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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 (????) 08-07-2020 / 13:39 GMT

The Tactics perk tree is fairly simple, with only one point at which you will need to decide between two mutually exclusive perks. In this case, at level 150, you will need to decide between +50%% infantry damage against cavalry or +50% cavalry damage against archers in simulations. Choose the perk which most corresponds to your setup, and the buffs will take effect when you allow any battle to be simulated and resolved automatically. One of the most useful perks on this tree comes at level 75, granting you the ability to place troops in formation before a battle begins. This is a great way to experiment with different formations and become familiar with them.

Note: Each of the perks listed under a specific level are mutually exclusive. If you invest in one at a particular level, you will never be able to invest in the other at that same level.

Tactics Perks:

Skill Level 25:

  • Companion Cavalry: +10% enemy morale loss with cavalry attacks

Skill Level 50:

  • Tactical Superiority: +5% troop damage in simulations

Skill Level 75:

  • One Step Ahead: Grants ability to place all troops before battles

Skill Level 100:

  • Logistics: +20% ammunition for ranged units

Skill Level 125:

  • Ambush Specialist: +60% archer damage in simulation forest battles

Skill Level 150:

  • Phalanx: +50% infantry damage against cavalry in simulations
  • Hammer & Anvil: +50% cavalry damage against archers in simulations

Skill Level 175:

  • Elusive: -50% troops left behind when retreating

Skill Level 200:

  • Swift Regroup: -50% disorganised state duration

Skill Level 225:

  • Bait: +30% reinforcement distance for allies

Skill Level 250:

  • Trusted Commander: Reduced army cohesion decay

Skill Level 275:

  • Rational Leader: Reduced army supply consumption and time spent disorganised

Tip: You can level the Tactics skill each time you simulate a battle. This means choosing to send in your troops to fight the enemy rather than attacking on the battlefield yourself. You will sacrifice any combat experience for youself in this situation, but it can be worth doing in certain situations when you're certain that you will win the battle.

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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