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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Getting Started

Scott Peers

Once you’ve created your character and navigated your way through the combat tutorial area, you will be unceremoniously placed on the campaign map. Although you’re not completely left in the dark, with one or two tasks to complete before the tutorial ends, there are a few things you should know if this is your first time playing Mount & Blade.

Recruit, Recruit, Recruit!

If you want to survive even your first 10 minutes of the game, you will need to recruit some troops to form the basis of your clan. You can travel to the nearby villages of Tevea, Zestea, Canoros, and Sagora to hire some. In addition, you can visit the castle of Poros to recruit troops, hire mercenaries, and acquire companions. To begin with, though, you will need to visit the village of Tevea to learn some information about your missing siblings.

When you’re ready to leave the village of Tevea, hold [TAB]. This will bring you to the village menu, where you can purchase food and hire troops. You have the option to hire fewer troops than the total on offer at this point. However, it is recommended that you hire as many troops as possible as early as possible. This will allow them to train and gain experience in your upcoming battles, ensuring that they progress swiftly. It can take some time for troops to gain experience, especially if your battles are infrequent, so having as many as possible train at the same time is a good idea.

(1 of 4) Travel to Tevea, a village to the north east of the training camp, to recruit troops and purchase food.

Food: Essentials

In terms of food, at this point your options will be limited. You can purchase 3 sacks of grain initially, but keep in mind that once you’ve spoken with Headman Deltisos again, another 3 sacks of grain will be available for purchase if you choose to trade before leaving. You should always keep a healthy supply of food in your inventory to ensure that you can sustain your troops. The variety of food items is also important. Although you can easily get by with unlimited sacks of grain, providing the same old food to your troops day in, day out will gradually deplete their morale.

Fighting the Raiders

Once you’ve spoken with Headman Deltisos, you will learn of some local groups of raiders in the area. They are likely connected to the group which has taken your siblings, so it’s in your interest to hunt them down and seek out their leader. To begin with, you’ll need to take out three groups of raiders around Tevea. Each group consists of 6 troops which you can fight separately with your superior force of 8. The groups are represented by figures on the map, with light blue exclamation marks identifying them as part of a quest. Click on the corresponding figure to chase them down and initiate the fight.

Once you’re on the battlefield, your troops will not take any action until you instruct them to do so. The most basic action you can take is to order your troops to charge. Press [F1] to bring up the combat tactics menu, providing you with a number of options. For now you can select [F3] to order the charge and join the troops in battle. You can experiment with these commands during or even at the end of any battle to become familiar with them.

When the fight is over, press [TAB] to see a breakdown of the outcome including the amount of troops remaining, the amount of kills for each troop (including yourself), any troops that have upgraded, and the amount dead, wounded, and routed. After this you will have the option to capture or free prisoners and then take any loot in the form of food, weapons, armour, horses and other basic supplies.

Once all three groups of raiders are defeated, you will be able to speak with one of their prisoners. He informs you that there is a hideout at the foot of the mountains to the north, named Radagos’s Hideout. You must now travel there and confront Radagos to learn more about your siblings. If you are low on health after the previous battle, take some time to rest by pressing ‘Play’ in the campaign map. Outside of the tutorial, you will be able to rest by visiting any settlement and selecting ‘Wait here for some time’.

(1 of 6) When you’re done hiring troops and purchasing food, speak with Deltisos from the village menu.

Once you’re in Radagos’s Hideout, order your troops to attack and take out the bandits group by group. Your troops will automatically identify any nearby groups of enemies, but you can also reveal them through objects by pressing [LEFT ALT]. Once you’ve cleared all groups you will be confronted by Radagos. Here you will have the option to fight him with your remaining men, or duel him on your own.

Choosing the latter will gain you more renown and increase the morale of your men by a larger amount, but you should note that Radagos has a lot of health and can be difficult to defeat. Nonetheless, if you try and fail, your men will drag you out and you will be able to return to the fight after resting. Your best chance of success will involve kiting Radagos while keeping him at sword’s length. You can then continuously slash from the side while staying far away enough to ensure that Radagos is unable to land a hit.

Regardless of your choice, when the fight is done you will have the option to choose your family name, your clan banner and your clan colours before the tutorial ends.

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Guide Information
  • Publisher
    TaleWorlds Entertainment
  • Platforms,
    PC, Steam
  • Genre
    Action RPG, Sandbox, Strategy
  • Guide Release
    23 April 2020
  • Last Updated
    21 December 2022
    Version History
  • Guide Author
    Scott Peers

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The empire of Calradia is plagued by inner conflict, tearing the structure of the old order as new lines are drawn on the map. The chaos creates a dangerous world, with opportunities to capitalise on the uncertainty of the future. Control trade routes to manipulate production and distribution of resources, join factions to gain renown and influence world politics, or create your own clan to build a world of your own. Whatever path you choose, this guide will help you to understand the intricacies of the Bannerlord economy, combat, factions, skills and perks, tactics, troop types, character builds, smithing system, quests, and much more to ensure that you are never left wondering what to do next, or how you might go about doing it. The guide covers:

  • A guide for campaign Quests, including main and side quests
  • A detailed guide covering the Combat system, includes basic and advanced techniques for different weapons
  • Guide to combat Tactics, includes how to organise troops on the battlefield and simulation battles
  • Guides for how to quickly gain Renown and Influence in Calradia
  • A Character Development guide to Factions, Skills, Companions, and Marriage
  • A guide covering Character Builds for different combat styles such as melee, mounted, and ranged
  • A comprehensive guide to all Perks associated with combat and governance
  • A detailed Army Troop Types guide including how to get the Best Troops of Each Type
  • An Economy guide covering How to Make Money quickly through raiding, conquest, and trading
  • A list of Recommended Mods for the campaign and battles!

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