Æthelflæd Commander Guide: Skills, Talent Builds, Pairs 2020


Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, ruled Mercia in the English Midlands from 911 until her death. Born at the height of the Viking invasions of England, she grew up in a land at war, fighting a losing battle against Danish conquerors. It is said that Æthelflæd ruled in her husband’s place for a decade after he became ill. When he died in 911, Æthelflæd became Mirena l’adige, “Lady of the Mercians”. Before her death, she had taken back a large part of England. and had more ready to surrender.


Æthelflæd was the first-ever Free to Play Legendary Commander in Rise of Kingdoms. She can only be obtained from Expedition, either as a reward for clearing a specific campaign or from the Medal Store (limited to 3 sculptures per day). She is a Leadership, Peacekeeping, and Support Commander, specializing in AoE Damage and AoE Debuff. She is best suited for group fights as it allows her to debuff multiple enemies. However, due to her lack of mobility and tankiness she is highly vulnerable in fights, not to mention that she is a high priority target.

Æthelflæd Skills

Arrow of Iron
Active Skill
Rage Requirement: 1000
Deals damage to up to 5 enemies in a forward-facing fan-shaped area, reducing their attack, defence and health for the next 2 seconds.
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Direct Damage Factor: 400 / 500 / 600 / 700 / 800
Attack, Defense, and Health Reduction: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%
Æthelflæd Skill 2
Thunderous Force
Passive Skill
Counterattack damage against your troops is reduced. When actively attacking, you have a 10% chance to reduce the movement speed of enemy cavalry and movement speed of other troops. The slow effect last 3 seconds.
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Counterattack Damage Taken Reduction: 5% / 8% / 11% / 15% / 20%
Cavalry March Speed Reduction: 20% / 25% / 30% / 40% / 50%
Other Unit March Speed Reduction: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%

Passive Skill
All troops under your commander gain attack against Barbarians and other neutral units and all commanders get extra EXP.
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Bonus Damage to Barbarians: 5% / 10% / 17% / 25% / 35%
Experience Bonus: 5% / 10% / 17% / 25% / 35%
Æthelflæd Skill 4
Fortress of Mercia
Passive Skil
When this commander leads a rally attack, all armies joining the rally have a higher troop limit. When this commander is leading at least 3 different troop types, their damage is increased.
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Rallied Army Capacity Bonus: 2% / 4% / 6% / 8% / 10%
Bonus Damage (3 Unit Types): 5% / 8% / 11% / 15% / 20%

Warrior Queen
New Skill:
Passive Skill
Deals an extra 20% damage to enemies who have been slowed.

Best Talents for Æthelflæd

Talents are generated using RoK Talents.

Mixed Troops Open Field

This is the perfect build for Æthelflæd as it compliments all her skills.

From the Support Tree, we take “Rejuvenate”, it allows her and her secondary commander to spam their Active Skills more frequently. Next, “Emergency Protection” to reduce skill damage taken and 1 point in “Cage of Thorns” is enough to proc bonus damage from her Expertise Skill whenever she or her secondary uses an Active Skill.

From the Leadership tree, we take “Armed to the Teeth” and “Armored to the Teeth” to add some bonus stats whenever she has 3 unit types, it works well with her 4th Skill “Fortress of Mercia”. Finally, we take “Strategic Prowess” for some tankiness whenever she uses her Active Skill (which is quite often).


This build has everything you need on a Peacekeeper. High rage regeneration from “Rejuvenate”, additional march speed, bonus troop capacity from Fresh Recruits, heal from “Curing Chant” allows you to stay longer in the field without having to refill. “Elixir” and “Double-Edge Sword” buffs “Curing Chant” even more.

Best Pairings for Æthelflæd

There are many possible pairings for Æthelflæd, some of which work extremely well in any situation whereas others only work in specific situations. Ideally, you want to pair your Æthelflæd with a tank. If you were to pair her with another Support or another Nuker, you will be focused down relatively early. It’s not important whether you benefit from 20% Bonus Damage for mixed troops from Fortress of Mercia, what’s important is that you are hitting as many enemies as you can with your Active Skill and debuff them.

Richard I
Richard I
Richard provides Æthelflæd durability allowing her to debuff enemies for a longer period of time. Either of them can be Primary, although Richard Primary with full infantry army is significantly better in most cases.
Charles Martel
Charles Martel
Martel isn’t as durable as Richard but he is pretty close to him. With Martel, you get a bit more mobility and bonus damage.
Constantine I
Constantine I
Constantine and Æthelflæd pairing is the best pairing that you can bring to an open field fight. The amount of AoE debuff and AoE buffs you will provide is next to none. The only downside, and probably the most important to this pairing is that both Commanders are sort of like magnets. They draw a lot of attention to themselves.

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