(Roman Sword Infantry)
Principes icon
Unit type Sword Infantry
Base cost 20 Food Food, 40 Wealth Wealth,

20 Metal Metal

Ramping cost 2 Wealth Wealth
Creation time 8.7 seconds
Hit points 190
Line of sight 8
Movement speed 27
Attack strength 18
Attack range 0-0
Armour 13
Population cost Population
Created at Barracks
Fortified Barracks
Prerequisites Military Military 3 (Physical Conditioning)
Upgrades from none
Upgrades to Principes Reformati
Available to Romans

The Principes are well-armoured and well-disciplined medium swordsmen available to the Romans. They have a helmet, shield, pair of greaves and a linothorax or pectoral plate to protect them at close quarters. However they are relatively expensive and take a while to train.


Historically, the Principes were family men in their prime, and they formed the second line of infantry. They would engage the enemy after the Hastati retreated, and if they were also unable to break the enemy, they would withdraw behind the Triarii.