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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
Strategy Guide

Author(s): Scott Peers
First Published: 23-04-2020 / 00:00 GMT
Last Updated: 10-07-2020 / 20:25 GMT
Version: 1.0 (????) 11-07-2020 / 15:22 GMT

The Athletic perk tree is particularly useful in almost all combat scenarios. The default speed of your character is rather slow compared with your troops, so it is a good idea to invest in athletics as soon as possible. While this will be done naturally by moving around on the battlefield and in tournaments, you can increase the rate of learning by investing in athletic attribute points and focus points. Most of the perks will increase the speed and health of you and your troops, though you will need to choose between the first three perks based on your combat preferences.

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.

Athletics Perks:

Skill Level 25:

  • Extra Arrows: +2 arrows in quivers when you begin a battle on foot
  • Extra Throwing Weapon: +1 throwing weapon when you begin a battle on foot

Skill Level 50:

  • Close Quarters Training: +2 melee damage on foot
  • Ranged Training: +2 ranged damage on foot

Skill Level 75:

  • Endurance: +4% maximum health
  • Dexterous: +3% movement speed

Skill Level 100:

  • Powerkick: Higher kick damage

Skill Level 125:

  • In Good Shape: +2% maximum health for foot soldiers in party

Skill Level 150:

  • Furious Speed: +10% speed for foot soldiers in party

Skill Level 175:

  • Salt the Wound: Increased damage after you hit -50% of maximum health

Skill Level 200:

Unburdened: Reduced penalty from being overburdened

Skill Level 225:

  • Peak Form: +10% maximum health

Skill Level 250:

  • Spartan: -5% party food consumption and wage cost

Skill Level 275:

  • Mighty Blow: Bashes and kicks knock enemies down

Tip: There are numerous ways to level the Athletics skill, but all involve the same thing: movement. You can do it by fighting on foot during battles and tournaments, or you can choose to walk on the campaign map without a horse. The more you walk and run, the more you level. Using kicks and jumps will also add to the skill development, as will any form of combat engagement.

Guide Information

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