Composite Bowman

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Composite Bowman

Age: Bronze
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Barracks, build Archery Range, research Improved Bow, upgrade to Composite Bow.
Upgrade Cost: 180 food, 100 wood
Cost: 40 food, 20 gold
Hit Points: 45
Attack: 5
Armor: 0
Range: 7
Speed: Medium
Upgrade of: Improved Bowman
The Composite Bowman has more hit points, attack strength, and range than the Improved Bowman.
Archers fire arrows at enemy villagers, military units, boats, and buildings within their range.
Researching Alchemy increases attack strength. Ballistics increases accuracy. Leather Armor, Scale Armor, and Chain Mail increase armor. Woodworking, Artisanship, and Craftsmanship increase range.


The Composite Bowman is a very “disputed” unit. Some people prefer them over Chariot Archers, but personally I prefer CAs. Composite Bowman’s attack of 5 is why they are chosen over Chariot Archers in many cases, but when playing large groups of egypt/hittite/assyrian CAs against composite bowman the difference in attack is not really noticed. However one of the things Composites (known as Compies or Compys) have going for them is cost. Though they require gold, they are much less expensive. Minoans are notorious for their +2 range composite bowman which have a very large advantage over non ranged and even many ranged units. Composite Bowman build time (how long it takes to pop a unit out of each range) is also less than that of a CA. Composite Bowmen dont have as much HP however, but this may be offset by cost. Many other civs use compys also, and the most popular ones are Minoan, Phoenician, Palmyran, Persian and Yamato. Although none of these civs have bonuses except the Minoans, they are used because they are cheap and because the only archers some of the civs have are composite bowmen. Use them in large numbers to be effective, but they die miserably against Stone Throwers/Catapults. Normal Compys have a range of 7.

Cherub Sting and Angel Washizu

The Composite Bow was developed in Asia and was also known as the oriental or recurved bow. It reached the Mediterranean and Middle East by the beginning of the Second Millennium BC. It was made of layers of wood glued together rather than a single piece. The composite material was then bent outward at each end to increase tension. The result was a very powerful bow that doubled the effective range of the short bow. Egyptian engravings depicting the Battle of Kadesh show Ramesses II and other Egyptian archers using Composite Bows.