The Mount and Blade franchise is a cult classic adored heavily by its fans, and if you clicked on this post, you probably need no explanation of the franchise. For newcomers, though, Mount and Blade is a single-player, action RPG set in medieval times in a land named Calradia.
It features sandbox gameplay, and it doesn’t tie players down to following a set path or storyline. However, there are quests you’ll complete throughout your playthrough, so there is always something to do.
If you’ve considered picking up Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord, you’ve come to the right post. Here, we break down the best practices for getting started for success on your Bannerlord journey.
Quick news update as of April 30, 2021:
So, there is a new mod currently in development that will allow some medieval maritime fun and carnage. YouTuber and Content Creator Resonant has reported that Naval Battles Mod will be coming to Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord. Mods aren’t new to the franchise by any means. However, the mod’s developers will bring Mount and Blade’s immersion fighting to the open seas. Also, there will be opportunities to purchase and trade ships. This seems to be a promising endeavor for franchise fans, and we hope this bit of news tickles your loins as much as it did ours.
Now back to the topic at hand.
Important aspects of Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord
In Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord, you have so many options for exploration and gameplay that can seem overwhelming to new players and sometimes even returning fans. That’s why we will break down the most critical aspects for you to explore in your playthrough of Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord.
Arguably the most compelling experience in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord involves the quests. That should be pretty obvious for an RPG, but that becomes obvious when you consider all the options you have for tackling quests in the game.
You’re going to spend most of your time fighting wars, chasing rogues, and courting people in this vast open-world environment. Here is a shortlist of all the types of quests you can look forward to in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord.
Rebuild your clan
You start the game with as basic a clan the game can offer. This way, you can spend most of your time doing everything you can to increase your clan’s wealth, grow your party, hire companions, and many other related tasks that may or may not happen naturally as you travers the game’s happenings. Of course, optimizing your clan will proof healthy for the future of your gameplay, and the game is clear in how making good decisions affects your overall experience.
Many Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord players will agree that this is arguably the most substantial quest chains in the game. Also, the main quest line concentrates heavily on events in the Dragon Banner. This is the primary way you form your faction in the game, so it is wise to give this segment a fair measure of your daily commitment.
Village Quests and Town Quests
Various village areas on the map have side quests and missions for you to complete. Like other entries in the RPG genre, Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord permits players to solve problems for NPCs that range from helping landlords regain access to their land to saving some kidnapped villagers from enemy capturers. Completing the tasks will, of course, give you rewards and experience, so you will be encouraged to be as sound a Samaritan as possible.
Trading in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord is another part of the game that is expansive. While you won’t be spending all your time here, you will lose a few hours deciding what to keep, what to sell, which items to trade, and what scenarios it necessary to trade at all.
The guys over at Naguide did a stellar job of breaking down every aspect of trading, but here is a list of the most important aspects of trading in Mound and Blade II: Bannerlord.
- Loot and equipables – things you pick up throughout your journey that you can use for battle and defense.
- Livestock – animals or creatures captured in the field or farmed in the village
- Goods – food and consumable products made or found in a village
There is much more to consider when trading in this game. It can get complicated, but the only way to learn is to dive in helm first.
Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord’s tournament mode is pretty straightforward. This is where you will test your might with different weapons and conditions while earning some much-needed gold and prizes in the process. Every time you start, you will have another weapon, and you earn gold for killing bad ops.
One of the most overlooked aspects of Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord’s gameplay is the workshop. Making passive income – whether in a game or in real life – should always be explored as a possible option. With a good bit of money, you can purchase a workshop and open it in a town. After some time passes, the workshop will start earning you some gold. It seems like a no brainer, but there is some nuance to this ongoing transaction.
For example, when you purchase a workshop, it may be a really long time before your investment returns and profit to you. At first, that may seem like a turnoff, however, one must consider the fact that workshops never cost you anything more than the initial cost to startup. And, it never brings a loss in anyway.
While sometimes small, only positives come from the workshops. That gets multiplied exponentially when you setup multiple shops. Just like in real life, it’s the slow and methodical investor who has the most success. Take that logic and apply it to the workshops mechanic in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord and you’ll be swimming in medieval treasures.
Last but not least, Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord has a crafting system that allows players to create their weapons. It’s an elegant arrangement that provides you agency on the progression of your stats if you learn the ins and outs at the smithing table.
There are various things to consider when crafting, like where you can prepare, start crafting and what materials you will need to make the best gear possible. Luckily for players, Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord is exceptional with keeping things simple.
Have you played Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord?
We understand this breakdown was for people who weren’t that familiar with the game. However, we still would like to hear feedback from long-time fans of the game, whether you played or watched other people play the game. Your input might help newcomers pull the trigger on downloading this game and experiencing the beautiful things it has to offer.