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

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Welcome to the best Xiang Yu Commander guide for Rise of Kingdoms. If you are looking for guide about Xiang Yu commander, then look no further because we are going to teach you everything you need to know about this commander.

Xiang Yu is a legendary commander that was released along with Jadwiga in Rise of Kingdoms. He is one of the most powerful cavalry commanders and excels in PvP battles like Osiris League, the Lost Kingdom, and Sunset Canyon. His immense strength and raw combat potential easily makes him the most wanted legendary commander in the game.

All you can learn about Xiang Yu in Rise of Kingdoms can be found in this guide. So stick around and let’s find out how you can build the best Xiang Yu for your commander roster.

Xiang Chu ROK

Rarity: Legendary
Civilization: China | Title: King of Wester Chu
Cavalry ROK Cavalry | siege Conquering | Skill ROK Skill

Xiang Yu Summary:

  • Deals 1700 damage against three targets.
  • Reduces three targets’ defense by 30%.
  • +40% Cavalry Attack Bonus
  • +15% Cavalry March Speed
  • +25% Cavalry March Speed (Trigger Chance)
  • +5% Damage vs Cities.
  • 400 Direct Damage vs Cities.
  • 50 Rage Reduction while on Map
  • 5% Cavalry Damage per stack for 10 seconds after activating active skill.
  • +10% skill damage bonus.
  • +10% skill damage bonus after gaining rage buff.

Why Xiang Yu is the Best Commander?

  • Incredible attack strength.
  • Best cavalry commander for attacking cities.
  • Fast movement.
  • Flexible, pairs well with most cavalry commanders.
  • Awesome active skill that weakens enemy targets.
  • Nice on-map bonuses.
  • Stack mechanism for additional damage output.

Background Information

Xiang Yu Rise of Kingdoms Commander

Xiang Yu is a noble of the Chu State. He rebelled against the Qin Dynasty and became a prominent warlord who led the Chu forces to victory at the Battle of Julu against the Qin armies. After the fall of Qin, Xiang Yu was crowned as the King of Western Chu and ruled a vast area that spanned modern-central and eastern China.

He engaged against Lu Bu in a long power struggle that concluded in an eventual defeat at the Battle of Gaixia. Xiang Gu committed suicide to avoid being captured by the Chinese warlord. He is depicted as one of the Peerless Heroes in the Chinese history


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

Xiang Yu is a legendary commander that is being introduced in Rise of Kingdoms. In order to summon Xiang Yu, the Governors must gather 10 Xiang Yu sculptures through events and quests. Once you obtain enough materials, go to the Commander Selection tab in the lower right corner. Tap to open the screen and summon Xiang Yu.

Xiang Yu Skills

Xiang Yu ROK Commander

In this section, we are going to talk about the best skill set for Xiang Yu. Out of all commanders in Rise of Kingdoms, Xiang Yu has one of the best skill set you will see. Which makes him an incredibly strong commander to have on the team due to powerful offensive combat capabilitiy.

In addition to that, Xiang Yu have multiple talent trees that gives him a great degree of flexibility to play the role as city attacker or fight head-on with the enemies on the battlefield. That being said, here’s a preview of Xiang Yu’s skills and learn what he can do to pave the path to victory for your troops in Rise of Kingdoms.

Warlord’s Courage

Warlord's Courage

Active Skill | Rage Requirement: 900

Deals direct damage to up to 3 targets in a forward-facing fan-shaped area (Damage Factor 900). Damage dealt to each target is reduced by 25% for each additional target. Successfully hit targets also suffer 10% reduced defense for 3 seconds.


  • Direct Damage Factor: 900 / 1000 / 1300 / 1500 / 1700
  • Defense Reduction: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

Snow-hooved Stallion

Snow-hooved Stallion

Passive Skill

Cavalry units led by this commander gain 20% increased attack and 3% increased march speed. When attacked, they have a 20% chance to gain 5% march speed for 3 seconds. This effect can trigger once every 5 seconds.


  • Cavalry Attack Bonus: 20% / 25% / 30% / 35% / 40%
  • Cavalry March Speed Bonus: 3% / 6% / 9% / 12% / 15%
  • Triggered Cavalry March Speed Bonus 5% / 10% / 15% / 20% / 25%

Conqueror of All

Conqueror of All

Passive Skill

While attacking strongholds or Governor’s cities, troops led by this commander gain 1% increased damage, and normal attacks have a 10% chance to deal additional direct damage (Damage Factor 200), which can trigger at most once every 3 seconds.


  • Damage Bonus: 1% / 2% / 3% / 4% / 5%
  • Direct Damage Factor: 200 / 250 / 300 / 350 / 400

Forceful Spearhead

Forceful Spearhead

Passive Skill

While on the map, active skill cost is reduced by 10 rage. After using the active skill, troops led by this commander will gain a stack of cavalry damage +1% and march speed -10% for 10 seconds. Another stack is gained if they are being surrounded. This effect can stack up to 6 times.


  • Rage Requirement Reduction: 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50
  • Cavalry Damage Bonus: 1% / 2% / 3% / 4% / 5%

Unbeatable Warlord

Unbeatable Warlord

New Skill | Passive Skill | Expertise

Troops led by this commander deal an extra 10% skill damage. When troops have gained a rage buff for more than 1 turn, their skill damage will increase by 10% for 3 seconds. This effect can trigger at most once every 5 seconds.

Xiang Yu Talent Trees

Next, we will talk about the best talent trees to use for Xiang Yu. Naturally, he is an offensive cavalry commander that excels at attacking cities. Which means the conqueror talent build is going to be a primary choice to use for this commander.

However, Xiang Yu is equally strong in PvP battles thanks to his awesome active skill that does damage and reduces enemy targets’ defense. Which really helps out a lot, especially when fighting against multiple enemies in open field battles.

That being said, there are multiple talent trees that works out pretty well with Xiang Yu. You can have up to three talent build profile for instant switch at any given time. Take a look at list of best Xiang Yu talent trees:

Conqueror Talent Build

Xiang Yu Conqueror Talent Build Rise of Kingdoms

As mentioned before, Xiang Yu is an awesome city attacker. So why not take him to a whole new level with the conqueror talent build? This talent build will enable Xiang Yu to generate even more rage, which will help him maintain the 25% defense debuff on three enemy targets.

Furthermore, he will be able to dish out even more damage through skill damage boost with active and passive skills. The conqueror talent build focuses on increasing overall cavalry damage as well as maximizing damage against cities and strongholds. With this talent build, Xiang Yu will transform into an unstoppable war machine.

PvP Talent Build

Xiang Yu PvP Talent Build Rise of Kingdoms

If you prefer to play against other players with Xiang Yu. Then you need to use the PvP talent build. This talent build focuses on increasing rage generation so that Xiang Yu can deal more damage with his active skill. Furthermore, he will be able to pin down three targets’ defense to make it easier to kill them.

Majority of the talent points is invested in improving the cavalry troops’ attack, march speed, defense and health. If you roll pure cavalry troops with Xiang Yu, then they all will gain big stat boost through this talent build. A few points is invested in conquering section, only to reduce incoming damage from enemy counterattacks. Which you will definitely need it for any PvP battles.

Field Support Talent Build

Xiang Yu Field Support Talent Build Rise of Kingdoms

Alternatively, if you want to have an army of commanders that can provide rapid support through dealing damage and reducing enemy’s combat effectiveness. The field support talent build is just amazing for Xiang Yu.

With improved rage generation that allows Xiang Yu to quickly build up rage fast enough to dish out major damage and keeping the enemy targets subdued through defense reduction. He also gain attack and defense stat increases for the cavalry troops.

Another combat advantage is reduced damage taken from enemy counterattack, which will play an integral role in providing steady flow of support to friendly and allied commanders alike.

Star Level & Talent Point Upgrade Priority

Thanks to Commander Skill Lock feature, you can set the perfect skill path for Xiang Yu. However, in order to maximize your commander’s combat potential throughout the game, we recommend you to follow these skill path for each talent builds:

Conqueror Talent Build:

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

PvP Talent Build:

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

Field Talent Build

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

Best Xiang Yu Commander Pairs

One of the main advantages that Xiang Yu brings to the table is flexibility. This means he can easily pair with several cavalry commanders due to skill set and powerful combat capabilities. His skill set is already incredible, but you can take it to the next level by pairing Xiang Yu with the following commanders below. If your goal is to build a destructive force that will stop at nothing. Then follow our recommended commander pairs for Xiang Yu:

Alexander Nevsky Commander Profile ROK

Alexander Nevsky

Alexander Nevsky is a new legendary cavalry commander that possess an incredible formidable offensive capabilities. If you are looking for a strong commander that can deal powerful damage and demolish your enemy forces quickly, this is the perfect commander. With his Swarm ability, he grows stronger the more troops he is fighting that turns into even more damage output.

Xiang Yu benefits the most when paired with Alexander Nevsky as the primary commander. With attack, health, and march speed bonus, this duo can reach to its targets quickly. Which makes the Nevsky-Xiang pairing the deadliest combo in Rise of Kingdoms.


Attila ROK Commander

One of the best commander to team up with is Attila. This formidable cavalry commander makes up most of the combat strength through increasing normal and counterattack damage by 30% with his active skill. Furthermore he grants immunity to silence which is always a major combat asset as it will allow you to maintain defense reduction debuff all the time.

Attila also will increase your troops’ damage against enemy targets that have health below 50%. Plus when Attila and Xiang Yu are paired, they both take 15% less damage from skills. Which is a welcoming change for any governors who is looking to take advantage of PvP combat through improving both offensively and defensively.

Takeda Shingen

Takeda-Shingen ROK Commander

The second best cavalry commander to pair with is Takeda Shingen. He is an incredible commander thanks to his active skill that causes the target to take 50% additional damage. Best of all, it stacks with the 25% defense reduction which brings overall damage increase of 75% just for normal attacks. With the way Xiang Yu’s skill set is built, it will easily transform this combo into a powerful city nuker.

Granted, both are amazing at offensive side. But it’s always nice to have some additional support. Which is why Takeda Shignen have some self-healing capability. Each time he uses his active skill, the troops gets healed for a small amount. This helps offset some of the damage and increases your troops’ survivability in the long run.


Saladin ROK Commander

If you are looking for a commander that is primarily strong at razing enemy cities. Then you will want to consider pairing Xiang Yu with Saladin. This legendary commander deals a massive amount of damage with his active skill. While he is already strong at the attacking side, he brings much-needed skills that Xiang Yu is lacking in: defense, skill damage reduction, and counterattack damage reduction.

Saladin excels at crowd control and that can be incredible useful in PvP battles if you need to kite enemy commanders around. Or just to slow them down while friendly reinforcements arrive to assist you in combat. Either way, Saladin + Xiang Yu is a very good combo for any governors.

Minamoto no Yoshitsune

Minamoto no Yoshitsune ROK Commander

Easily one of the best commanders that focuses on single target damage. Minamoto no Yoshitsune and Xiang Yu is a great commander pair to go with, especially if you plan to play him as either city attacker or fight against enemies on open field. Minamoto have a small chance to grant a shield that absorb incoming damage that helps out defensively.

Though it is his skill set that increases overall skill damage against targets and cities. Thanks to 15% skill damage for targets and 21% skill damage for cities, it helps out with Xiang Yu dishing out even more damage with his active skill. Every Governors know how painful it must be to lose troops on the battlefield, which is why this combo will reduce amount of troops lost by 10% when attacking cities.

William I

William-I ROK Commander

Lastly, William I is a powerful cavalry commander to pair with Xiang Yu. He comes with an incredible flexible and solid skill set. For instance, he can use his active skill to deal an impressive amount of damage against three targets and reduces their march speed by 30%. Unlike other commanders, William I gives land advantage that increases troops’ damage by 10% in alliance territory. Plus cavalry troops’ attack is increased by another 30% while on the map and that stacks up.

William I also have an unique ability called Hidden Bloodline that increases defense by 20% he hits one target. However, if he hits 2 or more targets, then increase damage and generate rage every second for 3 seconds. The increased rage generation also benefits Xiang Yu. This is the perfect combo for anyone who is looking to take advantage of massive damage output for PvP battles.

Best Xiang Yu 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 Xiang Yu Strategies and Tips

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

  • Use cavalry troops only to maximize stat bonuses.
  • Invest talent points into rage generation to use his active skill more often.
  • Pair with cavalry commanders only.
  • By default, conqueror talent build is the best option as it synergy well with his skill set.


Do you want to learn more about Xiang Yu’s history and background? You can visit this official website to learn about this awesome commander.

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

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