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Greek Polybolos

If firing one bolt at the enemy is good, many are excellent!

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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Greek Polybolos

Unit Name

Greek Polybolos

Main Unit Key

Gre_Polybolos

Land Unit Key

Gre_Polybolos

Naval Unit Key

greek_transport_small

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

Shots Per Minute

12

Ammunition

15

Melee Attack

9

Weapon Damage

19

├ Melee Weapon

rome_shortsword

├ Melee Damage Base

15

├ Melee Damage Ap

4

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

5

Charge Bonus

6

Melee Defence

4

├ Base Defence

4

├ Shield

none

└ Shield Defence

0

Armour

10

├ Armour

cloth

├ Armour Defence

10

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

35

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_medium

├ Man Health

30

└ Bonus Hit Points

5

Base Morale

35

Abilities

Greek Polybolos
  • Precision Shot
    Improved missile weapon damage for an extended period.
    Missile damage
    Exertion: fatigue

Attributes

No Attribute

Strengths & Weaknesses

Light Transport
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very slow speed
  • Weak ramming
Greek Polybolos
  • High damage
  • Accurate
  • Average range
  • Very high rate of fire
Requires Buildings
Greek Polybolos Lv. 0 Field Engineer's Workshop Siege Engineer's Workshop