|This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology. For the unit in Age of Empires, see Chariot Archer (Age of Empires).|
Strengths and Weaknesses
- Strong against
- Weak against
God Bonuses and Upgrades
Worshiping Ra grants +22% HP and +10% speed.
Worshiping Set reduces training time by 20%.
☀Undocumented 'Medium Chariot Archer' upgrade (free in the Heroic Age): increases attack and Hit Points by 10% and Line of Sight by 1
- Heavy Chariots and Champion Chariots increase attack and HP by 10% and LOS by 1.
- Bone Bow (Sekhmet) increases range by 4.
- Copper Weapons, Bronze Weapons and Iron Weapons increase attack by 10%.
- Copper Mail, Bronze Mail and Iron Mail decrease hack vulnerability by 10%.
- Copper Shields, Bronze Shields and Iron Shields decrease pierce vulnerability by 10%.
- Burning Pitch gives triple damage to buildings and +50% damage to ships.
- Levy Migdol Soldiers and Conscript Migdol Soldiers decrease training time by 20%.
- Valley of the Kings (Thoth) decreases training time by 66%.
The fastest archers in the game, Chariot Archers are the ultimate raiders as they are ranged, train very quickly and have a high attack. Though they do not have any attack bonuses, they are very versatile. They are dangerous to infantry, and can outclass other archers with their higher hit points and greater firepower. Chariot Archers should still be kept out of harm's way as they are rather fragile. They work well with Camelry due to their complementary abilities. Chariot Archers can pick off infantry while Camelry take out any attacking cavalry or counter-archers that could threaten the fragile Chariot Archer. Since the two balance out each other's weaknesses they make a formidable, fast moving force.
For about 500 years prior to 1200 BC, the chariot archer dominated the battlefields of the Middle East and Western India. The chariot, and indeed horses, were unknown to Egypt before 1720 BC when they were invaded by the Hyksos. The Egyptians were quick to adopt the new technology, and the chariot remained the elite shock troop of Egypt for hundreds of years. All the great civilizations of the time, principally the Egyptians and Hittites to the west, were sufficiently wealthy and advanced to field forces of these relatively expensive weapons. The elites of these cultures hunted from chariots and archery skill was prized. Surrounding barbarians were intimidated by the fast and accurate archers until they learned how to kill the horses or otherwise disable the team. Egypt's chariots were so light that two men could bear them across a stream, and the chariot corps was supported logistically by mobile repair stations. Around 1200 BC, chariot archers largely disappeared and barbarians, whose origin remains unknown today, overran the cultures that used them.