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Onager
Onager.png
Roman Siege Unit
Age AvailableGoldenAgeIcon.png Golden Age
Speed4.5 (5.5)
Food.png 0 Wood.png 0 Gold.png 0 Population 4 (3)
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The Onager is a Roman Siege Unit in Age of Empires Online.

Overview[]

  • Similar to the Egyptian Catapult Catapult in execution, if not a touch smaller but more effective in groups.

Equipment Slots[]

ThrowingArm.png ArmorPlating.png EngineeringAccessory.png
Throwing
Arm
Armor
Plating
Engineering
Accessory


Upgrades[]

Bronze Age

ScaleMail.png ShieldRim.png
Scale
Mail
Shield
Rim

Silver Age

ChainMail.png ShieldTruss.png
Chain
Mail
Shield
Truss

Golden Age

OnagerChampion.png LaminarArmor.png ShieldBoss.png
Onager
Champion
Laminar
Armor
Shield
Boss


Development[]

The unit model for the Onager was first revealed in the Weekly Blog #16: Onager, Ram Animations, Advisor Hall forum post on September 21st, 2019.

Onager in-game model

We have always known that the Romans would be siege heavy, so it comes as no surprise to see them with the same thing. But the Romans will have a second Age 3 Siege Unit, as well. That unit will put Roman Siege over the top, and we are saving it for later. It is one of the last units on our list, so it isn’t finished at the moment, either.
For today, though, we are super excited to introduce the Onager, which has really grown on us. This powerful unit appears in every draft of the Romans that we found, so we easily slotted it into place without much debate. Though we haven’t balanced it yet, we expect it to be similar to the Egyptian Catapult in execution, if not a touch smaller but more effective in groups. As for the Onager’s model, we had some concept art that gave Happy Smurf and Chaos a head start.

Epic and Legendary Geared Onager

But we think their model makes the unit even better. As the Romans were experts in siege-craft and construction, we hope to convey that theme with the design of their siege weapons. And compared to the Egyptian Catapult, this thing feels like a bulldozer. And while the Egyptian Catapult doesn’t always get much attention, we believe that the Onager will work its way into Roman build orders very quickly.
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