This perk tree mostly focuses on increasing your combat effectiveness while on horseback, but can also provide advantages for the campaign map. For example, the level 150 perk, ‘Horse Grooming’, improves horse farm production by 50%, allowing you to breed horses more quickly that you can either sell or incorporate into your army. You can also slightly increase the carrying capacity of your pack animals, and eventually increase the movement speed of your own horse and your cavalry on the battlefield. The tree also offers a perk which reduces the chance of your horses becoming lame when injured, an invaluable trait for a cavalry based force.

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.

Riding Perks:

Skill Level 25:

  • Vigorous: +6% maximum horse health

Skill Level 50:

  • Spare Arrows: +3 arrows in quivers when you begin a battle on horseback
  • Spare Throwing Weapon: +1 throwing weapon when you begin a battle on horseback

Skill Level 75:

  • Squires: +2 maximum party size
  • Sharpshooter: +15% accuracy with ranged weapons while on horseback

Skill Level 100:

  • Mounted Archer: -10% penalty to ranged weapons on horseback
  • Cavalry: -10% penalty to melee weapons on horseback

Skill Level 125:

  • Bow Expert: Use any bow on horseback
  • Crossbow Expert: Use any crossbow on horseback

Skill Level 150:

  • Horse Grooming: +50% production for horse farms

Skill Level 175:

  • Conroi: +4 maximum party size

Skill Level 200:

  • Trampler: +50% charge damage

Skill Level 225:

  • Iron Steed: -50% chance of horses to become lame when wounded

Skill Level 250:

  • Filled to Brim: +20 carry capacity for pack animals

Skill Level 275:

  • Nomadic Traditions: +30% mounted movement speed for party

Tip: You can level horse riding by riding your horse in battle scenarios. This doesn’t have to include any active battle engagements: you can choose to attack and refrain from ordering an attack before you are done riding for a while. Any act of riding will increase the skill, meaning that in theory you could leave your horse riding to the edges of the map indefinitely if you really want to level it quickly.

Guide Information

  • Publisher
    TaleWorlds Entertainment
  • Platforms
    PC, Steam
  • Genre
    Action RPG, Sandbox
  • Guide Release
    23 April 2020
  • Last Updated
    14 October 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.

  • 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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