|This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology. For the unit in Age of Empires, see Ballista (Age of Empires).|
Odin increases Ballista hit points by 20%.
- Draft Horses increases speed by 20%.
- Engineers increases attack by 25% and doubles damage against walls.
- Burning Pitch +20% crush damage (+ 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 pack a good punch against ships, human soldiers, and even slow and engaged myth units. 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.