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The bane of Rome and champion of Carthage. It is unlikely there has been, or ever will be a better general than Hannibal "Lightning" Barca
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

Hannibal (Hero Hannibal before Return of Rome) is a Hero in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome, available only to the Scenario Editor and the Campaign mode of the game.


It is a siege cavalry unit and has an appearance of an Armored Elephant. Just like any other unit trained from the Stable, the stats can be upgraded as with a normal War Elephant. The unit moves slightly faster than an ordinary War Elephant and also has additional range as well as more armor and deals a higher damage. Since the unit is not available in normal games, the Phoenician bonus for cheaper Elephant units have no effect towards this unit since it cannot be trained by any means. Keep in mind that this unit is still vulnerable to enemy conversion as it is considered an Elephant unit.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, buildings
Weak vs. Centurions
Armor Leatherarmorcavalryicon Leather Armor Cavalry (+2/+0)
Scalearmorcavalryicon Scale Armor Cavalry (+2/+0)
Chainmailcavalryicon Chain Mail Cavalry (+2/+0)

Civilization bonuses[]


  • In The Rise of Rome, Hannibal used the icon of a War Elephant while using the model of an Armored Elephant. In the Definitive Edition, he instead uses the icon of the Armored Elephant, except in the scenario Crossing the Alps.


Heroes in Age of Empires
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires
InfantryReturnofrome male villager icon Corlis · Returnofrome male villager icon Hersifon · HeavyCavalryDE Invisible Demon (removed) · Short Swordsman Jason · Short Swordsman Xerxes
CavalryReturnofrome heavy cavalry icon Alexander · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Hector · ChariotDE Tiberius
ArchersComposite Bowman Perseus
PriestsAoE2 DE priest icon Amon Ra · PriestDE Blind Lame Priest (removed) · AoE2 DE priest icon Mor Havoc
RomeIcon The Rise of Rome
InfantryShort Swordsman Mark Antony
CavalryReturnofrome heavy cavalry icon Caesar · Returnofrome armored elephant icon Hannibal · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Scipio · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Vercingetorix
ShipReturnofrome juggernaut icon Cleopatra's Barge
OtherAoE2 DE priest icon Archimedes
Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition
InfantryAoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Lord Martek · HopliteDE Ajax · AoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Pericles · AoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Xanthippus  · Broad Swordsman Achilles
ArchersHorse Archer Prince Shotoku · Composite Bowman Odysseus · Chariot Archer111 Ramesses · Composite Bowman Xu Fu
CavalryReturnofrome heavy cavalry icon Hero · ScytheDE Muwatalli · Cavalry111 Paris
AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome
InfantryReturnofrome sargon icon Sargon · Returnofrome hadrian icon Hadrian · Returnofrome decebalus icon Decebalus · Returnofrome demetrius icon Demetrius · Returnofrome lysimachus icon Lysimachus
CavalryReturnofrome sargon of akkad icon Sargon of Akkad · Returnofrome pyrrhus of epirus icon Pyrrhus · Returnofrome zenobia icon Queen Zenobia · Returnofrome domitian icon Domitian
ArcherReturnofrome osroes icon Osroes I
OtherHunting wolf aoe2DE Hunting Wolf · Ornluthewolf aoe2DE Ornlu the Wolf
BuildingPyramid aoe2DE Great Pyramid