Does anyone else agree? From a gameplay perspective, I think the elephant is an absolute garbage unit. I think it totally detracts from the game and makes it less fun, it's far too overpowered. -Being mounted, it gets an extra promotion with the stables -8 base str higher than any other classic age unit -50% vs mounted means it can match even currassieurs Basically it's stronger than a maceman and it can function as a pike as well, it's like an enhanced version of two medieval units combined into 1. Whoever has elephants gets an ENORMOUS military boost that lasts through the classic age, the medieval age, and it can even retain its usefulness into the gunpowder age, dealing with currassieurs! I really think it makes the game less fun, especially for civs that are trying to use mounted units. In my style of play I already prefer foot soldiers over mounted units, I find it more difficult to deploy mounted units properly (the techs they require are more difficult to research), so I use swords/maces/grens in most of my games for conquest. When I do get to play a civ that is cavalry focused, like Persia, Mongolia, Byzantium, etc, I get excited, because I get to play around with cavalry. The stupid elephant unit stops me dead in my tracks. I really, really hate that unit, what was Firaxis thinking?! Is it just me?