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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord is a complex sandbox game. There’s a lot to take in, and whether you’ve played previous titles or not, it’s easy to get lost or forget some important facts.
Read below some essential tips and tricks to start your way in Mount and Blade 2.
- Be sure to take on the main quest to speak to 10 nobles (i.e. the leaders of each faction) even after the tutorial is over, as it will boost your fame and notoriety as you get to know each of the factions, and you’ll be able to choose a faction to fight for all faster. Trying to do everything on your own will become very difficult otherwise.
- Stock up on extra horses when possible – this will increase your movement speed across the map if all of your units can mount between battles.
- Before engaging an enemy when you spot them on the map, compare your speed to theirs. Sometimes, if your speed is nearly equal, it will take forever to hunt them unless they’re also looking for a fight – and wasting valuable time, or letting them group up with others to boost their numbers before turning around to face you.
- Combat can be tricky for new players to master – you’ll need to get used to seeing how an enemy prepares to strike and react accordingly to block – and avoid getting overwhelmed whenever possible.
- If your enemy won’t let you through an attack, press E to kick or shield to break their defense.
- You can only carry a limited number of weapons into battle, so make sure you have the right gear equipped for the right scenarios (don’t pick up spears from bandit hideouts, or unscoped sidearms on a huge cavalry charge).
- When you’re first starting out, don’t try to play brave and attack caravans and villages just yet – or you’ll get factions pissed off at you long before you’re in a good position to take sides or defend against them. an army. Cut your teeth in small groups of bandits until you’re ready to join a faction, then follow them into war against other teams.
- The tactical commands can be intimidating for new players – but don’t worry, bandits don’t have tactics either, they’ll always charge straight at you. Once you get the hang of it, try practicing maneuvers against opponents you know you can beat to see how to position your infantry and archers, while letting the cavalry follow you on the flanks.
- Once you start fighting other factions, expect them to use many tactical maneuvers against you!
- It is better to over-prepare than to under-prepare. If you’re on a mission to escort someone, resolve a dispute, or eliminate bandits, be sure to stock up on recruits, even if upkeep is important. In the best case, you will lose men in the upcoming battles and upkeep will be reduced. In the worst case, you can check the party menu after completing the quest and dismiss all mercenaries who are too weak.
- You will start in the same region, regardless of the culture or education you have chosen. Don’t worry too much about who to line up with from the get-go – go around the regions and see which location suits you best, and know that you can sell your sword to whoever you want and switch sides whenever it suits you ( as long as you don’t mind making a few enemies along the way).
- Caravans can tell you about a place where they go to sell materials for a resource – if they’re about to enter said town, you probably won’t get a chance to make that profit, but if they just leave , you can beat them to the destination and steal their profit
- Tournaments are a great way to earn money once you master combat and learn how to use each type of weapon.
- Press X to change your weapon handling – like swapping between a one-handed or two-handed approach, or using proper spears to lay them down and impale enemies when charging (change your first-person camera angle if you have problems with it).
- Always take note of the size of enemy forces before deciding to engage, including those residing in bandit hideouts, as you will only be able to fit a small portion of your team there. Sometimes waiting nearby for a while can prompt bandits to leave and loot the countryside, weakening those left behind to defend the hideout.
- In general, it’s not a good idea to raid a bandit camp early on until you have upgraded units to equip shields. Without fast cavalry, your team can quickly be taken down by arrows and javelins unless you prepare accordingly!
- Speaking of bandit camps, be sure to check your party screen before entering. If you drag and drop your troop types, the first groups listed will come with you, but they will be limited to around 10 people.
- Always check taverns for possible companions – these are supercharged soldiers who can be equipped like you, and will also gain levels and skills, and can lend their abilities (like scouting and medicine) to fill in the gaps your character is not formed in.
- When talking to potential mates, go out before you buy their services to check their profile in your encyclopedia, as it lists their skills – and whether or not they approve of good or bad deeds (which they’ll call you on if they are given the opportunity).
- You can scavenge the battlefield for excess weapons – which can be especially useful when using javelins or throwing axes in tournaments.
- Party morale and maintenance are huge in battle. Be sure to stock up on different types of food to keep your team happy and they will perform better in battle.
- Any enemies that don’t die in battle can be taken prisoner afterwards, but they will slow you down and eventually escape. Instead, consider selling them in any major city to the local random broker found at the Tavern. In a pinch, you can even recruit prisoners to your side if they’ve spent enough time with you.
- Always have plenty of archers and keep a line of soldiers with shields in front of them to protect them from attacks.
- Having the heights is no joke. Slopes allow your archers to fire safely over the heads of your infantry while the enemy is marching towards you. If you’re badly positioned, your archers might not be able to shoot until the path is clear.
- Get a good idea of where the basic types of resources and food are produced to stock up cheaply – like grain from the prairies or fish from the coastal regions.
- You can profit from wars even if you don’t participate in them – seek out starving or war-torn colonies to supply them with the supplies they desperately need, as they will be willing to pay more for them.
- Always take more men than you think you need for a mission, it’s better to be over-prepared than under-prepared, and you won’t have to worry about paying for the upkeep of those who fall in battle.
- Always check your party’s movement speed against the party you want to engage to see if it’s even worth trying to hunt them – spend too much time and they may find friends to ally with.
- Look for a quest from Nobles called Bad Company – you have to buy your way to sell mercenary companies, can be lucrative but expensive and they steal – and it can give you access to many places
- Another quest, Spy Part – tells you where a tournament is taking place, you can get a ton of money and fame for finding the spies, then enter the tournament for even more prizes.