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A Ballista
Total materials
Skill and improvement
  • Appears as decoration.
  • Can be dyed using 17800g of paint.

Main / Skills / Carpentry / Fine carpentry / Ballista


This is a large mounted crossbow firing enormous darts.


  • This war machine fires ballista darts and is used like catapults.
  • To load a ballista, activate a ballista dart, right-click the ballista, and select Machine > Load.
    • You will then have the right-click options to Machine > Unload to remove the dart, Winch, Winch five laps, and Winch ten laps, shoot 1, 5, or 10 tiles further. This will start an action timer and each lap will take 1 second to winch. While winching, the winch at the back of the ballista is animated.
    • Having winched it, you can unload the dart, or unwind the ballista which results in an event log message.
    • To fire the ballista, have it loaded and winched, and place it so it faces in the direction you wish to fire in by picking it up and dropping it. When dropped, it will always face away from you. Right-click the ballista, select Machine > Fire, and watch your event log for messages. Firing the ballista will animate the model.
  • A higher quality machine mount increases your success chance for creating.
  • It can picked up by hand, and loaded into large carts and wagons.
  • Requires 60 fine carpentry skill to create.

Skills & Characteristics

When using a ballista

When creating a ballista


  •  ? at 50 skill
  •  ? at 70 skill
  •  ? at 90 skill