China | Conqueror of Chaos
Cavalry | Peacekeeping | Mobility
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.
1st Skill — Dragon Rider
Rage Requirement: 1000
Deals direct damage to the target, and decreases target’s attack and march speed for 3 seconds.
Direct Damage Factor 600 / 800 / 1000 / 1200 / 1400
Attack Reduction 20% / 25% / 30% / 35% / 40%
March Speed Reduction 5% / 6% / 7% / 8% / 10%
2nd Skill — The Qingzhou Army
Increases the damage on Barbarians.
Bonus Damage To Barbarians: 10% / 20% / 30% / 40% / 50%
3rd Skill — Tiger Knight
Increases cavalry units’ march speed and attack.
Cavalry March Speed Bonus: 3% / 4.5% / 6% / 8% / 10%
Cavalry Attack Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
4th Skill — Lofty Ambition
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.
Healing Factor Bonus: 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 / 1000
Rage Restored: 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 100
5th Skill — Emperor Wu of Wei
Increases cavalry attack by 25%, decreases troop defense by 10%
Best Parings for Cao Cao
Boudica – 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.
Minamoto no Yoshitsune – This is one of the best nuke duos in games. The amount of nuke is insane and if you see archers on filed 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.
Pelagius- 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.
Best Cao Cao Talent Tree Builds
So, I promised you Cao Cao Talent tree builds and without further ado I want to show them to you.
This is literally the fastest build in Rise of Kingdoms and will get you wherever you want as fast as possible. You can perfectly use it for the Ark of Osiris to capture structures or if you are into killing farmers this build will also work great.
Step 1 (18 Points) – I’d go down the Peacekeeping tree first to get the Hasty Departure skill unlocked that will boost the movement speed by 60% in the first 10 seconds after leaving a structure and Lightning Charge as well and get the additional general movement speed. After that Thoroughbreds is also nice and gives also additional movement speed.
Step 2 (12 Points) – after that you should take a look at the Cavalry tree and spend the next points there to get the Charge, this will give you a nice and huge buff on movement speed when you are on your way back after a fight.
Step 3 – now from here you can focus completely on the Mobility tree until you have maxed Cao Cao out. I’d focus on getting Time Management unlocked as fast as possible because it will give you a great boost to hunt down enemies. You’re building a fast traveling army here so don’t let the debuff when in a fight scare you off, it’s a powerful way to use him.
Barbarians (PvE) Build
This is another great build for Cao Cao talent tree if you want to hunt down those Barbarians. This build primarily focus on killing barbarians on the map, if you want a build that also works for rallies please check out the next one below
When looking at this build you can see that some Mobility is sacrificed in order to get the best out of hunting those barbarians on the map. Let’s have a look at the best order.
Step 1 (30 Points) – you should start here and make your way to get Trophy Hunter for sure, that’s some nice bunch of extra free resource Packs you will get form every group of Barbarians you take out and worth the sacrifice in raw movement speed.
Step 2 (43 Points) – now let’s start putting the next points into the Cavalry tree and make your way to the top there, depending at what level you have Cao Cao. There’s enough movement speed buffs there to not have to waste more than the single point in the Mobility tree.
Rallies (PvE) Build
If you want to use Cao Cao to lead Rallies you want to use this hybrid build here. The reason why here some movement speed buffs are included as well is that you have travel times of 5-7 minutes to Barbarian Forts and this extra movement speed comes in really handy when you can knock off 1-2 minutes of that time.
Yes, I know, Cao Cao is not the best commander if you actually want to lead rallies but the extra movement speed makes this build quite decent.
It’s not that different from the build above to kill barbarians on the map but it will focus more on leading a rally.
Step 1 (6 Points) – the first step you want to take with this build is going down the Mobility tree with the first points.
Step 2 (22 Points) – now it’s time to get to the Peacekeeping tree and focus on getting Mighty Force as quick as possible because this will give you also a nice damage buff when in a rally. After that spend the next points in Peacekeeping as shown above.
Step 3 (46 Points) – now it’s time to attack the Cavalry tree and get to the top there. I’d focus on getting Charge here first before spending in the other branches in Cavalry but you can alternate here as you feel