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Best Commanders Tier List in Rise of Kingdoms (with Talents)

If you’re lost what commander you should level up and take to the route to max out in Rise of Kingdoms I hope this guide here will help you, including my recommendations in what order you should stuff their level trees and what commanders they work best with as secondary commander.

Attention! This whole list is updated and structered new from the ground to give you a better overview about the individual strengths of all commanders

The Best Commanders & What Talents To Level

Not seeing any advanced and only a few elite commanders here? The reason is we’re talking about the best commanders in Rise of Kingdoms and, obviously, the epic and legendary ones are the strongest. However, I always tried to includeย one of the easier rarities as well as it can take a long time to unlock a legendary commander.

If you remember the old version of this list here you might remember that I have grouped them by their main purpose, like tanking, nuking, gathering etc.

I felt it is more useful to rank them more by how strong they are in general and then give you some tips what role they serve best – this should help you decide which commander you should put in effort to level up and which ones are not working that great.

I also linked you the best pairings (that I did in an own guide because otherwise, it would be simply too much here) and also the best talent builds for each of those commanders ๐Ÿ™‚

S = Superior (The Best Available) | A = Very Strong | B = Good | C = Okay

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
S+ S+ S A S++
Yi-Seong Gye is the best commander for me right now. He’s really overpowered commander in Rise of Kingdoms and that’s because you can use him extremely well either on defending your city or also for rallies with a full archer army. His AoE is crazy and prevents getting swarmed really effective and you can’t be wrong using him.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Yi Seong-Gye โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
C B S++ S+ S+
Alexander is for me one of the strongest commanders in Rise of Kingdoms right now with his shield and actually all of his talents in the talent tree translate directly on the battlefield very well, especially his skill that will boost attack when there’s no skill active but gives bonus defense when there is.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Alexander โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
B+ B+ S+ S S+
Saladin is extremely helpful when you see someone defending with Richard (what happens a lot). Well, not only the fact that Saladin can counter the healing of Richard makes him that strong on it’s own but it’s a huge factor in the current meta and one of the only options to overcome this whole Richard defending setups right now.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Saladin โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
S A A A S
Richard did extremely well in the past but with the current meta he has been falling some spots down here in the tier list, still making him an excellent choice to use. It’s crazy how well you can use him for city defense or also defending flag or fort but also on the open field.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Richard โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
C B S S S
Genghis Khan has the lowest rage requirement below 1,000 and a massive damage factor plus the chance of 30% to cast that skill again makes him stand out a lot. This makes him a top choice for open field or also rallies and you will not regret having him, I can promise you that.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Genghis Khan โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
charles martel pairing S+ B S+ S S
Looking at Charles Martel you can say he is actually a great defensive commander with also a good shield absorption plus a really strong counter-attack. Also really viable in the open field as well.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Charles Martel โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
S++ C B B C
Wu Zetian is a really good garrison defender commander and also her skills are on point – but the reason why she isn’t higher on this list is the reason that her support talent tree is not exactly on point and it feels like you need to “waste” several points there. Still, working really great as a secondary commander and is no waste to use at all.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Wu Zetian โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
B B S S A+
Despite the fact that Edward of Woodstock has quite a high rage requirement he works insanely well on countering infantry units as well as skill damage bonus that you can use with many other commanders to pair up a really viable combo for rallies or open field actions as well as defending flag/fort.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Edward of Woodstock โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
B B A+ S++ A+
Attila makes a nice debut here in the list since his release and he’s actually a beast when it comes to rallying anything along with Takeda. This is where he really shines, especially with conquering Wu Zetain who is defending a lot in the current meta.

Please mind that the strength for rallying only applies when paired with Takeda as a secondary commander.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Attila โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
C B S S S
Guan Yu is a relatively new commander we have and already really versatile, especially when it comes to rally stuff. His great benefit of silencing other heroes that already have full rage makes him really powerful and can also work well in defending objectives as well.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Guan Yu โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
B B S S S
Leonidas

also a new commander on the list and actually a really strong one as well with great AoE and rage speed up. Although Leonidas is in the lower range of the S-Tier, rallying objectives and open field is something you will enjoy with him

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Leonidas โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
S C S A S
Constantine

one of the best tank commanders in Rise of Kingdoms and a great option for city defense, open field or flag/fort defense as well. His healing factor does make a difference in many situations and if you got him and level him up you will see what I mean ๐Ÿ™‚

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Constantine โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
B B A+ S+ S
Takeda isn’t that strong when looking at him in general but he has great use in countering Wu Zetian and this makes Takeda one very useful commander in the current meta, primarily for rallying.

Please mind that the strength for rallying only applies when paired with Attila as the primary commander.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Takeda โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
aetheflaedย  C S S B S
Aethelflaed deals area damage and can run the support tree which makes her a really great option for doing almost anything, except defense and rallying things and cities.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Aethelflaed โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
ย  B B A S A+
If you manage to stack Tomyris’ poison skill she will wreck insanely. I recommend pairing her with Edward so both of them will work perfectly on that and will give you such a high output of DPS that she needs to be here in the S-Tier section for sure.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Tomyris โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
ย  B B A+ B+ A
El Cid is a very good commander in Rise of Kingdoms but the reason why I don’t have him higher in the list is how his skills are arranged. His 2nd skill is really strong but only has a 10% chance to get activated and his Out of Control is really far away when you first start using him. I like his power but it can be squishy in many situations to really get the proccs needed and that could end in a fail if it’s a close battle.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with El Cid โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
B S++ S B+ A
Minamoto is a full blood nuker with a crazy damage output and helpful for many situations like open field combat or hunting down barbarians. He is, and I don’t think that one player here will disagree, also the easiest and cheapest legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms to unlock and also to max out and a great choice to use.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Minamoto โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
ย  C B A+ S+ S
Mehmed is a solid commander if you want to conquer cities but other than that there’s not much use for him as there are better commanders in the above section. Nothing special but also not bad is the best way to describe him.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Mehmed โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
ย  C B A+ A+ A+
Julius Caesar has his benefits in the early stages of the game and that’s the reason why I wanted to mention him here but the more you come to the later stages of the game the less bang he has, unfortunately.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Julius Caesar โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
C A B+ A+ A
Hannibal Barca’s leading and conquering skill he is great to work with mixed armies for open field or rallies. Especially in situations in KvK where you will be running low on troops at some point this is the leadership commander that will put you back on track. In cases like that you should have him available and that’s the reason why he’s on the A-Tier section.

If his heal skill would work in all situations he would be ranked higher but it only works for attacking cities, that’s the reason why I have him in this spot here.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Hannibal Barca โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
ย  C B A B A
The special thing about Frederick is that he’s a leadership commander with a skill tree and this means he is your best choice to build a huge mixed army for one march, also due to his fresh recruit skill. You can also pair him up with different commanders that use leadership but also with a commander that nukes like Minamoto. Great option and a strong composition on the open field or far rallies.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Frederick โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
ย  C B B S A
Charlemagne is more like a niche role but he can shine in rallying so he deserves this place here in the tier list. He can also be a great secondary commander for the stronger rally commanders so keep him on your list but don’t make him your priority right now.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Charlemagne โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
B S S B A
Cao Cao is a great commander if you’re hunting players or Barbarians because his Mobility tree is working great for that, but he’s not exactly the best primary commander for anything else. Still, if you use a cavalry army and need a good secondary commander he is a great choice.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Cao Cao โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
A+ B+ A C A
Sun Tzu’s area damage is simply great and very useful in Sunset Canyon but also useful when defending your city or doing anything else. Away from that, you can pair him up with almost any other commander for almost anything so having him is a great choice in the long run.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Sun Tzu โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
ย  B A C C A
Joan of Arc is actually a really nice commander when fully rocking her support tree and she will boost the whole army and when you pair her up with a commander that can benefit from that, she will rock the party.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Joan of Arc โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
A B B B B+
Kusunoki deals nice damage and is not only a nice commander for city defense, he’s also a nice addition to many other commanders as a secondary commander and a nice option in the early game.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Kusunoki โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
ย  A B B C B
Pelagius is a nice defending commander that can also help you in Sunset Canyon and is viable in the earlier stages of the game.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Pelagius โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

Defense Barbarians Open Field Rally Sunset C.
ย  A B C+ C+ B
Eulji Mundeok is a quite decent addition for defending your city, viable to use against barbarians and in the Sunset Canyon (lacking AoE here) but still useful to have.

๐Ÿ‘ฅ Best Pairing with Eulji Mundeok โžœ

๐Ÿ”ฎ Best Talent Build โžœ

And The Other Commanders?

Well, to be honest, the other commanders aren’t that great so use them as secondary commanders but don’t spend too much effort in leveling them up or think about maxing them out. The ones above will give you the best bang and should be the ones you focus on.

I do update this list here frequently so make sure to come back here and see updated versions and also new commanders when they get introduced to Rise of Kingdoms.

Also feel free to leave a comment below if you disagree with some ranking here or if you have any question related to the commanders ๐Ÿ™‚

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