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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 Cheok Jun-Gyeong and Kʼinich Janaabʼ Pakal. Gilgamesh and Amanitore are still not included as there aren’t enough tests and reports to draw any conclusion.

Updated on: 17, 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

Archer commanders pairing

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Ramesses & Yi Seong Gye


  • Ramesses provides so much needed tankiness to archers, While YSG does insane nuking from behind.
  • No one provides better AOE value than YSG.
  • Fast and deadly skill damage
  • Small healing


  • Even with March speed bonus from Ramesses, you still won’t be able to out run good cavalry March. Archer life is hard in ROK:(

Alternative: Ramesses & Artemisia

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

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 Guan Yu & Harald Sigurdsson(Infantry rally)

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Zenobia & Wu Zetian

Aside from artemisia, there isn’t any good Archer garrison commander. That’s why this particular infantry pairing shines in rally situations. Zenobia primary along with Wu Zetian could help you hold Guan and Harald for a while. Theodora and YSS as secondary will give somewhat similar results.

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.

Best Rally commander pairing

Best Archer rally pairing

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Ramesses & Nebuchadnezzar

The attack talent tree on Ram is extremely good, aside from that he also provides tankiness, attack bonuses, and healing debuff to the enemies. Nebu brings AOE nuking, rage debuff, March speed, and anti-swarm to the table, making this pairing one of the best for Archer rally.

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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