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

rise of kingdoms best sun tzu builds

Sun Tzu is not only the most-used epic commander in Rise of Kingdoms, he’s also – in my opinion – the best one. And with the right talent tree setup you can turn him into a real monster, I promise 🙂

Sun Tzu General Setup

Sun Tzu has the craziest rage generation of all commanders in Rise of Kingdoms and with his expertise skill you will get so much rage with him and pop your primary skill like crazy – and this is what the builds need to reflect, of course.

You can use him either in the open field or als really well as a garrison defending commander – no other epic commander is working better in each of these objectives.

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Skill Order

When you star up Sun Tzu, 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.

This means you really want to max the 1st Skill (Art of War) before you star him up at all. It’s the most important skill for him and you want to get it to Level 5 as fast as possible before you get 1-Star. Once you have Art of War maxed, you can take Sun Tzu to 4 Stars (or 3 Stars, depending what your situation is) and then use sculptures in hope to get as many of them into the 3rd and 4th skill (Master Strategist & Ever-Changing Tactics). One of the first commanders you want to expertise in Rise of Kingdoms, so once you have the 1st, 3rd and 4th skill maxed you can go for the expertise skill. In a perfect world you will have him at 5/1/5/5 at this point, but you very likely landed some skill level ups on the 2nd skill.

Best Troops

Sun Tzu is an Infantry Commander, so running infantry is really helpful. Although only one skill is only for infantry units, it doesn’t require a full army of infantry to run with Sun Tzu, so you can also run him easily as secondary commander with any type of army.

Best Commander Pairing

As mentioned above, Sun Tzu is a commander that works well as secondary commander for pretty much any other commander.

With Sun Tzu as primary commander you have several pair options:

Open Field Defensive Other
In the open field, I’d pair Sun Tzu with either Yi Seong-Gye or Eulji Mundeok. With YSG you have one of the craziest AoE combination in Rise of Kingdoms and Eulji’s debuff along with Sun Tzu can give crazy damage boosts. When using Sun Tzu defensively you can pair him with commanders like Eulji Mundeok for the next damage extra damage buff or with Richerd, Alexander or Charles Martel who will boost defensive capabilties by a lot. Aethelflaed is also no bad match if you want to level and do barbarian hunting, although I’d recommend Aethelflaed being primary commander in this case for the additional experience boost.

Find out more about the most useful commander pairings here.

Best Builds For Sun Tzu

I have several builds here for Sun Tzu and they depend on where you want to use him in Rise of Kingdoms.

Important! I always have a recommended order in which you should spend your talent points. I also want to take the situation and recommend you my guide about leveling your commanders faster here.

Lost Canyon & Sunset Canyon

March speed doesn’t matter in canyon modes, so this build doesn’t use any march speed at all and focus on what you really need in canyon with Sun Tzu – generating rage and damage:

Rise of Kingdoms Sun Tzu sunset canyon build

Here’s the path to build this…

Level 19: the first spot will be getting Rejuvenate because it simply boosts the rage machine that Sun Tzu already has so you generate more rage, use the skill more often and then generate even more rage and so on. This is mandatory!

Level 43: Next up will be Feral Nature as the ultimate talent in the skill tree and it will also add additional rage to your already nice extra rage generation and kicks up the total damage that Sun Tzu will generate.

Maxed: Then go to the Infantry Tree and get Undying Fury for even more rage and Double-Handed Axe for more damage.

If you have sun Tzu maxed, make your way to Hold The Line and you have a really strong build for any canyon.

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

Open Field Skill Tree Build

If you use Sun Tzu in the open field (what’s absolutely not a bad idea), this is the build you want to use with him. It’s not that much different from the canyon build shown above, but in the open field you know that march speed is really important, so this is the build we recommend:

Rise of Kingdoms Sun Tzu open field build

If you haven’t maxed out your Sun Tzu by now, here’s the best order in which you want to spend those talent points.

Level 19: First of all, without any hesitation, go your way to Rejuvenate in the Skill Tree first. You’ll pick up Burning Blood on the way that will also generate additional rage but Rejuvenate is killer here. With Rejuvenate, you will get 60 rage each time a skill is used and this also applies to your secondary commander! This means you will get a lot of rage each time you got enough rage to use your skill and this will start getting you to pop your skill faster which also generates extra rage. Now put this in relation to the extra rage you will get from Sun Tzu’s expertise skill and you will gain so much rage that you get you skill running every few seconds, dealing massive damage!

Level 38: It’s now time to get into the Infantry Tree and you want to go to Snare of THorns first because it helps with reducing march speed of the enemy as well and you have some more march speed and rage in the right side of the Infantry Tree as well.

Level 61: Now it’s time to get the minimum talents required for Elite Sordiers, which is a huge buff and several talents on the way there will also buff your whole army significantly.

Maxed: Now you can spend the leftover points in Tactical masteries, Heraldic Shield and Strong of Body to get a really well-working and balanced open field build for Sun Tzu,

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

Garrison Defense Build

Defending is also one of Sun Tzu’s finest aspects and there are several builds. For most of you the normal garrison defense build will do it when you defend you city and that’s the one I will show you now.

Rise of Kingdoms Sun Tzu garrison defense build

Please see below alternative versions for defending against swarm attacks as well as defending structures that are slightly different 🙂

To spend the talent points in the right order, follow this strategy…

Level 11/18: start off by putting them in the Garrison Tree and get Nowhere To Turn first for some extra rage and then go over to Impregnable. That’s actually all the points you should spend in this tree for this solid garrison build.

Level 34: Now head over to the Skill Tree and get Rejuvenate. I have explained to you why Rejuvenate is the best talent to get for Sun Tzu above in the open field build and even if you want to use Sun Tzu as your garrison commander I highly recommend you to still read the open field build above to understand why we need Rejuvenate so badly for him.

Level 60: From here make your way to Feral Nature as well and now you have a crazy rage engine going on and attacking armies will have a hell of a bad time dealing with that.

Maxed: From here go into the Infantry Tree where we also have some nice talents to get. Start off with getting Undying Fury for some more extra rage and then get Call of the Pack. If your city gets attacked, it’s likely that you need to fight till the end and that extra defense comes in very handy.

Last points go into Double-Headed Axe for some damage buff and you have a really solid build that will serve you best for defending your city 🙂

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

Alternative Defense Builds

Here are also builds for other defending situations with Sun Tzu, the order is pretty much the same as for the garrison defense build but they take the swarming more into account


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

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