Original Unit




  • Ballistics
  • Can only be built by "Arab", "American", "Castle", "Palace", and "Balkan" cultures


  • Ancient Ranged unit


The Archer is the first Ranged Attack unit available in the game. It is ideally suited to supporting foot soldiers and mounted units, as it can attack from a distance and avoid direct conflict with stronger enemy units.


Though no single civilization can lay claim to its invention, origins of archery can be traced back at least 40,000 years. The earliest bows consisted of a thin length of wood fastened with string or sinew at each end. Later, bows were made of several materials, including wood and horn glued together and reinforced with bands of sinew. The English longbow, made of wood from the yew tree, was famous in battle, helping win battles over the French at Crecy, Poitiers and Agincourt during the Hundred Years’ War. Other cultures employed the bow in war, hunting and recreational archery, including the Egyptians, Assyrians, Chinese, Goths and Mongols. Accounts of Renaissance-era European travelers indicate that the bow and arrow was the weapon of choice on virtually every continent.