The Scythe Chariot is an Iron Age cavalry unit in Age of Empires: The Rise of Rome. It is an upgrade of the Chariot and is only available to a few civilizations.

The biggest advantage of the Scythe Chariot over the regular Chariot is that it can inflict trample damage, inflicting damage on units and buildings adjacent to the unit or building it is attacking. Thus they can be a nice alternative to a War Elephant, preventing enemy Villagers from fleeing to a far location and restarting their town. As with its regular counterpart, the Scythe Chariot dealt double attack towards Priests before update 38862 and was highly resistant towards enemy conversion.

Civilizations[edit | edit source]

The Scythe Chariot is an uncommon unit, and only some civilizations can train them:

Unit availability
Available Unavailable

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Tool Age[edit | edit source]

Bronze Age[edit | edit source]

Iron Age[edit | edit source]

Note: Nobility is the prerequisite for upgrading Chariots to Scythe Chariots, so this upgrade is automatically added
Stable Tree
Tool Age
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Bronze Age
Camel Rider
Iron Age
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Heavy Cavalry
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War Elephant
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Scythe Chariot
Armored Elephant

Civilization bonuses[edit | edit source]

  • Egyptian: Scythe Chariots have 33% more HP.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

The Rise of Rome[edit | edit source]

  • Scythe Chariots have 2 armor, +9 damage vs Priests, ×8 conversion resistance, and cost 1,200 wood and 800 gold to upgrade, which takes 150 seconds.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • With update 38862, Scythe Chariots have 1 armor, no bonus damage vs Priests, ×2 conversion resistance, and cost 1,400 wood and 1,000 gold to upgrade, which takes 200 seconds.

History[edit | edit source]

Chariots went out of favor by the beginning of the last millennium BC in favor of cavalry. But they did not disappear completely. Some armies continued to use them and they remained a symbol of prestige. To make chariots more effective and fearsome, scythe blades were attached to the axles. As the chariot moved, the blades rotated through the air. A foot soldier facing an oncoming Scythe Chariot faced the prospect of being ridden down by the horse, shot by an arrow, stabbed by the soldier on board, or hacked by the blades. This could be a terrifying weapon against broken troops trying to flee. Against steady veteran troops, however, the Scythe Chariot was still a chariot with inherent weaknesses. If the horses could be wounded, the chariot faltered. The Persians attempted to use Scythe Chariots against Alexander the Great, but the weapon made little impression on the disciplined phalanxes.
The Rise of Rome manual

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]


SCYTHE CHARIOT vs EVERY UNIT - Age of Empires- Definitive Edition

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