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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the unit in Age of Empires II, see Armored Elephant (Age of Empires II).

Upgrade of the War Elephant. Has increased armor against Ballista, Helepolis, and missile weapons, and causes trample damage to adjacent enemy units.
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The Armored Elephant is a heavy cavalry unit in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome that can be trained at the Stable in the Iron Age (before Return of Rome, it also needed Iron Shield to be researched).


Aoede armored elephant available Available Aoede armored elephant unavailable Unavailable
- means that the civilization does not get Chain Mail Cavalry or Conscription, and hence cannot fully upgrade their Armored Elephants.
+ means that the civilization has at least one civilization or team bonus that benefits the combat strength of their Armored Elephants.


Compared to its predecessor, the War Elephant, it does 3 additional attack against units and 2 additional bonus damage (to a total of 7 bonus damage) against buildings, which, combined with its trample damage and high hit points, makes it a useful alternative to stone throwing siege weapons for civilizations lacking a well developed Siege Workshop tech tree. Additionally, as its name suggests, it has +2 melee armor and +1 pierce armor, making its durability even higher.

Like stone throwing siege weapons, Armored Elephants do trample damage to adjacent enemy targets, although at a larger area. They are effective against infantry and cavalry but are vulnerable to conversion 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.

Comparison among civilizations[]

Civilization Fully upgraded Carthaginians Lac Viet Macedonians Persians Phoenicians
Cost 170 food
40 gold
170 food
40 gold
170 food
40 gold
170 food
40 gold
170 food
40 gold
128 food
30 gold
Hit Points 600 750 600 600 600 600
Training Time 40 40 32 50 33.3 40
Armor 2+6/1 2+4/1 2+6/1 2+6/1 2+6/1 2+4/1
Extras +2 Line of Sight
Four times more resistant to conversion
+25% movement speed

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Legionaries, cavalry, buildings
Weak vs. Priests, siege weapons, Centurions, mounted archers
Armor Leatherarmorcavalryicon Leather Armor Cavalry (+2/+0)
Scalearmorcavalryicon Scale Armor Cavalry (+2/+0)
Chainmailcavalryicon Chain Mail Cavalry (+2/+0)
Creation speed RoR Conscription Conscription (+25%)

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]

  • Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans: Upgrades that benefit Armored Elephants are researched 30% faster.
  • Persians AoE Persians: Armored Elephants are created 20% faster.


RomeIcon The Rise of Rome[]

  • Armored Elephants have 2 blast radius and +40 damage vs buildings and additional +40 vs walls.
  • War Elephants can be upgraded to Armored Elephants only if Iron Shield is researched.

Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Armored Elephants have 1.5 blast radius and +35 damage vs all buildings.

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • Researching Iron Shield is no longer required to upgrade War Elephants to Armored Elephants.
  • Armored Elephants have 0.75 blast radius (affected area unchanged as tile sizes in Return of Rome are larger as well).
  • Armored Elephants attack bonus vs Defensive structures changed to an equal attack bonus vs Towers.
  • Team bonuses added, Palmyrans: Technologies benefiting Armored Elephants researched 30% faster. Persians: Armored Elephants are trained 20% faster.
  • Before the Definitive Edition, the Elephant units (i.e. the War Elephant line and the Elephant Archer) used an African Savannah Elephant, which is inaccurate, as they have never been successfully used in warfare in any significant capacity. Since the Definitive Edition, the elephants were made smaller to depict the North African forest elephant (also informally called Carthaginian Elephants), which is an extinct subspecies of elephants that was present in North Africa and often utilised for warfare by various South European and North African cultures, most notably by the Carthaginians during the Punic Wars. The Indian empires used the larger Indian Elephants, which were also acquired by their neighbours, such as the Persians.


There is one hero in the game with the appearance of an Armored Elephant:


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.
Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome manual


  • A Carthaginian Armored Elephant, alongside the Carthaginian War Elephant and Elephant Archer, has the highest hit points of any unit in the game, all with 750.



Tech tree[]

Returnofrome greek barracks icon Barracks
Stone Age Icon (DE)
Tool Age Icon (DE)
Bronze Age Icon (DE)
Iron Age Icon (DE)
Scout Chariot
Wheelicon Wheel
Aoede scythe chariot available
Heavy Cavalry
Camel Rider War Elephant
Armored Elephant
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CivilianReturnofrome female villager icon Villager · Returnofrome trade cart icon Trade Cart
OtherAoE2 DE priest icon Priest · Slinger-0 Slinger · Returnofrome artifact icon Artifact
Civilian ship1 Fishing Boat Fishing Boat · 2 Fishing Ship Fishing Ship
3 Trade Boat Trade Boat · 4 Merchant Ship Merchant Ship
InfantryClubman Clubman · AxemanAoEDE Axeman
Short Swordsman Short Swordsman · Broad Swordsman Broad Swordsman · AoE nuRoR Long Swordsman icon Long Swordsmen · Returnofrome legionary icon Legionary
HopliteDE Hoplite · AoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Phalangite · Returnofrome centurion icon Centurion
ArcherBowman aoe1de Bowman
Improved Bowman22 Improved Bowman · Composite Bowman Composite Bowman
Chariot Archer111 Chariot Archer
Horse Archer Horse Archer · Returnofrome heavy horse archer icon Heavy Horse Archer
EAICON DE Elephant Archer
CavalryScout-0 Scout
ChariotDE Chariot · ScytheDE Scythe Chariot
Cavalry111 Cavalry · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Heavy Cavalry · Returnofrome cataphract icon Cataphract
War ElephantDE War Elephant · Returnofrome armored elephant icon Armored Elephant
Camel RiderDE Camel Rider
SiegeStone ThrowerDE Stone Thrower · CatapultDE Catapult · Returnofrome heavy catapult icon Heavy Catapult
BallistaDE Ballista · Returnofrome helepolis icon Helepolis
War Ship7 Scout Ship Scout Ship · 8 War Galley War Galley · 9 Trireme Trireme
Catapult Trireme Catapult Trireme · Returnofrome juggernaut icon Juggernaut
10 Fire Galley Fire Galley
5 Light Transport Light Transport · 6 Heavy Transport Heavy Transport
Scenario Editor-only units
Short Swordsman Chieftain · Donkey caravan aoe2DE Donkey · Clubman Explorer · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon General · AoE2 DE priest icon High Priest · Returnofrome horse icon Horse · HeavyCavalryDE Mercenary (removed) · Penguin aoe2DE Penguin · AoE2 DE priest icon Pharaoh · 5 Light Transport Raft · Returnofrome artifact icon War Chest