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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. For the unit in Age of Empires, see Legion.

The Legionary is an untrainable infantry unit featured in some campaign scenarios of Age of Empires II HD: The Forgotten. Statistics-wise, the Legionary is comparable to the Elite Jaguar Warrior, with major exceptions being the different pierce armor and speed.

Since Update 42848, Legionaries appear in the Battle Royale game mode, acting as Guardians of buildings. Higher numbers of Guardians appear near Castles.

It is also available in the Scenario Editor.

Campaign appearances[edit | edit source]

Alaric[edit | edit source]

In the Alaric campaign, Legionaries appear throughout each scenario as enemy troops.

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In the first scenario, All Roads Lead to a Besieged City, there are Legionaries serving the "Legions of Rome", most notably those marching in the forest in the east, and those guarding the civilian Docks in the west bank of the river.

In the second scenario, Legionaries on the Horizon!, there are Legionaries serving both the "Legionaries" and "General Mageius' Camp". In the beginning of the game, there are a few Legionaries defeating a group of much weaker Gothic troops. Later, there are other Legionaries among another group of enemy troops, crossing the bridge from the northwest.

In the fourth and final scenario, The Sack of Rome, there are Legionaries in both the "City Guard" (in Rome) and "Imperial Legion" (reinforcements outside Rome). There are several Legionaries coming in attempt to destroy the player's Battering Ram while the player is besieging Rome from the east. Later, among the small groups of reinforcements coming from the southwest heading towards the player's camp (inherited from Athaulf), there is one Legionary in each batch.

Bari[edit | edit source]

Legionaries feature in the second scenario, The Rebellion of Melus, as friendly units, renamed as "Tagmata", serving the Byzantine Empire. As Melus sends Michael Nautikos (the player) to meet the leader of Brindisi, he gives the player a group of Legionaries.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

Legionaries appear in most scenarios of the revised Alaric campaign and some of the Attila the Hun campaign, always representing elite Roman troops. Notably, they replace the Western Roman Empire's Champions spawned after defeating Orleans in Attila's fourth scenario, A Barbarian Betrothal.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The original appearance of the Legionary was taken from the mod Rome at War, that replaces the Aztecs and Mayans with Romans and Greeks, respectively. The Legionary's appearance was edited in turn from the Long Swordsman in Age of Empires, replacing its round shield with a tower shield.
    • The unit appears to bear a Corinthian helmet and an Iberian falcata or a Greek kopis as weapon, rather than the more typically Roman Galea helmet and gladius. Real-life Legionaries also carried javelins called pilum and lead-weighted darts, for use in range.
    • This appearance is even more anachronistic for Age of Empires II, as by the fifth century AD, the traditional tower shield (scutum) was replaced with an oval shield, and the Lorica segmentata plate armor was abandoned for cheaper scale armor (Lorica hamata) and chain mail.
  • In the Definitive Edition, Legionaries receive a new appearance based on Late Roman weapons and armor.

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