Unit information
Type Archer
Introduced in EmpiresIcon Age of Empires
Civilization all
Age ToolAgeIcon Tool Age
Trained at Archeryrange1 Archery Range
Training cost
Wood 20
Food 40
Hit points 35
Attack 3
Rate of Fire Fast
Range 5
Melee armor 0
Pierce armor 0
Speed Medium
Unit evolution

The Bowman is the most basic ranged unit found in Age of Empires and is armed with a bow. They can be trained from the Archery Range from the Tool Age. They are ineffective during later ages and don't offer much offensive capability other than countering slow moving infantry.

Bowmen don't have a direct upgrade, but stronger archer units such as Improved Bowmen and Composite Bowmen can be produced in the Bronze Age.

Upgrades Edit

Tool Age Edit

Bronze Age Edit

Iron Age Edit

Archery Range Tree
Tool Age
Archery Range
Bronze Age
Improved bowman
Improved Bowman
Chariot Archer
Composite Bowman
Iron Age
Horse Archer
Elephant Archer
Heavy Horse Archer

Civilization Bonuses Edit

  • Assyrians: Bowmen attack +25% faster.
  • Hittites: Bowmen deal +1 damage.
  • Macedonians: Bowmen are four times more resistant against enemy conversion.

Changelog Edit

History Edit

"The bow was an important military weapon from the time of the first armies, being easily adapted from hunting animals to warfare. Archers required less discipline and leadership in battle because they were not expected to engage in hand-to-hand combat, a terrifying experience. Bowmen fought from a distance on the battlefield, from behind walls or other cover, and from ambush. They were usually not decisive in battle on the attack because they could not physically take ground from the enemy like infantry could. They acted mainly as defensive troops and as light troops that disrupted enemy formations prior to the decisive moment when the infantry clashed. If barrages of arrows could cause casualties and lower morale of the enemy prior to the clash, friendly infantry had a better chance of breaking the will of the enemy infantry and being victorious."