(Roman Javelin Infantry)
|Unit type||Sword Infantry|
|Base cost||20 Food, 30 Wealth,|
|Ramping cost||1 Wealth, 1 Timber|
|Creation time||8.4 seconds|
|Line of sight||8|
|Prerequisites||Military 3 (Physical Conditioning)|
|Upgrades to||Hastati Reformati|
The Hastati are the lightest and cheapest of Rome's heavy infantry. They are armed with javelins and protected by a shield, helmet and sometimes a greave or bronze pectoral plate. These soldiers can stand their ground against enemies, but not for long enough to defeat a heavier force.
Historically the Hastati were the youngest and poorest of the legionary heavy infantry. Forming the first line, they would wear down the enemy, and if they couldn't defeat them, they would withdraw behind the second line.