Best Cao Cao Talent Tree Builds And Pairs

Cao Cao is one of the first legendary cavalry commanders in Rise of Kingdoms. Cao Cao is a great nuking commander for PVP and PVE. With him, you will be able to destroy barbarians forts easily. Overall great commander to have in collection.


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Cao Cao, courtesy name Mengde, was a Chinese warlord and the penultimate Chancellor of the Eastern Han dynasty. As one of the central figures of the Three Kingdoms period, he laid the foundations for what was to become the state of Cao Wei and was posthumously honoured as “Emperor Wu of Wei”. He is often portrayed as a cruel and merciless tyrant in subsequent literature; however, he has also been praised as a brilliant ruler and military genius who treated his subordinates like his family. Cao Cao had much success as the Haan chancellor, but his handling of the Han emperor Liu Xie was heavily criticized and resulted in a continued and then escalated civil war. You can see that Cao Cao was great military genius and brilliant ruler. I would recommend you to learn more history about Cao Cao from Wikipedia and Britannica

Cao Cao Talent Tree Build

Cao Cao talent tree can be built in three different styles. Right talent tree build-depends where you will use Cao Cao and for what. You can build the Cao Cao talent tree focused on Calvary, Mobility or Peacekeeping. My advice is to focus on a hybrid build of mobility and peacekeeping.


Cao Cao Field Talent Tree Build

Main talentsTalent points
Dragon Saber3/3
Undying Fury3/3
Equestrian Excellence3/3
Emblazoned Shield3/3
Rallying cry3/3
Saving Cross3/3
Lightning Charge3/3
Spiked Armor3/3
March Speed27%

Cao Cao Mobility Talent Tree Build

Main talentsTalent points
Quick study3/3
Saving Cross3/3
Lightning Charge3/3
Spiked Armor3/3
Hasty Departure3/3
March Speed48%

Cao Cao Guide

Cao Cao is a commander that is worth having. He can be built for speed to hunt gatherers or to destroy barbarians forts with no problem. Cao Cao is a great PVP commander too. He will bring good damage to the filed.

First skill -haves a lot of nuke and enemy attack debuff 40% for 3 seconds that is a lot. For destroying forts with him all you need is the first skill on level 5.

Second skill- will increase damage to barbarians by crazy 50%. This is why Cao Cao is so good for nuking barbarians forts.

Third skill- is more bonus damage and some movement speed so you can hunt troops on the map easily.

Fourth skill- 10% chance to heal troops, increase damage and speed, and to earn 100 rage points. If you are lucky you will get this all the time.

Cao Cao can be obtained with gold chests and with a daily chest that you must buy.

Cao Cao Pairings

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CAO CAO can be paid with any cavalry commander. The best Cao Cao pairs for field battles are Minamoto no Yoshitsune, Pelagius, and Baibars. For destroying barbarian forts best pairs for Cao Cao are Boudica, Minamoto no Yoshitsune, and Aethelflaed. For fast march speed pair Cao Cao with Belisarius.

This is the best duo for barbarian forts killing. You will use Boudica as primary and Cao as a secondary commander. All you need is cao cao first skill and with Boudica nuke, you will melt barbarian forts

This is one of the best nuke duos in games. The amount of nuke is insane and if you see archers on field focus them. They will melt from dmg. This duo you can use for killing barbarian forts. Use Minamoto no Yoshitsune as primary and Cao as a secondary commander

This is f2p duo if you do not have Minamoto. Pelagius will provide defense and some healing and cao will nuke targets. Do not kill forts with this combo because it will be slower. Better is to use Boudica and Cao.

Cao Cao Skills

skill-icon_23Dragon Rider

Rage Requirement: 1000

Active Skill
Deals direct damage to the target, and decreases target’s attack and march speed for 3 seconds.

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Direct Damage Factor: 600 / 800 / 1000 / 1200 / 1400
Attack Reduction: 20% / 25% / 30% / 35% / 40%
March Speed Reduction: 5% / 6% / 7% / 8% / 10%

skill-icon_20The Qingzhou Army

Passive Skill
Increases the damage on Barbarian

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Bonus Damage To Barbarians: 10% / 20% / 30% / 40% / 50%

skill-icon_19Tiger Knight

Passive Skill
Increases cavalry units’ march speed and attack.

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Cavalry March Speed Bonus: 3% / 4.5% / 6% / 8% / 10%
Cavalry Attack Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

skill-icon_11Lofty Ambition

Passive Skill
Troops’ normal attacks have a 10% chance to heal a portion of the slightly wounded units, restores rage, and increases troops’ march speed by 20% for 3 seconds. Effect can only trigger once every 2 seconds.

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Healing Factor Bonus: 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 / 1000
Rage Restored: 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 100

skill-icon_24Emperor Wu of We

New Passive Skill
Increases cavalry attack by 25%, decreases troop defense by 10%