(Hellenistic Levy Slingers)
Sphendonetai icon
Unit type Slingers
Base cost 20 Food Food, 10 Wealth Wealth, 10 Metal Metal
Ramping cost 1 Metal Metal
Creation time 6.3 seconds
Hit points 40
Line of sight 11
Movement speed 34
Attack strength 14
Attack range 8-22
Armour 1
Population cost 1 Population Population
Created at Peasant Dwellings
Prerequisites none
Upgrades from none
Upgrades to Kestrosphendonetai (Macedonians)
Available to Macedonians
Achaean League
Chremonidean League
Ptolemaic Egyptians

The Sphendonetai are cheap, lightly-armed slingers. Their armour-piercing attack makes them slightly more useful against armoured soldiers than other skirmishers, and they have a long range, but they do not stand a chance if the enemy manages to reach them, as their only defense is a small shield. These soldiers are at their most useful early in the game when there are few professional soldiers to threaten them.


Historically, the Sphendonetai were another branch of the psiloi, comprised of poor peasants and shepherds. The sling projectiles they fired could dent shields and armour, making them ideal for harassing and provoking the enemy.


  • Sphendonetai is English transcription of the Greek σφενδονηται which means "slingers".


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