The Crusader/Paladin is a melee class that focuses on leveling up Faith and doing block counters to deal massive Holy/Fire damage to enemies. It mainly uses the Gargoyle’s Greatsword and the Erdtree Seal to deal melee damage and apply a buff that will help boost its overall offense. In some situations, it can also cast incantations to deal with enemies.
How to Build a Crusader in Elden Ring
Apart from the two aforementioned armaments, you also want to equip a Brass Shield alongside the Haligtree Knight’s Helm as well as any armor that offers decent protection without causing you to fatroll. Ideally, you want to use the full Haligtree Knight set to cosplay as a full crusader. This will require a little bit of investment in Endurance.
For the talismans, you’ll want to equip the Flock’s Canvas talisman, Shard of Alexander, Sacred/Fire Scorpion charm depending on your enemies’ resistances, and the Curved Sword talisman. Meanwhile, you’ll want to memorize the Golden Vow, Black Blade, Black Flame’s Incantation, Elden Stars, and Blessing of the Erdtree incantations.
Also, you’ll want to apply the Sword Dance ash of war to your weapon and Barricade Shield to your shield.
How the Build Works
Before you engage in combat, you’ll have to buff yourself with Golden Vow first for that extra damage and protection. When dealing with normal enemies, use Sword Dance to deal with them quickly or take advantage of block counters whenever they attack you while you’re shielding yourself.
You’ll want to use Barricade Shields in situations where blocking is necessary, particularly during boss fights. When venturing out in the open world or in dungeons, however, it’s not really that necessary. Think of it more of a quality of life in that situation.
The reason why this build uses the Gargoyle’s Greatsword is that it’s the only Greatsword that gets a B scaling in Faith. Aside from that, you can also swap its ash of war as well as its affinity. This is important since you’ll have to be switching between Fire and Sacred affinities depending on who you’re fighting against.
Elden Stars is a pretty good initiator during boss fights, especially since it will take a bit of time for the bosses to come close to you. Meanwhile, you can use Lightning Spear if you’re planning to keep some distance between you and the boss. Alternatively, you can use Black Flame as well.
Total War Three Kingdoms: Court Guide
Going to war and managing your troops in the heat of battle has always been the core gameplay of Total War, either that or deliberately heading straight into battle outgunned or outnumbered in order to test the mettle of your troops. But with the Three Kingdoms things can get mighty confusing when you’re not out fighting. You’d be surprised how something as simple as choosing who to put on councils can take up your time when you’re not quite sure of your decisions. That will all go away as we show you the way of heaven’s will in this guide and lead your kingdom to prosperity!
Court Guide | Total War Three Kingdoms
Now the court is made up of your faction leaders, heirs, and your administrators. You manage your dynasty here as you unlock more positions when you progress. Let’s go further into detail below and see how you can manage your people better.
While you’re in the in-game map click on the Court button or press 2 to bring up the rest of your family tree. What you can do here first is to hover over everyone’s portraits to see the positive and negative benefits they can offer if they’re to be assigned to a certain position.
Next thing that you should be on the lookout for is the character’s Background. You can find this by hovering over the general’s name, there’s plenty of generals each with their own unique background so be careful who you choose! For this example, Liu Bei is a Virtuous Idealist. That helps you with public order and upkeep but gives you 25% less income due to their poor background.
Another interesting thing to keep in mind are the basic Traits. You will have to keep a close eye on this as it influences character relations throughout the campaign. Same with the Background, there are numerous Traits in the game and your character can earn more as you progress with them.
Of course besides the individual Traits and Backgrounds you also would want to know more about navigating the Court itself. Each individual position in the court will have its own explanation and allows you to see the rank required in order to unlock it.
You can choose good old fashioned nepotism and assign a post to a family member or a general who’s done actual work with their own hands. Each character will offer various bonuses depending on the position they’re assigned to.
Remember – not all your characters need to be out in the field as some of them are more proficient with administrative affairs. The pen is mightier than the sword, and all of that.
Now that you’ve assigned a post to the members of your Court the next thing you need to do is to make sure everyone is satisfied. You wouldn’t want someone in a position of power to complain and suddenly decide it would be in their best interest to rebel! That gets in the way of prosperity and no one wants that.
In order to view a character’s Satisfaction go and hover over their character panel or check the characters list on your campaign screen. If you choose the character panel check to the right of their age in order to see their opinion about you.
Some of the things you can do to make sure they don’t look elsewhere is to make sure that the post you assigned to them is compatible with their class. For example if your character’s class is Sentinel then you would want to make that character into an Administrator.
Lastly, it’s recommended that you assign a post that complements their level. Give them a post that’s too out of reach for them and their satisfaction will suffer just as much. Now that’s good work ethic!
And that is how you manage internal affairs in Total War: Three Kingdoms. Now that you know the intricacies of the court you can be your very own Sun Tzu and lead by example!
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