Metaurus is the fourth scenario of the Rise of Rome campaign in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. The Romans must defeat the Carthaginian armies of Hannibal and Hasdrubal. In the Definitive Edition, it was replaced by The Battle of Metaurus.

Scenario instructions Edit

Although we have suffered grievous losses and most of southern Italy has defecteed to the Carthaginians, Hannibal lacks the strength to take Rome itself. That is about to change. Hannibal's brother, Hasdrubal, has recently crossed into northern Italy also and seeks to join the southern army of Carthage. If they are able to link, Hannibal will have the strength to take Rome. Defeat the newly arrived Carthaginian army before the two armies can join together.

Objective Edit

  • Destroy the two Carthaginian forces, or build a Wonder that stands.

Strategy Edit

The Romans (blue) start off in the center of the map. The army of Hannibal (red) is to the north, the army of Hasdrubal (yellow) to the south. All three towns are quite basic, and must be built up. Hasdrubal has some soldiers attacking your town - destroy them with your initial forces.

The Carthaginians are a civilization best in the late-game, so make sure you have them on the run before it comes to that. Start gathering resources, and train Stone Throwers and Broad Swordsmen. Send them south, and use the siege units to destroy the enemy towers. Then use your infantry to kill all enemy Villagers. Once their Town Center is down, their Villagers are dead, and you've eliminated the troop-producing buildings, head north to do the same to Hannibal's town.

By now, you should have enough resources to reach the Iron Age. Once you have enough, start building a Wonder as you hunt for the remnants of their forces. Even if you can't find every last enemy unit and building, victory is assured through the Wonder.