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Trample damage is a sub-type of Area of Effect (AoE) damage. It differs from the latter in that it commonly does full damage on a primary target and only deals a small amount of it to adjacent opponents, whereas classic Area of Effect attacks deal homogeneous damage in a certain area.

It is a significant advantage on units possessing it as they may inflict more total damage per hit than their attack score alone would suggest, provided they are put in a position to hit multiple units. Trample damage is generally referred to as splash damage in other video games.

Age of Empires[edit | edit source]

In Age of Empires, the following units deal trample damage:

Age of Empires II[edit | edit source]

An example of Cataphract trample damage in Age of Empires II. Notice that the Militia at the rear still took damage.

In Age of Empires II, the following units deal trample damage:

The bonuses of the first three unit classes may seem small, but in mass battles, they can make a great difference. Rams can effectively destroy multiple buildings at once, especially against walls that is particularly useful.

Age of Mythology[edit | edit source]

There is no definitive definition for "trample damage" in Age of Mythology; however it is possible to make a mock up trample damage by modifying the game files and giving a unit "AreaAttack" whilst removing the SingleUse and AttackAction lines.

It is possible that trample damage may have been in the alpha and/or beta versions, but was removed because AreaAttack damage still damages other units when the "Effector" is dead.

Age of Empires III[edit | edit source]

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In Age of Empires III, all Hand cavalry units have the option to enter Trample Mode which reduces their damage, slows them down, and increases the damage they receive, but gives their attacks an area of effect so that they can damage multiple units at a time.

All Elephants (excluding Siege Elephants), Brahmin Monk, the Sioux War Chief, Cuirassier, and Spahi already have an Area of Effect melee attack which does not slow them down or cause them to take increased damage, making trample mode for these units less useful than for other cavalry.

However, some of these units gain a wider AoE when in trample mode.

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