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

rise of kingdoms best leonidas builds

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

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Skill Order

When you star up Leonidas, 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. This has good damage and I don’t want to get into pairings now (see below) but a really great one.

Then also take him two 2 Star and max out his second skill for the additional defense. And that’s the amazing thing about Leonidas, from here you can take him to 4-Star and get only one level in for his 3rd and 4th skill to get the majority of the effects and you’re good to go with him, especially as you would run him as secondary commander in most compositions that’s a very low invest for such a strong commander that makes basically every march a lot more durable.

Best Troops

Leonidas is all about infantry marches, especially as his 2nd skill requires to only have infantry units in the march to give that extra defense and rage boost.

Best Commander Pairing for Leonidas

Guan Yu By far, the most effective and powerful pairing that makes it into lots of meta marches right now is using Guan Yu as the primary commander with Leonidas secondary. Guan will pack a punch and deal loads of damage and Leonidas will make that march really sustainable and also benefit that 50% extra from the silence that Guan Yu provides – a really powerful setup for the open field.. Find the talent builds for Guan Yu here.
Harald Sigurdsson Pairing Leonidas with Harald is also a setup that will get you out of trouble easily and no attacker really want to mess with that. Find the talent builds for Harald Sigurdsson here.
Charles Martel is also a super tanky option with Leonidas primary but only use that in younger kingdoms where better commanders aren’t available, yet. Find the talent builds for Charles Martel 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 Leonidas:
You should not use Leonidas as primary commander that there’s no use-case that will tell you otherwise so please accept that also it doesn’t make sense to equip nice shiny items on him

Best Builds For Leonidas

Below you will find the talent tree builds for Leonidas 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.

As Leonidas works really well as secondary commander, there’s not that many use-cases you want to run him so let’s start with the one talent build you probably run him most.

Sunset Canyon Build

So when you run Leonidas in Sunset Canyon, and that’s probably the only reason to build his talents unless you’re in a rather new kingdom, you really want to run this talent build. Making your way to Desprate Elegy first will be great and that situation comes in often and it will bump up Leonidas rage generation by a lot and give him a strong finish boost.

With the leftover points you want to make your way to Hold The Line and don’t forget to also get Strong of Body on the way and it’s a solid build that will give you a lot of fun running him in Canyon.

From here spend the last points in Loose Formation and Balance.


I hope this guide for building Leonidas 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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