It has an attack bonus on hills and is effective against heavy class units, such as the Legionnaire. It has improved attack range, attack value and defense value over the Bronze age Stone Thrower. However, it is vulnerable to any attack due to its low defense.
The Ballista can be used as fire support by staying behind the army. A full group of Ballistas can be used in combat against melee classes, but vulnerable if the opponent contains fast or light units, such as Mounted Warriors and Soldiers.
- The attack value was reduced by one (from 5 to 4) in update 1.05.
- The attack and defense boost against Heavy Units was raised from 2 to 4 in the 1.06 update.