How to Own a Settlement in Bannerlord

Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord settlements, or castles, are places in the game that you can conquer and own. Having a settlement in Mount & Blade 2 is a key part of the game, so naturally, people are wondering how to get one for themselves. Well, there’s a bit of a process to it, and there’s some risk and reward to consider. With that said, here’s our How to Own a Settlement in Bannerlord guide to show you what you need to do.

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How to Own a Settlement in Bannerlord
How to Own a Settlement in Bannerlord

How to Get Settlement in Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord?

To get a settlement in Mount & Blade 2 Bannerlord, you’re going to have to fight for it. You can approach the process in two ways. The first one is more direct, and is probably the way you should go. First, you have to go into a war with a faction. You do that by raiding their villages (in the Take a hostile action sub-menu) until they declare war on you. Then, go to the nearest castle and select “Besiege the castle.” Defend yourself until you build your siege camp. When it’s done, lead an assault or send your troops to attack your castle. If you’re successful, the settlement will be yours.

The other option is to become somebody’s vassal. Join them on their conquests, and you’ll get a castle as a reward eventually. In fact, you can get a number of castles as a vassal over time. However, if you want to go independent, it’s going to cause troubles. Namely, as soon as you break vassalship, odds are good that the faction you defect from will declare war on you. Especially if you keep everything you won as a vassal. In other words, if your goal is to have your own kingdom, don’t take this route.

However you get your hands on a castle, make sure you man it with a good garrison. Also, you’re going to have to appoint a governor; be careful who you post here. Make sure to check out their stats to see if they’ll do a good job. And, for that matter, be sure to scout out the castle you want to conquer to see if you can pull it off at all.

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    Actaully defecting is a good way to start your own kingdom. In warband many players would defect from their kingdom and take all fiefs with them, ultimately starting a kingdom. Sure you go to war with them but at that point, you should have lots of money, fiefs, and high relation with other lords so you can make them defect with you.

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