One of the playable characters in Total War Saga: Troy is Achilles. He is the renowned leader of the Myrmidons, a formidable force from Phthia. It is said that this force was created by Zeus himself from a colony of ants. This faction fights with ferocity and won countless battles against formidable foes. The deadly faction led by Achilles is a force of being reckoned with. In this guide, we will go through Achilles faction abilities, victory conditions, and unique units that are available in Total War Saga: Troy. Achilles has multiple faction abilities that are in-line with his personality in Total War Saga: Troy. Achilles is an offensive character in Total War and aims to defeat anyone who stands in his way. His goal is complete supremacy but all the glory went to his head which made him arrogant and short-tempered. Hot-blooded Achilles has mood swings that are bad for everyone around him.


Total War Saga: Troy Achilles Faction Abilities, Victory Conditions, and Unique Units

At the very beginning of the Achilles campaign, he will face the Ellopian army that invades Phthia. His objective will be to push back the Ellopian army to the isle of Euboea and then consider a northern expansion. These opportunities come through the wealthy Magnetes and Pelasgiotes. In the north-west, you can either side of Thessalians or make them an enemy. Meanwhile, to the south side Achilles has strong allies including Ajax the Lesser, and his father Oileus. On the east side, we have the isle of Skyros that’s ruled by King Lycomedes.


There are two main faction elements for Achilles in Total War Saga: Troy.

Living Legend

Being a living legend increases influence and reduce factionwide unit upkeep. Other challenger fighters will arise so the people might doubt your greatness. However, you can convince the challenger to acknowledge you or fight them.

Hot-Blooded Achilles

Achilles has mood swings and his emotions control him. This affects everyone around him.

  • Outraged: Stronger armies but reduced economic efficiency.
  • Grieving: Increased divine favor and experience gained for units but reduce faction wide happiness.
  • Indignant: Increased economic efficiency and happiness but reduced likelihood of diplomatic deals and influence.

Unique Faction Units

The recommended playstyle for Achilles is exactly what you might think. Achilles roster is focused on speed and maneuverability as well as versatility in battle and has the largest number of faction unique units. In total there are 6 faction unique units for Achilles Champions of Pthia, Myrmidon Swordsmen, Spear-fighting Myrmidons, and more.

Myrmidon Swordsmen

Myrmidon Swordsmen is one of the unique faction units available to Achilles in Total War Saga: Troy. They have a medium weight class and thanks to its flanking immunity this unit can’t be flanked. The Myrmidon Swordsmen used unbreakable shields to protect themselves. The following are the starting stats for Myrmidon Swordsmen.

  • Armor: 85
  • Moral: 85
  • Speed: 42
  • Melee Attack: 60
  • Melee Defence: 46
  • Damage: 160
  • Charge Bonus: 32
  • Ammunition: 2
  • Range: 75
  • Missile Damage: 44

Spear Fighting Myrmidons

Achilles also has access to the Spear Fighting Myrmidons in Total War Saga: Troy. Just like the Swordsmen this unit has medium weight class and is immune to flanking. It also uses shields but they can be switched to weapons. Similar to the Swordsmen, Spear Fighting Class is unbreakable as well. The following are the starting stats for Spear Fighting Class.

  • Armor: 85
  • Moral: 80
  • Speed: 42
  • Melee Attack: 50
  • Melee Defence: 58
  • Damage: 125
  • Charge Bonus: 22
  • Ammunition: 2
  • Range: 75
  • Missile Damage: 44

Aeginian Jevelin Men

Aeginian Jevelin Men are the Jevelin Infantry.  This unit belongs to the Lightweight class and is shielded. This unique unit is agile, swift-footed, and can pierce armor. The following are the starting stats for Aeginian Jevelin Men.

  • Armor: 20
  • Moral: 60
  • Speed: 55
  • Melee Attack: 22
  • Melee Defence: 32
  • Damage: 115
  • Charge Bonus: 8
  • Ammunition: 18
  • Range: 75
  • Missile Damage: 34

Pelagic Thessalians

The Pelagic Thessalians are two-handed infantry unique unit for Achilles in Total War. This unit belongs to the medium weight class and is experts in flanking. Pelagic Thessalians have excellent charge and stalking skills. The following are the starting stats for Pelagic Thessalians.

  • Armor: 60
  • Moral: 80
  • Speed: 55
  • Melee Attack: 52
  • Melee Defence: 44
  • Damage: 100
  • Charge Bonus: 39

Aeginian Runners

Aeginian Runners are sword and shield infantry that belongs to the Light Weight Class. This unit is swift-footed and is an expert in flanking. The Aeginian Runners carry a special missile weapon. The following are the starting stats for Aeginian Runners.

  • Armor: 35
  • Moral: 65
  • Speed: 55
  • Melee Attack: 28
  • Melee Defence: 38
  • Damage: 113
  • Charge Bonus: 15
  • Ammunition: 3
  • Range: 110
  • Missile Damage: 20

Thessalian Marines

The Thessalian Marines is a two-handed spear infantry unique unit for Achilles. This unit belongs to the Light Weight Class and is an expert in flanking. The swift-footed unique unit is very good at charging. The following are the starting stats for Thessalian Marines.

  • Armor: 35
  • Moral: 70
  • Speed: 55
  • Melee Attack: 45
  • Melee Defence: 42
  • Damage: 100
  • Charge Bonus: 32

Achilles Victory Conditions

In this section, we will discuss the victory conditions for Achilles. Stay-tuned as update this section. This guide is still a work in progress.

I hope this guide helps you better understand how to play with Achilles and who this character is for. If you need more help with the game check out the Total War Saga: Troy Wiki.