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Burning Pitch is a common technology in Age of Mythology, researched at the Armory. It increases the attack of archers, arrow ships, Ballistae and Cheiroballistae, particularly against buildings.

Note that for worshipers of Thor, Burning Pitch is available at the Dwarven Foundry in the Archaic Age.


  • Archers and Arrow Ships ×6 damage against buildings
  • Archers ×1.5 damage against ships
  • Arrow ships +15% attack
  • Ballistae +20% crush damage (+50% in Tale of the Dragon)
  • Cheiroballistae ×11 damage against buildings.

Note: Certain myth units (such as the Satyr), siege ships and ranged Greek Heroes seem to benefit from Burning Pitch. However, this is purely cosmetic, as their attack against building does not increase. Also, clicking on the respective unit's info box does not indicate that the unit in question gains Burning Pitch under the "Upgrades" section.


While arrows were already deadly in combat, well-equipped armies could coat their arrowheads (or even siege projectiles) with burning pitch made from tar or tree sap in order to cause extra damage and ignite the unfortunate victim, ship or building targeted.


Common Armory Technologies
Copper WeaponsCopper MailCopper ShieldsBronze WeaponsBronze MailBronze ShieldsIron WeaponsIron MailIron ShieldsBurning Pitch