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Rome Total War Cheats

Rome Total War

Cheat Codes:
Submitted by: conner54

Start game, then bring down the console by pressing ~ aka tilde or ', then enter the code 
from below for the desired effect. 

Code          Result
gamestop    - Units gets 10% cheaper (only works in campaign mode)
oliphaunt   - Elephants gets 40% bigger (only works in campaign mode)
Jericho     - Walls fall down in a seige (only in Battle map mode)

Unlocking all Factions without playing through campaigns:
Submitted by: Dusan

To unlock all Factions in the game go to...
C:\Program Files\Activision\Rome - Total War\Data\world\maps\campaign\imperial_campaign
Then open the text file "descr_strat".Then move whoever you want from unlockable or 
unplayable to playable. Note - If you move some things to playable from unplayable 
they might crash the game if you try to use them or might just outright not work, so be

HUGE amount of Denari:
Submitted by: Dusan

Go to C:\Program Files\Activision\Rome - Total War\Data\world\maps\campaign\imperial_campaign
Then open the text file "descr_strat".Go all the way down till you see (Here's what it should 
look like) it shouldn't take long. Then just edit the denari you want to have say from 5000 to 
999999 on your selected faction and then close the file run the game and when you play Imperial 
Campaign you should have the selected amount of Denari; start of factions section
factionromans_julii,comfortable caesar 
denari 5000

Submitted by: Bojan Novakovic

While playing a game, press ~ to display the console window. 
Then, enter one of the following codes to activate the  cheat function:

Effect                                            Code	
Display help for desired command                - [command] ?
10% cheaper units in campaign mode              - gamestop or bestbuy
40% bigger elephants in campaign mode           - oliphaunt
Walls fall down in siege in battle map mode     - jericho
Increase money1                                 - add_money [1-40000]
Add population to indicated city                - add_population [city name] [number]
Wins next auto resolved battle                  - auto_win [attacker|defender]
Toggle fog of war                               - toggle_fow
Give character the trait at indicated level     - give_trait [character] [trait] [number]
Complete all building in construction queue     - process_cq [city name]
Complete all military units in recruitment      - process_rq [city name]
Lists all traits                                - list_traits
Move indicated character to desired coordinates - move_character [name] [x,y]
Give points for indicated character's trait     - give_trait_points [character] [trait] [number]
Force opponent to accept diplomatic proposal    - force_diplomacy [accept|decline|off]
General invincibile in combat                   - invulnerable_general [character]
Changes date                                    - date [year]
Kill indicated character                        - kill_character [character]
Change season                                   - season  0
Eliminate Feck trait line                       - give_trait "Feck"  0

Submitted by: Pham Thanh Nhat

Open the Rome: Total War folder(where u inst'ed R:TW). 
Then look for a file named 'preferences'. You will see it easily.
Now use your typing skill to change any settings, like:
(this will unlimit your flaming ammo, i think)

Submitted by: Pham Thanh Nhat

You want to rewrite history, eh? Well there's a way for you to do that. 
Find the folder: "...\Activision\Rome - Total War\Data\world\maps\battle"
there's the data of the Historical battle. You just need to find the file 
"descr_strat" in any folder, for example: "Battle_of_Asculum" and then 
change the data of unit's name, exp and armor and weapon lvl... like that. 
When you play the battle you will see the change has affected on the battle :)

Battle Map Hints: 
Submitted by: Jahanzaib Javaid

If you are facing a long walk before engaging enemies then just increase the 
Game Speed don't let your army to run.

Always attack from behind while crushing spear men. The best way is to attract 
the band of spear man by sending some units closer to them (don't engage with 
them for fight) once they are start chasing your army units then start attack 
with you cavalry from behind on spear man. You will see they will start run in 
a minute.

Spear men wall is great for taking off enemy cavalry units.don't let enemy 
cavalry to engage your range units or they will be a heap of dead rangers in 
a minute.

Elephants are the biggest and toughest unit in Rome Total War.Use your 
rangers on elephants.Elephants can crush the biggest army in minutes.

Charriots are another big mess of a battlefield. Best is to use your archers 
on them.

Submitted by:Some Guy

som may think elephants are the strongest units, that may be true but how 
u use them relly counts. for me my fav. unit are the beserkers on the germans 
faction they're may only be 24 but they're crazy wen thier beserk to go besek 
get them close to enemy units then click on warcry to go beserk(not that close!)
1.they dont run away they fight til the end
2.mega strengh boost
3.scare troops, decreasing they're morale.
4.very good backup team
so yea....but the only thing is that they're very vunerable to missles which sucks. 
now remember elephants are strong but they bring down ur money alot so use them 
well like let them stay close to enemy like foot units so the archers on top of 
the elephants can take down some of them but against legionary units of the roman 
army try to move ur elephants to the side or the back to kill becuz arros arent 
effective head to head against legionaries units becuz of their high defense value.
now comes to best foot fav is the ones that the germans hav its also 
on one of the other barian faction (not the guals). with a 10 attack and a 10 
defense(this is not including any exp or boost). man! thats good for archers.

Rome Total War Cheat:
Submitted by: Pissucat,Sri Lanka

Time saving to load the game:
I installed to D:Rome folder so locations will be as above. 
Delete wmv. video file rome_title & activision logo video. So you will directly go 
to loading screen.
Change the image splash.tga as you like.(Adobe Photoshop supports tga files to edit.) 
So you can watch what you like while loading the game instead of Activision product 

How to grab historical quotes:
If you are interesting in History you can grab them in D:RomeDatatextquotes.txt

Rewrite History
Then you will find historical battle files 
Eg: D:RomeDataworldmapsbattlecustomThe_Siege_of_Spartadescr_battle.txt 
Change playable & non playable ,so you can play desired team.

How to win THE_SIEGE_OF_SPARTA strategically.
I found this is the most difficult to win. So follow this.
Greek hoplite Spartans are the towers of Sparta. Destroy them all with minimum damage 
to you.
Use always fire mode in archers & onagers .
Keep always pikemen units beside them (onagers ) incase of preventing sudden attack 
from hoplite Spartans & Greek general's guard cavalry.
Use wedge formation for cavalry units.
Keep merc rhodian slingers away from firing range in the first part of battle. They 
will be useful in entering town. Otherwise they waste their weapons by shooting without 
right target.
Onagers should attack enemy concentrated areas . It ll give massive destruction. 
(sometimes youll find that you cant attack to the unit. So target to the nearest building.
Dont allow Aegon of_Sparta to attack your units. Allow him to enter the town. Keep 
aside your units from his reinforcement path & set your units concentrate.
Always defend your general.
Greek heavy peltast can be attacked by royal cavalry . but dont get in to the town to 
kill them allow them to come out. Otherwise your unit will be trapped. Command them 
to attack & run very nearby place. Repeat this so they can attack & save them selves 
from being attacked. But remember not far away. 
I found elephant cataphract & elephant small are so coward. They ran away even they 
have 7,10 soldiers. T o get maximum use from them command them to enter the
town when the pathway is just clear for enter. Then they all will be trapped & fight 
until they die. Thats what we want.!!!!!
While elephant cataphract & elephant small are doing their job youll find there is 
much concentrate of enemies, then use your archers unit. Itll be more effective to 
have much lives of Greeks.

Even after finish onagers' & rhodian slingers' weapons dont send them to fight with 
hoplite Spartans. Itll equal to send them to death as they dont have shields.
It was the technique that proved success, but can be vary by the player. Try yourself. 
But use your thinking wisely!!!!!!

Submitted by: Non-Cheater

Tips for people who gonna play the Guals faction in the campaign mode and is not 
goin to use cheats:

*in the beginin make everthing very high tax rate (ignore the yellow or blue face but 
 if its red make it high tax rate)
*use mostly non-cavalry units agaisnt the germans (cuz they gonna use spear warbands)
*use alot of cavalry against the julii and spain and cargthage(might luanch an attack 
 so be ready with cavalry)
*u might run out of money so never put 2 units at the same time in recruiting que so 
 remember to go re-check every settlement every turn!
*use ur generals to kill fleeing units to gain exp
*use fast barbarian cavlry get a little close to an enemy press pause(p button)then 
 double click on the enemy unit to see its stats and compare it with ur own.
*move ur mouse across an enemy unit if its says shaken on it and is not fleeing 
 attack with somtin and it'll flee(same with ur own if a unit has shaken on it avaoid 
 using it!)
*make sure u hav a well army in Alesia(or somtin like that) becuz the britons/germans 
 will attack somwher in the game
*youll be fighting in 4-6 flanks(not in battle) spain julii german britons carthage
 (maybe) rebels(of course, they'll be blocking trade routes so ull make less money)
*ull definitely lose if u not a very strategic player
*fight on hills with u own top and the enemy on the botom to gain fighting bonuses
*always use warcry
*if there are woods or snow terrain fight in it to gain fighting bonuses
*chase fleeing enemies with cavalry

Population problems:
Having problems with your population? Forget getting your city to riot or handing it 
to the enemy...
Use add_population...
Type ~ to open the romeshell, then type add_population (city) 
(negative number ex: -2000).
Two things will happen. One, your population will decrease, and two, your cash flow 
will increase.
Does not work the same way for Medieval 2 though (cash flow is dependent on a higher 
population), but for Rome: Total War... You can go to town!

Powers of Darkness:
Not exactly a cheat, as it doesn't effect the actual gameplay. To do this, during your 
turn press the ~ key and type in toggle_fow. There is now no fog of war, so you can see 
everywhere. After you do your turn, end it with the cheat still on. Because you see 
everywhere, it will take forever, so you should turn the fog of war back on. Open up 
the ~ when it cycles through the other empires, and enter toggle_fow again. The water 
will turn black! If you save and exit it won't be there anymore, and the water will 
return to being blue if you put the fog of war off again.

Go to c:/program files/activision/rome-total war/data/world/maps/campaign/imperial_campaign 
then open the file"descr_strat" here you can change the starting denari for a faction, 
change settlement levels, add/remove buildings, and change general and soldier expierence
and weapon/armor lvl. Exp can go up to 9 weapon/armor lvls up to 3

Higher Chance of Success:
If you're being attacked with a small force, when you're setting up your units make them 
go as far as possible and the enemy will get tired, thus giving your units a higher chance
of victory.

Easy Senate loss:
Don't worry if you see the supposedly huge senate army around Rome. Their army consists 
of obsolete units like hestatai and princepes, and can easily be crushed with legionary 
cohorts and legionary cavalry, onagars, ect. But beware, as soon as you do away with the 
senate, the other loyal Roman factions declare war on you!

Easy money:
Start with the Juli faction, Red Roman. Listen to their first mission. Take that rebel 
town, then make a few Diplomats. Spread them out everywhere, then start asking for trade
rights. The more money you can get, the better. Also, if you know you or your allies will
not attack them, you can ask for an alliance. Another good method is to build all the 
farms, roads, ports, and mining things you can do in a settlement. 

Stand off:
When you are outnumbered, have low forces, and know that you will lose, get a good stand 
off position by gathering all of your remaining forces, and go to a hill or the highest 
position if possible. If that is unavailable, go into the forests. Then, gather your 
forces and put all archers in the very back, all medium to close ranged missile weapons 
in middle, and all of your spearmen in the front with the legionnaires, swordsmen, etc. 
just behind. If you have elephants or horses, put them javelins. Then, with the spearmen
formation, you can either wait for the enemy to hit the spearmen then charge with horses.
However it would be better to horse charge them when they are in archer or javelin range,
then keep bombarding them. Next, use all of your swordsmen to attack after the enemy hits
the spearmen. Then, use all of your forces to charge, except for the archers. Move them 
away from the fight and keep bombarding. This is also a good choke point defensive 

in instant action mode, put in a full no upgrades army of armored elephants against a full 
army of no upgrades incendiary pigs. They will charge each other when the battle is entered.
The Senate will light all their pigs, but there will be flaming catapult shots coming from 
the elephants. The force of the elephants hitting the flaming pigs will send them flying 
through the air. This causes them to take the appearance of a catapult blast.

Submitted by: John

I write this to: Some Guy
Yeah, i think too that the elephants are not the best, but i dont agree that the berserk 
are the best !!!!!
The best unit in the game is the "Holy Band" of the Carthage they would kill your berserk 
without problems!!!!
But they are vulnerable to archers xP

Spy on:
First got to where you saved rome total war then select data then world, maps, campaign,
imperial campaingn ,descr_strat then scroll down and find the factions then there you are
[you can also put in loads of money for you and 0 for them] say if it does not work.

Outnumber when defending:
If your taking on a big faction and they have a huge army and you have say....4 caverly
units and you can't escape, try this, TAKE OUT THE GENERAL, for 2 reason, 1 if you kill
him lower moral of the enemy and you could win, but if not, 2 at least you took out a 

Waters of Darkness Glitch:
Not exactly a cheat, as it doesn't effect the actual gameplay. To do this, during your turn
press the ~ key and type in toggle_fow. There is now no fog of war, so you can see everywhere.
After you do your turn, end it with the cheat still on. Because you see everywhere, it will
take forever, so you should turn the fog of war back on. Open up the ~ when it cycles through
the other empires, and enter toggle_fow again. The water will turn black! If you save and 
exit it won't be there anymore, and the water will return to being blue if you put the fog
of war off again.

Speed Performance:
There apparently is something wrong with the default speed. Anyway, to maximize game speed
(smooth scrolling, etc.), go to Video Options and select the maximum performance for speed.
After that, you can change the video settings by clicking on the "advanced video options" 
and maximize everything if you want. It doesn't effect the speed at all!
You'll have to do this every time you start a new game. 

Unlocking Factions:
Besides the 3 major Roman factions, you can unlock other factions in the game. Though the
manual states you have to finish the game campaign to do so, this in not true. You can unlock
the races during the campaign by simply eliminating them. You do not have to eliminate that 
faction yourself, as long as during the campaign that faction was eliminated, when you start
a new campaign, that faction will be available for selection.
Note: Not all factions can be unlocked as not all factions have an opening cutscene.
Additional note: This no longer applies if you have installed Rome: Total War - Barbarian 
Invasion expansion. To unlock factions, you have to complete the short or long campaigns.

Submitted by: Growler

There is a secret rebel army and a settlement as well north of the region Tribus Alemanni 
or Alemanii whatever that army and settlement consists in AMAZONS they are mounted on 
chariots and pretty hard to kill but its a rare army.

Beat the Game:
Beat the game in a full Campaign (50 nations and Take out SPQR) to Unlock New Starting Nations

Unlockable  How to Unlock
Egypt     - Beat Game
Gaul      - Beat Game
German    - Beat game
Sluicid   - Beat Game
Spain     - Beat Game

How to play as another faction the easy way:
There are simple steps to playing as a faction without having to complete the game and here
they are.

- Train up an army that fills a town.
- Take half the army (and general incase you need to hire mecernaries),
- Ttake out the certain faction you want to play as e.g. egypt, parthia and britania.
- Then go to the menu and hopefully it will be there for you to play as.

Then you can start a campaign as them (this will not work for certain factions such as
the SPQR).

The Amazons:
In the very northeast area of the map, there is a "hidden settlement" blocked off by trees
and only accessable from the West. It leads to Hyperboria, a rebel settlement with VERY 
powerful Amazon chariots.

Submitted by: erak45

If youre facing a strong army like the romans and they have heavy infantry and you think 
you're gonna loose the best way to kill them is to let them come close to must 
always cary with you at least 4 cavalry units.set youre forces into loose formation exept 
the cavalry.while your infantry are waiting for the enemy,select all youre cavalry and put 
2 on the right 2 to on the left sides,you move them to the back of the enemy army and wait 
for them to attack youre infantry.when you see that they ar preparing to throw their pila 
then select all youre infantry and click on the enemy general so they will fight their way 
to the enemy general runing towards him without too much losses.while you hold off his 
troops you can charge the general from behind and perhaps the artilery if there is any,after 
killing the general,if he didn't ran away charge his troops but don't let them to stay and 
fight draw them back and charge again and don't stop untill you see them runing from the 
battle field.

Codes for non-general characters, ie spies, assassins, diplomats:
Submitted by: Nutterz

During the game, press the (`) key, right above the tab, to bring down "RomeShell" the 
cheat menu, and type in the code... note: the system is very finicky about typos, so 
make sure everything is right. All codes have a limited use if you are using patch 1.2 
or lower. If you use patch 1.3 or higher you may have infinte uses. If you have patch 1.2 
and wish to use a specific code again you need to exit the program and restart it.

Cheat Effect
give_trait "character name" "GoodSpy" 1-5 gives any character between 1-5 subterfuge- works 
on assassins too

give_trait "character name" "GoodAssassin" 1-5 gives any character between 1-5 subterfuge- 
works on spies too

give_trait "character name" "GoodDiplomat" 1-5 gives any character between 1-5 influence- 
may or may not work on generals

give_ancillary "character name" "catamite" gives a spy or assassin this ancillary= +1 subterfuge
give_ancillary "character name" "courtesan" gives a spy or assassin this ancillary= +1 subterfuge

Creating units examples:
Note: You can only do this once per game session and the codes are case-sensitive.

Create_unit "Arretium" "roman arcani" 5 units max 8 offense max 8 defense max 8 experience points max: 
create_unit "Arretium" "roman arcani" 5 8 8 8 
create_unit "Kotais" "greek silver shield pikemen" 5 8 8 8 8 
create_unit "Kotais" "east hoplite brazen shield" 5 8 8 8 8 

-=An example of the earlier incorrect cheat for Oliphant=-
Create_unit "Arretium" cheat oliphants" 5 8 8 8 8 Yubtseb Elephants 
(or replace it with merc elephants) 

-=An example of a city with two names=-
create_unit "Campus_Iazyges" "roman heavy onager" 5 8 8 8 8 
create_unit "Campus_Alanni" "roman praetorian cohort urban i " 

"Urban Cohort" Note before using the create_unit code, look at the "Export descr_unit_enums" 
file first. If you type in a unit name it will not work. However, if you open this file with 
a text editor, the first name of the five names of each unit is the name you must type in for
it to work. For example, if you type create_unit "Syracuse" "spartan hoplites" 2 9 9 9 9 it 
will not work, because the unit is not recognized. However, if you type create_unit "Syracuse" 
"greek hoplite spartan" 2 9 9 9 9 it will work. The name "greek hoplite spartan" appears in the
"export descr_unit_enums file".

Taking a settlement:
Note: This only works when you attack, and when the enemy has a wooden palisade or walls.
When you want to take a settlement and you are totally outnumbered, get two gate rams. When
you are deploying, take half of ypur troops and move them over to one gate. Leave your 
general with the first group. The enemy should send only horses to the second group. Bring
good soldiers so that you can charge in after you attack. If done correctly, then the enemy
should stay attacking the first group. Leave your archers with the first group to "rain fire
on the enemy". You would probably take the settlement. Note: This works best against barbarians
and sometimes rebels.

Cavalry charge:
If you have a large force of Heavy Cavalry and not much else, you can use these units to throw 
back a much larger army. Just when the battle starts, pause game play and assign each individual
Cavalry unit to attack one unit from the enemy's side. Try to go for an even distribution if 
possible. Then, select all of your Cavalry units and resume game play. Next, order your men to
run or to charge. The combined force of your Cavalry coming forward at a charge is enough to 
frighten most troops or throw them back. Your own casualties are usually light to moderate. 
Note: Do not attempt this if your squaring off against elephants, as you will not win.

Public order:
When squalor is overwhelming your cities, remove your garrison and governor to let it rebel. 
Then, crush them and enslave/exterminate them. The decrease in population is the short term 
cure for squalor.

Chane Unit Size:
Submitted by: sushanta

first go on C:\Program Files\Activision\Rome - Total War. then you see the preference folder 
and a word pad of preference..
Chane Unit Size 
To the words UNIT_SIZE change the number to either 20(Small), 40(Normal),
80(Large), or 160(Huge)...........
and play with a great strategy

Best way to conquer Rome:
Rome is probably the toughest city to take over, since it's the main bigshot of the game.
This is how to conquer it:

1. Start a custom battle. Have 10000 Denerii (maximum).
2. Choose a team that has Onagers, or at least Heavy Onagers. Both are fine.
3. Fill one row of units with Onagers, the rest fill it up with strong infantary. 
   I suggest 3 armored elephants, 3 war elephants and 3 normal elephants.
4. In the battle, use your row of onagers to fire at a piece of wall. 
   Enable Fire Ammo for better use.
5. Wait until the wall is destroyed.
6. Use your infantary to take out the men inside the city! Don't forget to take out the 

Conquering Rome:
Start a custom battle. Have 10,000 Denerii. Select a team that has Onagers, or at least Heavy
Onagers. Fill one row of units with Onagers. Fill the rest with strong infantry (for example,
three Armored Elephants, three War Elephants, and three Normal Elephants. During the battle, 
use your row of Onagers to fire at a piece of wall. Note: Enable Fire Ammo for better results.
Wait until the wall is destroyed. Use your infantry to take out the men inside the city. 
Do not forget to take out the archers.

Cheats's Hint's so on so forth:
Submitted by: 400killer500

Oliphaunt does not make your elephants bigger it makes a completely new unit of elephants
at the settlement you had selected called Yebtsan Elephants that are like 3 times bigger 
than armored elephants and 1 unit of them can take like 640 Hastati in a single charge.

Hints: The best defense for holding a city is just let the enemy have your walls all you
need to really do is hold the square get your archers near the middle general in the 
middle because he is a powerful reserve and put your Hastati , Iberian Infantry, or 
whatever your have and make them surround the perimeter of the square and just turn them
to Guard Position mode and just watch them you can also use some infantry units with 
javelins to hold the area.
My username on RTW is usually just Cole_(some random number)

Stop other factions from moving:
After you end your turn it shifts through the other factions movements. If you save during
the turn of another faction and then load, that faction will go through the rest of the 
turn without moving armys/navys or attacking.

Elephants, Holy Band nor Berserkers are the best units:
Submitted by: RTW Player

The best troops in the game are the cataphacts (parthia, seleucid & armenia) they are all 
armored, really hard to kill with arrows. They are the only cavalry that can defeat any 
phalanx head on head except the Spartan Hoplites. They have a charge bonus, the are cavalry 
so they are faster then infantry... Plus they don't go amok and risk killing your own soldiers, 
like elephants do.

Submitted by: Umar Farooq khan

Hello everyone,

I am going to tell you that how to increase the unit size in Rome total war also make the backup 
before doing this For this purpose follow the instructions:
1.Go to C:Program FilesActivisionRome - Total WarData
2.Open the file named as "export_descr_unit.txt" 
3.In there u can see all the units and their attack, defend and other detail.
  I am giving the example of Roman Julii.
4)We take example of roman archers the slides are like this:
see for soldiers there it looks like this roman_archer 40, 0, 0.8
change 40 to 60 only dont mess with the others and 60 is the last limit 70 or 61 will crash the game.
from here u can also change the units armour damage and other things
If any problem occur email me at
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