List of Best Generals

First of all, the basics are:

  • Only the golden historic general should be hired.
  • Most historic general who come to tavern are useless.
  • If tavern level is over 21 (24 or higher recommended), it is relatively easy for a gold historic general to appear.
  • “Great General Chest” must be opened every day. (Daily activity needs to reach 145 points)

Who you hire depends a lot on how much you charge. (There are generals who can’t be obtained without charging.)

1. If you only pay a little money, or no money at all

– Only generals available at the tavern or in the “Great General Chest”.
– Buffs due to Speciality are not taken into account. (Because it’s not realistic)

  • Ranged General (Detailed Comparison)
    • Minamoto no Yoshitsune
    • Li Shinmin
    • Gwanggaeto the Great
    • Gustavus Adolphus
  • Mounted General (Detailed Comparison)
    • Ulysses S. Grant
    • Takeda Shingen
    • Martinus
  • Ground General (Detailed Comparison)
    • Trajan
  • Defense General (PvP) (Detailed Comparison)
    • Joseph E. Johnston
    • Ly Thuong Kiet
    • Trần Hưng Đạo
  • Defense General (Production)
    • Shajar al-Durr
  • Subordinate City (Debuff : Attack)
    • Andrew Jackson
    • Arminius
    • Mansa Musa
  • Subordinate City (Debuff : Defense, HP)
    • Empress Dowager Cixi
    • Nero
    • (Andrew Jackson, Arminius)
  • Double-drop General
    • Baibars (x5-6)
    • Cleopatra
  • Resource Gathering
    • Queen Jindeok (x5-6)
  • Duty Officer
    • Stables – Oleg of Novgorod
    • Archer Camp – John I of Portugal
    • Archer Tower – Ban Chao
    • Trap Factory – Askia Muhammad I

2. If you pay a lot of money

  • Ranged General (Detailed Comparison)
    • Simeon the Great
    • Alfred the Great
    • Elektra
    • Minamoto no Yoshitsune
  • Mounted General (Detailed Comparison)
    • Hannibal
    • Martinus
    • Roland
  • Ground General (Detailed Comparison)
    • Scipio Africanus
    • Carus
  • Defense General (PvP) (Detailed Comparison)
    • Joseph E. Johnston
    • Zachary Taylor
    • Trần Hưng Đạo
  • Defense General (Production)
    • Shajar al-Durr
  • Subordinate City (Debuff : Attack)
    • Harald
    • Constantine the Great
    • Margaret I
    • Cnut the Great
    • Jester
    • Amr ibn al-As
    • Andrew Jackson
    • Arminius
    • Mansa Musa
    • Flavius Aetius
  • Subordinate City (Debuff : Defense, HP)
    • Empress Dowager Cixi
    • Nero
    • (Harald, Cnut the Great, Andrew Jackson, Arminius, Flavius Aetius)
  • Double-drop General
    • Baibars (x5-6)
    • Aethelflaed (*Requires Specialty)
  • Resource Gathering
    • Queen Jindeok (x5-6)
  • Duty Officer
    • Keep – Menshikov, Zhuhe Liang
    • Stables – Oleg of Novgorod
    • Archer Camp – John I of Portugal
    • Barracks – Abd al-Rahman I
    • Workshop – Gwon Ryul
    • Archer Tower – Ban Chao
    • Trap Factory – Askia Muhammad I
    • Hospital – Skanderbeg
    • Rally Spot – Toyotomi Hideyoshi
    • Academy – Eulji Mundeok

Related : List of All Golden Historic Generals




This is a great site and I look at it all the time.
During boss rallies, do debuffs against monsters held by generals who participate instead of rally setters overlap? Would it be effective to have a number of generals with the 5% monster attack reduction debuff participate in a rally?

Thanks for a great informative site.
If the general I am appointing as mayor has a debuff in his/her specialties, will the effect be reflected in PV?

Does the “War Inferno” of the General “Sherman” also works when he is mayor of a linked subordinate city? Like with debuffs? “War inferno: Turns 5% of the defending enemy’s wounded troops into dead troops during the battle …”


I have found this site very helpful and I am always grateful for the help.

It is about the mayors of the subordinate cities. I have a number of Arminius and Mansa Moor, and their number is more than the number of lower cities I own. (I also have the Empress Dowager, though not in duplicate.)

I know it depends on the opponent in PvP, but do you have any common recommendations?

I’m only at keep level 29, and I’m hoping to be active in SVS, BOG, etc. rather than fighting in the server. (I’m always bubbling up)

I don’t know if this is common, but I personally prefer the following

– Ground & Mounted Debuff -> HP or Defense
– Ranged & Siege Debuff -> Attack

The reason for the former is to kill as many as possible with ranged troops & siege before they get close to my side.
The reason for the latter is to reduce our wounds in the first few turns when we are attacked unilaterally by ranged troops and siege. (Even if I reduce their HP & defense, it will be useless if my troops are killed before reaching them)

The basis of this idea is explained in the following article.
Troop Type Guide: Usage & Characteristics (Mounted, Ground, Ranged, Siege)

Therefore, in the case of mayors that we can get without paying, I want them all to be Arminius. (Ground & Mounted HP, Ranged & Siege Attack)

Hi, is there any good reason to not dimiss doubles? With the festival packages come one golden historic general each. With my luck (not) I got myself 3xRoland and 3x Gwanggaeto. Both nice, but one each is enough, because they have no debuff. Is there any reason I perhaps overlook that I should not dismiss them?


I got Aethelflaed from pack on a new server, should I be investing in her as primary monster hunter? If so should I also use runestones for her specialties or you think it’s better to save the runestones for Martinus somewhere far down the line?


Save the runestones for Martinus/Roland preferably.

I have Yue Fei, he is great because he doubles as a monster hunter/pvp general.

Question how do I know to active a general special skill the small gold box that say special skill how to active it???????


Your general has to be level 25 to activate this.

The ones with the golden square is active from the start. However, some of them are conditional (e.g. dragon required). Press the golden square and read the description.
When the general reaches level 25, four circles will appear (specialty). This requires you to use runestones and gems to level up.

Tran hun Dao is very popular on my server with great results against range troops?
Any opinion?
But my question is why can not you put lvl4 range attack skill book on black prince but you can on Alfred?

If you don’t have a good golden historic general, you can train him as a temporary main general and make him a duty officer when you get a better one.

I recently started a game on a new server, and Maensikov was a bonus for purchasing 1 gem (the actual cheapest was a $0.99 package).

Hi – do you think Hannibal is better then Martinus or Roland. I’m currently using him and fully maxed he appears to have the same attack as Martinus but with higher HP / Lower march size?

Hi… It could be an stupid question but Wall general is helping on monster’s hunt to when on duty or just support defense and attack on pvp?

The Wall General only works when defending a city in PvP.
It does not work when attacking enemy cities in PvP or when hunting monsters.

When defending a city in PvP, do the skill buffs, equipment buffs and spiritual beast buffs of the duty generals and mayors apply as city defense buffs?

Duty Officer – Basically ineffective, but the original skills that the mayor has that are activated by making him the duty officer are effective. (e.g. Ban Chao’s ranged troops buff)

Mayor – Does not apply to troops in the main city. In addition, the debuff by the mayor is valid.

Hi, thanks for the info. I started playing the game just two weeks ago, however, and am wondering what you mean by low and heavy coining?

Thanks for reading!😃
Sorry for the poor English. Thanks for pointing that out. 😃
low coining mean, “Not paying any money” or “Pay only a little money”.
heavy coining mean, “Pay a lot of money”.

I will correct the text of the article!


Thats a very good info but do you mind if you can explain about the stats of these generals and how they benefit the player, especially PVP generals (attack gens, subordinate city gens)

Thank you.

I can not go into detail here, so I will give a rough description.
In terms of stats, the generals listed above are relatively high.
The height of their stats is roughly, but proportional to the height of their gold. You can find a list of them on a later page.

Ranged Generals
– Alfred the Great, Gustavus, Gwanggaeto – if the Siege machine also emphasizes
– Elektra – if the Mounted also values
– Minamoto Yoshitsune – If you want a Ranged specialization

Mounted General
– Martinus – if you want a Mounted specialization. Equipped with dragons and maxed out Specialty, it is the strongest. However, it is quite hard. (Attack 25 + 15 + 10 + 10 + 20 + 10 + 46 = 126%)
– Roland, Li Jing – if you want a Mounted specialization.
– Yue Fei, Takeda Shingen – if you also want to focus on Ground

Ground Generals
– Scipio, Trajan – if you want a Ground specialization. Also useful as a wall general against Ranged specialization enemies.

Wall Generals
– Joseph – good at Ranged and Siege
– Kusunoki, Ly Thuong Kiet – good at Ranged

Subordinate City General
All I expect them to do is debuff. And the performance of the debuff does not depend on the stats.
Depending on your play style, you can make your mayor a general with the debuffs you need.
To see who has what debuff, here is a list of who has what debuff. 😃

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