William is an outstanding commander and also one that most F2P players should invest in – he has really good skills, you can find him even in the meta commander pairings in older kingdoms and you don’t even have to max him out completely to make him work really well. Below I have my recommendations on how to build and use him to get the most out of him.
William I Role
William deals good direct damage to multiple targets and also applies nice buffs and debuffs to the enemy and can be a really good commander once unlocked, even for F2P players, and in the very end-game of Rise of Kingdoms you still find him as one of the best secondary commanders. Use him for open field, KvK, Sunset Canyon and rallying and you will not regret it.
See how William 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 direct damage.
Then, as mentioned before, I’d max out his 2nd skill and then unlock his 3rd skill to Level 1 – that’s the baseline you should take him to make him really versatile and this already make him a big percentage useful of his full potential. This is also one of the reasons I like William so much, you don’t need to max to make him useful.
Of course, if you run him in meta pairing marches you want to expertise him and that’s better, but 5-5-1 is already a good baseline with good buffs and good damage.
William is a cavalry commander but he actually doesn’t care that much about it. There’s no skill that requires him to only run cavalry and there are only some skill buffs and talents that will affect cavalry only. I mean it’s better to run him with a march consisting only of cavalry but it’s not mandatory.
Best Commander Pairing
There are several setups you can run William in, but when I’m completely honest his best role is being the secondary commander with a commander that can nuke and benefit from his buffs. He has no rage engine, defense is missing as well and overall he has the Versatility Tree so also his talent build is not that amazing.
His best pairing is running him secondary with Alexander Nevsky and this will pack a punch and is, for me, the one meta commander pairing right now that takes everything down with crazy damage nukes.
Before Nevsky came out, pairing William with Saladin was a great pairing and it still is – it’s just that Nevsky is so much stronger but this setup is also a march you will live while Saladin adds a lot of tankyness to William so you will have less of a glass cannon.
Also Ghenghis Khan is possible as both share a nice synergy and can pack good nukes as well.
But as I said, you can run William with a lot of other commanders as well that deal direct damage factor and have some good rage engine going on.
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 William:
|Helmet||Windswept War Helm||Abyssal Visage||Abyssal Visage|
|Chest||Windswept Breastplate||Dark Lord’s Blessing||Dark Lord’s Blessing|
|Weapon||Vanguard Halberd||Vanguard Halberd||Heart of the Saint|
|Gloves||Windswept Bracers||Iset’s Sufferance||Iset’s Sufferance|
|Leggins||Vanguard Greaves||Vanguard Greaves||Gladiator|
|Boots||Windswept Boots||Cloud Racers||Cloud Racers|
|Forge Time||49 Days||161 Days||272 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 William
Okay, now that I said that William is doing well as the secondary commander why having a talent build?
The reason is that you might want to work on William quite early so at one point you will run him as the primary commander and with the Versatility Tree and the way he works, there’s actually only one solid possible talent build that makes sense in my opinion and this is it:
When building it, here’s the order that I recommend following:
Make your way to Effortless in the Attack Tree first, this gives a nice bonus and you will get some extra rage generation on the way there. From here go for Fight To The Death as this will raise his damage but also make him receive more damage – to make up for that also get Armored Joints.
That’s it with the Attack Tree.
Now go to the Cavalry Tree and get Emblazoned Shield. As I said, William doesn’t have much defensive capabilities so this will help for sure. Then get Undying Fury for more extra rage and make your way to Disarm.
Now there’s not many options left and the best is to get Health (Cavalry) as health is the strongest stat in Rise of Kingdoms before putting your last 4 points into Rallying Cry..