Age of Empires Series Wiki

The brilliant Greek scientist and inventor. Famed for his mathematical and engineering accomplishments.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

Archimedes (Hero Archimedes before Return of Rome) is a unit only available and seen in the Scenario Editor and the campaign mode of Age of Empires. Unlike other units in the game, Hero Archimedes does not attack. Instead, the unit simply just walks whenever an enemy units moves in his Line of Sight.


Hero Archimedes has 25 hit points, no attack, no armor, and little to no Line of Sight. He appears in the The Siege of Syracuse scenario of the The Rise of Rome campaign, and must not be killed, lest the scenario is lost. In The Rise of Rome, this unit can be converted (before Return of Rome), so it can be protected by the player's army.

He appears to be in the form of a Priest but does not have the ability to heal or convert enemy units. In The Rise of Rome, there is a glitch where the unit initiates an "attack" that deals only 1 damage to an enemy unit. The bug is not fixed and apparently the unit is not supposed to attack other units. This special unit is used in quests and scenarios rather than in normal games.


Heroes in Age of Empires
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires
InfantryReturnofrome male villager icon Corlis · Returnofrome male villager icon Hersifon · HeavyCavalryDE Invisible Demon (removed) · Short Swordsman Jason · Short Swordsman Xerxes
CavalryReturnofrome heavy cavalry icon Alexander · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Hector · ChariotDE Tiberius
ArchersComposite Bowman Perseus
PriestsAoE2 DE priest icon Amon Ra · PriestDE Blind Lame Priest (removed) · AoE2 DE priest icon Mor Havoc
RomeIcon The Rise of Rome
InfantryShort Swordsman Mark Antony
CavalryReturnofrome heavy cavalry icon Caesar · Returnofrome armored elephant icon Hannibal · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Scipio · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Vercingetorix
ShipReturnofrome juggernaut icon Cleopatra's Barge
OtherAoE2 DE priest icon Archimedes
Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition
InfantryAoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Lord Martek · HopliteDE Ajax · AoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Pericles · AoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Xanthippus  · Broad Swordsman Achilles
ArchersHorse Archer Prince Shotoku · Composite Bowman Odysseus · Chariot Archer111 Ramesses · Composite Bowman Xu Fu
CavalryReturnofrome heavy cavalry icon Hero · ScytheDE Muwatalli · Cavalry111 Paris
AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome
InfantryReturnofrome sargon icon Sargon · Returnofrome hadrian icon Hadrian · Returnofrome decebalus icon Decebalus · Returnofrome demetrius icon Demetrius · Returnofrome lysimachus icon Lysimachus
CavalryReturnofrome sargon of akkad icon Sargon of Akkad · Returnofrome pyrrhus of epirus icon Pyrrhus · Returnofrome zenobia icon Queen Zenobia · Returnofrome domitian icon Domitian
ArcherReturnofrome osroes icon Osroes I
OtherHunting wolf aoe2DE Hunting Wolf · Ornluthewolf aoe2DE Ornlu the Wolf
BuildingPyramid aoe2DE Great Pyramid