Do you want to recruit companions in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord but aren’t sure where to look? Here’s what you need to know.
Why bother with companions? After all, you’ve got an army at your disposal and you can recruit extra soldiers at most locations. The reason is that companions in Bannerlord are better and stronger than regular soldiers; plus, you have more control over their abilities and how you level them up. You can also marry them off if you choose to inflict that on them, and give them specific roles.
They’re surprisingly easy to find if you’re just looking for any old companion. Here’s how to recruit a companion in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord:
- Go to a major settlement – a town/city, not a small village
- Choose “Go to the tavern district”
- Choose “Visit the tavern” to walk into the tavern
- More likely than not, a companion will be there, sometimes leaning against the wall They’ll have a unique name, such as “Nathun the Golden”
- Speak to them, asking them about their deeds etc. till they talk about working for you
- Offer to recruit them. They’ll typically ask for money to settle a debt. WARNING: This won’t be cheap. For Nathun the Golden on our run, it was 1,758 gold pieces
- If you can afford it, agree, and they’ll join your party
If you want to recruit a specific companion, you need to track them down via the encyclopedia. Here’s what to do:
- Hit ‘N’ on the keyboard to open the encyclopedia (there doesn’t appear to be any menu option to do this)
- Click on “Heroes”
- There’s no companion category but if you look for someone with “of the” or “the” in their name, they’re usually a companion. Click on them
- Then, make a note of where they were last seen. You can also click the location and then the circle that says “track” to make finding them easier
The catch is, they might have been captured by the time you get there. And, since companions don’t have unique quests as they do in full-fledged story-driven RPGs such as Dragon Age, it’s not really worth traipsing halfway across the world for a specific NPC.
Still, companions are more memorable than soldiers and, if you’re getting sick of having to do everything yourself in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, they can even be deputised to escort people providing you’ve got enough soldiers.