(Hellenistic Levy Archers)
|Base cost||20 Food, 10 Wealth, 10 Timber|
|Ramping cost||1 Wealth, 1 Timber|
|Creation time||12 seconds|
|Line of sight||11|
|Population cost||1 Population|
|Created at||Peasant Dwellings|
|Available to|| Macedonians|
Chremonidean League (Athenian tech tree)
The Toxotai are cheap, unarmoured levy archers. They are able to soften and disrupt enemy formations with their ceaseless hails of arrows, but their lack of expertise and their inferior weapons (self bows as opposed to Eastern-style composite bows used by professional troops) leave them unable to do any decisive damage against armoured foes. Furthermore they have no armour and little health, so they should not be expected to survive any melee encounter.
Historically, the Toxotai were the third unit of the psiloi, and were usually shepherds. While they had much experience in using their bows to protect their sheep, their skill in battle was vastly inferior to archers from other lands. This meant that the Hellenistic states often relied on Skythian, Cretan and eastern mercenaries, whilst the Greek Toxotai remained insignificant.
- Toxotai is English transcription of the Greek τοξόται which means "archers".