Best Tariq Ibn Ziyad Builds (Talents, Skill Order, Pairing & Equipment) In Rise of Kingdoms

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Are you planning to or already running Tariq Ibn Ziyad 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 Tariq Ibn Ziyad perfrom as strong as possible in all situations.

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Skill Order

When you star up Tariq Ibn Ziyad, 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.

Like you would do with every legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms, max out Tariq’s first skill before investing any further sculptures and star him up. From here I’d actually take him to the 3rd skill directly as you want to unlock that rage debuff that will make such a huge difference. Once you have his 3rd skill unlocked, invest as you please (depending where you use him), but as his real use is for Rally you will have to max him out anyway – if you use him in the open field you can neglect the 4th skill and the expertise skill a little bit and try to max out his 1st and 3rd skill.

Best Troops

None of his skills actually force Tariq to only use Infantry troops, but his buff of the 2nd skill increases infantry troops stats so you can run him in a mixed march, but you rather want to run him in an infantry march with as many infantry troops as possible.

Best Commander Pairing for Tariq Ibn Ziyad

Sargon makes a really infantry-heavy pariring but they can also perform together really well in the open field as their skills go well along each other. Probably the best commander pairing for Tariq right now. Find the talent builds for Sargon here.
Scipio Africanus (Prime) is the other pairing that makes sense as Scipio provides durability for the match, but putting things in the right perspective here – this pairing doesn’t work because they have great mechanics with each other, it works because Scipio Prime is just so incredible strong. Find the talent builds for Scipio Africanus (Prime) here.
Guan Yu is just a theoretical pairing as they both have infantry synergies, but they don’t have any durability whatsoever and get smashed so ahrd together that it actually hurts watching. Find the talent builds for Guan Yu 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 Tariq Ibn Ziyad:
Infantry doesn’t have a favored gear set that you should go for in general, but I recommend aiming to equip this commander with Windswept items as basic equipment and then start aiming for Witch’s Lineage, Quinn’s Soul, Gatekeeper’s Shield, Seth,s Brutality, Kuruak’s Humility and Frost Treads when you gear it towards max

Mora’s Web is a great way to reduce your enemies defense, but also in the open field decreasing enemy march speed is something you will enjoy a lot with Tariq.
Ring of Doom is probably the other best choice to increase the damage. You might think about Horn of Fury but I personally think Ring of Doom works better (especially when paired with Sargon).

Best Builds For Tariq Ibn Ziyad

Below you will find the talent tree builds for Tariq Ibn Ziyad 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.

This build is primarily for rallying and that’s what Tariq is originally designed for. Here’s how build that build (although you shouldn’t use Tariq to rally unless you have him maxed out)… investing into the defense tree heavily as you can see seems odd but Tariq has issues with durability and if you don#t invest into his defense tree, you will turn him into a critical glass cannon that won’t last a bit.

This is an alternative build for Tariq that aims for increasing march speed or reducing enemy march speed to be viable in the open field. Again, Tariq is not intented to be a good open field commander but the rage reduction of his third skill make him perform quite well there but he lacks that march speed and durability – both of which you find if you follow my talent build here. If you haven’t maced him to have talent points available, look into the Infantry tree first before taking up the extra points in the defense tree.


I hope this guide for building Tariq Ibn Ziyad 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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