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The Stone Thrower is the first siege unit available in Age of Empires. It is the only siege unit that can be built at the Siege Workshop during the Bronze Age. They are the very first siege unit to appear in Age of Empires series and are the predecesor of the Mangonel in Age of Empires II.

As a heavy stone throwing siege weapon, Stone Throwers deal 28 bonus damage against buildings (38). However, against towers, Stone Throwers deals only 10 bonus damage (20) after accounting for building armor.

From the Iron Age, it can be upgraded into the Catapult, then the Heavy Catapult.


Iron Age

Siege Workshop Tree
Bronze Age
Siege Workshop
Stone Thrower
Iron Age
Heavy Catapult

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Hittites: Stone Throwers have 50% more hit points
  • Sumerians: Stone Throwers have -30% reload time
  • Macedonians: Stone Throwers cost 50% less and are four times more resistant to enemy conversion


The stone thrower was an artillery weapon based on the principle of the lever. The stone thrower fired a heavy missile, usually a large stone or stone wrapped in burning oily rags. The missile was placed in a large basket at the end of the throwing arm. Tension was built up on the other end of the arm while the throwing basket was held taut against a fulcrum. When released, the throwing arm swung up and forward until checked, throwing the missile. Stone throwers were used primarily against fixed positions, especially cities and fortifications. Stones were used to knock down walls to open the way for an infantry assault. Fireballs set wood rubble on fire, burning out the defenders. Small stone throwers were also used on the battlefield to disrupt massed enemy formations, although the enemy rarely offered easy targets within range. The stone thrower was invented around 400 BC by Greeks seeking to capture an island fortress off the coast of Sicily.