Best Aethelflaed Commander Rise of Kingdoms

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

Introduction


Welcome to our in-depth Rise of Kingdoms guide for Commander Aethelflaed. This informative guide was created to help provide an overview of Aethelflaed skills, talent tress, 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 Aethelflaed right and maximize strategic advantages.

Before we go any further in our best Aethelflaed commander guide for beginners in Rise of Kingdoms. I want to point out that this is one of the easiest legendary commander to obtain via Expedition Store. Aethelflaed comes with nationality of Britain and boasts large troop capacity. Combined with her strong AoE active skill, she can effectively reduce the enemies’ attack and defense, allowing your forces to chip them off with each strike.

To summon Aethelflaed in Rise of Kingdoms, you need to gather 10 Aethelflaed sculptures. Once you have the required materials, navigate to the Commander Selection tab on the lower right corner. Tap on the button to summon Aethelflaed. She comes with a base power of 4,700 and skills that focuses on leadership, peacekeeping and support.

Overview


Skills


In the next part, we are going to talk about the best skills to use for Aethelflaed. As you can see, majority of her skills focuses on increasing the experience gained from killing barbarians as well as increasing damage against neutral units.

But that doesn’t means she is not viable for PvP battles. In fact, her active skill is by far one of the strongest ability in the game. When you pick a talent build that focuses on generating rage fast, she is able to maintain high uptime by keeping the enemy’s attack AND defense reduced, allowing her to effectively slaughter them to dead.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at Aetheflaed’s skills and see how you can use them to your advantage during the gameplay in Rise of Kingdoms.

Best Aethelflaed Commander ROK Guide

Arrow of Iron
Deals damage to a single target and reduce the target’s attack, defense and health for 5 seconds. Next, deals damage in a front-facing cone to up to 5 enemies and reduces their attack, defense and health for 2 seconds.

Direct Damage Factor:

400/500/600/700/800

Attack, Defense and Health Reduction:

10%/15%/20%/25%/30%

This active skill is amazing when pairing with a secondary commander for opening up nuking opportunity. The amount that this active skill reduces your enemy’s force overall combat effectiveness by 30% is massive. When coupled with rage generation talent build, you will be able to sweep them with minimal resistance.

Thunderous Force
Counterattack damage against your troops is reduced. When actively attacking, you have a 10% chance to reduce the movement speed of enemy cavalry and the movement speed of other troops. Slow effect lasts 3 rounds.

Counterattack Damage Taken Reduction:

5%/8%/11%/15%/20%

Cavalry March Speed Reduction:

20%/25%/30%/40%/50%

Other Unit March Speed Reduction:

10%/15%/20%/25%/30%

Thunderous Force keeps your enemy forces at bay and deters them from escaping a losing battle. By reducing their march speed, Aethelflaed is able to keep them close to the edge, allowing you to maximize their casualities.

Synergy
All troops under your command gain attack against Barbarians and other neutral units, and all Commanders get EXP bonus.

Bonus Damage to Barbarians:

5%/10%/17%/25%/35%

Experience Bonus:

5%/10%/17%/25%/35%

Synergy plays a significant role in granting experience bonus and damage bonus to the barbarians. When you pair Aethelflaed with a secondary commander, both will get this bonus which makes the whole leveling phase absolutely breeze.

Fortress of Mercia
When this Commander leads a rally attack, all armies joining the rally have higher troop limit. When this Commander is leading at least 3 different troop types, their damage is increased.

Rallied Army Capacity Bonus:

2%/4%/6%/8%/10%

Bonus Damage (3 Unit Types):

5%/8%/11%/15%/20%

Fortress of Mercia allows you to play an army compromised of various troop type. When you play at least three troop types, Aethelflaed deals 20% increased damage in rallied army. Plus the troop capacity of rallied army is increased by 10%.

Warrior Queen
Deal an extra 20% damage to enemies who have been slowed.

Not much can be said about this enhanced skill, but basically it increases damage towards enemies who have been slowed. Thus, allowing you to finish them off quickly.

Best Aethelflaed Talent Trees


In the next part of our best Aethelflaed commander guide, we will reveal the best talent builds to go with this legendary commander. There are at least three popular talent builds, but it depends on your preferences and gameplay style. So take a look at the recommended talent builds for Aethelflaed below:

Peacekeeping Talent Build

Aethelflaed Peacekeeping Talent Build ROK

This talent build expands on Aethelflaed’s already strong passive skill towards barbarians and neutral units. By further increasing the amount of damage that she deals to barbarians and the amount of experience she gains for each victorious battle.

A small portion of the talent points goes toward support to help with rage generation. Which plays an important role in intimidating barbarians’ attack, defense and health. Unlike other commanders, Aethelflaed’s active skill do hit barbarians that’s in the splash range which makes this talent build extremely popular.

PvP Talent Build

Aethelflaed PvP Talent Build ROK

If you have a different plan for this legendary commander, perhaps you want to roll PvP talent build with her. Then this talent build is a viable option. Basically, it supports Fortress of Merica passive skill by incorporate the defense and offense bonus that she gets for having more than 3 type of troops in her army.

Just like the previous talent build, a small portion of the talent points is invested in rage builder generation to help maintain high uptime on her active skill. She also gains improved defensive capabilities with this talent build thanks to damage reduction.

Field Talent Build

Aethelflaed Field Talent Build ROK

The field talent build is the ultimate crowd control for Aethelflaed. Basically, this talent build focuses on destabilizing your enemy’s movement, rendering them immobile while you finish them off with powerful strikes.

The field talent build is great when you are commandeering Aethelflaed and to provide support to your allies in heat of battles on the map. In contrast to previous talent build, this build emphasizes more on the support side which allows you to control your enemies effectively with movement impairment effects.

Best Recommended Roles (Primary / Secondary)


Below is the best primary and secondary role for Aethelflaed. If you plan to play her in Rise of Kingdoms, make sure you know the optimal position for her in order to maximize her potential power.

Mixed Armies

  • Balanced DPS (Primary / Secondary)
  • Tank (Primary / Secondary)
  • Budget Siege (Primary / Secondary)

Pure Infantry

  • Balanced DPS (Secondary)
  • Tank (Secondary)
  • Budget Siege (Secondary)

Pure Cavalry

  • Balanced DPS (Secondary)
  • Tank (Secondary)
  • Budget Siege (Secondary)

Pure Archers

  • Balanced DPS (Secondary)
  • Tank (Secondary)
  • Budget Siege (Secondary)

Best Secondary Commander Pairs


Aethelflaed is a great legendary commander and obviously there are some decent secondary commanders to pair with her. We have compiled the best secondary commander pairs if you plan to specialize Aethelflaed as your main commander.

Joan of Arc

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By far one of the most popular commander to pair is Joan of Arc. She works exceptionally well with Aethelflaed due to buffs that increase infantry health, cavalry defense, and archer attack by 30% when activating her active skill. Plus, a small amount of rage is gained that helps Aethelflaed cast her powerful active skill more frequently.

When you do 3 or more type of troops under Aethelflaed’s leadership the troops get 20% more damage bonus which is pretty huge considering how diversified this pairing is. Plus another 25% more damage on normal attack. Not to forget to mention that your troops also do get some healing on chance for each normal attack. An exceptional strong pairing.

Sun Tzu

Rise of Kingdoms Sun Tzu Preview

Sun Tzu is a solid secondary commander to pair with Aethelflaed. He is by far one of the most popular pick along with Joan of Arc due to his powerful AoE nuke skill. He can quickly bring down your enemies with raining fireballs and restore some of the rage that helps Aethelflaed use her active skill more often.

One of the main advantage for pairing Sun Tzu is mainly due to the 20% skill damage bonus. Aethelflaed will be able to benefit from that in order to dish major blows to enemy targets in matter of seconds. A great epic commander to start with, especially if you are starting off as China in the beginning of game.

Belisarius

Belisarius Commander ROK

Belisarius is a decent secondary commander to pair with. His active skill reduces enemy’s force attack and defense by 30% which goes really nicely with Aethelflaed’s active skill. But the secret lies behind Belisarius surprise passive skill.

When the enemy’s army strength falls below 50%, both commanders gain 30% bonus attack which delivers an impressive amount of damage. At the same time, if the enemy tries to escape, Belisarius comes with increased march speed that keeps the enemy on the hook. An ultimate executioner pair.

Baibars

Baibars ROK Selection Screen

If you ever find yourself in need of being able to dish out heavy AoE damage while reducing their march speed to gain 20% damage bonus towards all targeted enemies. Pair Baibars with Aethelflaed and watch both of them demolish enemy forces in matter of seconds.

While Baibars is specialized in cavalry force, he is an ideal choice for killing your enemies quickly. Though, his active skill movement impairment debuff have shorter time compared to Cage of Thorns talent point in the talent tree. He is still a great pick for PvP battles when you want to fill in the gap to gain 20% damage bonus for Aethelflaed.

Lohar

Lohar ROK Character Screen

For some of players who prefer to play on the PvE side, Lohar is a great secondary commander to pair with Aethelflaed. He comes with passive skill that further increases damage towards barbarians and grants 70% bonus commander experience. Given the fact that it takes a long time to level up legendary commanders, Lohar is incredible useful and a great pick since he also heals troops after each battle.

Pelagius

Pelagius Spain Commander

Sustained damage factor is popular with Aethelflaed which is why Pelagius is a great pick. He comes with active skill that helps out with rage generation and deals sustained damage factor. He also have a passive skill that has 10% chance to heals portion of the army during the battle.

If you don’t have Pelagius, Kusunoki Masashige is another good pick that focuses on keeping the pair debuff-free. But prefers to focus on archer as opposed to cavalry under Pelagius’ leadership.

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