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This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology. For the similar unit in other games of the series, see Halberdier.

The Halberdier is a polearm-wielding infantry unit used by the Chinese in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon. Like most infantry, it is good against cavalry, but weak against archers.

Attack bonus[]

  • Cavalry ×1.1
  • Turma ×1.5

God Bonuses and Upgrades[]



Nü Wa reduces food and gold cost by 10%.


The Halberdier is the only infantry unit available to the Chinese, yet a welcome addition, that adds much variety to Chinese cavalry-oriented armies.

Like other Classical Age infantry, the Halberdier counters cavalry, having great hack armor, combined with decent HP. This unit is quite similar to the Hoplite, as both units are the slowest in their category and have neat pierce armor.

Otherwise, it is average among similar units, but: the Halberdier is also the most versatile infantry in the game, being affected by five Myth Technologies, and are an excellent choice for rushes, costing only 40 food and 30 gold, and only 30 food and 23 gold if the player worships Nü Wa and Huang Di.

While Mounted Archers surpass them in the anti-cavalry domain, boasting greater speed combined with a ranged attack, Halberdiers are also cheaper, easier to mass, tougher, more versatile and most important of all, are trained separately from the Stable, freeing space for Cataphracts, so they can still be viable in later stages of the game.


Tale of the Dragon[]

  • Initially, Halberdiers cost 40 food and 30 gold, and deal 30% bonus damage to cavalry. With patch 2.7, the cost is 50 food and 30 gold, and they deal 10% bonus damage to cavalry


Chinese halberds called "ji" evolved from the dagger-axe, a weaponized version of a harvesting scythe. They were a cheap means to outfit a massive army very quickly, usually drawn from peasant conscripts. However, this does not mean those troops were unskilled; Chinese pole-arm warfare became some of the most effective on earth, as the long blades typical of these weapons allowed for effective slashing attacks which could not be achieved with other spears or pikes.


Military units in Age of Mythology
Culture Type Units
Greeks Infantry Hoplite  · Hypaspist  · Myrmidon (Zeus) · Militia (Poseidon)
Archer Toxotes  · Peltast  · Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry Hippikon  · Prodromos  · Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege weapon Petrobolos  · Helepolis
Ship Trireme  · Pentekonter  · Juggernaut
Other Kataskopos
Egyptians Infantry Spearman  · Axeman  · Mercenary  · Khopesh Swordsman
Archer Slinger  · Chariot Archer
Cavalry Camelry  · War Elephant  · Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapon Catapult  · Siege Tower
Ship Kebenit  · Ramming Galley  · War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsark  · Throwing Axeman  · Huskarl
Archer Bogsveigir
Cavalry Raiding Cavalry  · Jarl
Siege weapon Portable Ram  · Ballista
Ship Longboat  · Drakkar  · Dragon Ship
Atlanteans Infantry Murmillo  · Katapeltes  · Destroyer  · Fanatic
Archer Arcus  · Turma
Cavalry Contarius
Siege weapon Cheiroballista  · Fire Siphon  · Onager
Ship Bireme  · Fireship  · Siege Bireme
Other Oracle
Chinese Infantry Halberdier
Archer Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer
Cavalry Cataphract  · General  · Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot
Siege weapon Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger
Ship Junk  · Fire Ship  · Siege Junk