Best Cao Cao Builds (Talent Tree | Skill Order | Best Pairing) In Rise of Kingdoms

rise of kingdoms cao cao build

Are you not sure how you can make a successful Cao Cao Build in Rise of Kingdoms?

You’re in the right place! I have here some really excellent working builds that you can also adapt if you haven’t maxed out Cao Cao and that will make him perform at his best on your way to success 🙂

Cao Cao Role

Cao Cao is not only a great cavalry commander, you can also build him to be the fastest commander in the open field.

Pretty much all his skills are around either buffing speed, ranging up troops (especially cavalry troops) so this is the best way to use him.

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Skill Order

When you star up Cao Cao, you also unlock a new skill. This helps you fine-tune in what order you want to upgrade your skills as not all skills are equally good for him. This helps investing your sculptures more reasonable to get the biggest bang for your buck.

This means you really want to max the 1st Skill (Dragon Rider) before you star him up at all – like you would with any other legendary commander as well.

Now you have two alternatives and this depends what you do with Cao Cao – if you do use him against Barbarians frequently you should also max out his 2nd skill.

If not, directly take him to 4 stars before using any more sculptures on him and hope to get as many skill level into the 4th skill.

One addtional word of caution! As you can get Cao Cao Sculptures from Gold Chests you shouldn’t invest any Universal Sculptures into him, you will automatically get enough to max him out sooner or later.

Best Troops

Cao Cao is all about cavalry, no doubt about that. If you’re early and you only hunt barbarians you might think about using a mixed army, but also with his march speed for cavalry it doesn’t make much sense using any other troops in his marches.

Best Commander Pairing

As mentioned above, Sun Tzu is a commander that works well as secondary commander for pretty much any other commander.

With Sun Tzu as primary commander you have several pair options:

Barbarians Open Field Other
Use Minamoto with Cao Cao and you have one of the best possible pairs to hunt barbarians in Rise of Kingdoms. If you’re going for forts use Minamoto as primary commander…

Pelagius is pretty much an epic mini-Minamoto and with Boudica you can also have a nice streak against barbarians.

Saladin is a super solid pair for the open field and Cao Cao primary for march speed.

Also Ghengis Khan is a pairing for insane damage that you should consider. Pairing with Takeda is possible but also with low synergy.

For epic commanders use Sun Tzu (as always) or Joan in the open field.

Aethelflaed is a pairing you hear here and there but it’s not that optimal as you will bring mixed troops with that march.

Find out more about the most useful commander pairings here.

Best Cao Cao Builds

So, I promised you some builds and without further ado I want to show them to you.

Speed Build

This is literally the fastest build in Rise of Kingdoms and will get you wherever you want as fast as possible. You can perfectly use it for the Ark of Osiris to capture structures or if you are into killing farmers this build will also work great.

cao cao best build for march speed

Build with RoKTalent Builder

I know that not all of you will have Cao Cao maxed out so I not only want to show the build as such, I also want to give you some additional steps to give you the best order to spend the points in the talent tree ????

Step 1 (18 Points) – I’d go down the Peacekeeping tree first to get the Hasty Departure skill unlocked that will boost the movement speed by 60% in the first 10 seconds after leaving a structure and Lightning Charge as well and get the additional general movement speed. After that Thoroughbreds is also nice and gives also additional movement speed.

Step 2 (12 Points) – after that you should take a look at the Cavalry tree and spend the next points there to get the Charge, this will give you a nice and huge buff on movement speed when you are on your way back after a fight.

Step 3 – now from here you can focus completely on the Mobility tree until you have maxed Cao Cao out. I’d focus on getting Time Management unlocked as fast as possible because it will give you a great boost to hunt down enemies. You’re building a fast traveling army here so don’t let the debuff when in a fight scare you off, it’s a powerful way to use him.

Important! If you’re not sure who to pair Cao Cao with, check out our freshly updated Ranked Commander Pairing list here 🙂

Barbarians (PvE) Build

This is another great build for Cao Cao if you want to hunt down those Barbarians. This build primarily focus on killing barbarians on the map, if you want a build that also works for rallies please check out the next one below 🙂

cao cao best build for barbarians

Build with RoKTalents Builder

When looking at this build you can see that some Mobility is sacrificed in order to get the best out of hunting those barbarians on the map. Let’s have a look at the best order.

Step 1 (30 Points) – you should start here and make your way to get Trophy Hunter for sure, that’s some nice bunch of extra free resource Packs you will get form every group of Barbarians you take out and worth the sacrifice in raw movement speed.

Step 2 (43 Points) – now let’s start putting the next points into the Cavalry tree and make your way to the top there, depending at what level you have Cao Cao. There’s enough movement speed buffs there to not have to waste more than the single point in the Mobility tree.

Important! If you’re not sure who to pair Cao Cao with, check out our freshly updated Ranked Commander Pairing list here 🙂

Rallies (PvE) Build

If you want to use Cao Cao to lead Rallies you want to use this hybrid build here. The reason why here some movement speed buffs are included as well is that you have travel times of 5-7 minutes to Barbarian Forts and this extra movement speed comes in really handy when you can knock off 1-2 minutes of that time.

cao cao best build for rallies

Build with RoKTalents Builder

Yes, I know, Cao Cao is not the best commander if you actually want to lead rallies but the extra movement speed makes this build quite decent.

It’s not that different from the build above to kill barbarians on the map but it will focus more on leading a rally.

Step 1 (6 Points) – the first step you want to take with this build is going down the Mobility tree with the first points.

Step 2 (22 Points) – now it’s time to get to the Peacekeeping tree and focus on getting Mighty Force as quick as possible because this will give you also a nice damage buff when in a rally. After that spend the next points in Peacekeeping as shown above.

Step 3 (46 Points) – now it’s time to attack the Cavalry tree and get to the top there. I’d focus on getting Charge here first before spending in the other branches in Cavalry but you can alternate here as you feel 🙂

Important! If you’re not sure who to pair Cao Cao with, check out our freshly updated Ranked Commander Pairing list here 🙂


What’s you opinion on these builds for Cao Cao in Rise of Kingdoms? If you have questions or you want to add anything please drop a comment below 🙂

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  1. Hey, can you please edit or fix the builds for Cao Cao? The PvE one is incomplete and the one with the speed I think is bad written, thanks!

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