Light Infantry (LI) is an early ages class of infantry units in Rise of Nations, which is available from the Ancient Age on. Light Infantry units are trained and upgraded at the Barracks, requiring both Food and Timber.
Light Infantry are fast-moving, short-ranged, lightly-armored foot units. They are the fastest type of all combat infantry and effective against other infantry units and especially Foot Archers. Light Infantry is countered with cavalry units, though Light Infantry can be used successfully against Ranged Cavalry. In formations, they line up behind the Heavy Infantry.
Initially, Light Infantry are effective primarily against Foot Archers, and less so against Heavy Infantry. In the Gunpowder Age, the Light Infantry becomes obsolete and is replaced with the slower-firing but more powerful and durable Gunpowder Infantry, who are very effective against Heavy Infantry. The unit line receives another major upgrade in the Industrial Age, when Modern Infantry with automatic rifles takes the place of Gunpowder Infantry. Note that the term "Light Infantry" is sometimes used to refer to units of the succeeding classes as well, as these basically retain their role on the battlefield.
|Ancient Age||Slingers||Light Infantry|
|Classical Age||Javelineers||Light Infantry|
|Medieval Age||Elite Javelineers||Light Infantry|
|Gunpowder Age||Arquebusiers||Gunpowder Infantry|
|Enlightenment Age||Musketeers||Gunpowder Infantry|
|Industrial Age||Riflemen||Modern Infantry|
|Modern Age||Infantry||Modern Infantry|
|Information Age||Assault Infantry||Modern Infantry|