Best Takeda Shingen Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles

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Takeda is a legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms that specializes in cavalry troops. He is among one of the popular cavalry commanders that is capable of delivering serious firepower in combination with debuffs and strong defense value, making him a quite tanky commander.

Takeda Shingen
Takeda Shingen Commander ROK
Title: The Tiger of Kai
Civilization: Japan
Base Power: 1,200
Rarity: Legendary
Cavalry ROKVersatility ROKMobility ROK

Takeda Shingen Summary:

  • Increases target’s damage taken by 50% for 4 seconds with his active skill.
  • Increases cavalry attack bonus by 40%.
  • Increases cavalry march speed by 30%.
  • Increases cavalry defense by 40% after using active skill.
  • Heals his army for 250 health points after using active skill.
  • Reduces damage taken from skill, normal attack and counterattack by 10%.
  • Increases damage by 30% against enemies that are debuffed by “Fierce as the Fire”.

Why Takeda Shingen is the Best Commander?

  • Quite tanky, thanks to defense and self-healing capability.
  • Fast movement speed, great for blitzing on the maps.
  • Awesome debuff in combination of increasing his troops’ damage.
  • Reduces damage taken from all attacks by 10%, a must-have ability to withstand rough battles.
  • Flexible, works well with any cavalry commanders.

Background Information

Takeda Shingen ROK Guide

Takeda Shingen, original name Takeda Harunobu who was born on December 1, 1521, Kai province, Japan and died on May 13, 1573.

Komaba, Shlnano province, daimyo and one of the most famous military leaders of Japan, who struggled for mastery of the strategic Kanté Plain in east-central Honshu during the chaotic Sengoku period of civil unrest in the 16th century.

Takeda is especially well known for his series of battles (1553-64) with the noted warrior Uesugi Kenshin. which not only are famous in the annals of Japanese history but are also much celebrated in Japanese drama and folklore.

Takeda Harunobu was born into the powerful Takeda clan of Shugo daimyo who at the time controlled Kai province (present-day Yamanashi Prefecture), a mountainous region west of the Kanto Plain.

In 1541 he forced his father, Takeda Nobutora, to retire as head of the clan, and Harunobu assumed that position.

He soon began expanding his family’s domains northward into Shinano province (present-day Nagano prefecture) and into other lands adjacent to Kai.

He entered the priesthood in 1551, at which time he assumed the Buddhist name Shingen. Taking religious vows, however, in no way hampered his participation in worldly affairs.

Soon thereafter, Takeda began his struggle with Uesugi for mastery of the Kanto.

Although their battles over more than a decade were relatively indecisive, Takeda became recognized as one of the most powerful military leaders in Middle Japan.

As such, he posed a threat to the powerful warrior Oda Nobunaga, who was attempting to unify Japan under his control, and to Tokugawa Ieyasu, Oda’s ally and founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.

Takeda defeated an army led by Tokugawa near Hamamatsu in January 1573, and he made further inroads into Tokugawa-controlled territory before he died of a terminal illness later that year.

His son and successor, Takeda Katsuyori, was defeated by Oda and Tokugawa in the early 15805, thus ending the Takeda family’s power.


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

Takeda Shingen is a legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms with a nationality of Japan. He is one of the most powerful commanders in the game that excels at being a very tanky commander thanks to a combination of healing, defense and reducing the enemy’s combat effectiveness. He also bides well with Japan’s traits unlike Kusunoki Masashige and Tomoe Gozen.

To summon Takeda Shingen, you will need to gather 10 Takeda Shingen sculptures. Which can be done via wheel and sometimes through special events. Once you have the required materials, just navigate to the commander selection screen to summon him. Without further ado, let’s dive into his skills, talent builds, roles and pairs to learn how you can play Takeda Shingen at his best game.

Best Takeda Shingen Skills

Before we start, I want to point out that Takeda Shingen is a great commander to play with. But to transform him into one of the best commanders, you need to max out his skills to gain insane buffs. Regardless, this legendary commander has a solid skill set which makes him quite a fun commander to play with. Scroll below to learn more about his skills.

Takeda Shingen Rise of Kingdoms Guide
Fierce as the Fire
Fierce as the Fire ROK


Rage Requirement: 1000

Takeda Shingen debuffs an enemy single target for 4 seconds, each time this target receives a normal attack. there is a 50% chance to receive extra normal attack damage. This effect can only trigger once every 2 seconds.

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Enemy Additional Normal Damage Taken: 20% / 25% / 30% / 40% / 50%

At max level, this active skill gives the legendary commander 50% chance to increase the damage of normal attack caused by troops by 50%. There’s a 2 seconds trigger timer which means this active skill can activate twice every time. This active skill is quite powerful as long as your troops are capable of dealing huge normal attack damage.

Swift as the Wind
Swift as the Wind ROK


Increases cavalry units’ attack, and grants normal attacks 10% chance to increase march speed for 3 seconds.

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Cavalry Attack Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 30% / 40%
March Speed Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

Simply increases cavalry damage by a flat 40%. Whenever they do a normal attack, there’s a small chance to increase march speed by 30% for 3 seconds. Pretty good at catching up your enemy targets and slaughtering them in your path.

Gentle as the Forest
Gentle as the Forest ROK


For 4 seconds after using Fierce as the Fire, heals a portion of slightly wounded units every second. When the army led by this commander contains only cavalry units, increases defense.

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Cavalry Defense Bonus: 20% / 25% / 30% / 35% / 40%
Healing Factor: 100 / 130 / 160 / 200 /250

Gentle as the Forest heals the troops every time Takeda Shingen uses his active skill. If you do full cavalry then they gain 40% defense bonus for 4 seconds. Pretty solid passive skill that reduces damage taken by a ton.

Immovable as the Mountain
Immovable as the Mountain ROK


Skill damage against troops led by Takeda Shingen is reduced. When taking damage, there is a 10% chance to reduce normal attack damage taken and counterattack damage taken for 3 seconds.

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Skill Damage Taken Reduction: 1% / 2% / 3% / 4% / 5%
Normal Attack Damage Reduction: 5% / 10% / 15% / 20% / 25%
Counterattack Damage Reduction: 5% / 10% / 15% / 20% / 25%

Another great passive skill that reduces damage taken by 25% via normal attacks and counterattack. There’s a 10% chance to trigger these damage reduction although Takeda Shingen takes 5% less damage via skills. A good deterrence against potential nukers.

Kōshū-ryū Gungaku
Kōshū-ryū Gungaku ROK


Deal an extra 30% normal attack damage to enemies who have been debuffed by Fierce as the Fire.

This skill simply enhances the damage of normal attack to 80% extra damage boost. Instead of dealing x1.5 bonus damage, your troops will do x1.8 bonus damage which is a nice boost. Considering the factor of attack boost that cavalry gains under Takeda Shingen’s leadership, this enhanced skill is a massive increase to the damage factor via active skill.

Best Takeda Shingen Talent Trees

In the next part of the best Takeda Shingen commander guide for beginners, we will talk about the talent builds for this legendary commander. While he doesn’t necessarily have a decent talent tree for doing major damage, he is much more focused on speed and doing some significant damage that’s enough to throw your enemies off the balance. Here’s a list of our recommended talent builds when playing him as the primary commander:

Conqueror Talent Build

Takeda Shingen Conqueror Talent Build ROK

This talent build focuses on keeping it simple enough by giving the troops increased damage towards enemy garrison. Furthermore, cavalry gains march speed, health, attack and defense bonus. Which makes this talent build suitable for doing major damage while withstanding heavy blows.

PvP Talent Build

Takeda Shingen PvP Talent Build ROK

Any decent PvP player who wants a solid commander for battling against other players will love this talent build. It is great for doing the arenas since it doesn’t focus that much on mobility (although, commanders with mobility-impairment effects who give attack bonus will benefit the most from this talent build). Plus the speed of rage generation is improved.

Mobility Talent Build

Takeda Shingen Mobility Talent Build ROK

If you truly want a commander that can dash on the map at an impressive speed, this is the best talent build. It combines numerous speed improvements as well as built-in resistance against enemy’s movement impairment effects. Which makes it super easy for Takeda Shingen to retreat when necessary and to provide support within a short time frame.

Star Level & Talent Point Upgrade Priority

In the next part of our Best Takeda Shingen 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 Takeda Shingen effectively:

Conqueror Talent Build:

  • Keep Takeda Shingen at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Takeda Shingen at 2 ⭐ until you max out his second skill.
  • Level Takeda Shingen at 3 ⭐ until you max out his third skill.
  • Level Takeda Shingen at 4 ⭐ until you max out all of his skills.

PvP Talent Build:

  • Keep Takeda Shingen at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Takeda Shingen at 2 ⭐ until you max out his second skill.
  • Level Takeda Shingen at 3 ⭐ until you max out his third skill.
  • Level Takeda Shingen at 4 ⭐ until you max out all of his skills.

Mobility Talent Build:

  • Keep Takeda Shingen at 1 ⭐ until you max out his first skill.
  • Level Takeda Shingen at 2 ⭐ until you max out his second skill.
  • Level Takeda Shingen at 4 ⭐ until you max out all of his skills.

Best Commander Pairs

In the next part of this commander guide, we are going to share our recommended commanders to pair with Takeda Shingen. There’s plenty of good cavalry commanders to choose from. But if you are looking for the best of all, then look no further because this is the place where you want to know everything you can do to get the most of this combo list.


Attila Commander ROK

This legendary commander is the best choice to pair, full hands down. Attila is equipped with a skill set that increases normal attack damage by a flat 30% bonus. Cavalry also gets 40% additional attack and there’s a chance to increase all damage dealt by 100%.

These are great for Takeda Shingen because they will dramatically increase the damage he does via his active skill. With Attila’s skill set, Takeda Shingen will be able to do an extra 170% damage with normal attack. When he uses his active skill, that number goes up to ~380% — a massive increase from x1.8 damage boost to x3.8 damage boost.

A tremendously solid pair for doing serious damage.


Saladin Commander Rise of Kingdoms

If you are looking for a commander to pair with and can do some serious amount of damage. Saladin is a good choice as he increases cavalry attack by 20% and the damage bonus towards garrison by 15%.

One of the main advantages for pairing with Saladin is the ability to further reduce the enemy’s march speed and healing effects received. Which means this pair can crippled enemy army with ease, in particular to clearing tough enemy defenses that’s typically reinforced by Constantine I (a defensive commander who does massive healing once every hour).

Cao Cao

Cao Cao Commander ROK

Cao Cao specializes in cavalry and is great at killing barbarians. If you are looking to pair with him then you are in for a treat because Cao Cao’s skill set will dramatically boost Takeda Shingen’s ability to whip out massive blows towards barbarians and neutral units.

Especially in the late game when they have a large health pool and do somewhat serious damage. This pair not only makes it easier to plow through barbarians with high normal attack damage, but accelerates rage generation and heals a small portion of troops. Furthermore, march speed is dramatically increased with this pair, great for blitzing across the map.


Baibars Commander Rise of Kingdoms

If you do not have any of these legendary commanders in your roster yet. Then Baibars is your solid pick. He is an excellent cavalry commander that is able to command large army size and deliver massive damage thanks to his AOE active skill. One of the main reasons why Baibars stands a strong chance and competes along with these legendary commanders is because his cavalry troops already do a solid amount of damage.

Pairing him with Takeda Shingen will further solidify his role as the primer commander on the battlefield supported with enhanced mobility for speed and control. Keep an eye on Baibars and Takeda combo if you are looking for an easy win and leveling.

Best Takeda Shingen 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

Best Takeda Shingen Strategies and Tips

We have assembled a comprehensive list of best Takeda Shingen strategies and tips to maximize this commander’s combat effectiveness in Rise of Kingdoms. Be sure to take advantage of our strategies and tips:

  • Takeda Shignen’s active skill doesn’t deals direct damage, but boosts his army’s overall damage. Therefore he works well with large and high-level troops.
  • Pair Takeda Shingen with any commanders that further enhances troops’ combat effectiveness.
  • Takeda Shingen excels at destroying enemy cities thanks to his powerful skill set.
  • Increase his rage generation rate to improve his healing uptime.
  • Pair with either Attila or Cao Cao to increase march speed, allowing Takeda Shingen to travel quickly.

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Best Takeda Shingen Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles
Best Takeda Shingen Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles
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