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How to Effectively Upgrade Commander Skills

Upgrading your Commanders in wrong ways could make them very useless. Sometimes it is even worse, you want to create completely account, just because of a wrong move.

If you are new to Rise of Kingdoms and especially you are a free-to-play player, this must be a very crucial guide for you.

Firstly, you can use the 4-star trick on your Legendary Commanders to unlock your commander skills without worrying much about getting their skills upgraded randomly as you can always lock the skill upgrades!

Ideally, you want to max out the first skill of your commanders first.

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Why Legendary Commanders? What about the Others?

  • We want to mainly focus on Legendary ones in this article because Legendary Commander Sculpture obtaining Legendary Sculptures is extremely hard. You do not want to totally waste all of your hard-earned Legendary Commander Sculpture Sculptures on your beloved Commanders, eventually seeing them become very useless.
  • It’s a lot easier to obtain the other Sculptures Epic Commander Sculpture elite commander sculpture advanced commander sculpture so you can easily fix your mistakes.
  • Only use the 4-star trick on your gathering Commanders.
caesar wrong skill
Look how bad the skill set of this Caesar is!

How to Effectively Upgrade Skills for Legendary Commanders

As we have all already known, each Legendary Commander has 4 main skills, and the 5th skill is unlocked once all of the other skills are maxed.

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If you use the trick we mentioned above to unlock 3-4 skills at once, when you upgrade the skill of your Commander, it will randomly pick any non-maxed skill to upgrade. Thus, it might not upgrade the strongest, the most important skill of that Hero.

This is why it is always recommended to lock all of other skills before maxing out the first skill of your commander.

For example, Minamoto‘s most important skill is the first one. If you unlock all 4 at once and then start upgrading them, you will most likely have the 3rd skill being upgraded to max first.

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Instant Guideline To Commander Skill Distribution

Skill Distribution Commanders
5-1-1-1 Cao Cao tomyris CharlemagneGuan YuEl Cidlu bu
5-5-1-1 minamoto no yoshitsune Julius Caesar Frederick I Mehmed IICharles Martelrichard  Constantine I Aethelflaed ArtemisiaLeonidas ICyrus II the GreatNebuchadnezzar II
5-5-5-1 Saladin Genghis KhanTakeda Shingenramesses William IZenobia
5-5-5-5 Yi Seong-Gye Edward of WoodstockAttilawu zetianHannibal BarcaYi Sun-sinChandragupta MauryaTheodoramulan Rise of KingdomsHarald Sigurdsson
1-5-0-0 Ishida MitsunariCleopatraSeondeok

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Note: Skill distribution can change if you have any specific task in mind for a certain commander with a certain purpose.

For example, If Aethefled is used for leveling up others, you’d want her at 5-1-5-1 or something along the line. Also for the optimum situation, you’d want commanders such as Cao Cao at 5-1-5-1 or El Cid at 5-1-1-5, etc.


  • Minamoto no Yoshitsune: The most important skill is the first skill. The worst skill is the third skill. So, you want to upgrade his 1st skill first, then the 2nd one. After that, you can unlock the last skills at once so you will be able to upgrade the 4th skill while trying to avoid the 3rd one.
  • Yi Seong-Gye: Similar to Minamoto, max out the first skill → second skill → the rest.
  • El Cid: First skill → second skill → the rest.
  • Cao CaoMax out the first skill → unlock the rest.
  • Cleopatra:
    • For supporting: Max out the first skill first → unlock the 3rd skill.
    • For gathering: Unlock everything you can at once.
  • Richard I: 1 → 2 → 3/4. However, all of his skills are decent. If you have already unlocked them all, it’s fine!
  • Charles Martel: 1 → 2 → 3/4 
  • Julius Caesar: 1 → 2 → 3/4 
  • Frederick I: 1 → 2 → 3/4. The first two skills are insane in the combats. You have to max them first to make the most of this Commander.
  • Hannibal Barca: 1 → 2 → 3/4. The first two are the strongest skills.
  • Mehmed II: 1 → 2 → 3/4. The first two skill offer insane amount of damage.
  • Others: 1 → 2 → 3/4


cleopatra skills
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cao cao skills
We all love farming Barbarians, right?
minamoto skills
This is what called excellence!


The main idea is to max out the first skill, the active, of your Commanders first. It’s because, in the combats, your Heroes constantly trigger their active skills. The stronger those skills are, the move advantages, the more damage, the more buffs you could do.

If your Heroes are mainly for gathering and they rarely have the chance to activate their first skills, there is no point to not unlock all of their skills.

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