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Best Heraclius Builds (Talents, Skill Order, Pairing & Equipment) In Rise of Kingdoms

Are you planning to or already running Heraclius in Rise of Kingdoms in one of your marches and want to see how you should invest the talent points, what equipment works best and what other commanders you should pair with? Well, then you’re in the right place, below you will find answer to each one of those questions and this will help you make your Heraclius perfrom as strong as possible in all situations.

Current Ranking – is Heraclius S-Tier, A-Tier, or D-Tier?!

heraclius
Heraclius
C+
Here is a quick overview of the rankings of Heraclius for the different game modes. Please refer to the full tier list linked below to see the ranking of all commanders in Rise of Kingdoms and full evaluation and priority..
Open Field:
B
Rally:
D
Canyon:
C
Defense:
A+

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Skill Order

Skill 1
Skill 2
Skill 3
Skill 4
Expertise
Skill Order Finetuning
Below you will find the best order to unlock and level up skills by how useful they are so you don’t have to level the skills up one by one and spend a lot of extra sculptures on it. This will let you use this commander earlier and also saves you important Universal Sculptures in the long run!
Your sweetspot of skills to make this commander useful is: 5511 and this is the recommended way to get there:






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Best Troops

If you run him in the open field, he will be the secondary commander and it comes down to which commander you will pair him up with. If you run him as primary commander in your garrison, he will benefit from mixed troops, espcially when expertised.

Best Commander Pairing for Heraclius

Sargon
Sargon
Scipio Africanus (Prime)
Scipio Africanus (Prime)
Harald Sigurdsson
Harald Sigurdsson
Honda Tadakatsu
Honda Tadakatsu
Tariq Ibn Ziyad
Tariq Ibn Ziyad

Sargon as the primary commander with heraclius as the secondary commander has a ton of synergy and both work really well together with a full infantry march. The way Sargons stacking debuff with the chance for additional shield works well and with the Skill Tree of Sargon you also get kind-of a rage engine. That means a ton of shield and with the area damage you can also do some great work. Scipio Africanus (Prime) is working great with a ton of commanders but with the attack and defense combined with a heraclius seconary providing shield and area damage is a really strong pairing as well. Harald Sigurdsson loves to have a secondary commander with shield and with Stamford bridge you can bring Heraclius shield in, deal circle area damage and have a great impact march. Honda Tadakatsu is a commander that is durable, is about mixed army types and can work really well with the skill kit of Heraclius. The only thing here that I don’t like too much is that you will not run Honda as the primary commander as this won’t make sense and you need good leadership gear on heraclius to make a decent march for the open field (at best). Tariq Ibn Ziyad is normally not the best commander to run primary but with the high single-target damage he deals combined with Heraclius area damage and shielding, you have a pretty solid setup running that I also enjoyed testing.

Find out more about the most useful commander pairings here.

Best Equipment Forge Order

In terms of equipment, here’s what I recommend to use as the route for Heraclius. I have tailored this priority order that you can follow step-by-step to prevent forging and running equipment that is not useful or only provides a very small improvement. Follow the equipment path step-by-step and you will have the best and most economical gear:

White
White equip the white gear as it will be useful. This depends what commander you use as secondary commander and therefore also what troop types you will use with the commander. You can technically also use all white equipment if you have it lying around but I#d select them more how you need them
Blessed Blade
Blessed Blade is a good gear piece, unless you run this commander along cavalry marches, as you will get solid stats for infantry and archer troops
Helm of the Phoenix
Helm of the Phoenix also offer quite broad stats that I find the most helpful of the choices you have at this point
Milanese Plate
Milanese Plate also offers broad mix of stats that work, generally, the best here
Leather Gloves
Leather Gloves are my recommended gear piece now
Ranger Trousers
Ranger Trousers are, unless you run with a cavalry only march, a great gear piece to use
Edged Boots
Edged Boots are then the last green equipment that makes sense
Blazing Axe
Blazing Axe has attack for all troops types and is the perfect gear piece at this point and the one you probably rocking the longest time altogether
Sentry Breeches
Sentry Breeches also offers stats for all troop types and are, in my opinion, the most useful gear piece to swap in now
Windswept War Helm
Windswept War Helm has no stats for all troop types but the march speed bonus that every single march appreciates

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And for the artifacts I have tested the different ones here so you can see which ones perform the best (of course I only tested/list the ones that make sense):

Ring of Doom
Ring of Doom
Horn of Fury
Horn of Fury
Concealed Dagger
Concealed Dagger
Delanes Amulet
Delanes Amulet
Ancient Stratagems
Ancient Stratagems
Call of the Loyal
Call of the Loyal

Ring of Doom helps Heraclius deal more damage and it also applies to counterattack damage and all other damage and is a great legendary accessory to use.Horn of Fury for normal situations will work best as you will generate more rage and let him cycle through his active skill faster, when you think you get swarmed use Vengeance instead.

Best Builds For Heraclius

Below you will find the talent tree builds for Heraclius that make sense when running as the primary commander in any march in Rise of Kingdoms. Please also refer to the description below each talent tree as I explain a general route on how you should spend your talents there + some additional background for each talent build that I very likely will appreciate.

We talked about that Heraclius is not good in any open field situations where you run him as the primary commander, so the only valid talent tree build that makes sense for him is when you run him as a garrison commander where he can play out that garrison tree and with his circle-shaped area of effect damage he works well doing that.First make your way to Impregnable and then get Divine Favor as this will reduce damage taken a lot but also increases damage Heraclius deals. If you use him to defend your garrison you want him maxed, so spend the leftover points into Burning Blood for more rage and No Weakness and then the last points in the Leadership Tree up to Armored to the Teeth. This all increases his stats where it helps, favors running multiple troop types and overall punish swarming any garrison running herclius as the primary commander pretty heavily.

Conclusion

I hope this guide for building Heraclius helped you investing without wasting much time and resources. If you liked it or you further questions (or maybe also annnotations that you believe should be added here in this guide), please don’t hesitate to post them below in the commen section. Thanks for reading and have a great day and see you out in the kingdoms.

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