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

rise of kingdoms best guan yu builds

Guan Yu is not only a new commander introduced in the beginning of 2020, it’s also a must-have commander with a very nice silence skill that will bring you a lot of joy.

In this guide I want to show you some talent builds that work very well with him.

Guan Yu Role

Guan Yu is an insane commander perfect for rallying objectives and cities as well as in the open field. His first skill will not only deal area damage, it will also silence up to 3 targets.

They will be able to generate rage but they can’t use their skills for 3 seconds. You might think this is not powerful but as they are sitting at max rage and don’t use their skill, Guan Yu will prevent them to start generating rage again so you will slow down the amount of rage they can generate.

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Skill Order

When you star up Guan Yu, 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.

There are actually two roads you can go (and one if you don’t want to decide, yet)…

Option 1 – Guan Yu as Open Field Commander:

For the open field you want to skip the 2nd skill because it only gets activated if you do attack garrisons. Max out the first skill like you would with every commander and then star Guan Yu up to 3 Star and max his 3rd skill (hope that not that many skill levels will get into his 2nd skill).

From here make him 4-Star and max out his 4th skill as well for a massive damage boost.

Option 2 – Guan Yu for attacking garrisons:

Here you also want to max out the first skill before staring Guan Yu up. Then, at 2-Star, max out his 2nd skill as well. Take Guan Yu to 4-Star then and hope to not land that many points in the 3rd skill when maxing out the 4th skill.

Option 3 – You don’t want to decide now (hybrid option):

This is actually more a theoretical thing because most of you won’t have the items to do that – but if you don’t have decided yet you should max out his 1st skill and then take Guan Yu up to 4 Star and max out his 4th skill. You will then have to max out the other skills as well but this will give you the best outcome and easiest prioritization.

Best Troops

Guan Yu is an infantry commander, but this primarily applies when you use him in the open field as his 3rd skill will only buff infantry units and also applies the march speed bonus on them. Also his talent build will be really into the Infantry Tree for open field so use infantry there. Rally doesn’t matter that much.

Best Commander Pairing

With Guan Yu you will have multiple interesting options if you’re using him as the primary commander:

Rally Open Field Canyon
Without any doubt, Leonidas and Harald are the best options when you use Guan Yu as your rally leader primary commander.  



Find out more about the most useful commander pairings here.

Best Guan Yu Builds

Now let’s just plain and simple jump into the talent builds for Guan Yu.

rise of kingdoms best guan yu build general

Build with RoKTalent Builder

First of all you want to go in the Skill Tree and unlock Rejuvenate for the obvious reason that Guan Yu’s versatility is based on his ability to get his silence active and that needs extra rage.

In the Infantry Tree it’s time to get Hold The Line, which doesn’t sound that strong on plain paper but once you get swarmed (and I can promise you that you will), this will massively reduce the damage that you’re taking.

Strong of Body is optional on the path to Hold The Line and you should still get it after unlocking Hold The Line because it’s plain and simple extra health for your troops led by Guan Yu.

Now you can work your way up to max out the Infantry Tree, depending on how far you have Guan Yu leveld up.

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

Rally Build

Here’s an alternative rally build that you can also use very well:

rise of kingdoms best guan yu build rallies

Build with RoKTalent Builder

In this rally build you will also get into the Skill Tree first to unlock Rejuvenate, it’s the most useful skill and you want to get that extra rage as fast as possible. From here do everything you can to go over to Feral Nature which will basically give you 10 rage with every attack statistically so also worth it without any doubt.

Once you have that done you will go over to the Infantry Tree where you will make your way stright towards Strong of Body to get that nice extra health for your troops which will be very useful in many situations.

No it’s time to get Entrenched in the Conquering Tree which is working also very well and not only buff all damage, it will also reduce all damage you take. Moment of Triumph is also a nice talent that you can pick up along the way and it will buff your output at least in the beginning of a battle.

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


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

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