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

rise of kingdoms pelagius build

Pelagius is an awesome epic commander ready to defend your city using Cavalry and with the right talent tree builds you can be sure that you have a nice option there holding your city.

Pelagius Role

Pelagius is an awesome Cavalry leader and also brings healing and restores rage with his active skill and offers a nice amount of stat buffs to Cavalry.

This means you really want to make sure to have the rage engine minded in your talent tree builds.

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Skill Order

When you star up Pelagius, 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.

First of all, max out the 1st skill before you take Pelagius to 2-Star. His active skill is really effective and you want to get the full benefit as fast as possible.

From here, also max out his 2nd skill at 2-Star and you will get a nice buff on your cavalry units.

The reason why I recommend this is that his 3rd skill is pretty underwhelming when it comes to versatility and usability. You really don’t want to make Pelagius the gerrison leader unless you have no better option and the attack bonus is also not that much.

His 4th skill, however, is super strong and one of the strongest healing you can get – on par with what Legendary Commanders have.

So, take him to 4-Star from 2-Star and then hope to get more skill level into the 4th skill.

Best Troops

Pelagius is all about cavalry. Not only his 2nd skill only boosts cavalry, no, also every single build that makes sense for him include at least 20+ points into the cavalry tree.

If you sue him on anything else than city defense, take a full or nearly full cavalry march with him.

Best Commander Pairing

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

Defense Open Field Barbarians
As garrison commander, you can pair Pelagius with any other garrison commander.  

The favorite pairing will be pairing with Belisarius. If you can live with having less march speed, pairing with Sun Tzu is amazing and provides Pelagius with the rage engine needed. Joan and Boudica also work fine.


Best pick here will be Lohar for the extra EXP (but use Lohar primary), but you can actually par with any commander as you would for open field.

Find out more about the most useful commander pairings here.

Best Pelagius Builds

There are actually two builds that are working great for Pelagius and depending on your troops you should use either one of them. The build with the Cavalry Tree is for me the stronger one but you will actually need Tier 5 Cavalry troops to make it use the full potential.

If you haven’t got your Tier 5 troops unlocked yet you rather want to use the Skill Tree Build that I have below as the second build here 🙂

Cavalry Build (Tier 5 Troops)

As I said, this is the build that you should use when you have T5 troops unlocked:

rise of kingdoms pelagius build cavalry tree

Build with RoKTalent Builder

So, here’s the best way to re-build this build when you don’t have Pelagius fully maxed out yet:

Cavalry Tree will be the first station for this build and you really want to make your way to Rallying Cry as fast as possible without spending any talent points somewhere else than needed to get there.

Once you’ve done that you can get the extra skills points into Undying Fury to get the extra rage as I mentioned in the beginning of this guide here.

Skill Tree is now where you can start spending your leftover points. Rejuvenate should be the first stop to get even more rage out of the primary skill when used.

If you have maxed him out the last points can go into Heraldic Shield for some nice damage reduction and Tactical Mastery and Latent Power for some extra skill damage. I don’t see any other points in the talent tree available at this point that make more sense.

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

Skill Build (Without Having Tier 5 Troops)

Now here’s the talent tree build that I recommend using up to the point where you unlock your Tier 5 troops:

rise of kingdoms pelagius build skill tree

Build with RoKTalent Builder

This is still a strong build so don’t get me wrong, but without T5 Cavalry you should rather go for the skill tree to get the biggest bang for your buck. The main objective here is skill damage increase, damage reduction and, of course, rage generation with Pelagius.

Skill Tree is the first stop here and you want to max it out as fast as possible by going to Rejuvenate first and then get Feral Nature unlocked as fast as possible. Don’t spend any extra points here because you rather want to spend them in the Cavalry Tree.

Cavalry Tree has also some nice things to get and the first one should be Charge to get Emblazoned Shield as fast as possible to get skill damage reduced. Reason for this is that many people target Cavalry so reducing the damage taken here will help a lot.

After that, Undying Fury is a good choice to get some more rage.

With the last 3 points left you have now several options that I all like somehow. Latent Power in the Skill Tree is nice for some extra skill damage. Halberd in the Cavalry Tree is also nice to get more damage against Archer units that you will see quite a lot with this setup and running cavalry army. Naked Rage is also an option but it’s actually hard if you get swarmed so I’d recommend thinking about that very carefully 🙂

You will run against several legendary commanders and they deal more skill damage while you won#t do that much so having 2% more damage for the cost of getting 2% more damage is probably not the best option.

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


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

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