Greek Ranged Unit
Age AvailableGoldenAgeIcon Golden Age
Attack Range23
Hit Points150
Sight Range23
Train Time13 s.
Food 0 Wood 35 Gold 50 Population 2
Armor vs. infantry0.3
Bonus vs. infantry3.0
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The Gastraphetes is a Greek Ranged Unit in Age of Empires Online.

Overview Edit

  • Armed with an ancient early crossbow, the Gastraphete's long range and high damage allows it to wipe out Infantry from afar.

Equipment Slots Edit


In-game Gastraphetes without gear



Reconstructed belly bow

A modern reconstruction of the Greek gastraphetes

The gastraphetes (gas-tre-phet-ees, Ancient Greek: γαστραφέτης, Greek: Γαστραφετης) was the name of a weapon. It roughly translates to English as "belly-releaser". The weapon was a precursor to the crossbow as it used a special slider mechanism to pull the string. The gastraphetes was loaded by placing one end against the ground and pushing against the other end with the soldier's belly, giving it the nickname "Belly Bow".[1]


  • In PvE Greek players will often mass Gastraphetes.
  • The Greek Fire research can allow them to deal fair damage against siege and buildings.


  1. Wikipedia - "Gastraphetes"

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