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Best Governors

Scott Peers

Best Governors

Best Governor Skills & Perks

The usefulness of skills for a governor will vary depending on how you intend to have your settlements governed by a companion, and what you want them to prioritise. There are a lot of perks to choose from which can be useful for governing a settlement, and they are distributed between the following skills at various levels: Scouting, Tactics, Roguery, Charm, Leadership, Trade, Steward, Medicine, and Engineering. The number of perks associated with these skills can be overwhelming, so we’ve provided a table below which breaks down all the useful perks that you might choose to invest in a companion, specifically for the purpose of governing a settlement.

Best Governor Companions

There aren’t as many companions which start off with high levels in a wide range of governance skills, as many do with combat skills. Instead, you’ll find that specific companions narrowly specialize in different skills by default. Below you’ll find a list of companions with their default values of governance skills at the beginning of a campaign. We’ve included each companion based on whether they achieve at least level 40 in a specific skill by default. This provides a good basis for expanding that skill without the initial grind from much lower values, so long as you know that the skill you’re looking for is associated with specific perks that you want to invest in, as with those shown in the table above.

You will note from the above table that the best all-rounders are Bitterdraught and The Swift, based on the fact that they achieve at least level 40 in three different skills. However, you may want to consider a companion such as The Golden, who specializes in only two skills, but both at level 100. The companion you choose will depend entirely on your own governance preferences, having considered the future perks available from each skill.


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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
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  • 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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