Age of EmpiresEdit
|Trained at||Siege Workshop|
The ballista, while less powerful than even the Stone Thrower, is more effective against units to having a faster moving shot, direct fire (to an extent) and a faster firing rate as well. Therefore, they make a good counter to Infantry as well as Priests.
- Iron Age
- If played as the Hittites in a scenario or a campaign, the hit points increases from 55 to 110 hit points.
- If played as the Macedonians, the cost per unit is 2X cheaper and 4X resitant to enemy conversion.
|Age of Empires Units|
|Age of Empires|
|Priest · Villager · Trade Boat · Merchant Ship · Fishing Boat · Fishing Ship · Light Transport · Heavy Transport|
|Infantry||Clubman · Axeman · Short Swordsman · Broad Swordsman · Long Swordsmen · Legion · Bowman · Improved Bowman · Composite Bowman · Hoplite · Phalanx · Centurion|
|Cavalry||Scout · Cavalry · Heavy Cavalry · Cataphract · Chariot · Chariot Archer · Elephant Archer · Horse Archer · Heavy Horse Archer · War Elephant|
|Siege Weapons||Stone Thrower · Catapult · Heavy Catapult · Ballista · Helepolis|
|Navy||Scout Ship · War Galley · Trireme · Catapult Trireme · Juggernaut|
|Rise of Rome|
|Armored Elephant · Camel Rider · Fire Galley · Scythe Chariot · Slinger|
Age of MythologyEdit
|Unit Type||Siege Unit|
|Cost||150 Wood |
|Line of Sight||40 meters|
|Train at||Hill Fort|
The Ballista is a Mythic Age Norse siege weapon. It is capable of taking on both units and buildings. It fires several bolts which damage multiple units at a time and deals a fairly large amount of damage. It isn't as effective as taking down buildings but in groups it can destroy them rather quickly. They have a minimum range so should be escorted with Cavalry or Infantry to protect it from units that get too close.
Siege weapons can destroy buildings, but are weak against other units, especially cavalry. Ballistas can be used by the Norse to defeat ships.
The Ballista was another type of pre-gunpowder era artillery, mainly used against men in formation. It was a large bow mounted sideways. It used a winch and ratchet to create bow tension. The missle was usually a large metal, ot metal-headed, bolt. Fired into a mass of men at ranges up to 1000 feet, bolts could disable several enemies. Ballistas could be placed on fixed mounts on walls or ships, or mobile-wheeled mounts for battlefield use. They were not particularly effective against fortified buildings and walls.