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The Phalanx is the unique unit of the Greek civilization. In vanilla Civilization IV, the Phalanx replaces the Spearman, while in Beyond the Sword it replaces the Axeman.

Strategy (Vanilla)[]

Compared to the Spearman, the Phalanx gets +1 strength and receives +25% defense in hills.

Using Phalanxes[]

Phalanxes are the ultimate anti-horse unit for quite a long time. Stack them with Axemen and you can effectively attack cities - with both units. Be sure to leave at least one Axeman and Phalanx undamaged per stack to prevent retaliation.

Against Phalanxes[]

Axemen are still effective against Phalanxes, and you can take down a stack of them fairly easily. If they're using Axemen themselves, bring Chariots as well.

Strategy (BtS)[]

Compared to the Axeman, the Phalanx gets +100% defense vs. Chariots.

Using Phalanxes[]

The defensive bonus covers the usual weakness of Axemen, allowing them to potentially raid cities with just a single-unit stack. Give them Shock promotions, or take some Chariots to have the upper hand against other Axemen, or City Attack promotions to capitalize on the city-attack-ability.

Against Phalanxes[]

Axemen will be an even match against Phalanxes, but a Shock promotion will give those Axeman the upper hand - unless they're using it themselves. Try to force them onto bad terrain if they're attacking you - cover the hills with Archers.

Civilopedia entry[]

Phalanxes were well-trained citizen-soldiers of ancient Greece. Armed with spears and durable armor, they fulfilled the heavy infantry role in most engagements. Phalanxes are tightly packed groupings of eight or sixteen rows of soldiers, who move and attack in unison, scattering less densely organized enemy forces. Phalanxes worked well against the forces of the day, but broke down when facing more mobile and well-trained professional soldiers. The Roman legions victory over the Macedonian phalanx at Pydna in 168 BC effectively ended the phalanx's battlefield usefulness.

See also[]

Civilization IV Units [edit]
Land Anti-TankB Archer (BowmanB Skirmisher) Artillery Axeman (Dog SoldierB Phalanx VultureB) Cannon Catapult (HwachaW) Cavalry (Cossack) Chariot (Immortal War Chariot) Crossbowman (Cho-Ko-Nu) CuirassierB (Conquistador) Explorer Grenadier Gunship Horse Archer (Keshik Numidian CavalryW) Infantry Knight (Camel Archer CataphractB) Longbowman Maceman (BerserkerW Samurai) Machine Gun Marine (Navy SEAL) Mechanized Infantry Mobile ArtilleryB Mobile SAMB Modern Armor Musketman (JanissaryW Musketeer Oromo WarriorB) ParatrooperB Pikeman (LandsknechtB) Rifleman (Redcoat) SAM Infantry Scout Spearman (HolkanB ImpiW) Swordsman (Gallic WarriorW Jaguar Praetorian) Tank (Panzer) TrebuchetW War Elephant (Ballista ElephantB) Warrior (Quechua)
Naval Attack SubmarineB Battleship Caravel (CarrackB) Carrier Destroyer Frigate Galleon (East IndiamanB) Galley Ironclad Missile CruiserB PrivateerB Ship of the LineB Stealth DestroyerB Submarine Transport TriremeW
Air AirshipB Bomber Fighter Guided MissileB ICBM Jet Fighter Stealth Bomber Tactical NukeB
Civilian Corporate ExecutiveB Missionary Settler Spy Work Boat Worker (Fast Worker)
Great People Great Artist Great Engineer Great GeneralW Great Merchant Great Prophet Great Scientist Great SpyB
W Added in Warlords B Added in Beyond the Sword