For lore about catapults, see Catapult.
Race Orc
Hit Points 120
Armor 0
2 (1 upgrade)
4 (all upgrades)
Basic Damage 0
Piercing Damage 255 (direct hit)
63 (splash damage)
Range 8
Speed 4
Sight 5
Decay Rate N/A
Production Related
Gold 900 Gold
Lumber 200 Lumber
Produced at Barracks
Requires Blacksmith and Lumber Mill
Build time 1000
Unlocked in Sunnyglade
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This article contains lore or information taken from Warcraft: Orcs & Humans and/or its manual.

The catapult's purpose is destruction and mayhem, and those who are its target will reap only death. Chaos reigns supreme as the ground shakes with the approach of these gruesome machines. Walls and buildings prove no barrier to the devastation of the Orcish catapult. Although they are sluggish and huge, your forces will prove unstoppable when you command these devices.[1]


A Catapult is a very powerful unit which can tear down any structure in a matter of seconds. A single direct hit from a catapult can kill any unit (except Daemons/Water Elementals or a fully upgraded Knight/Raider). For maximum efficiency, Catapults are best placed behind the main army to provide both cover fire and extra firepower. A good strategy would involve attacking the enemy's base with Catapults and having a group of units to protect the Catapults. With the former's high range, the enemy's structures will be destroyed within seconds. The Catapult's disadvantages are that friendly fire is possible and that it is very slow and inaccurate.

Note that Catapults will attack enemy units automatically ONLY if there are no friendly units that will be effected by splash damage from the missile. If you select the Attack command and specify a target, the catapult will fire at the selected target regardless of friendly unit proximity.


Upgrade Shield Strength
Increases the armor of all your units and buildings by 2

An orc Catapult as seen in the Warcraft: Orcs & Humans Manual.

Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
750 WC1Gold.gif Blacksmith 120
Upgrade Shield Strength
Further increases the armor of all your units and buildings by 2
Research Cost Researched At Upgrade Time
1500 WC1Gold.gif Blacksmith 120

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