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


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

Guan Yu is a legendary commander released along with Leonidas I as part of the latest update in Rise of Kingdoms. He is one of the most powerful commander who specializes in infantry. Just like Sun Tzu, he has a nationality of China which makes him a very popular commander to play with China’s traits. He comes with an extremely powerful active skill which deals heavy blows and silences up to 3 targets. Guan Yu is a force not to be reckoned with.

To summon Guan Yu, you will need to gather 10 Guan Yu sculptures and navigate to the commander selection screen. Then tap on him to summon him. If you are curious to learn more about this amazing legendary commander, stick with us around to know about his skills, best talent builds and suitable pairs to maximize his combat effectiveness.


Best Guan Yu Skills

Guan Yu has one of the best skill set in Rise of Kingdoms. They will literally make you want to play him as your primary commander all the way because of how insanely good his skills are. If you truly want to have him play at his best, then this guide will explain how to use his skills to propel the combat effectiveness to the maximum.

Saint of War
Saint of War ROK

Rage Requirement: 1000
Deals direct damage to up to 3 enemies in a fan-shaped area and silences these targets for 3 seconds (damage dealt to all targets will be decreased by 15% for each additional enemy). When Guan Yu is serving as the secondary commander, decrease Damage Factor.

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Damage Factor (When Secondary Commander): 550 / 650 / 750 / 850 / 1000
Direct Damage Factor: 1100 / 1300 / 1500 / 1700 / 2000

Basically, Saint of War means you want to keep Guan Yu as the primary commander. Because he can do upwards to 2,000 damage per target. Each time he hits a target, the damage is reduced by 15%. So, the main target will always get the full damage while the subsequent target gets reduced damage. When serving as a secondary commander, he does less damage which isn’t helpful at all.

Five Tiger Generals
Five Tiger Generals ROK

When attacking garrisons, increases normal attack damage. Normal attacks have a 10% chance to reduce a single target’s attack for 3 seconds.

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Normal Attack Damage Bonus: 3% / 6% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Attack Reduction: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

Five Tiger Generals increases the damage of normal attack by 15% when attacking garrisons. Plus there’s a small chance to reduce the enemy’s attack by 30%. Which helps out a lot with bolstering Guan Yu’s army to withstand the full brunt force of enemy garrisons.

The Slaying of Hua Xiong
The Slaying of Hua Xiong ROK

Increases infantry units’ attack and march speed. Upon leaving battle, Guan Yu heals a portion of slightly wounded units.

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Infantry Attack Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Infantry March Speed Bonus: 3% / 6% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Healing Factor: 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 / 1000

A nice 15% bonus to march speed and 30% attack. Whenever Guan Yu leaves the battle, he heals a bit of the wounded units. This passive skill is awesome because it takes up less of your resources and extends his army lifespan.

Green Dragon Crescent Blade
Green Dragon Crescent Blade ROK

When the skill “Saint of War” hits only 1 target, there is a 50% chance to deal additional damage to the target. When the skill hits 2 or more targets, there is a 50% chance to deal additional damage to the current target.

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Additional Damage Factor (1 Target): 600 / 700 / 800 / 900 / 1000
Additional Damage Factor (2+ Target): 800 / 900 / 1000 / 1200 / 1400

This passive skill serves to bolster the active skill damage by dealing additional damage. If you deal 1 target, there’s a 50% chance it will do 1,000 extra damage to that target alone. But, if you do hit 2 to 3 targets, then all of them will get 1,400 extra damage which is a massive push to Guan Yu’s active skill.

Lone Rider
Lone Rider ROK

Whenever Guan Yu gains a shield, he also increases his active skill damage by 15% for 3 seconds. Whenever Guan Yu leaves a structure, he increases his march speed by 100% for 3 seconds.

Lone rider simply gives Guan Yu 15% increased active skill damage when he gains a shield. Furthermore, his march speed is increased by 100% after leaving a structure which plays a lot with mobilizing around on the map. This gives Guan Yu strategic advantage over your enemy players who don’t have this stellar combat capabilities.

Best Guan Yu Talent Trees

In this next part of our best Guan Yu commander guide for beginners, we will be talking about the talent builds for this legendary commander. As you know that Guan Yu excels at conquering. He is also one of the best commander for PvP and field battles due to his skill set being so good. There are so much flexibility that allows you to work around to make your own personalized Guan Yu that fits your gameplay and strategy needs. Below are our recommended best talent builds for Guan Yu:

Conqueror Talent Build

Guan Yu Conqueror Talent Build ROK

By default, the Conqueror talent build is the best pick for Guan Yu. Since it focuses on dealing massive damage towards the enemy garrisons and defense. It also expands on rage generation and increasing the damage of active skill. Which plays a pivot role in capitalizing Guan Yu’s active skill damage to the max. This conqueror talent build also encompasses defense, attack and health value that provides sturdy buffs to infantrymen.

PvP Talent Build

Guan Yu PvP Talent Build ROK

Any avid players who are looking for a solid commander to battle in arenas would love to have this talent build for Guan Yu. Simply put, it focuses on increasing the defense, attack, march speed and health values for infantry. Furthermore, Guan Yu can build his rage at accelerated pace which turns into higher damage output with his active skill. Good for clearing out grouped enemies with ease.

Field Talent Build

Guan Yu Field Talent Build ROK

Guan Yu is also a solid field commander with this talent build. Thanks to increased rage generation builder, he can safely strike the enemies while dishing out massive blows. In addition to that, the secondary commander who pairs with him also gain massive buffs to skill damage which makes this talent build an ideal pick for doing combo with nukers. Infantry also gains march speed, defense, attack and health bonus with this talent build.

Best Recommended Roles (Primary / Secondary)

Guan Yu for sure is a solid primary commander, mainly because of his active skill. You will always want to maximize his active skill so to get the most damage out of it. There’s no scenarios where you would want to have Guan Yu as a secondary commander at all. So whenever you use him, position him as your primary commander.

Mixed Armies

  • Balanced DPS (N/A)
  • Tank (N/A)
  • Budget Siege (N/A)

Pure Infantry

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

Pure Cavalry

  • Balanced DPS (N/A)
  • Tank (N/A)
  • Budget Siege (N/A)

Pure Archers

  • Balanced DPS (N/A)
  • Tank (N/A)
  • Budget Siege (N/A)

Best Secondary Commander Pairs

Guan Yu comes with a lot of flexibility, which means he can easily work with any commanders as long as they can maintain pure infantry build. His active skill is insanely strong, thus making him a suitable commander for fighting a long-drawn battles. In this section, we list the best secondary commanders to pair with this legendary Chinese commander.

Leonidas I

Leonidas I Commander ROK Profile

If you want to win the game easily, Leonidas I by default is the best match. He comes with an active skill which gets 50% damage boost when the target is silenced and can hit upwards to 3 targets. Unlike other commanders, Leonidas I boosts troops’ damage by 40% while on the map.

Defense of the troops is increased by 30% and the speed of rage is further amplified by 15% which makes Leonidas and Guan Yu a very deadly combo to play with. This is one of the best commander pair for serious players in Rise of Kingdoms.

Mehmed II

Mehmed II Commander Rise of Kingdoms

Guan Yu is already a very powerful nuker, so why not pair him with Mehmed II to turn this combo into a killing machine? In this combo, Guan Yu still maintain the role as primary commander, although, both will benefit a lot from expanded troop capacity, increased skill damage, and Mehmed II’s powerful active skill damage.

This combo will be able to dish out heavy blows, crippling multiple targets within matter of seconds. At the same time, when you are attacking enemy garrisons, Mehmed II is well equipped to do serious amount of damage and can activate his active skill for free to do extra damage. Definitely one of the best commander to pair for nuking.

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great Commander ROK

If you want to take advantage of the 15% active skill damage as well as increased march speed, Alexander the Great is a good legendary commander to pair with. Whenever the shield is up, gain 30% defense bonus. And when the shield is down, gain 40% attack bonus.

Bonus point, when he activates his shield, portion of the incoming damage is reflected back to the attacker. Plus, increases their damage taken by 30% for the next 4 seconds up to 3 targets. Alexander the Great and Guan Yu is another solid combo for players who wants a tanky pair.

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