Winning battles in Bannerlord requires skill. It means mastering battlefield tactics and formations, and giving out the best commands to your soldiers. But when you besiege a castle or town, other elements come into play. Today, we are going to dive into siege warfare in Bannerlord and the engineering skill that enables its use for maximum effect.
Before getting into siege warfare itself, it’s important to know a bit more about the engineering skill. The engineering skill is part of the Intelligence perk and a high level in engineering means improved production of siege engines and buildings, but also having a higher number of siege engines that can be used in battle.
Simply put, it is the most vital skill you will need if you plan on doing a lot of sieges on castles, and even more so if you intend to siege towns. The engineering skill is required for everything, from ballistas, onagers and rams, to even something as simple as a barricade or a ladder.
Types of Siege Engines
The use of siege engines makes up for a significant part of battles. They can be the difference between a successful siege and a disgraceful defeat. There are multiple types of siege weapons and each one of them has a specific purpose. Let’s explore them in a bit more detail!
First and foremost you need to understand that the higher your engineering skill is, the faster you build siege engines. Usually you will only need to build them at the beginning of battles, but other times, your engines will be destroyed by the enemy, leaving you at a disadvantage.
When you begin a siege, you are faced with two options: fight or starve your enemies. Fighting will cost you some – or all – of your soldiers’ lives. Starving out your enemy will consume a lot of time and food. Plus, you risk luring nearby enemy lords to flank you.
The game will always inform you of the number of days the settlement you are besieging can survive with the food they have, so you can make your decision based on that. Be smart about it.
Fighting the siege
If you choose to attack, there is a step you should take first. The enemy army is all AI, and so, during sieges, they usually just hang out near the castle or town walls. Use this to your advantage. Get your long-range soldiers – archers, crossbowmen, throwers – to shoot from a distance. You’ll decrease the enemy party size and make your infantry’s life easier when they attack the walls.
Bannerlord siege warfare is quite as complex, or even more complex, than a battle out in the middle of nowhere. It requires siege engines and most of all, it requires good strategic thinking. If you’re good at strategy games, then you’re good to go. If not, then I advise you to do some more research on the subject: knowing which soldiers to choose and how to level up are good places to start.