Mount & Blade 2 Kingdom Guide – How to Found Your Own Kingdom

The land of Calradia can be incredibly daunting when you’re first starting out. Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord is still in early access so a lot of features are still a little rough around the edges. One of the game’s main focuses is building up your following from a small group of mercenaries, to a clan, and more. But if you play your cards right, it’s actually possible to found your own kingdom.

As a reminder, 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 have absolutely everything updated straight away.

How to Found a Kingdom in Mount & Blade 2

To earn your own kingdom, you need to follow the main quest in Mount & Blade 2.

Neretzes’s Folly – Find 10 Nobles

This means, yes, it’s actually important that you find all ten Nobles scattered throughout the realm. Honestly this is one of the hardest parts of the quest simply because those Nobles never stay in one play for too long. A good starting point is all of the different faction leaders. They will either know the information you need and count towards completing the quest, or will point you in the right direction.

  • Vlandia: King Derthert
  • Sturgia: Prince Raganvad
  • Northern Empire: Senator Lucon
  • Southern Empire: Empress Rhagaea
  • Western Empire: Garios
  • Aserai: Sultan Unqid
  • Kuzait: Monchug
  • Battania: King Caladog

You can find out where these rulers were last seen using the encyclopedia. Just hit “N,” navigate over to Heroes, and filter by Nobles specifically. As you can see, there are many, many nobles in the world. But not all of them have the information you seek.

As a tip, if you see the blue exclamation mark anytime during your world map journeys, chase them down! Chances are there’s a noble in the party.

You can also try to visit Castles and ask the guards for an audience. They’ll frequently let you in without a bribe, but you should only attempt this if the notable citizens bar on the top right shows someone inside.

Assemble the Dragon Banner

Here is where the story begins to diverge. You must choose a side. Talk to Istiana in Epicrotea about supporting the reconstruction of the Empire and speak with Arzagos in Mannurath about building an entirely new commonwealth.

You’ll be asked to retrieve two pieces of the Dragon Banner from an equal number of bandit hideouts. Clear these out and then return to whichever side you want to support.

Once you do, there are three more criteria you’ll need to fulfill depending on who you backed.

Istiana – Imperial Empire

  • Option 1: Create an Imperial Faction
    • Clan Rank 3
    • 100 Troops
    • Be an Independent Clan
    • Own an Imperial Settlement
  • Option 2: Support an Imperial Faction
    • Present the Dragon Banner to either Lucon (Northern Empire), Rhagaea (Southern Empire), or Garios (Western Empire)

Arzagos – Non-Imperial Empire

  • Option 1: Create a Non-Imperial Faction
    • Clan Rank 3
    • 100 Troops
    • Be an Independent Clan
    • Own a Settlement
  • Option 2: Support a Non-Imperial Kingdom
    • Present the Dragon Banner to either Unqid (Aserai), Raganvad (Sturgia), Monchug (Khuzait), Caladog (Battania), or Derthert (Vlandia)

Gaining troops is easy, but increasing your Clan Rank is a much more tedious process. For this you’ll need to keep increasing your renown. The only way to do so is by winning battles and completing quests. You just have to keep grinding until you reach that rank.

If you’re unsure how to capture your own settlement, check out our dedicated guide to that!

Either of the latter options will obviously not result in you having your own kingdom. If you want your own, be sure to select one of the former choices.

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. 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!


Dillon Skiffington

Dillon is the Guides Editor at Fanbyte. He can't seem to quit games as a service or looter shooters — unfortunate news for his backlog, really. Can't get enough game art, soundtracks, or space games. You can find him on Twitter @Squiblon.