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Arbalest
ArbalestIcon
Unit Info
Type Archer
Introduced In KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization See table
Age Imperial-age-research Imperial Age
Trained At Archery-range-logo Archery Range
Training Time 27 seconds
Training Cost
Wood 25
Gold 45
Stats
Hit Points 40
Attack 6 pierce
Attack Bonuses +3 vs Spearman
Rate of Fire 2.03
Frame Delay 5
Range 5
Accuracy 90%
Melee Armor 0
Pierce Armor 0
Armor Classes Archer
Speed 0.96
Line of Sight 7
Unit Evolution
Upgraded From CrossbowmanIcon Crossbowman

"Stronger than Crosbowman. Quick and light."

Age of Empires II description

The Arbalest is an archer unit in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Archery Range once the Imperial Age is reached. It is the final tier in the Archer line.

Unit availability
Available Unavailable

Tactics Edit

Arbalests work better in large groups as they can fire arrow volleys at the opponents' units. Arbalests are very good at slowing down massed infantry, as well as inflicting severe damage. They are vulnerable to cavalry as they can close the distance with the fragile Arbalest before taking too much damage. As such they should be deployed with an escort.

Pairing Arbalests with Halberdiers works especially well since the Halberdier can cover the Arbalest's main weakness that is cavalry. Pairing the Arbalest with other melee units can also protect them from siege units.

If playing defensively, Arbalests can become a good tool to protect a walled area as they can attack enemy units from behind the Wall at a relatively safe distance, even protecting themselves from melee cavalry. However, they do almost no damage to Rams.

Further Statistics Edit

Unit Strengths and Weaknesses
Strong vs. Infantry, Villagers, Janissaries, Hand Cannoneers
Weak vs. Skirmishers, Scorpions, Mangonels, cavalry, Huskarls, Eagle Warriors
Upgrades
Attack Fletching, Bodkin Arrow, Bracer, Chemistry, Obsidian Arrows (Mayans only, gives attack bonus against buildings)
Range Fletching, Bodkin Arrow, Bracer, Yeomen (Britons only)
Firing Rate Thumb Ring
Accuracy Thumb Ring, Ballistics
Armor Padded Archer Armor, Leather Archer Armor, Ring Archer Armor, Pavise (Italians only)
Conversion Defense Faith, Heresy
Creation Speed Conscription

Civilization Bonuses Edit

Team Bonuses Edit

Changelog Edit

The Conquerors Edit

The Forgotten Edit

The African Kingdoms Edit

Trivia Edit

  • Arbalests were a particularly heavy and powerful type of crossbow developed in the mid-to-late Middle Ages. The naming this class of soldier an "Arbalest" is incorrect since the word denotes the weapon instead of the wielder. It would be more correctly referred to with the name "Arbalist", which refers to a person that shoots the crossbow.
  • In terms of wood, the units from the Archer line are the cheapest archers in the game.

History Edit

"The arbalest was an advanced crossbow made of steel. The greater tensile strength of steel gave the weapon greater power."

Gallery Edit

Unit Evolution: Archer
ArcherIcon Archer --> CrossbowmanIcon Crossbowman --> ArbalestIcon Arbalest

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