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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the unit in Age of Mythology, see Axeman (Age of Mythology).

Upgrade of Clubman. The Axeman has more hit points and attack strength than the Clubman.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

The Axeman is an infantry unit in Age of Empires. It is an upgrade of the Clubman and is statistically among the strongest units of the Tool Age. The Clubman is upgraded to Axeman by researching Battle Axe.


In large numbers they can be effective, although in the Bronze and Iron Age they are easily outclassed by other Barracks and Academy units.

They are not effective against Bowmen because they move too slowly to approach before being killed. However, they are very effective against Villagers, Scout, and later siege weapons. They tend to dominate the Tool Age for offensive capabilities but are quickly overpowered later in the game, and are best used as trash units in multiplayer games that exceed 75 population.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Villagers, Scouts
Weak vs. Archers, most cavalry units
Attack Toolworking Toolworking (+2)
Metalworkingicon Metalworking (+2)
Metallurgyicon Metallurgy (+3)
Armor Leatherarmorinfantryicon Leather Armor Infantry (+2/+0)
Scalearmorinfantryicon Scale Armor Infantry (+2/+0)
Chainmailinfantryicon Chain Mail Infantry (+2/+0)
Bronzeshieldicon Bronze Shield (+0/+1)
Ironshieldicon Iron Shield (+0/+1)
Towershieldicon Tower Shield (+0/+1)
Cost Logistics Logistics (-0.5 population usage)
Creation speed RoR Conscription Conscription (+25%)

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]

  • Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans: Technologies benefiting Axemen are researched 30% faster.


ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires[]

  • Axemen move at 1.2 tiles/s.
  • Axemen have a pierce armour of 0.

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • Axemen move at 1 tiles/s.
  • Axemen gain +1 pierce armor and +4 bonus attack vs Mounted units.
  • Team bonuses added, Palmyrans: Technologies benefiting Axemen researched 30% faster.


The increasing population and wealth of the earliest civilizations made it possible to support standing armies available at all times for defense and attacking neighbors. The first professional armies were probably built in Sumeria and Egypt. These early civilizations had much to protect and were sufficiently wealthy to provide protection. Sumerian artwork from around 2500 BC provides evidence of an early army, in this case lines of soldiers, possibly in formation, equipped with identical armor, helmets, and weapons.
—The Age of Empires manual


Tech tree[]

Stone Age Icon (DE)
Tool Age Icon (DE)
Bronze Age Icon (DE)
Iron Age Icon (DE)
Aoede clubman available
Aoede short swordsman available
Aoede broad swordsman available
Long Swordsman

Units in Age of Empires
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