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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Scott Peers
First Published: 23-04-2020 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 18-06-2020 / 15:51 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 06-07-2020 / 17:24 GMT

The renown system in Mount & Blade: Bannerlord primarily determines what you're capable of doing with your clan. As your renown increases, you will be able to increase the capacity of your clan, party, and companion limits, while also granting you power to become a mercenary, vassal, or create your own kingdom. There are a total of 6 clan tiers:

Tier 1:
  • +1 companion capacity
  • +1 party available for a companion to command
  • +15 party size for companion's party
  • +25 party size for your own party
  • Allows you to become a mercenary for a kingdom
  • +150 renown required for Clan Tier 2
Tier 2:
  • +1 companion capacity
  • +1 party available for a companion to command
  • +15 party size for companion's party
  • +25 party size for your own party
  • Allows you to become a vassal for a kingdom
  • +350 renown required for Clan Tier 3
Tier 3:
  • +1 companion capacity
  • +1 party available for a companion to command
  • +15 party size for companion's party
  • +25 party size for your own party
  • Allows you to create your own kingdom
  • +900 renown required for Clan Tier 4
Tier 4:
  • +1 companion capacity
  • +15 party size for companion's party
  • +25 party size for your own party
  • +2350 renown required for Clan Tier 5
Tier 5:
  • +1 companion capacity
  • +15 party size for companion's party
  • +25 party size for your own party
  • +6150 renown required for Clan Tier 6
Tier 6:
  • +1 companion capacity
  • +15 party size for companion's party
  • +25 party size for your own party

You can track the progress of your renown gain and view benefits of each tier in the top right of the clan menu. Select the 'Parties' tab in your clan menu to choose a companion that will lead a new party.

The most effective method for gaining renown is by winning battles. At first, you don't need to think about taking on large armies which belong to powerful kingdoms. You can gain a lot of renown, while building your combat experience, by fighting numerous looter and bandit groups. There are hundreds of these groups which roam the entire map, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding them. You can also launch assaults on bandit hideouts, which tend to be located in mountainous or forested regions, and provide more renown if you opt to fight their leader alone.

Note: While assaulting bandit hideouts provides you with more immediate renown than fighting a regular looter or bandit group, it will also reduce the amount of bandits which spawn in that area for a significant amount of time. To avoid this, assault bandit hideouts only when you're planning to leave a specific region.

While it's certainly safer to fight these groups once you have a number of competent soldiers of your own, you should keep in mind that you won't gain much renown if you only fight smaller groups. A great way to maximise your renown gain early in the game is by fighting grups of 10-20 looters or bandits on your own. This will provide you with more renown than would otherwise be gained if you fight them alongside other troops, while also removing the annoyance of having to chase down bandit groups, as they will hunt you down while you're alone.

Tip: If you choose to fight looter or bandit groups on your own, you will find it much easier if you remain on horseback. This will allow you to encircle enemies and pick them off one by one, while also allowing you to more easily avoid incoming projectiles.

It is recommended that you join a kingdom as a mercenary or vassal as soon as possible. The first few clan tiers can be fairly easily attained by fighting on your own, but anything beyond tier 3 can become tedious. Joining a kingdom, particularly as a vassal, will allow you to participate in large battles against enemy lords and other powerful opponents. If you win these battles, even alongside other armies in the kingdom that you have pledged yourself to, you will earn much more renown and also have easier access to high quality loot after a battle.

To join a kingdom as a mercenary, all you need to do is find a lord or lady from that kingdom. You can do this by encountering them on the map by chance, or you can track their location using the encyclopedia (press [N] to open the encyclopedia). To join a kingdom as a vassal, you will need to speak with the leader of the kingdom. Speaking to any member of nobility will reveal the location of the leader. When you have found an official from the kingdom you want to join, choose the following dialogue options:

  • “There is something I’d like to discuss.”

  • “I would like to enter the service of (kingdom).” or “I would like to enter your service.”

  • “My sword is yours, for the right sum.” - Choose this option to join as a mercenary.

  • “My lord, I would pledge allegiance to you and be counted among your loyal followers.” - Choose this option to join as a vassal.

If you insist on going it alone, you will need to participate in tournaments and complete quests for various NPCs to gain renown. This will take you much longer than it would if you were to participate in large battles, but it is a viable method if you're in no rush. You can find out where the nearest tournament is being held by speaking to any tournament master in any settlement which has a tournament arena. They will usually inform you of a tourmanet that is being held nearby, but you should still head there immediately to avoid missing it. Similarly, almost every settlement will have available quests, but each one will have a timer that can be tracked from the quest log.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    TaleWorlds Entertainment
  • Platforms
    PC, Steam
  • Genre
    Action Role-playing, Sandbox
  • Guide Release
    23 April 2020
  • Last Updated
    18 June 2020
    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.

Inside Version 1.0

  • Guide to quests for each region, includes main quests and side quests
  • Guide to 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
  • Guide to attribute, skill, and perk systems, includes recommended perks for each character build
  • Guide to companion system, includes where to find the best companions and how to get the most out of them
  • Guide to the economy system, includes detailed description of trade system and each method for gaining wealth

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