Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is a complex sandbox game. There’s a lot to take in, and whether you’ve played previous titles or no, it’s easy to get lost or forget some important facts.
Read below for some essential tips and tricks for starting your path in Mount and Blade 2.
- Be sure to take on the main quest to speak to 10 nobles (aka the leaders of each faction), even after the tutorial has ended, as it will speed up your renown and notoriety by getting to know each of the factions, and you’ll be able to pick a faction to fight for all the quicker. Trying to do everything on your own will get very hard otherwise.
- Stock up on extra horses when possible – it’ll increase your movement speed on the map if all of your units can ride between battles.
- Before engaging an enemy when spotting them on the map – compare your speed to theirs. Sometimes if your speed is almost even, it will take forever to chase them down unless they’re also looking for a fight – and waste valuable time, or let them regroup with others to bolster their numbers before turning to face you.
- Combat can be tricky to get the hang of for new players – you’ll need to get used to seeing which way an enemy is preparing to strike and react accordingly to block – and keep yourself from getting overwhelmed whenever possible.
- If your enemy won’t let you get an attack through, press E to kick or shield bash to break their defense.
- You can only carry so many weapons into battle, so make sure you have the right stuff equipped for the right scenarios (don’t take lances into bandit hideouts, or short weapons with no reach on a huge cavalry charge).
- When first starting out, don’t try to play gutsy and attack caravans and villages just yet – or you’ll get factions pissed at you long before you’re in a good position to take sides or hold your own against an army. Cut your teeth on small bandit parties until you’re ready to join a faction, and then follow them into war against other teams.
- Tactical commands can be daunting for new players – but don’t worry, bandits don’t have tactics either, they’ll always charge straight at you. Once you get the hang of things, try practicing maneuvers against opponents you know you can beat to see how to position your infantry and archers, while having cavalry follow you on flanking runs.
- Once you start fighting other factions, expect them to use plenty of tactical maneuvers on you!
- It’s better to over-prepare than under-prepare. If you’re taking on a mission to escort someone, resolve a dispute, or take out bandits, be sure to bulk up on recruits, even if the upkeep is a lot. Best case – you’ll lose some men in the coming battles an the upkeep will reduce. Worst case – you can check the party menu after completing the quest and dismiss any extra weak mercenaries.
- You’ll start in the same area regardless of your chosen culture or upbringing, Don’t worry too much about who to align yourself with right off the bat – tour the regions and see which place feels right for you, and know that you can sell your sword to whoever you like and change sides when it suits you (as long as you don’t mind making a few enemies along the way).
- Caravans may tell you about a place they are going to sell materials for a resources – if they are about to enter said town, you likely won’t get a chance to make that profit, but if they are just leaving, you can beat them to the destination and steal their profit
- Tournaments are a great way to make money once you get the hang of combat, and lets you learn how to use each type of weapon.
- Press X to change your weapon handling – like swapping between one or two-handed approach, or using appropriate lances to couch them and impale enemies when charging into them (swap your camera angle to first person if you’re having trouble with this).
- Always take note of how big enemy forces are before deciding to engage – including those dwelling within Bandit Hideouts, as you’ll only be able to take in a small portion of your team into them. Sometimes, waiting nearby for awhile may prompt bandits to leave and pillage the countryside, weakening those left defending the hideout.
- In general, it’s unwise to raid a bandit camp early on until you have units have been upgraded to equip shields. Without fast moving cavalry, your team can quickly get cut down by arrows and javelins unless you prepare accordingly!
- Speaking of bandit camps, be sure to consult your party screen before entering. If you move your troop types around by dragging and dropping, the first few groups listed will come along with you, but they’ll be capped around 10 people.
- Always check out taverns for possible companions – they are supercharged soldiers that can be equipped just like you, and will also gain levels and skills, and can lend their abilities (like scouting and medicine) to fill in the gaps your character isn’t trained in.
- When talking to potential companions, exit out before buying their services to check their profile in your encyclopedia, as it will list their skills – and whether or not they’re more approving of good or bad deeds (which they’ll call you out on if given the chance).
- You can scrounge the battlefield for excess weaponry – which can be especially useful when using javelins or throwing axes in tournaments.
- Party Morale and maintenance is huge in combat. Be sure to stock different types of food to keep your team happy and they’ll perform better in combat.
- Any enemies who don’t die in battle can be taken prisoner after, but they’ll slow you down and eventually escape. Instead, consider selling them at any major city to the local random broker found at the tavern. In a pinch, you can even recruit prisoners to your side if they’ve been with you enough time.
- Always have plenty of bowmen, and keep a line of soldiers with shields in front of them to guard them from attacks.
- Having the high ground isn’t a joke. Slopes allow your archers to safely shoot over the heads of your infantry while the enemy marches up to you. If you’re poorly positioned, your archers might not be able to get off any shots until the way is clear.
- Get a good feel for where the base kinds of resources and food are produced to stock up cheaply – like grain from the grasslands, or fish from the coastal regions.
- You can profit from wars even if you’re not taking part in them – look for starving or war-torn settlements to get them supplies they desperately need, as they’ll be willing to pay more for them.
- Always take more men than you’ll think you need on a mission, it’s better to be over prepared than under-prepared, and you won’t have to worry about paying the upkeep for those who fall in battle.
- Always check the movement speed of your party vs the party you wish to engage to see if it’s even worth trying to chase them – spend too much time and they may find friends to ally up with.
- Look for a quest from Nobles called Bad Company – need to buy your way into keep to sell off mercenary companies, can be lucrative but expensive and they steal – and it can get you access to a lot of places
- Another quest, Spy Part – tells you where a tournament is being held, you can get a ton of money and renown for finding the spies, then take part in the tournament for even more prizes.