The Armored Elephant is an upgrade of the War Elephant in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. It does 24-25 additional siege damage to buildings and 8-9 against towers, making it a useful alternative to stone throwing siege weapons for civilizations lacking a well developed Siege Workshop tech tree. Like stone throwing siege weapons, Armored Elephants does trample damage to adjacent enemy targets, although at a larger area. They are effective against infantry and cavalry but are vulnerable to conversions and quicker units that can attack at long range. Its attack cannot be upgraded and it does not benefit from nobility; only the armor can be improved. To train this unit, Iron Shield must be researched, which means only a small number of civilizations have the ability to train this unit.

Civilizations Edit

The Armored Elephant is an uncommon unit, and only these civilizations can train it:

Upgrades Edit

Tool Age Edit

Bronze Age Edit

Iron Age Edit

Stable Tree
Tool Age
Stable 1
Bronze Age
Camel Rider
Iron Age
Heavy cavalry
Heavy Cavalry
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War Elephant
Scythe Chariot
Scythe Chariot
Armored Elephant

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Persians: Armored elephants are 20% faster.
  • Carthaginians: Armored elephants have 750 hit points instead of 600.
  • Phoenicians: Armored elephants are 25% cheaper.
  • Macedonians: Armored elephants have +2 line of sight and are four times more resistant against conversion.

History Edit

"Armies using elephants in battle learned quickly that wounded animals could be as dangerous to friendly troops as they were to the enemy. One solution to this problem was to cover elephants partially with light armor that helped protect them from arrows and spears. Unwounded animals were much easier to control and direct against the enemy. Keeping the elephants under control and bringing them into contact with the enemy was critical. Only veteran troops would stand and fight against a determined charge by elephants. All others would rout when the elephants got close."

The Rise of Rome manual

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