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

Leonidas I - Skills, Talent Trees and Commander Pairs 2023

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Civilization: Greece


Leonidas I was a warrior king of the Greek city-state of Sparta, and the 17th of the Agiad line; a dynasty which claimed descent from the mythological demigod Heracles and Cadmus. He was the husband of Gorgo, the daughter of Cleomenes I of Sparta. Leonidas had a notable participation in the Second Persian War, where he led the allied Greek forces to a last stand at the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BC) while attempting to defend the pass from the invading Persian army; he entered myth as the so-called leader of the 300 Spartans.

Leonidas I Commander Skills:


King of Sparta
Active Skill
Rage requirement: 1000

Troops led by this commander gain 10% increased health for 3 seconds. Deals direct damage to up to 3 targets in a fan-shaped area (Damage Factor 200). If the current target is affected by Silence or Attack Reduction effects, it takes an extra 50% damage.

Health Bonus: 10%/15%/20%/25%/30%
Direct Damage Factor: 200/300/400/500/600

Three Hundred Spartans
Passive Skill
When troops led by this commander consist only of infantry units, they gain 10% increased defense and gain rage 5% faster.

Defense Bonus: 10%/15%/20%/25%/30%
Speed of Rage Gained: 5%/7%/9%/12%/15%

Honorable Sacrifice
Passive Skill
When troops led by this commander are reduced to 50% of units remaining, incoming attacks have a chance to activate a shield which can absorb a large amount of damage (Damage Factor 600) for 3 seconds. As the shield is activated, all infantry units led by this commander also gain 3% increased attack for 3 seconds.

Shield (Self): 600/650/700/750/800
Attack Bonus: 3%/6%/9%/12%/15%

Son of the Lion
Passive Skill
While on the map, each attack has a 25% chance to grant troops led by this commander 5% increased damage for 5 seconds. This effect can stack up to 4 times.

Damage Bonus: 5%/6%/7%/8%/10%

Battle of Thermopylae
New Passive Skill
When troops led by this commander are reduced to 10% of units remaining, troops deal 400% increased damage and take 50% less damage for 10 seconds. This effect can only trigger once per hour after leaving your city.

Skills Upgrading Priority for Leonidas I:

  • 5511 – This is the best skills set-up for him in open-field battling if you have insufficient legendary commander sculptures to expertise him.
  • 5555 – If you have sufficient universal Legendary Commander Sculptures, you should Expertise this commander.

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Best Commander Pairings for Leonidas I:

  • Open-field: Guan Yu (Guan Yu as primary commander)

Best Talent Trees for Leonidas I:

You should only consider using Leonidas I as a secondary commander to Guan Yu. Talents only matter for the primary commander.

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