Best Gaius Marius Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles

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Gaius Marius is a rare commander in Rise of Kingdoms and one of the best entry-level for gathering resources to grow your empire.

He is quick, easy to level up, and doesn’t come with many arsenals to defend on his own.

He will make short work by harvesting resources on the map and bringing them back to your city so you will always have plenty to develop the empire.

Gaius Marius specializes in leadership, gathering, and support skills. Being a rare commander means he is a good choice for the early game.

Gaius Marius
Gaius Marius Rise of Kingdoms Commander
Title: Legion Reformer
Civilization: Rome
Base Power: 300
Rarity: Elite
leadershipGathering ROKSkill ROK

Gaius Marius Summary:

  • Deals 150 damage and heals himself for 150 health points.
  • Reduces enemy march speed by 30% per active skill hit.
  • Increases food gathering rate by 20%.
  • Increases all gathering rate by 15%.
  • Increases troops load by 30%.
  • Increases siege march speed by 15%.
  • Increases ratio of slightly wounded units by 5% (fewer severely wounded units).

Why Gaius Marius is the Best Commander?

  • Very easy to level up.
  • Amazing at gathering resources.
  • Best with siege units.
  • Fast marching speed.
  • Reduces casualties, which means fewer troops loss.
  • Good for gathering food.

Background Information

Gaius Marius Commander ROK

Gaius Marius was a Roman general and statesman. He held the office of consul an unprecedented seven times during his career.

He was also noted for his essential reforms of Roman armies, authorizing recruitment of landless citizens, eliminating the manipulator military formations, and reorganizing the structure of the legions into separate cohorts.

Marius defeated the invading Germanic tribes (the Teutones, Ambrones, and the Cimbri), for which he was called “the third founder of Rome.”

His life and career were significant in Rome’s transformation from Republic to Empire.


Welcome to our in-depth Rise of Kingdoms guide for Gaius Marius. This informative guide overviews Gaius Marius’ 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 Gaius Marius right and maximize strategic advantages.

Gaius Marius is an elite commander for Rome and can be easily obtained via Silver Chests and Golden Chests.

He isn’t precisely that powerful compared to Scipio Africanus and Julius Caesar, although his skills make up for the most of gathering resources and contributing to your civilization’s growth.

To obtain Gaius Marius, you will need to get 10 Gaius Marius sculptures.

Once you have the materials, go to the commander selection tab, and you will be able to summon him.

Given that he has low experience requirements, he is easy to level up and will get your main account and farming account going in seconds.

First, let’s find out his skills and best talent builds.

Best Gaius Marius Skills

In this part, we will talk about this elite commander’s skills.

Keep in mind that he only has four skills compared to epic and legendary commanders with five skills.

Furthermore, Gaius Marius’ skills aren’t that impactful. Which only makes sense to have him as a gathering commander.

Best Gaius Marius Commander Guide ROK
Savior of Italy
Savior of Italy ROK


Rage Requirement: 1000

Heals some of the slightly wounded units in your army, deals direct damage once to a single target, and reduces target’s march speed for the next 2 seconds.

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Healing Factor: 50 / 70 / 90 / 120 / 150
Direct Damage Factor: 50 / 70 / 90 / 120 / 150
March Speed Reduction: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

Savior of Italy heals a portion of the injured troops and deals a small amount of damage.

Plus, it reduces enemy march speed, which helps a lot with escaping from the attackers.

Founder of Empire
Founder of Empire ROK


Increases food gathering speed; increases wood and stone gathering speed.

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Bonus Gathering Speed (Food): 3% / 6% / 10% / 15% / 20%
Bonus Gathering Speed (Other Resources): 2% / 4% / 7% / 10% / 15%

Founder of the Empire simply speeds up the time it takes to gather resources.

For food, it is 20% faster. For Stone, Wood, and Gold gathering rate have increased by 15%.

Marius’s Reform
Marius's Reform ROK


Increase the troops load.

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Load Bonus: 5% / 10% / 15% / 20% / 30%

A simple yet effective passive skill that reduces the number of troops you need to bring resources.

This passive skill increases the troop load by 30%, which is quite a hefty amount.

Conqueror of Numidia
Conqueror of Numidia ROK


Increases siege units march speed; increases the ratio of slightly wounded units in overall casualties.

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Siege Unit March Speed Bonus: 2% / 4% / 7% / 10% / 15%
Ratio Increase: 1% / 2% / 3% / 4% / 5%

Conqueror of Numidia is an excellent passive skill that requires you to use siege units with Gaius Marius.

Additionally, the ratio of your troops is slightly wounded during the battle, which minimizes the number of resources that you need to heal them—a must-have passive skill.

Best Gaius Marius Talent Trees

Because Gaius Marius is an elite commander and doesn’t come with many skills to make him a formidable force, he only makes a good pick for gathering resources early in the game.

Therefore, there’s only one talent build that we recommend using for this elite commander.

Gaius Marius Gathering Talent Tree ROK

This talent build is optimized for Gaius Marius. It increases the speed of gathering, provides additional defense and march speed when using siege units.

One of the perks this talent build has to offer is accelerated rage generation which is nice and provides an additional layer of defense when he comes under attack, and you have to recall him.

If you plan to have multiple farming accounts, this talent build is incredible useful as it will also expand the maximum resource capacity.

As an entry-level elite commander, Gaius Marius will play a significant role in harvesting resources on the map and bringing them back to your city.

The gathering talent build is also viable at late-game once you move to high-level zones toward the Lost Temple, where high-level resource spots are located.

Star Level & Talent Point Upgrade Priority

In the next part of our Best Gaius Marius 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 Gaius Marius effectively using the Commander Skill Lock feature:

Gathering Talent Build:

  • Keep Gaius Marius at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Gaius Marius to 2 ⭐ and max out his second skill.
  • Level Gaius Marius to 3 ⭐ and max out his third skill.
  • Level Gaius Marius to 4 ⭐ and max out his fourth skill.

Best Commander Pairs

On the map, Gaius Marius is highly vulnerable to potential attackers.

So, suppose you want to prevent your gathering commanders such as Gaius Marius and others (i.e., Sarka and Constance) from being attacked by the raiders.

In that case, you will want to have a robust primary commander to protect the gatherer.

Below is a list of the best starter commanders to pair with Gaius Marius due to their strong abilities and ease of leveling up.

Yi Seong-Gye

Yi-Seong-Gye ROK Commander

One of the most powerful garrison commanders in Rise of Kingdoms. Meet Yi Seong-Gye.

If you are going to do gathering missions, I recommend pairing Gaius Marius with Yi Seong-Gye.

Due to his extremely high attack power and strong active skill, he is a formidable commander to face against on the map.

Whenever potential attackers scouts your gathering commanders and sees that Yi Seong-Gye guards Gaius Marius.

They will think twice before launching an attack. Yi Seong-Gye is an extraordinary commander to deter attackers, especially if you are managing multiple farming accounts.

Ishida Mitsunari

Ishida Mitsunari ROK Commander

Suppose you are looking for a secondary commander to pair with to increase your gathering rate further. Then look no further.

Because Ishida Mitsunari is an excellent addition to your commander roster, he comes with a massive resource load capacity and increased gathering rate.

Which will make it super easy to harvest high-level resource spots, especially in zone 3 regions and above.

In addition to that, Ishida Mitsunari comes with a 15% skill damage bonus that will improve Gaius Marius’ active skill.

As far as this gathering commander combo goes, Ishida Mitsunari is an excellent choice to harvest high-level resource spots in the late game quickly.


Baibars ROK Commander

Don’t underestimate Baibars, for the fact that he is fast and packed with serious punches.

He is able to deal moderate amounts of direct damage plus slowing down the enemy troops.

Suppose you ever find your gatherers in danger of being attacked.

In that case, Baibars will provide a cushion by slowing down the attackers’ advance, which gives this pair plenty of time to escape the onslaught to protect your resources.

Joan of Arc


Suppose you are looking for a solid commander to pair with to take advantage of accelerated gathering speed. 

Joan of Arc is the best pick. She gives a 25% gathering speed on top of Gaius Marius’s 20% food gathering rate and 15% gathering rate for other resources.

She also heals wounded units, which helps protect your valuable resources and grants buffs to all troops.

Joan of Arc is a good pick that enriches your gathering speed while being flexible enough to work with all forces.


Boudica ROK Commander

Another good commander to pair with is Boudica. She can reduce the enemy target’s rage and deal massive amounts of damage.

Plus, she reduces their attack by 25%, which helps offset your casualties when under attack.

Boudica has one of the best rage generation builder talent trees.

It means Gaius Marius will benefit a lot from her talent build that helps keep the enemy slowed, allowing her to create an escape route easily.

Cleopatra VII

Cleopatra ROK Commander

One of the best legendary gathering commanders that are worth pairing with is Cleopatra VII.

She is a solid gathering commander with unique healing abilities.

If your gathering commander ever comes under attack, she will protect your troops while securing your gathered resources.

Asides from that, Cleopatra VII comes with a skill set that significantly increases the rate of gathering and the amount of resources that she can bring from a resource point back to your city.

A legendary must-have commander if you manage to get her.


Seondeok ROK Commander

If you ever find yourself in need of a solid gathering commander capable of dishing out a serious amount of damage while incapacitating your enemies. 

Seondeok is worth leveling up, and pretty many pairs well with any gathering commanders, including Gaius Marius!

Besides, Seondeok comes with a skill set that increases the rate of gathering and resource load.

If you pair her with Gaius Marius, you get even greater gathering capabilities that make it possible to harvest high-level resource points in deep zones.

Conclusion of Best Gaius Marius Commander Guide

Best Gaius Marius Commander Rise of Kingdoms Guide

As we conclude, our best Gaius Marius commander guide. You now know the best talent build, skill path, and commander pairings to use for this elite commander.

He is easily one of the best early-game gathering commanders to help jumpstart your city. It’s also great that Gaius Marius is still a viable choice for late-game due to his utility.

If you have any questions about this commander, let us know by commenting in the comment section below.

We hope you found our Gaius Marius commander guide helpful and informative. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Happy ruling, Governors!


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