Mount & Blade Warband: How to win in multiplayer games - around 37 advices for Experienced Players and for Newbies
Let me present you Mount & Blade
When I was younger, I was computer games maniac. Years has gone, I’m much older. Gaming do not seems for me so funny as before, but I’m still like to play from time to time. In “good old times” I used to think that it was cool idea to make computer game like Counter Strike, but placed in medieval reality. I found this game. Mount & Blade crossed my way few months ago.
This Hub is destined to Mount & Blade players, who want to improve their multiplayer skills. I dedicate it for every medieval-lovers and another big kids ;-)
Few Advices for Newbies (unexperienced players) - Concerning Two Handed (2H) weapons like giant swords and some polearms
If you are newbie, avoid using two handed weapons in duels. Spears and Zweihanders are powerful weapons, but using them require skills and some experience. One handed (1H) weapons are easier to use if you are newbie player.
Spear is weapon of pro-players. Some newbies are carrying cheapest spear possible for…. Simulating pro players. On the beginning of my multiplayer “career” I used to carry cheap spear for fearing some enemies ;-) It is funny but it doesn't have to work in every case.
Concerning the spears, polearms – remember that swinging spears in narrow places (like tunnels etc.) is not best idea ever. It can cause misunderstanding like being fraged by 1handers.
Few Advices for Newbies (unexperienced players) - Concerning shield, parrying and blocking
1) If you are beginning of your career in single player mode, turn on „Blocking by mouse movement” in MB option menu. It will make game harder but you will be better skilled and prepared to fight on multiplayer servers. It is because most of the servers are using blocking by mouse movement.
2) There is two most important skills in Mount & Blade multiplayer battles. I have in mind (1) dealing damage and (2) avoiding it. Remember that. You can deal damage to your opponents by just hitting him. You can avoid damages by mastering the art of blocking, parrying or avoiding hits. This article will help you to forge this wisdom into practice and good statistics.
If you are new player, you shall think about one handed weapon + shield set. It will give you few advantages:
- First one: Blocking by shield is easier than blocking using weapon, because your block will be done undependable of mouse movement.
- Second one: One handed weapon is little faster than two handed weapons because of its weight. If you will need to face player armed in – for example – Big Axe, there is bigger chance for that you will beat him before he will prepare attack. Skills are decisive factor, of course.
- Third One: If forgotten arrow/bolt will cross your path, there is chance that hit will be absorb by your shield – not by you.
If your shield will take few hits, it can broke down. There is solution for this problem – testudo playing. You can have reserved shield. Let me explore this fact now. Do you see that there is free shield? So take three! One for you, one for you and another one for you too, but remember that it makes you so slowly!
Better idea is buying nice and resist shield. If you will neglect it, first faced enemy can crush your shield. Buying good shield will let you take more hits on it.
Of course you can take few basic free shield, but remember that it makes you so slowly..
On the beginning of the round you has possibility of choosing equipment. Some equipment is free – you do not have to pay for it, but remember that this is low-quality. Free shield will be broken if get 1-2 axe-hit.
In the second hand, you can get 2 or 3 shield. It is good idea to toss out it (by right click on it) and buy better one in the next round. Remember that weight of your equipment determines your movement speed.
This tip has meaning only in first round when you are out of cash.
Few basic advices concerning Horsemans and Cavalry
If you are playing as horseman, try to avoid few situations:
a) Spearmans – and other ones armed in polearms.
b) Press – if you will ride into the press of any soldier, you will be in great danger.
c) Charging up to the hill.
d) Charging on the archers/crossbowmans – if you are not equipped in shield.
As a cavalryman you are vulnerable for polearm weapons. But there is still hope for good defense against blood raged infantry ;-P. If you charge somebody who wants to hit you, ride horse into him and release your own hit. It gives you high probability of killing enemy in one hit. Remember that failing or missing can cause your death on the battlefield.
In Mount & Blade game, there is few fine possibilites like dealing crouching lance damage. You can make deadly hit using a lance and horse. So called “crouching lance attack” can blow out one enemy per one hit! To do it You need (1) lance, (2) horse with min. 6 charge factor and (3) space for getting speed on charge.
Just select your lance and next start riding on your horse as fast as it is possible . Do not press anything – just ride on enemy. Your character probably low the spear/lance to the crouched attitude. You can target your enemy using the mouse movement but remember that clicking will break “crouching lance attitude”.
Some advices about Bows and Crossbows.
Do you like archers nor crossbowman? Do you like to shot from bow ? Or maybe you prefer so called x-bow? There is some points, which is worth to mark. Some of these advices may will seem similar to you, but maybe someone will learn something.
If you are staying on towers, turrets etc.- watch your back! They are some specialists in this world, who is experts in silent back-stabbing. If you are good marksman, you can be sure that there is someone who will try to hunt you and taking his revenge.
If you are crossbow-owner, you have to reload your weapon every shot. You can use this time to look around and scan nearest environment. If you have pavise/shield on the back, you are little protected by arrows. You will get „Hit on shield back” instead of headshots. Turning around (without move) will not cause breaking the reloading.
If you are using shield on back, you can get 1-2 more hits than without it.
Remember that Bow is faster than Crossbow and you can use it during walking. Crossbows requires reloading after every shot, but they deals heavier damage.
Few unassignment advices for newbies
Keep your eyes opened. If you see that, there is way full of stabbed arrows, dead bodies, laying weapons – be aware. There is possibility for that you faced trap-place. By the same reason, it is good idea to play with sound turned on – thank to it, you will hear voice of arrows, horses nor steps.
Do you want to throw out some of basic equipment? Select another one or do right click on it. For example, if you are Khergit Archer, and you are mad because you spawn on the horse every round, you can change it by right-clicking on the horse in equipment menu.
Do not buy weapons on the beginning of the round. It is better idea to buy some armor or helmet. Why? Because weapon can be taken up from the battleground from the body of dead enemy/ally. By the second hand, you cannot take the armor the same way. That’s the reason why strong armor on the beginning is better idea than strong weapon.
Try to avoid flying incoming arrows and bolts. If you are in charge, run by zigzag line- it will make you difficult target. If you will just run, enemy archers will take you as easy frag.
Axes has bonus against shield. It is easier to broke somebody’s shield using axe than sword.
Throwing Axes are the best throwing weapon. It has bonus against the shields and it gives heavy damage. Unlucky, it is short-distance weapon. Throwing spear, darts and throwing knives is longer distance but it deals lower damage than throwing axes.
Remember that heavy armor make you slower. If you will take to action light armor your moves will be faster but you will be easier to kill.
If you are moving upstairs or downstairs, use waypoint of the squiggle. Moving by the squiggle (step left forward, step right forward…) will make you faster.
Some tips for experienced players.
Even the best player, cannot be absolutely sure of his accuracy and reflex. Because of that, it is good idea to avoid attacks by changing (like making it longer or shorter) distance between you and your enemy. It can rescue your game-life. It look little stupid when everybody is jumping like Withers, but it is funny ;-)
There is tactic, which can give you victory on newbie player (experienced one will no laid to this trick). I’m thinking about hitting in front, revolve enemy and hitting from flank or from back. If your enemy will try to attack/block from the another side that you are trying to hit, victory is yours. Why this tactic is so effective? Because it disorientate your opponent making him defenseless.
In other hand, you shall be aware – experienced player will try to counterstrike in hope of hit, or he will try to make the distance longer.
Spinning during hitting – if there is situation of melee fighting, try to turn around in the side of enemy in the moment of realizing attack. Your hit shall be faster by while, which can resolve the fight.
Kicking – can be blessing for zweihander – fighters. You can kick your enemy by pressing E key. It is underestimated skills, which can rescue your life. How?
Are you attacked by enemy armed in short sword, dagger or another light weapon? Do you see that, there is no time to take block or resolve attack? You see that, you cannot avoid his hit? Press E and unbalance your enemy! If you will do it correctly, you will got 2-3 seconds to run or resolve attack. If you will fail...there will be little waiting for respawn. Since patch 1.27 successfully kicking is harder to do.
Kicking can be helpful in throwing enemy’s out of cliffs, walls etc.
There is another skill which can prove its helping abilities. You can confuse your enemy by simulating attack & blocks series. Just press right mouse button to block, once from left, once from right, up or down, as you wish to do. There is chance for that your enemy will be confused. Probably he will try to parry hits. You can use moment of confusion in well knowned target.
There is possibility of trick another players. Do you want to know how to do it?
On the beginning of the round, do not buy any good equipment. You can be absolute sure, for that everyone will think about you as a newbie and easy frag. You will attract few enemies soon. They will be sure for their victory – and you will show them their mistake. If you are really experienced, of course.
I saw situation like that, when I Was playing few days ago. There was running guy without armor, armed in short club. I tried to frag him, but he started to swing this club. What was effect? 30 seconds of waiting for respawn.
You can use your enemy to...defense ;-) Archers/Crossbowmans used to watch the back of infantry. If you are attacked by infantry (like for example footman) aided by archer, try to keep straight line. If you will do it correctly, your enemy will stand on a line of archer’s shoot.
Some of experienced players will tell that kicking is bad etc, etc. I can tell you that, those advices are helpful only in case, you know how to use it. That's the reason, those advices are for experienced players ;-)
Examples of good power-sets
I would like to present you few power-sets, which I used to get during game.
- Throwing Axe (As a 1H weapon and throwing weapon) + 2H Axe + 2 shields )
- 1H weapon + Shield + 2H + Throwing Weapon
- 1H/2H weapon (like Bastard Sword)+ Shield + Bow/Crossbow.
- 2H + Bow/Crossbow + 2 x ammunition.
- Bow + 3 x Arrows – only if you can run so fast doing Hit&Run strategy.
- Firearm (if it is available) + 3 x Ammo – some firearms has alternate mode for using it as melee.
Weapons, you want to buy!
Sarranid Battle Axe – In my opinion, this is best axe ever. It is light and fast and deals really good damage. It is weaker than big 2H Nord axes, but it is much faster. It has bonus against shields, of course.
Maul – This is good 2H weapon which can crush through block and even shield! You can use it to knocking down your enemies. Knocked enemy are defenseless and vulnerable to attack for few seconds.
Vaegir war bow – The best bow in the game. It is fast, deadly and cool designed ;-)
Glaive – it is very powerful weapon against players armed in 2H weapons. If you will keep them on the distance.
Bamboo Spear – yeah, I know that this is weaker spear for Sarranid Troopman (available for free on the beginning of round) but it is longest spear for infantry. It can be bane of cavalry and unarmored soldiers.
The Best European Servers for Multiplayer (in my opinion)
22nd – Siege Server. Why this is best siege server? In my opinion 22nd is best server ever, because it is massive. Usually you can face 100 + players. It’s just epic! New maps is added and updated from time to time. On this server you can fight in places like Helm's Deep (Lord of The Rings movie) or Hot Gates (The 300).
On this server you will face balanced rules and many interesting maps.
Ntradition – nice duel server. If you cannot find player to duel, you can fight with skilled bots. You can face immortal trainer too.
IG_Battlegrounds – big battle server. This is the place, where you can meet many skillful players.
Important things which shall similar during server choosing.
Ping – this factor gives you information about fluctuation of internet connection in this server. If it is small (1-100) there is good fluctuation. If this is big (100 + ) you can get lagged out beyond any recognization.
Password – some server are password protected. If you know it – you can pass. If you are not similar with password…say “mellon” may it will be helpful ;-)
Module – If server is compatible with another MB Module, you must switch to play on it.
Game Mode – on the beginning of this hub I described for you all gamemodes.
Number of players – there is no deep philosophy. It is number of players which is on server.
Few words about game modes in M & B
Forgive me, If you are similar with it, but I feel obliged to describe game modes. If this is boring for you, go to next paragraph please ;-)
There is seven multiplayer game modes. Game modes is not similar to themselves because winning in every mode, requires completing different goals. I will present you all game modes with short description of winning conditions.
Deathmatch: This is simple killing mode. Deathmatch’s motto is “kill and avoid to be killed”. How It look in practice? Every player is alone fighter (there is no teams in this game mode) who try to kill any other player without be killed. If you will send anybody to another world, you will got “Frag point”. If you will be killed, you will respawn in random map place. Game Is over if somebody will win (by gathering set frag count) or time will flow out.
Team Deathmatch: It is very similar to Deathmatch mode, but there is 2 teams. Every “frag” is counted as a Team Achievement. Game is over when one Team will gather set frag count, or time is over.
Conquest: In this team game mode, you will have to achieve two goals. First one, is fighting and defeating other players or bots. Second one, is capturing the flag placed on the battlefield. Every team started round with gathered points – every losing of flag and killed warrior causes losing points. If one of the team will lose all points, game is over.
Capture the Flag: It is classic CTF game mode. There is two team-bases with flag inside. Main goal is sneaking into enemies base, stealing the flag and taking it back to your own base. One well leaded action gives your team points.
Battle: This game mode is very similar to classic Counter-strike game. There is two teams who are fighting each other. Defeated players will not respawn during next round will be started. Last one standed team is winner. Poetry.
Fight And Destroy: This multiplayer game mode is similar to battle, but there are few differences. You will join to one of two teams again, and there is still possibility to life once a round. One team is attacker and second team is team of defenders.
What is protected by defenders?
There is two things on the map: catapult and trebuchet. Attacking team has to destroy those two targets by hitting them. By destroying targets and killing defenders, Attackers is awarded by gold. Important factor is time – if the attacker will be fast, they will earn more gold.
Siege – This is best game mode in my opinion. There is two teams. One is attacking castle. Second one is defending it. Attackers has to capture the flag standing in the stronghold before time is out. You can respawn multiple times. There is no deeper philosophy.
Captains – It is bonus multiplayer game mode, but we cannot play it in “basic” Mount & Blade Warband. This game mode is available only in “Mount & Blade: With Fire And Sword” addition. Condition of this multiplayer game mode is like that: There is two teams fighting each other. Every player can buy something more than just armors and weapons. There is additional possibility: you can buy bots. You can be commander of your own small army. Another rules are similar like in Battle Mode.
In the end of this hub, I want to touch a problem of internet ethos – unwritten order of rules serving good mood on the server.
Do not Camp.
Do not be Rude.
Do not kill or intentionally hit team-mates. So called “teamkilling” can solve ban.
And the most important advice you will ever read in any hub about computer games: remember that Game is only a game. Just enjoy it and do not forget about real world! Yeah, we have real worlds, just look by the window ;-)
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