The Lionheart

Rarity: Legendary

Talents: Infantry, Garrison, Defense

Civilization: Britain

Video Guide

Commander Details

How to get Richard in Rise of Kingdoms:

  • Wheel of Fortune: Day 38 in your Kingdom
  • Universal Sculptures
  • Card King Event
Open FieldS
Rallying ObjectivesC
Rallying CitiesC
Defending ObjectivesB
Defending CitiesD
Barbs & FortsA
*Overall Tier ranking is relative to all other Legendary Commanders, whereas individual categories are based solely on the commander in question.
– Tank: Can take large amounts of damage
– Powerful healing ability
– Strong AoE Debuff
– Decent at 5/5/1/1
– Can kill barbarians endlessly without returning to your city
– Often ignored in open field fights
– Increases number of dead troops when Garrison commander due to healing
– Very low damage output
– No skill damage
– Some commanders counter healing
– Very slow march speed

Talent Tree Builds

Best Richard Talent Trees in Rise of Kingdoms

Open Field Fights and Canyon


Soul of the Crusaders
Active Skill
Rage Requirement: 1000
Heals a portion of the slightly wounded units led by this commander. And debuffs up to a maximum of 5 enemy troops in a fan-shaped area, reducing their damage and march speed for 2 seconds.
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Direct Damage Factor: 600 / 800 / 1000 / 1200 / 1400
Damage Reduction: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
March Speed Reduction: 5% / 7% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Passive Skill
Troops led by this commander gain increased counterattack damage and take less damage. [The effect applies to all garrison troops when this commander is serving as a garrison commander. Note: the bracketed text has since be removed from the skill’s description.]
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Damage Taken Reduced: 5% / 7% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Counterattack Bonus: 4% / 5% / 6% / 8% / 10%
The Lionheart
Passive Skill
Infantry units led by this commander gain increased attack and increased defense.
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Infantry Attack Bonus: 5% / 7% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Infantry Defense Bonus: 5% / 7% / 9% / 12% / 15%
Passive Skill
Troops led by this commander receive increased healing effects, and take less damage from Watchtowers.
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Healing Effect Enhancement: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Damage Taken From Watchtowers Reduced By: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Tyrannical Lion
New skill:
Passive Skill
Troops led by this commander take 5% less damage from all sources. All infantry units led by this commander deal 2% increased damage to cavalry units. Every 10 seconds, the target’s march speed is reduced by 50% for 5 seconds.


Richard I was King of England from 6 July 1189 until his death. He was known as Richard the Lionheart because of his reputation as a great military leader and warrior. Richard was a central Christian commander during the Third Crusade, leading the campaign after the departure of Philip II of France and scoring considerable victories against his Muslim counterpart, Saladin. Rather than regarding his kingdom as a responsibility requiring his presence as ruler, Richard has been perceived as preferring to use it merely as a source of revenue to support his armies. Nevertheless, he was seen as a pious hero by his subjects. He remains one of the few kings of England remembered by his epithet, rather than regnal number, and is an enduring iconic figure both in England and in France.