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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 Halberdier.
Chinese Halberdier Icon
Halberdier (Age of Mythology)
Civilization Chinese
Age/God Classical Age
Unit Type Infantry
Cost 40 food
30 gold
Population 2
Attack Hack Pierce Crush
7 - -
Hit Points 110
Armour Hack Pierce Crush
35% 15% 99%
Speed 4.3 feet/second
Line of Sight 18 feet
Train at War Academy
Train Time 12 seconds

The Halberdier is a polearm-wielding infantry unit used by the Chinese in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon. Like most infantry, it is good against cavalry, but weak against archers.

Attack Bonus Edit

  • Cavalry +30%
  • Turma +50%

God Bonuses and Upgrades Edit

SpecificEdit

GeneralEdit

Nü Wa reduces food and gold cost by 10%.

StrategyEdit

The Halberdier is the only infantry unit available to the Chinese, yet a welcome addition, that adds much variety to Chinese cavalry-oriented armies.

Like other Classical Age infantry, the Halberdier counters cavalry, having great hack armor, combined with decent HP. This unit is quite similar to the Hoplite, as both units are the slowest in their category and have neat pierce armor.

Otherwise, it is average among similar units, but: the Halberdier is also the most versatile infantry in the game, with five Myth Technologies benfitting them, and are an excellent choice for rushes, costing only 40 food and 30 gold, and only 30 food and 23 gold, if the player worships Nü Wa and Huang Di, making them excellent for rushes.

While Mounted Archers surpass them in the anti-cavalry domain, boasting greater speed combined with a ranged attack, Halberdiers are also cheaper, easier to mass, tougher, more versatile and most important of all, are trained separately from the Stable, freeing space for Cataphracts, so they can still be viable in later stages of the game.

Mythology Edit

Chinese halberds called "ji" evolved from the dagger-axe, a weaponized version of a harvesting scythe. They were a cheap means to outfit a massive army very quickly, usually drawn from peasant conscripts. However, this does not mean those troops were unskilled; Chinese pole-arm warfare became some of the most effective on earth, as the long blades typical of these weapons allowed for effective slashing attacks which could not be achieved with other spears or pikes.

Gallery Edit

Age of Mythology military units
Culture Type Units
Greek Infantry Hopliteiconaom Hoplite  · Hypaspisticon Hypaspist  · MyrmidonIcon Myrmidon (Zeus) · MilitiaIcon Militia (Poseidon)
Archer Toxotesicon Toxotes  · Aompeltasticon Peltast  · GastraphetesIcon Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry AoMHippikonIcon Hippikon  · AoMProdromosIcon Prodromos  · HetairoiIcon Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege weapon AoMCatapultIcon Petrobolos  · Helepolisicon Helepolis
Naval vessel Triremeicon Trireme  · Pentekontericon Pentekonter  · Juggernauticon Juggernaut
Other Kataskoposicon Kataskopos  · PhysicianIcon Physician
Egyptian Infantry Aomspearmanicon Spearman  · Aomaxemanicon Axeman  · Aommercicon Mercenary  · Khopesh Swordsman Icon Khopesh Swordsman
Archer Aomslingericon Slinger  · AoMChariotArcherIcon Chariot Archer
Cavalry AoMCamelryIcon Camelry  · Aomwarelephanticon War Elephant  · AoMMercenaryCavalryIcon Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapon AoMCatapultIcon Catapult  · Aomsiegetowericon Siege Tower
Naval vessel Kebeniticon Kebenit  · Ramminggalleyicon Ramming Galley  · Warbargeicon War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsarkicon Ulfsark  · Aomthrowingaxemenicon Throwing Axeman  · Aomhuskarlicon Huskarl
Archer Bogsveigir icon Bogsveigir
Cavalry AoMRaidingCavalryIcon Raiding Cavalry  · Jarlicon Jarl
Siege weapon Portableramicon Portable Ram  · Ballistaicon Ballista
Naval vessel Longboaticon Longboat  · Drakkaricon Drakkar  · AoMDragonshipIcon Dragon Ship
Atlantean Infantry Murmilloicon Murmillo  · Katapeltesicon Katapeltes  · Destroyer icon Destroyer  · Fanatic icon Fanatic
Archer Arcus icon Arcus  · Turmaicon Turma
Cavalry Contarius icon Contarius
Siege weapon Cheiroballistaicon Cheiroballista  · Firesiphonicon Fire Siphon  · Atlantean Onager Icon Onager
Naval vessel AoMBiremeIcon Bireme  · Atlanteanfireshipicon Fireship  · Siegebiremeicon Siege Bireme
Other Oracleicon Oracle
Chinese Infantry Chinese Halberdier Icon Halberdier
Archer Chu Ko Nu Icon Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer Icon Mounted Archer
Cavalry CataphractIcon Cataphract  · General Icon General  · Scout Cavalry Icon Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot Icon War Chariot
Siege weapon Fire Lance Icon Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger Icon Sitting Tiger
Naval vessel Junk Icon Junk  · Fire Ship Chinese Icon Fire Ship  · Siege Junk Icon Siege Junk