Although Leonidas is already like 2 years in the game, he is still a commander that has his place in the meta and is worth using – for that reason I completely reworked this guide to the up-to-date standards and give you everything you need to know to get the most out of him
Leonidas is useful in Sunset Kingdom and can make a rally march more sustainable, but the real deal is running him in open field with several commanders, that’s what his kit is made for and what you want to do with him
See how Leonids I is ranking in the different game modes of Rise of Kingdoms in my current tier list.
With his stars, you can fine-tune in what order you unlock his skills and level them so here’s my recommendation:
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.
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
You have several pairing options with Leonidas:
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.
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.
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 out more about the most useful commander pairings here.
In terms of equipment, here’s what I recommend to use as the route for Harald:
|Helmet||Windswept War Helm||Windswept War Helm||Witch’s Lineage|
|Chest||Windswept Breastplate||Quinn’s Soul||Quinn’s Soul|
|Weapon||Gatekeeper’s Shield||Gatekeeper’s Shield||Gatekeeper’s Shield|
|Gloves||Windswept Bracers||Seth’s Brutality||Seth’s Brutality|
|Leggins||Sentry Breeches||Karuak’s Humility||Karuak’s Humility|
|Boots||Windswept Boots||Windswept Boots||Frost Treads|
|Forge Time||70 Days||166 Days||218 Days|
You have at the left side the absolute starter setup that you want to get when running him. The middle step is where you fit in good alternatives to improve where it makes sense and at the right side you have the setup that most players run with this commander. ATTENTION! The best possible whale setup is NOT included here as it will not be obtainable for most players and I don’t want to list “best-of-the-best” here just for the sake of having it here. If you’re able to et the best gear for this commander, you don’t need to follow these recommendations anyway.
Best Builds For Leonidas
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.
Open Field Build
This is a build that you can use when you run Leonidas in the open field
You will get some healing from Medicinal Supplies and I believe that’s more stable than going for the infantry health and the march speed in the Infantry Tree.
It’s a double-edged sword sacrificing Strong of Body and Fleet of Foot but in my experience it just makes the march with Leonidas in the open field more reliable.