|This article is about the unit in Age of Empires. For the similar unit in Age of Mythology, see Chariot Archer (Age of Mythology).|
The Chariot Archer is a powerful military unit in Age of Empires that combines the speed and mobility of the Chariot and the attack strength of the Improved Bowman. The Wheel technology is a prerequisite to upgrade before any Chariot units can be trained.
The * indicates that the civilization can fully upgrade their Chariot Archers, i.e. gets Nobility, Alchemy, Craftsmanship, Ballistics and Chain Mail Archers.
The ^ indicates that the civilization has at least one civilization bonus that benefits the combat strength of their Chariot Archers.
- Note: Despite having access to all the other Chariot units, the Romans do not have access to the Chariot Archer.
The Chariot Archer is a popular Bronze Age unit because of its combined speed, strength, range of attack, and the fact that it costs no gold, which makes it a so-called trash unit. Its speed allows it to fly right past towers and catch Villagers quickly. It possesses 7 range, allowing it to find exposed units or for reconnaissance. As it is fast and has good range, it is strong in numbers.
|Unit strengths and weaknesses|
|Strong vs.||Infantry, Villagers|
|Weak vs.||Cavalry, siege units|
|Hit points||Nobility (+15%)|
|Range|| Woodworking (+1)|
|Accuracy||Ballistics (hit moving targets)|
|Armor|| Leather Armor Archers (+2/+0)|
Scale Armor Archers (+2/+0)
Chain Mail Archers (+2/+0)
- Assyrians: Chariot Archers have reload time.
- Egyptians: Chariot Archers have +33% hit points.
- Hittites: Chariot Archers have +1 attack.
Age of Empires
- Chariot Archers have +8 damage vs. Priests and ×8 conversion resistance.
- After CU9, Chariot Archers no longer do bonus damage vs. Priests.
- With update 38862, Chariot Archers have ×2 conversion resistance.
|“||Around 1700 BC, two existing technologies of military consequence, the chariot and the bow, were merged to create a fearsome new military weapon the chariot archer. Armored archers carried in fast chariots dominated the battlefields of the civilized world for the next 500 years and remained useful for some time after that. In the open ground of the settled plains and river valleys, the chariot archer was devastating due to its speed, mass, and firepower. Chariot archers were typified by the Egyptian nobility and pharaohs of the New Kingdom, 1552-1069 BC, who prided themselves on their archery. The first recorded battle of history, Megiddo in 1460 BC, was fought with chariots carrying archers.|
The chariot archer was the dominating battlefield weapon from China to Greece from about 1600 to 1200 BC, according to the historical and archaeological record. The long reign of chariot armies was due to several factors, including most importantly the placement of a composite bow archer in the basket with the driver and using the chariot as a mobile firing platform. The fast-firing chariot archer was devastating against slow, poorly armored infantry in the open areas of the civilized cultures. The glorious vision of elite archers from the nobility fighting from their expensive chariots and wheeling around the battlefields at will pervaded all civilized cultures of the time.
|Archery Range Tree|
|Units in Age of Empires|
|Age of Empires|
|Priest · Villager · Trade Boat · Merchant Ship · Fishing Boat · Fishing Ship · Light Transport · Heavy Transport|
|Infantry||Clubman · Axeman · Short Swordsman · Broad Swordsman · Long Swordsmen · Legion · Hoplite · Phalanx · Centurion|
|Archer||Bowman · Improved Bowman · Composite Bowman · Chariot Archer · Elephant Archer · Horse Archer · Heavy Horse Archer|
|Cavalry||Scout · Cavalry · Heavy Cavalry · Cataphract · Chariot · War Elephant|
|Siege||Stone Thrower · Catapult · Heavy Catapult · Ballista · Helepolis|
|Ship||Scout Ship · War Galley · Trireme · Catapult Trireme · Juggernaught|
|The Rise of Rome|
|Armored Elephant · Camel Rider · Fire Galley · Scythe Chariot · Slinger|