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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Tactics

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Scott Peers

Bannerlord Cunning Perks: Tactics

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.

Tactics Perk Skill Levels:

Skill Level 25:

  • Tight Formations:

(Party Leader) Your infantrymen deal 10% more damage to cavalry in simulations
(Captain) Your troops receive 25% less morale penalty from casualties when using Shield Wall, Square, Sken or Column formations

  • Loose Formations:

(Party Leader) Your infantrymen suffer 10% less damage by ranged troops in simulations
(Captain) Your troops receive 25% less morale penalty from casualties when using Line, Loose, Circle or Scatter formations

Skill Level 50:

  • Asymmetrical Warfare:

(Party Leader) Troops deal 10% more damage in simulations in snow and forest terrain
(Captain) Troops in your formation gain 2% increased movement speed in snowy and forest terrain battlefields

  • Proper Engagement:

(Party Leader) Troops deal 5% more damage in simulations in open like plains, steppes and desert terrains
(Captain) Troops in your formation gain 2% increased movement speed in open ground like plains, steppes and desert terrain battlefields

Skill Level 75:

  • Horde Leader:

(Party Leader) +10 to party size
(Army Commander) Your army loses cohesion 5% slower

  • Small Unit Tactics:

(Party Leader) +1 troop joins you when fighting in hideouts
(Captain) Troops in your formation gain 5% movement speed bonus when they are less than 15 soldiers

Skill Level 100:

  • Coaching:

(Party Leader) 3% more damage bonus in all battle simulations
(Captain) Troops in your formation gain 1% damage against any troop

  • Law Keeper:

(Party Leader) !0% more damage bonus in simulations against bandit parties
(Captain) Troops in your formation gain 4% damage against bandit troops

Skill Level 125:

  • Swift Regroup:

(Party Member) Decreases the duration of the disorganized state after breaking sieges and raids by 15%
(Party Leader) You can escape from battles by leaving 50% less soldiers behind

  • Improviser:

(Party Member) No morale penalty for disorganized state in battles, in sally out or when being attacked
(Party Leader) Lose 25% fewer men when breaking into and breaking out from a settlement under siege

Skill Level 150:

  • On the March:

(Army Commander) Reduce fortification bonus in simulations by 20%
(Governor) Increase fortification bonus in simulations by 20%

  • Call to Arms:

(Army Commander) Parties that you have called to your army move 10% faster while moving to the army
(Army Commander) 15% less influence required per party to call to your army

Skill Level 175:

  • Pick Them off the Walls:

(Engineer) 25% chance to deal double damage to siege defender personnel
(Governor) 25% chance to deal double damage to besieging personnel

  • Make Them Pay:

(Engineer) 25% more damage to defender siege engines
(Governor) 20% more damage to besieger siege engines

Skill Level 200:

  • Elite Reserves:

(Party Leader) Tier 3+ units suffer 20% less damage in simulations
(Captain) The troops in the formation you control have 5% damage reduction

  • Encirclement:

(Party Leader) 5% more damage in simulations while outnumbering the enemy
(Army Commander) 10% less influence needed to boost army cohesion

Skill Level 225:

  • Pre Battle Maneuvers:

(Party Member) 25% more influence gain from winning field engagements
(Party Leader) If your tactics skill is greater than the enemy, gain bonus in simulations proportional to the difference

  • Besieged:

(Party Member) When you are besieged 10% more damage in simulations
(Personal) 50% more influence gain from winning sieges

Skill Level 250:

  • Counter Offensive:

(Party Leader) 10% more damage in simulations when you’re attacked in a field battle
(Party Leader) 10% more damage in simulations when outnumbered

  • Gens d’armes:

(Captain) Cavalry troops in your formation deals 2% more damage to enemy infantry units
(Governor) Increase governed town security by +1 per day

Skill Level 275:

  • Tactical Mastery:

(Army Commander) Increase simulation damage by 1% for every skill level over 200

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    TaleWorlds Entertainment
  • Platforms
    PC, Steam
  • Genre
    Action RPG, Sandbox, Strategy
  • Guide Release
    23 April 2020
  • Last Updated
    4 August 2021
    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

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