Best Skills Guide – what skills should you add?

Update 1/31 – Updated “A) Monster Hunting General” section to reflect the addition of the new skill book.

For those who have gotten a new general but don’t know what skills to put on him or her.

This is not the absolute right answer, as skills are largely dependent on your play style, but I hope it helps.

*In addition, I hope you will read the following as well. 😃.

Premise

Basic Idea 1 – Determine Skills from “Roles”

Basically, the skills you need will depend on what role you want the general to play.

The role is roughly determined by the general’s original skills, but it can be changed in any way depending on your ideas.

For example, since Trajan has an original skill for ground troops, his basic role is to specialize in ground troops for offensive PvP, but he can be used as a wall general for defense by adding a siege machine skill. (Use them as a countermeasure against enemies who specialize in ranged troops, which will become more common in the mid-game and beyond.)

If you don’t know which general is best suited for which role, please refer to the following list.

Basic Idea 2 – Develop Strengths

  • Mounted – Attack
  • Ranged & Siege Machine – Range
  • Ground – HP & Defense

Skills that Cannot be Added

Basically, you can’t add skills that the general already has.

Example
  • Li Jing – Has a skill that increases mounted attacks, and cannot use the mounted attacks skillbook.
  • Baibars – Has the double drop skill, and cannot use the luck skillbook.

However, there are cases where they can be added.

Example
  • Roland ( mounted attack, defense, HP ) can use the mounted attack skillbook.
  • Khalid ( mounted and siege attack) can use the mounted attack skillbook.

So the trend seems to be as follows. (I’m sorry, but I can’t verify this 100%, so there may be exceptions.)

  • If there is only ONE buff item, you can’t add the skill.
  • If there are MULTIPLE buff items, you can add skills.

Therefore, if you have a skill book that you want to add, please try it out to see if it works.

Range & Speed

These are abilities that can only be increased with skill books. Therefore, they are basically high priority. (*Exceptionally, the siege machine range can also be raised by the Rings of Ares and Achaemenidae.)

In PvP, especially, range is very important. Since it may increase the number of turns you can attack unilaterally, it is practically equivalent to increasing your attack. On the other hand, if your range is shorter than the enemy’s, it may increase the number of turns you can be attacked unilaterally, which effectively equates to HP down.

In monster hunting, both range and speed are unnecessary. (The evidence for this can be found in this article.)

*The Range Skillbook is only available for ranged troops and siege machines, and the Speed Skillbook is only available for mounted troops and ground troops.

*A Note on Mounted Speed – there is a theory about this skill that it should not be put on PvP generals (the theory being that rushing into enemy range will only hasten death). However, I have no clear evidence for this, so I will not say whether it is true or not.

*The reason I am skeptical

  • If the theory is correct, then I don’t think Ground Troops Speed should be added as well, but I haven’t seen such a theory.
  • VS Ranged Troops – In the first place, troops that specialize in mounted do not attack troops that specialize in ranged troops. If they attack by mistake, they will lose, regardless of their speed.
  • VS Siege – Whether you add speed or not, you will be attacked one-sidedly by siege troops almost from the start.
  • By increasing the speed of the mounted troops, it may be possible for them to get into range of the ranged troops and allow them to attack first, but I think the opposite may also be true. (From outside the range of the ranged troops, close the distance and attack first.)
    • Max Range of Ranged troops -> 600 (500+100)
    • Max Speed of Mounted troops -> 720 (600+20%)

Increased March Size

Effectively equals increased attack. (During offensive operations. Useless when defending.)

HP & Defense

As far as I have verified, the number of wounds decreased when HP was increased rather than Defense. Therefore, if you have to choose between the two, I think it’s better to give priority to HP.

Recommended Skills by Role

A) Monster Hunting General

The skills needed for monster hunting depend on what the purpose of monster hunting is. If you want to grow in the shortest and cheapest way, you should use “monster hunting” = “item collecting”. (General EXP is earned in other ways.) In that case, double-drop is the most important thing. Also, the basis of monster hunting is mounted troops only, and attack is very important.

A-1 For Short Time Type

  1. Luck
  2. Mounted Troop Attack Against Monster
  3. Monster March Speed
  4. March Speed or Mounted Attack
Example
  • Baibars (Luck) + Mounted Troop Attack Against Monster + Monster march speed + March speed
  • Alexander the Great (March speed) + Luck + Mounted Troop Attack Against Monster + Monster march speed
  • Huo Qubing (March time) + Luck + Mounted Troop Attack Against Monster + Monster march speed
Suitable for
  • Those who have many roles in the alliance to start the rally.
  • People who can send out only a small number of marches at a time.
  • People who don’t have much time to play the game.
Not suitable for
  • People who want to use him/her as a general for PvP

A-2 For Challenger Type

  1. Luck
  2. Mounted Troop Attack Against Monster
  3. Mounted Attack
  4. Mounted HP + Mounted Defense or March Size
Example
  • Baibars (Luck) + Mounted Troop Attack Against Monster + Mounted attack + Mounted HP
  • Li Jing (Mounted Attack) + Luck + Mounted Troop Attack Against Monster + Mounted HP
Suitable for
  • People who want to kill the strongest monsters possible, even if it causes wounded troops.
Not suitable for
  • People who insist on reducing the number of wounded to zero. (Raising HP and Defense alone will not get you to zero wounds, you need attack and number of troops to get to zero.) (It’s better to add something else instead of HP and Defense.)
  • People who also want to use it as a general for PvP.

Addendum – Baibars is not one of the higher stats of the golden historic generals, so if you want a pure challenge without double drops, you might want to temporarily replace him with a mounted PvP general such as Martinus.

A-3 For Advanced Users: 2nd Line only General

If you want to hunt efficiently, you want to hunt with multiple lines at the same time.

If you have plenty of ranged and ground troops for PvP, you will have too many ranged and ground troops in the city if you send all your mounted troops out on the first line of monster hunting.

Mounted troops is the basis for monster hunting, but you can also hunt with ranged troops and ground troops (as long as you have enough troops) with zero wounds. If you want to hunt efficiently, you should use them well.

Examples
  • Line 1: Mounted only
  • Line 2: Ranged only
  • Line 3: Ground only

Therefore, although it is an extravagant use, it would be a good idea to add the following skills as a second line only general.

For Ranged
  1. Luck
  2. Ranged Troop Attack Against Monster
  3. Monster March Speed
  4. March Speed or Ranged Attack
For Ground
  1. Luck
  2. Ground Troop Attack Against Monster
  3. Monster March Speed
  4. March Speed or Ground Attack
Example
  • Baibars (Luck) + Ranged Troop Attack Against Monster + Monster March Speed + March Speed
  • Baibars (Luck) + Ground Troop Attack Against Monster + Monster March Speed + March Speed

B) Ranged PvP General

B-1 Ranged + Siege

Example of troop formation: 70% ranged, 20% siege, 10% other troop layers

  1. Ranged troop Range
  2. Siege machine Range
  3. Ranged troop Attack
  4. Ranged troop HP or Siege machine Attack
Example
  • Alfred the Great (Ranged & Siege Attack) + Ranged Range + Siege Range + Ranged Attack
  • Elektra (Ranged & Mounted Attack) + Ranged Range + Siege Range + Ranged Attack

B-2 Ranged Troops Specialization

Example of troop formation: 90% ranged troops, 10% other troop layers

  1. Ranged troop Range
  2. Ranged troop Attack
  3. Ranged troop HP
  4. Ranged troop Defense or March Size
Example
  • Minamoto no Yoshitsune (Ranged Attack) + Ranged Range + Ranged HP + Ranged Defense
  • Elektra (Ranged & Mounted Attack) + Ranged Range + Ranged Attack + Ranged HP

C) Mounted PvP General

Example of troop composition: 90% mounted, 10% other troop layers

  1. Mounted troop Speed
  2. Mounted troop Attack
  3. March Size
  4. Mounted troop HP

*”Mounted troop Speed” should be chosen at your own discretion. (For the aforementioned reason)

Example
  • Martinus (Mounted Attack) + Mounted Speed + Mounted HP + March Size
  • Roland (Mounted Attack, Defense, HP) + Mounted Speed + Mounted Attack + March Size

D) Ground PvP General

Example of troop formation: 90% ground, 10% other troop layers

  1. Ground troops Speed
  2. Ground troops HP
  3. Ground troops Defense
  4. Ground troop Attack or March Size
Example
  • Scipio Africanus (Ground Attack, HP) + Ground Speed + Ground HP + Ground Defense

E) Wall General (Defense General)

Basically focuses on siege machines and ranged troops. Particularly strong against mounted troops, but can also deal with ranged troops and ground troops if buffed high enough.

  1. Siege Machine Range
  2. Ranged troops Range
  3. Siege Machine Attack
  4. Ranged troops Attack
Examples
  • Joseph E. Johnston (Ranged & Siege Attack, Mounted HP) + Siege Range + Ranged Range + Siege Attack
  • Ly Thuong Kiet (Ranged Attack, Defense, Trap activation rate) + Siege Range + Ranged Range + Ranged Attack
  • Trần Hưng Đạo (Ground HP, Siege Attack) + Siege Range + Ranged Range + Siege Attack

F) Subordinate City Mayor

Since buffs to troops in the main city do not work, granting skills for mounted troops, ranged troops, ground troops, and siege machines is unnecessary.

Since the mayor will die if the troops in the subordinate city are annihilated, it is recommended to prioritize skills related to the number of troops.

  1. Rebirth (Increase subordinate city troops’ death to survival rate)
  2. Training Speed
  3. Training Capacity
Example
  • Andrew Jackson (debuff for ranged & mounted troops) + Rebirth + Training Speed + Training Capacity

Related: Subordinate City Complete Guide

G. Duty Officer

No need to give skills to the Duty Officer. Giving skills to mounted troops, ranged troops, ground troops, and siege machines will not work.

However, if you have a general who only needs to be on duty during PvP, such as Ban Chao (Archer Tower), and the entire server is in a NAP period (PvP prohibition), you may want to add skills for hunting monsters and gathering resources. If they are of sufficient status to become a Duty Officer, they will work just fine. (They may have better resource gathering performance than the purple generals. (Lucy and Attila))

H) Resource Gathering General

It is recommended to add three skills to increase gathering speed.

After the mid-game, it is unlikely that you will run out of troops, so the troop load skill is unnecessary.

In other words, the general for resource gathering should be Queen Jindeok (skill for bring back extra resources), and there is no need to employ Amir Timur (troop load).

Ideally, you should employ five or six Queen Jindeok, and give them all four types of resource gathering speed-ups.

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Hello, what is the purpose of skill on duty officer if it’s not work it? I think the skill work on city only?, I hope remove that kind of slot if it’s not using it🤨🤨🤨 great idea who put the slot that no use😤😤😤or if happens make the skill from officer works on city only. Thank you evony

“In this case, the 10% includes mounted, ground, and siege of all tiers (1 to highest).
90% ranged means all tiers of ranged (1 to highest).
(This is a troop formation tactic called “layering”. This is stronger than a top-tier-only formation.)”

you said about layering troop. please write the article about layering (how to layering troop and why you need layering your troop).
thank you.

Prince Pi

Would you skill Trajan the same way like Scipio or in a different way ? I am asking because he has defense in his main skill as well.

It depends on how much you want to increase specialty, but I think it should be basically the same. 🤔
If you max out Specialty, Scipio will also get a big boost in defense.
For more information, please refer to the following article.
Best of Ground PvP General

She is a defender not suited for combat, so I don’t think you need to add any skills to her.
(Make her a defender when you don’t PvP, change to another defender when you do PvP)

Hi, when you say “90% range troops and 10% troop layers”. What troops would make up the 10% layers? Would they be different tiers or just 10% siege & ground of the same tiers?

Thanks in advance, a great tips website!

Hi Steve.😃
In this case, the 10% includes mounted, ground, and siege of all tiers (1 to highest).
90% ranged means all tiers of ranged (1 to highest).
(This is a troop formation tactic called “layering”. This is stronger than a top-tier-only formation.)

Really… I didn’t know that. So, if you had a march size of 500k, 450k of ranged troops made up of how many from each tier would you recommend?

Anonymous

I’ve always found this site helpful. My question is, if I sell the general with the skill attached, will I lose the skill book as well? Or will I get the skill book back?

Anonymous

Hi regarding on the duty general so it good to assign immediately at the building where he is specialized regardless new general or enhanced/cultivated?

thanks for tips…

Hi😃 You only need to assign duty officers when you need them.
For example, in the case of Ban Chao, the Duty Officer of Archer Tower, you only need to place him when you are playing PvP.
In addition, generals that have not been trained at all cannot be assigned as duty officers.
For more details, please refer to the following article.
Duty Officer – Required General Level, Star, etc

シーハピ

Thank you for all your wonderful articles. Thanks to this site, Evony has become more fun.
Today, when I added “Mounted Troop HP Against Monster ” to my general with “Mounted Troop HP” on it, only the one with the larger percentage was applied. Is there something wrong with the article?

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