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

rise of kingdoms best honda tadakatsu talent build and commander guide

Are you planning to or already running Honda Tadakatsu 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 Honda Tadakatsu perfrom as strong as possible in all situations.

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Skill Order

When you star up Honda Tadakatsu, you also unlock a new skill. This helps you fine-tune in what order you want to upgrade the skills of your commander as not all skills are equally good and worth maxing or worth maxing first (in general) – this helps to invest your sculptures more reasonably to get the biggest bang for your buck.

As with every legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms, you really want to max out his first skill before taking it any further. From here, I’d get Honda Tadakatsu to 3 Stars and max out his 2nd and 3rd skill, they contribute the most and with that setup of 5551 you’re already running a beast. After all, I’d still invest further to max him out as he is really versatile and you can use Honda Tadakatsu in so many setups well.

Best Troops

The cool thing about Honda Tadakatsu is that he not only not cares about troops types, he actually benefits from multiple troop types with his 4th skill so you can bring mixed marches of whatever mix and have great results (except the one built I show you below that is designed to be used with one troop type).

Best Commander Pairing for Honda Tadakatsu

Tomyris secondary is a great setup as the stacking poison of Tomyris will give Honda a great active skill damage increase so running with multiple marches give that a great boost. The only downside I see here is that the rage cycle is not that great. Find the talent builds for Tomyris here.
Harald Sigurdsson comes in great as a secondary commander as his 4th skill is considered active so all talents generating rage will fire off and make them deal insane counterattack and area damage. No combination I’d like to deal with to be honest. Find the talent builds for Harald Sigurdsson here.

Find out more about the most useful commander pairings here.

Best Equipment

In terms of equipment, here’s what I recommend to use as the route for Honda Tadakatsu:
For the basic equipment as a Leadership commander, I’d go with Helm of the Phoenix, Windswepts Breast, Staff of the Lost, Seth’s Brutality gloves, Gladiator pants and Windswept Boots. From there you can take it to more but I honestly don’t see many situations where you would run him as the primary commander

Mora’s Web is a pretty nice fit with Honda, espcially as you don’t want to generalte excessive extra rage when running him wiht Tomyris.
Ring of Doom is an evergreen acceessory that buffs all damage dealt and fits him well (and bettter then the other legendary options).

Best Builds For Honda Tadakatsu

Below you will find the talent tree builds for Honda Tadakatsu 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.

This is the built-to-run to generate rage and I have two versions here – one for running mixed troops and one for running only one troop type, whatever you will prefer in your sets of marches. For running mixed troops, what I recommend with Honda, this is going to be the talent build to use. First of all when building this (unless you have him maxed already), you want to make your way to Feral Nature as quick as possible, getting Rejuvenate first. This makes a huge difference in how much rage Honda generates ad give him a lot of versatility. From here you can make it to Strategic Prowess as it will get better impact when you can use the active skill more frequently and for that you need the extra rage generation.

If you, for whatever reason, run only one troop type in your march with Honda Tadakatsu as the primary commander, you want to shift the talents a little bit like this. You will not get Armored To The Teeth as this requires mixed troop marches and rather get the points into Latent Power that boosts the skill damage and you know that Honda will benefit from that for sure. It’s plain percentage and as a primary commander he has this high damage factor so it will pack some extra punch for sure.

This build is the one to run in Ark of Osiris where you will drop in health and this setup will do everything that you will run a powerful punch when being there that enemies won’t have much fun time dealing with Honda. Again, you want to take Rejuvenate first to get the extra health generation and from there make it to Close Formation in the Leadership Tree. This will add 12% additional attack when your army has been reduced to 50% and this contributes strongly towards Honda’s kit. Then get Clarity for the additional damage buff whenever you run a skill and then Strategic Prowess. This is a really good talent setup for Ark of Osiris and if you have Honda maxed, this also will be one nobody likes to deal with and that you also will see a lot there right now.


I hope this guide for building Honda Tadakatsu helped you invest without wasting much time and resources. If you liked it or you further questions (or maybe also annotation 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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