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The Ballista is an Iron Age artillery unit. It is produced in the Ballista Camp.

Compared to the Stone Thrower of the previous age, it gains +1 attack and +1 defense, along with a very important +1 to range. This allows it to hit most targets across the map on the first turn.

It has an attack bonus on hills and is effective against heavy class units, such as the Legionnaire. However, the low damage means that is is only reliably effective against ranged units and other artillery units.

It is followed by the Catapult of the Early Middle Ages.

Usage

The Ballista can be used as fire support by staying behind the army. A full group of Ballistas can be used in combat against melee classes, but vulnerable if the opponent contains fast or light units, such as Mounted Warriors and Soldiers.

Overall, the Ballista is a good unit that can have uses in taking out enemy Archers and Ballistas.

Against Same Units

Light Units Soldiers

The Ballista is very weak against the Soldier. Soldiers are very resistant to the attacks of Ballistas, and can take minimal damage if sheltered in trees or bushes. The moderately high movement speed of Soldiers allows them to easily get to Ballistas. Ballista users should use other units to counter Soldiers, such as Legionnaires or Archers, to prevent them from reaching friendly Ballistas.

Ranged Units Archers

The Ballista is very effective against the Archer. The Archer has low defense, and therefore any attack from the Ballista is enough to heavily damage it. Generally two or three hits from a Ballista is enough to take down an Archer. The range that a Ballista has allows it to hit Archers from across the map. However, it should be noted that Archers are very effective against the Ballista, and since Archers have a ranged attack, Ballistas are particularly vulnerable.

Fast Units Mounted Warrior

The Mounted Warrior is a significant threat to the Ballista. Mounted Warriors can reach Ballistas on the other side of the map in 2 turns, and deal massive damage. Meanwhile, Ballistas are unable to do significant damage to Mounted Warriors. If a player has Ballistas in play, he/she should prioritize to take out any Mounted Warriors early in the match. It should be noted that the AI will almost always target artillery units, so any Mounted Warriors will attack Ballistas if it can do so.

Heavy Units Legionnaires

The Ballista is somewhat effective against the Legionnaire. With an attack bonus against them, the Ballista can usually do moderate damage to any Legionnaires, especially if the Legionnaire is not standing on plains. The defense bonus that Ballistas have against Legionnaires is minimal, and only allows the Ballista to survive a few hits. Any Ballistas should focus on damaging enemy Archers or other Ballistas. However, the Ballista is not a bad choice for taking on Legionnaires.

Updates

  • The attack value was reduced by one (from 5 to 4) in update 1.05.
  • The attack and defense boost against Heavy Units was raised from 2 to 4 in the 1.06 update.

History

The Ballista was developed in ancient times by the Ancient Greeks. The Roman army put the Ballista into use, where it was a very important and powerful weapon that can launch a bolt over 500 yards away. It was primary used as an anti-personnel weapon, but it was also used as a siege engine against fixed fortifications. It was very accurate, but traded accuracy for range. However, the Ballista relied on fair weather to operate, as damp or wet weather can damage the ropes used in the artillery piece.

Gallery

Ballista

Ballista in battle with a Military Drummer boost


Other Military Units

Military Units
All Ages Heavy Units Color GuardLight Units Military DrummerLight Units RogueFast Units/Heavy Units Champion
Stone Age Light Units Clubman
Bronze Age Light Units SpearfighterHeavy Units WarriorFast Units Horseman
Ranged Units SlingerArtillery Units Stone Thrower
Iron Age Light Units SoldierHeavy Units LegionnaireFast Units Mounted Warrior
Ranged Units ArcherArtillery Units Ballista
Early Middle Ages Light Units MercenaryHeavy Units Armored InfantryHeavy Units BarbarianFast Units Heavy Cavalry
Ranged Units Mounted ArcherRanged Units Barbarian SlingerArtillery Units Catapult
High Middle Ages Light Units BerserkerHeavy Units Heavy InfantryFast Units Knight
Ranged Units CrossbowmanArtillery Units Trebuchet
Late Middle Ages Light Units Great Sword WarriorHeavy Units Imperial GuardFast Units Heavy Knight
Ranged Units Longbow ArcherArtillery Units Cannon
Colonial Age Light Units RangerHeavy Units GrenadierFast Units Dragoon
Ranged Units MusketeerArtillery Units Field Gun
Industrial Age Light Units Jaeger InfantryLight Units Brave WarriorHeavy Units HowitzerFast Units Lancer
Ranged Units RiflemanRanged Units Mounted BraveArtillery Units Breech Loader
Progressive Era Light Units ConscriptHeavy Units TankFast Units Armored Car
Ranged Units SniperArtillery Units Rapid Fire Cannon
Modern Era Light Units Bazooka TeamHeavy Units Battle TankFast Units Mechanized Infantry
Ranged Units ParatrooperArtillery Units Mechanized Artillery
Postmodern Era Light Units CommandoHeavy Units Universal TankFast Units IFV
Ranged Units MG TeamArtillery Units Rocket Artillery
Contemporary Era Light Units Strike TeamHeavy Units Assault TankFast Units Attack Helicopter
Ranged Units Anti-Aircraft VehicleArtillery Units Missile Artillery
Tomorrow Era Light Units Ultra APHeavy Units Stealth TankFast Units Combat Drone
Ranged Units Anti-Materiel SniperArtillery Units Microwave Blaster
Future Era Light Units Exoskeleton SoldierHeavy Units Hover TankFast Units Drone Swarm
Ranged Units Satellite SpotterArtillery Units Rail Gun
Arctic Future Light Units Dragon DroneHeavy Units Battle FortressHeavy Units Behemoth
Fast Units Recon RaiderRanged Units Surrogate SoldierArtillery Units Plasma Artillery
Oceanic Future Light Units MantaLight Units ScimitarHeavy Units C.R.A.B. MechHeavy Units Octopod
Fast Units Hydroelectric EelFast Units GlidersRanged Units Sub CruiserRanged Units Nautilus
Artillery Units TurturretArtillery Units Medusa
Virtual Future Light Units Augmented SamuraiRanged Units NinjaArtillery Units Rocket TroopHeavy Units Ronin BotFast Units Warrior Monk
Space Age Mars Light Units Space MarineRanged Units Tesla WalkerArtillery Units SniperbotHeavy Units Steel WardenFast Units Sentinel

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