Best Ishida Mitsunari Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles

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Ishida Mitsunari is one of the best legendary commanders released in the original Rise of Kingdoms game.

He is one of the powerful gathering commanders who can bring back resources from the hub to your city.

In addition, he specializes in integration and provides world-class support.

Ishida Mitsunari
Best Ishida Mitsunari
Title: Tragic Hero of Azuchi-Momoyama
Civilization: Japan
Base Power: 1,200
Rarity: Legendary
Integration ROKGathering ROKSupport ROK

Ishida Mitsunari Summary:

  • Increases attack of troops and rage generation by 30% for 3 seconds.
  • 10% chance to heal his army for 500 health points.
  • Increases load of resources by 50%.
  • Increases food gathering rate by 30%.
  • Increases gathering rate of other resources by 20%.
  • Increases health of troops and active skill damage by 15%.

Why Ishida Mitsunari is the Best Commander?

  • Great for gathering food on the map.
  • Quite tanky thanks to high health bonus and self-healing.
  • Fast rage generation.
  • Can bring a lot of resources in a single trip.
  • Excellent support commander.

Background Information

Ishida Mitsunari Rise of Kingdoms

Ishida Mitsunari was a Japanese samurai and military commander of the late Sengoku period of Japan. He is probably best remembered as the Western army commander in the Battle of Sekigahara following the Azuchi-Momoyama period of the 16th century. He is also known by his court title, Jibu-no-shō (治部少輔).

Mitsunari met Toyotomi Hideyoshi when the former was still young, and the latter was the daimyō of Nagahama. When Hideyoshi engaged in a campaign in the Chūgoku region, Mitsunari assisted his lord in attacks against castles like the Tottori Castle and Takamatsu Castle (in present-day Okayama).

After Hideyoshi seized power, Mitsunari became known as a talented financial manager due to his knowledge and skill at calculation. From 1585 onward, he was the administrator of Sakai, a role he took together with his elder brother Ishida Masazumi. He was appointed one of the five bugyō, or top administrators of Hideyoshi’s government.

Mitsunari was a leader of bureaucrats in Hideyoshi’s government and was known for his unbending character. Though he had many friends, he was on bad terms with some daimyōs that were known as good warriors, including Hideyoshi’s relatives Kuroda Nagamasa and Hachisuka Iemasa.

Additionally, the young warrior Kobayakawa Hideaki developed a grudge against Mitsunari due to rumors spread by Tokugawa Ieyasu. Toward the end of Taiko Hideyoshi’s life, Hideyoshi ordered the execution of his heir Hidetsugu and the execution of his family, leaving his new heir to be the extremely young child Toyotomi Hideyori.

After Hideyoshi’s death, the conflicts in the court worsened. The central point of the conflict was whether Tokugawa Ieyasu could be relied on as a supporter of the Toyotomi government, whose nominal lord was still a child, with authentic leadership falling to a council of regents.

After the death of the respected “neutral” Maeda Toshiie in 1599, the conflict came to arms, with Mitsunari forming an alliance of loyalists to Toyotomi’s young heir to stand against Tokugawa. Mitsunari’s support largely came from the south and west of Japan, with the addition of the Uesugi clan in the north. In contrast, Tokugawa’s support came from central and northern Japan but influenced and intimidation over some Western lords.

The titular head of the Western alliance was Mōri Terumoto, but Mōri stayed entrenched in his castle; leadership fell to Mitsunari in the field. In 1600, he besieged Fushimi Castle before marching into direct conflict with Tokugawa’s alliance at Sekigahara.

Several lords stayed neutral, watching the battle from afar, not wishing to join in the losing side. Nevertheless, Tokugawa’s forces gained the edge in the war, especially with the betrayal of Kobayakawa Hideaki to his side, and won the battle.

After his defeat, Mitsunari sought to escape but was caught by villagers. As a result, he was beheaded in Kyoto. Other daimyōs of the Western army, like Konishi Yukinaga and Ankokuji Ekei, were also executed.

After execution, his head, severed from his body, was placed on a stand for all the people in Kyoto to see. Finally, his remains were buried at Sangen-in, a sub-temple of the Daitoku-Ji, Kyoto.


Welcome to our in-depth Rise of Kingdoms guide for Commander Ishida Mitsunari.

This informative guide overviews Ishida Mitsunari’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 Ishida Mitsunari right and maximize strategic advantages.

Ishida Mitsunari is a legendary commander with Japan as his nationality.

To obtain Ishida Mitsunari, you will need to gather 10 Ishida Mitsunari sculptures and summon them via the Commander Selection tab.

At the same time, he isn’t exactly a strong commander in contrast to more popular choices like Julius Caesar or Richard I.

He comes with several passive skills that make up for his lack of direct damage factor.

His active skill, although increased attack of troops and speed of rage generation, makes it popular to specialize in rage generation talent builds.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into our best Ishida Mitsunari commander guide for beginners.

Best Ishida Mitsunari Skills

Ishida Mitsunari comes with several skills. Due to his nature of being a gathering commander, it is not surprising to see him primarily for harvesting resources and not in PvP battles.

However, if you are serious about building a solid Ishida Mitsunari commander, then stick around with us in the next part about talent builds. Because in this part, we will talk about his skills in detail:

Best Ishida Mitsunari Commander
Battle of Sekigahara
Battle of Sekigahara


Rage Requirement: 1000

For the next 3 seconds, increases attack of all troops led by Ishida Mitsunari, and increases the speed of rage gained.

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Attack Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Speed of Rage Gained: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

This active skill is excellent since it increases the attack of troops under his leadership by 30%. In addition to that, he generates 30% more range for 3 seconds which is quite a lot.

When combined with rage generation talent builds, it is possible to maintain a high uptime with this active skill which will virtually provide a permanent 30% attack bonus.



Increases food gathering speed, increases wood and stone gathering.

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Bonus Gathering Speed (Food): 5% / 10% / 15% / 20% / 30%
Bonus Gathering Speed (Other Resources): 3% / 5% / 10% / 15% / 20%

As mentioned previously that Ishida Mitsunari is a natural gathering commander. It makes sense for him to have a passive gathering skill. Pretty much, he specializes in harvesting food.



Increases load of troops led by Ishida Mitsunari.

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Load Bonus: 10% / 20% / 30% / 40% / 50%

Likewise, this passive skill is a godsend when you roll a pure siege army under his leadership. The expanded resources load means fewer troops and more resources in a single trip.



Increases troop health. When serving as the secondary commander, increases active skill damage.

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Health Bonus: 5% / 7% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Skill Damage Bonus: 5% / 7% / 9% / 12% / 15%

Whenever you are playing Ishida Mitsunari as the primary commander, his troops gain 15% increased health. However, when you position him as a secondary commander, he contributes a 15% damage bonus towards the primary commander’s active skill.

Three Cups of Tea
Three Cups of Tea


Ishida Mitsunari’s troops’ normal attacks have a 10% chance to heal a portion of slightly wounded units (Healing Factor 500), this effect can only trigger once every 3 seconds.

I like this enhanced skill a lot because it gives his troops a chance to heal a portion of injured units. If you specialize in talent builds that increases the healing effects, it does make a difference.

Best Ishida Mitsunari Talent Trees

Whether you are looking for the best talent trees to choose from, your Ishida Mitsunari commander is gathering the most popular talent build.

Although, he comes with passive skills, which makes him somewhat a surprise choice to play as a secondary commander and can be an ideal choice for PvP battles.

Here are our top 3 best talent builds for Ishida Mitsunari:

Gathering Talent Build

Ishida Mitsunari Gathering Talent Build ROK

This talent build doesn’t focus on build rage since it is primarily used for gathering. If you plan to use this legendary commander to harvest resources, use the default gathering talent build as it revolves around siege units and gathering speed.

The Gathering talent build works exceptionally well with Ishida Mitsunari for several reasons. This talent build will enable the commander to farm high-level resource spots that are typically found in zone 3 regions in a single trip.

Which makes the gathering talent build a highly desired choice to use for Ishida Mitsunari.

PvP Talent Build

Ishida Mitsunari PvP Talent Build ROK

Now, the juicy part about this PvP talent build for Ishida Mitsunari is that you can play PvP battles. Invest the talent points towards expanding troop capacity, defense, attacks, and march speed.

In addition to that, his rage generation dramatically improves, which helps out a lot with active buff uptime—an excellent choice for PvP battles.

Which makes this PvP talent build quite popular for pairing with powerful commanders that rely on increased rage generation to deal serious damage in a short timeframe.

Field Talent Build

Ishida Mitsunari Field Talent Build ROK

If you prefer to play Ishida Mitsunari as support commander, this talent build is an ideal pick.

While it focuses on building rage quickly enough, he will slow down the enemy targets, which makes him great at crowd controlling the targets and dealing a serious amount of damage.

Field talent build is suitable for providing support to your friendly commanders as well as alliance members.

Additional skill damage and increased rage generation mean Ishida will pair well with field commanders like Alexander the Great and even Bjorn Ironside.

Star Level & Talent Point Upgrade Priority

In the next part of our Best Ishida Mitsunari 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 Ishida Mitsunari effectively:

Gathering Talent Build:

  • Level Ishida Mitsunari to 2 ⭐ and max out his second skill.
  • Level Ishida Mitsunari to 3 ⭐ and max out his third skill.
  • Level Ishida Mitsunari to 4 ⭐ and max out all of his skills.

PvP Talent Build:

  • Keep Ishida Mitsunari at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Ishida Mitsunari to 4 ⭐ and max out all of his skills.

Field Talent Build

  • Keep Ishida Mitsunari at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Ishida Mitsunari to 4 ⭐ and max out all of his skills.

Best Commander Pairing for Ishida Mitsunari

Since Ishida Mitsunari fills in the role of gathering commander and secondary commander due to his passive skills, he only makes the best choice as a secondary commander.

In this part, we have assembled the best primary commanders to pair with Ishida Mitsunari. They will be able to take advantage of his active damage bonus and the 30% attack bonus.


Best Seondeok ROK Guide

Suppose you plan to roll a pure gathering pair on the map to maximize your resource load. Then you will want to pair Ishida Mitsunari with Seondeok.

Both gathering commanders, when paired, are one of the best in Rise of Kingdoms. Literally. Since you will do quick work out of high-level resource spots with this commander pairing.

You will maximize your resource inflow when both Seondeok and Ishida Mitsunari have paired.

Thanks to an increased gathering rate for all resources, especially food and gold, which will be high in demand once you have Tier 4 troops and Tier 5 troops.

Joan of Arc

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Suppose you do not have any alternative legendary commanders that specialize in gathering roles yet. Then you might want to consider pairing Ishida Mitsunari with Joan of Arc.

She is a great epic commander that excels at gathering resources and provides much-needed support if your unit ever comes under attack.

You also can get Joan of Arc for free if you have France as your starting civilization. When paired, Joan of Arc will provide additional combat stats depending on the troop type and increase the overall normal attack by 25%.

Joan of Arc and Ishida Mitsunari is a solid choice, but it is not the best gathering commander combo as many players thought.


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Baibars is a powerful offensive commander and will significantly benefit from the 15% active damage bonus. In addition to that, he wields powerful crowd control skills that will clamp down the fleeing enemy targets.

Not only can he execute them with swift strikes, but he also can heal a portion of troops which plays an essential role in keeping them alive, in other words, not to consume too much of your resources.

If you don’t have Baibars, you can do Belisarius with Ishida Mitsunari, as he gains a 30% damage bonus against armies who are below 50% army strength. Pelagius is also a good choice.

Kusunoki Masashige

Kusunoki Masashige ROK

If you are looking for a commander to increase its overall active damage, it is Kusunoki Masashige. At first impression, it doesn’t sound like a great pair.

Although, if you max out his skills which deal high sustained damage factor upwards to 1,400 damage (up to 3 targets) over 3 seconds.

The bonus will be a nice stack on top of his active skill. Not to mention that his troops also have a chance to deal with direct damage, which will benefit from Ishida Mitsunari’s 30% attack bonus. An excellent commander pairing for free-to-play players.


Best Aethelflaed Commander ROK Guide

There are quite a few commanders who will benefit from the 15% active damage bonus. One of them is Aethelflaed, who can use that bonus to increase her active skill damage to get rid of barbarians quickly.

In addition to that, she comes with improved commander experience, making the whole leveling phase simple and easy.

Because Ishida Mitsunari is flexible, he will have no problem working with Aethelflaed, who will benefit from the 20% damage bonus for having three or more army types under her leadership, which adds nicely to the 30% attack bonus granted by the secondary commander.

However, if you don’t have Aethelflaed and need an excellent barbarian hunter alternative, Lohar and Boudica are solid choices.

Sun Tzu

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One of the main advantages of pairing the legendary commander with Sun Tzu is that he is already a solid commander.

The 30% rage generation speed bonus will allow Sun Tzu to build it up quickly, allowing him to rain fireballs against the targets more often.

Not just only that, Sun Tzu is a great commander to protect Ishida while he is gathering resources.

Many players play Sun Tzu because he is an exceptional starting commander with solid field and combat control, especially if the governors play China as their starting civilization.

Good commander to pair without significant start-up investment.

Yi Seong-Gye

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Another exceptional commander to pair with is Yi-Seong Gye. Like Sun Tzu, he specializes in archers and will capitalize on the 30% rage generation speed bonus.

Which means he can build his rage fast enough to cast arrows against the targets.

Likewise, suppose you need a solid commander who can command control of the battle while Ishida gathers resources for you.

In that case, Yi Seong-Gye is one of the most feared legendary commanders to face on the map due to his powerful and damaging active skill.

Would-be attackers will think twice before attacking your gathering units on the map if they see that your Yi Seong-Gye is guarding the commander.

Conclusion of Best Ishida Mitsunari Guide

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Before we conclude our best Ishida Mitsunari commander guide for beginners, you can see he is easily one of the popular commanders to gather resources on the map.

Even though so, his passive skillset is decent and when paired as a secondary commander with powerful commanders like Yi Seong-Gye. He provides some support that increases the primary commander’s strength.

Ishida Mitsunari is not a weak gathering commander at all. If you know how to use him the right way, he can be a powerful commander in Rise of Kingdoms.

Did you find our Ishida Mitsunari commander guide informative and helpful? If you have any questions or suggestions to make for this guide, let us know in the comment section below.

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