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Roman Polybolos

There is wicked cunning in a machine that can fire so many bolts so quickly.

The polybolos was a repeating bolt thrower developed from the ballista and scorpion. A chain mechanism drew, loaded and released bolts from a gravity-fed magazine as quickly as a handle could be turned. Supposedly invented by Dionysius of Alexandria, the polybolos was quite a complex machine: as the operator turned a windlass handle, the bow was tensioned as a launching shuttle pulled back, an arrow dropped into place, and finally a catch was released to fire the machine. The process repeated as long as the operator worked. All he needed was a loader to keep the magazine filled. Efficient and deadly, the polybolos had the greatest rate of fire of all ancient war machines.

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Roman Polybolos

Unit Name

Roman Polybolos

Main Unit Key

Rom_Polybolos

Land Unit Key

Rom_Polybolos

Naval Unit Key

pel_transport

Soldiers

40

Category

Siege Engine

Class

Fixed Artillery

Custom Battle Cost

620

Recruitment Cost

620

Upkeep Cost

120

Missile Damage

85

├ Engine

polybolos

├ Missile Weapon

rome_polybolos

├ Projectile

arrow_polybolos

├ Missile Damage

35

├ Missile Ap Damage

50

└ Base Reload Time

5

Accuracy

5

Range

260

Reload

4

Shots Per Minute

13

Ammunition

60

Melee Attack

9

Weapon Damage

24

├ Melee Weapon

rome_shortsword

├ Melee Damage Base

20

├ Melee Damage Ap

4

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

6

Melee Defence

14

├ Base Defence

14

├ Shield

none

└ Shield Defence

0

Armour

40

├ Armour

mail

├ Armour Defence

40

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

45

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_medium

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

5

Base Morale

35

Abilities

No Ability

Attributes

No Attribute

Strengths & Weaknesses

Transport
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very slow speed
  • Weak ramming
Roman Polybolos
  • High damage
  • Accurate
  • Average range
  • Very high rate of fire
Requires Buildings
Roman Polybolos Lv. 0 Field Engineers' Workshop
Field Engineers' Workshop
(rome_military_siege_2)
Level 1
Siege Engineers' Workshop
Siege Engineers' Workshop
(rome_military_siege_3)
Level 2