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This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology. For the similar unit in other games of the series, see War Elephant.
The War Elephant is an elephantine Egyptian cavalry unit in Age of Mythology that is trained at the Migdol Stronghold from the Heroic Age.

Attack bonus Edit

  • Buildings: x3

Bonuses and improvements Edit

Specific Edit

Undocumented 'Medium Elephants' upgrade (free in the Heroic Age): increases attack and hit points by 10% and Line of Sight by 1.

General Edit

Strategy Edit

War Elephants are incredibly strong and can destroy almost everything in their path. Due to their large bonus attack against buildings and high pierce armor, they can act as a third Egyptian siege unit, along with Siege Towers and Catapult. Their main drawbacks are that they are expensive (each costing 250 resources), very slow and take up 5 population slots.

As well as being slow, War Elephants are large. This makes them easy to hit with arrows, though they can shrug them off to some extent due to their decent pierce armor. Like all cavalry, War Elephants are weaker against infantry, but due to their fair hack armor and massive hit points, only a large group of infantrymen will prevail against them. The best way to defeat these mighty units is to use anti-cavalry units such as the Katapeltes. Failing that, myth units with deadly special abilities, such as the Cyclops or Medusa can dispatch them quickly.

History Edit

The Egyptian War Elephant is expensive and slow, but is mighty in combat, particularly against buildings. They can be defeated by large groups of infantry or by Camels and Prodromos.

The generals of ancient times, tracing back at least to Hannibal, were intrigued by the use of elephants in battle. The size and strength of the beasts were enough to shake any troops, but especially those who had never seen the animal before. In practice, elephants may have been more for show than effectiveness. Wounded elephants were difficult to control and likely to disrupt friends as much as foes. They were used as platforms for commanders and archers, and were ideal for breaking into dense enemy formations if they could be coaxed to do so. While the Indians first introduced elephants to the Mediterranean, the Ptolemies of Egypt were the first to use the larger African elephants in warfare. Classical texts are very clear that generals knew to counter war elephants with pigs.
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Trivia Edit

  • When a player saves a game after researching the Champion Elephants upgrade, upon loading that saved game, the unit name reads  as "Heavy Elephant", despite the fact that the unit retains the Champion upgrade
    • When this occurs, and the War Elephant happens to be the player's favorite or most trained human unit in a standard game, the Favorite Soldier Count under the Mythology tab of the player when viewing the Achievements Aftermath is displayed as "Heavy Elephants"

Gallery Edit

Military units in Age of Mythology
Culture Type Units
Greeks Infantry Hoplite  · Hypaspist  · Myrmidon (Zeus) · Militia (Poseidon)
Archers Toxotes  · Peltast  · Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry Hippikon  · Prodromos  · Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege weapons Petrobolos  · Helepolis
Ships Trireme  · Pentekonter  · Juggernaut
Other Kataskopos  · Physician
Egyptians Infantry Spearman  · Axeman  · Mercenary  · Khopesh Swordsman
Archers Slinger  · Chariot Archer
Cavalry Camelry  · War Elephant  · Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapons Catapult  · Siege Tower
Ships Kebenit  · Ramming Galley  · War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsark  · Throwing Axeman  · Huskarl
Archers Bogsveigir
Cavalry Raiding Cavalry  · Jarl
Siege weapons Portable Ram  · Ballista
Ships Longboat  · Drakkar  · Dragon Ship
Atlanteans Infantry Murmillo  · Katapeltes  · Destroyer  · Fanatic
Archers Arcus  · Turma
Cavalry Contarius
Siege weapons Cheiroballista  · Fire Siphon  · Onager
Ships Bireme  · Fireship  · Siege Bireme
Other Oracle
Chinese Infantry Halberdier
Archers Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer
Cavalry Cataphract  · General  · Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot
Siege weapons Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger
Ships Junk  · Fire Ship  · Siege Junk
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