The Soldier is the light unit of the Iron Age, and is produced in the Soldier Barracks. It is the successor of the Spearfighter. Just like its predecessor, Soldiers are very efficient thanks to their moderately high attack, defense, and speed. They gain two movement points compared to the Spearfighter, giving it more mobility. They are the fastest units after fast units and receive defense bonus when in bushes and forests.
The Soldier also benefits from combat bonuses against fast units, making them very effective at countering fast units such as Mounted Warrior. However, heavy units such as the Legionnaire have combat bonuses against Soldiers.
A good tactic of using the Soldier is to hide in forests/bushes to boost its defense. It is recommended to use Soldiers to replace Warrior units until a player gets the Legionnaire, as it is superior, or at least equivalent in attack, defense, and movement to Warriors.
In the Iron Age, professional armies started to take form in Europe and the Middle East. One of the greatest was the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire fielded one of the best armies in the world, and the ordinary Soldier made up most of its ranks.
Soldiers appear to have a conical bronze helmet and bronze armor and a long spear made of iron.
During the days of the Roman Republic, the maniple was the main tactical unit of the Roman Army. It was made up of four different lines of soldiers that would distinguish each other from personal wealth, age and experience. The first "line" was comprised of Velites, skirmishers and light-infantry who were attached to maniples and would act as a screening element to the main force, providing reconnaisance and first contact on the enemy. They were often the youngest and poorest elements of the maniple, but the most respect, as they were the first to head on against the enemy, often not even wearing any body armour. Velites used darts to attack the enemy from a distance and carried small round shields called parma for protection. They also wore wolf skins on their heads to signify their bravery and function. The second (used as the actual first) line was comprised of the Hastati, infantry equipped with short swords called Gladius, large convex shields called Scutum and sometimes heavy javelins called Pillum (pl. Pilla). They were amongst the youngest elements of the maniple and were relatively poor, because of this they could only afford basic bronze plates and simple helmets for protection and their lack of experience meant that their combat effectiveness was limited if not properly led, especially when fighting on the vanguard. Behind the hastati were the Principes, heavy infantry who unlike their counterparts could afford proper body armour and equipment and had more experience in combat, however their weapons were relatively the same. The Triarii formed the rear guard of the maniple, they formed the elite of the unit and had a lot of combat experience, plus their wealth granted them further access to sophisticated equipment and conditions.