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

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Civilization: China


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Review of Commander Zhuge Liang:

  • Zhuge Liang is practically YSG 2.0. His skills provide very high damage.
  • His commander sculptures can be acquired by spinning the Wheel of Fortune.

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Commander Skills for Zhuge Liang:


Burning of Xinye
Active Skill
Rage requirement: 1000

Deals direct damage to up to 5 nearby enemy troops (Damage Factor 1200). Damager dealt to each target is reduced by 15% for each additional target. In addition, all targets deal 5% less damage for the next 3 seconds.

Direct Damage Factor: 1200/1400/1600/1800/2000
Damage Reduction: 5%/7%/9%/12%/15%

Borrowing Arrows
Passive Skill
Archer units led by this commander gain 10% increased Health and deal 1% extra damage. Whenever this commander’s troop is inflicted with a control effect while on the map, it has a 50% chance to negate the effect and deal direct damage (Damage Factor 200) to the attacking troops. This effect can trigger once every 5 seconds.

Archer Health Bonus: 10%/15%/20%/25%/30%
Archer Damage Bonus: 1%/2%/3%/4%/5%
Direct Damage Factor: 200/250/300/400/500

Longzhong Plan
Passive Skill
If this commander’s troop contains only archer units, it deals 5% extra skill damage. Normal attacks from this commander’s troop have a 10% chance to increase the Attack of their archer units by 25% for 3 seconds. This effect can trigger at most once every 5 seconds.

Skill Damage Bonus: 5%/8%/11%/15%/20%
Archer Attack Increase: 25%/30%/35%/40%/50%
Marquis ZhongwuPassive Skill
Whenever this commander uses an active skill, their troop gains the Marquis effect (increases damage dealt by 2%) for 10 seconds if it does not already have it. If their troop contains only archer units and it has the Marquis effect, whenever this commander uses an active skill, they will consume the Marquis effect to deal direct damage to up to 3 nearby enemy troops (Damage Factor 700); direct damage dealt through this method is not affected by buffs to skill damage.

Damage Bonus: 2%/4%/6%/8%/10%
Direct Damage Factor: 700/900/1100/1300/1500
Chu Shi BiaoExpertised: New Passive Skill
Upon entering battle, this commander’s troop gains the Marquis effect (10% increased damage) for 15 seconds. Each time their Burning of Xinyue or Marquis Zhongwu skills deal skill damage, this commander’s troop immediately gains 30 Rage.

Skills Upgrading Priority for Zhuge Liang:

  • Maximize first skill Burning of Xinye 5111, followed by second skill Borrowing Arrows 5511, followed by fourth skill Marquis Zhongwu 5515, and then 5555

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Best Commander Pairing(s) for Zhuge Liang

Hermann Prime is the current archer meta commander in large-scale fights (e.g. KvK murder balls), and he works best with a commander with the ‘Skill’ talent, i.e. Zhuge Liang. Zhuge Liang’s high damage AoE output complements well with Hermann Prime’s Poison debuff.

The above commanders are suggested as pairing with Zhuge Liang as they provide survivability boosts, which Zhuge Liang is lacking, as his skills are all damage-focused. Nebu‘s second skill provides 30% defense and 15% march speed bonus to archer units, and his fourth skill has a chance to reduce target’s Rage. Ramesses’ third skill reduces skill damage taken by 30% and his fourth skill provides a chance to gain 40% increased defense for 3 second when attacked. Ramesses’ first skill also reduces target’s defense by 25% (30% if Expertised) for 2 seconds, which if Zhuge Liang’s damage skills are activated during this time window, the total damage taken by your targets will be increased.

If you do go with Zhuge Liang pairing with Yi Seong-Gye, expect to get focused by your enemies and this pair will most likely not last long on the open-field.

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Talent Tree Build(s) for Zhuge Liang


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