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Trebuchet siege weapon in Alpha-1 castle sieges preview.[1]

It wouldn’t be a castle siege without siege weapons. These are massive machines of war that enable attackers to bring down the walls, and defenders to keep their keep safe. Crafters can bring their own powerful schematics to the battlefield, or you can order baseline siege weapons from your friendly neighborhood siege master NPC. The Castle’s defenders will be able to deploy their own defensive weapons and turrets based on how well they maintained and defended their own Nodes. The sky will be illuminated with fire and fury.[2]

Siege weapons are able to be crafted or purchased from NPCs.[4]

Part of this endeavor of sieging a player-held location (or non-player-held location) is time to prepare; and that includes gathering and crafting these mega weapons or collecting the resources: Whether it be gold or specific quest items to purchase from NPCs.[4]Steven Sharif

Anything that you want to bring into existence in the world is going to be built by players: Whether that is Ships, Siege engines, Weapons, Armor, etc.[6]Jeffrey Bard

There will be ways to repair destructible structures (such as walls and gates) and also repair (or re-craft) siege weapons that were damaged during sieges.[7]

  • This is a long term design goal that will not be present during Alpha-1.[7]

List of siege weapons

Summoning siege equipment

info-orange.pngSome of the following information has not been recently confirmed by the developers and may not be on the current development roadmap.

A summoning sheet is used to summon siege equipment to the player's position.[5]

  • Siege vehicles that can be player driven.[5]
  • Hand held weapons.[5]
  • Multiple people may need to equip some items of siege equipment for it to function.[5]

Guns and gunpowder

The Gilded Galleon pre-order pack cosmetic ship skin.[8]

The potion launcher idea will be incorporated as part of how cannons operate on ships; and these will be very large potion launchers obviously. The storage of this ammunitions are going to be very important as well... It's not going to be the same potion every time. You can equip the cannon with different types of potions that have different types of effects from a munitions standpoint; and I think that's going to provide a very cool gameplay because as you see the different color of the trail that's coming out of the potion launched, you'll be aware of what your adversary is using and how that affects your ship; and you'll be able to counter based on maneuverability, based on whatever you want to counter that with. I think that's going to present a very interesting dynamic to the attacks with these ships.[9]Steven Sharif

Gunpowder (black powder) weapons will not be present in Ashes of Creation.[10][11]

  • Ships will utilize a larger form of potion launcher in place of canons. These canons will be able to be equipped with different potions that have different effects.[9]
I previously said there was not going to be gunpowder in Ashes. What there will be is something very similar to gunpowder but has a more arcane nature to it. It's not necessarily going to be explainable through the conventional means of chemistry, metallurgy, and physics and what not, but rather the Essence is the core component of many types of magic, one of which is obviously going to be evocation type magic; and that evocation can have some explosive tendencies.[10]Steven Sharif

Weaponry such as Potion launchers, Siege weapons and weapons used in Naval combat are based on the arcane arts.[9][10][12]

As we said in the past, were not really about that black powder life. Instead it's really going to be focused on the arcane arts: The elements; the use of radiance and darkness; and then those being employed in larger weaponry, such as the type of siege weaponry between ship battles as well as those and sieges. A potion launcher is an example of the arcane energies that can be mastered in order to facilitate these highly destructive alchemical blends that can be created.[12]Steven Sharif

Siege participation

Non-registered combatants are not permitted on the siege field in castle or node sieges.[13]

  • Players may choose to respawn at their HQ as long as they are registered.[16][19]
    • Non-registered guilds are not granted the ability to take ownership of the castle if victorious.[16]

Lower level characters will have usefulness in mass combat that does not depend on their level, such as manning siege weapons, helping repair fortifications, bringing proximity-based buffs to key positions, using stealth or scaling walls. These types of things are relevant to the tide of battle and do not require the player to be max-level or have high combat stats.[21]

Siege mechanics

A siege occurs over several phases.[22]

  • Certain siege mechanics may be gated for specific size groups during sieges.[23]
  • There will not be a deserter debuff for leaving a siege before it is complete.[24]
  • More will be revealed in an upcoming blog entry.[22]

Siege summons

Summoners can collaborate to summon larger summons, such as Golems.[25]

  • A siege summon will have an incremental size based on the number of summoners participating in that summon activity, with a maximum of eight.[26]
  • The number of summoners participating in the summon will determine its overall size.[26]
  • All summoners must be in the same party and the party leader must be a summoner.[27]
    • The party leader initiates the summon and then takes control of it.
    • Once summoned, the party leader cannot be changed.
    • If the party disbands, the summon ends. There will be a grace period to handle disconnects.
    • The party may also contain non-Summoners.

It doesn't have to be just summoners, but it has to be a party led by a summoner with other summoners in it.[27]Steven Sharif

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse siege equipment

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse siege equipment.[28]

As a thank you, we wanted to share a little sneak peek of one of the siege weapons awaiting the players in our upcoming Castle Sieges Mode![28]

Ashes of Creation Apocalypse siege equipment includes ballistas, trebuchets, battering rams and potentially traps and "powder keg" type weapons.[30]

  • Siege weapons available to the attacking side include Trebuchets and Battering Rams.[31]
  • Siege weapons available to the defending side include Ballistas and Traps.[31]
  • Siege weapons are deployable and piloted by players.[32]

With regards to alpha one phase one however in the castle siege system... what will happen is static siege equipment that's placed in the map for the attackers to utilize that will present at focal points of PvP in the match where defenders will know where to target a specific area on the field in order to attack. [5]Steven Sharif

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