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The Bogsveigir is an archer unit for the Norse in Age of Mythology. It was added in the v2.0 patch, and the Tale of the Dragon expansion. It can be trained at the Hill Fort in the Heroic Age or in the Classical Age on the Sea of Worms random map, and is good against myth units.

Attack bonuses[]

God bonuses and upgrades[]

Odin enables Bogsveigirs to regenerate 1.5 HP/s when idle. Odin also increases HP by 20% (since patch 2.0).


This unit was added in order to better face enemy myth units, especially flying ones (such as the Stymphalian Bird), but also because the Norse lacked a dedicated archer unit.

Unlike the Throwing Axeman, the Bogsveigir causes pierce rather than hack damage, and is also superior in almost any stat, save for cost (they cost 30 extra wood) and hack armor. Still, they are not as strong against infantry, as they lack an anti-infantry bonus, but their great range more than makes up for it.

When behind cover, such as Stone Walls, and in groups, they can become alarmingly dangerous, as they will abuse their range to snipe enemies from afar, and even stave off myth unit assaults. If a player plays on a defense-oriented map, such as Jotunheim or Deep Jungle or in Sea of Worms (where they are available in the Classical Age), it is recommended to largely substitute, but not to completely replace the Throwing Axemen.

Concerning their anti-myth unit role, Hersirs are better at fighting land units (except for fast units such as Centaurs), but the Bogsveigir are the only units who can face flying units, other than Throwing Axemen, and the only ones who can attack distant naval myth units such as Krakens. Bogsveigirs are probably a Norse player's greatest asset when fighting a Titan, as the Norse's other anti-myth unit options, Jarls and Hersirs, can only engage in melee combat. It's usually best to have a force of infantry, such as Ulfsarks and Hersirs, bog down the titan while having several Bogsveigirs rain arrows on it.


Extended Edition[]

  • The Bogsveigir trains in 15 seconds and benefits from the Archer-line upgrades.
  • The Bogsveigir has 7 pierce damage, 20% hack armor, and 20% pierce armor.

Tale of the Dragon[]

  • Originally, Bogsveigir were not affected by Odin's hit point bonus or by upgrades. This was fixed in patch 2.0.
  • The Bogsveigir trains in 9 seconds and benefits from the Infantry-line upgrades.
  • With patch 2.8, the Bogsveigir has 6 pierce damage, 15% hack armor, and 15% pierce armor.


The Bogsveigir is a Norse archer with high accuracy and impressive range, his skill blessed by Valir, the god of archery. It can be trained at the Hill Fort and used for battles where close quarter combat is ineffective, or where ranged support is needed.
—In-game history section


  • The Bogsveigir is the fifth non-Chinese Archer added to the game.
  • The Bogsveigir was originally an upgrade for Norse Archers in the alpha/beta but was scrapped.
  • Bogsveigir means "Bow Swayer", or "Archer", in Old Norse.
  • The history description mentions a god called "Valir" who is in fact, not real. The actual Norse god of Archery was Ullr or Ullinn, one of the Aesir (primary Norse gods) second husband of Skadi and stepson of Thor.


Military units in Age of Mythology
Culture Type Units
Greeks Infantry Hoplite  · Hypaspist  · Myrmidon (Zeus) · Militia (Poseidon)
Archer Toxotes  · Peltast  · Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry Hippikon  · Prodromos  · Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege weapon Petrobolos  · Helepolis
Ship Trireme  · Pentekonter  · Juggernaut
Other Kataskopos
Egyptians Infantry Spearman  · Axeman  · Mercenary  · Khopesh Swordsman
Archer Slinger  · Chariot Archer
Cavalry Camelry  · War Elephant  · Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapon Catapult  · Siege Tower
Ship Kebenit  · Ramming Galley  · War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsark  · Throwing Axeman  · Huskarl
Archer Bogsveigir
Cavalry Raiding Cavalry  · Jarl
Siege weapon Portable Ram  · Ballista
Ship Longboat  · Drakkar  · Dragon Ship
Atlanteans Infantry Murmillo  · Katapeltes  · Destroyer  · Fanatic
Archer Arcus  · Turma
Cavalry Contarius
Siege weapon Cheiroballista  · Fire Siphon  · Onager
Ship Bireme  · Fireship  · Siege Bireme
Other Oracle
Chinese Infantry Halberdier
Archer Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer
Cavalry Cataphract  · General  · Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot
Siege weapon Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger
Ship Junk  · Fire Ship  · Siege Junk