(Hellenistic Levy Slingers)
|Base cost||20 Food, 10 Wealth, 10 Metal|
|Ramping cost||1 Metal|
|Creation time||6.3 seconds|
|Line of sight||11|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at||Peasant Dwellings|
|Upgrades to||Kestrosphendonetai (Macedonians)|
|Available to|| Macedonians|
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".