Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is ultimately a game about building a larger and larger force to deal with bigger and bigger problems. This helps you grow more influential, progressing your clan, and eventually establishing a kingdom. But it’s not immediately apparent how to increase your party size. While 23 people may seem like a lot, do some side quests and you may quickly find yourself succumbing to bandits with upwards of 50. This Mount & Blade 2 Party Size Guide will help you increase your party size.
Rank Up the Quartermaster Ability to Slowly Expand Party Size
The easiest way to increase your party size is by investing in the Quartermaster ability in the Steward skill line. Unfortunately there’s no easy way to cheat this and rapidly increase your skill level. Just make sure to invest focus points into the skill to increase the maximum level. You’ll passively gain experience points and rank it up just by keeping your clan fed. Using higher quality and a wider variety of food does help the skill line grow faster.
Increase Your Clan Rank to Get a Small Boost
The more renown your clan gets, the larger it can be. Open the Clan screen and the upper right corner will display your Clan Rank. Each additional rank increases the number of people you can have at once.
Get the Royal Guard Kingdom Perk for a Massive Party Size Increase
Though this one is reserved for well established groups, once you have a kingdom you can enact the Royal Guard policy. While it’ll set you back 50 influence, it will increase the size of your party by 80!
Party Size Penalties
If for any reason, your party size goes above the maximum, you’ll suffer a few penalties. For one, your group’s movement speed on the map will be decreased. In addition, you can only sustain the numbers for a small amount of time. Eventually soldiers will begin leaving your army to get it back under the limit. We don’t know if you can control which soldiers leave so be extra careful. You wouldn’t want your most experienced units to take off just because you accidentally recruited too many menial soldiers.
Just keep in mind that prisoners don’t count towards your party limit. So while you may be tempted to convert them into your armed forces, doing so will take up slots which could be filled by more experienced soldiers. You’re likely better off ransoming them for money at any major settlement.
And that’s it for now! We’re still working our way through Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord. We’ll be sure to update this guide with any new information we find as we play. In addition, since this is an early access game, things are subject to change. We’ll do our best to keep the guide up to date, but can’t promise we’ll keep up with absolutely everything. If you have any tips or tricks to share with fellow players, do leave them in the comments below! If we agree they’re useful we’ll add them to the guide!