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A melee unit is a unit specialized in close combat, as opposed to ranged weapons such as bows and guns.

All of them have 1 Move, with the exception of the Zulu's Impi. Being land units, they benefit from Barracks.

Civ4[]

In Civilization IV the melee units are:

Name Civilization Techs Resources Strength Traits
Warrior
Warrior
2

+25% City Defense

Incan
Incan

+25% City Defense

+100% vs. Archery Units

Spearman
Spearman
Hunting
Hunting
Copper (Civ4).pngCopper or Iron (Civ4).pngIron 4

+100% vs. Mounted Units

Mayan
Mayan
Hunting
Hunting

Bronze Working
Bronze Working

+100% vs. Mounted Units

Immune to First Strikes

Zulu
Zulu
Hunting
Hunting
Copper (Civ4).pngCopper or Iron (Civ4).pngIron

+100% vs. Mounted Units

Starts with Mobility

Has 2 Moves

(Vanilla Civ4 and Warlords only)

Greek
Greek
5

+100% vs. Mounted Units

+25% Hills Defense

Axeman
Axeman
Bronze Working
Bronze Working
Copper (Civ4).pngCopper or Iron (Civ4).pngIron 5

+50% vs. Melee Units

Native American
Native American
4

+100% vs. Melee Units

Sumerian
Sumerian
Copper (Civ4).pngCopper or Iron (Civ4).pngIron 6

+25% vs. Melee Units

(Beyond the Sword only)

Greek
Greek
5

+25% vs. Melee Units

+100% defense vs. Chariot

Swordsman
Swordsman
Iron Working
Iron Working
Iron (Civ4).pngIron 6

+10% City Attack

Celtic
Celtic
Copper (Civ4).pngCopper or Iron (Civ4).pngIron

+10% City Attack

Starts with Guerrilla I

Can take Guerrilla promotions

Aztec
Aztec
5

+10% City Attack

Starts with Woodsman I

-5 Hammer (Civ4).png production cost (compared to Swordsman)

Roman
Roman
Copper (Civ4).pngCopper or Iron (Civ4).pngIron 8

+5 Hammer (Civ4).png production cost (compared to Swordsman)

Pikeman
Pikeman
Engineering
Engineering
6

+100% vs. Mounted Units

Holy Roman Empire
Holy Roman Empire

+100% vs. Mounted Units

+100% vs. Melee Units

Maceman
Maceman
Civil Service
Civil Service

Machinery
Machinery

8

+50% vs. Melee Units

Viking
Viking

+50% vs. Melee Units

+10% City Attack

Starts with Amphibious

Japanese
Japanese
Iron (Civ4).png Iron

+50% vs. Melee Units

2 First Strikes

Starts with Drill I

Can take Drill promotions