Trabucos played an emormous role in medieval warfare. Since so many battles revolved around sieges, the trabuco’s ability to break down defenses is invaluable. Breaking through a fortress’ gates can be costly and time consuming. However, the Trabuco makes gates unnecessary, since it can create massive holes in the very walls that gates add access to.

Imagine you are a defender during a siege. You are standing on a castle wall, waiting for the inevitable charge towards your gate. Suddenly, a massive machine rolls out of a nearby forest. You can’t make much out, but you see the front of it drop, the back raises quickly, and shortly thereafter you see a boulder hurdling down on you from the sky. This boulder reigns down on your section of the wall. There are three ways you die and the attackers take the castle. First, the boulder lands on you. Second, the shockwave knocks you off the wall and you die in the fall. Or, finally, the debris thrown out from the impact cause massive internal damage and you die shortly later. Knowing that that is your fate, and seeing the result of these weapons on your codefenders, your morale will be crushed as well.

The trabuco can launch boulders weighing more than 150 pounds from over 150 feet. When it comes to getting inside of a castles walls, there’s nothing better. While other projectile siege weaponry’s reputation is not entirely undeserved, they really cannot even hold a candle compared to the trabuco. The trabuco’s superior range and power is a result of the counterweight mechanism, essentially flinging the boulder like a massive slingshot.

There is no way that the trabuco does not deserve a place in the ancient siege weaponry hall of fame. The ability to breach any wall, get through any gate, and break any defender’s morale cannot be underestimated. An invading army can storm the breach made by a trabuco and take the fortress. This ability to create an entry through a wall is vital to ending any siege. Learn more: