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Prince of Troy and slayer of Greek heroes. A proud warrior whose courage seldom fails him.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

Hector (Hero Hector before Return of Rome) is a cavalry unit only available in campaign modes in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome.

The stats can be improved just like any other cavalry in the game. The unit cannot be trained in the Stable.


Prince of Troy and slayer of Greek heroes. A proud warrior whose courage seldom fails him.

He is unique in that he can move, but not be tasked by the player to anything (i.e. he cannot be told to attack anything, or board a transport). He will still auto-retaliate if attacked, however.

Hector also appears on the Trojan War scenario of the Glory of Greece campaign. In this scenario, the player must besiege Troy and kill him, as well as capture the Trojans' Artifact. In the Definitive Edition, the player must also kill Paris, his younger brother.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry
Weak vs. Centurions, War Elephants
Hit points NobilityIcon Nobility (+15%)
Attack Toolworking Toolworking (+2)
Metalworkingicon Metalworking (+2)
Metallurgyicon Metallurgy (+3)
Armor Leatherarmorcavalryicon Leather Armor Cavalry (+2/+0)
Scalearmorcavalryicon Scale Armor Cavalry (+2/+0)
Chainmailcavalryicon Chain Mail Cavalry (+2/+0)

Civilization bonuses[]


  • If the player clicks on the in-game Help (? icon) then proceeds to click on Hector's unit in-game, his name will appear as Hero07.
    • It is possible that all Heroes in-game were assigned with numbers during the game's developmental phase. This is backed up by the originally unused "Hero 12".


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