Best Minamoto no Yoshitsune Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles

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Minamoto No Yoshitsune is a legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms. He is a popular choice for hunting down groups of barbarians thanks to his impressive and powerful skill set. He specializes in cavalry, peacekeeping and skill.

Minamoto no Yoshitsune
Minamoto no Yoshitsune Commander ROK
Title: Kamakura’s Warlord
Civilization: Japan
Base Power: 950
Rarity: Legendary
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Minamoto no Yoshitsune Summary:

  • Deals 1,400 damage to a single target with active skill.
  • 10% chance to active shield for 4 seconds, absorbing 1,000 damage whenever on the map.
  • Increases attack and defense of a rallying army by 10%.
  • Increases skill damage by 15% against targets.
  • Increases skill damage by 21% against cities.
  • Reduces amount of severely wounded troops by 10% when attacking cities.

Why Minamoto no Yoshitsune is the Best Commander?

  • Powerful active skill.
  • Increases skill damage, which makes him an ideal commander to pair with.
  • Big shield that can absorb a lot of damage.
  • Expend less troops while fighting against enemy cities.
  • Great commander for rallying.

Background Information

Minamoto no Yoshitsune ROK Guide

Minamoto no Yoshitsune was a military commander of the Minamoto clan of Japan in the late Heian and early Kamakura periods.

During the Genpei War, he led a series of battles which toppled the Ise-Heishi branch of the Taira clan, helping his half-brother Yoritoomo consolidate power.

In year 1189, Fujiwara no Yasuhira, the son of a trusted ally, fearing of the pressure from Yoriomo, betrayed Yoshitsune, surrounding his Koromogawa-no-tachi residence with his troops, defeating his retainers, and forcing Yoshitsune to commit seppuku.

Yoshitsune is considered one of the greatest and the most popular warrior of his era, and one of the most famous samurai fighters in the history of Japan.


Welcome to our in-depth Rise of Kingdoms guide for Minamoto no Yoshitsune. This informative guide was created to help provide an overview of Minamoto no Yoshitsune 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 Minamoto no Yoshitsune right and maximize strategic advantages.

Minamoto no Yoshitsune is a legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms who specializes in Cavalry and has a nationality of Japan. Unlike Kusunoki Masashige who is an epic commander and specializes in infantry, Minamoto no Yoshitsune is a very powerful barbarian hunter and in PvP battles as well. If you are looking for a legendary commander that can pretty much do both on the map, Minamoto no Yoshitsune is definitely your pick.

Before you can play Minamoto no Yoshitsune as your selected commander, you will need to gather 10 Minamoto no Yoshitsune sculptures. Which can be done via chests, wheels and events. Afterwards, you can go to the commander selection tab screen to summon him. In the next part of our best Minamoto no Yoshitsune commander guide for beginners, we will talk about his skills.

Best Minamoto no Yoshitsune Skills

This legendary commander has one of the best skill sets designed for hunting down the barbarians after Aethelflaed (an easy legendary commander to get for Free-to-Play players). Though, Minamoto no Yoshitsune is a dedicated single-target hunter which means he does massive blows to one target, allowing you to quickly eliminate them within a matter of seconds. Here’s a list of his skills below:

Minamoto no Yoshitsune Rise of Kingdoms Guide
Kyohachiryu ROK


Rage Requirement: 1000

Deals direct damage to the target and has a 50% chance to deal additional damage to the target each second for the next 2 seconds.

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Direct Damage Factor: 600 / 800 / 1000 / 1200 / 1400
Additional Damage: 200 / 280 / 360 / 480 / 600

This active skill does 1,400 damage instantaneously. Then there’s a 50% chance to deal 600 damage in the next 2 seconds. If you are lucky, the total damage of this active skill is 2,600 – a nice heavy direct damage factor.

Trial in Kurama-dera
Trial in Kurama-dera ROK


Increase cavalry units’ march speed and attack.

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Cavalry March Speed Bonus: 3% / 4.5% / 6% / 8% / 10%
Cavalry Attack Bonus: 10% / 12% / 14% / 16% / 20%

Simply increases the cavalry attack bonus by 20% and march speed by 10%. This passive skill lets you mobilize on the map quickly, allowing you to reach to your targets in less time while doing more damage.

Master of Kendo
Master of Kendo ROK


Increases damage dealt to barbarians by troops led by this commander.

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Bonus Damage to Barbarians: 10% / 20% / 30% / 40% / 50%

A major 50% damage bonus to barbarians under Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s leadership is definitely nice.

Warlord ROK


Troops’ normal attack have a 10% chance to increase damage taken by the target for the next 3 seconds. Effect can only trigger once every 5 seconds.

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Damage Taken Increased By: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

This passive skill gives your troops a small chance to increase the enemy target damage taken by 30%. Which works well with the damage bonus towards barbarians and the cavalry attack bonus.

Kyohachiryu Kiwami
Kyohachiryu Kiwami ROK


Deals direct damage (Damage Factor 1400) to the target and has a 75% chance to deal additional damage (Damage Factor 600) to the target each second for the next 2 seconds.

This skill simply enhances the active skill. While it doesn’t increase the total damage done by active skill, the chance to trigger it is increased to 75%, up from 50%. Making it likely to sustain 2,600 direct damage every time Minamoto no Yoshitsune activates it.

Best Minamoto no Yoshitsune Talent Trees

As mentioned before, Minamoto no Yoshitsune is amazing at killing the barbarians. But, he also is good at PvP battles due to his active skill damage and cavalry bonus. Depending on what your game strategy is with this legendary commander, we have 3 best talent builds to use for Minamoto no Yoshitsune. See our recommended talent builds below:

Peacekeeping Talent Build

Minamoto no Yoshitsune Peacekeeping Talent Build ROK

By default, this is the optimal talent build for doing extra damage towards barbarians. Experience gained with this talent build is also increased and every time when you successfully kill a barbarian group, get 15 packs of resources. Which really helps a lot with farming resources and off setting the losses when healing your troops.

This talent build also speeds up the rage generation, allowing Minamoto no Yoshitsune to do more damage with his active skill. Good talent for killing barbarians and when pairing with other barbarian hunter commanders.

PvP Talent Build

Minamoto no Yoshitsune PvP Talent Build ROK

Yes, Minamoto no Yoshitsune is good at PvP battle with this specific talent build. While that means his 50% damage bonus towards barbarians will be worthless in Arenas and Expedition. It’s worth mentioning that this talent build works well with any commander who is serving as secondary commander due to the 6% damage bonus to active skill. Good for doing more damage to players.

Field Talent Build

Minamoto no Yoshitsune Field Talent Build ROK

Lastly, if you want to play Minamoto no Yoshitsune as your support commander, which means your powerful commanders with high health and defense take the frontline and Minamoto no Yoshitsune will do all the heavy lift from the backline. This talent build is exceptionally solid because it invests major damage onto skill damage.

Which means Minamoto no Yoshitsune can do more using his skills to deliver heavy blows. The skill damage boost with this talent build will push his overall active skill damage to roughly 3,100. Indeed a big damage boost with just this build for Minamoto no Yoshitsune alone.

Star Level & Talent Point Upgrade Priority

In the next part of our Best Minamoto no Yoshitsune 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 Minamoto no Yoshitsune effectively:

Peacekeeping Talent Build:

  • Keep Minamoto no Yoshitsune at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Minamoto no Yoshitsune at 3 ⭐ until you max out his third skill.
  • Level Minamoto no Yoshitsune at 4 ⭐ until you max out all of his skills.

PvP Talent Build:

  • Keep Minamoto no Yoshitsune at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Minamoto no Yoshitsune at 2 ⭐ until you max out his third skill.
  • Level Minamoto no Yoshitsune at 4 ⭐ until you max out all of his skills.

Field Talent Build:

  • Keep Minamoto no Yoshitsune at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Minamoto no Yoshitsune at 2 ⭐ until you max out his third skill.
  • Level Minamoto no Yoshitsune at 4 ⭐ until you max out all of his skills.

Best Commander Pairs

Fortunately, there’s plenty of good commanders to pair with this exceptional Japanese legendary commander. So, if you are looking to get the best damage output, combat performance, and whatanot, then we have a list of recommended commanders to pair with Minamoto no Yoshitsune.

Cao Cao

Cao Cao Commander ROK

One of the best commander to pair with is Cao Cao. He has the same skill set and is another solid barbarian hunter, except he focuses on mobility (speed). Cao Cao gives 10% march speed and increases cavalry attack by 30%.

That bonuses goes really nice with Minamoto no Yoshitsune’s peacekeeping talent build. And if you decide to do field talent build, it will also work well because Cao Cao active skill does a massive damage and demolish their attack temporarily.

By far, Cao Cao is a solid pick to pair with.

Genghis Khan

Another good commander to pair with is Genghis Khan. In this combo, Genghis Khan assumes the role as the primary commander, mainly because you want to retain most of his powerful damage abilities. While both have the same focuses, Minamoto No Yoshitsune will be able to benefit more from Genghis Khan thanks to 30% skill damage bonus.

Whenever this combo’s army strength is above 70%, the damage is increased by 30% which really helps a lot with doing significant strikes early in the battle phase.

Takeda Shingen

If you are looking to boost your troops’ normal attack damage by a large margin, pair with Takeda Shingen. In this combo, he takes the role as secondary commander. Mainly because to want to keep the talent build that your Minamoto No Yoshitsune has.

However, one of the perk this duo has is massive boost to attack, defense and march speed. Every time he uses his active skill, troops gets healed by a small amount. Skill damage taken is reduced by 5%. A solid commander to build a tanky pair.


Belisarius Commander ROK

If you do not have any of these legendary commanders above. You can pair Minamoto with Belisarius who happens to excel at killing barbarians as well. This pair maximizes effectiveness of hunting the barbarians due to increased attack vs neutral units, faster movement speed and accelerates the amount of experience gained which makes it easy to level up Minamoto.

While Minamoto focuses on increasing the overall damage done to barbarians. Belisarius does most of the heavy lift in the backend by providing improved speed, experience, attack and defense. This is a pair if you want speed and accelerated leveling.

Best Minamoto no Yoshitsune Equipment Set

Equipment Name Stats
Vanguard Halberd Vanguard Halberd
  • +5% Defense
  • +4% Health
Expedition War Helm Expedition War Helm
  • +6% Defense
Windswept Breastplate Windswept Breastplate
  • +4.5% Defense
  • +3% Movement Speed
Windswept Bracers Windswept Bracers
  • +2.5% Health
  • +3% March Speed
Vanguard Greaves Vanguard Greaves
  • +4% Attack
  • +1% Health
The Scarlet Hounds The Scarlet Hounds
  • +4% Health

Set Bonus: 

  • +4% Attack
  • +4% March Speed
Overall Stats:

  • +8% Attack
  • +15.5% Defense
  • +9% Health
  • +10% March Speed
Equipment Name Stats
Heart of the Saint Heart of the Saint
  • +13% Defense
Abyssal Visage Abyssal Visage
  • +8% Attack
Dark Lord’s Blessing Dark Lord’s Blessing
  • +8% Defense
Iset’s Sufferance Iset’s Sufferance
  • +3% Attack
  • +3% Health
Gladiator Gladiator
  • +8% Health
Cloud Racers Cloud Racers
  • +5.5% Attack

Set Bonus: 

  • No Set Bonus
Overall Stats:

  • + 16.5% Attack
  • +21% Defense
  • + 11% Health

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Best Minamoto no Yoshitsune Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles
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