China | Lord of the Magnificent Beard
Infantry | Conquering | Skill
Guan Yu, courtesy name Yunchang, was a general serving under the warlord Liu Bei during the late Eastern Han dynasty of China. Along with Zhang Fei, he shared a brotherly relationship with Liu Bei and accompanied him on most of his early exploits. Guan Yu played a significant role in the events leading up to the end of the Han dynasty and the establishment of Liu Bei’s state of Shu Han during the Three Kingdoms period. While he is remembered for his loyalty towards Liu Bei, he is also known for repaying Cao Cao’s kindness by slaying Yan Liang, a general under Cao Cao’s rival Yuan Shao, at the Battle of Boma. After Liu Bei gained control of Yi Province in 214, Guan Yu remained in Jing Province to govern and defend the area for about seven years. In 219, while he was away fighting Cao Cao’s forces at the Battle of Fancheng, Liu Bei’s ally Sun Quan broke the Sun–Liu alliance and sent his general Lü Meng to conquer Liu Bei’s territories in Jing Province. By the time Guan Yu found out about the loss of Jing Province after his defeat at Fancheng, it was too late. He was subsequently captured in an ambush by Sun Quan’s forces and executed.
Guan Yu’s life was lionised and his achievements glorified to such an extent after his death that he was deified during the Sui dynasty. Through generations of storytelling, culminating in the 14th-century historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, his deeds and moral qualities have been given immense emphasis, making Guan Yu one of East Asia’s most popular paradigms of loyalty and righteousness. He is still worshipped by many Chinese people today in mainland China, Taiwan, Tibet, Hong Kong and among many overseas Chinese communities. In religious devotion, he is reverentially called the “Divus Guan” (Guān Dì) or “Lord Guan” (Guān Gōng). He is a deity worshipped in Chinese folk religion, popular Confucianism, Taoism, and Chinese Buddhism, and small shrines to him are almost ubiquitous in traditional Chinese shops and restaurants. His hometown Yuncheng has also named its airport after him.
1st – Saint of War
Rage Requirement: 1000
Deals direct damage to up to 3 enemies in a fan-shaped area and silences these targets for 3 seconds (damage dealt to all targets will be decreased by 15% for each additional enemy). When Guan Yu is serving as the secondary commander, decrease Damage Factor.
Damage Factor (When Secondary Commander): 550 / 650 / 750 / 850 / 1000
Direct Damage Factor: 1100 / 1300 / 1500 / 1700 / 2000
2nd – Five Tiger Generals
When attacking garrisons, increases normal attack damage. Normal attacks have a 10% chance to reduce a single target’s attack for 3 seconds.
Normal Attack Damage Bonus: 3% / 6% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Attack Reduction: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
3rd – The Slaying of Hua Xiong
Increases infantry units’ attack and march speed. Upon leaving battle, Guan Yu heals a portion of slightly wounded units.
Infantry Attack Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Infantry March Speed Bonus: 3% / 6% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Healing Factor: 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 / 1000
4th – Green Dragon Crescent Blade
When the skill “Saint of War” hits only 1 target, there is a 50% chance to deal additional damage to the target. When the skill hits 2 or more targets, there is a 50% chance to deal additional damage to the current target.
Additional Damage Factor (1 Target): 600 / 700 / 800 / 900 / 1000
Additional Damage Factor (2+ Target): 800 / 900 / 1000 / 1200 / 1400
5th – Lone Rider
Whenever Guan Yu gains a shield, he also increases his active skill damage by 15% for 3 seconds. Whenever Guan Yu leaves a structure, he increases his march speed by 100% for 3 seconds.
Best Parings for Guan Yu
Yi Seong Gye
Alexander The Great
Talent Tree Build
First of all you want to go in the Skill Tree and unlock Rejuvenate for the obvious reason that Guan Yu’s versatility is based on his ability to get his silence active and that needs extra rage.
In the Infantry Tree it’s time to get Hold The Line, which doesn’t sound that strong on plain paper but once you get swarmed (and I can promise you that you will), this will massively reduce the damage that you’re taking.
Strong of Body is optional on the path to Hold The Line and you should still get it after unlocking Hold The Line because it’s plain and simple extra health for your troops led by Guan Yu.
Now you can work your way up to max out the Infantry Tree, depending on how far you have Guan Yu leveld up.
Here’s an alternative rally build that you can also use very well:
In this rally build you will also get into the Skill Tree first to unlock Rejuvenate, it’s the most useful skill and you want to get that extra rage as fast as possible. From here do everything you can to go over to Feral Nature which will basically give you 10 rage with every attack statistically so also worth it without any doubt.
Once you have that done you will go over to the Infantry Tree where you will make your way stright towards Strong of Body to get that nice extra health for your troops which will be very useful in many situations.
No it’s time to get Entrenched in the Conquering Tree which is working also very well and not only buff all damage, it will also reduce all damage you take. Moment of Triumph is also a nice talent that you can pick up along the way and it will buff your output at least in the beginning of a battle.