The Catapult is a large stone-throwing piece of siege equipment found in Age of Empires and Age of Mythology.

Age of EmpiresEdit

AgeIron Age
Trained atSiege Workshop
TypeSiege Unit
Cost180 Wood,
80 Gold,
Upgraded FromStone Thrower
Upgraded ToHeavy Catapult
In Age of Empires, it is slow, large and very dangerous as it has a medium splash area in which all units are damaged, whether if the unit is a friend or foe. They are fairly expensive and more effective than the Stone Thrower but less so than the Heavy Catapult. They also have a minimum range of 2. The Choson, Egyptians, Phoenicians and Yamato cannot build Catapults. To upgrade a catapult to a heavy catapult, Siegecraft must be fully researched beforehand.

The Catapult is the succesor of the Stone Thrower and predecessor of the Heavy Catapult.


Iron Age

Civilization BonusesEdit

  • If played as the Hittites, the hit points increases from 75 to 150 hit points.
  • If played as the Sumerians, the rate of fire doubles (same rate of fire as a Ballista).
  • If played as the Macedonians, the cost per unit is 50% cheaper and 4 times resitant to enemy conversion.

See also Edit


Age of MythologyEdit

Civilization Egyptians
Age/God Mythic Age
Unit Type Siege Unit
Cost 200 Wood
200 Gold
Population 3
Attack Hack Pierce Crush
0 10 50
Range 10-28 meters
Hit Points 115
Armour Hack Pierce Crush
30% 89% 89%
Speed 2.4 meters/second
Line of Sight 40 meters
Train at Siege Works
Train Time 24 seconds

The Catapult is a Mythic Age Egyptian siege unit. It has the longest range of any siege unit in the game and has a high attack making it an effective building killer. A small group will destroy a building in seconds and their long range prevents units from counter-attacking easily. They are also highly effective against ships, dealing bonus damage to them. However they should still be escorted by other units as they still have low hack armor and are slow leaving them vulnerable to cavalry.


Siege weapons can destroy buildings, but are weak against other units, especially cavalry. Egyptians can also use Catapults to defeat enemy ships.

Catapults were invented by the Greeks for use as artillery on the battlefield or during a siege. By creating tension by pulling back large bow-like arms or twisting cordage made of hides or hair, a great throwing force could be achieved. Catapults could throw a stone weighing over 10 pounds to a range of nearly 1500 feet.