The Ballista Hermit is an hermit that enables the Monarch to upgrade triplet towers into ballista towers for six coins in New Lands and fifteen coins in Two Crowns, which have greatly improved range — around a full screen. The ballista is manned by a builder who will stay in the tower permanently. Ballista shots can take out swathes of greedlings and deal massive damage to floaters and breeders.
This tower is only able to defend attacks from the forwards direction and cannot shoot backwards. The builder operating is also still vulnerable to floaters.
In New Lands and in the Two Crowns european campaign, the Ballista Hermit appears as a crouched person with a funny, feathered cap and brown robes; while in Shogun the equivalent hermit is a man with a pony tail wearing a ripped toga.
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