How to recruit enemy lords in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

We’ve discussed how to properly level up in the game, we’ve discussed the best armies in Calradia, and how to improve your influence as a ruler. Now, it’s time to learn how to recruit enemy lords on Bannerlord. Is it an easy task or an impossible one? Will it improve or decrease your relationship with the enemy kingdom? Well, let’s find out!


Recruiting enemy lords has two big upsides, namely:

  • One more ally, one less enemy. If you successfully recruit a lord who belongs to a hostile kingdom, then you will have one less enemy on the field. Plus, they will become very loyal to you and aid their new ruler.
  • More settlements. Enemy lords that you recruit will bring all their settlements along with them. If you are smart, then you should search that lovely Encyclopedia (N) of yours and find out which enemy lords hold more settlements, and recruit them. You will be expanding your territory without losing troops in the process. Heck, their entire clan will join your kingdom.

Recruiting enemy lords

Recruiting enemy lords is quite an easy process, but not always a successful one. All you have to do is reach out to a clan leader and tell them that their faction’s ruler is not worthy of their loyalty and attention. Once you’ve done that, you will be asked 4 different questions with multiple answer choices for each one. Your mission is to make sure you say the right thing to the right lord. Each answer will have a degree of success, and that probability is based on your own personal skills and traits. It is really important for you to level up your Charm skills.

If you are already on good terms with a certain lord, then it will be much easier to recruit them.

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Keep in mind that you cannot ever recruit lords you’ve captured in battle. Capturing them will forever remove the option to recruit them. Instead, if you let them go, their relationship with you will increase a lot.

Pro tip: Always save the game before trying your luck recruiting an enemy lord. That way, if the conversation doesn’t end well, you can just reload the game and start over. For the ones playing the realistic version like me, you won’t get to do that, so RIP.

Personal thoughts

I think recruiting enemy lords is a great strategic move. You increase your influence, territory, and allies, whilst not fighting at all. Diplomatic approaches for the win!

However, there is one downside. The recent e1.0.5 patch made it considerably harder to recruit enemy lords for the players who’ve previously captured settlements from the enemy’s territory. Simply put, if you want to recruit lords, do so before conquering their kingdom’s land. Otherwise, you will only be making your life harder.

So, should you recruit enemy lords in Bannerlord? My answer is heck yes! There are pretty much no downsides to recruiting enemy lords, so just go for it and have fun while you’re at it!

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Bárbara Santos

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