The Peltast is a Greek counter-archer archer unit in Age of Mythology. It is first available in the Heroic Age.

Attack bonuses[edit | edit source]

  • Archers: ×4
  • Throwing Axemen: ×2

God Bonuses and Upgrades[edit | edit source]

General[edit | edit source]

Hades increases attack by 10%.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Peltasts are strong against archers and Throwing Axemen, but weak against basically everything else. They destroy ranged units with ease, though their usefulness is debatable as Hippikons fulfill the anti-archer role admirably without being as specialized.

However, Peltasts are useful if the player is low on food and gold as unlike the Hippikon the Peltast costs no food and is much cheaper on gold. Also Peltasts have the advantage of attacking from a distance, which can be a decisive advantage when enemy archers are behind walls. They are best used as defensive or support units due to their fragility.

History[edit | edit source]

Peltasts were light troops originally from Thrace (modern Serbia [sic]) who took their name from their light, hide-covered shield called a pelte. They wore no armor, allowing them to move rapidly on the battlefield. Each man carried several javelins, usually one meter in length. Their battlefield role was to close with heavy and slow enemy formations, throw javelins into their midst, and pull back before the enemy could catch them. If peltasts could attack phalanxes on the right (unprotected side), they could cause casualties and disrupt the formation before hoplite battle was joined. The increasing use of light troops like Peltasts eventually made obsolete armies composed entirely of Hoplites.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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
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