Here you will find an overview of different types of long-range weapons that you can find in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. In addition to obvious bows and crossbows, players can also use throwing knives, axes, darts and even stones.
The ability to strike enemies from a distance is a very powerful way of attacking, with significant advantages. Not only do you deal damage with well-placed shots, but unlike swords or spears in close combat, you are not in direct danger and counterattacks. If you put enough pressure on enemies with a long-range weapon, you can manipulate the course of battle and force your opponent to make costly mistakes.
Despite the fact that Mount & Blade is famous for its emphasis on realism, the developers went on a series of retreats to make the game more interesting. For example, in terms of realism, many players expected to see the arrows and bolts bounce off the thick armor and helmets. After all, the armor was designed in such a way as to protect the owner, reflecting the incoming attacks of long and close combat. However, the developers decided that this will make the game uninteresting for those who prefer to focus on long range combat, making them less effective in this way. As a result, it would significantly reduce the variety of units, both in single and multiplayer mode. Instead, the authors have provided players with other chips that can be used in combat.
Throwing knives are probably the least likely weapon to be seen on a medieval battlefield (if at all possible). They are lightweight, inaccurate and have little stopping power. However, they can also be found in this realistic part of Mount & Blade. Mount & Blade knives are great for hitting seriously weakened opponents. Knives can be switched to close combat mode, which means that you can fool your opponents by switching between long and close combat. But you must be careful when entering melee combat, as these weapons cannot block incoming attacks.
Unlike throwing knives, throwing axes in real life have a heavier weight sufficient to penetrate the skin, muscles and bones. Axes like Francisca were designed specifically for throwing, so some small throwing axes in the game do not have the ability to switch to close combat mode. Throwing axes are fast, deadly and penetrate shields pretty well. However, they can be quite inaccurate, so you must be careful when throwing them near your own troops!
Darts are probably the most famous throwing weapons on this list, and you will meet many kinds of these weapons in the game. They are heavy and slow, but they are extremely lethal and excellent for destroying shields. They can be used in both long-range and close combat, and (like most of our throwing weapons) they can be created in the weapons editor. Some factions, such as the Empire, have their own special dart throwing units. In the case of the Aserais, for example, they combine the accuracy and power of these long-range combat weapons with the speed and mobility of their camels.
There are several different types of bows in Bannerlord that players can use. Short, long and curved bows are all available for use, each with its own small differences. Long and curved bows have higher projectile speed, but they suffer from slower reload times, while short bows have slightly higher projectile speed but less damage from impact. Connoisseurs of the previous unit will also notice that bows now have two animations. Your character will always try to put the arrow on the bow when you want to shoot. Some of the Mount & Blade 2 factions use mounted archers (particularly Khuzait).
Historically, crossbows required much less preparation for effective use than traditional bows. A few weeks of training was enough to turn a farmer into a competent crossbowman, and it can take years to become a decent archer. Energy is stored directly in the extremities of the weapon, taking the load off the crossbowner, giving him a better chance to aim at his target. In Bannerlord, crossbows are as deadly as their real prototypes in the past. They are precise and powerful, but they take a long time to charge, making the crossbowed man vulnerable during this period. However, an experienced crossbow user will seek shelter while recharging and will only find himself when he is ready to fire.
And this is the long-range weapon everyone’s been waiting for! The most suitable choice for simple peasants and aggressive bandits! The stones are as effective as a piece of frozen oil in battle, but don’t think they’re completely harmless! What kind of long-range weapon do you plan to use? Or do you focus more on your fellow man? Write about that in your comments so we know you’re interested in reading more articles about Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord!