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The Best General's

There are lots of places Generals can be used, so here is a suggestion of who to put where to get the most out of your castle buffs and other rewards.

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General Jobs

Generals can fill many roles within Evony: The King's Return, but as you would expect, some are better than others. Naturally the best Generals tend to be the hardest to obtain, but there is usually a selection for each role and with the right attention (cultivation, gear and skills), you can develop your General to be the best fit for the role you give them. Of course, it does NOT mean that all other General's than the ones listed below are not useful. The following General's are a suggestion only, given by players who have more experience and knowledge in such things than me.

General Roles tend to be divided into Duty Officers/Mayors (useful to build a strong castle and monarch) and Attacking and Gathering Generals (useful for attacking other players or monsters and gathering resources outside of your castle). Duty Officers tend to be in use all the time, by being assigned to a particular building or subordinate city, whereas Attacking General's are readily available for a specific job when required. The remainder of your Generals will only be useful as fill-ins when your desired General is unavailable (usually if they have been killed, and mainly for the sub city mayors) or as a source of gold when required. To get the most out dismissing your General (even the awful white and green ones), it is suggested you power them up to get a better return, but that is another topic.

DUTY OFFICER'S/MAYORAL ROLES

A "Duty Officer" refers to when a General is assigned to a particular building or structure in your castle. There are several places where this can occur, the first being the Defence Wall General, which becomes available early on in the game.  

          IN-CITY DUTY OFFICERS

          There are 18 places in your castle where you can place a General (Duty Officer) that can improve your troop and castle buffs and debuffs, however only 10 of these places have Generals that were born for the role. The sites where Duty Officers can be placed include : Wall (Defence General), Keep, Barracks, Archer Camp, Stables, Workshop, Trap Factory, Hospital, Rally Spot, Academy, Archer Tower (Defence General), Warehouse, Embassy, Holy Palace, Market, Forge, Research Factory, Bunker and Military Academy. It is worthwhile considering, however, that if you are attacked, these duty officers are likely to be captured, so if there is a chance of this occurring, ensure you are bubbled while they are on duty or remove them when unbubbled for safe keeping.

          While you can assign any general you like (as long as they have the required power and stats) as just filling the position itself will give increased buffs, it is worth giving the following Generals some attention so they can be used to their maximum benefit in their specific sites. 

Useful For ...
Title
Image
Colour
Skills
Specialties
Culture
Keep Officer (Defence)
Ashoka
Wise Emperor : Increases ranged troops attack by 20% and reduces enemy ground troop HP by 15% when the General is the Keep Officer.
* Ranged Troop Formation (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ranged troop attack and +10% ranged troop defence. * Bash (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ranged troop and siege machine attack. * Sage (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% construction speed when General is the Keep Officer. * Maurya Dynasty (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% ranged troop attack and 10% construction speed when General is the Keep Officer.
Other
Keep Officer (Construction)
Menshikov
Greedy Marshal : When the General is the Keep Officer, the construction speed in the city will increase by 20%.
* Ranged Troop Defence (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ranged troop attack and +10% ranged troop defence. * Pacify (Maximum Level Attributes) : +36% gold production speed in subordinate city and +36% construction speed in subordinate city when General is the Subordinate City Mayor. * Sage (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% construction speed when General is the Keep Officer. * Siege of Petersburg (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% construction speed when General is the Keep Officer.
Russia
Keep Officer (Construction)
Zhuhe Liang
China
Barrack's Officer
Abd al-Rahman
Eagle of Conquest : Increases ground troops attack, defence and HP by 5%, and ground troops training speed by 20% when General is the Barracks Officer.
* Ground Troop Assault (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ground troop attack and +10% ground troop HP. * Trapping (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% training speed in subordinate city and +6% death into survival rate in subordinate city, when General is Subordinate City Mayor. * Sage (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% ground troop training speed and +20% ground troop training capacity, when General is Barracks Officer. * Conquest of Spain (Maximum Level Attributes) : +26% ground troop training speed and +20% ground troop training capacity, when General is Barracks Officer.
Arabia
Archer Camp Officer
John I of Portugal
Ocean Expansion : Increases ranged troops attack, defence and HP by 5%, and ranged troops training speed by 20% when General is the Archer Camp Officer.
* Ranged Troop Formation (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ranged troop attack and +10% ranged troop defence. * Pacify (Maximum Level Attributes) : +36% increased gold production speed in subordinate city and +36% increased construction speed in subordinate city when General is Subordinate City Mayor. * Sage (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% ranged troop training speed and +20% ranged troop training capacity when General is Archer Camp Officer. * Ocean Expansion (Maximum Level Attributes) : +26% ranged troop training speed and +20% ranged troop training capacity when General is Archer Camp Officer.
Europe
Stables Officer
Oleg of Novgorod
Russia
Workshop Officer
Gwon Ryul
Lightening Strikes : Increases siege machines' attack, defence and HP by 5% and siege machines' training speed by 20% when General is the Workshop Officer.
* Siege Machine Assault (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% siege machine attack and +10% siege machine HP. * Trapping (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% training speed in subordinate city and 6% death-into-survival rate in the subordinate city when General is the Subordinate City Mayor. * Sage (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% siege machine training speed and +20% siege machine training capacity when General is the Workshop Officer. * Battle of Haengju (Maximum Level Attributes) : +26% siege machine training speed and 20% siege machine training capacity when General is the Workshop Officer.
Korea
Archer Tower Officer
Ban Chao
Western Regions : Reduces enemy mounted troops attack by 20% and increases your in city ranged troops attack by 20% when General is the Archer Tower Officer.
* Ground Troop Assault (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ground troop attack and +10% ground troop HP. * Sabotage (Maximum Level Attributes) : -10% enemy troop defence. * Sage (Maximum Level Attributes) : +90% archer tower attack when General is Archer Tower Officer, * Guard of the Western Regions (Maximum Level Attributes) : -20% enemy mounted troop attack and +100% archer tower attack.
China
Trap Factory Officer
Askia Muhammad I
King of Gold : Reduces the Gem and resource cost of siege machine repairing by 15% and increases in-city siege machine attack by 25% when General is the Trap Factory Officer.
* Siege Machine Defence (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Siege Machine HP and +10% Siege Machine Defence. * Trapping (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% Training Speed in Subordinate City when Mayor and +6% Death into Survival Rate in Subordinate City when Mayor. * Sage (Maximum Level Attributes) : +40% Trap Building Speed when Trap Factory Officer and +20% Damaged Siege Machine Capacity when Trap Factory Officer. * Empire of Songhai (Maximum Level Attributes) : -16% Siege Machine Repair when Trap Factory Officer and +60% Traps Building Speed when Trap Factory Officer.
Other
Hospital Officer
Skanderbeg
Independence Hero : Increases hospital capacity by 25% when General is the hospital officer.
* Mounted Troop Formation (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% mounted troop attack and +10% mounted troop defence. * Snipe (Maximum Level Attributes) : -10% enemy troop attack. * Sage (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% healing speed when General is Hospital Officer. * Siege of Kruje (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% hospital capacity and +20% healing speed when General is Hospital Officer.
Europe
Rally Spot Officer
Toyotomi Hideyoshi
Taikou Expedition : Increases March Size by 5% and attacking troops' attack and HP by 5% when General is the Rally Spot Officer.
* Ranged Troop Assault (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ranged troop attack and +10% ranged troop HP. * Bash (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ranged troop and siege machine attack. * Sage (Maximum Level Attributes) : +6% march size capacity when General is the Rally Spot Officer. * Kyushu Expedition (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% march size capacity when General is the Rally Spot Officer.
Japan
Academy Officer
Eulji Mundeok
Korea

     DEFENCE WALL GENERALS

     There are a number of Generals who are very useful at the Defence Wall of your castle, so I have listed them separately from the Duty Officer's. Depending on your activity, it can be worthwhile having a selection of these generals to choose from, but as indicated above, during PvP play your wall general will give you increased defence but is at risk of being captured/killed. Please note: Sharjar al-Durr is a fantastic wall General to have, but only during peace time. She is guaranteed to be killed in any attack, so take extra special care of her.

Useful For ...
Title
Image
Colour
Skills
Specialties
Culture
Wall General in peacetime (or while bubbled) only.
Shajar al-Durr
Queen of Prosperity : Increases the resource production speed in the Main City by 100% and the Food protected from troop upkeep by 200% when General is the Main City Defence General.
* Ground Troop Defence (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ground troop HP and +10% ground troop defence. * Defensive (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% hospital capacity and +10% in-city ground troop and mounted troop attack, if General is the Main City Defence General. * King's Ambition (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% troop death into troop soul rate in the main city. * Empress of Pearl (Maximum Level Attributes) : +200% food protected from troop upkeep, when General is the Main City Defence General.
Arabla
Wall General (Archer buffs)
Zachery Taylor
Wall General (All-rounder buffs)
Joseph E Johnson
Wall General (Archer and Mounted buffs)
Kusunoki Masashige
Wall General (Archer and Trap buffs)
Ly Thuong Kiet
Wall General (Siege buffs)
Leo III
Wall General (Siege and Ground buffs)
Tran Hung Dao
Wall General (Siege and Hospital capacity buffs)
Richard the Lionheart
Europe
Wall General (Ground and Archer buffs)
Leonidas I
Wall General (Ground and Mounted buffs)
Robert the Bruce
Wall General (Ground and Mounted cuffs, Mounted debuffs)
James Bowie
Wall General (Mounted and Siege buffs)
Jadwiga
Wall Defence General
Queen Boudica
Rebel Leader : Increases the in-city ground troops and mounted troops HP by 15% and in-city mounted troops attack by 30% when General is the Main City Defence General.
* Mounted Troop Defence (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Mounted Troop HP and +10% Mounted Troop Defence * Defensive (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Hospital Capacity when Main City Defence General and +10% In-city Ground Troop and Mounted Troop Attack when Main City Defence General * War God (Maximum Level Attributes) : +6% All Troops Attack * Battle of Watling Street (Maximum Level Attributes) : +46% In-city Mounted Troop Attack when Main City Defence General and +46% In-city Mounted Troop HP when Main City Defence General.
Europe
Wall General (All Rounder buffs)
Yi Sun-sin
Wall General (All Rounder buffs, Death to soul buff)
Queen Victoria
Wall General (Trap, Archer and Siege buffs)
Raged King

     SUBORDINATE CITY MAYORS

     Subordinate City Mayors can realistically be any General you want, however it is important to note a couple of points. Firstly, using a gold historic general will improve your training buffs in that city, and using one with leadership and politics level of 900 or above, will increase your death into survival rate (in that sub city). Another useful bit of information regarding sub city mayors is that they do gain experience while in that role, so it is a useful way of powering up your weaker general's with minimal effort (but don't expect it to be a rapid process).

PLEASE NOTE THIS SECTION IS CURRENTLY STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. 

ATTACKING AND GATHERING ROLES

As you would expect, attacking Generals have a great usefulness for attacking monsters or other players. Whether you are particularly interested in just killing monsters, or want player versus player (PvP) gaming, then the suggested General's below should be of use to you.

     MONSTER HUNTING GENERALS

     While any 'Mounted Troop' type General can be useful as a Monster killer, there are some Generals which are considered the best candidates for hunting monsters with. Below are the recommended best monster hunting generals.

Title
Image
Colour
Skills
Specialties
Culture
Baibars
Father of Conquest : Grants you a 25% Double Items Drop Rate from Monsters when General is leading the army.
* Mounted Troop Formation (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% mounted troop attack and +10% mounted troop defence. * Suppress (Maximum Level Attributes) : -10% enemy troop HP. * Mounted Troop Ares (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% mounted troop attack, +10% mounted troop HP and +10% mounted troop defence. * Battle of Ain Zara (maximum Level Attributes) : +10% march time reduction and +16% Double Items Drop Rate from Monsters.
Arabia
Caesar
Dictator : Increases mounted troops attack by 45% when General is leading the army to attack monsters. Increases ground and mounted troops attack by 15% when General brings any dragon.
* Mounted Troop Assault (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% mounted troop attack and +10% mounted troop HP. * Fortune (Maximum Level Attributes) : +15% double items drop rate from monsters. * War God (Maximum Level Attributes) : +6% all troops attack. * Gallic Wars (Maximum Level Attributes) : +30% mounted troop attack on monsters, -20% monsters attack and -20% monsters defence.
Europe
Aethelflaed
Lady of the Mercians : Increases Mounted Troops attack and defence by 55% when General is leading the army to attack monsters.
* Hunter (Maximum Level Attributes) : -15% Monsters Attack * Fortune (Maximum Level Attributes) : +15% Double Items Drop Rate from Monsters * Mounted Troop Ares (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Mounted Troop Attack, +10% Mounted Troop HP and +10% Mounted Troop Defence * Lord of the Mercians : (Maximum Level Attributes) : +30% Ground and Mounted Troop attack on Monsters and +30% Ground and Mounted Troop Defence on Monsters.
Europe
Theodora
Legendary Empress : Increases ground troops and mounted troops attack by 30% and increases 10% Double Items Drop Rate from monsters when General is leading the army to attack a monster.
* Inspiration (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% ranged troop attack on monsters. * Fortune (Maximum Level Attributes) : +15% Double Items Drop Rate from monsters. * Unparalleled Leader (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% death-turning-wounded rate of troops when they are attacking. * Partner of Justinian (Maximum Level Attributes) : +15% ground and mounted troop attack and -15% monsters attack.
Seleucus I (formerly known as Alexander the Great)
The Victor : Increases march speed by 35% when General is leading the army.
* Ground Troop Formation (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ground troop attack and +10% ground troop defence. * Formation (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% ground and mounted troop attack * Unparalleled Leader (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% death-turning-wounded rate of troops when they are attacking. * Battle of Ipsus (Maximum Level Attributes) : +36% mounted troop attack
Other
Huo Qubing
Khentii Worship : Reduces troops marching time by 20% when General is leading the army.
* Mounted Troop Assault (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% mounted troop attack and +10% mounted troop HP. * Strike (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% march speed and +20% marching mounted troop attack. * Unparalleled Leader (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% death-turning-wounded rate of troops when they are attacking. * Battle of Mobei (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% march time reduction and +30% marching mounted troop attack.
China
Nathanael Greene
Strategy Expert : Reduces your stamina's cost by 25% when General is leading the army to attack monsters.
* Mounted Troop Formation (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% mounted troop attack and +10% mounted troop defence. * Sabotage (Maximum Level Attributes) : -10% enemy troop defence. * Unparalleled Leader (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% death-turning-wounded rate of troops when they are attacking. * Battle of Cowpens (Maximum Level Attributes) : +26% mounted troop attack and +20% march speed.
America
Cleopatra
Enchantment : Grants you a 20% Double items drop rate from monsters when General is leading the army.
* Mounted Troop Defence (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Mounted Troop HP and +10% Mounted Troop Defence * Suppress (Maximum Level Attributes) : -10% Enemy Troop HP * King's Ambition (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Troop death into troop soul rate in the main city
Other

     MOUNTED GENERALS

     While any 'Mounted Troop' type General can be useful as a Monster killer, there are some Generals which have buffs and debuffs exclusively focussed on your mounted troop performance in PvP. Just remember that mounted troops are weak against archers/ranged enemy troops but strong against ground troops. 

PLEASE NOTE THIS SECTION IS CURRENTLY STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. 

     RANGED GENERALS

     While any 'Mounted Troop' type General can be useful as a Monster killer, there are some Generals which have buffs and debuffs exclusively focussed on your mounted troop performance in PvP. Just remember that mounted troops are weak against archers/ranged enemy troops but strong against ground troops. 

PLEASE NOTE THIS SECTION IS CURRENTLY STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. 

     GROUND GENERALS

     While any 'Mounted Troop' type General can be useful as a Monster killer, there are some Generals which have buffs and debuffs exclusively focussed on your mounted troop performance in PvP. Just remember that mounted troops are weak against archers/ranged enemy troops but strong against ground troops. 

PLEASE NOTE THIS SECTION IS CURRENTLY STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. 

     SIEGE GENERALS

     While any 'Mounted Troop' type General can be useful as a Monster killer, there are some Generals which have buffs and debuffs exclusively focussed on your mounted troop performance in PvP. Just remember that mounted troops are weak against archers/ranged enemy troops but strong against ground troops. 

PLEASE NOTE THIS SECTION IS CURRENTLY STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. 

     ALL-ROUNDER GENERALS

     While any 'Mounted Troop' type General can be useful as a Monster killer, there are some Generals which have buffs and debuffs exclusively focussed on your mounted troop performance in PvP. Just remember that mounted troops are weak against archers/ranged enemy troops but strong against ground troops. 

PLEASE NOTE THIS SECTION IS CURRENTLY STILL UNDER CONSTRUCTION. 

     RESOURCE GATHERING GENERALS

     A good 'Resource Gathering' General is crucial to your castles development and if put to work as frequently as possible, will be invaluable to ensuring you have resources available for all your building, training and healing needs. Having multiples of the the same General is also advantageous, especially if you specialise them to particular resources. It is important to remember that these Generals are generally NOT ideal for battle, even if they are stronger than some of your attacking Generals (who will have better attacking buffs and debuffs). Below are the recommended best gathering generals.

Title
Image
Colour
Skills
Specialties
Culture
Amir Timur
King of Destruction : Increases Troop load by 100% when General is leading the army.
* Ground Troop Assault (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Ground Troop Attack and +10% Ground Troop HP * Jungle (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Gathering Speed * King's Ambition (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Troop death into troop soul rate in the main city * Battle of the Terek River (Maximum Level Attributes) : +50% All Troops Load and +26% March Speed
Other
Queen Jindeok
Harvest Song : After resource gathering, brings back extra 40% resources from World Map Resource Spots and extra 20% resources from Alliance Resource Spots when General is leading the army.
* Ground Troop Defence (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Ground Troop HP and +10% Ground Troop Defence * Jungle (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Gathering Speed * King's Ambition (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Troop death into troop soul rate in the main city * Queen of Silla (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% Extra resources from Gathering
Korea
Constance I
Queen of Sicily : After resource gathering, brings back extra 20% resources from World Map Resource Spots and increases Troop Load by 20% when General is leading the army.
* Overgrowth (Maximum Level Attributes) : +20% Lumber Gathering Bonus from Outside City Resource Spots * Jungle (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Gathering Speed * Ranged Troop Ares (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Ranged Troop Attack, +10% Ranged Troop HP and +10% Ranged Troop Defence
Europe
Attila
Whip of Gods : Increases Troop Load by 75% when General is leading the army
* Mounted Troop Formation (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Mounted Troop Attack and +10% Mounted Troop Defence * Jungle (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Gathering Speed * King's Ambition (Maximum Level Attributes) : +10% Troop death into troop soul rate in the main city
Other

Anyway, the following Gold Generals are recommended for the listed roles (and you are allowed multiples):
 

1. Gathering Generals - these are arguably the most important generals to have and develop in the early stages of the game.
* Queen Jindeok
* Amir Timur
* Constance I (purple general)

 

2. Monster Killer Generals -
* Baibars
* Caesar (with specialty)
* Aethelflaed (with specialty)
* Theodora
* Seleucus I
* Huo Qubing
* Nathaniel Green
* Cleopatra (purple general)

 

3. Wall General - the general best posted at the wall is dependant on whether you are in peace or wartime.
* Sharjah al-Durr (peace time general as she increases production and food protection, but is not good for defense)
* Zachary Taylor (wartime archery general)
* Joseph E Johnson (wartime archery, siege and mounted general)
* Tran Hung Dao (wartime siege and ground general)
* Richard the Lionheart (wartime siege and hospital capacity general)
* Ulysses S Grant (wartime siege and mounted general)

 

4. Sub city General - these generals are most powerful if matched with a complimentary culture. Note that they only provide the benefit within the sub city, not your castle.
* Harald (debuff attacking general for sub city troops)
* Mansa Musa (debuff attacking general for sub city troops)
* Jester (debuff attacking general for sub city troops)
* Empress Dowager Cixi (debuff defensive general for sub city troops)
* Charles the Great (gold production general)
* Lincoln (gold production general)
* Charles Martel (construction and training general)
* Catherine II (training general)
* Empress Wu (construction general)

 

5. Keep General -
* Ashoka
* Menshikov
* Zhuhe Liang

 

6. Troop Training Generals -
* Abd al-Rahman I (Barracks)
* John I of Portugal (Archer Camp)
* Oleg of Novgorod (Stables)
* Gwon Ryul (Workshop)
* Asia Muhammad I (Trap Factory)
* Skanderberg (Hospital)
* Toyotomi Hidetoshi (Rally Spot)
* Ban Chao (Archer Towers)
* Eulji Mundeok (Research Academy).

 

Sorry my friends, there was no better way I could think to give you this info and I apologise for any spelling errors (poxy autocorrect). Just as a last note, there are no generals specific for warehouse, embassy, holy palace, market, forge or research factory that I could find, so your own thoughts and ideas are certainly worth exploring.

Phew, again sorry for this message, but I'm not going to rewrite it.