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

The Hoplite is an infantry unit in Age of Empires that can be trained at the Academy. It is the weakest of the elite infantry units that are trained at the Academy in the Bronze Age. However, they are great at countering cavalry.


Hoplites are available to all civilizations except for the Persians.


Hoplites are elite infantry units with a high amount of damage. They can easily bring units down, but are relatively slow and vulnerable to archer fire and conversion. Hence, they are best used in hand-to-hand combat. The Hoplite can be upgraded to the more powerful Phalanx, and finally to the Centurion, the most powerful elite infantry unit. The Greeks have the fastest Hoplites.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Cavalry, infantry, buildings
Weak vs. Archers, Priests, siege weapons
Attack ToolworkingAoE.jpg Toolworking (+2)
Metalworkingicon.png Metalworking (+2)
Metallurgyicon.png Metallurgy (+3)
Armor Leatherarmorinfantryicon.png Leather Armor Infantry (+2/+0)
Scalearmorinfantryicon.png Scale Armor Infantry (+2/+0)
Chainmailinfantryicon.png Chain Mail Infantry (+2/+0)
Bronzeshieldicon.png Bronze Shield (+0/+1)
Ironshieldicon.png Iron Shield (+0/+1)
Towershieldicon.png Tower Shield (+0/+1)
Speed Aristocracy.png Aristocracy (+25%)
Upgrades Phalanxupgrade.png Phalanx

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Carthaginians: Hoplites have +25% hit points.
  • Greeks: Hoplites have +30% speed and cost -20%.
  • Macedonians: Hoplites have +1 pierce armor in the Bronze Age and +2 pierce armor in the Iron Age, +2 Line of Sight, and are four times more resistant to conversion.


Greek infantry soldiers of the Classical Age were called hoplites, from the name of their large shields, called hoplons.  For battle they wore a cuirass (breastplate), helmet, and greaves.  They were armed with a long spear or pike and sword.  Hoplite armies fought each other hand-to-hand in the dense phalanx formation that faced the enemy with a bristling wall of spear points staggered at chest level.  Fighting at close range in such a formation required acommitment to training and discipline that became a way of life.  Hoplites were the best infantry units in the world for many centuries until being supplanted by the more flexible and functional Roman legionnaires.
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Units in Age of Empires
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Priest · Villager · Trade Boat · Merchant Ship · Fishing Boat · Fishing Ship · Light Transport · Heavy Transport
InfantryClubman · Axeman · Short Swordsman · Broad Swordsman · Long Swordsmen · Legion · Hoplite · Phalanx · Centurion
ArcherBowman · Improved Bowman · Composite Bowman · Chariot Archer · Elephant Archer · Horse Archer · Heavy Horse Archer
CavalryScout · Cavalry · Heavy Cavalry · Cataphract · Chariot · War Elephant
SiegeStone Thrower · Catapult · Heavy Catapult · Ballista · Helepolis
ShipScout Ship · War Galley · Trireme · Catapult Trireme · Juggernaught
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Armored Elephant · Camel Rider · Fire Galley · Scythe Chariot · Slinger