Rok Scipio Africanus Prime Talent Tree Build, Pairings, and Equipments Guide

Scipio Africanus Prime(Legendary Scipio) is a popular legendary commander in Rise of Kingdoms. He is based on the historical figure Scipio Africanus, a Roman general known for his victories during the Second Punic War against the Carthaginian general Hannibal.

Is Scipio Africanus Prime Investing?

Scipio Africanus Prime is an infantry-focused commander. He can be a valuable addition to your roster if you prefer using infantry units in your army and enjoy aggressive, fast-paced gameplay.

He is an extremely versatile commander who can be effective in both Player versus Environment (PvE) and Player versus Player (PvP) scenarios. You can pair him with almost every single infantry commander and he will give you good trades with almost any pairings.

Now you are probably thinking with the release of new legendary commanders like Gorgo and Liu Che, if Scipio Africanus is still worth investing in? And the answer is yes.

While Liu Che with Sargon is doing serious work against a powerful Cavs commander, It still doesn’t make Scipio Prime obsolete. He still is a great infantry commander who can be used for field fighting without any problem. So, you can definitely max him out and it will be totally worth it.

If you are wondering how he compares to other legendary infantry commanders, you can check out the ROK commander Tier list.

Scipio Africanus Prime Skill Overview

Unmatched Strength (Active Skill)

Required Rage: 1000

Deals direct damage to up to 3 targets in a forward-facing fan-shaped area (Damage Factor 2000). Damage dealt to each target is reduced by 15% for each additional target. Successfully hit targets also suffer 30% reduced Health for 3 seconds.

Direct Damage Factor: 1500 / 1600 / 1700 / 1800 / 2000
Enemy Health Reduced: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

All-conquering (passive)

Increases Infantry units’ Attack by 40% and their March Speed by 15%. They also gain a 10% increased March Speed outside of Alliance territory.

Infantry Attack Bonus: 20% / 25% / 30% / 35% / 40%
Infantry March Speed Bonus: 3% / 6% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Infantry March Speed Bonus (Triggered): 2% / 4% / 6% / 8% / 10%

Strategic Pressure(passive)

Increases Infantry units’ Health by 20% when attacking troops, and grants each attack a 10% chance of dealing continuous additional damage for 3 seconds (Damage Factor 500). This effect triggers once every 8 seconds.

Infantry Health Bonus: 10% / 12% / 14% / 16% / 20%
Additional Damage Factor: 250 / 300 / 350 / 400 / 500

Testudo Formation(passive)

When troops on the map take skill damage, there is a 50% chance of reducing that damage by 30% and forming a shield that covers up to 3 allied troops for 3 seconds (Damage Factor 500). This effect triggers once every 8 seconds.

Damage Taken Reduced By: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Direct Damage Factor: 250 / 300 / 350 / 400 / 500

Fiery Rage (expertise)

Increases skill damage dealt by 10%. When the target is Silenced, Rage grows 30% faster.

Skill upgrade order


Scipio Prime is an excellent commander and you should definitely have expertise, especially if you are planning to use him with Guan Yu. More details about that are in the pairing section.

While every single one of his skills is powerful and useful for field fight you should try to get 4th skill first, of course after maxing your active skill.

4th skill reduces skill damage, which is necessary with so many skill-heavy commanders in the game.


  • The really powerful infantry commander
  • Excellent damage factor
  • shield factor
  • AOE damage
  • March speed buffs
  • Health reduction debuff
  • Skill damage is taken reduction
  • Rage machine when paired with certain commanders
  • Nice balance of offense and defense
  • So much versatility and can be paired with any infantry commander


  • New archer commander Zhuge Liang can cause trouble for him.

What is Commander Scipio Africanus Prime good at?

Legendary Scipio Africanus prime or Legendary Scipio is good at everything. He can be used in any scenario, however, he particularly shines at open-field battles.

His primary skill has lots of direct damage factors which also AOE meaning it will hit multiple targets. It also inflicts a debuff of 30% health reduction.

Scipio Prime gets extra march speed when fighting outside of the alliance territory and during KvK, most of the fighting will occur outside the alliance territories.

His expertise is also intersecting, when the target is silenced he generates rage much faster. This mechanic allows him to fire his skills very quickly.

Overall, He is the total beast of a commander on the open field who also can be paired with lots of other commanders.

Scipio Africanus Prime Talent Tree builds

For the most part, you will be using commanders like Guan Yu and Sargon as primary to Scipio Prime. However, Scipio Prime can be just as effective as the primary commander. Below you will find the best talent tree for him.

Openfield / Overall best

ROK Scipio Africanus legendary talent tree

This is the best open-field talent tree build for Scipio Africanus Prime which can also be used in any other situation like canyons and PVE. The Cage of Thorn Talent is a really strong debuff for the open field, the rest of the build focuses on the infantry tree.

You can avoid a cage of Thorn and go all out in infantry but in our experience, this tree has worked the best for open-field fights.

Scipio Africanus Prime commander pairings

Scipio Africanus can be paired with any infantry commander. However, his synergy works better with the following commanders.

Guan Yu (primary) – Best pairing

rise of kingdoms Guan Yu

Guan Yu is probably the best choice for Scipio Prime, synergy between these two is excellent. Scipio Prime does 3 target skill damage, the same thing with Guan Yu. Aside from that both also complement each other’s expertise and skill

Guan Yu’s primary skill silences 3 enemies, and Scipio’s expertise generates rage faster when enemies are silenced. Scipio Prime’s fourth skill generates a shield. Guan Yu’s expertise deals more skill damage when he gets a shield.

In general, Guan Yu is an extremely powerful commander for offense but he heavily lacks defense. That’s where Scipio Prime comes in.

Scipio Prime not only provides defense but also marches speed and high damage output(two things that Guan Yu already has). Together they are a complete march for an open field.

The reason behind, Guan Yu’s primary is because he gets a huge nerf on his active skill if used secondary.

Sargon the Great (primary)

rise of kingdoms sargon

Sargon the Great is one of the standalone commanders. You can pair him with any infantry commander and he will give you good results.

On the other hand, Scipio Prime is also great on its own. Now you pair two of the most powerful commander in the game and it’s total chaos.

As per the synergy, we have no idea how it works. However, there are plenty of whales who are using Sargon as primary with Scipio prime as secondary and achieving great results with them.

Honda Tadakatsu (secondary)

rise of kingdoms Honda tagakatsu

Now you might not think Honda Tadakatsu has a great open field, However, he is a hidden gem that surprisingly works with plenty of as secondary.

Honda has a troop capacity bonus which can boost Scipio Africanus Prime’s direct damage factor. on top of that when he loses troops he can provide lots of skill damage bonuses. 

Scipio Prime can use a skill damage boost from Honda and quickly fire skill from rage boost from his own talent tree. These mechanics well tested and trusted by many whales

Mehmed II (Secondary) – best for F2p

rise of kingdoms mehmad

If you are not willing to invest in Honda Tadakatsu then there is also an F2P replacement which you can use as secondary to Scipio Africanus Prime.

Mehmad also provides a troop count bonus and skill damage bonus. The best part here is that you can get Mehmad for free by opening gold keys in the tavern.

Alexander the Great (Primary)

Rise of Kingdoms Alexander the great

Alexander the Great is truly great in the open field. However, with newly released infantry commanders, he has been under shadow.

Alex has everything you need in open field commander. He has buffs, debuffs, march speed as well as the shield factor. 

Scipio Prime himself also has the same characteristics as Alexander the Great. Together they can be very tanky pairings which can survive longer on the field at the same time being able to do lots of damage to enemies. 

You should use Alexander as the primary because the attack talent tree works better than the support tree on Scipio, however, you can use it the other way around and the results will be almost similar.

Trajan (both)

Rise of Kingdoms Trajan

Scipio Prime is good at doing damage and you may forget that one of his specializations is Support. And the best support commander in the game is Trajan.

Trajan makes enemies take more skill damage and grants additional rage. Scipio Prime does lots of skill damage and at the same time can generate lots of rage with his support talents.

There are two ways to use this pair. The first one is Scipio Prime with all infantry troops. Another one is Trajan primary with mixed troops. 

Whichever way you decide to use this march, in the end, it will provide great support to your allies while at the same time having a good amount of damage output for yourself.

Charles Martel / Pakal / Harald Sigurdsson

All three of these commanders are tanky and great at doing normal attack damage. As mentioned before anything that you pair with Legendary Scipio is pure gold. You can certainly use these commanders with Scipio Prime without any problems.

Sun Tzu (secondary)

Rise of Kingdoms Sun Tzu

Sun Tzu isn’t just a great infantry commander but he is the best Epic commander in the game. While Sun Tzu might not be the best pair for Scipio Prime, he can be an epic alternative until you max out other legendary commanders to pair with Legendary Scipio.

Don’t forget to check out this best commander pairing guide for 2023 to get the most out of your commanders.

Leganadry Scipio Africanus Best Equipements

Ultimate equipment set

  • Weapon: Shield Of The Eternal Empire
  • Helm: Golden Helm Of The Eternal Empire
  • Chest: Plate Of The Eternal Empire
  • Glove: Vambraces Of The Eternal Empire
  • Legs: Greaves Of The Eternal Empire
  • Boots: Sturdy Boots Of The Eternal Empire

Stat boost from the set:

Infantry Attack – 47%
Infantry Defense – 26%
Infantry Health – 0%
All troops Defense – 3%
March Speed – 10%

Medium equipment set

Stat boost from the set:

  • Weapon: Gatekeeper’s Shield
  • Helm: Helm Of The Conquerer
  • Chest: Hope Cloak
  • Glove: Seth’s Brutality
  • Legs: Karuak’s Humility
  • Boots: Frost Treads

Stat boost from the set:

Infantry Attack – 0%
Infantry Defense – 38%
Infantry Health – 16%

F2P equipment set.

  • Weapon: Gatekeeper’s Shield
  • Helm: Witch’s Lineage
  • Chest: Quinn’s Soul
  • Glove: Seth’s Brutality
  • Legs: Karuak’s Humility
  • Boots: Frost Treads

Stat boost from the set:

Infantry Attack – 16%
Infantry Defense – 11%
Infantry Health – 16%

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Scipio Africanus Prime Best Formation

Scipio Prime does lots of AOE skill damage, So the best formation for him would be Wedge Formation, which can give him an extra 5% skill damage.

Additionally, you can also use Arch Formation if you are using him with a normal damage commander.

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