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


Al-Malik an-Nasir

(1137 – 1193) – 56 years



Saladin was the first Muslim sultan of Egypt, Syria, Yemen, and Palestine, the founder of the Ayyubid dynasty, and one of the most famous Muslim heroes of all time. He fought against the Christian Crusaders, most notably against Richard the Lionheart during the Third Crusade. In 1187, he inflicted a crushing defeat on the army of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and recaptured the holy city which had been occupied by the Franks for nearly nine decades.

In contrast with the bloodbath the Crusaders had inflicted on Jerusalem, he acted with great magnanimity to the city’s Christian and Jewish residents. He allowed women, the old, and the poor to leave without paying a ransom. He has been considered by many to be the ideal of a Warrior-King: terrible in battle yet generous to his enemies. Despite their different beliefs, he was highly respected by Richard, who praised him as undoubtedly the greatest and most powerful leader in the Islamic world.

In 1192, Saladin and Richard signed a truce. Saladin died the following year – after giving away much of his personal wealth to his subjects – but the Ayyubid dynasty continued to rule in Egypt and Syria for many generations. Widely revered by Muslim admirers and Christian foes alike, his legend still lives on today.

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Review of Commander Saladin:

  • Ways to obtain his commander sculptures: The Mightiest Governor event (“MGE”)
  • Saladin is a commander that counters healing (his first skill) and is very tanky (high survivability)

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Saladin Commander Skills:


Hold Fast
(active skill)
Active Skill
Rage requirement: 1000
Deals direct damage (Damage Factor 600) to the target, then reduces its march speed by 10% and healing effects received by 20% for the next 5 seconds.

Direct Damage Factor: 600/800/1000/1200/1400
March Speed Reduction: 10%/15%/20%/25%/30%
Healing Effect Reduction: 20%/25%/30%/35%/40%

Passive Skill
Cavalry units led by this commander gain 8% increased attack, 8% increased defense, and 1% increased march speed.

Cavalry Defense Bonus: 8%/12%/14%/16%/20%
Cavalry Attack Bonus: 10%/12%/14%/16%/20%
Cavalry March Speed Bonus: 4%/8%/12%/16%/20%

Bond of Fate
Passive Skill
Troops led by this commander take 10% reduced skill damage and 8% reduced counterattack damage.

Skill Damage Taken Reduction: 10%/15%/20%/25%/30%
Counterattack Damage Taken Reduction: 8%/10%/12%/16%/20%

Passive Skill
Troops led by this commander deal 3% increased damage to garrisons when attacking cities. However, they cannot plunder resources from these cities.

Damage Bonus: 3%/6%/9%/12%/15%

Praise the Creator
Expertised: New Passive Skill
Deals direct damage (Damage Factor 1700) to the target, then reduces its march speed by 50% and healing effects received by 50% for the next 5 seconds.

Skills Upgrading Priority for Saladin:

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Best Commander Pairings for Saladin:

  • Open-field: Genghis Khan (Saladin as primary commander) – Khan provides the damage boost to complement Saladin’s survivability.
  • Open-field: Mehmed II (Saladin as primary commander) – Mehmed complements Saladin with the following boosts: Mehmed’s Relic adds 20% Troop Health and 5% Skill Damage; Mehmed’s fourth skill provides 10% troop capacity bonus; Mehmed’s second skill provides 20% increased attack and 20% extra skill damage; Mehmed’s primary skill deals 1150 Damage Factor (1350 when Expertised) to up to 5 targets. All the above benefits increase the survivability and skill damage of Saladin.
  • Open-field: Minamoto no Yoshitsune (Saladin as primary commander) – Minamoto’s Relic adds a boost of 20% Cavalry Defense and 25% Cavalry Attack – a massive boost to Saladin in terms of damage and survivability in the open-field battling. Minamoto also deals great single-target damage – Damage Factor of 1400 + 50% chance (75% when Expertised) for extra damage per second (Damage Factor 600). Lastly, Minamoto’s fourth skill provides a debuff to enemies (10% chance to increase damage taken by the target by 30% for 3 seconds).

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Best Talent Trees for Saladin:


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