This guide will rank the quality of different troops in Bannerlord based on their stats and equipment.
Currently, this guide only covers top tier infantry with shields. Eventually, it will cover all major categories such as cavalry, ranged, and two handed infantry.
What you need to know
Shielded Infantry Tier List
187 Total armour
Fine Steel Paramerion or Calradic Mace
Pila (a spear in the game, not a javelin)
Fortified Kite Shield or Studded Bound Kite Shield
The most heavily armoured of any troop in this category. It comes equipped with a sword or a mace, along with a spear, and obviously a shield, however lacks ranged weaponry. It’s spear is quite short (114 units), but quite quick (90 speed) compared to other infantry’s spears. 2/3 of the variants spawn with a quite impressive shield with 480 hitpoints, however the other 1/3 spawn with terrible shield – only 167 hitpoints. Before they were nerfed in 1.0.10 (used to have 204 total armour), they were the undisputed best infantry, now however, both the Vlandian Sergeant and Sturgian Veteran Warrior could debatably take that spot.
163 Total armour
Fullered Western Mace, Short Bill, or Ridged Arming Sword
Long Fine Steel Spear
Reinforced Cavalry Kite Shield
Another well armoured infantry. The Vlandian Sergeant has a similar shield to the Legionary – 480 hit points – except all the variants spawn with it. It also can spawn with a sword or a mace, both of which are quite similar stat wise to the Legionary’s, except the mace is quite slower(101 vs 92). Despite having a shield, the Vlandian Sergeant can also spawn with a two handed Bill, which deals enormous amounts of damage(124), and is also reasonably long (132). All variants spawn with a spear. This spear deals less damage (32 vs 37) compared to the Pila, is slower (78 vs 90), but much longer (235 vs 114). Equipment wise, the Vlandian Sergeant is better, but has worse armour overall. Also it has a 1/3 chance of spawning without a one handed weapon (Bill), which makes its excellent shield pointless.
Sturgian Veteran Warrior
161 Total armour
Veteran’s Warrior’s Axe
Heavy Round Shield or Reinforced Cavalry Shield
Broad Blade Javelins
Very similar to the Vlandian Sergeant armour wise, the Sturgian Veteran Warrior has arguably the best one handed melee weapon, the axe. It swings quickly (94) with lots of damage (75). Although it is short (62), it is still longer than both the Legionary’s (47) and Sergeant’s maces (56). Kind of like the Legionary, the Sturgian Veteran Warrior has 2 variants with good shields (330hp), and 1 variant with a very good shield (480hp). However, it’s major downside is that it lacks a polearm, or a weapon long enough to deal with cavalry. However, unlike the Legionary and Sergeant which both lack throwing weapons, the Sturgian Veteran Warrior has 5 javelins.
149 Total armour
Eastern Cavalry Shield
Fine Steel Leaf Spear
Unlike the Sturgian, the Khuzait Darkhan has both throwing weapons and a spear, making it more effective at dealing with cavalry. Compared to other spears, the Darkhan’s spear trades length (179) for better damage (37) and speed (84), making it an effective middle ground between the Sergeant’s and Legionary’s spears. It’s shield on average is worse than every other troop covered so far (300hp). It’s sword is better than the Legionary’s, but worse than the Sergeant’s. Despite its worse armour, it is the second heaviest troop in this category (35), only lighter than the Aserai. Overall, the Darkhan is okay, maybe even good, but its slightly low armour, bad shield, and slightly higher weight drag it down.
Battanian Trained Spearman
128 Total armour
Fine Steel Cavalry Broadsword
Decorated Oval Shield
Long Fine Steel Spear
For being top tier infantry, the Battania Trained Spearman has quite low armour. It’s head armour is very good, body armour, okay, but its arm and leg armour is quite low. It makes up for this by having all of its variants have very good shields (480hp). It has one of the best swords also. It’s long (117), swings quickly (84), with high damage (75). It also has an axe, which is almost the same as the Sturgian’s, except less damaging (73), but longer (68). Overall, I think it is slightly worse than the Darkhan, as despite having a better shield and better weaponry, it lacks throwing weapons, and has less armour.
Aserai Veteran Infantry
142 Total armour
Fine Steel Long Kaskara
Fine Steel Leaf Spear
In most aspects, the Aserai Veteran Infantry is actually fairly good. It has the highest damage (78) one handed melee weapon of any other troop in this category, albeit the slowest (79). It comes equipped with the same spear as the Darkhan, and even has throwing weapons (5). However, what really holds it back is its awful, awful head armour (18). It doesn’t matter how well armoured everywhere else is considering it probably could be one shot to the head. Considering all its variants also have a crappy shield (280hp), it probably has the least survivability of any troop in this category. Furthermore, it is slightly heavier (36) than the Darkhan, making it possibly the slowest troop.
The Legionary and Sergeant are closely matched, and either probably could be argued to be the best. The Sturgian is a close second/third, but it has no real ability to deal with cavalry, making it somewhat situational. Although the Darkhan can deal with cavalry, it is slightly worse in every other regard than the Sturgian. The Battanian has poor armour, but good weapons and a good shield to make up for it. Finally, the Aserai would be okay or even good if it wasn’t for its terrible head armour, and poor shield holding it back. Granted, I’m not entirely sure how much shield durability matters, as I don’t often see shields break in Bannerlord.
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