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Rise of kingdoms(ROK) – Best commanders pairing guide

ROK commanders guide

Every Rise of Kingdoms (ROK) player knows that commanders are the most important part of the game. They all serve different purposes like open field fights, rallying, garrison, and Barbarian hunting (PVE). If you pick out the right primary commander and pair him/her with the proper secondary commander, you can do wonders in this game.

Below there is a full guide on commander pairing in Rise of Kingdoms for different tasks along with tier list ranking.

Note: These pairings change over time, especially when there are new legendary commanders added to the game. We will try to keep this list up to date. As of now, it’s updated till Amanitore and Gilgamesh.

Updated on: 08, September 2021

Best open field commander pairing in Rise of kingdoms

There is no doubt that almost everyone likes open-field battles. It’s so much fun and doesn’t give you dead troops. Of course sometimes lag comes in during those huge murder ball fights and you end up with huge hospital bills. Here is the best commander pairing for open field fights in the rising of Kingdoms.

Cavalry commanders pairing

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Xiang Yu & William


  • Insane AOE damage
  • Extremely fast March speed
  • Survivability


  • None, This combination has everything you need for open field. This is a must have March if you prefer open field fights.

Alternative: Saladin & William

Infantry commanders pairing

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Guan Yu & Leonidas


  • Great value in murder balls
  • Leonidas expertise can give you good trades and saves you huge hospital bills when your March is about to die
  • Crazy good AOE value
  • Enough tankiness to stay on the field for a while


  • March speed
  • Guan Yu marches gets targeted a lot by enemy players. So, play carefully to avoid getting smashed by multiple marches

Alternative: Guan Yu & Alexander

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Archer commanders pairing

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Amanitore & Artemisia


  • Double AOE value
  • So much defenses that puts infantry to shame!
  • Fast and deadly skill damage
  • Very effective againest guan yu and leonidas


  • If Atilla/Takeda catches this march, it’s good as dead

Alternative: Ramesses & YSG

Buff/De-buff support commanders pairing

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Trajan & Aethelfled

Many players won’t like this option. But, if you are low power f2p player then you should definitely opt for this role. It will be a very big help for your allies and kingdom.


  • Great buff and Debuff value which will give advantage to you and your allies during battles
  • Enough sustainability to stay longer on the field, which is very important for buffing/de-buffing March.
  • Good DMG output scaling over time
  • Works with mixed troops


  • Everyone will be looking to target this pairing
  • March speed

Alternative: Trajan & Alexander

For a more detailed open field commander pairing guide check here.

Best garrison commander pairing in ROK

The main goal of garrison commanders is to hold off enemies for as long as possible, with the hope that they will give up eventually. Here are some best garrison commander pairings that might help you in different situations.

Best garrison to defend Attila & Takeda(Cavalry Rally)

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Zenobia & Yi Sun-sin

Zeno and YSS are probably the number one garrison combination in the game right now. It can handle almost every rally commander with ease. A very popular cavalry rally combination, Attila and Takeda won’t be able to compete against this mighty garrison.

Best garrison to defend Xiang Yu & Chandragupta Maurya(Cavalry rally)

Zenobia & Yi Sun-sin

XY and Chandra are the current cavalry meta in Rise of Kingdoms. There isn’t any garrison who can’t feel the wraith of the duo. Zenobia and YSS might not be able to stop them, but they can certainly give you better results than any other garrison commander.

Best garrison to defend Ramesses & Nebuchadnezzar(Archer rally)

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Jadwiga & Saladin

Ram and Nebu are very powerful Archer pairing for the rally. It can even defeat the mighty Zeno and YSS combo. But, they can’t survive against cavalry-focused garrison Jadwiga and Saladin.

Best garrison to defend Gilgamesh & Nebuchadnezzar(Archer rally)

Jadwiga & Saladin

Gilga and Nebu is current meta for archer rally. They absoulty demolish Zenobia and YSS. There is no way infantry can hold this deadly archer commander. The cavalry garrison is your option againest them. Jadwiga and Saladin does really good job at holding off gilga and nebu. It also works very well against Gilga and Ramesses Rally.

Best garrison to defend Guan Yu & Harald Sigurdsson(Infantry rally)

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Amanitore & Artemisia

Aside from artemisia, there was’t any good Archer garrison commander. That’s why Zenobia and Wu Zetian was being used. But now we have better option as new archer garrison commander Amanitore has entered the game. Amanitore and Artemisia is very tanky garrison combo and it can shred any infantry rally in to pieces. Not just that, it can also handle XY and chandra rally to some level.

Best garrison for city defences

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Yi Sun-sin & Theodora

For the city defense, you want commanders that can utilize mixed troops types. YSS and Theodora pairing has high nuke damage to melt the rally, defense stats, damage reduction, shield, and debuff removal to hold of enemies for a longer time. Aside from that they also have AOE and Counter damage to work against swarming. So all in all this combination is perfect to defend your city.

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Best Rally commander pairing

Best Archer rally pairing

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Gilgamesh & Nebuchadnezzar

Gilgamesh and Ramessess works really great againest beast of garrison Zenobia and YSS. However the problem is single skill damage on both commanders. Nebu has AOE damage which can hit the troops who are walking toward the structure to reinforce. Aside from that he also has counter damage which makes Gilgamesh And Nebu swarmproof.

Best Cavalry rally pairing

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Xiang Yu & Chandragupta Maurya

This is easily the number one rally pairing in the rise of Kingdoms. XY and Chandra rip through everything even the infantry garrisons. There isn’t much to talk about them, they are must-have commanders for rally leaders.

Best Infantry rally pairing

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Kʼinich Janaabʼ Pakal & Harald Sigurdsson

Previously, Guan and Harald were the best options, but with the release of Pakal, we have better rally pairing for infantry. Now you should use Pakal primary with the same Harald secondary to get the best results. Pakal Provides more tankiness to the rally while still maintaining solid damage output. It’s also very good against swarming. Alternatively, you can also use Guan and Pakal secondary for big damage numbers.

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