Germany | Barbarossa
Leader | Conquering | Skill
Frederick I, also known as Frederick Barbarossa, was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1155 until his death.
Historians consider him among the Holy Roman Empire’s greatest medieval emperors.
He combined qualities that made him appear almost superhuman to his contemporaries: his ambition, his skills at organization, his battlefield acumen and his political perspicuity.
Among his contribution to Central European society and culture include the re-establishment of the Corpus Juris Civilis, or the Roman rule of law, which counterbalanced the papal power that dominated the German states since the conclusion of the Investiture Controversy.
Frederick died in 1190 in Asia Minor while leading an army in the Third Crusade.
1st – Barbarossa
Rage Requirement: 1000
For the next 3 seconds, all attacks have a 80% chance to deal additional damage to the target.
Direct Damage Factor 400 / 500 / 600 / 700 / 800
2nd – Never Give Up
Troops’ normal attack has a 10% chance to heal a portion of the slightly wounded units. This effect can only trigger once every 5 seconds.
Healing Factor: 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 / 1000
3rd – Invasion
Increases all damage when attacking other Governors’ cities.
Infantry Attack Bonus: 2% / 4% / 6% / 8% / 10%
4th – King of Deutschland
Increases maximum troop capacity.
Troop Capacity Bonus: 3% / 6% / 9% / 12% / 15%
5th – Furious Barbarossa
For the next 3 seconds, all attacks have a 100% chance to deal additional damage (Damage Factor 800) to the target.
Frederick I’s active skill is purely a nuking skill. Although it does not deal significant direct damage, like most nuking commanders, it buffs up his troops which gives them an 80% chance of dealing an additional damage factor of up to 800. It might only be good for 3 seconds but it is already enough to deal significant damage to the target in that span of time. Plus, maxing out his skills further increases his troops’ chances from 80% to 100%. What’s great about this is that you don’t need a specific type of unit in order to activate such powerful offensive buff. His active skill works for any kind of troop and it definitely works for any kind of situation. Be it for attacking an enemy march or attacking a neutral unit, this nuking skill is definitely useful. His troops deal even more damage when attacking cities due to his third skill, Invasion. It increases his damage to enemy governor’s cities. Just imagine how much damage can his troops output once this skill is activated. It should be very devastating to any target.
As a nuking commander, Frederick I certainly fall short when it comes to defense. Nuking commanders excel so much in their offense that they’re defense are certainly on a lower level compared to their offense. They suffer so much when being swarmed with enemy marches or when battling in prolonged fights. However, in his case, he has a defensive skill to make up with his lack in defense. He is capable of healing his troops by a Healing Factor of up to 1000. Thereby, even as a nuking commander, he’ll surely be able to sustain more damage and be able to endure longer fights.
Ultimately, Frederick I’s skills are great for a nuking commander. His skills don’t specialize in any kind of unit so he’ll definitely go well with any unit or mixed marches. He also has higher number of units in his march due to his fourth skill. King of Deutschland allows increases his troop capacity by a whooping amount of 15%. This means a troop capacity of 200,000 can go up to 230,000 with him around. As I’ve said, he is a great all-rounder legendary commander. Once you’ve built him through this Frederick I talent tree build guide, he’ll surely excel both in PvP and PvE.
As I’ve said, Frederick is already ready to lead any march to any kind of battle. Take him to attack any march, any neutral unit or any city and he’ll surely do the job as you expect it to be. This Frederick I talent tree build guide is a pretty solid guide that will definitely make him a killer nuking commander.
1.) Nuking Commanders – Since this Frederick I is a nuking talent build guide, pairing Frederick I with nuking commanders will definitely improve his troops nuking ability. And it is more evident when he is paired with heavy AOE nukers like Yi-Seong Gye. Any nearby enemy march will surely feel the damage of this pair’s nuking ability.
2.) Defensive Commanders – Frederick I is a solid all-rounder commander. He is absolutely great when paired with a nuking commander but that doesn’t mean he is not great when paired with defensive commanders. Commanders who have the ability to shield their troops or heal their troops are also great pairs for him. Frederick I has a healing skill so pairing him up with a defensive commander will definitely improve his troop’s defensive capability. A commander like Richard I is an ideal defensive commander pair for Frederick I.
Talent Tree Builds
Frederick I is based on the following talent tree: Leadership, Conquering and Skill. This Frederick I talent tree build guide mainly focuses on building him as a powerful nuker; thus, we will be focusing on talents under the Skill and Leadership Talent Trees.
Nukers heavily rely on rage points in order to utilize their active skill. In order to spam their active skill, they must have high rage restoration. In this case, Frederick I should get the Rejuvenate Talent from the Skill Talent Tree to initially increase his rage restoration. You’ll need to get Burning Blood, which increases rage restoration, and All For One, which increases secondary commander’s skill damage, before getting Rejuvenate.
Next, aim to unlock the highest tiered talent point in the Skill Talent Tree, Feral Nature. This will significantly increase Frederick I’s rage restoration; thereby, increasing his ability to spam his skill. Along the way unlock Heraldic Shield, Tactical Mastery and Clarity.
Skill Talent Tree is pretty much complete. You’ll have to move over the Leadership Talent Tree and take Fresh Recruits. Having this talent further improves Frederick I’s ability to increase maximum troop capacity. His skill plus this talent equates to a larger maximum troop capacity.
Damage is very important for a nuker like Frederick I. So, the next talent to take in the Leadership Talent Tree is Armed to the Teeth. As I’ve mentioned, he doesn’t specialize in any kind of unit so having a mixed march would be fine for him. Armed to the Teeth increases your troop’s damage if it contains at least 3 different unit types. Take this talent and let him lead a mixed march in order to benefit from the damage increase brought by this talent. And you’ll also have to take Hidden Wrath to increase his rage restoration and Healing Herbs to improve his healing ability.
At this point, Frederick I will still have points to spend. However, he is already a great commander for PvP and PvE. Surely, enemies will kneel after taking heavy nuking damage from Frederick’s troops. Anyway, to further improve him and make use of the remaining talent points, take Armored to the Teeth and Strategic Prowess for better defense. This way he’ll be able to sustain more damage; thereby, compensating for his lack in defense.
Best Frederick I Builds
Without wasting any more time, let’s dive right into the talent tree builds 🙂
Rallying Cities Talent Build
This is the primary build to use when using Frederick to rally cities, no matter if that’s simple attacking or being the rally leader with him:
So let’s have a closer look at what the talent points are used for.
Conquering Tree is the first one to spend your talent points on and you want to go for Entrenched as fast as possible because it will improve the damage you deal on a garrison, which is the best you can have when attacking a city.
After that Tear of Blessing is, obviously, your second objective in the Conquering Tree here to reduce the amount of troops that die and rather get wounded when attacking another player’s city.
If you have both of them, Entrenched and Tear of Blessing, you can get Meteor Shower and this is a really helpful talent that can give you a huge additional damage buff for the next attack when it proccs.
Skill Tree is now your turn to get to Rejuvenate as quickly as possible to get that sweeet extra rage. If you remember my words in the beginning, we want to get as much rage as possible to get Frederick’s first skill rolling as fast and often as possible.
Leadership Tree is where you will spend your last points, depending how much you leveld Frederick up. Hidden Wrath is really nice to get the extra rage and Healing Herbs will halp the second skill heal your troops during the rally. Then you can also get the March Speed.
Rally Mixed Build
If you want to do rallies against objectives you can also use this alternative build here that focus on getting rage and skill damage buffed up as much as possible – which can give you a great blast:
Skill Tree is the first stop here to get Rejuvenate to get the extra rage to get your first skill rocking as often as possible.
Latent Power is here also very useful because it will give you a decent buff on your first skill damage.
Leadership Tree has some really nice talents in there that will buff your damage. Name of the King is the ultimate talent you want to get here.
But actually I like the build that I show now a little bit more…
Skill Build For Rage
I personally like this build here for rallying objectives more simply because it focus on creating more rage in the Skill Tree and the primary skill already deals such tons of damage that you don’t need to buff it and rather should get the rage generation buffed so it will get used more often during that rally with Frederick: