Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is a 2020 role-playing action game developed and published by TaleWorlds Entertainment. It was released in March 2020 as early access and is available for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The game turned out to become the largest launch for Steam this year. In Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord, you will have to get your own settlements and castles, which can be conquered or earned. If you’re wondering how to own a settlement in Mount and Blade 2 Bannerlord, then you’ve come to the right place.
Owning a settlement is an important aspect of the game. The gameplay is similar to previous installments in the series, but Bannerlord gets improved graphics, strategies, gameplay elements, and more. In Bannerlord, there are two ways to own a settlement. There’s the indirect way, which can take a while, and then there’s the direct way, which involves lots of fighting. Let’s take a look at both methods.
Own a Settlement in Mount and Blade 2 Bannerlord
The indirect way, or the peaceful way, to own a settlement in the game is to get someone to gift it to you. You will have to earn the settlement by working hard and by joining any of the large factions in Bannerlord. The only way to own a settlement without going to battle is by completing missions, pleasing the nobles, helping with battles, and so on. Over time, as you finish tasks for a faction, you will earn rewards and favors. Basically, you will have to become a vassal and eventually hope to receive a settlement as a gift for all the work that you put in.
Unfortunately, you will remain a part of the faction if you choose this method. If you would like to go independent, then the faction may declare war and fight you. Therefore, if you want to own a settlement, then this is probably not the best way to do it unless you’re just starting out and have a lot of time in your hands.
The other way, or the fun way, to own a settlement is to capture it by going into war with the faction that owns it. To wage war with the settlement, you’re going to have to make them angry and wait till they declare war. You can do this by raiding villages using the ‘Take a hostile action’ option, or by attacking nearby troops from the settlement. Before you start the siege, scout the castle to make sure that you can indeed go to war with them.
When you raid villages, you can also loot them and stock up on supplies, food, soldiers, and weapons. Once you’ve done this, head to the closest castle in the settlement and use ‘Besiege the Castle’ option. You will now have to build your own camp and defend it from attacks by enemy troops. Build siege weapons, prepare your troops, and charge them towards the castle walls when ready. This can take a few days if your Siege skill level is low, so make sure that you have good levels. You can increase this by fighting other troops nearby. Once you’re ready, attack the castle with your troops. If you win the war, you will own the settlement and take ownership of the castle and nearby villages. This, however, will cause trouble with the faction, but you can make peace with them later on.
That’s how you can own a settlement in Mount and Blade 2 Bannerlord. The second method is the obvious choice here, but your job isn’t done yet. After you’ve taken charge of the castle, you will need to protect it. You should also choose a trustworthy Governor, and a garrison to look after it.