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This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology. For the similar unit in other games of the series, see Slinger.

In Age of Mythology, the Slinger is the Egyptian counter-archer archer unit.

Attack Bonuses Edit

  • Archers: x4
  • Throwing Axemen: x3
  • Axeman & Hypaspist: +25%

Strengths and Weaknesses Edit

Strong against
Weak against

Bonuses and Improvements Edit

Specific Edit

Set increases hit points by 10%, and decreases training time by 20% and hack vulnerability by 10%.

General Edit

Strategy Edit

Slingers are the primary ranged unit for the Egyptians in the Classical Age. They have a large attack bonus against archers and Throwing Axemen, and can dispatch these units with ease. They also have a small bonus against counter-infantry. This means that in sufficient numbers, they can repel a counter-infantry attack. Slingers have a poor standard attack, however, and from the Heroic Age the faster and more versatile Chariot Archers are better in this role.

HistoryEdit

The sling was simply a long piece of cloth that could be swung rapidly and partially released to cast a stone or metal object with fairly high accuracy. Originally a hunting weapon for bringing down small game and birds, the sling was adapted easily to the battlefield where light troops used it to harass enemy formations. Slings were much cheaper to make than a bow and its complement of arrows, and slingers were easier to train than archers. Many ancient armies kept contingents of slingers to accompany their infantry and archer units. One of the most famous single combats recounted in the Bible was that of the slinger David killing the great Goliath.

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