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Germanicus

Abilities

Ability Ability's picture Description Statictics of the stock ability Statistics at tier 10
Heavy Infantry Charge Heavy Infantry Charge A powerful charge. Available at tier 1.

Cooldown: 40s
Duration: 3s
Movement Speed: +20%
Acceleration: +40%
Impact Damage: +25%
Slience

Cooldown: 25s
Duration: 4s
Movement Speed: +80%
Acceleration: +90%
Impact Damage: +90%
Charge Impact: +10%
Missilse Block chance: +20
Slience

Testudo Testudo A slow formation offering excellent missile protection. Available at tier 3

Cooldown: 10s
Duration: Toggle
View Range: -70%
Movement Speed: -30%
Missile Block Chance: +40%
Melee Defence: -70%

Cooldown: 10s
Duration: Toggle
View Range: -40%
Movement Speed: -10%
Missile Block Chance: +72
Melee Defence: -20%
Charge Deflect: +25%
Acceleration: +20%

Vengeance Vengeance Build up into an unstoppable fury. Available at tier 5

Cooldown: 300s
Duration: Toggle
Melee Weapon Damage: +50%
Melee Attack: +50%

Cooldown: 260s
Duration: Toggle
Melee Weapon Damage: +80%
Melee Attack: +120%
Missile Block Chance: +10
Acceleration: +20%

With which units can he be played?

Germanicus is a melee-focused commander, best used with Roman infantry as they will benefit from all three abilities.


What is his playstyle?/How to play him?

Though the most common playstyle is an offensive style, he can also be turned into a defensive way when used correctly.

Tips and tricks

Pila in testudo: When in testudo, throw pila to scare off or weaken enemies with which you are about to enter combat.

Testudo: Remember the important thing, your testudo protects you only from the front and the top while you can still take damage from the flanks and rear.

Historical context

Germanicus Caesar, born 15 BC, served Rome under Augustus and Tiberius. Being an exceptional general, eloquent speaker and charismatic leader lead him to right the wrong of the Roman massacre at the Teutoburg Forest. His father was the brother of Tiberius, stepson of Augustus, son of Mark Antony's daughter but his birth name is unknown, as 'Germanicus' is an honorary title given to him after the conquests in Germania.

Before he even had turned 20, Germanicus served with distinction under General Tiberius. At the age of 20 he became Quaestor, five years before the standard age of 25. He was allowed to skip Praetor and became a full Consul of Rome at just 27. By this time the people loved him and his men would follow him into battle without a doubt.
The troops under his command revolted as Augustus died and claim Germanicus should become emperor instead of Tiberius. As his men kept on pressing him to replace Tiberius, Germanicus threatened to kill himself rather to betrayal Tiberius and it made his men back down. In an effort to divert and reward them, Germanicus led a campaign to recover the lost standards of the Roman legions doing the Battle of Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD.

He defeated the Germanic tribes, where he showed no mercy and returned to Rome triumphant with two of the three lost Eagle standards, Germanicus' constant rise in popularity began to worry Tiberius and sent him off to control the province of Syria. Tiberius asked his friend, provincial governor Calpurnius Piso to keep an eye on Germanicus. Germanicus and Piso did not get along so Germanicus left Piso to administer the province and went to Greece and Egypt. When Germanicus returned he found Piso ruling without him and officially broke ties and banished him. As Germanicus fell ill rumour spread that Piso's wife had poisoned him, his health deteriorated, and after charging his generals to avenge his murder at Piso's hand, he died in October 19 AD. Piso was tried and executed for treason.

Germanicus had become a legend; he was the father to Emperor Caligula, brother to Emperor Claudius and grandfather to Emperor Nero - all three loved to remind the people that they were related to the great Germanicus Caesar.