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This article is about the building in Age of Mythology. For the building in Age of Empires, see Ballista Tower (Age of Empires).

The Ballista Tower is a powerful tower in Age of Mythology. It is an upgrade of the Guard Tower and is only available to the Egyptians, the most defensive of the five Age of Mythology civilizations. It can deal substantially more damage to enemies than a Guard Tower, providing excellent defense for Egyptian towns.



An improvement in larger towers and fortifications was the addition of heavier weapons, such as ballistae. These heavier weapons made it possible to engage enemies at greater range and do more damage against siege engines and troop concentrations.
—In-game help section


  • Despite its name, the Ballista Tower still fires normal arrows.
  • Originally, the Ballista Tower was intended to be available to the Atlanteans according to an unused model. Unfortunately, this model is only a copy of the Mythic Age Atlantean Guard Tower model.
    • Interestingly, the Atlanteans of Kronos in War of the Titans get access to Ballista Towers, despite Atlanteans not normally getting access to them anymore.
  • Norse towers can be upgraded beyond the regular Watch Tower limit via triggers in the Scenario Editor. Their Guard Tower looks identical to the Egyptians', and their Ballista Towers have the model of the unused beta Ballista Tower.
    • Ballista Towers of other non-Egyptian civilizations upgraded via triggers reuse their own Guard Tower models.


Buildings in Age of Mythology
EconomicTownCenterAOMGreek Town Center · AoMR Village Center Greeks icon Village Center · Building house icon House · AomFarmIcon Farm · ArmoryIcon Armory · Market icon AOM Market
MilitaryDockAOMIcon Dock · TempleAOMIcon Temple
Walls and gatesStonewall icon Wooden Wall · GateIconAoM Gate · Stonewall icon Stone Wall · GateIconAoM Stone Gate · Fortifiedwall icon Fortified Wall · GateIconAoM Fortified Gate
TowerSentryTowerIcon Sentry Tower · Improvement watch tower icon 64 Watch Tower · Guard Tower upgrade icon AoM Guard Tower
SpecialAomWonderIcon Wonder · SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Gate
GreekPortrait GreeksGranaryIcon Granary · Storehouse Icon Storehouse · MilitaryAcademyIcon Military Academy · ArcheryRangeAOMIcon Archery Range · StableAOMIcon Stable · Fortress Fortress
EgyptianPortrait EgyptiansGranaryIcon Granary · LumberCampIcon Lumber Camp · MiningCampIcon Mining Camp · MonumentVillagersIcon Monument · MilitaryAcademyIcon Barracks · Midgol Migdol Stronghold · SiegeWorks Siege Works · Lighthouse icon Lighthouse · Obelisk Obelisk · CitadelWall Icon Citadel Wall · GateIconAoM Citadel Gate · Improvement ballista tower icon 64 Ballista Tower
NorsePortrait NorseLonghouse icon Longhouse · HillFort Hill Fort · ArmoryIcon Dwarven Foundry · AoMR Great Hall icon Great Hall
AtlanteanPortrait AtlanteansManor Manor · EconomicGuild Economic Guild · MilitaryBarracksIcon Military Barracks · CounterBarracksIcon Counter-Barracks · Palace Palace · BronzeWall icon Bronze Wall · GateIconAoM Bronze Gate · IronWall icon Iron Wall · GateIconAoM Iron Gate · OrichalkosWall icon Orichalkos Wall · GateIconAoM Orichalkos Gate · SkyPassage icon Sky Passage · Mirror tower icon Mirror Tower
ChinesePortrait ChineseBuilding storage pit icon Storage Pit · GardenIcon Garden · MilitaryAcademyIcon War Academy · StableAOMIcon Stable · Building chinese fortress icon Castle · Earthen Wall Icon Earthen Wall · GateIconAoM Earthen Gate · Great Wall Icon Great Wall · GateIconAoM Great Gate
Non-constructable (non-campaign exclusive buildings)
CitadelIcon Citadel Center · HealingSpringIcon Healing Spring · HesperidesIcon Hesperides Tree · LureIcon Lure · PlentyIcon Plenty Vault · TartarianGateIcon Tartarian Gate · UnderWorldPassageIcon Underworld Passage
Charioteria Charioteria