Best Charles Martel Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles

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Welcome to the best Charles Martel commander guide for beginners. If you are looking for an in-depth commander guide that explains everything you need to know about Charles Martel in details.

Then look no further, because you have come to the right place. In this guide, I am going to talk about Charles Martel’s skillset, talent builds, and best commander pairings.

Charles Martel is one of the best legendary commanders in Rise of Kingdoms. He is one of the best infantry commanders with an incredible formidable defense advantages.

When it comes to large battles, Charles Martel is your best offense to countering the attackers.

He specializes in infantry, garrison and defense, which makes him one of the most powerful commanders in Rise of Kingdoms.

Charles Martel
Charles Martel Commander ROK
Title: The Immortal Hammer
Civilization: France
Base Power: 1,000
Rarity: Legendary
Infantry ROKDefense ROK

Charles Martel Summary:


  • Absorbs 1,200 damage with shield.
  • Increases troops damage by 30% while shield is active.
  • Increases infantry attack and defense by 15%.
  • Increases watchtower defense and garrison attack by 10%.
  • Increases counterattack damage by 30%.
  • Increases infantry health, defense and march speed by 20%.

Why Charles Martel is the Best Commander?


  • Can easily soak ton of damage.
  • Deals high damage while shield is active.
  • Massive permanent bonuses to infantry’s defense, attack, health and march speed.
  • Awesome commander for holding the front line.
  • Watchtower and garrison troops gets extra love.

Background Information


Charles Martel ROK Guide

Charles Martel was a Frankish statesman and military leader who, as Duke and Prince of the Franks and Mayor of the Palace, was the facto ruler of Francia from 718 until his death.

In 732, the army of the Umayyad Caliphate led by Al Ghhafiqiii met Frankish and Burgundian forces under Charles in an area between the cities of Tours and Poitiers, leading to a decisive, historically significant Frankish victory known as the Battle of Tours, ending the “last of the great Arab invasion of France,” a military victory termed “brilliant” on the part of Charles.

Charles is also considered to be a founding figure of the European Middle Ages. Skilled as an administrator and a warrior, he is credited with a seminal role in the emerging responsibilities of the knights of courts and the development of the Frankish system of feudalism.

Introduction


Welcome to our in-depth Rise of Kingdoms guide for Charles Martel. This informative guide provides an overview of Charles Martel’s skills, talent trees, gameplay, strategies, and guides in Rise of Kingdoms.

The purpose of this overview guide is to help new and experienced players understand how to play Charles Martel right and maximize strategic advantages.

Charles Martel is a legendary commander with the nationality of France. Unlike Joan of Arc, who is primarily a gathering commander, Charles Martel excels at defense roles similar to Alexander the Great and, to a certain extent, offensive side depending on the talent builds and strategy you are using.

As a result, he is an excellent addition to your evergrowing commander roster for those who want to protect their resources, cities, and alliance members.

To unlock Charles Martel, you will need to gather 10 Charles Martel sculptures.

Once you have the required materials, you can summon him via the Commander selection tab. He comes with Infantry Specialization, Garrison, and Defense skills.

Further in our best Charles Martel commander guide for beginners, we will discuss his skills, talent builds, and recommended pairs.

Best Charles Martel Skills


In this part of our commander guide for Charles Martel, we will talk about his skills.

At the same time, I want to emphasize that he is one of the best defenders in Rise of Kingdoms.

There are not many things you can do with him as a primary offensive commander due to a lack of damage-dealing abilities.

In other words, he makes a great secondary commander when pairing with powerful nukers and debuffers.

Stick around with us to learn more about how you can use Charles Martel skills to your advantage:

Rise of Kingdoms Charles Martel
Shield of Francia
Charles Martel Shield of Francia

 

Rage Requirement: 1000

Charles activates a shield that can absorb massive damage for the next 4 seconds. Also increases troops’ damage while the shield is active.

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Direct Damage Factor: 600 / 700 / 800 / 1000 / 1200
Damage Bonus: 10% / 14% / 18% / 24% / 30%

This active skill grants a shield that absorbs massive amounts of damage for 4 seconds, which is a nice perk when playing Charles Martel as a primary garrison commander.

In addition to that, his troops deal 30% more damage while the shield is activated — a double-edged sword against the enemy players who try to attack you.

Heavy Infantry
Charles Martel Heavy Infantry

 

Increases infantry units’ defense and health.

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Infantry Defense Bonus: 5% / 7% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Infantry Health Bonus: 5% / 7% / 9% / 12% / 15%

Grants a simple, flat bonus to the infantry under Charles Martel’s leadership.

The 15% bonus in attack and defense towards infantry isn’t that much but a nice bonus.

Not to mention that infantry deals additional damage towards cavalry, making this passive skill highly desirable.

The Uncrowned King
Charles Martel The Uncrowned King

 

Increases watchtower defense and garrison damage when this commander is serving as a garrison commander.

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Watchtower Defense Bonus: 2% / 4% / 6% / 8% / 10%
Garrison Attack Bonus: 2% / 4% / 6% / 8% / 10%

The defense and attack bonus that Charles Martel gives to your city is helpful.

This passive skill will ward off attackers who attempt to attack you.

In addition to that, the legendary commander’s shield will benefit from the defense bonus, which reduces the amount of damage taken, allowing him to stagnate the duration of the shield much longer.

Martel’s Counterattack
Charles Martel's Counterattack

 

Increases troops’ counterattack damage.

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Counterattack Damage Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

This passive skill increases the counterattack damage of your troops by 30%.

It is a moderate bonus which helps out a lot when you are under attack.

The added counterattack damage bonus means the troops will be able to dish back at significant blows.

Rise from the Ashes
Charles Martel Rise from the Ashes

 

Increases infantry units’ defense by 20%, health by 20%, and march speed by 20%.

Charles Martel will significantly benefit from this enhanced skill which improves upon Heavy Infantry.

This skill increases your infantry’s defense and health by 20%.

Furthermore, infantry marches 20% faster, which helps out a lot with moving around in the battle—allowing you to be strategic with Charles Martel to maximize your enemy attackers’ casualties.

Best Charles Martel Talent Trees


As I mentioned previously, Charles Martel is one of the best defenders in Rise of Kingdoms.

But that doesn’t mean you should stick him as the garrison commander exclusively.

You can play this legendary commander on the offensive, given the fact that he should stick to the secondary role due to the nature of his skills.

Below is a list of our top 3 best talent builds for Charles Martel.

Garrison Talent Build

Charles Martel Garrison Talent Build ROK

By default, this is a solid garrison talent build for Charles Martel.

It focuses on accelerating the speed of rage generation.

That means this legendary commander can maintain high uptime on the shield and keep on dishing out a 30% damage bonus towards the attackers.

Furthermore, this garrison talent build reduces the amount of damage that the troops take while serving as primary garrison commanders.

That helps out with stagnating the damage on the shield, allowing it to remain active to its entire duration.

PvP Talent Build

Charles Martel PvP Talent Build ROK

Charles Martel is also pretty good at PvP battle with this talent build. It increases infantry’s attack, defense, and health — making them even tankier to absorb the damage.

Plus, whenever this legendary commander uses a skill, his troops get healed slightly, which helps out with mitigating the damage.

In a nutshell, he is excellent for absorbing all the damage while your high damage dealer commanders do all the heavy lifting.

Support Talent Build

Charles Martel Field Talent Build ROK

This talent build focuses on providing support out in the field on the map and dramatically improves troops’ march speed.

One of the main advantages this talent build has over the other two talent builds is generating rage fast enough to maintain high uptime on the shield.

When the army strength falls below 30%, Charles Martel will generate 25 rage per attack that translates into higher defense output.

This talent build is excellent for redirecting damage towards this legendary commander.

Star Level & Talent Point Upgrade Priority


In the next part of our Best Charles Martel commander guide, I will talk about star level & talent point upgrade priority to maximize your commander’s combat potential.

Here’s how to prioritize your Charles Martel effectively with the Commander Skill Lock feature.

Garrison Talent Build:

  • Keep Charles Martel at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Charles Martel to 2 ⭐ and max out his second skill.
  • Level Charles Martel to 3 ⭐ and max out his third skill.
  • Level Charles Martel to 4 ⭐ and max out all of his skills.

PvP Talent Build:

  • Keep Charles Martel at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Charles Martel to 2 ⭐ and max out his second skill.
  • Level Charles Martel to 4 ⭐ and max out all of his skills.

Support Talent Build:

  • Keep Charles Martel at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Charles Martel to 2 ⭐ and max out his second skill.
  • Level Charles Martel to 4 ⭐ and max out all of his skills.

Best Commander Pairings for Charles Martel


If you are looking to pair your Charles Martel with another commander to take advantage of increased combat stat.

Then you are in luck because several commanders will have an easy time pairing with Charles Martel.

This legendary commander is excellent at defending your city against potential attackers and specializes in infantry troops, so you will want to take advantage of infantry commanders.

Here’s a list of our recommended commander pairings for Charles Martel.

Theodora

Theodora Rise of Kingdoms Guide

One of the most powerful garrison commanders in Rise of Kingdoms is Theodora.

If you are looking for a garrison commander to increase your overall defensive capability further, you will want to pair Charles Martel with Theodora.

She brings a unique skill set that increases the troops’ defense by 10% and reduces damage taken by 10%.

In addition to that, all the troops under her leadership have a chance to gain a 40% damage bonus for a few seconds.

Theodora also will be able to take advantage of Charles Martel’s excellent shield to minimize the amount of damage taken.

The longer the shield stays active, the more damage troops will inflict against enemies, which makes this combo especially useful.

Constantine

Constantine I ROK Guide

Unlike these other commanders in this guide, Constantine focuses the most on health points as his primary stat.

While Charles Martel is already a powerful garrison commander with built-in shield absorption and an excellent damaging skill set.

He can use some additional health and a big passive attack bonus to increase shield absorption further to take in more attacks with ease.

That is where Constantine comes into the play. With his superior health bonus, all infantry troops will gain a 40% health bonus, and the enemy target’s attack is reduced by 40%.

Through a combination of attack reduction and increased health bonus with shield absorption.

Constantine will make it super easy for you to defend your city while slowly chipping off the enemy forces through attrition.

Richard I

Rise of Kingdoms Richard I

One of the best commanders to pair with is Richard I. For starters, he comes with incredible self-healing capabilities.

When you pair him with Charles Martel, both can mitigate tons of attacks with ease, rendering some of the most brutal attackers useless.

In addition to that, Richard I can reduce up to 5 targets’ damage by 30%.

Richard provides an additional damage reduction by 15% and increases infantry defense + attack by 15%.

If you want nothing else than being a pain in the ass, do Richard I and Charles Martel combo.

You will be surprised to learn how to make it highly frustrating to your enemies to destroy your city.

Yi Seong-Gye

Rise of Kingdoms Yi Seong-Gye

Another stellar commander that you should consider pairing with Charles Martel is Yi Seong-Gye.

He is not an infantry commander but an archer commander, and why we recommend him is for a good reason.

He comes with a passive skill which increases the number of shield points that Charles Martel provides by an additional 50%.

So instead of absorbing 1,200 points, he now can absorb up to 2,000 points with talent points and passive skill combined.

That means Charles Martel can hold off even more attacks while Yi Seong-Gye covers weak points by delivering arrows that deal massive damage.

It is a perfect storm waiting to protect your exposed base points while crippling your enemies into ashes with powerful attacks.

Mehmed II

Mehmed II ROK

By default, Mehmed II will take the role of the primary commander.

Mainly because of his skill set that gives an advantage of playing strong on the offense side.

Charles Martel will take the back seat as secondary commander, providing Mehmed II solid defense capabilities.

One of the advantages of pairing Mehmed II is due to his flexible army structure.

It means he can efficiently work and maintain Charles Martel’s focus on the infantry-only army.

The passive skills that Mehmed II grants are enormous and will significantly benefit the troops’ combat capabilities.

If you don’t have Mehmed II yet, you can roll with Osman I instead since he has a similar skill set.

Julius Caesar

Rise of Kingdoms Julius Caesar

If you are looking for a solid debuffer that reduces your enemy’s targets combat effectiveness while improving your troops’ ability to deal more damage.

 Julius Caesar is the best pick for this role. By default, he fills in the position of primary commander.

This pair excels at expanding the troop capacity, which means more infantry, more damage, more health, and more defense which is a clear win-win situation.

When you max Julius Caesar out, he will be able to deal directly with his active skill — which is an excellent addition.

Although, if you don’t have this legendary commander yet, then Scipio Africanus is your best alternative option.

Alexander the Great

Alexander The Great ROK

To significantly improve your defensive capabilities while serving as garrison commander with Charles Martel, you need to pair him with Alexander the Great.

This pair will be able to pull up dual shields that dramatically reduce the amount of damage taken.

But, at the same time, both can deal a significant amount of damage.

I love to call this pair the Bulwark combo because of their ability to negate a large amount of damage to maximize your enemy’s losses.

It is by far one of the solid and deadliest defense combos in Rise of Kingdoms.

However, suppose you don’t have Alexander the Great yet (mainly because he becomes unlockable after your kingdom turns 120 days old).

In that case, your best alternative options are Sun Tzu and Eulji Mundeok.

Sun Tzu

Rise of Kingdoms Sun Tzu Preview

Lastly, suppose you do not have any legendary commanders, as stated above.

In that case, your next step is to pair Charles Martel with Sun Tzu, which is one of the best epic commanders in Rise of Kingdoms, and you can get him for free if you start with China as your main civilization.

Sun Tzu comes with a passive skill which increases active skill damage by 20%. That benefits both Sun Tzu and Charles Martel.

In addition to that, Sun Tzu can hit up to 5 targets that deal 1,200 damage (including the 20% active skill damage bonus) each.

That quickly makes him one of the best garrison commanders in Rise of Kingdoms.

Not to forget to mention that he is pretty super easy to level up as epic-rarity commanders don’t require that much experience or sculptures to upgrade.

Best Charles Martel Equipment Set


Equipment Name Stats
Gatekeeper's Shield Gatekeeper’s Shield
  • +8% Health
Windswept War Helm Windswept War Helm
  • +4.5% Attack
  • +3% Movement Speed
Windswept Breastplate Windswept Breastplate
  • +4.5% Defense
  • +3% Movement Speed
Calvin's Hand Calvin’s Hand
  • +4% Attack
  • +1% HP
Sentry's Breeches Sentry’s Breeches
  • +6% Attack
The Scarlet Hounds The Scarlet Hounds
  • +4% Health
Total

Set Bonus: 

  • +2% Attack
Overall Stats:

  • + 16.5% Attack
  • + 4.5% Defense
  • + 13% Health
  • + 6% Movement Speed
Equipment Name Stats
Sakura Fubuki Sakura Fubuki
  • +13% Attack
Witch’s Lineage Witch’s Lineage
  • +8% Attack
Quinn’s Soul Quinn’s Soul
  • +8% Attack
Seth’s Brutality Seth’s Brutality
  • +5.5% Defense
Karuak’s Humility Sentry’s Breeches
  • +8% Health
The Scarlet Hounds The Scarlet Hounds
  • +4% Health
Total

Set Bonus: 

  • No Set Bonus
Overall Stats:

  • + 29% Attack
  • + 5.5% Defense
  • + 12% Health
Equipment Name Stats
Shield of Eternal Empire Shield of Eternal Empire
  • +20% Attack
Gold Helm of the Eternal Empire Gold Helm of the Eternal Empire
  • +11% Defense
Plate of the Eternal Empire Plate of the Eternal Empire
  • +11% Attack
Vambrace of the Eternal Empire Vambrace of the Eternal Empire
  • +7.5% Defense
Greaves of the Eternal Empire Greaves of the Eternal Empire
  • +11% Attack
Sturdy Boots of the Eternal Empire Sturdy Boots of the Eternal Empire
  • +7.5% Defense
Total

Set Bonus: 

  • +3% Defense
  • +10% March Speed
  • +5% Attack
Overall Stats:

  • + 47% Attack
  • + 29% Defense

Conclusion of Best Charles Martel Commander Guide


Best Charles Martel Rise of Kingdoms Guide

Whether you are just starting in Rise of Kingdoms, Charles Martel is a powerful legendary commander.

Luckily, as a free-to-play player, you can quickly get Charles Martel through events such as Wheel of Fortune, Card King, and even during the Lost Kingdom.

Suppose you find yourself under attack all the time. Then it’s a brilliant idea to focus on investing all of your commander sculptures and starlight sculptures into summoning Charles Martel to defend your city.

Lastly, if you want to get free gems and awesome rewards, you can head over to our Rise of Kingdoms Gift Codes Guide and see if there are any codes to receive.

Did you find our best Charles Martel commander guide informative and helpful? If you have any questions about this commander, please drop a comment in the comment section below.

Happy ruling, Governors!

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