This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology. For the unit in Age of Empires, see Ballista (Age of Empires).
Ballista (Age of Mythology)
Civilization Norse
Age/God Mythic Age
Unit Type Siege Weapon
Cost 150 wood
150 gold
Population 3
Attack Hack Pierce Crush
- 9 4
Range 4-30 feet
Hit Points 85
Armour Hack Pierce Crush
20% 80% 90%
Speed 2.4 feet/second
Line of Sight 40 feet
Train at Hill Fort
Train Time seconds

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.


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.


  • 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

Age of Mythology military units
Culture Type Units
Greek Infantry Hopliteiconaom Hoplite  · Hypaspisticon Hypaspist  · MyrmidonIcon Myrmidon (Zeus) · MilitiaIcon Militia (Poseidon)
Archer Toxotesicon Toxotes  · Aompeltasticon Peltast  · GastraphetesIcon Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry AoMHippikonIcon Hippikon  · AoMProdromosIcon Prodromos  · HetairoiIcon Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege weapon AoMCatapultIcon Petrobolos  · Helepolisicon Helepolis
Naval vessel Triremeicon Trireme  · Pentekontericon Pentekonter  · Juggernauticon Juggernaut
Other Kataskoposicon Kataskopos  · PhysicianIcon Physician
Egyptian Infantry Aomspearmanicon Spearman  · Aomaxemanicon Axeman  · Aommercicon Mercenary  · Khopesh Swordsman Icon Khopesh Swordsman
Archer Aomslingericon Slinger  · AoMChariotArcherIcon Chariot Archer
Cavalry AoMCamelryIcon Camelry  · Aomwarelephanticon War Elephant  · AoMMercenaryCavalryIcon Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapon AoMCatapultIcon Catapult  · Aomsiegetowericon Siege Tower
Naval vessel Kebeniticon Kebenit  · Ramminggalleyicon Ramming Galley  · Warbargeicon War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsarkicon Ulfsark  · Aomthrowingaxemenicon Throwing Axeman  · Aomhuskarlicon Huskarl
Archer Bogsveigir icon Bogsveigir
Cavalry AoMRaidingCavalryIcon Raiding Cavalry  · Jarlicon Jarl
Siege weapon Portableramicon Portable Ram  · Ballistaicon Ballista
Naval vessel Longboaticon Longboat  · Drakkaricon Drakkar  · AoMDragonshipIcon Dragon Ship
Atlantean Infantry Murmilloicon Murmillo  · Katapeltesicon Katapeltes  · Destroyer icon Destroyer  · Fanatic icon Fanatic
Archer Arcus icon Arcus  · Turmaicon Turma
Cavalry Contarius icon Contarius
Siege weapon Cheiroballistaicon Cheiroballista  · Firesiphonicon Fire Siphon  · Atlantean Onager Icon Onager
Naval vessel AoMBiremeIcon Bireme  · Atlanteanfireshipicon Fireship  · Siegebiremeicon Siege Bireme
Other Oracleicon Oracle
Chinese Infantry Chinese Halberdier Icon Halberdier
Archer Chu Ko Nu Icon Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer Icon Mounted Archer
Cavalry CataphractIcon Cataphract  · General Icon General  · Scout Cavalry Icon Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot Icon War Chariot
Siege weapon Fire Lance Icon Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger Icon Sitting Tiger
Naval vessel Junk Icon Junk  · Fire Ship Chinese Icon Fire Ship  · Siege Junk Icon Siege Junk