Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord – How to Get a Castle

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Fiefdoms and castles are the bread and butter of Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord. What is a lord without a menacing stone building to keep invaders away?

Castles make up almost half of the settlements of Calradia, and they hold some of the best troops the land has seen.

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You, on the other hand, seem to be missing a fiefdom of your own and want to know how to get one, preferably fast.

Well, you have nothing to worry about because we have prepared for you the easiest way to get a castle in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord.


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Castle vs. Town – What’s the Difference?

There are three types of settlements in Bannerlord: Town, Villages, and Castles. As opposed to Warband, you can’t own just a village. You can only own towns and castles, along with their nearby villages.

A castle would be a stronghold that works in many ways as a town, but it is smaller and doesn’t offer as many advantages. It is exactly what it sounds like: a military hub.

In a castle, you can store troops, get rent from surrounding villages, and have your relatives live their day-to-day lives.

The difference between a castle and a town is that the town offers all the benefits of a castle, along with the traders, an arena, a tavern, tariffs from trade, and many troops and companions to recruit.

Though a town sounds better on paper, it also needs a larger garrison and more money to maintain. This means that a castle should be your stepping stone, your start as a lord.


Get a Castle in Bannerlord

Getting a castle should be a simple task for a warlord with a decent amount of troops. There are two ways you can get your hands on one:

  • Conquer
  • Receive

Conquer

Conquering your own castle is going to be a challenge. However, if you pick a weak opponent, this can actually be the easiest thing you’ve done in Bannerlord.

First, look for a castle that either isn’t surrounded by more than two factions or is at the edge of the map, in the middle of one of the kingdoms.

The one surrounded by two factions can feel like stealing candy from a child, as you should conquer it after one of the factions just got their hands on it.

They will have almost no troops as a garrison, and the militia has just been eliminated by them. The castle will fall into your hands, and then you will just need a bit of money to sue for peace.

On the other hand, you can take a fully garrisoned castle if you plan on fighting just one faction at the start of your own little kingdom.

Receive

This would be the way we recommend for you to get a castle. If you manage to get to clan Tier 2, you can now join a faction as a vassal.

Once you’ve done that, you can just help their armies conquer a castle, and you have a chance, based on your relationship with the influential lords of the kingdom, to gain the fief in a vote.

You can also trick your fellow vassals into voting for you using influence and befriending the ruler of the kingdom.

Otherwise, all you need to do is be a good vassal and fight for your kingdom, and you will eventually be rewarded for your duty.


That’s everything you need to know about how to get a castle in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord!

Have any input or suggestions for this guide? Let us know in the comment section below.

Adrian Oprea

Based in London, United Kingdom, Adrian Oprea is a Guides Writer. As a professional single-player RPG player, Adrian has often been stigmatized. He has decided to pour his frustration into writing guides!

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