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

rise of kingdoms acipio africanus build

Scipio is actually a really interesting commander but has been pushed down the tier list lately with the introduction of more and more legendary commanders.

Still, if you’re using Scipio there’s actually two builds you can have, with one of them really being effective, but more on that later 🙂

Scipio Africanus Role

There are theoretically two things you can do with Scipio and that’s open field and rallying cities. As I said, theoretically.

The bold truth is that he is actually only good int he open field and if you really want to rally a city you probably should pick one of the stronger legendary commanders that not Scipio.

For that reason there’s onle the open field build that I recommend using on him, but to make this complete I also have one build for rallying cities below – just in case you want to use him for that anyways 😉

Scipio Builds

The deal here is that Scipio’s first active skill doesn’t deal direct damage but makes the troops more tanky – for that reason we need to try to go around the points that will help him deal additional skill damage because they are simply wasted points in the talent tree.

He’s a tanky commander who benefits from a lot of rage and his main purpose is making a march more tanky.

Skill Order

When you star up Scipio, 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 investing your sculptures more reasonable to get the biggest bang for your buck.

Scipio is a commander for the earlier game and fresh kingdoms, so we should have that in mind when talking about the most useful skill order for him.

I recommend getting his first two skills to Skill Level 5 before staring him up any further is a no-brainer. They are super useful. From here it becomes more difficult.

In theory I’d star him up grom here all the way and hope to get as many into his last two skills, but that implies that I’d take Scipio to completely maxed. This is somewhat debatable as there will be better options than him.

In reality I’d rather recommend you to unlock his 4th skill after maxing his first 2 skills at 2-Star and invest as many sculptures as needed to get his Genuine Artistrocracy to Skill Level 5.

Best Troops

Scipio doesn’t care about troops types at all, making him really versatile.

Best Commander Pairing

Let’s see what commander to use as secondary commander with Scipio:

Aethelflaed has a great synergy with Scipio and is a piaring I can definitely recommend.

Constantine is also a viable and super tanky march, but by the time you have access to Constantine you also have other great options as commanders you very unlikely will use Scipio much.

Joan works really fine as well and with Sun Tzu you will not get the skill bonus but the rage engine that Sun Tzu provides makes a pretty good synergy with Scipio.

Pairing with Charles, Alexander or Hannibal is alright, but you’re missing a raging engine so it’s not the greatest pairing in the world.

Boudica provides some nice healing as a secondary commander.

Find out more about the most useful commander pairings here.

Open Field Build

This is actually the only really effective build for Scipio if you use him for the open field:

rise of kingdoms scipio africanus build open field

Build with RoKTalent Builder

So, here’s the order how you should spend your talent points:

Attack Tree is the best one here and you should take the route towards Effortless as fast as possible because it will give a huge damage boost to the army troops. The reason why you should pick that route first is that you also will get extra march speed, Lord of War (extra damage for your army) and Burning Blood for some extra rage generation. Especially if you star Scipio up you will get a nice boost from Lord of War as well.

Next you should pick the attack tree branch to Martial Mastery. This talent is perfect for Scipio because it will give your army a boost while reducing the skill damage you deal, which is in the case of Scipio none 🙂

Next up is the Leadership Tree and I’d take it to Armed To The Teeth on the right side first. You’ll be using a mixed army with him and this gives again a nice damage boost to your troops.

After that you want to spend your talent points on Armed To The Teeth on the left side that will reduce your damage taken. I like this order because Scipio is alreay quite defensive and has no active skill damage so all extra damage for the troops is welcome.

There’s no reason to go for Name of the King, because you don’t want to rally with Scipio, especially with this build so it would not be worth a talent point at all (you’ll find a build for rallying below).

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

Rally Cities Build

So, if you really want to rally with Scipio for whatever reason, here’s the build that you should use and that makes most sense:

rise of kingdoms scipio africanus build rally cities

Build with RoKTalents Build

Of course you need to max out the Conquering Tree here, but I recommend getting Entrenched first, not only because it’s very useful but also the points on the way give you some nice benefits.

Next stop will be Tear of Blessing which will also give some damage reductions for rallies. I personally don’t like Tear of Blessing that much because it plain reduced the troops that die, I’d rather would have that reduced by either damage taken reduction or damage dealt boost like Entrenched.

Still, if you want to get Meteor Shower you will need it and that’s the order you should do it.

In the Attack Tree you will make it over to Effortless for the same reasons I mentioned above, it’s a good damage boost and rallies against a city will last long enough to get the full boost for sure.

Last you should spend your talent points in the Leadership Tree and get Healing herbs there because it makes sense to use and Scipio has this one skill that elevates the healing so they will go hand in hand quite fine. Hidden Wrath will complete this talent build and help you a lot with the additional rage that will turn into defensive buffs with Scipio’s first active skill.

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


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

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