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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord – Sieges and the Engineering skill
First, whenever you besiege a town or castle, you’ll need to prepare a siege camp (seen above). Likewise, there are multiple slots that let you construct siege engines. Take note of the following:
- ballista – anti-infantry
- fire ballista – anti-infantry
- onagers – anti-infantry
- fire onagers – anti-infantry
- trebuchets – anti-infantry; I’ve never seen it destroy walls
- siege tower – provides defenses for units assaulting the walls
- rams – breaking down the gate
- ladders – part of the siege map; infantry will use them to climb walls
- barricades – part of the siege map; archers will use them while firing
Sieges in practice
Your Engineering skill determines how fast these objects can be built. Also, whether you’re attacking or defending during a siege, it’s possible for your engines of war to be destroyed by the opposing force’s own weaponry even while on the campaign map. Likewise, hostile armies can start surrounding you and defending forces may sally out to do battle.
You can choose to let a siege run its course until the defenders are wiped out by starvation, but it’ll also cost you a lot of time and food. But, if you play a siege battle manually, you’ll be able to use the siege weapons you’ve built. For instance, the trebuchet can be aimed at a general direction (W and S keys), but you can’t control how high or low (or how distant) it’ll fire:
Exploiting the AI
You can also exploit the inept AI during sieges. For instance, there are times when attacking soldiers would just mill around next to the walls and you can freely snipe them to increase your Bow or Crossbow skills. You’ve also got arrow pouches to fill your ammo and stones that you can drop on their heads.
When you’re on the offense and most archers have been eliminated, you could climb up the ladders and stab or bash enemies that are clustered together. This can help increase your One-Handed, Two-Handed, or Polearm skills (seen below):
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is available now via Steam’s early access program. For more information, check out our guides and features hub.