Top 10 Best Gathering Commanders Guide for Beginners

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Are you looking for ways to improve your resource management skill in Rise of Kingdoms?

Look no further because we have assembled the top 10 best gathering commanders to harvest a heap of resources on the map and bringing them back to your city.

Gathering is one of the most critical Rise of Kingdoms game mechanisms used to help upgrade important buildings, research technologies, and training troops.

Therefore, you must become effective at farming resources by assembling a team of powerful gathering commanders.

In this guide, I will teach you how to get started by bringing in a consistent flow of resources using the most simple and effective methods in less time.

Best of all, if you are running multiple farming accounts, you can apply the same technique as long as you have decent gathering commanders.

That being said, let’s get to the basics and learn how you can become a better farmer from early game to late game.

How to Gather Resources in Rise of Kingdoms

Currently, there are at least eight gathering commanders in Rise of Kingdoms — unless Lilith Games have a plan to add more in future game updates.

Ideally, you will want to use all of your gathering commanders but keep some of them specialized in harvesting specific resources.

Each commander comes with a passive skill set that allows them to harvest a specific resource type faster than others.

However, you are free to gather any resource type as long as it is deemed fit to do the task.

I recommended having diverse gathering commanders because, in the late game, you will want to take advantage of the gathering speed bonus.

Granted, it is a small bonus, but it does make a big difference — especially if you are playing as a free-to-play player and you want to go head-on with other powerful governors.

So, here’s a list of the top 10 best gathering commanders to get in Rise of Kingdoms right now:

Cleopatra VII

Cleopatra ROK Commander

Level her up to 10 and rank up to 2 stars. Afterward, max out her 2nd skill and don’t invest in her anymore.

It is mainly because legendary commanders are much more expensive and time-consuming.

Cleopatra VII gains a 30% gathering speed bonus when harvesting stone. A great legendary commander when you need these extra stones in less time.

Cleopatra VII Summary:

  • Heals her own army and nearby friendly armies for 400 health points.
  • Increases defense bonus of her own army and nearby friendly armies by 15% for 2 seconds.
  • Gathering rate for stone increased by 30%.
  • Gathering rate for all resources increased by 20%.
  • Troops load increased by 50%.
  • Siege unit attack and defense increased by 50%.
  • Receives additional resource packs after completing gathering resource spots.

Why Cleopatra VII is the Best Gathering Commander?

  • One of the best supporting commander in the game due to healing ability and defense buff.
  • Fast at gathering stones.
  • Allows troops to bring more resources in a single trip, especially from high level resource spots.
  • Makes siege units even more tanky and damaging thanks to big bonus.
  • You get additional resource packs for each successful gathering mission with her.

Ishida Mitsunari

Ishida Mitsunari ROK Commander

If you want to get that 30% food gathering speed bonus, then roll Ishida Mitsunari.

Just like Cleopatra VII, level this commander to 10 and rank him to Star 2. Then max out his 2nd skill and don’t invest any further.

Depending on your luck, some players will get Cleopatra VII first, and some will get Ishida Mitsunari first.

Either way, both are good choices for accelerated gathering speed bonuses.

Ishida Mitsunari Summary:

  • Increases attack of troops and rage generation by 30% for 3 seconds.
  • 10% chance to heal his army for 500 health points.
  • Increases load of resources by 50%.
  • Increases food gathering rate by 30%.
  • Increases gathering rate of other resources by 20%.
  • Increases health of troops and active skill damage by 15%.

Why Ishida Mitsunari is the Best Gathering Commander?

  • Great for gathering food on the map.
  • Quite tanky thanks to high health bonus and self-healing.
  • Fast rage generation.
  • Can bring a lot of resources in a single trip.
  • Excellent support commander.


Seondeok ROK Commander

Another solid gathering commander to have is Seondeok. She is pretty good at gathering one of the essential resources in Rise of Kingdoms: Gold.

You will need a lot of gold in the late game, especially with researching high-level technologies and expensive troops.

To maximize her gathering capabilities, level up to level 10. Then rank her to Star 2 and max out her second skill.

Afterward, stop investing in her because these are the only two important skills you need to get Seondeok going.

Seondeok Summary:

  • Deals 1,400 damage with her active skill and reduces target’s rage by 100.
  • Increases gathering rate of gold by 30%.
  • Increases gathering rate of all resources by 20%.
  • Increases siege unit’s defense and attack by 30%.
  • Has 10% chance to deal 1,000 damage when doing pure siege army.
  • Increases resource load of siege units by 30% and grants 10% additional resources when gathering is completed.

Why Seondeok is the Best Gathering Commander?

  • Best commander for bonus gathering.
  • Very durable and tanky thanks to use of siege units.
  • Can be quite lethal due to high active skill damage and bonus damage.
  • Brings a lot of resources in a single trip.
  • Speeds up gathering rate.

Joan of Arc


Joan of Arc is an easy commander to get started since she is available to players who pick France as their starting civilization.

If you have this epic commander, level her up to 10 and rank to Star 2. Then max out her 2nd skill and don’t invest anymore.

It doesn’t take that much time to max her out since the governors can quickly obtain her via chests, daily quests, events, and sometimes from the Expedition Store in the Expedition Mode.

Joan of Arc Summary:

  • Increases Infantry Health by 30%.
  • Increases Cavalry Defense by 30%.
  • Increases Archer Attack by 30%.
  • Restores 50 rage.
  • Increases both gathering rate and troop load by 25%.
  • 10% chance to heal for 450 health points.
  • Increases troops’ normal attack by 25%.

Why Joan of Arc is the Best Gathering Commander?

  • Master commander that excels at everything.
  • Excellent supporting commander that gives buff to nearby allies.
  • Fast rage generation.
  • Great self-healing capabilities.
  • Amazing at gathering resources while protecting herself against invaders.

Matilda of Flanders

Matilda of Flanders ROK Commander

Another stellar epic commander to have for gathering resources on the map is Matilda of Flanders.

Suppose you are looking for another way to increase your resource flow further.

In that case, Matilda comes with a unique passive skill that grants a 10% additional bonus on top of resources whenever she completes gathering it.

That means if you move to one of these zone 3 regions where high-level resource spots are located, the completion bonus increases along with the amount of resources.

Matilda of Flanders is an excellent commander to have for high-level farming resources as she can make it easy enough to bring in help.

Matilda of Flanders Summary:

  • Deals 750 damage with her active skill.
  • Reduces enemy attack by 15% with her active skill.
  • Increases stone gathering rate by 25%.
  • Increases food & wood gathering rate by 20%.
  • Siege units HP and defense increased by 30%.
  • Troops capacity size increased by 15%, but attack is reduced by 20%.
  • Generates 10% extra resources upon completion of gathering.

Why Matilda of Flanders is the Best Commander?

  • Amazing commander for gathering resources on the map.
  • Stellar stone gathering commander.
  • Bolsters siege units HP and defense, making them harder to be killed.
  • Can bring more troops on the map.
  • Generate 10% more resources that becomes valuable the higher level resource spot is.


Constance Commander ROK

One of the easiest commanders to get your empire up and running is Constance.

The governors can obtain her via chests.

One of the main advantages of this elite commander over other commanders is the 20% gathering speed bonus for wood.

To get the most out of Constance, level her to 10 and rank her up to 3 stars using the star upgrade trick.

Max out her 2nd & 3rd skills. That allows you to get a headstart early in the game.

Constance Summary:

  • Deals 150 damage and an extra 150 damage with active skill.
  • Increases wood gathering rate by 20%.
  • Increases all other gathering rate by 15%.
  • Increases troops load by 30%.
  • Increases resource gathering bonus by 10%.

Why Constance is the Best Gathering Commander?

  • Very good for gathering gems due to resource bonus.
  • Super easy to level up.
  • Excellent wood gathering commander.
  • Can bring in ton of resources in a single trip.
  • Works well with siege units.

Gaius Marius

Gaius Marius Commander ROK

Another good commander that’s easy to get, Gaius Marius.

Like Constance, you want to level this commander to level 10 then rank to Star 3 using the star upgrade trick.

Gaius Marius has a 20% food gathering speed bonus. Which means it is easy for him to farm food on the map with less time.

Good for getting started early in the game.

Gaius Marius Summary:

  • Deals 150 damage and heals himself for 150 health points.
  • Reduces enemy march speed by 30% per active skill hit.
  • Increases food gathering rate by 20%.
  • Increases all gathering rate by 15%.
  • Increases troops load by 30%.
  • Increases siege march speed by 15%.
  • Increases ratio of slightly wounded units by 5% (fewer severely wounded units).

Why Gaius Marius is the Best Gathering Commander?

  • Very easy to level up.
  • Amazing at gathering resources.
  • Best with siege units.
  • Fast marching speed.
  • Reduces casualties, which means fewer troops loss.
  • Good for gathering food.


Sarka Commander ROK

Lastly, Sarka is one of several good gathering commanders to start. She is like jack-of-all-trades since there’s no specialized speed bonus.

Instead, she gathers all types of resources at an 18% increased speed.

That makes it easy to work with her since she can adapt to various resources without that much hassle.

Level her to 10, and rank to Star 3 using the star upgrade trick. Then max her 2nd and 3rd skill. You can get Sarka via chests pretty quickly.

Sarka Summary:

  • Deals 200 damage and reduces march speed by 30% with active skill.
  • Increases all gathering rate by 18%.
  • Increases troops load by 30%.
  • Increases troop capacity by 10%.
  • Reduces damage by 10%.

Why Sarka is the Best Gathering Commander?

  • Amazing commander for gathering resources.
  • Comes with active skill that reduces enemy march speed, allowing her to escape.
  • Can bring in ton of resources in a single trip.
  • Expands troop capacity for additional load.
  • Super easy to level up.

How to Gathering Effectively in Rise of Kingdoms

Matilda of Flanders Gathering Commander Rise of Kingdoms

Every time you send out a commander to farm resources, they should be specialized in by a gathering. You should always have more gathering commanders than your dispatch availability.

Which means your remaining gathering commanders should be sent as secondary commander to help out with harvesting resources to reduce the time it takes.

With five marches, it’s more effective to send your double march to farm alliance deposit.

There are no perks with sending non-gathering commanders to harvest resources as they don’t help out that much.

Commanders like Genghis Khan or Lancelot kills barbarians, not harvest crops, woods, gold, and stones for you.

Train & Use T1 Siege Units

Train Siege Unit Tier 1 Rise of Kingdoms

The siege unit is by far the most underrated in Rise of Kingdoms, and you will want to have 100K siege units.

Here’s how it works:

  • A siege unit carries 4 times more resources compared to other troop type.
  • They are the easiest unit to train.
  • Healing 100K siege units only takes 3 seconds, seriously.

Experienced Rise of Kingdoms players invest in Tier 1 siege units to make it easy to farm high level resources.

It’s a secret gathering trick that not a whole lot of governors know about it.

Gathering on Alliance Territory

What's Alliance Territory Rise of Kingdoms Guide

Most of you probably don’t know this bonus exists in Rise of Kingdoms, but gathering on Alliance Territory is a tremendous help to advancing your empire.

Here’s how gathering on Alliance Territory helps you out:

  • Get 25% gathering speed bonus when harvesting on Alliance Territory
  • Your alliance gets 1% on the top of the resources gathered from the RSS.
  • We highly recommended teleport to the edge or outside of the flag areas, so that these RSS can spawn in the middle.

Keeping Idle Gatherers Busy

You always will want to keep your idle gathering commanders busy, and you can do that without having to check-in Rise of Kingdoms to see if they are done or not.

Here’s how you can do that:

  • To enable this feature, you will need to turn on the notifications via settings in your Governor Profile.
  • Set “When troops have returned” to ON.
  • Enable notifications for Rise of Kingdoms on your device.

Conclusion of Top 10 Best Gathering Commanders Guide

Top 10 Best Gathering Commanders Rise of Kingdoms Guide

When gathering resources in Rise of Kingdoms, you definitely will want to go for high-level resource spots with your best-gathering commanders.

However, I also recommend you to have at least one or two farming accounts to help accelerate your primary account growth and reach Tier 5 troops as fast as you can.

Lastly, if you want to have a smooth and optimal gaming experience, I recommend you to play Rise of Kingdoms on PC.

It’s faster, smoother, and gives you more flexibility to play your favorite game.

You also can read my top reasons why I recommend players to play Rise of Kingdoms on PC.

Until then, happy ruling Governors, and stay tuned for more Rise of Kingdoms news and updates at House of Kingdoms!

Top 10 Best Gathering Commanders Guide for Beginners
Top 10 Best Gathering Commanders Guide for Beginners
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