The Village and Pillage update was one of the most exciting updates we've had yet. The Pillager Outpost was added, and although visually pleasing, but there is little motivation to find it outside of gaining the bad omen status effect. The loot in the chest is at best disappointing and it's not even that difficult to defeat the outpost because the pillagers don't spawn inside the structure.
The solution to all of these problems would be the ballista. A ballista is like a giant crossbow that can be mounted on a block. When you right click on a ballista you would mount it then you hold down right click to load the ballista bolt then aim and fire. It will have slow reload time but much faster bolts and long range. The damage will be dealt on a scale from 16-24 (8-12 hearts) and pierce through multiple mobs.
To add balance, accuracy can be nerfed. Ballista bolts should be crafted similar to a normal arrow recipe but instead of being tipped with flint it should be iron, gold, or even emeralds. The recipe should yield only one ballista bolt and they should be retrievable like arrows.
Ballistas can only be obtained from an outpost. Pillagers should path find to empty ballistas. Four ballistas should be mounted on either the 2nd or 3rd story as shown. Shields either block only a percentage of the bolts or decrease the damage done to a scale of 8-18 damage points.
This feature would also work well with the mechanic that pillagers stop spawning if you destroy the banners.
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