapons. The importance of mercenaries cannot be overstated. Throughout the centuries the Egyptian Empire heavily relied on foreign mercenaries.

The most prominent weapons used by ordinary foot soldiers were axes. Swords were not introduced to Ancient Egypt as primary weapons until the Second Intermediate Period. The initial swords used in the New Kingdom were based on an Asiatic form that more strongly resembled a scimitar.

Temple Spearman
Temple Spearman

Class: Infantry

Cost: 25 Wood55 Gold

Information: Specially trained to combat enemy Cavalry, the Temple Spearmen form an extremely disciplined defensive wall that will provide important protection to your Archers.

Weaknesses: Archers

Upgrades: Peasant > Improved Peasant > House Spearman > Improved House Spearman > Temple Spearman

History: Spears were first used as weapons in Ancient Egypt in the Old Kingdom, however the tips of these weapons were composed of copper. It was not until the Egyptians discovered bronze working that they were able to make more effective spears. The first spears used in Ancient Egypt were mostly used for hunting rather than military purposes. The Egyptians never really adopted the spear as a primary weapon.

Trireme
Trireme

Class: Boat

Cost: 220 Wood110 Gold

Information: This massive ship is the largest in the Egyptian fleet and often transports the Pharaoh to the front lines. An essential part of any distant extended military campaign, it pulls double duty as both a heavy siege weapon (when outfitted with a Naval Onager) and as a floating Barracks.

Special Ability: Can construct Naval Onagers.

Weaknesses: Other naval vessels

Upgrades: Galley > Bireme > Trireme

History: The Egyptians were not well known naval combat skills in the Ancient World during the Old and Middle Kingdoms. This changed during the New Kingdom when Egypt developed an extensive navy, however by the time the Trireme became the model of the naval weapon of the Ancient World, the Persians already dominated Egypt.

War Elephant
War Elephant

Class: Cavalry

Cost: 50 Wood300 Gold

Information: Captured from the depths of Africa, the War Elephant is a terrifying melee weapon that can decimate enemy Infantry. Only the most powerful of Pharaohs could control these mighty beasts.

Special Ability: Can stampede for area-effect damage.

Weaknesses: Spearmen

History: The Egyptians brought elephants back from the depths of Africa and turned them into powerful weapons. War elephants became excellent war machines when properly trained in ancient times. Several recorded battles account for the use of war elephants including Guagamela (331 BC), Gaza (312 BC), Heraclea (280 BC), Zama (202 BC), and Hydaspes River (326 BC). They seemed to have been introduced by Asian armies who were masters at controlling these ferocious beasts. Usually 1-3 armed men were mounted on top. Egyptian, and then later Western armies such as Persian, Macedonian, Carthaginian, and even Roman began to make use of the psychological terror these beasts would inflict upon the enemy.