Bad Neighbor is a hero Trebuchet found in the The Lion and the Demon scenario and also in the Scenario Editor in Age of Empires II. It is based on Malvoisin ("Bad Neighbor"), a French counterweight trebuchet used in the 1189-1191 Siege of Acre during the Third Crusade.
Bad Neighbor has some peculiarities compared to other Trebuchets. When unpacked, it behaves like other heroes, cannot be converted and regenerates itself. Even unpacked, its armor remains 2/8 unlike in regular Trebuchets, which have 1/150 in the unpacked form. Unpacked, the Bad Neighbor has 300 HP; packed, the hit points drop to 150 (the actual number is halved, so if e.g. a Bad Neighbor with 233 HP packs itself, it has 116 HP in the packed form) and all hero qualities are lost, it does not regenerate anymore and can be converted. Furthermore, the packed Bad Neighbor has a melee attack of 1 which it can never use, as it instantly starts unpacking when ordered to attack. Both versions can be repaired by Villagers.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In The Lion and the Demon, the Bad Neighbor is controlled by English King Richard the Lionheart, rather than by King Philip II Augustus of France as in reality.
- According to some versions, the Bad Neighbor had a informal "duel" during the siege with a Saracen trebuchet called Malcousin ("Bad Relation"), and was damaged repeatedly by its projectiles.
- Yet according to other versions, Malvoisin and Malcousin were actually one and the same (an engine built under the first name and rechristened during the siege with the other) and not a counterweight trebuchet at all but an unusually large Siege Tower.
- The range of 20 (shared with God's Own Sling) is unparalleled in the game.