It's not all just battles in Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord. You're also be able to take on the role of ruler in your own kingdom. This means managing the many settlements that you'll be conquering along the way. Taking over the settlements is rather difficult, but keeping control and developing them further is also a big challenge.
This Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord settlement guide will teach you the basics of how to take over and manage your own town, as well as how to defend it against invaders.
- How to get a settlement in Bannerlord
- How to manage your settlement in Bannerlord
- How to defend your settlement from invaders in Bannerlord
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord guide series
How to get a settlement in Bannerlord
Settlements come in multiple forms. These are towns and castles which you can take over control of. The surrounding villages contribute to your town or castle's overall wealth and prosperity, but are also vulnerable to being raided for supplies by enemy nobles or bandits. Towns are a little better than castles, in that you'll have more actions you can take while inside them, while castles are easier to defend during sieges.
Work for a faction and get a settlement as a reward
The easiest way to get your own settlement is to join one of the established kingdoms as a mercenary. Later, you can talk to the leader of the faction after doing a few tasks for them or fighting their enemies, to become one of their vassals. Eventually, your loyalty will be rewarded as your leader will give you a castle or town. The downside is that it takes a really, really, long time to get a town this way.
Capture a settlement via siege warfare
The second option is to attack a local town, either on your own or with the help from others in your faction. You need to be at war with the defending town's faction, but you can provoke them easily by raiding some nearby villages.
This requires you to lay siege to the settlement in question. You'll need to spend some time setting the siege up, which leaves you open to being attacked by the garrisoned troops inside or the local lords trying to stop you from launching an attack. They can potentially have hundreds of troops, so only attack towns or castles if you have an overwhelming party size advantage.
I highly recommend picking off weaker towns or castles, so you can get skill points in engineering to help with future sieges against larger settlements.
How to manage your settlement in Bannerlord
When you first take ownership of a settlement, you'll want to invest some gold into developing it further. You can build new structures, upgrade existing ones, and even set a "Daily Default" option, which is essentially an idle action that your citizens will perform if they have nothing else to do.
Naturally your citizens will be starving, since they just went through a multi-day siege and food supplies are low. Here are a few things you can do to stabilise a settlement in the beginning:
- Put some gold into the reserves to boost building speeds.
- Upgrade the Granary to level three.
- Choose the Irrigation option as the Daily Default option.
After this, you can concentrate on building up your town or castle by taking on other projects. Each project can go up to a maximum of level three. You can select multiple options to queue up so your town can develop while you're away.
My recommendations here are to increase the local militia to defend the town against hostile forces. Having upgraded barracks and training fields will make sure your troops are at maximum capacity and are well trained. I'd also invest in Lime Kilns as that increases your daily production.
Finally, do return to your settlements to check on your citizens. Their loyalty, food supplies, and the local militia's strength are indicators of how happy they are under your rule. If any of those are lowered to dangerous levels, you may face a rebellion from your own people. Setting up caravans in towns may also be a decent idea, which you can learn about in our Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord trade guide.
How to defend your settlement from invaders in Bannerlord
You'll need to station some of your troops in a city to ensure that opposing armies won't invade your towns. To garrison your troops, you'll need to visit the keep in your town and click the garrison troops option. Your troops in your party can then be assigned to stay in the town and defend it.
If you are nearby and your settlement is under attack, you could also approach the enemy and either convince them to stop or defeat them in battle. You'll need to increase your social stats, including charm and leadership
Thank you for reading our Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord settlements guide. Now you have all the tools you need to manage your own kingdom. There are plenty more guides in the works, but for now you can check out our other guides for the game, including details for character creation, as well as the bugs that are unfortunately in the game. Here are some guides to get you started:
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord guide: A list of tips and tricks to get started in Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord skills: A full list of skills and tips to build your character.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord PC requirements: Get the best performance out of Mount And Blade 2.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord bugs: Some tips to get Mount And Blade 2 to work properly and a list of known major issues.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord console: How to enable cheat mode and all the console commands.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord companions: Learn how to recruit companions to your army.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord trade: Make lots of gold quickly through trading and caravans.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord quests: All the solutions to every quest in the game discovered so far.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord conspiracy: Everything we know about this bothersome quest.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord troops: How to recruit troops and organise them in battle.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord prisoners: Learn a quick way to make some money and recruit experienced soldiers.
- Bannerlord workshop: How to use workshops to make your settlement thrive.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord combat: Learn how best to fight with each weapon type and on horseback.
- Bannerlord marriage: How to get married and raise heirs to continue your conquest.
- Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord siege: Learn how to conduct a siege against enemy settlements.
- Best Bannerlord mods: Discover the best mods in Mount and Blade 2 Bannerlord.