Civilization VI players have many options when it comes to using siege weapons to break through the city’s defenses. However, the game does not specify how to use these units. If you’re wondering how to use the Siege Tower in Civilization VI, we’ve got you covered.
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 most beneficial. Read on to find out how to use Siege Support Units.
How to use the siege tower
To understand how to use a siege tower, you must first know the brief history of the unit.
Before siege towers were invented, wall climbing was rather difficult due to oil boiling and rocks thrown from the walls for self-defense. In the 9th century BC, the Neo-Assyrians invented siege towers that allowed them to get closer to the city walls and protected them from attacks from above.
In its simplest form, a siege tower is a large wooden roof construction on wheels for easy pushing.
Siege towers are, in a sense, the opposite of rams – they help deal major damage to the city but don’t work well against walls. With a siege tower, melee and anti-cavalry can ignore city walls and pass through them. So the best strategy for using a siege tower is to place one as close to the enemy city wall as possible. This will help the anti-cavalry and melee classes to break through the wall and enter the city directly.
Make sure to protect your siege tower after moving it near the enemy 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 need to reach the classical era and research the construction technology. For a single siege tower, you need 100 production points and 400 gold. Maintenance will cost you 2 gold.
When to use a siege tower
A siege tower is a very useful item during invasions of cities in the Classical era. They allow you to approach enemy city walls without getting attacked, at least until you get to the other side. Siege towers do not increase the damage you deal, but they do remove penalties.
Siege towers are effective against ancient and medieval walls. Of course, the success and speed of taking over the city simply depends on your general strategy and the attack units you combine with the siege tower.
Keep in mind, however, that Siege Towers cannot be used against Renaissance and newer walls. The unit becomes obsolete after you research Civil Engineering. Additionally, siege towers won’t make you take control of a civilization that has developed urban defenses, even if their city walls are ancient.
What are the alternatives to using a siege tower?
Once you have researched civil engineering or the enemy civilization has developed city defenses, siege towers become unnecessary. So, you have to find an alternate unit that will help you take control of the enemy city.
Once the Renaissance era hits, your best option is to use catapults to damage the enemy city without climbing the wall. If you prefer a closer battle and need to damage the wall, use Bombarde – this will quickly wear down any Renaissance wall. If you’re playing outside of Sweden, you can use Musketman, but it might take a while to deal serious damage.
However, in ancient and medieval times, the siege tower had no alternative – it is the most effective support unit you can find. A ram is a great addition to a siege tower, dealing maximum damage when combined with any melee unit. Like siege towers, rams are useless against civilizations that have developed urban defenses.
Strategy is the key
Now that you know how to use the Siege Tower in Civilization VI, you should have no problem conquering an ancient or medieval city. Keep in mind that at the end of the day, it all depends on your strategy. Think outside the box, place your units wisely, and don’t forget to reward your strengths for previous victories.
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