(Hellenistic Reformed Javelin Infantry)
|Unit type||Javelin Infantry|
|Base cost||20 Food, 40 Wealth, 20 Timber|
|Ramping cost||1 Timber, 2 Wealth|
|Creation time||11.1 seconds|
|Line of sight||8|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at|| Barracks|
|Prerequisites||Level 1 Reforms|
|Available to|| Macedonians|
Chremonidean League (Athenian tech tree)
Hoplitai Illyrioi are a more lighter clad yet more destructive spear unit that can be recruited as part of the Illyrioi mercenary block. Although they are more lightly clad, they are skilled and speedy enough when deployed against enemy heavy infantry or cavalry alike. If properly ranged and supported, they can easily demolish most factions that rely on heavy infantry units, especially when deployed at the flanks — whether on yours, or on the enemy's.
Even so they are not invincible, for their lack of armour can be telling. Should you see these units, bring up your cavalry and your archers and open up on the right away. Their slower speed compared to the other Illyrioi units of the Epirote major faction makes them ideal targets for lighter archers or light ranged cavalry. So while they can be applied to proficient use against Roman or Macedonian infantry formations, pitting them against other factions such as the Celtiberians or Sarmatians is wholly another matter again.
Historically, the Illyrians were a people that inhabited the northern part of modern day Albania and were bordered in the south by the Greeks of Eprius and Aetolia, and in the east by Macedon and Thessaly. Thus, they had to adapt their warfare to fight these enemies, a task they became frighteningly good at to the extent that they could form a kingdom of their own at the expense of their Greek neighbours. The Macedonians, once reasserting their dominance, wisely recruited these hardened warrior tribes for their own ends. Fairly large contingents of Alexander the Great's light infantry in the Persian conquest were of Illyrian extraction.
Following his death, they won their independence once more after Alexander’s death, but were soon broken by the Celtic invasions that followed his death and were never again to become a major power. Subsequently, Illyria became the first Roman province outside of the western Mediterranean. The Illyrians adapted quickly to Roman culture and became the first extremely loyal non-Italic subjects of the growing Empire.