Bannerlord characters are all about picking the right build and skill tree progression to fit your playstyle. The game is balanced around these things but generally there are going to be some skill tree unlocks which are more useful than others. There are a plethora of builds that you can try such as: melee tank, rogue with a bow or simply a role-playing merchant. In this particular Bannerlord guide we’ll be showcasing the Best Beginner Build for Mount And Blade 2 Bannerlord that will work great for new players so that they don’t have to worry about the skill tree choices at first.
What Family to pick?
As you start making your character, the first main decision that you’re gonna have to do is pick the Family that “you” originate from. A thing to note is that you’re most probably going to want to specialize in one melee skill, one ranged skill. This is pretty important as you’ll have to pick and choose the most appropriate family depending on what weapon you want to use for each of these skills. For example, if you want to use a Crossbow then the Mercenaries Family is going to be the best choice. In case you’d want to prioritize Poleaxes and Bows then Baron’s Retainers are the ones that’ll give you an edge there. For this particular melee beginner build we’ll go with: Baron’s Retainers.
The childhood backstory has two choices for us in this particular beginner build: skill with horses and attention to detail. Skill with horses is excellent because it gives you a point in Riding and Medicine. On the other hand, attention to detail gives you one handed combat mastery meaning that you can use any one-handed weapon with a shield in case the Poleaxe and Lances aren’t for you. This allows your build to become a bit more diverse in terms of combat. Athletics is also granted by attention to detail, which is a popular choice for arena.
Since this is a beginner build mostly focused towards combat, the only logical choice here is the hunted small game adolescence. This will give you +1 Skill to Bow and Tactics. Bow is an excellent ranged weapon that is mostly preferred for new players as a lot of other ranged weapons are mostly throwables. Tactics is useful for late game when you start deploying your army as it lets you plan things much better.
There’s two choices as far as youth goes: trained with cavalry and rode with the scouts. The choice here purely depends on you as both of these youth picks are excellent. Cavalry will grant you more skill in two handed weaponry while Scouts is catered more towards the ranged Bow and Riding.
The only logical choice here is that you’ve succesfully led a manhunt. This life choice will grant you one Focus Point in Tactics and Leadership. As we mentioned previously, Tactics is a great thing to have for army deployment. Leadership is always good for groups and having one point in it definitely helps.
Which Story Background?
Picking that you drove them off with arrows will grant your character 2 Focus points into bow and one into Control. Having the Bow at 4 makes this build very powerful for beginners as long range weaponry is easier to master early on than melee (as you’d have to learn the difficult blocking mechanics this game has to offer). On top of that, most players pick ranged builds for their playthrough as there are tricks to farm up gold with these builds.