How to Use the Siege Tower in Civilization VI
Civilization VI players have plenty of options when it comes to using siege weapons to breach city defenses. However, the game doesn’t make clear how to use these units. If you’re wondering how to use the Siege Tower in Civilization VI, we’ve got your back.
In this guide, we’ll share everything you need to know about Siege Towers in Civilization VI, including how to build and use them. Additionally, we’ll explain when using Siege Towers is the most beneficial. Read on to find out how to make use out of siege support units.
How to Use the Siege Tower
To understand how to use a Siege Tower, you should first learn the unit’s brief history.
Before siege towers were invented, climbing over walls was rather challenging due to boiling oil and rocks thrown off the walls in defense. In the 9th century BC, Neo-Assyrians invented siege towers that allowed them to get closer to city walls and protected them from attacks from above.
In the simplest form, a siege tower is a tall roofed wooden construction on wheels for easy pushing.
Siege Towers are, in a sense, opposite to Battering Rams – they help to inflict major damage to the city but don’t work well against walls. With a Siege Tower, melee and anti-cavalry can ignore the city walls and climb over them. Thus, the best strategy of using a Siege Tower is placing one as close as possible to the enemy’s city wall. This will help the anti-cavalry and melee classes climb past the wall and get right into the city.
Make sure to protect your Siege Tower after you’ve moved it close to the enemy’s wall. Due to their large size, Siege Towers are an easy target and can be quickly demolished.
How to Build a Siege Tower
To use a Siege Tower in Civilization VI, you must first build one. To do this, you should reach the Classical Era and research Construction Technology. For a single Siege Tower, you need 100 Production Point and 400 Gold. The maintenance will cost you 2 Gold.
When to Use a Siege Tower
A Siege Tower is a highly useful item in the Classical Era city invasions. They let you come close to the enemy city walls without getting attacked, at least until you get to the other side. Siege Towers don’t increase your dealt damage, but they remove penalties.
Siege Towers are effective against Ancient and Medieval walls. Of course, the success and speed of taking over the city depend merely on your general strategy and which attacking units you combine with the Siege Tower.
Keep in mind, though, that Siege Towers can’t be used against Renaissance and newer walls. The unit becomes obsolete once you’ve researched Civil Engineering. Furthermore, Siege Towers won’t hell you take over a civilization that has developed Urban Defences, even if their city walls are Ancient.
What Are the Alternatives to Using a Siege Tower?
Once you’ve researched Civil Engineering or the enemy civilization has developed Urban Defences, Siege Towers become useless. Thus, you need to find an alternative unit that will help you take over the enemy city.
Once the Renaissance Era hits, your best option is to use Catapults to damage the enemy city without climbing over the wall. If you prefer a closer battle and need to damage the wall, use Bombard – it will quickly wear down any Renaissance wall. If you’re playing outside of Sweden, you can use Musketman, but it may take quite some time to deal any serious damage.
However, in the Ancient and Medieval Era, Siege Tower has no alternatives – it’s the most effective supporting unit you may find. A Battering Ram is a great addition to a Siege Tower, dealing maximum damage when combined with any melee unit. Like Siege Towers, Battering Rams are useless against civilizations that have developed Urban Defences.
Strategy Is Key
Now that you know how to use the siege Tower in Civilization VI, you should have no issue conquering any Ancient or Medieval city. Bear in mind that in the end, it all comes down to your strategy. Think outside of the box, place your units wisely, and don’t forget to award your forces for previous victories.
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