| Basilikoi Peltastai|
(Successor Elite Sword Infantry)
|Unit type||Sword Infantry|
|Base cost||80 Food, 100 Wealth, 80 Metal|
|Ramping cost||5 Wealth|
|Creation time||22.2 seconds|
|Line of sight||8|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at||Noble Residence|
|Upgrades to|| Thorakitai Argyraspides (Bosporans and Seleucids)|
Thorakitai Epilektoi (Ptolemaic Egyptians)
|Available to|| Macedonians|
The Basilikoi Peltastai are an elite assault infantry unit available to Macedon. These swordsmen are incredibly versatile, with the speed to chase down enemies and perform rapid maneuvers in the midst of a battle, and the armour, health and attack to be highly effective in a pitched battle. While they can defeat any non-elite infantry unit with ease, they are still no match for heavy cavalry. Also, their elite status makes them costly and time-consuming to train.
Historically, the Basilikoi Peltastai appeared as part of the elite guards of the Hellenistic kings. Although they are known as Peltastai, they are vastly different from the peasant skirmishers of the same name, having much better equipment, training and status. Like the Hypaspistai of Alexander the Great, they were used for assaulting fortresses, fighting in difficult terrain, flanking the enemy formations and exploiting any gaps.