|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires II. For similar units in other games of the series, see Ram (disambiguation).|
"Slow, lumbering siege weapon used to reduce enemy towns to ruins."—Age of Empires II description
The Battering Ram is a non-ranged Siege unit in Age of Empires II that can be trained at the Siege Workshop. It has a huge attack bonus against buildings and is nearly impervious to arrow fire. It also is effective against Trebuchets, but vulnerable to melee damage. A Battering Ram can garrison up to four foot units (infantry, archers, or Villagers). Only infantry units improve the speed and attack against buildings.
Rams do not have any melee armor (in fact they have -3 melee armor, displayed in The Conquerors but not anymore since The Forgotten), so any unit with a melee attack can destroy a Battering Ram rather quickly. The best ways to destroy them are with Mangonels, Mangudai, cavalry, or infantry. However, due to their high pierce armor and HP, they can withstand most ranged attacks easily. In fact, it's sometimes useful to add a few Battering Rams to an army for the sole purpose of soaking up enemy archer fire to protect the main force.
Battering Rams can cause enormous damage if left ignored. Although they can attack units, the damage they do is negligible. However, they can be used against Trebuchets and other siege units to good effect. The Battering Ram is good against arrow-shooting Towers, buildings, and Castles. In The Age of Kings, it is not recommended to use Battering Rams against Bombard Towers, because they deal melee damage. However, that was changed in patch 1.0c of The Conquerors, and Bombard Towers now deal pierce damage, meaning they do almost no damage to Rams.
Since The Conquerors, infantry and foot archers can load themselves into Battering Rams, with infantry also increasing their speed and damage, and giving enemies a nasty surprise should they attempt to destroy it. The presence of units garrisoned inside a Ram is denoted by a flag on top of the Ram (similar to Transport Ships). A Battering Ram may load up to four units. The relationship shared between foot troops and Rams is mutually beneficial. When they are fully loaded, it is granted a speed greater than that of most foot units. Thus, the Ram may be used as a viable form of rapid transportation for the infantry and foot archers, in addition to providing cover from withering archer fire from Castles and Towers while the Ram closes the gap. If the ram is destroyed, the garrisoned units will immediately disembark with no injury. Battering Rams can knock holes in Walls and then disgorge infantry directly into the enemy base.
Since The Forgotten, Villagers can also load themselves into Battering Rams enabling them to perform a distraction through deception by loading single Villagers in Rams making them effective dummies that can drive enemy forces away from the player's intended target, and enabling to perform offensive maneuvers. This new ability also enables to the Villagers to make them a better frontal support builders as they can travel inside Rams along with infantry and foot archers, and once they reach the intended place they can start to build frontal military structures.
Like with buildings, if a Ram is converted, units inside the Ram will not be converted. They will just be forced to leave the converted Ram.
Further statistics Edit
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Buildings, Trebuchets|
|Weak vs.||Mangudai, Mangonels, melee units especially Magyar Huszars|
|Hit points||Furor Celtica (+40%, Celts only)|
|Attack||Siege Engineers (+20% attack against buildings)|
|Armor||Ironclad (+4/+0, Teutons only)|
|Speed||Drill (+50%, Mongols only)|
|Conversion defense|| Faith|
|Upgrades||Battering Rams can be upgraded to Capped Rams|
Civilization bonuses Edit
- Aztecs: Battering Rams are created 15% faster.
- Burmese: Researching Faith is 50% cheaper.
- Celts: Battering Rams attack 25% faster. Battering Rams can convert herdables even if enemy units are next to them.
- Chinese: Technologies that benefit Battering Rams are 20% cheaper.
- Portuguese: Battering Rams cost 15% less gold.
- Slavs: Battering Rams are 15% cheaper.
Team bonuses Edit
- A team containing Celts: Battering Rams are created and upgraded 20% faster.
- A team containing Malians: Researching Siege Engineers is 80% faster.
- A team containing Teutons: Battering Rams are more resistant to conversion.
The Age of Kings Edit
- The upgrade to the Capped Ram costs 300F/250G.
The Conquerors Edit
- Infantry and foot archers can now be garrisoned inside Rams.
- The upgrade to the Capped Ram now costs 300F.
- Heresy introduced.
- Celts: Furor Celtica introduced. It gives Battering Rams +50% HP.
- Mongols: Drill introduced.
The Forgotten Edit
- Villagers can now be garrisoned in Rams.
- Celts: Furor Celtica now gives +40% HP to Battering Rams.
- Teutons: Ironclad introduced.
- With the Mongol unique technology Drill, Rams loaded with infantry may move faster than cavalry. Such speed and damage will allow Mongol players to quickly devastate a defensive fortification far more swiftly than conventional Trebuchet or Bombard Cannon tactics.
- With 2, Battering Rams have the weakest melee attack in the game.
- With -3, the Rams have the lowest melee armor of all units.
The most direct way to attack a stone wall or other stone fortification was to knock it down with a battering ram. The typical ram was a stout log mounted on wheels or suspended from a frame so it could swing forward and backward. The frame was brought up to the wall or gate to be battered and then men heaving in unison repeatedly slammed the ram head into the target. The battering ram frame required a roof of some sort to protect the crew from above. This was often covered with wet animal hides to retard fire. Given enough time, any obstruction could be knocked down, opening a breach for assault.