One of the commanders that gets underestimated in Rise of Kingdoms is Cyrus the Great. His skills don’t sound as much but can create a huge impact if used right so I have here the best way to upgrade and talent build this commander for you the get the most out of him.
Most outstanding is Cyrus’ role in the open field where he can accumulate a lot of damage over time (more on that below when I go into details with his skills), but he’s also really great in countering rallies and almost impossible to swarm down as this will cause him to deal even more damage.
When you star up Cyrus, 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 to invest your sculptures more reasonably to get the biggest bang for your buck.
The cool thing about Cyrus is that all his skills fit well together and there’s no skill that you want to skip or might not really need.
As with every legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms, you want to max out Cyrus 1st skill before you take him higher. It’s his bread-and-butter skill that will do the most impact on total damage.
For me, the 2nd skill is also valuable but the 3rd skill is a lot more powerful, so I’d take him to 3-Star to invest into the 3rd skill. If you land points into the 2nd skill you will still gain good value but the the 3rd skill will boost damage over time that also get boosted by the active skill.
Then Work on the 4th skill that will also give a nice damage boost and add survivability.
The expertise skill will add a rage engine and also boost damage over time even more and makes Cyrus a crazy beast. You can run him with 5-1-5-5 or expertise him.
Gilgamesh is about archers. His 2nd skill favors archers in term of march speed and attack and his 3rd skill that is really important for his overall performance requires only archers. To finish this route, most of his talent builds rely heavily on the Archery Tree so make sure to run only archer units with him.
Best Commander Pairing
With Cyrus you will have some interesting options.
One really great synergy is with Ramesses as they will boost their active skills vice versa so you will deal a ton of damage. The only downside here is that this pairing will favor only single-target damage so bigger brawls in the open field will not work that well with this setup.
Nebuchadnezzar will turn this pairing into a great setup that deals area damage as well as adding a good amount of march speed so you will have a great setup in the open field.
Yi Seong-Gye is also in interesting pair that will deal insane amounts of damage but turn out to be kind of a glass cannon as they lack survivability. The extra rage of YSG will, however, contribute really well to the mechanics of Cyrus. Still, I’d only recommend this for Ark of Osiris where you don’t have to pay the repair bill – in KvK this can turn out really expensive.
Also El Cid is a pairing that works with the disarming skill of Cid but away from the tankiness and the possibility to get out of tricky situations will, this won’t give as much synergy as the other pairings I have above.
Find out more about the most useful commander pairings here.
Best Cyrus Builds
The Versatility Tree is a talent tree you will not use with Cyrus, so you can decide whether to go through the Skill Tree or the Archery Tree. The main difference is that the Skill Build will give you a ton of rage or the Archery Build for a little more survivability.
I personally would recommend the Skill Build over the Archery Build as it will boost Cyrus’ damage so much that it’s absolutely worth it.
Here’s the build:
Here’s the best order how to build this setup:
Skill Tree is obviously the first step when creating this build and Rejuvenate should be the first talent you’re aiming for. Then I’d get Latent Power as this will give more extra skill damage that favors Cyrus mechanics really well.
From here, closest route towards Feral Nature, this will give Cyrus 150 extra rage each time he uses his skill and makes his rage generation roll faster and faster, apply damage over time more and more and snowball into insane damage output.
Archery Tree is the place where to spend the next points, with Venomous Sting and the 8% extra skill damage of him and his secondary commander the most valuable one to get next.
Last points then spent as shown above and you have a crazy damage output talent build for Cyrus.
Here’s the alternative setup that will give him less energy and let him roll his skills less, but will help adding survivability with more march speed and buffing march stats:
Here’s the best order how to build this setup:
Skill Tree is, as with the build above, the first step to get. You want the extra rage as it will help Cyrus so much. Also Latent Power is a must-get then, it’s simply too good and the 3 talent points are really well-invested.
Archery Tree from here with Venomous Sting first and then the fastest route to Whistling Arrows. You will get a good bunch of nice stat boosts doing that.
Full Quiver and Razor Sharp then in the Archery Tree before you will spend your last points on Herladic Shield and Tactical Mastery in the Skill Tree.