Best Commanders Tier List in Rise of Kingdoms (November 2022)

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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.

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Up to date with version 1.0.62 (October 28th, 2022), I updated the general structure as the table was just not very good to navigate through. I also updated the descriptions as some have been getting quite old as (especially older) commanders are not viable in the meta anymore. Let me know in the comments what you think. PS: I have the old table style tier list still available, just go to the bottom of the page and then ‘Next Page’ if you prefered the old layout.

Important! This list should also help you to decide how to invest your Universal Sculptures so the general tiers are also more like a investment order as well.

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Legendary Commanders Tier List

Let cover some IMPORTANT THINGS first:

  • Here’s the tier list for the legendary commanders. If you look for the epic commanders, you will find them in their own tier list below. If you’re interested in seeing the current best pairs, either look into the “Read More” button for every commander or I also have a frequently updated list of the best marches in the current meta here.
  • The tier list shows the STRENGTH of a commander in the game right now, not necessarily if you should invest in that commander as a new player (s. below)
  • NEW I now use the tags Update / Update to give some additional information what changed since the last update of the tier list, this helps you evaluate a commander even better. Green shows buff or improvement in the meta, orange shows a decline in a certain mode.
  • NEW The new Invest Prio tag tells you if you should invest in that commander or not. To explain this, let’s take a commander like Ramesses that works well right now but should not be a commander to invest in if you haven’t as there are newer commanders that are worth more your effort and time and also are less likely to fall off in the next months.

S+ Tier

In this tier you will find the top commanders that you should aim to build, they define the meta right now and (unless there’s a disclaimer that indicates they will decline soon) they will shape the meta in the upcoming months as well.


S+ Tier

Alexander Nevsky deals insane active skill damage with the damage reduction is nuts already, but his other skills have a ton of buffs. Held what was promised right from his release and is actually good in pretty much everything.

Invest Prio – Highest! Runs the meta and will do that for quite some time, so I highly recommend every player invest in him

Update with the synergy with the new commander Jan Zizka, he can now even defend objectives well and is okay as city defender (not the best option). Just boosts his overall usability even more

Open Field: S Rally: S Canyon: S (Def: A+)

Best Builds & Pairings


S+ Tier

Scipio Africanus Prime is a crazy commander and the only thing he is not good in is defending (which doesn’t matter). Meta-defining right from the start and the craziest hunter in the open field with an incredibly strong kit. Even for F2P the number one invest right now.

Invest Prio – Highest! Runs the meta and will do that for quite some time, so I highly recommend every player invest in him

Open Field: S+ Rally: A Canyon: S (Def: B)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


S+ Tier

Xiang Yu is a great option and since he got his boost a couple months ago, you will always see him as part of the strongest meta-pairings and in great setups as well. He’s strong and great in pretty much every mode and pairs well with the meta commanders.

Invest Prio – High! With the new cavalry commanders he runs quite well and as I expect them to run the show for quite some time, he’s also an invest to do so after you have Nevsky and the Prime commanders taken care of.

Open Field: S Rally: S Canyon: S (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings

S Tier

S Tier

Boudica Prime has not only a super hard-hitting primary skill that, on top of that, also increases skill damage taken and reduced march speed (insane for open field), she also provides a ton of really useful buffs and debuffs as well. Also, a commander every player in Rise of Kingdoms (including F2P) should have high on the priority list to build.

Invest Prio – Highest! Runs the meta and will do that for quite some time, so I highly recommend every player invest in her

Open Field: S Rally: S Canyon: S (Def: C)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


S Tier

Joan of Arc Prime is another new prime commander in Rise of Kingdoms that’s worth running a really strong, comparable with the other ones. You already see top players running around with her and I predict her will be in the meta for a long time.

Invest Prio – Highest! Runs the meta and will do that for quite some time, so I highly recommend every player invest in her

Open Field: S Rally: S Canyon: S (Def: C)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


S Tier

Henry is the commander you want to take to rallies, he’s designed in the current meta to perform well there. Also versatile in the open field and provides a good counterattack that make him quite sustainable.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Update has been adjusted after I initially ranked him here. His ability for open field is a lot better than I excepted with good damage, mobility and stats he’s providing so now clearly in the S-Tier as well.

Open Field: S Rally: S Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


S Tier

Yi-Seong Gye (YSG) used to be on top of the tier lists forever but the new commanders (especially the Prime version commanders) changed the meta so much that he’s not anymore. Still, an insanely good commander in Rise of Kingdoms that you can use extremely well either on defending your city or also for rallies with a full archer army. His circle AoE is crazy and prevents getting swarmed effectively and you can’t be wrong using him.

Invest Prio – Before SoC/KvK4 ONLY Only before your kingdom hits KvK Season 4/Season of Conquest. Don’t invest after that!

Update / Update with his great synergy with Boudica Prime, YSG is now better in the open field and a commander seeing some incline in the tier list after a steady decline in 2022 (he was on top for like 3 years!). Overall, the way archers work for rally right now, though, with Jan Zizka in the game makes him still a questionable one in the future.

Open Field: S Rally: A- Canyon: S (Def: A+)

Best Builds & Pairings

A Tier

A Tier

Artemisia is very effective against infantry rallies but with the release of Nevsky, there’s so much cavalry rallies that defending with archers just isn’t working that well anymore. She’s still viable in all other game parts of Rise of Kingdoms and the only downside is you need all archer troops to really get her rolling well. 

Invest Prio – High Pairs really well with expertise Boudica Prime that will run the meta, so once you have your highest priority commanders, she’s a great one to invest in next as I expect her to run the show along quite a while.

Update / Update the same as YSG, better in the open field now with the synergy of Boudica Prime, but as archery commander on the decline for rallying objectives due to Jan Zizka.

Open Field: S Rally: A- Canyon: A+ (Def: A+)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Nebuchadnezzar is the first real conquering archery commander with a devastating active skill. He is built to attack garrisons and cities. Now even ranked a little bit higher for rally cities since Gilgamesh makes an amazing combo with him. Also, mind the fact that Nebu can’t get swarmed easily. 

Invest Prio – High Still a great commander to run and useful. Worth the invest still once you’re done with the highest-priority commanders.

Update just a small adjustment in rallying objectives now against Jan Zizka and also archery commanders aren’t that well-working in Canyon anymore. Still great, but slightly less great than he was ranked before.

Open Field: S Rally: A+ Canyon: A+ (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Pakal II comes with several nice buffs the only downside is that Pakal deals single target damage but works quite well against getting swarmed and can also rally quite well. Paired with Harald, you can even trade positive when getting swarmed.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Update is now pretty hard-countered by Jan Zizka as garrison commander, so rallying objectives is not working that well anymore

Open Field: S Rally: A Canyon: A+ (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Guan Yu is great in the open field. Massive AoE and massive silence just make him a beast there and in Sunset Canyon as well. Paired with Leonidas one of the strongest marches in Rise of Kingdoms right now, unless you have invested heavily into the new Prime commanders.

Invest Prio – High Still a great commander to run and useful. Worth the invest still once you’re done with the highest priority commanders

Open Field: S Rally: A Canyon: S (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Tomyris requires you to stack her poison skill and then she will wreck. 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 ranked like this.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Open Field: A Rally: A Canyon: S (Def: C+)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

William I makes a massive difference on the battlefield with his defense and rage boost and if you make his buff work on all marches you really get it rolling. So, taking him to rallies, in the open field and also Sunset Canyon makes absolute sense. Not that effective for hitting cities and rather for swarming things down.

Invest Prio – High Still a great commander to run and useful. Worth the invest still once you’re done with the highest priority commanders

Open Field: S Rally: A Canyon: S (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Harald Sigurdsson is a super hard-hitting direct damage skill and quite versatile in using him for PvP, conquering or open field hunting. He has his perfect pairings where he’s still making the world go upside down.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Update is now pretty hard-countered by Jan Zizka as garrison commander so rallying objectives is not working that well anymore

Open Field: S Rally: A+ Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Attila with Takeda has been a dream combo in the past (veterans of Rise of Kingdoms will remember)… and surprisingly Attila has a lot of synergy with Alexander Nevsky so I adjusted Attila’s rank here in the tier list, especially for rallying.

Update although Attila/Nevsky is still working but is becoming more niche against getting swarmed and I don’t think it will have a bright future

Open Field: A+ Rally: A+ Canyon: A (Def: C+)

Best Builds & Pairings


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A Tier

Honda Tadakatsu was really underestimated when he was released as most (including me) saw him as a primary commander – it turned out that he is also really viable as a secondary commander and all his skills make up easily for the lower active skill damage and he can really wreck with all his buffs.

Invest Prio – High Still a great commander to run and useful. Worth the invest still once you’re done with the highest priority commanders

Update just a small adjustment with the other new commanders that make rally setups with him now slightly less effective.

Open Field: S Rally: A- Canyon: S (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Gilgamesh was shaking up the rally meta upon release but has cooled off a little bit since that – still great in open field. He counters healing well and is versatile and now that he’s a few months into the game, it’s safe to say that he is amazing and paired with a commander like Nebu.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Open Field: A+ Rally: S Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Amanitore really shines as a defending commander (city and objectives garrisons) and in open field when paired with Artemisia. With the way the meta works with Nevsky right now I had adjust her ranking for defending objectives as cavalry will quite bust her there. Also good in Sunset Canyon.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Update also adapted as archery commander for rallying objectives (Jan Zizka will be tougher here) and less mandatory in Sunset Canyon.

Open Field: A+ Rally: A- Canyon: A (Def: A+)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Alexander used to be one of the strongest commanders in Rise of Kingdoms 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. The truth is, he’s getting old and there’s not much use in building him these days as the newer commander are better. Still, if you already have him maxed you can have some fun with him, no doubt.

Invest Prio – Before SoC/KvK4 ONLY Only before your kingdom hits KvK Season 4/Season of Conquest. Don’t invest after that!

Update small adjustment with all the meta setups for rallying objectives

Open Field: S Rally: A- Canyon: A+ (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Saladin got his ranking adjusted for the open field as he will not get targeted that much anymore when there are Xiang Yu’s on the table. Also, as he’s a cavalry commander, you will get away from a fight quicker. Extremely solid for a single-target damage commander but also one of the ‘older’ commanders in the game so he will probably not rise higher in tiers in the future.

Invest Prio – Before SoC/KvK4 ONLY Only before your kingdom hits KvK Season 4/Season of Conquest. Don’t invest after that!

Update small adjustment with all the meta setups for rallying objectives

Open Field: A+ Rally: A- Canyon: A+ (Def: B)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Takeda has still some kind of niche role with Attila and if you have him maxed from back in the days when he was running the meta with Attila he’s still useful, but don’t invest into him today anymore.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Open Field: A+ Rally: A Canyon: A (Def: C+)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Leonidas is actually a really strong commander with great AoE and rage speed-up. Although Leonidas is in the A-Tier, open field is something you will enjoy with him and paired with Guan Yu you will have one of the most obscene open field marches available in Rise of Kingdoms.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Update small adjustment with all the meta setups for rallying objectives and also the better commanders you have now for SUnset Canyon

Open Field: S Rally: B+ Canyon: A+ (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Bertrand is all about rallying, especially in Ark of Osiris where you want to have a tanky march and that’s exactly what he provides. Also useful in KvK withstanding getting swarmed and the reason he works that well is his synergy with Alexander Nevsky who is basically so strong since release that it will drag Bertrand quite high on the tier list as well.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Update his meta combos aren’t as viable anymore with the new commanders, overall just a slight adjustment for rally objectives

Open Field: A+ Rally: A+ Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

Cyrus is a full-blown archery commander and has skills that make him a beast when it comes do dealing skill damage and buffing troop damage. You need to use a full archer army with him, but that’s fine for the use cases he’s designed for.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Update also adapted as archery commander for rallying objectives (Jan Zizka will be tougher here)

Open Field: S Rally: A- Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


A Tier

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. As one of the older commanders he’s also slowly falling out of the tiers in Rise of Kingdoms so don’t invest into him if you haven’t built him so far.

Invest Prio – Before SoC/KvK4 ONLY Only before your kingdom hits KvK Season 4/Season of Conquest. Don’t invest after that!

Update is just not as viable anymore for rallying cities with all the new commanders now

Open Field: A+ Rally: A Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings

B Tier

B Tier

Ramesses has the unique ability that makes him strong that he can simply kill the healing of whatever you’re hitting with him and this is really strong in many situations, even though it might sound less powerful on paper. He will be great in almost every part of Rise of Kingdoms, except defending.

Invest Prio – No Don’t invest Universal Sculptures into this commander.

Update is just falling off slowly but steadily towards to newly-introduced commanders

Open Field: A Rally: A- Canyon: A- (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


B Tier

Chandragupta is effective in hitting cities and strongholds with his buff and a solid choice here with versatile use whenever you want to hit a city or stronghold. He’s not outstanding and has some pairings that make him good in more like a niche role.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Update like other older commanders, there are now just more and more better options for rallying available so I adjusted the ranks slightly

Open Field: A Rally: A- Canyon: A- (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


B Tier

Trajan is one of the commanders that, looking at the raw stats, doesn’t appear to be that strong but he will be a monster and can enable a lot of other commanders to become really strong. I ranked him lower here as I don’t believe he should be a commander you should invest in if you haven’t already today.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Update while still really strong for open field combat, he falls off more and more for rally setups

Open Field: S Rally: C Canyon: S (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


B Tier

Cheok Jun-Gyeong (CJ) boosts damage and deals a ton of single target damage and reduced skill damage taken makes him a nice commander you can use in rallies and in the open field. Doesn’t shine so it seems this is where the meta dragged him now.

Invest Prio – No Don’t invest Universal Sculptures into this commander.

Update also adjusted with how the meta for the new commander evolves and he seems to fall off more and more

Open Field: A Rally: A- Canyon: A- (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


B Tier

Charles Martel looks, on paper, as you could think he is actually a good defensive commander with also a good shield absorption plus a really strong counter-attack. Also viable in the open field as well. There has been so many new commanders introduced to Rise of Kingdoms that it’s just normal that he will lose his relative strength from past times slowly but steadily. He’s one of the oldest commanders in the game but still viable but now building him from scratch is nothing I’d recommend.

Invest Prio – Before SoC/KvK4 ONLY Only before your kingdom hits KvK Season 4/Season of Conquest. Don’t invest after that!

Open Field: A Rally: C+ Canyon: A+ (Def: B)

Best Builds & Pairings


B Tier

Minamoto is a full-blood nuker with crazy damage output and is 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 and with his 4th skill that increases all damage by 30% he is still viable.

Invest Prio – Before SoC/KvK4 ONLY Only before your kingdom hits KvK Season 4/Season of Conquest. Don’t invest after that!

Open Field: A+ Rally: C+ Canyon: A+ (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


B Tier

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.

Open Field: A Rally: B Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


B Tier

Hannibal Barca’s leading and conquering skills are good to work with mixed armies for open field or rallies. Still, he’s one of the oldest commanders in Rise of Kingdoms and falls off the meta more and more quickly with new commanders that get released. He’s not particularly bad, he’s just not that up-to-date anymore.

Invest Prio – No Don’t invest Universal Sculptures into this commander.

Open Field: A Rally: B Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


B Tier

Edward of Woodstock is, despite the fact that he 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. Still, with all these new commanders that have been released recently, he’s falling a little bit out of the meta.

Invest Prio – No Don’t invest Universal Sculptures into this commander.

Open Field: B Rally: B Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


B Tier

Jan Zizka defines and counters defending upon his release and has been whirling around in the meta quite a bit, but that’s his main cause and what he does so he’s absolutely no universal commander.

Open Field: A Rally: C Canyon: A (Def: S)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)

C Tier

C Tier

Richard did extremely well in the past but with every update of this tier list he’s falling a little bit lower. He used to be crazy for defense, now you shouldn’t use him for that anymore and besides some niche use-cases, I really can’t recommend investing into him anymore.

Invest Prio – Before SoC/KvK4 ONLY Only before your kingdom hits KvK Season 4/Season of Conquest. Don’t invest after that!

Open Field: A Rally: C Canyon: A (Def: C)

Best Builds & Pairings


C Tier

Constantine is an evergreen commander on the list and his damage reduction buff is simply super useful in Canyon. You should, however, not invest in Constantine these days and rather focus on the newer commanders. Also for defense, he’s not that outstanding anymore and there are so many better options available.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Open Field: B Rally: C Canyon: S+ (Def: B)

Best Builds & Pairings

 


C Tier

El Cid used to be 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.

Update also adjusted with how the meta for the new commander evolves and he seems to fall off more and more

Open Field: A Rally: C+ Canyon: B (Def: C)

Best Builds & Pairings


C Tier

Mulan is a great secondary commander with an insane buff in her active skill and is super versatile to use with any unit and commander. But for the sake of getting her as primary commander, there are many other commanders you should go after before that. What’s really nice is the 30% march speed when you get into trouble, but overall not the best commander.

Open Field: A Rally: D Canyon: S (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


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B Tier

Suleiman I really disappointed me but there’s no impact that the release of Suleiman did to Rise of Kingdoms. I really recommend you to wait before investing into him and see how he will find his place in the meta (or maybe a near-to-be-released commander changes meta completely). State if today, he’s a disappointment.

Invest Prio – No Don’t invest Universal Sculptures into this commander.

Update also adjusted with how the meta for the new commander evolves and he seems to fall off more and more

Open Field: B+ Rally: B+ Canyon: B+ (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


C Tier

Frederick’s special thing 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. Useful options, but he has the same problem like all other old commanders in Rise of Kingdoms… the new commanders are just so much stronger that there’s no use in building Freddy anymore.

Open Field: B Rally: B Canyon: B (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


C Tier

Jadwiga should be paired with a secondary commander that also deals high direct damage, she will be quite strong but you need to make her generate rage. Paired with YSS, she’s doing great at defending objectives in the current meta because it will be hard to swarm.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Update  with better options in Canyon I adjusted her ranking there a bit

Open Field: B Rally: C Canyon: A- (Def: A)

Best Builds & Pairings


C Tier

Lu Bu has no troop favorites (that’s nice) and also a nice damage skill and additional troop capacity. On the downside, he’s slow and lacks resistance against certain setups so, bottom line, I don’t really recommend him and I don’t see how he will make his way into the relevant circle of commanders in the future. Just for the sake of being solid in Canyon where you have so many better commanders available in Rise of Kingdoms just doesn’t convince me.

Invest Prio – No Don’t invest Universal Sculptures into this commander.

Open Field: B Rally: B Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


C Tier

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. I always had the feeling that she will make it higher in the meta but it was always close but not enough.

Open Field: A Rally: C Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


C Tier

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 good choice for open field or for Sunset Canyon, although there are today a good bunch of commanders that can do it better. Don’t invest in him if you haven’t already.

Invest Prio – No Don’t invest Universal Sculptures into this commander.

Update is just falling off slowly but steadily towards to newly-introduced commanders and that relly is a lot tougher now for archery is not helping him either.

Open Field: B Rally: B Canyon: A (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


C Tier

Cao Cao s a useful 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 can be a good choice but not a great invest from scratch anymore.

Open Field: A Rally: C Canyon: B (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


C Tier

Ragnar Lodbrok was hyped to be an awesome commander with the release of the Vikings civilization but the reality is that he will lose value quickly the further your kingdom develops and more and stronger commanders become available. Nice to use him to run around in a fresh kingdom, but no long-term investment.

Open Field: B Rally: B Canyon: B (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings


C Tier

Thutmose is comparable with the release of Ragnar – a commander that should be great, especially with the Leadership Tree but turns out to be outclassed by so many other commanders.

Open Field: A Rally: D Canyon: B (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


C Tier

Moctezuma provides reduced counterattack damage that makes him a good fit in a team but there’s actually nothing outstanding or relevant where I would recommend bringing him, even as an alternative to a top commander. Unless there’s a big change in meta, I don’t see any reason to invest into him.

Invest Prio – No Don’t invest Universal Sculptures into this commander.

Update  his kit is simply not that viable anymore in Canyon

Open Field: B Rally: C Canyon: C (Def: D)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


C Tier

Theodora is still a good for defending your city as you normally stay above 50% health and get the full extra damage skill activated. She’s viable as well for barbs & forts but by the time you build her you have better options there as well as Sunset Canyon. She’s the commander you want to watch your city. That’s it.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Open Field: D Rally: D Canyon: A (Def: A+)

Best Builds & Pairings


C Tier

Flavius is primarily a defensive commander and one that only the top players will invest into. Again, this ranking here is to help you prioritize your Universal Scultures and not the strength of the commander in the game or what role he plays as Flavius dominates the defensive aspects with his release.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Open Field: B+ Rally: D Canyon: D (Def: S)

Best Builds & Pairings (coming soon)


C Tier

Charlemagne is nowadays nothing more than a niche role commander you shouldn’t build or use. The new commanders pushed him out of the meta that hard that he doesn’t even work well as a secondary commander anymore.

Invest Prio – No Don’t invest Universal Sculptures into this commander.

Open Field: C Rally: B+ Canyon: B (Def: D)

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C Tier

Yi Sun-Sin (YSS) is a good city defense commander with an amazing troop buff that works on all of your troops. Other than that not really useful and for that reason that low on the tier list that should also reflect your investment priority in Rise of Kingdoms.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Open Field: D Rally: D Canyon: D (Def: S)

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C Tier

Wu Zetian s a good defense commander but her real strength used to be stopping Attila/Takeda. Now that other defending commanders did that better and Attila/Takeda fell out of the meta quite a while ago, there’s actually no big use in building or running Wu Zetian anymore.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Open Field: C Rally: C Canyon: D (Def: A)

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C Tier

Zenobia is one of the strongest healing factors in Rise of Kingdoms and good commander for defending garrisons and cities with great support. Unfortunately, only effective in defending and overall not a very important investment.

Invest Prio – Niche Only invest for specific roles. No priority if you’re F2P or low-spender.

Open Field: C Rally: D Canyon: C (Def: A)

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Farming

Farming

Cleopatra is a pure farming commander and should not have any priority to invest in, especially not Universal Sculptures.

Open Field: C Rally: F Canyon: F (Def: D)

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Farming

Ishida is a pure farming commander and should not have any priority to invest in, especially not Universal Sculptures.

Open Field: D Rally: F Canyon: F (Def: F)

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Farming

Seondeok is a pure farming commander and should not have any priority to invest in, especially not Universal Sculptures.

Open Field: D Rally: F Canyon: F (Def: F)

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Epic Commanders Tier List

As mentioned in the beginning, I splitted the tier list and gave the epic commanders their own tier list as they will be so different from the (especially newer) legendary commanders. Also, accounting rally for epic commanders is simply not applicable so I primarily account open field versatility and Sunset Canyon for the ranking. Please mind, just because an epic commander is S-Tier below doesn’t mean he is anywhere comparable to S-Tier for the legendary commanders above, it’s an own ranking system.

S Tier

S Tier

Imhotep is the latest addition and easily the strongest epic commander in Rise of Kingdoms with his debuff that will hit multiple targets. He’s not as strong when used in one-on-one situations, but in the bigger brawls he can make a difference and be a great addition, also for players that are further progressed in the game, but also don’t think as a new player that he will crush right away – you need him expertise to really bang with the rage reduction.

Open Field: S  Sunset Canyon: S


S Tier

Joan of Arc is also an amazing epic commander in Rise of Kingdoms and also a viable swap for Trajan for a decent amount of players that won’t do that invest. The reason is that she provides extra rage and has some cool buffs and also can do that for up to all your five marches (or allied ones) that make her potentially a contestant to several legendary commanders. One of the few epic commanders even progressed players use.

Open Field: S  Sunset Canyon: S

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S Tier

Sun Tzu is wrapping up the S Tier for the epic commanders. His area damage is just great, he reduces damage taken & buffs health, he generates extra rage and boosts skill damage. Plus he’s is 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.

Open Field: S  Sunset Canyon: A

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A Tier

A Tier

Bjorn Ironside got quite some hype and then hate upon release and is not able to compete with the good legendary commanders in Rise of Kingdoms. Used in the right situations you will make multiple targets take more skill damage and he also deals decent damage and can be used quite well, especially in the earlier stages. He’s in the A Tier because the commanders above are simply a lot more versatile and can be used in mid-game to late-game content as well.

Open Field: A  Sunset Canyon: A

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A Tier

Hermann is also an epic commander that I see in this spot here for the reason that he has a good damage factor plus can silence the target (really helpful!) and generates rage/removes rage from the target. A lot of great mechanics on his kit that make him a great epic commander. Also, adds march speed in the right build so great open field option, especially for starting out with him!

Open Field: A  Sunset Canyon: B

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A Tier

Belisarius can be pretty crazy in the earlier stages (including KvK) when investing into his Mobility Tree. You can basically run around and hunt down farmers. Sunset Canyon can also be a good option for him.

Open Field: A  Sunset Canyon: B

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A Tier

Baibars is great with cavalry and effective in the open field hunting down other armies effectively with his speed and his buffs/debuffs effectively. You could also use him with his 3rd skill to swarm cities, but primarily use him in newer kingdoms in the open field starting out and people will hate you for that.

Open Field: A  Sunset Canyon: A

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A Tier

Keira has her uses in her 4th skill that skyrockets skill damage taken and makes her pretty much one of the strongest epic commanders when combined correctly. On her own, she still does pretty well and deserves this spot here in the A Tier. But you can only unlock her from Ceroli Crisis which is not that easy for newer players or players starting out in a newer kingdom and I believe that by the time you are able to get her expertise, you have better options already available.

Open Field: A  Sunset Canyon: A

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B Tier

B Tier

Kusunoki deals nice damage and can clear debuffs, but he’s really slow and that will become a problem in the open field with him. Can also be used as city defender early in the game.

Open Field: B  Sunset Canyon: A

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B Tier

Pelagius is an epic defending commander with healing, decent stats and a good damage factor.  Can help you in Sunset Canyon and is viable in the earlier stages of the game, don’t use him beyond that!

Open Field: B  Sunset Canyon: C

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B Tier

Eulji Mundeok is a decent addition for defending your city or good very early plus viable to use against barbarians and in the Sunset Canyon (lacking AoE here) but still useful to have. The only thing that bothers me about him, he needs to get hit so his mechanics get going and he’s not that powerful that you want to get fully hit all the time to punch back.

Open Field: B  Sunset Canyon: B

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B Tier

Osman does deal solid damage so using him in the very early stages of the game is possible, especially with his ability to deal his extra damage factor every time an active skill is used. The problem is his city hitting skills are useless as you will absolutely have no chance doing that with him.

Open Field: B  Sunset Canyon: B

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C Tier

C Tier

Boudica is an extremely effective commander smashing barbarians and that makes her a very solid pick for newer players and can become a good one to level up the other commanders once you unlock them. Although you can pretty much combine her with every other epic commander in Rise of Kingdoms, she also doesn’t provide any form of defense which the other ones above do, so you can also turn your march into a very fragile one with her.

Open Field: C  Sunset Canyon: C

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C Tier

Scipio (yes, the epic old version, not the crazy new legendary version!). He can pack a punch and is useful in Sunset Canyon, but the main problem is that he only does become strong when his health is getting low and that’s normally the point in open field where you better leave/have left the situation.

Open Field: C  Sunset Canyon: B

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C Tier

Diaochan is a pure PvE commander and also great for hunting barbarians for EXP but not versatile in any PvP situation. She has a decent damage factor on her active skill, but you need to connect with your target for 4 seconds to do so which is nothing you want to do with her. Also, you can’t obtain her anymore and if you haven’t unlocked her by the time she was available there’s no way to get her anymore.

Open Field: C  Sunset Canyon: C

D Tier

D Tier

Lohar is a commander that has only one use and that’s early finding barbarians on the map and battle them and maybe help other commanders to level up a little bit. Do not use him for anything else and he will lose his viability quite quick so don’t invest any Universal Sculptures into him.

Open Field: D  Sunset Canyon: D

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D Tier
D Tier

Matilda & Tamar are pure gathering commanders that you can use for that, no question, but no commander to use anywhere else or invest any Universal Sculptures in!

Open Field: F  Sunset Canyon: (Matilda) /)F (Tamar)


Conclusion

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 questions related to the commanders 🙂

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  1. Seems odd to have Queen Tamar d tier for epics with only one skill being dedicated to gathering. And greatly disagree with the f for sunset canyon she is definitely top 5 for epic commanders.

  2. how could you? Sun Tzu is easily a top-tier commander, better than most of those legendaries. I honestly find it offensive that you would even claim such a preposterous theme. The damage with the rage restored gives such a good bonus in the open field, and most legendaries can’t even come close to competing with what he gives to the game. TBH, it makes me angry that rookies to the game like you even think they know something about ROK when in reality all you can do is make a dysfunctional and outdated list. Please fix this

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