Archers


Chariot Archer
Chariot Archer

Civilization: Egyptians

Cost: 200 Wood100 Gold

Information: Equipped with the best Archers in the Egyptian army, the Chariot Archer is a force to be reckoned with. It lays down a destructive barrage of arrow fire that destroys enemy Spearmen and then moves on before the enemy can counter-attack.

Special Ability: Can train Mounted Archers.

Weaknesses: Cavalry

History: The chariot was a vehicle of travel for high-ranking officials in Ancient Egypt, and it was also a weapon used by archers in the Egyptian Army. Unlike the chariots built by the Hittites, Egyptian chariots were light and fast moving. In the Ancient Egyptian Army the Chariot Archers main role was to protect the infantry. At range chariot archer would make use of arrows to dispense of their enemies, in close corridors they pull out their auxiliary weapon, most often an axe to deal with enemies.

Temple Bowman
Temple Bowman

Civilization: Egyptians

Cost: 30 Wood35 Gold

Information: Only the most accomplished Archers in the Egyptian empire are allowed to become a Temple Bowman. They are extremely effective at softening up enemy Spear Infantry. However, attacks by enemy cavalry is always a risk.

Weaknesses: Cavalry

Upgrades: Mounted Archer > Improved Archer > Composite Archer > Improved Composite Archer > Temple Bowman

History: The bow and arrow was the most important weapon in Ancient Egypt. During the Old Kingdom the simple bow was utilized for military and hunting purposes. In the New Kingdom the simple bow was replaced with the superior composite bow design for its greater tension that thus range abilities. However, the difficulty in manufacturing and maintaining the composite bow made the simple bow the choice for foot archers and the bow was easier to maintain and repair.

Javelin Thrower
Javelin Thrower

Civilization: Greeks

Information: Javelin Throwers can throw javelins great distances in order to inflict damage upon enemy units.

Weaknesses: Unknown

History: Javelin throwing was one of the first sports included in the Ancient Olympic Games. In the ancient period javelins were used on mass against enemy armies. Because they were used in such a way, the ability to throw the javelin a great distance was more important then accuracy. Hence, why in the Olympics javelin throwers are graded on the distance of their throw and not on their accuracy.

Royal Archer
Royal Archer

Civilization: Greeks

Information: Archer that is good against Spear Infantry. Countered by Cavalry.

Weaknesses: Cavalry

History: The Greeks used many archers in their armies as arrows proved to be remarkably effective against massed formations. Some of the best Greek archers were the Cretans and the Scythian mercenaries--both of which were deployed under Alexander's Macedonian army.

Elephant Archer
Elephant Archer

Civilization: Persians

Cost: 50 Wood350 Gold

Information: From the eastern most edges of the Persian Empire come these ferocious creatures. Carrying Archers on its back, the Elephant Archer is both a deadly ranged weapon and the ultimate melee attacker. It can stampede for area-effect damage, and train archers atop. The Elephant Archer is very effective versus infantry units.

Weaknesses: Countered by Field Siege and Archers.

History: Elephants became excellent war machines when properly trained in ancient times. Several recorded battles account for the use of war elephants including Guagamela (331 BC), Gaza (312 BC), Heraclea (280 BC), Zama (202 BC), and Hydaspes River (326 BC). They seemed to have been introduced by Asian armies who were masters at controlling these ferocious beasts. Usually 1-3 armed men were mounted on top. Western armies such as Persian, Macedonian, Carthaginian, and even Roman began to make use of the psychological terror these beasts would inflict upon the enemy. Aside from the standard trampling power of these beasts came the ingenious idea of mounting a small wooden tower on top of the elephant. Mounted in the tower were archers and javelin throwers raining death as the elephant moved about during battle.

Javelin Thrower
Javelin Thrower

Civilization: Persians

Information: Javelin Throwers are infantry units that hurl a deadily javelin--presumably strong against archers.

Weaknesses: Unknown, but presumably against swordsmen, cavalry, and siege.

History: As with most ancient armies, javelin throwers served as auxiliary soldiers during battle. Persia made extensive use of these levy units in virtually every battle they engaged. Upon the opening of a battle, they would run up ahead of the main army, hurl their javelins at the enemy, then quickly retreat back into the safety of the main army and reload. Javelins flying to and fro in many cases would aid in throwing the enemy into panic and disorder.

Noble Archer
Noble Archer

Civilization: Persians

Cost: 40 Wood40 Gold

Information: Only the most elite among Persia's Archers attain the rank of Noble Archer. Deadly accurate, they can attack the enemy from astonishing distances. They are most effective against spear infantry.

Weaknesses: Cavalry and Swordsmen.

Upgrades: Archer > Improved Archer > Parthian Archer > Improved Parthian Archer > Noble Archer

History: Persia's early Achaemenid army consisted of bowmen in large proportions. The archer "classification" could cover a multitude of races and categories. The army consisted of bowmen from wide ranging geographic localities such as the Indian border regions, Ethiopia, the Ionian Greek city states, and of course, not forgetting the Mede and Persian bowmen that could be found in "The Immortals" elite Persian class infantry. This particular archer represents the elite archer class of the Persian army, and even possibly a member of the 10,000 Immortals--of whom were both archers as well as spearmen depending on the need.

Elephant Archer
Elephant Archer

Civilization: Romans

Information: Good against Infantry. Can stampede for area-effect damage. Trains Archers for extra damage.

Weaknesses: Countered by Field Siege and Archers.

History: Elephants were infrequently used by the Romans, there usage really only pertains to the Roman Republic. When the Romans made use of elephants they only did so in small numbers. Use of the animals in small numbers provided for better control over the dangerous beasts. Though elephants had a tactical use, they were better used as psychological implements of war. Armies with elephants on their side would inspire confidence and invoke fear in their enemies.

Imperial Archer
Imperial Archer

Civilization: Romans

Information: Archer that is good against Spear Infantry.

Weaknesses: Countered by Cavalry.

History: In the early days of the Roman Empire, archers were typically recruited from the Middle East and North Africa, which had a long tradition of archery. By the late Empire, however, they were no longer merely auxillary troops; there were entire regiments of sagittarii in the regular army, which were trained in various places including Rome itself.