|Introduced in||The Conquerors|
|Research Time||60 seconds|
|Effect||Trebuchets pack/unpack and fire faster|
Kataparuto (Japanese: カタパルト, katakana for "catapult") is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors that is unique to the Japanese and can be researched at the Castle once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it allows Trebuchets to pack, unpack, and fire faster.
Kataparuto lowers the pack/unpack time of Trebuchets from about 11 seconds to about 4 seconds, and it also allows them to fire 25% faster. Trebuchets become a lot more versatile as they win the chance of retreating due to their faster packing speed. Their faster firing rate also means that they can take down enemy buildings faster, and become valuable in defense.
Team Bonuses Edit
"For most of the period when the samurai traditions dominated Japanese life the conduct of the individual warrior was the focus of their culture. When more pragmatic men came to power, they put greater emphasis on the effective employment of large armies, often including men of low social rank. New technologies were embraced, most notably the firearm, but also better siege weapons to force enemies from strongholds. The last great battle of samurai was forced by a siege that made a stronghold indefensible."—The Conquerors manual
|Age of Empires II Unique Technologies|
|Garland Wars | Yeomen | Logistica | Furor Celtica | Rocketry | Bearded Axe | Anarchy | Perfusion | Atheism | Kataparuto | Shinkichon | El Dorado | Drill | Mahouts | Zealotry | Supremacy | Crenellations | Artillery | Berserkergang|
|Atlatl | Warwolf | Greek Fire | Stronghold | Great Wall | Chivalry | Marauders | Andean Sling | Couriers | Sultans | Shatagni | Pavise | Silk Road | Yasama | Panokseon | Mercenaries | Recurve Bow | Obsidian Arrows | Nomads | Boiling Oil | Madrasah | Orthodoxy | Druzhina | Inquisition | Ironclad | Sipahi | Chieftains|
|The African Kingdoms|
|Kasbah | Maghrabi Camels | Tigui | Farimba | Royal Heirs | Torsion Engines | Carrack | Arquebus|
|Rise of the Rajas|
|Howdah | Manipur Cavalry | Tusk Swords | Double Crossbow | Thalassocracy | Forced Levy | Chatras | Paper Money|