Best Tomyris Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles

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Tomyris is a legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms. She is one of the strongest archer commander that specializes in damage over the time thanks to her wide array of poison attacks. Tomyris specializes in archer, conquering and attack skills.

Best Tomyris Commander Rise of Kingdoms
Title: Queen of the Massagetae
Civilization: Other
Base Power: 1,200
Rarity: Legendary
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Tomyris Summary:

  • Deals 1,000 damage with active skill.
  • Deals 2,200 damage with full stack.
  • Increases normal attack by 30%.
  • Increases archer attack by 30%.
  • Reduces damage taken by 30%.
  • 100% chance to apply a stack of poison.
  • Increases normal attack and counterattack damage by 10%.
  • Reduces attack of enemy cavalry by 10%

Why Tomyris is the Best Commander?

  • Powerful attack skill.
  • Incredible poison stacking mechanism.
  • Strong and sustained normal attack.
  • Good counterattack damage, allowing Tomyris to become an incredible lethal commander.
  • Great for nuking.

Background Information

Tomyris Rise of Kingdoms Guide

Tomyris was the warrior queen of the Massagetae. She is said to have personally led her troops into battle to defend her lands against Cyrus the Great of the Achaemenid Empire after Cyrus captured her son in an earlier battle.

She denounced Cyrus for treachery and gained the upper hand with all her forces in a second battle. Which marked a decisive victory that led to defeat of the Persians and high casualties.

Most historians say she defeated and killed Cyrius in 530 BCE. To quench Cyrus’ thirst for blood, she beheaded him and thereafter kept his head in a blood-filled wineskin.


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

Tomyris is a legendary commander that was released on September 2019 update and is one of the most powerful offensive commanders specialized in archery. She becomes unlockable after the kingdom turns 120 days old. To summon Tomyris, you will need to gather 10 Tomyris sculptures which can be done via chests, VIP shop and through special events.

Without further ado, we are going through her skills, talent builds, best pairs and more. Let’s dive deep and find out how you can prepare to maximize Tomyris’ combat capabilities.

Best Tomyris Skills

In the next part, we will talk about Tomyris skills. Getting to know how to use her skills in the battles is just about that important as it is to winning the game in Rise of Kingdoms. Scroll down to learn more about her skills in details and what you can do to maximize to her advantage:

Tomyris ROK Guide
Arrow of Vengeance
Arrow of Vengeance ROK


Rage Requirement: 1000
Deals direct damage to a single target. If this target is affected by poison, immediately remove the poison and deal poison damage (Damage Factor = Stacks x Poison Factor). If there were more than more 10 stacks, increases poison damage (Damage Factor = Stacks x increased Poison Factor).

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  • Direct Damage Factor: 700 / 750 / 800 / 900 / 1000
  • Poison Factor (Less or equal to 10 stacks): 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40
  • Poison Factor (More than 10 stacks): 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80

Arrow of Vengeance is an incredible powerful active skill if done right. Each poison stack adds upwards to bonus 80 damage for a total direct damage factor of 2,200 (15 stacks). You will want to hold back on building rage so to allow her to use this active skill to its fullest extent. Max out this active skill so she can deliver heavy blows.

Payback ROK


When attacking cities, increases normal attack damage and decreases counterattack damage by 10%.

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Normal Attack Damage Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

Simply put, Payback is a passive skill that’s too good to pass. When you are attacking enemy cities with Tomyris, her troops gain a 30% damage bonus and the counter attack damage is reduced by 10%. This allows her to set up to deal significant damage towards enemy cities.

For the Sun
For the Sun ROK


Increases attack of archer units and gives all attacks a 10% chance to decrease the defense of a single target for 3 seconds.

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  • Archer Attack Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
  • Defense Reduction: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

For the Sun is another incredible powerful passive skill that increases archer damage by 30%. Plus, there’s a small chance that your troops will reduce the enemy defense by 30%, making it even easier to kill the enemies.

Massagetae’s Counterattack
Massagetae's Counterattack ROK


Gives all regular attacks chance to poison a single target for 5 seconds (stacks up to 15 times). The poisoned duration is refreshed each time a stack is added. Poisoned targets will take an additional 3% skill damage per stack.

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Probability: 50% / 60% / 70% / 80% / 100%

This passive skill is a must-have if you want to maximize Tomyris’ active skill damage. Max it out so that your troops will have 100% chance to cause poison on the target.

Pouch of Blood
Pouch of Blood ROK


Increases normal attack and counterattack damage by 10%. When attacked, reduces attack of the attacker’s cavalry units by 10%.

Pouch of Blood is a simple, yet unique enhanced skill that gives flat 10% damage bonus to normal attack and counterattack damage. In addition to that, it reduces the attack of enemy cavalry by 10%, a natural counter to the archers.

Best Tomyris Talent Trees

So you want to know the best talent builds for Tomyris? Then stick around with us because in this part, we will talk about each talent build and how to use them. Depending on your commander rosters, gameplay and strategy, each player has their own unique needs. Which is why we have 3 best talent builds that works with Tomyris based on her skill set.

Conqueror Talent Build

Tomyris Conqueror Talent Build ROK

By default, the Conqueror is a popular talent build because her skill set is focused on assaulting enemy cities with extreme damage. This talent build generates rage fast enough to propel her active skill as often as she can use. In addition to that, her troops gain damage bonuses towards cities, allowing her to cripple enemies with ease.

PvP Talent Build

Tomyris PvP Talent Build ROK

Don’t get me wrong, Tomyris is amazing for PvP battles. That’s simply because she can poison her targets and then deal massive damage once she uses her active skill. Besides, the archer gains a large damage bonus and defense against cavalry. Which means she simply can win over vulnerable commanders with ease. Great for avid PvP battlers.

Field Talent Build

Tomyris Field Talent Build ROK

The Field talent build works well with Tomyris when you are using her as a support commander on the battlefield. Which means she takes the backseat and whistles the arrows from distance while your more tanky commanders take the frontline. This talent build focuses on maximizing damage and allows you to buy more time for the poison to stack upwards to 15 so she can whittle it all in a single shot.

Star Level & Talent Point Upgrade Priority

In the next part of our Best Tomyris 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 Tomyris effectively:

Conqueror Talent Build:

  • Keep Tomyris at 1 ⭐ until you max out her first skill.
  • Level Tomyris to 2 ⭐ and max out her second skill.
  • Level Tomyris to 4 ⭐ and max out all of her skills.

PvP Talent Build:

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

Field Talent Build:

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

Best Commander Pairs

In the next part of our best Tomyris commander guide for beginners, we will talk about the best commanders to pair with for primary role and secondary role. By default you want to have Tomyris as the primary role for conquering. Although, some commanders are much more powerful and flexible than Tomyris is and are better suited to primary roles. Which is fine because Tomyris will still be able to benefit from their skill set and talent build.

Cyrus the Great


Whether you are looking for a commander with solid and powerful offensive capabilities, Cyrus the Great is a good commander to pair with Tomyris. He comes with active skill that deals high damage and cause the target to take 20% increased damage.

This is especially good because Tomyris is a damage-based focus that benefits a lot from Cyrus the Great’s debuff. But she will also get even more bonuses after Cyrus the Great activates his active skill… 20% increased attack and defense.

Plus 50 rage per second for the next 3 seconds. Which means both Cyrus the Great and Tomyris can utilize their active skill more often. In addition to high uptime that Cyrus the Great has to offer thanks to his fast rage generation build.

Nebuchadnezzar II


One main thing that Tomyris lacks is AoE splash damage. Which is why Nebuchadnezzar II makes one of the best archer commanders to pair with Tomyris thanks to his high active skill damage and the ability to hit up to 5 targets.

Tomyris is already a very powerful conquering commander. But did you know that Nebuchadnezzar II is one of the best rally commanders in Rise of Kingdoms and he is an archer-based commander?

This means when paired, both commanders get 30% counterattack damage plus added direct damage bonus of 800 whenever attacking enemy cities. In addition to that, Tomyris will gain 30% defense bonus while reducing enemy attack by 30%. If you want a tanky archer commander pairing, this is the perfect combo.

Edward of Woodstock

Edward of Woodstock ROK Commander

One of the best archer commanders to pair with is Edward of Woodstock. He is already a formidable offensive commander that is able to dish out serious blows thanks to his powerful and damaging active skill. One of the reasons why you should pair him with Tomyris is because he will benefit a lot with massive archer attack boost.

In addition to that, Tomyris is a formidable city attacker that will be able to benefit a lot from Edward of Woodstock incredible high active skill damage. Both makes an excellent choice to mow down your enemies with ease.

Mehmed II

Mehmed II ROK Commander

If you are looking for a solid commander to pair with, Mehmed II is an incredibly powerful commander. He takes the primary role and Tomyris will gain an active damage bonus from his skill set. In addition to that, the size of troop capacity is expanded.

Thanks to Mehmed II’s flexible army style, he can easily work to tailor around Tomyris’ archery specialization. When you pair her with Mehmed II, both have their weakness covered in single target and multiple targets. Furthermore, Mehmed II is a powerful conqueror who will have no issue decimating enemy garrisons on top of Tomyris’ already powerful single target damage.

Alternatively, you can pair Tomyris with Osman I if you don’t have the legendary commander yet.

Yi Seong-Gye

Yi-Seong-Gye ROK Commander

Just like the previous commander, Yi Seong-Gye is another powerful nuker to pair with. Moreover, he specializes in archers which means the bonuses are much more significant. Yi Seong-Gye is capable of dealing splash damage that does quite a serious amount of damage.

One of the advantages that you get out of this pair is the 50% active skill damage bonus. Which means Tomyris will be able to deal upwards to 3,300 damage every time she uses her active skill. That’s a lot considering how fast she builds her rage and the low rage requirement.

In this case, Yi Seong-Gye takes the role as a secondary commander. If you don’t have him yet, your alternative option is Kusunoki Masashige.


Hermann ROK Commander

Hermann is a solid commander to pair for several good reasons. While he also focuses on archery specialization, he is one of the best silencers in Rise of Kingdoms. Every time he activates his active skill, he silences the enemy target, preventing them from using their active skill.

Which really plays an important role in repelling enemy nukers from doing any serious amount of damage. Given the fact how fragile the troops are under Tomyris’ leadership, a major blow will cripple her troops. So, pair her with Hermann to stop or delay enemy commanders from using their skills.

Best Tomyris Equipment

Equipment Name Stats
Golden-Age Golden Age
  • +13% Defense
Revival-Helm Revival Helm
  • +7% Defense
Revival-Plate Revival Plate
  • +7.5% Attack
Revival-Gauntlets Revival Gauntlets
  • +4.5% Attack
Revival-Greaves Revival Greaves
  • +7.5% Defense
Cloud Racers Cloud Racers
  • +5.5% Attack

Set Bonus: 

  • +3% Attack
  • +3% Defense
Overall Stats:

  • + 15% Attack
  • +31% Defense
  • + 5.5% Health
Equipment Name Stats
Dragon’s-Breath-Bow Dragon’s Breath Bow
  • +20% Defense
Dragon’s-Breath-Helm Dragon’s Breath Helm
  • +11% Attack
Dragon’s-Breath-Plate Dragon’s Breath Plate
  • +11% Health
Dragon’s-Breath-Vambraces Dragon’s Breath Vambraces
  • +7.5% Attack
Dragon’s-Breath-Tassets Dragon’s Breath Tassets
  • +11% Attack
Dragon’s-Breath-Boots Dragon’s Breath Boots
  • +7.5% Defense

Set Bonus: 

  • +3% Attack
  • +3% Skill Damage
  • +5% Health
Overall Stats:

  • +32.5% Attack
  • +27.5% Defense
  • +16% Health

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Best Tomyris Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles
Best Tomyris Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles
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