Best Guan Yu Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles

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Guan Yu is a legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms. He is one of the most interesting and very deadly commander that works well with infantry troops only. If you are looking for a strong infantry commander, consider rolling Guan Yu because he specializes in Infantry, Conquering and Skill.

Guan Yu
Guan Yu ROK Commander
Title: Lord of the Magnificent Beard
Civilization: China
Base Power: 1,200
Rarity: Legendary
Infantry ROKsiegeSkill ROK

Guan Yu Summary:

  • Deals 2,000 damage with his active skill up to 3 targets in a fan-shaped range.
  • Increases damage by 15% when attacking a city.
  • Reduces enemy’s attack by 30% when attacking a city.
  • Increases infantry attack by 30% and march speed by 15%.
  • Heals for 1,000 health points upon leaving battle.
  • Has a 50% chance to deal 1,400 additional damage to current target.
  • Increases skill damage by 15% when he gains shield.

Why Guan Yu is the Best Commander?

  • Powerful active skill that wrecks havoc.
  • Great for attacking enemy cities.
  • Fast marching speed.
  • Good self-healing capability.
  • Solid sustained damage ability.
  • Strong debuff, reduces enemy target’s attack by 30%.

Background Information

Guan Yu ROK Guide

Guan Yu, courtesy name Yunchang, was a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. Along with Zhang Fei, he shared a brotherly relationship with Liu Bei and accompanied him on most of his early exploits.

Guan Yu played a significant role in the events leading up to the end of the Han dynasty and the establishment of Liu Bei’s state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period. While he is remembered for his loyalty towards Liu Bei, he is also known for repaying Cao Cao’s kindness by slaying Yan Liang, a general under Cao Cao’s rival Yuan Shao, at the Battle of Boma.

After Liu Bei gained control of Yi Province in 214, Guan Yu remained in Jing Province to govern and defend the area for about seven years. In 219, while he was away fighting Cao Cao’s forces at the Battle of Fancheng, Liu Bei’s ally Sun Quan broke the Sun–Liu alliance and sent his general Lü Meng to conquer Liu Bei’s territories in Jing Province.

By the time Guan Yu found out about the loss of Jing Province after his defeat at Fancheng, it was too late. He was subsequently captured in an ambush by Sun Quan’s forces and executed.

Guan Yu’s life was lionized and his achievements glorified to such an extent after his death that he was deified during the Sui dynasty. Through generations of storytelling, culminating in the 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, his deeds and moral qualities have been given immense emphasis, making Guan Yu one of East Asia’s most popular paradigms of loyalty and righteousness.

He is still worshiped by many Chinese people today in mainland China, Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong and among many overseas Chinese communities. In religious devotion, he is reverentially called the “Divus Guan” (Guān Dì) or “Lord Guan” (Guān Gōng).

He is a deity worshiped in Chinese folk religion, popular Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism, and small shrines to him are almost ubiquitous in traditional Chinese shops and restaurants. His hometown Yuncheng has also named its airport after him.


Welcome to our in-depth Rise of Kingdoms guide for Guan Yu. This informative guide was created to help provide an overview of Guan Yu 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 Guan Yu right and maximize strategic advantages.

Guan Yu is a legendary commander released along with Leonidas I as part of the latest update in Rise of Kingdoms. He is one of the most powerful commanders who specializes in infantry. Just like Sun Tzu, he has a nationality of China which makes him a very popular commander to play with China’s traits. He comes with an extremely powerful active skill which deals heavy blows and silences up to 3 targets. Guan Yu is a force not to be reckoned with.

To summon Guan Yu, you will need to gather 10 Guan Yu sculptures and navigate to the commander selection screen. Then tap on him to summon him. If you are curious to learn more about this amazing legendary commander, stick with us around to know about his skills, best talent builds and suitable pairs to maximize his combat effectiveness.

Best Guan Yu Skills

Guan Yu has one of the best skill sets in Rise of Kingdoms. They will literally make you want to play him as your primary commander all the way because of how insanely good his skills are. If you truly want to have him play at his best, then this guide will explain how to use his skills to propel the combat effectiveness to the maximum.

Guan Yu Rise of Kingdoms Guide
Saint of War
Saint of War ROK


Rage Requirement: 1000

Deals direct damage to up to 3 enemies in a fan-shaped area and silences these targets for 3 seconds (damage dealt to all targets will be decreased by 15% for each additional enemy). When Guan Yu is serving as the secondary commander, decrease Damage Factor.

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Damage Factor (When Secondary Commander): 550 / 650 / 750 / 850 / 1000
Direct Damage Factor: 1100 / 1300 / 1500 / 1700 / 2000

Basically, Saint of War means you want to keep Guan Yu as the primary commander. Because he can do upwards to 2,000 damage per target. Each time he hits a target, the damage is reduced by 15%. So, the main target will always get the full damage while the subsequent target gets reduced damage. When serving as a secondary commander, he does less damage which isn’t helpful at all.

Five Tiger Generals
Five Tiger Generals ROK


When attacking garrisons, increases normal attack damage. Normal attacks have a 10% chance to reduce a single target’s attack for 3 seconds.

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Normal Attack Damage Bonus: 3% / 6% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Attack Reduction: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

Five Tiger Generals increases the damage of normal attack by 15% when attacking garrisons. Plus there’s a small chance to reduce the enemy’s attack by 30%. Which helps out a lot with bolstering Guan Yu’s army to withstand the full brunt force of enemy garrisons.

The Slaying of Hua Xiong
The Slaying of Hua Xiong ROK


Increases infantry units’ attack and march speed. Upon leaving battle, Guan Yu heals a portion of slightly wounded units.

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Infantry Attack Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Infantry March Speed Bonus: 3% / 6% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Healing Factor: 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 / 1000

A nice 15% bonus to march speed and 30% attack. Whenever Guan Yu leaves the battle, he heals a bit of the wounded units. This passive skill is awesome because it takes up less of your resources and extends his army lifespan.

Green Dragon Crescent Blade
Green Dragon Crescent Blade ROK


When the skill “Saint of War” hits only 1 target, there is a 50% chance to deal additional damage to the target. When the skill hits 2 or more targets, there is a 50% chance to deal additional damage to the current target.

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Additional Damage Factor (1 Target): 600 / 700 / 800 / 900 / 1000
Additional Damage Factor (2+ Target): 800 / 900 / 1000 / 1200 / 1400

This passive skill serves to bolster the active skill damage by dealing additional damage. If you deal 1 target, there’s a 50% chance it will do 1,000 extra damage to that target alone. But, if you do hit 2 to 3 targets, then all of them will get 1,400 extra damage which is a massive push to Guan Yu’s active skill.

Lone Rider
Lone Rider ROK


Whenever Guan Yu gains a shield, he also increases his active skill damage by 15% for 3 seconds. Whenever Guan Yu leaves a structure, he increases his march speed by 100% for 3 seconds.

Lone rider simply gives Guan Yu 15% increased active skill damage when he gains a shield. Furthermore, his march speed is increased by 100% after leaving a structure which plays a lot with mobilizing around on the map. This gives Guan Yu strategic advantage over your enemy players who don’t have this stellar combat capabilities.

Best Guan Yu Talent Trees

In this next part of our best Guan Yu commander guide for beginners, we will be talking about the talent builds for this legendary commander. As you know that Guan Yu excels at conquering. He is also one of the best commanders for PvP and field battles due to his skill set being so good. There is so much flexibility that allows you to work around to make your own personalized Guan Yu that fits your gameplay and strategy needs. Below are our recommended best talent builds for Guan Yu:

Conqueror Talent Build

Guan Yu Conqueror Talent Build ROK

By default, the Conqueror talent build is the best pick for Guan Yu. Since it focuses on dealing massive damage towards the enemy garrisons and defense. It also expands on rage generation and increasing the damage of active skill. Which plays a pivotal role in capitalizing Guan Yu’s active skill damage to the max. This conqueror talent build also encompasses defense, attack and health value that provides sturdy buffs to infantrymen.

PvP Talent Build

Guan Yu PvP Talent Build ROK

Any avid players who are looking for a solid commander to battle in arenas would love to have this talent built for Guan Yu. Simply put, it focuses on increasing the defense, attack, march speed and health values for infantry. Furthermore, Guan Yu can build his rage at an accelerated pace which turns into higher damage output with his active skill. Good for clearing out grouped enemies with ease.

Field Talent Build

Guan Yu Field Talent Build ROK

Guan Yu is also a solid field commander with this talent build. Thanks to increased rage generation builder, he can safely strike the enemies while dishing out massive blows. In addition to that, the secondary commander who pairs with him also gains massive buffs to skill damage which makes this talent build an ideal pick for doing combo with nukers. Infantry also gains march speed, defense, attack and health bonus with this talent build.

Star Level & Talent Point Upgrade Priority

In the next part of our Best Guan Yu commander guide, I am going to talk about star level & talent point upgrade priority to maximize your commander’s combat potential. Here’s how to prioritize your Guan Yu effectively:

Conqueror Talent Build:

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

PvP Talent Build:

  • Keep Guan Yu at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Guan Yu to 3 ⭐ and max out his third skill.
  • Level Guan Yu to 4 ⭐ and max out all of his skills.

Field Talent Build

  • Keep Guan Yu at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Guan Yu to 3 ⭐ and max out his third skill.
  • Level Guan Yu to 4 ⭐ and max out all of his skills.

Best Commander Pairs

Guan Yu comes with a lot of flexibility, which means he can easily work with any commander as long as they can maintain pure infantry build. His active skill is insanely strong, thus making him a suitable commander for fighting long-drawn battles. In this section, we list the best secondary commanders to pair with this legendary Chinese commander.

Bjorn Ironside

Bjorn Ironside Rise of Kingdoms The Vikings

Easily one of the best epic commanders that is being introduced in Rise of Kingdoms Vikings Update. Bjorn Ironside comes with several powerful offensive capabilities up in his sleeves. His active skill can hit three targets and apply debuff that causes them to take 15% extra skill damage. Which will be a major damage boost for Guan Yu since he is already a hard hitter with his active skill.

Furthermore, all infantry troops gain 10% extra defense and attack bonus that goes on the top of the massive boost that Guan Yu gives through skill set. If you are looking for ways to make the most out of Guan Yu’s awesome combat prowess, Bjorn Ironside is easily one of the best commanders to pair with.

Leonidas I

Leonidas I ROK Commander

If you want to win the game easily, Leonidas I by default is the best match. He comes with an active skill which gets a 50% damage boost when the target is silenced and can hit upwards to 3 targets. Unlike other commanders, Leonidas I boosts troops’ damage by 40% while on the map.

Defense of the troops is increased by 30% and the speed of rage is further amplified by 15% which makes Leonidas and Guan Yu a very deadly combo to play with. This is one of the best commander pairs for serious players in Rise of Kingdoms.

Mehmed II

Mehmed II ROK Commander

Guan Yu is already a very powerful nuker, so why not pair him with Mehmed II to turn this combo into a killing machine? In this combo, Guan Yu still maintains the role as primary commander, although both will benefit a lot from expanded troop capacity, increased skill damage, and Mehmed II’s powerful active skill damage.

This combo will be able to dish out heavy blows, crippling multiple targets within a matter of seconds. At the same time, when you are attacking enemy garrisons, Mehmed II is well equipped to do serious amounts of damage and can activate his active skill for free to do extra damage. Definitely one of the best commanders to pair for nuking.

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great ROK Commander

If you want to take advantage of the 15% active skill damage as well as increased march speed, Alexander the Great is a good legendary commander to pair with. Whenever the shield is up, gain 30% defense bonus. And when the shield is down, gain 40% attack bonus.

Bonus point, when he activates his shield, portion of the incoming damage is reflected back to the attacker. Plus, increases their damage taken by 30% for the next 4 seconds up to 3 targets. Alexander the Great and Guan Yu is another solid combo for players who want a tanky pair.

Charles Martel

Another solid legendary commander to pair with is Charles Martel. He is already an extremely formidable commander on the battlefield. With Guan Yu, you get an extended firepower to the infantry troops. In addition to that, Charles Martel features built-in shield which soften incoming attacks.

If you are looking to have a commander pair that can withstand long battles, then the Charles Martel and Guan Yu is your best choice to accomplish balanced defense and attack output.

Richard I

Richard-I ROK Commander

One of the best defensive commander that provides the most form of protections against incoming attacks. If you want to strike a perfect balance between attack and survivability in contrast to Charles Martel. Then Richard I is the best commander to pair with thanks to his incredible strong self-healing skill and damage reduction.

Guan Yu will have no issues delivering his own powerful skills, but can use some additional defense and self-healing capabilities to extend his survivability in rough battlefields. Though, Richard I isn’t exactly a strong attacker he will be a great addition if you want to have balanced stats.

Sun Tzu

Sun-Tzu ROK Commander

Lastly, if you do not have any of these legendary commanders yet. Your next best bet is Sun Tzu. He is one of the starter commander that can be acquired for free if you pick China as your starting civilization. Sun Tzu is a very powerful epic commander that hits up to 5 targets and deals quite a massive amount of damage.

Guan Yu also will benefit from 20% increased active skill damage that Sun Tzu has to offer. Even though so, Sun Tzu specializes in defense and still remains a viable choice to pair with Guan Yu due to his superior zone of control.

Best Guan Yu 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

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

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

Set Bonus: 

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

  • + 47% Attack
  • + 29% Defense

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Best Guan Yu Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles
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