Barbarians and barbarian forts are neutral units, and if you destroy them you will get great rewards. To destroy Barbarians and Barbarian Forts you will need to have action points. They will never attack you on the kingdoms. Higher level barbarians and barbarian forts will have better rewards.
Barbarians 1-12 can be spawned near your city. Higher level barbarians will be all over kingdoms. You can use a search to find them but there is a limit of range with the search function. If you cant not find any higher level barbarians with search then just zoom out from the map and search them manually.
Every barbarian will give you random rewards. You have a chance to get- speedups, gems, resources, experience, and arrows of resistance.
On kingdom vs kingdoms map, you will have higher level barbarians that will give you much better rewards.
To attack barbarians you will need to have an action point. If you have problems with action points you can check our guide on how to optimize and get more action points.
Every attack on barbarians without returning commander to the city will reduce your action points spend by 2 and maximum is 10 of action points.
You can reduce the cost of barbarians further if you are using peacekeeping commanders.
Now we will talk about what commanders are best for destroying barbarians.
If you are a new player use the strongest commander that you have. We have a tier list with the best commander in Rise Of kingdoms.
But if you are an advanced player you must use peacekeeping commanders for destroying barbarians because it will reduce your cost of action points drastically. You will be able to kill more barbarians and which means more rewards.
There is a lot of peacekeeping commander that you can use
Most people do not have Minamoto and if you have him you do not want to use peacekeeping talent on him. Same for Aethelflaed. You can build Cao Cao as a peacekeeping commander because you will use him as a secondary commander in most PVP situations.
If you are looking for peacekeeping builds you can find all commander talent tree builds.
If you didn’t know but you can chain farm barbarians. For the cost of one barbarian, you can destroy more than 5 at the same time.
To chain farm barbarians you will need commander with AOE damage and group of barbarians. The best commander for chain farming barbarians is Yi Seong Gye because he has circular nuke damage so you do not need to worry too much about commander positioning.
This is great to do in KVK. There will be a lot of barbarians that are close to each other and rewards are better.
Now barbarian forts are hard to do if you are in inactive alliance especially if you are a new player. If you are a new player you will not have great technology and good commanders. You will be able to do forts 1, 2, 3 but 4 5 level forts not because they are much harder to destroy. So if you are a new player i would recommend you to see when pay to win players are online and ask them to start a rally on the barbarian fort. They will have better technology and strong commanders.
Few commanders are great for barbarians forts. Best commander for forts are Boudica, Aethelflaed, Cao Cao, Minamoto, and Belisarius. They all have nuke damage, peacekeeping talent, and boost damage to barbarians.
We have the perfect list of best commander pairs for barbarian forts so you can check it out. It will help you drastically.
We could argue the entire day on the topic who will give you the most value for the action point spent. At the end of the day, it comes to your requirements.
If you need books of covenant to upgrade castle then you must do forts but if you are looking for arrows of resistance then you can do barbarians.
Now I will tell you what worked best for me while I was getting tier 5 units.
I would start destroying barbarians only when Lohar trial event was activated because during the Lohar trial event you can get an insane amount of arrows of resistance and gems. When Lohar trial ended I would go back to farming barbarians.
During KVK I would farm only barbarians because they will give you an insane amount of gems and you can spend those gems on books of covenant.
After I got my castle on level 25 I am doing only barbarians because i do not need books of covenant and barbarians will give me much more speedups and gems.
I would recommend that you do only forts until you get your castle on the max level.