Best Cavalry Commanders Rise of Kingdoms Guide for Beginners

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Cavalry troops is one of the fastest units in Rise of Kingdoms. When paired with the best cavalry commanders, they can gain bonuses in attack, defense, and health, making them even more stronger and deadly on the battlefield. So, if you are looking to expand your strength in speed and offense side, then you may want to consider leveling up one or two cavalry commanders.

In this guide, I am going to talk about the best cavalry commanders to play right now in Rise of Kingdoms. The ranking of these commanders are taken into account based on their skills, talent points and pairings.

Why Cavalry Commanders?

As mentioned previously in the introduction, cavalry excels at speed and doing serious amount of damage. They provides speed that is unmatched by other type of troops and makes great army to provide support.

You definitely will want to have at least a few good cavalry commanders in your roster. However, you need to know which one is the best so that you can collect sculptures and invest in the ones you want to level up.

Without further ado, here is our best cavalry commanders ranked to play right now in Rise of Kingdoms.

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Best Cavalry Commanders Tier List ROK Guide

Best Legendary Cavalry Commanders in ROK


Attila Commander ROK

One of the best cavalry commander to level up right now in the game is Attila. He is a beast and equipped with a number of skills that demoralizes your enemies, while dealing massive damage with troops. One of his passive skill increases the damage of normal attack by 100% that goes exceptionally well with his sustained damage.

When you max out Attila’s skills, he comes with immunity to silence. Which means, he can easily counter and demolish silencers like Guan Yu and Hermann. Attila gets along with Takeda Shignen pretty well due to strong synergy between the duo.

Attila Summary:

  • Increases normal attack damage and counterattack damage by 30% for 4 seconds.
  • Reduces enemy’s attack by 50% for 2 seconds.
  • Increases damage by 10% and reduces enemy’s defense by 25% when attacking enemy garrison city.
  • Reduces skill damage taken by 15%.
  • Increases cavalry march speed by 15%.
  • Increases cavalry attack by 40%.
  • Has 25% chance to increase all damage done by 100% for the next 2 turns.
  • Immune to silence.
  • Deals 20% increased damage against enemy targets with less than 50% army strength.
  • March speed increased by 50% for 3 seconds after leaving the battle.

Why Attila is the Best Cavalry Commander?

  • Awesome for killing enemy targets on the battlefield.
  • Strong buffs that does a lot of damage.
  • Improves troops march speed.
  • Immune to silence, which makes him ideal choice to pair with nukers.
  • Nice sustained damage that helps him maintain a steady flow of heavy blows.
  • Perfect attacker against enemy cities.

Takeda Shignen

Best Takeda Shingen Commander ROK

The second best cavalry commander in the game is Takeda Shignen, who is rivaled closely by Attila. Although, the main reason why Takeda holds the second position is because of his talent build. He is equipped with a powerful passive skill which can heal him every turn for 4 seconds and increases the enemy’s damage taken after using his active skill.

At the same time, his passive skill reduces the enemy’s normal and counter attack damage as well as reducing the damage taken from incoming active skills. Which makes Takeda Shignen an incredible tanky commander to play on the field. While he isn’t exactly that great without a pair, there’s a reason why he is “married” to Attila due to his talent build that increases the damage of skills, which makes Takeda a great secondary legendary commander to couple with.

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 Cavalry 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.


Saladin Commander Rise of Kingdoms

If you are looking for a solid commander to counter nukers such as Mehmed II, then Saladin is a good legendary to pick. Because he comes with passive skill that reduces damage taken by 30% and damage from counterattacks by 20%. This proves Saladin to be a formidable legendary commander to play with on the battlefield.

Additionally, he can slow down the enemy targets and reduces their healing by 50%. Which pretty much allows Saladin and nearby friendly commanders to effectively kill the enemies with ease. He is amazing for PvP battles and is highly recommended for any avid PvPers.

Saladin Summary:

  • Deals massive damage up to 1,700 each time he activates his active skill.
  • Reduces enemy target’s march speed and healing effect by 50%.
  • Cavalry attack and defense increased by 20%.
  • Cavalry march speed by 5%.
  • Skill damage taken reduced by 30%.
  • Counterattack damage taken reduced by 20%.
  • Damage increased vs. cities by 15%.

Why Saladin is the Best Cavalry Commander?

  • Powerful conqueror with superior zone of control.
  • Great attacker that will make a quick work out of razing your enemies to the ground.
  • Awesome counter to nuking garrison commanders out of cities.
  • Diminishes healing effects, which makes him ideal choice against Richard I & Constantine I.
  • Improves march speed, allowing Saladin to mobilize on the map quickly.
  • Cavalry troops gets 20% attack and defense bonus, making them stronger.

Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan Commander Rise of Kingdoms

One of another great cavalry commander in Rise of Kingdoms is Genghis Khan. His active skill is just too good not to pass on. In fact, there is a 30% chance for him to trigger his active skill free at no additional cost to rage. Which means he will have a chance to deal his active skill immediately after using it that can well deliver devastating blow to your enemies.

His talent builds is also pretty good since he also specializes in skill which increases the overall damage done with skills. When pairing with other commanders who have passive skills that boosts the damage of skills, Genghis Khan have the potential to fight like a beast on the battlefield, terrorizing the enemies with the mighty galloping sound from the cavalry.

Genghis Khan Summary:

  • Deals 1,700 damage with his active skill.
  • Has a 30% chance to trigger his active skill instantaneously at no additional rage cost.
  • Rage requirement reduced by 100 from 950 to 850.
  • Cavalry march speed increased by 15%.
  • Damage increased by 30% when army’s strength is more than 70%.
  • Skill damage increased by 30% and restores 25 rage when army strength is below 50%.

Why Genghis Khan is the Best Cavalry Commander?

  • Superior attacking commander with a super fast rage generation.
  • Delivers powerful active skill that does ton of damage.
  • Has a chance to use his active skill back to back.
  • Improves cavalry troops’ march speed by 15%, allowing his army to move around on the map quickly.
  • Deals more damage when above 70%, allowing Genghis Khan to make a quick work out of your enemies.
  • His active skill becomes extremely valuable when his army strength falls below 50%.

Cao Cao

Cao Cao Commander ROK

Looking for a speedy cavalry commander that can take down barbarians? Cao Cao is the perfect fit for these type of scenarios. Thank to his peacekeeping and mobility talent build, Cao Cao can leverage his troops to do extra damage against barbarians. With improved march speed, his army is able to traverse around the map quickly and effortless.

If you do not have Cao Cao yet, you can level up Belisarius instead as he is a solid epic commander to start with — especially if you are starting off as Byzantium in Rise of Kingdoms. Alternatively, you can level up Minamoto if you have him as he is quite a good commander for doing decent damage.

Cao Cao Summary:

  • Deals 1,400 damage with his active skill.
  • Reduces target’s attack by 40% and march speed by 10%.
  • Increases damage against barbarians by 50%.
  • Increases cavalry march speed by 10% and attack by 30%.
  • 10% chance to restore 1,000 health points.
  • 10% chance to restore 100 rage.
  • Increases cavalry attack by 25% and decreases enemy troops defense by 10%.

Why Cao Cao is the Best Cavalry Commander?

  • Powerful commander that delivers serious punches.
  • Amazing for farming barbarians, very fast commander.
  • Comes with a lot of attack boost.
  • Greatly reduces your enemy’s attack by 40% as well as reducing their defense by 10%.
  • Has big heals and generates rage fast.
  • Moves around on the map pretty fast, easy to intercept enemy farmers.


Best Minamoto no Yoshitsune Commander ROK

Minamoto is a good cavalry legendary commander to play in Rise of Kingdoms. Although he excels at killing barbarians and has fewer support skills compared to Cao Cao. Which is why Minamoto is ranked just slightly below him. Even so, this cavalry commander is capable of dishing out additional damage that is based on chance.

For instance, his active skill have a 75% chance to deal an extra 600 damage over 2 seconds on the same target. Which brings the total damage to 2,000 — a decent direct blow to the enemy target while most commanders only can do between 1,200 to 1,600 with their active skill. Minamoto is pretty good legendary once you max him out, but as I mentioned previously, he is a chance-based commander which doesn’t makes him exactly strong as he is supposedly to be.

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 Cavalry 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.

Chandragupta Maurya

Chandragupta Maurya Commander Icon

Chandragupta Maurya is another powerful legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms. He comes with a ton of skill set that increases his overall damage. On the battlefield, Chandragupta Maurya is an excellent commander to gain control of the war in your favor. Especially when it comes to conquering your enemies’ cities.

Unlike other commanders, Chandragupta Maruya has a very unique interaction between stacks and bolstering his combat effectiveness. For instance, each stack of Blessing will increase his troops’ overall damage by 15% up to 4 times (60% in total). While his stack of Exhaust will reduce the target’s defense and health by 15%. This serves as a double edge sword, which makes Chandragupta Maruya one of the most effective and fearsome legendary cavalry commanders to have in any governor’s arsenal.

Chandragupta Maurya Summary:

  • Increases damage by 40% for 3 seconds after using active skill.
  • Gain Blessing stack for 10 seconds after using active skill which increases overall damage by 15%.
  • Reduces damage taken by 40% (Full Blessing Stacks) when attacking enemy cities.
  • Cavalry Health increased by 20%.
  • Reduces enemy target’s health and defense by 15% (Full Exhaust Stacks) when attacking enemy cities.
  • Reduces damage taken from enemy cavalry by 5%.
  • March Speed increased by 30%.
  • Deals 2,000 damage (Full Blessing Stacks) and reset the stacks.
  • Has 50% chance to gain one stack of Blessing on each attack, can be triggered once every 5 seconds.

Why Chandragupta Maurya is the Best Cavalry Commander?

  • Awesome and powerful damage abilities.
  • Superior commander for conquering your enemies thanks to incredible defense value.
  • Fast mobility, increases your cavalry troops’ march speed.
  • Does a ton of damage upon releasing Blessing stacks.
  • Effective commander on both battlefields and razing your enemies due to Exhaust ability.
  • Provides an additional 60% damage for 10 seconds thanks to Blessing, which helps keep sustained and high damage.

William I

William I Commander ROK

If you are looking for a strong legendary cavalry commander that can quickly frustrate your enemies, it is William I. We highly recommend him because he has an awesome mobility and skill that reduces up to 3 targets’ march speed by a whooping 30%. In addition to that, William I can deal damage towards multiple targets. His passive skill has an interesting synergy that scales damage based on the number of targets that William I is fighting against.

His passive skill has 1,000 base damage and can increase to 500 if he is fighting against 5 or more targets. While William I isn’t exactly an effective city-attacker, enemy governors will tremble before the might of William I because his active skill can increase the defense of troops by 20%. Furthermore, if he hits 2 or more then his troops and nearby friendly armies will deal 10% more damage. Plus they will generate 50 rage per second which makes William I an awesome legendary cavalry commander to have.

William I Summary:

  • Deals 1,500 damage with active skill up to 3 targets.
  • Reduces up to 3 targets’ march speed by 30%.
  • Cavalry Attack increased by 20%.
  • March Speed increased by 15%.
  • While in friendly alliance territory, damage is increased by 10%.
  • While on the map, Cavalry Attack is further increased by 30%.
  • Has a 10% chance to deal 1000 direct damage, and 100 x number of surrounding enemy armies up to 5 targets.
  • When Hidden Bloodline hits one target, increase defense by 20% for 3 seconds.
  • When Hidden Bloodline hits two or more, increase damage and nearby friendly armies damage by 10% and generate 50 rage per second for 3 seconds.

Why William I is the Best Cavalry Commander?

  • Very powerful legendary commander with superior area of control.
  • Can dish out serious damage and cripple multiple enemies with devastating bows.
  • Awesome commander for protecting your land on the map.
  • Fast rage generation plus awesome built-in support for nearby friendly commanders.
  • Great splash damage that increases the more enemy troops are fighting him.
  • Fast mobility, good for moving around on the battlefield.

Best Epic Cavalry Commanders in ROK


Baibars Commander Rise of Kingdoms

One of my favorite epic commander is Baibars. You can get him for free if you are starting off as Arabia in the game. Unlike other commanders, Baibars have an active skill which does splash damage upwards to 5 targets and it does a decent amount of damage. Plus, it does slow down the enemy movement which is a huge plus if you are battling against multiple enemies on a battlefield.

He is great choice and comes with a lot of good pairings choice that works along with legendary commanders like Genghis Khan or Attila for instance. If you are starting off with Baibars, he is worth leveling up straight away.

Baibars Summary:

  • Deals 1,000 damage to each target, up to 5 targets and slows them down by 50% for 2 seconds.
  • Increases cavalry attack by 20%.
  • Reduces enemy garrison attack and defense by 7% when attacking cities.
  • Increases march speed by 50% upon leaving the battle for the next 10 seconds.
  • Heals himself for 200 health points upon leaving the battle.

Why Baibars is the Best Cavalry Commander?

  • Awesome commander with excellent zone of control.
  • Deals ton of damage, up to 5 targets doing 1,000 damage.
  • Weakens enemy garrison attack and defense by 7%.
  • Nice self-healing capability.
  • Gives a flat 20% cavalry attack bonus.


Pelagius Commander Rise of Kingdoms

Pelagius is another epic commander that’s worth leveling up. Like Baibars, you can get this commander for free if you are starting off as Spain. Pelagius performs better on the defense side since his talent builds and skills revolves boosting the cavalry troops’ defense while garrisoning in the city.

But he is also great for supporting your commanders since he has a passive skill that has a 10% chance to heal wounded units each second for 2 seconds. So, he is one of the starting commanders that’s worth looking out for if you decide to specialize in building cavalry forces.

Pelagius Summary:

  • Deals 300 damage and additional 300 damage over 2 turns.
  • Restore 100 rage per active skill trigger.
  • Increases cavalry attack and defense by 15%.
  • Increases garrison and watchtower attack by 7%.
  • Has a 10% chance to self-heal for 450 health points.

Why Pelagius is the Best Cavalry Commander?

  • Flexible commander.
  • Amazing self-healing capability.
  • Fast and hard-hitting commander, especially with cavalry troops.
  • Boosts both defense and attack passively.
  • Fast rage generation, helps maintain high active skill uptime.


Belisarius Commander ROK

Finally, Belisarius is a decent epic commander to invest in. While he doesn’t comes with strong damaging skills as the other two epic cavalry commanders does, it is still worth considering Belisarius if you want a commander with high march speed and the ability to provide support on the battlefield.

His active skill can reduce enemy target attack and defense by 30%, allowing your troops to increase their combat effectiveness against the enemies. Belisarius’ Bucellarii is amazing to have because it improves the defense of cavalry and march speed by 30%. Which allows this epic commander to mobilize at high speed to reach your targets by surprise. Good commander to pair with Baibars to build a fast pair.

Belisarius Summary:

  • Hits target for a moderate mount of damage.
  • Increases march speed by 30% after leaving the battle.
  • Increases Cavalry Defense by 30% after leaving the battle.
  • Reduces enemy attack and defense by 30% with active skill.
  • Increases damage done to barbarians by 35%.
  • When army strength is below 50%, increases all damage done by 30%.

Why Belisarius is the Best Cavalry Commander?

  • Very fast commander, especially with cavalry troops.
  • Excellent at killing barbarians.
  • Pairs well with cavalry commanders who have nuking abilities.
  • Debuffs enemy target, making them weak.
  • Good rage generation.

Top 3 Best Civilizations for Cavalry Commanders


Rise of Kingdoms Arabia

One of the best civilizations to start with for cavalry commanders is Arabia. This civilization is just amazing with cavalry troops because they get 5% attack bonus. All troops also do 10% increased damage towards barbarians and neutral units.

Plus, when you assemble a rallying army, then the troops does another 5% extra damage. If you do a cavalry commander pair and only do cavalry as special unit then the overall damage done will further increase because of these traits.


Rise of Kingdoms Spain

Spain is another popular civilization to play with if you are doing cavalry commanders. This civilization gives 5% cavalry defense and all commanders gets 10% increased experience gain. Furthermore, your resource buildings produce 20% more.

So, this civilization is pretty good if you are into PvE battles and want to be able to minimize your causalities through improved defense. But other than PvE, Germany and Arabia is great at PvP battles due to better attack stats.


Rise of Kingdoms Germany

Another good civilization to start that works with cavalry commanders is Germany. This civilization gives 5% attack bonus to cavalry and the training time for troops is reduced. Which means you can pump out more troops to prepare for battle.

If you are farming barbarians, you will also be able to take advantage of the 10% Action Points Recovery (AP), allowing you to hunt down more barbarians.

Conclusion of Best Cavalry Commanders

And that’s all Governors! I hope you find this guide helpful and informative to tailor your own commander roster. This guide is intended to help you decide which commander to invest in and which one to pair with to maximize your ability to fight in the battles against other players.

If you disagree with these ranked commanders, please feel free to comment below and we will strike a conversation. We are looking forward to this to foster knowledgeable and skilled Rise of Kingdoms community. Happy ruling, Governors!

Best Cavalry Commanders Rise of Kingdoms Guide for Beginners
Best Cavalry Commanders Rise of Kingdoms Guide for Beginners
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