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This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology. For the unit in Age of Empires, see Ballista (Age of Empires).
The Ballista is a bolt-firing siege weapon in Age of Mythology. It is available to the Norse in the Mythic Age and is strong against both units and buildings.

Attack Bonus Edit

  • Ships: x3

God Bonus Edit

Odin increases Ballista hit points by 20%.

Upgrades Edit

General Edit

Strategy Edit

Ballistae fire several bolts which damage multiple units at a time and deal a fairly large amount of damage. They aren't as effective as other siege weapons at destroying buildings, but can destroy them fairly quickly in groups. They have a minimum range, so they should be escorted with cavalry or infantry to protect it from units that get too close.

HistoryEdit

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 missile was usually a large metal, or 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.

TriviaEdit

  • In the Alpha version of Age of Mythology, the Greeks were supposed to get a version called the Oxybeles that did Pierce Damage, the Egyptians were also supposed to get a Ballista Unit, tying in with their Ballista Tower technology.

Gallery Edit

Military units in Age of Mythology
Culture Type Units
Greeks Infantry Hoplite  · Hypaspist  · Myrmidon (Zeus) · Militia (Poseidon)
Archers Toxotes  · Peltast  · Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry Hippikon  · Prodromos  · Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege weapons Petrobolos  · Helepolis
Ships Trireme  · Pentekonter  · Juggernaut
Other Kataskopos  · Physician
Egyptians Infantry Spearman  · Axeman  · Mercenary  · Khopesh Swordsman
Archers Slinger  · Chariot Archer
Cavalry Camelry  · War Elephant  · Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapons Catapult  · Siege Tower
Ships Kebenit  · Ramming Galley  · War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsark  · Throwing Axeman  · Huskarl
Archers Bogsveigir
Cavalry Raiding Cavalry  · Jarl
Siege weapons Portable Ram  · Ballista
Ships Longboat  · Drakkar  · Dragon Ship
Atlanteans Infantry Murmillo  · Katapeltes  · Destroyer  · Fanatic
Archers Arcus  · Turma
Cavalry Contarius
Siege weapons Cheiroballista  · Fire Siphon  · Onager
Ships Bireme  · Fireship  · Siege Bireme
Other Oracle
Chinese Infantry Halberdier
Archers Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer
Cavalry Cataphract  · General  · Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot
Siege weapons Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger
Ships Junk  · Fire Ship  · Siege Junk