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The Toxotes is the main archer used by the Greeks in Age of Mythology. They can be trained at the Archery Range once the Classical Age is reached. They are one of four true foot archers in the game, the others being the Norse Bogsveigir, the Atlantean Arcus, and the Chinese Chu Ko Nu. Despite being an archer unit, in large numbers, combined with their small hitbox, they are able to overwhelm cavalry units.

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Hades increases archers' attack by 10%.


Toxotes are good against infantry and in groups can tear into an enemy army. Overall they provide effective ranged support for Greek armies. As ranged units they should be used at a distance as they are fragile and have little armor. They have a fairly short range compared to their counterparts in the Egyptian and Atlantean armies so they are slightly vulnerable to their respective units. As with other archers they are weak against cavalry as they can quickly close the gap with the fragile archer. Counter-archers such as the Huskarl or Slinger will also defeat them.


  • The word Toxon (Tόξον: bow), from which Toxotes (Τοξότης) is derived, is of Scythian origin. As for the Toxotes (plural: Tοξόται) themselves, they were slaves of Scythian ethnicity, armed with bows. They were found in Athens, and had safekeeping duties.
  • The in-game description states that the Greeks did not have the traditional archery practice. This may explain why the Greeks in Age of Empires have no archer unit other than the Bowman.


After centuries of warfare that was decided by Hoplite battle, the Greeks began using a variety of units after the superiority of combined arms was demonstrated convincingly by Philip's Macedonian army. The Greeks added light troops, mainly Peltasts and cavalry. They were slower to add archers, whom they called Toxotes, because they did not have the long tradition of archery practice that created bowmen of sufficient quality for the battlefield.


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