Xiang Yu is a cavalry commander with a fan-shaped AoE damage skill which makes him unique in Rise of Kingdoms and really versatile in open field, rally and also Sunset Canyon. Below I have everything you need to know about his skill priority and, of course, some talent builds that make him dominate.
Xian Yu Role
Xiang Yu has several things but his strongest use-case is very likely open field or also in Ark of Osiris. William also does fan-shaped AoE damage as a cavalry commander but the way Xiang Yu does it makes him a lot stronger and you really want him to be a rage-engine monster, cycling through his skills fast.
When you star up Xiang Yu, 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.
As with every legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms, you want to max out Xiang Yu’s 1st skill before you take him higher. He will deal good damage and also apply a strong defense debuff to enemies. This is useful in open field but also in rally situations where you start applying that debuff on as many enemies as possible.
At 2-Star you also want to max out his 2nd skill. It’s a flat buff on cavalry attack but also a ton of extra march speed that is really useful in so many situations.
And here is the good news… you don’t need to max out Xiang Yu to get most of his potential. His 3rd skill is about attacking strongholds and other governor cities, something not many players do frequently in Rise of Kingdoms and his 4th skill won’t bring that much. Even his expertise skill is a small reduction that will, technically, make him cycle through skills faster but the talent builds provide that much rage that it’s not needed badly.
I think for most players a 5-5-1-1 skill setup is what you#re aiming for with him.
Xiang Yu is about cavalry. His 2nd skill is only applied to cavalry units and also most of his talent points go toward the Cavalry Tree so I recommend running him with all cavalry.
Best Commander Pairing
With Xiang Yu you will have some interesting
options if you’re using him as the primary commander. In general, you want to have commanders that don’t hit their primary skill that often or have a rage engine going on as you want her to stack her poison up as much as possible before using the active skill.
With Chandragupta you will gain valuable tankiness and the buffs/debuffs work really well together. William, you will gain a lot of extra march speed and AoE nuke power but you will lack some tankiness. Saladin is a pairing that also makes sense as Saladin will reduce damage/skill damage taken and adds the much-needed tankiness to your march. Takeda as secondary commander in the open field is also working really well as Takeda rely on a rage-engine which Xiang Yu provides and adds nice debuffs to the enemy.
Genghis Khan also works great but you will get the problem that both will reduce march speed when attacked and this can become devastating. Cao Cao is possible as well, but you will get a pretty glass-cannon pairing and Minamoto will make it a rage beast.
Find out more about the most useful commander pairings here.
Best Xiang Yu Builds
I have 2 different builds here for Xiang Yu that make sense. The first one is my favorite and focus heavily on generating rage and rolling the skills super fast. The second one is more invested into the cavalry tree and is a good alternative for the open field.
Rage-Engine (Skill Tree) Build
Here’s the first build that will generate rage like crazy and makes Xiang Yu a beast and this is the build I’d recommend to you:
Here’s the best order how to build this setup:
Skill Tree is obviously the first step when creating this build and Rejuvenate is your first goal here because it will give such a nice extra rage that Xiang Yu can use so much. I think that’s the biggest bang for your buck early. Then make your way to Feral Nature as quick as possible for the next extra rage bonus.
Cavalry Tree will now be your next step and Undying Fury is the next piece of the puzzle here, adding another good bunch of extra rage that you will directly see on the battlefield. Then go to Emblazoned Shield, that will give you some versatility and reduce some damage taken and buff your whole march as well. From here spend the last points as shown in the image.
Cavalry Tree Build
Here’s an alternative build for Xiang Yu in the open field where you have many situations where you go into a battle and then back off after a short time. This doesn’t favor his mechanics of being in the battle for a long time and roll more and more rage:
Here’s the best order how to build this setup:
Skill Tree is obviously the first step when creating this build and Rejuvenate is your first goal here because it will give such a nice extra rage that Xiang Yu can use so much. I think that’s the biggest bang for your buck early.
Cavalry Tree is now your goal and make your path towards Rallying Cry.
Then get Tactical mastery and Heraldic Shield in the Skill Tree and Undying Fury in the Cavalry Tree and spend the last points in the skill tree to finish this build.