When you’re trying to increase your power in The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War, the very first thing that comes to mind is always rushing to do the quests. But of course, by just completing your main quests you won’t progress as quickly as you would just focusing straight up on expanding territory and increasing your army.
Therefore, below you’ll find a complete The Lord of the Rings: Rise to War strategy guide to help you figure out the best ways to increase your power, expand your territory occupation quickly and conquer as many tiles as possible. We’ll start off with the Ring Power, which is arguably one of the most influential sources of might.
How to increase Ring Power fast in order to get stronger
There is no quick (or easy, for that matter) way to increase your Ring Power in a matter of minutes. Since you need to actually deploy troops that take a considerable time to reach specific tiles, you need to also think about their Stamina consumption. The best way to do this would be to start by occupying all the tiles that are closest to your base.
If a tile is relatively nearby, you will not consume as much Stamina as you would by marching towards a tile that is 10 minutes away. As a result, you can use that Stamina to conquer a larger number of tiles which you can later dismiss.
Don’t be afraid to rescind the lower power territories once you have increased your army’s strength. The 1 Power lands will not give you much, and it will take 30 minutes to rescind them. If you’re near your territory limit, you should think ahead and remove some of them by the time your Commander’s Stamina fills up, so you can try to go for better ones.
Make sure to upgrade your Commanders at all times
Upgrading your Commanders is no easy feat, and it can only be done over time. There is no EXP potion to help you level them up, so all you can do is send them into as many battles as possible. Or, if you’d rather prefer a more pacifist approach, you can send them Commanders to complete Tips.
Each time a Commander levels up, they will receive one Skill Point which can be allocated into any of their first tier skills. At Commander Respect level 3, you will unlock the next level which will automatically unlock new skills. We’d recommend focusing on one skill at a time and maxing it out, since at max level (level 15) it will grant additional benefits.
Deploy the right troops for each Commander
Some of the Commanders will have passive skills that can benefit only specific troops. The same goes for the troops, which will be a lot stronger if deployed alongside other similar troops or a specific Commander.
For instance, Bow Knights (Tier III) are overall good, but you want to use them as a back line for commanders that can further increase their strength such as Boromir or Aragorn. Cataphracts are another good unit you can use with him, since they also deal a good chunk of damage.
Just keep in mind to always mind the equipment you give to your Commander, since it will automatically grant you some stats that affect certain units. So, you don’t want to use a type of gear that boosts Archers when you don’t have any Archers in your army.
Last but not least, make sure to always take advantage of your idle time
Whenever you are not actively conquering more tiles or expanding your land, you should use that time to conscript more units, upgrade your buildings, mock battling and completing as many Tips as possible.
The time you spend offline can be maximised by doing one or all of the above, since after a while upgrades take hours to finish, and you don’t have the Stamina (or time) to complete battles. That’s when you need to consider sending your Commanders to complete tips and letting them earn you additional EXP.