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Bannerlord Control Perks: Crossbow

This is one of the few perk trees which allow you to select every perk available, rather than choose between two mutually exclusive perks. As such it is fairly simple if you want to invest in crossbow combat. The emphasis here is on improving reloading speed and damage output. In addition, you can unlock using the crossbow on horseback fairly early on, at level 75. You can also boost the XP gain for your ranged troops, reduce their reload times, and reduce their recruitment cost. The final bonus can prove incredibly powerful if your aim is on point; with each crossbow kill, you will deplete enemy morale by 1 point.

Crossbow Perk Skill Levels:

Skill Level 25:

  • Marksmen:

(Personal) Aiming with your crossbow is 25% faster
(Party Leader) Increases the morale of ranged troops at the start of battle by 10%

  • Piercer:

(Personal) Your crossbow attacks ignore armors below 20
(Party Leader) Ranged troops are 20% cheaper to recruit

Skill Level 50:

  • Unhorser:

(Personal) Increases crossbow damage against mounts by 40%
(Captain) Crossbow equipped troops in your formation deal 20% more damage against mounts

  • Wind Winder:

(Personal) Reduces crossbow reload time by 25%
(Captain) Ranged troops’ crossbow reload speed is increased by 5%

Skill Level 75:

  • Donkeys Swiftness:

(Personal) Decreases crossbow accuracy loss due to movement by 30%
(Captain) Crossbow equipped troops in your formation have +30 crossbow skill

  • Sheriff:

(Personal) Increases head shot damage with crossbows by 50%
(Captain) Crossbow troops in your formation deal 10% more damage against foot soldiers

Skill Level 100:

  • Peasant Leader:

(Party Leader) Increases the morale of each tier 1 to 3 troops by 10%
(Governor) Reduces upkeep of ranged troops in the governed settlement garrison by 20%

  • Renown Marksmen:

(Party Leader) Your ranged troops gain 2 XP each day
(Governor) Ranged troops in governed settlement garrison provide 30% more security

Skill Level 125:

  • Fletcher:

(Personal) Increases stack size for quivers by 4
(Party Leader) Crossbow equipped troops in your party gain 2 extra bolts per quiver

  • Puncture:

(Personal) Your attacks with crossbows ignore 10% of enemy armor
(Captain) Crossbow equipped troops in your formation ignore 5% of enemy armor

Skill Level 150:

  • Deft Hands:

(Personal) Doubles the interrupt threshold while you are reloading your crossbow
(Captain) Troops under your command have their interrupt threshold doubled while reloading crossbows

  • Loose and Move:

(Personal) Equipped crossbows do not slow you down
(Captain) Ranged troops under your command have their movement speed increased by 5%

Skill Level 175:

  • Counter Fire:

(Personal) When a crossbow is equipped, you take 10% less damage from projectiles
(Captain) Crossbow equipped troops in your formation take 3% less damage from projectiles

  • Mounted Crossbowman:

(Personal) You can reload any crossbow on horseback
(Party Leader) Ranged troops gain 5% more XP after battles

Skill Level 200:

  • Sniper:

(Personal) You can zoom in 100% more with crossbows
(Governor) Governed settlement gains +1 militia per day

  • Steady:

(Personal) The accuracy penalty while shooting crossbows from horseback is halved
(Governor) Increases settlement tariff gain by 5%

Skill Level 225:

  • Hammer Bolts:

(Personal) Crossbow hits dismount enemy cavalry when they deal damage over 25% of their hit points
(Captain) Crossbow equipped troops in your formation gain 10% damage with crossbows

  • Pavise:

(Personal) Shield on your back has a 75% chance of blocking projectile damage from behind
(Governor) Governed settlement ballistae gain 30% bonus accuracy in siege bombardment phase

Skill Level 250:

  • Picked Shots:

(Party Leader) Upkeep of tier 4+ ranged troops are reduced by 50%
(Party Leader) Your ranged troops have +5 hit points

  • Terror:

(Party Leader) You have a 20% chance to increase bombardment casualties by 1 unit
(Captain) Your troops’ crossbow kills inflict 25% more morale loss to enemy

Skill Level 275:

  • Mighty Pull:

(Personal) Each skill point above 200 grants 0.2% speed increase with crossbows
(Personal) Each skill point above 200 grants 0.5% damage increase with crossbows


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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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