|Cost||60 Wood |
|Line of Sight||22 meters|
|Train at||Military Barracks|
|Train Time||12 seconds|
The Arcus is a standard Atlantean ranged unit. Starting in the Heroic Age, they can be trained in the Military Barracks and are best used against infantry units, especially in groups. The Arcus can be upgraded into a Hero at any time, providing that the player has sufficient resources in order to do so.
Unlike all other Archers (with the exception of Hades' Gastraphetes), the standard Arcus is equal in range to Towers, making them perfect for taking out base defenses at range in even small groups. This allows them to pick off infantry units further than most ranged units making it even more difficult to close the gap. However they are fragile so are vulnerable to units that get in close. These will typically be cavalry due to their speed.
The Atlantean Arcus is strong against infantry, but weak against fast-moving units such as cavalry. Like all archers, they are more effective when fighting in groups.
All Atlantean citizens were practiced in the use of at least one weapon. Those who showed skill with ranged weapons - slings, bows, javelins - were called into the ranks of the Arcus. The Atlantean Arcae were the first effective military use of ranged foot soldiers. Slings eventually fell into disuse and javelins became more feasibly wielded from horseback. the focused and deadly Arcus that emerged over time was a master of the bow and any number of Arcae fielded in battle gave their opposition great pause.