10 essential tips and tricks for Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

Now that we’ve all been playing and talking about this game for about a month, it’s time to share some important tips and tricks for Bannerlord!

Realistic mode is not noob-friendly

This is the first and very likely the most important tip on this list. Playing in realistic difficulty might sound interesting, but the truth is that it is very hard to play, even for veterans of the game. And if veterans have a hard time playing realistic, then you can imagine just how discouraged new players will feel when things start to get sour in the game. Your influence will rise slower. Bandits and enemy lords will come after you more often. Recruiting people into your faction will be almost impossible.

But don’t fret, you can still get a taste of the real thing, you just need to know how to pick the right settings.

Shields can save your life

I get that two-handed weapons or long-distance weapons are very thrilling, but you will almost always need a shield to back you up.

Even if you don’t choose the realistic mode, battles are now much more life-like, meaning you will have to be more careful. Even if you are standing far from the enemy’s infantry, you are not safe from their archers – keeping a shield handy can be a lifesaver.

Always keep a minimum party of 20 soldiers

Roaming through Calradia alone is a great way to get yourself killed. There are dozens of looters and bandits all over the map, looking for easy targets. Most looter parties are made of 8 to 15 people, so keeping a party of 20 will ensure they don’t come after you.

You don’t even need 20 of the best soldiers. Even if your party is entirely made of recruits or peasants, as long as it’s bigger than the enemy’s, they will generally not attack you.

Tips and tricks for Bannerlord

Move around often

The map is big and there is no reason for you to stick to one place. Every kingdom in Calradia has great opportunities for the player, whether it’s quests, alliance requests, or commerce opportunities.

Know which quests to accept and which to reject

Failing quests in Bannerlord is nothing like what it was in Warband. You need to carefully read quests’ descriptions before venturing into them. Why? Well, accepting quests and failing to complete them will result in a bad relationship with the person who delegated the quest to you. Plus, you won’t get the rewards, obviously.

Simply put, if someone asks you to put an end to a bandit lair, you better make sure you are ready to get the job done.

Always pay attention to your inventory

Food is one of the main ways to keep your party’s morale high. So make sure you always have a great variety of food (and lots of it!) in your inventory.

If you are planning to besiege a settlement and starve the enemy out, you might as well make sure you have enough food to not make your own troops go hungry. So check the counter on the right bottom of the screen to see the rate of food consumption and the number of days your food will last.

Know when to quit the tournaments

I know just how enticing tournaments are. They give players a good amount of money and you become famous around Calradia. But you still have to know your limits.

If you’re good at fighting – or if your game’s difficulty setting is set on easy – then this is a great way to advance you in Bannerlord. You’ll get enough money to start recruiting awesome troop units and very likely gain a lord’s favor.

But, if you are not good at fighting, then don’t play around with tournaments, or leave after the first two rounds, which feature opponents who are relatively easy to beat.

Tips and tricks for Bannerlord

Learn your enemies’ strengths

If you see an enemy on the map, or simply want to attack a nearby caravan, you need to quickly assess what you’re up against. You can place your mouse over the enemy to see their party size and map movement speed.

Scouting this info is very helpful. If you spot a lord coming after you with three times your party size, but then you see their speed is quite low, then you can rest assured that you’ll reach a friendly settlement before they ever catch up to you.

Keep up with world politics

This is a strategic game and strategic games require knowledge. So make sure to use your Encyclopedia as much as possible. That way, you’ll always be updated on what the kings, lords and ladies are up to.

Only keep the necessary prisoners

Any enemy that doesn’t die in battle can be taken as your prisoner afterward. Keeping prisoners with you will slow you down a lot, and they will eventually escape. So save yourself the trouble by selling them to a broker in local taverns, making a profit in the process. Or recruit the prisoners, though you should keep in mind this decision might decrease your party’s morale.

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Bárbara Santos

Writer by day and gamer by night. I put all my thoughts and feelings in writing about things I like, A.K.A. Gaming!
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