The Slinger is the very first ranged unit to be researched in the game. They are useful as they have a moderate attack value but low defense and moderate speed. Slingers gain an attack bonus on rocks. They're effective against heavy units.


Slingers do not do a lot of damage compared to other ranged units of other ages. They can be used for attacking warriors and also spearfighters. However, they have very low defense, which means even the Stone Thrower can damage it significantly. They have only a minor role in this age, and the Iron Age Archer is better in every way.

It is suggested to pair slingers with troops such as the Spearfighter, as they can protect the slingers from the Horseman. Warriors are not a big threat to Slingers as Slingers have a defense bonus against them, as well as the fact that Warriors will attack light units unless there are none nearby. It is strongly suggested to research the Archer of the Iron Age and replace the Slinger.

Against Same Age Units

Light UnitsSpearfighter

The Slinger is effective against Spearfighters, but they will not last long if Spearfighters start attacking them, and are usually killed after two hits. Most of the time, when the Slinger is in range of the Spearfighter, the Spearfighter is able to retaliate on the next turn, making the Slinger average at best in attacking Spearfighters.

Fast UnitsHorseman

The Slinger's counter is the Horseman. The Horseman can easily reach any Slingers and do massive damage, usually killing a Slinger in two hits. Players should keep their Slingers well protected, and use Spearfighters to kill any enemy Horseman before they reach the Slingers. The Horseman also has a defense against Slingers, making Slingers very weak against them.

Heavy UnitsWarrior

Warriors are the best targets for Slingers. With an attack bonus, coupled with the slow movement speed of the Warrior, Slingers can do good damage to them, and are the ideal choice for defeating Warrior armies. Even if Warriors reach the Slingers, Slingers are easily able to retreat and keep hitting the Warriors.

Artillery UnitsStone Thrower

The Stone Thrower is effective against the Slinger. With their long range, and the Slinger's low defense, Stone Throwers can do medium damage to Slingers. Players will rarely, if ever, encounter the Stone Thrower in the Bronze Age, and so they are usually not a threat. However, if there are Stone Throwers on the opposing side, players should rush to take out the defending army and get to the Stone Throwers.


In the Bronze Age, slings were first used by herders to protect their flocks. Eventually they were used in warfare, being one of the first ranged weapons. Slingers could fire 10 stones in a minute, and while accuracy was medicore, it was used until arrows were introduced. The great range that slings had surpassed even the bow and arrow.


The Slinger is seen wearing a blue tunic and has a pouch and sling, with a rock inside.



Two Slingers

Other Military Units

Military Units
All Ages Heavy Units Color GuardLight Units Military DrummerLight Units RogueFast Units/Heavy Units Champion
Bronze Age Light Units SpearfighterLight Units ClubmanHeavy 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
Space Age Asteroid Belt Light Units Drill RangerRanged Units Nail StormArtillery Units B.E.L.T.Heavy Units ShredderFast Units Hover Hammer

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