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Ability Ability's picture Description Statictics of the stock ability Statistics at tier 10
Shield Bash Shield Bash Strike the enemy. Available at tier 1

Cooldown: 40s
Duration: 3s
Melee Damage +40%

Cooldown: 15s
Duration: 3s
Melee Damage: +75%
Phalanx Fatigue Regeneration Rate: +500%

Fight in the Shade Fight in the Shade cover from missiles. Available at tier 3

Cooldown: 15s
Duration: Toggle
View Range: -50%
Movement Speed: -30%
Missile Block Chance: +33%

Cooldown: 2s
Duration: Toggle
Movement Speed: -32%
Missile Block Chance: +73

Hold the Line Hold teh Line Brace against charge and strengthen defences. Available at tier 5

Cooldown: 70s
Duration: 30s
Phalanx Fatigue Regeneration Rate: +200%
Morale: +42

Cooldown: 55s
Duration: 38s
Phalanx Fatigue Regeneration Rate: +200%
Morale: +42
Fagitue in Phalanx per Attack: -1
Charge Deflect: +20%
Melee Defence: +20%

With which units can he be played?

Leonidas a melee focused commander, best used with Greek infantry as they will benefit from all three abilities.

What is his playstyle?/How to play him?

Though the most commen playstyle is both an offensive and defensive style as you can switch style on the go.

Tips and tricks

Beware of using 'Pike Phalanx' near allied units in combat as they will take friendly fire.

Using Fight in the Shade while in phalanx will cancel the phalanx, so use that if you need to disable your phalanx right after having activated it.

Historical context

In 530 BCE the kind and noble King Anaxadrides of Sparta was given a healthy son. This son would later become the King hero of Thermopylae, King Leonidas of Sparta.

In 490 BCE Athens had defeated the Persians under Darius I at the Battle of Marathon. Xerxes I, Darius' son, would now ten years later seek revenge. Xerxes marched on Greece with a large army of over 80.000 men and then found out, Leonidas and 300 Spartans joined an army of 6.000 men from other Greek City-States. After landing the Perian army marched east, shadowed by the Persian navy to a pass in the mountains called Thermopylae. Leonidas placed his men at the narrow pass to the Persian numbers would work against them. Leonidas received a messenger from Xerxes demanding their weapons which Leonidas responded with the famous "Come and take them", the Battle of Thermopylae had begun.

The Greeks held their ground for three days but Leonidas soon learned of a Greek traitor who had told Xerxes about a way around the Greek line and on the third day the Greeks were surrounded. For filling their duty as Spartans, Leonidas sent the rest of the Greek forces away so they could form a better defence but around 1.100 Thebans and Thespians chose to stay behind and stand with their Spartan allies until the end. Now all that stood between Xerxes' mighty Persian army was 1,400 Spartans, loyal Helots, Thebans and Thespian. Though the remaining Greeks where surrounded they fought friced. Early on in the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 BCE, Leonidas fell but the last Greeks fought until their weapons broke where they then fought with their bare hands. As the battle drew to an end only the Thebans survived by surrendering.

Xerxes would go on to burn Athens to the ground but when he learned about the defeat at the Battle of Salamis, Xerxes retreated back over to Aisa Minor to avoid being trapped in Greece.

Leonidas might have failed at stopping the Persian but his sacrifice and heroism rallied more Greeks to the defence of their country. Forty years after Thermopylae Leonidas's remain where returned to Sparta and buried in a shrine built to honour his memory.

To this day at Thermopylae an epitaph can be found that reads, "Stranger, you who read these words, go tell the Spartans we have obeyed their orders and now lie here."