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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).

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.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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 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.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Tool Age[edit | edit source]

Bronze Age[edit | edit source]

Iron Age[edit | edit source]

Barracks Tree
Stone Age
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Tool Age
Bronze Age
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Short Swordsman
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Broad Swordsman
Iron Age
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Long Swordsman

Civilization bonuses[edit | edit source]

  • Macedonian: Axemen have +2 line of sight and are four times more resistant to conversion.
  • Choson: Axemen have +5 HP

History[edit | edit source]

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

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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