The Warrior is a Melee unit available in the Ancient Era.


In primitive civilizations there's no such thing as a "professional soldier." A young civilization can't afford to support a full-time army; all of the civilization's able-bodied men form an ad hoc militia, coming together during a crisis, dispersing back to their farms and villages during peace. Such warriors usually have very little training and are equipped with the most primitive of weapons - clubs, perhaps, or stone daggers.


The Warrior is the earliest combat unit available without any technological research. Armed with simple weapons like clubs and maces, it is useful for battling barbarians, early city defense and limited exploration. Warriors are generally not strong enough to take enemy cities, unless heavily supported by Archers and Catapults - and even then they may simply not have the strength for the task.

Unique Unit Replacements


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Altaic Rider - The Xiongnu (Modu Chanyu)
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  • Grants +1 Moves Movement point to stacked Settlers (the Altaic Rider has one extra move, but loses all movement points when entering rough terrain) 
  • While being built, has a production discount for every Horses Horses resource and featureless plains or grassland tiles inside the city's limits

Art by Hiram

Diorite Axeman - The Kulin (William Barak)
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  • May Sell Exotic Goods
  • -20% Production Production cost if the city is working Stone or Marble

Art by TarcisioCM

Huka-Huka Warrior - The Kuikuro (Anetü)

  • +30% Combat Strength if within 5 tiles of a friendly City celebrating a 'We Love the King Day'
  • Earns a bonus +10 XP every time the Unit is upgraded

Art by Firaxis

Jaguar - The Aztecs (Montezuma)

  • +33% Strength Combat Strength in Forest and Jungle tiles
  • Double Moves Movement in Forest and Jungle tiles
  • Heals 25 damage upon killing a unit
  • Immune to Jungle Attrition (ExCE)

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Maori Warrior - Polynesia (Kamehameha)

  • Gives nearby enemy units -10% Strength Combat Strength

Art by LastSword

Militia - The Khmer (Suryavarman II) (LastSword)

  • May build Farms, Pastures, Plantations, chop Forest and Jungle, and repair pillaged Improvements

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Nutall - The Olmec (Tu)
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  • Starts with the Homeland Guard promotion
  • May construct farms and clear forest, jungle, and marsh
  • +37% Production Production cost (55 vs 40)

Art by Janboruta

Shofet - Israel (Solomon)

  • Earns FaithIcon Faith from kills
  • Heals an additional 10HP when Fortifying in neutral lands
  • Extra Strength Combat Strength when starting adjacent to enemy units

Art by Janboruta

Slaganz - The Germans (Arminius)
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  • -37.5% Production Production Cost (25 vs 40)
  • +50% Strength Combat Strength when near to a Barbarian Unit
  • -25% Strength Combat Strength (6 vs 8)

Art by Janboruta

Vulture - Sumer (Eannatum)
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  • Starts with 10 Experience
  • No movement penalty adjacent to Rivers
  • +10% Production Production Cost

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