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Cheiroballista
Civilization Atlanteans
Age/God Classical Age
Unit Type Siege Unit
Cost 115 Wood
100 Gold
Population 4
Attack Hack Pierce Crush
- 4 -
Range 20 feet
Hit Points 85
Armour Hack Pierce Crush
25% 50% 75%
Speed 3.85 feet/second
Line of Sight 30 feet
Train at Counter-Barracks
Train Time 20 seconds


The Cheiroballista is a hand-operated Atlantean version of the Ballista, available in the Classical Age. It is an anti-infantry Siege Weapon that can mow down charging groups of infantry with ease but is less effective vs buildings.

Attack Bonuses Edit

  • Infantry: x2.5
  • Norse Heroes: x1.5
  • Ships: x3
  • Huskarl: x4.5
  • Destroyer: x4
  • Destroyer (Hero): x4

God Bonuses and Upgrades Edit

Specific Edit

General Edit

Kronos reduces Wood and Gold cost by 10%.

Strategy Edit

They have a large line of sight and range so can take down melee units before they get too close. They are important in the Classical Age as they are the only anti-infantry unit available for the Atlanteans at that point in the game. Despite its classification as a Siege Weapon, it has no crush damage and is therefore ineffective against buildings. In addition, they are quite expensive and take up a large amount of population space. Furthermore, cavalry have enough speed to close the gap before taking too much damage and will take them down easily. They are usually obsolete by the Heroic Age as the Arcus can take over the role without being as expensive or occupying as many population slots.

History Edit

The light and relatively fast Cheiroballista is an anti-infantry unit. It is very powerful against enemy infantry, but is weak against everything else, especially cavalry.

The Cheiroballista was the most advanced arrow-throwing ballista devised in ancient times. Its metal arms were short and provided great torque, but also allowed the ballista to be mounted in a drawn cart (or put on wheels).

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