This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the similar unit in other games of the series, see Slinger.
AgeTool Age
Trained atBarracks
Cost40 food,
10 stone
Rate of FireFast

The Slinger is a light ranged unit featured in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. It hurls stones at its enemies, and can be used to fight and defend a civilization against early archer and Watch Tower attacks. Slingers can be trained at the Barracks from the Tool Age.

Unit Usage Edit

Slingers have an attack bonus of 2 against archers and also have 2 armor when dealing with enemy archers and siege artillery. They also have an increased attack against walls and towers. Ships, infantry (assuming the slingers don't run for it) and cavalry can all take them out very easily. They are easily overpowered by Bronze Age units and are often obsolete by that time. The Hittites and Assyrians don't have Slingers.

Upgrades Edit

Note: Slingers do not benefit from armor upgrades.

History Edit

"Slingers were light troops who threw stones at the enemy, causing casualties and disrupting formations. A barrage of heavy stones could cause wounds and bone fractures. The stone was held in a cloth sling and swung in a vertical loop to build centrifugal force. One end of the sling was released, launching the stone. Slingers were an alternative to archers and javelin men. They threw stones of different weights, depending on the range to the target. Roman art shows slingers throwing rocks the size of grapefruit, probably at short range. Specially shaped stones could be thrown accurately to a respectable distance. The best known slinger of antiquity was David, who slew the Philistine champion Goliath in single combat with a shot to the head. A contingent of Rhodesian slingers were part of the 10,000-man mercenary force whose march home from Persia is described by Xenophon in his book Anabasis."

The Rise of Rome manual

Trivia Edit

  • The Slinger is the only unit at the Barracks that doesn't have an upgrade.
  •  The Slinger is the only unit in the entire Age of Empires series that costs stone.