Best Leonidas I Commander Guide ROK

Best Leonidas I Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs & Roles


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

Leonidas I is a legendary commander released along with Guan Yu. He boasts an impressive combination of offense and defense capabilities, making one of the popular commander to play with. His active skill is very unique as it increases damage towards enemies who is silenced. A must-have debuff when pairing with commanders who have silence ability.

However, to unlock and summon Leonidas I in Rise of Kingdoms. Your kingdom must be at least 240 days old in order to unlock him. Then you have to gather Leonidas I sculptures and navigate to the commander selection screen to summon him. If you are playing Leonidas I for the first time, stick around with us to learn more about his skills, talent builds and pairs.


Best Leonidas I Skills

In this section, we will talk about Leonidas I skills and how you can use his abilities to max. This means playing the legendary commander right, picking the best talent builds and pairing him with good commanders in order to maximize Leonidas I’s combat effectiveness. Below is a list of his skills.

King of Sparta
King of Sparta ROK

Rage Requirement: 1000
Increases the health of troops led by Leonidas I for 3 seconds. Deals damage to up to 3 targets a fan-shaped area. Targets under the effects of Silence or Attack Reduction will take an additional 50% damage.

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Health Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Direct Damage Factor: 200 / 300 / 400 / 500 / 600

This active skill increases damage by 50% when the targets is silenced or has their attacks reduced. It hits up to 3 targets and when under these debuff, the damage increases to 900 per target. Plus, the targets health is reduced by 30%. A solid active skill when paired with debuffers.

Three Hundred Spartans
Three Hundred Spartans ROK

When the army led by this commander contains only infantry units, increases defense and increases speed of rage gained.

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Defense Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Speed of Rage Gained: 5% / 7% / 9% / 12% / 15%

If you led a full infantry units under Leonidas I ‘s leadership then they gain a big, nice 30% defense bonus. Speed of rage generation is also increased by 15% which helps him maintain the health debuff and dealing heavy blows.

Honorable Sacrifice
Honorable Sacrifice ROK

When the army led by this commander has been reduced to less than 50% strength, there is a chance to gain a shield when attacked that lasts for 3 seconds. While the shield lasts, increase the attack of own infantry troops by 3%.

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Shield (Self): 600 / 650 / 700 / 750 / 800
Attack Bonus: 3% / 6% / 9% / 12% / 15%

This passive skill is basically like a last stand, which provides protection against enemy attacks temporarily. The troops also gain 15% attack bonus for upwards to 3 seconds.

Son of the Lion
Son of the Lion

While on the map, Leonidas I’s attack have a 25% chance to increase all damage dealth by his own troops, lasts for 5 seconds and stacks up to 4 times.

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Damage Bonus: 5% / 6% / 7% / 8% / 10%

Son of the Lion is an incredible powerful passive skill that will increases the overall damage that your troops does upwards to 40% (stacks up to 4 times and has a duration of 5 seconds).

Battle of Thermopylae
Battle of Thermopylae ROK

When the army led by this commander has been reduced to less than 10% strength, increase all damage dealt by 400% and increase damage reduction by 50%, lasts for 10 seconds. This effect can trigger only once per hour after the army has left the city.

Battle of Thermopylae is an unique and interesting passive skill that increases all the damage done by 400%. During this skill is activated, the troops damage taken is reduced by 50%. Like Constantine I, this only can be triggered once every hour after leaving the city.

Best Leonidas I Talent Trees

Before we dive deep in the best Leonidas I  talent builds, I want to point out that this legendary commander excels when playing on the map. Which means he doesn’t play that well as a garrison commander at all. Even though he is a very tanky commander, he is equipped with a numerous of powerful offensive capabilities and that goes even further when pair with debuffer commanders. Below is our top 2 recommended talent builds for Leonidas I :

PvP Talent Build

Leonidas I PvP Talent Build ROK

This is one of the best talent build for PvP battling with the legendary commander. It focuses on increasing the troops’ march speed, attack, defense and health bonuses. Additionally, he gains improved rage generation that helps out with him dishing out his active skill as often as he can. Perfect for battling in the PvP arenas and out in the field as well.

Conqueror Talent Build

Leonidas I Field Talent Build ROK

Let’s be real, Leonidas I is good at conquering your enemies with ease. If you go with this talent build, not only he will be able to do extra damage against enemy cities, it also dramatically increases the speed of rage generation when his army strength falls below 30%. The conqueror talent build is good for warding off enemy defenders while crippling the defenses with ease.

Best Recommended Roles (Primary / Secondary)

Leonidas is a solid secondary commander. You will always want to have debuffers as the primary commander in order to maximize troops capacity size, attack, defense, march speed and health bonus. Additionally, you want to have a good commander that increases skill damage and conquering as defense isn’t great for Leonidas I — unless playing as solo commander.

Mixed Armies

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

Pure Infantry

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

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 Primary Commander Pairs

As I pointed out that Leonidas I is a solid secondary commander. Which means we will share the best primary commanders who are equipped with debuff abilities in order to maximize the pair combat effectiveness. That being said, let’s find out the best primary commanders for Leonidas I to pair with:

Guan Yu

Guan Yu Commander ROKAny serious players will want to pair Guan Yu with Leonidas I. That’s mainly because Guan Yu has an active skill which silences up to 3 targets and deals massive amount of damage. This debuff will increase Leonidas I active skill damage by 50%, a massive boost to his combat capabilities.

Many players prefer to do Guan Yu & Leonidas I combo is because Guan Yu is focused on conquering and improves active skill damage. At the same time, he specializes in infantry. Which makes him one of the best commander to pair with, hands down.

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great Commander ROK

If you want to be able to gain 15% attack bonus when the army strength is below 50% at a much consistent rate, then pair Leonidas I with Alexander the Great. This pair focuses on playing both offense and defense wars the best.

Alexander the Great can pull up shield to delay the incoming attacks while Leonidas dishes out moderate amount of damage. If you don’t have Alexander the Great, you definitely can play Leonidas with Charles Martel on the defensive field side.

The only downside with this pair is that you do not get the 50% damage bonus to active skill in contrast to Guan Yu combo.


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