Gameplay EditThe Trebuchet is available in the last age of Age of Kings, the Imperial Age. Boasting one of the longest effective attack ranges (with the exception of the Turkish Elite Cannon Galleons with artillery in The Conquerors), it also has the most damage on top of a heavy damage bonus*, and is mainly used to take out defensive buildings such as Castles or Bombard Towers from a safe distance. It can also be used to take out enemy siege units, such as Rams, Mangonels and even enemy Trebuchets. However, due to the Trebuchet's somewhat dodgy accuracy, Trebuchet duels can be literally a hit-and-miss affair.
The Trebuchet is constructed from the Castle in its undeployed form. It must spend a good 8-10 seconds setting up in order to attack, during which it is unable to either attack or move. However the unpacking process can be canceled instantly if necessary to move to a safer location.
The Trebuchet is slow and defenseless against all units, but excels at destroying entrenched opponents. Due to its high cost and importance in a battle, losing a trebuchet can have a serious effect on the turnout of a battle. Utilizing walls or protective terrain allow Trebuchets to attack with relative safety and destroy incoming and unpacking trebuchets. It is imperative to guard trebuchets with an army if they are used offensively. Like all siege units, Trebuchets may be repaired and the presence of some villagers may greatly prolong a Trebuchet's effective life. Using the "Attack Ground" option is an important skill to master when using the Trebuchet as commanding them to directly attack a unit causes the target to automatically flee.
When faced with enemy Trebuchets, cavalry work best due to their high speed and good damage. A small group of Knights make short work of a group of them. Cavalry archers also work well, especially the Mongol Mangudai due to their bonus damage vs. siege units. Infantry and foot archers are also acceptable but are less desirable due to their lack of speed (except for Eagle Warriors); this weakness allows the user to spot them early and respond to the situation by unpacking the Trebuchets and/or retaliating with an army of his/her own.
- Note: due to how the Genie Engine works, the bonus is a direct number and not a multiplier like in Age of Empires III.
The exact origin of this siege engine is a bit unlear but historical documents have confirmed that the first version of a trebuchet was developed by the Chinese sometime before the Middle Ages. The trebuchet later made its way into Europe and the design was improved and improvised by the French, previously known as the Franks. This siege engine became widely used in warfare until its last known use by the Spanish in the early 1700s.