How to Recruit Prisoners and Bandits In Mount and Blade Bannerlord [Easy Guide]

It is possible to sell prisoners. However, their purpose is different. And, this Mount & Blade II Bannerlord: How to recruit prisoners guide explains how to recruit prisoners.

There are a few more mechanics involved in recruiting your prisoners than you would if you just went to a village or town and bought new soldiers.

It is possible to take prisoners in Mount & Blade II Bannerlord whenever you win a battle. It is also possible to capture any single unit in battle, including both peasant infantry and cavalry.

Therefore, it is wise to take prisoners. By doing this your income will increase and your army will improve without you having to upgrade each soldier to the highest level.

Continue reading to find out more about it.

How to Recruit Prisoners In Mount and Blade 2

First, we will have to find some unfortunate souls to become our prisoners in order to recruit them into our ranks.

Traveling around the map of the game, you may encounter many different parties, such as trade caravans, looters, and other noble armies.

The good news is that you can make prisoners from just about anyone. However, it is probably not a good idea to try to beat up some enemies just yet.

When hovering over a party, you can see the color. It shows whether they are friendly or hostile to your clan.

And, in Bannerlord, if you haven’t allied with any of the factions at the start of the game, all the other clans and factions will be neutral towards you.

You are likely to start a war with the entire faction if you engage the armies of one of these factions in battle.

As a result, if you are new to the game and do not want that to happen, we recommend battling looters and raiders and making them prisoners.

If you win each battle, you will come to a screen that shows your party and some captured enemies that can become prisoners. And, taking a prisoner is as simple as clicking on the arrow next to their name.

You can also drag them to the side of the screen that represents your party. But, the question is, how do you capture prisoners? The best way is to knock them out.

A knockout blow may be more effective than a killing blow in battle. You will be able to take enemies as prisoners if you knock some of your enemies unconscious and win the battle.

And, if your enemies are defeated, they will be knocked out at random. Conversely, you can use blunt weapons instead of killing enemies to increase your chances of knocking them out.

The likelihood of knocking out an enemy is higher with bolt weapons. This results in a dead prisoner. And, dead looters are no good to you. So, you should kill as many as you can safely.

There is a tool-tip for each weapon that shows what kind of damage it does. A hammer and a mace do blunt damage. Spears, on the other hand, cause piercing damage with their thrusts.

In other words, use blunt weapons when you fight a bandit army to take more prisoners. Even better, look for units with upgrade trees that include blunt weapons.

Vlandian Sargents and other advanced troops can knock out many troops with their mace attacks.

Recruting Prisoners from Party

When recruiting a lot of prisoners to your party, you need to take some things into consideration.

Any time you recruit the prisoners, your army morale is going to suffer if you have not invested in any of the perks associated with recruiting prisoners.

The soldiers will not be pleased with having to pair up with those who were prisoners yesterday. So, some perks, such as the Two-Faced perk of the Roguery skill, can completely negate this effect.

You should also try to level up the Roguery skill as quickly as you can in Bannerlord if you plan on recruiting a lot of prisoners into your party.

One factor that determines whether a prisoner will join your army, is time. You can just wait until all of your prisoners are ready to join your army if you want to recruit them all.

At the bottom of the UI, an exclamation point will appear over the “Party” icon once a prisoner wants to join your ranks. The same icon appears when there are also troops that have an upgrade available.

Assess your ranks and scroll down to where the prisoners are kept if you think there might be prisoners that want to join your army.

Their names will have a symbol next to them. Selecting the icon that now appears over the prisoner will add them to your army and make them a member of it.

However, this should be done with caution. Not only will the morale of the whole army suffer, but there is also a possibility that the prisoners will escape within a few days.

Also, it is impossible for you to change this fact since they just fabricated the fact that they wanted to join your army to escape being imprisoned.

So, having a garrisoned castle or town is the only thing that you can do if this happens to you. You can move the recruited prisoners directly out of your army.

And, when they are recruited, you can take them to the garrison. They will not be able to escape from there.

How to Upgrade Bandit Troops

Right-click looters or other bandit units to see their troop trees if you’ve recruited them. Depending on the bandit unit’s starting troop, some troop upgrades may be available. You can see this quickly by right-clicking any unit in your party. Alternately, you can navigate to the ‘units’ section of the in-game encyclopedia.

Upgrading bandit troops in Mount and Blade Bannerlord
The in-game encyclopedia has information about troop upgrade tiers

Filter out all troop types but bandit troop types once you are in the units tab. From here, you can view the different bandit troop upgrade trees and what they can be upgraded to. Most bandit units can be upgraded through their bandit tree as normal, but to convert them back into regular units you will need a perks.

There is a perk called Veteran’s Respect that you must have. There is a Veteran’s Respect perk within the Leadership skill’s perk tree. If you have earned enough experience in battle and enough denars, you can convert bandits into regular troops after reaching a leadership skill level of 150.

With the Veteran's Respect Perk in Bannerlord, bandits become regular soldiers
The bandit unit can be converted to a regular unit with this perk

It’s a great way to get some of the game’s best units. In villages and towns, some of the specialty troops can be hard to find. There are very few special troops on the map, but you can recruit Forest Bandits and upgrade them with the Veteran’s Respect perk to obtain the Battanian Fian. It’s a great way to get some great units out of otherwise dull battles. In addition to this, you can recruit bandits without taking a morale hit thanks to the bandit recruitment perk. Bandit troops can be upgraded in the same way as regular troops.

Final Words

That’s all about how to recruit prisoners and bandits in mound and blade banner lord 2. We hope that you will be successfully able to recruit a lot of them.

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