If you’re defending a keep, then you’re going to want to get these gone asap, because they’re a much bigger threat than people banging on the walls, especially upgraded superior flame rams. Your best bet if the oil is down is to hit and run, jump out of the keep, throw down some AoE, and then jump back in. That’s assuming you can’t hit it from the wall. Killing the operator is also a good way to get it to stop for a second, but usually people jump right back on.
Using a trebuchet is actually quite difficult, because you need to turn it in the direction you want to fire and then hold down the attack button for the amount of distance you want. The most common uses for trebuchets is to build them in towers and use them to assault distance keeps, like building one in Durios and firing on Stonemist. Towers generally have siege platforms that you can build the trebuchets on that are safe from most non-siege weapon assaults.
Superior & Omega Siege Weapons
You can craft superior and omega siege weapons through the mystic forge (in Lion’s Arch, The Mists, or Stonemist Keep). These look and act the same as normal siege weapons, but are stronger. They cost skill points to create, making them a very expensive but extremely useful form of siege weaponry. To get started you’ll need to purchase the Siege Masters Guide from Miyani, each for one skill point.
The resources needed varies weapon to weapon. You will need:
- 2 Blueprints, 5 for the Siege Golem
- 5 or 10 Elder Wood Logs and Mithril Ore (5 for Catapult/Flame Ram)
- 1 Siege Masters Guide (3 for the Siege Golems.
Let’s say you have a heavily defended keep or tower and you need to bust a wall down, but getting too close will result in instant death. That’s when you build a trebuchet, which is a long range general siege weapon that can do heavy damage to structures and moderate damage to everyone else. It differs from the Structured PvP Trebuchet slightly, as it’s buildable and contains the ability to cause poisoned clouds.