Scythe Chariot

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Scythe Chariot

Age: Iron (RoR only)
Prerequisites: Build Town Center, build Barracks, build Market, build Stable, build Government Center, research Wheel, research Chariot, research Nobility, upgrade to Scythe Chariot.
Upgrade Cost: 1200 food, 800 gold
Cost: 40 food, 60 wood
Hit Points: 120
Attack: 9
Armor: 2
Piercing Armor: – – –
Range: – – –
Speed: Fast
Upgrade of: Chariot
Special: High resistance to conversion; double attack vs. Priest. Wheels damage adjacent units.
The Scythe Chariot is an upgrade of the Chariot. It has more hit points, more attack strength, and more armor.
Nobility increases hit points. Toolworking, Metalworking, and Metallurgy increase attack strength. Leather Armor, Scale Armor, and Chain Mail increase armor.

Scythe Chariots in RM are a debatable choice; only costing food and wood is the main point in their favour but they are outclassed by civs who have Cavalry. Some say they are too powerful and should be more expensive, others say they are outclassed by many Iron Age units and it’s not a problem. But, like the AE, this has revolutionized DM. The problem in AoE was there was no unit to fall back on when gold and stone disappeared. Along came the scythe, a non-gold super unit that was effective against cats and killing peons. With added HP for Egypt, Egypt now had a DM strat, the scythe flood. Prepare for a new face to end game DM. Egyptian chariots are still better than anyone else’s.

Can cut through cats but are slaughtered by helos and BTs. Can be the only unit left when gold runs out.


Chariots became less popular by the beginning of the last millennium BC as improvements in cavalry took over, but they did not disappear completely. Some armies continued to use them and they remained a symbol of prestige. To make chariots more effective and fearsome, scythe blades were attached to the axles. As the chariot moved, the blades rotated through the air. The Persians attempted to use Scythe Chariots against Alexander the Great, but the weapon made little impression on the disciplined phalanxes. Ironically, in the game, Persia don’t get the Scythe Chariot. The famous Scythe Chariot of Queen Boudicca, that led the primitive British against the more advanced Roman legions, never actually existed, i.e. she had a chariot but it had no blades and was useless on any terrain that wasn’t flat. Blades were pretty ineffectual in any case. The myth about troops getting their legs hacked off by passing scythe chariots is mainly just that, a myth – in reality this was far too tricky a manoeuvre to execute in the heat of battle. If it did happen it would be more luck than judgement, and sooner or later either the blade, the wheel, or both, would snap. The enemy would normally get run down by the horse, the weight of the chariot, or both; or get stabbed, cut down or shot by the soldier on the chariot’s platform. Should the blades or the wheels try to chew through too thick a barrier or hit a solid obstacle the effect would be very likely to tip the chariot, in much the same way as a train that has been derailed. Therefore, despite the romantic notions that are held to this day about them, the fundamental strength of the chariot was, in fact, psychological – only people with status rode them, which subconciously enforced respect. Experienced troops, however, soon learned to take them out by killing the horses, and also knew they could not negotiate higher ground.