Rise of Kingdoms: Cao Cao – Skills, Talent Trees and Best Pairings

Cao Cao - Skills, Talent Trees and Commander Pairs 2022

Conqueror of Chaos

(AD 155 – 220) – 65 years


Civilization: China


Cao Cao, courtesy name Mengde, was a Chinese warlord and the penultimate Chancellor of the Eastern Han dynasty. As one of the central figures of the Three Kingdoms period, he laid the foundations for what was to become the state of Cao Wei and was posthumously honored as “Emperor Wu of Wei”. He is often portrayed as a cruel and merciless tyrant in subsequent literature; however, he has also been praised as a brilliant ruler and military genius who treated his subordinates like his family. Cao Cao had much success as the Han chancellor, but his handling of the Han emperor Liu Xie was heavily criticized and resulted in a continued and then escalated civil war.

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Cao Cao Commander Skills:


Dragon Rider
(active skill)
Rage requirement: 1000
Deals direct damage to the target by a factor of 600, and reduces its attack 20% and march speed 5% for 3 seconds.

Direct Damage Factor: 600/800/1000/1200/1400
Attack Reduction: 20%/25%/30%/35%/40%
March Speed Reduction: 5%/6%/7%/8%/10%

The Qingzhou Army
(passive skill)
Troops led by this commander deal 10% increased damage against barbarians.

Bonus Damage to Barbarians: 10%/20%/30%/40%/50%

Tiger Knight
(passive skill)
Cavalry units gain up to 3% increased march speed and up to 10% increased attack.

Cavalry March Speed Bonus: 3%/4.5%/6%/8%/10%
Cavalry Attack Bonus: 10%/15%/20%/25%/30%

Lofty Ambitions
(passive skill)
The normal attacks of troops led by this commander have a 10% chance to heal a portion of slightly wounded units by a factor of 500, restore up to 50 rage and increase troops’ march speed by 20% for 3 seconds. This effect can only trigger once every 5 seconds.

Healing Factor: 500/600/700/800/1000
Rage Restored: 50/60/70/80/100
Emperor Wu of Wei (Expertised)
(passive skill)
Cavalry units led by this commander gain 25% increased attack at the expense of 10% reduced defense.

Best Commander Pairings for Cao Cao:

  • Speed: Dragon Lancer, Lancelot
  • Barbarian Fort Rally: Æthelflæd (Æthelflæd as primary commander).

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Best Talent Trees for Cao Cao:

Speed & Peacekeeping

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