|This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology. For the unit in Age of Empires, see Ballista (Age of Empires).|
Attack bonus Edit
- Ships: ×3
- Buildings: ×2.5
God Bonus Edit
Odin increases Ballista hit points by 20%.
- Draft Horses increases speed by 20%.
- Engineers increases attack by 25% and attack against walls by 35%.
- Burning Pitch +20% crush damage (+50% in Tale of the Dragon).
Ballistae fire several bolts which damage multiple units at a time and deal a fairly large amount of damage. They aren't as effective as other siege weapons at destroying buildings, but can destroy them fairly quickly in groups. They have a minimum range, so they should be escorted with cavalry or infantry to protect it from units that get too close.
The Ballista was another type of pre-gunpowder era artillery, mainly used against men in formation. It was a large bow mounted sideways. It used a winch and ratchet to create bow tension. The missile was usually a large metal, or metal-headed, bolt. Fired into a mass of men at ranges up to 1000 feet, bolts could disable several enemies. Ballistas could be placed on fixed mounts on walls or ships, or mobile-wheeled mounts for battlefield use. They were not particularly effective against fortified buildings and walls.
- In the Alpha version of Age of Mythology, the Greeks were supposed to get a version called the Oxybeles that did Pierce Damage, the Egyptians were also supposed to get a Ballista Unit, tying in with their Ballista Tower technology.