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This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the similar unit in Age of Mythology, see Catapult (Age of Mythology).

The Catapult is a slow lumbering device in Age of Empires used to eliminate buildings and defenses. Its attack features medium Area of Effect damage, regardless of whether the unit is a friend or foe.


Unit availability
Available Unavailable

The * indicates that the civilization can fully upgrade their Catapults, i.e. gets Alchemy, Engineering, and Ballistics.
The ^ indicates that the civilization has at least one civilization bonus that benefits the combat strength of their Catapults.


The direct upgrade of the Stone Thrower, they are fairly expensive and more effective, but less so than the Heavy Catapult. They also have a minimum range of 3. Catapults deal 28 bonus damage against buildings (to a total of 40 damage, since buildings in Age of Empires have 80% resistance to all attacks) but only 10 bonus damage against towers (to a total of 22 damage).

To upgrade the Catapult to the Heavy Catapult, Siegecraft must be researched beforehand.

Further statistics[]

Unit strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Buildings
Weak vs. Ships, Ballistae
Attack Alchemy.png Alchemy (+1)
Range Engineering.png Engineering (+2)
Accuracy Ballistics.png Ballistics (hit moving targets)
Upgrades HeavyCatapult.jpg Heavy Catapult

Civilization bonuses[]


The stone thrower continued to evolve over time following its invention around 400 B.C.  Improvements increased the size or range of the missile and the mobility of the catapult.
Age of Empires manual