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Carthage (RTW Faction)

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Carthage (RTW Faction)
Carthage Faction Symbol-Vanilla.png
Name: Carthage
From Game: Rome: Total War
Culture: Carthaginian

Carthage is one of the playable factions in Rome: Total War. They can be played after successfully completing a campaign as a Roman faction or by simple modifications to the game files (more information on which can be found here). They have powerful heavy infantry units and war elephants, however they lack strength in missile and light infantry, thus giving Eastern factions a definite advantage over them.

Game Play

Starting Position

Carthage Starting Position (Click to enlarge)

Carthage owns an area in Northwest Africa around the area of Tunisia, portions of southern Iberia, and some of Sicily.

Their cities are:

  • Carthage: Carthaginian Capital; Region - Africa
  • Lilybaeum: Carthaginian Large Town; Region - Sicilia Poeni
  • Thapsus: Carthaginian Large Town; Region - Byzancium
  • Caralis: Carthaginian Town; Region - Sardinia
  • Palma: Carthaginian Town; Region - Baliares
  • Corduba: Carthaginian Town; Region - Baetica

Victory Conditions

  • Long Campaign: Hold 50 provinces including Rome.
  • Short Campaign: Hold 15 provinces and outlast or destroy House of Scipii and Spain.


Carthage General's Bodyguard.

Carthage has a roster that is stronger at the higher tiers. Their early units are all poor compared to the neighboring Greeks, Romans and barbarians. Their first couple infantry units in particular are really bad units, and the next one is still not that great. They also have weak missile troops except for mercenaries, such as Balearic Slingers in Iberia. In the early game they rely on mercenaries, clever tactics and Elephants from Carthage itself. Since Carthage is spread out they can get a good selection of mercenaries. In the later game they get access to far better regular units. They get Sacred Band Infantry and Cavalry, two very strong elite units, as well as improved Elephants. Their siege options are also very strong. The city of Carthage can get elite units earlier because it grows extremely quickly due to the good soil.

Unique Units

Poeni Infantry: Can be recruited from Army Barracks.

Sacred Band: Can be recruited from Awesome Temple of Baal.

Sacred Band Cavalry: Can be recruited from Royal Cavalry Stables.

Libyan Spearmen: Can be recruited from City Barracks.

Strategy guides

RTW Factions
Armenia | Britannia | Carthage | Dacia | Egypt | Gaul | Germania | Greek Cities | The House of Brutii | The House of Julii | The House of Scipii | Macedon | Numidia | Parthia | Pontus | Scythia | Seleucid Empire | Senate | Spain | Thrace | Rebels
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