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This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology. For the similar unit in other games of the series, see Slinger.

In Age of Mythology, the Slinger is the Egyptian counter-archer archer unit.

Attack bonuses[]

  • Archers: ×4
  • Throwing Axemen: ×3
  • Axeman & Hypaspist: ×1.25

Strengths and Weaknesses[]

Strong against
Weak against

Bonuses and Improvements[]


Set increases hit points by 10%, and decreases training time by 20% and hack vulnerability by 10%.



Slingers are the primary ranged unit for the Egyptians in the Classical Age. They have a large attack bonus against archers and Throwing Axemen, and can dispatch these units with ease. They also have a small bonus against counter-infantry. This means that in sufficient numbers, they can repel a counter-infantry attack. Slingers have a poor standard attack, however, and from the Heroic Age the faster and more versatile Chariot Archers are better in this role.


Age of Mythology[]

  • Originally, Set gave Slingers +20% hit points. After patch 1.06, this was changed to +10%.
  • Slings of the Sun costs 200 gold and 20 favor, and increases bonus damage against infantry by 30%.

Extended Edition[]

  • Slings of the Sun costs 200 gold and 15 favor, and increases bonus damage against infantry by 50%.

Tale of the Dragon[]

  • With patch 2.7, Slings of the Sun increases bonus damage against infantry by 75%.
  • With patch 2.8, Slings of the Sun now grants Slingers the proper damage bonus against all infantry units.


The sling was simply a long piece of cloth that could be swung rapidly and partially released to cast a stone or metal object with fairly high accuracy. Originally a hunting weapon for bringing down small game and birds, the sling was adapted easily to the battlefield where light troops used it to harass enemy formations. Slings were much cheaper to make than a bow and its complement of arrows, and slingers were easier to train than archers. Many ancient armies kept contingents of slingers to accompany their infantry and archer units. One of the most famous single combats recounted in the Bible was that of the slinger David killing the great Goliath.


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