Evony General Guide

Having great Evony Generals is one of the keys to doing well in Evony the King’s Return. There are a huge number of generals, with well over 100 Gold Historic Generals. This Evony General Guide gives you all the details you need to make the most of your generals.

Why you Need Evony Generals

Evony Generals are a vital component of the game. You can use them in everything you do. This includes researching, building, crafting, and fighting. The better the general is, the more effective they will be in each of these roles.

Certain generals are also specialists at certain tasks. For example, Simeon the Great is considered one of the best generals for a Ranged PvP attack. However, you would not use him when attacking with ground troops.

In this Evony General Guide, we will cover General Roles, how to get Generals, all the ways to improve your Generals, how to craft equipment for your Generals, and how to add Skill Books to your Generals.

General Roles

Below is a list of all the roles that a general can be used in. Check out our complete list of generals to see which role each general is best suited for.

Ranged PvPAttacking general with ranged troops
Ground PvPAttacking general with ground troops
Mounted PvPAttacking general with mounted troops
Siege PvPAttacking general with siege machines
Wall DefenseWall defense general
Monster HunterAttacking high-level monsters
Monster LooterHigh double drop rate from monsters
GatheringGathering resources from the world map
Subordinate CityImproving or attacking from sub-cities
DutyImproving the efficiency of buildings in your city

Evony General Rarity

There are 8 different rarity types for Evony Generals. The higher the rarity, the better the general. Rarity can be identified by the color of the border around the general’s picture. These are outlined below:

  • Green – Common
  • Purple – Uncommon
  • Blue – Rare
  • Purple – Legendary
  • Gold – Epic
  • Purple Historic
  • Gold Historic

Historic Generals are further identified by the small crown in the top left of their picture as shown below.

Thutmose III - Gold Histroic Evony General

Tip: It is recommended to only ever buy and improve Gold Historic Generals.

How to get Evony Generals

There are several ways to get Generals in Evony. These are outlined below:

  • Tavern – recruit from tavern building
  • Wheel – win one on the wheel of fortune at the tavern
  • Shop – buy a General Chest from the Battlefield building with the currency earned from BoG and BoC.
  • Relics – collect general tokens from relics
  • Great General Chest – opened from the tavern after cooldown or from activity
  • General’s Invitation – General Portain Exhibition Event where players can exchange General’s Invitations for rare Generals
  • Packs – buying packs for real money

The tavern is the easiest way to get a general. However, it is recommended to only ever buy Evony Gold Historic Generals as it is a waste of resources to develop anything else. Check out our Evony Beginner’s Tips for more essential information you need when first starting out.

Evony General Stats

Evony Generals have 4 main stats which affect how good they are at certain things. These are outlined below:

  • Leadership – increases sub-city training speed, troop HP and march speed
  • Attack – increases troop attack
  • Defense – increases troop defense
  • Politics – increases sub-city construction and gold production speed, resource gathering speed, and troop death to wounded rate

Each time you level a general, these stats increase. They can also be increased by cultivating and enhancing your general.

Leveling Evony Generals

Every time you level an Evony General it will increase its stats. The amount it increases by is equal to the stats growth rate. This is shown to the right of the green arrow on the general’s screen, just below the General’s picture. The growth rate can be further increased by enhancing your general.

Evony General Growth Rate

Generals can be leveled up to the same level as your monarch level. Generals can get experience in the following ways:

  • PvP – killing enemy troops
  • Monsters killing monsters on the world map
  • Sub Cities – attacking NPC sub-cities
  • General EXP Items – added to a general to increase their experience

Tip: Find an NPC Evony Sub City on the world map that you can defeat with low losses. Ensure you have no room for a new sub-city. Attack repeatedly with the Generals you want to level. Read our Evony Sub City Guide for more details.

Guide to Cultivating Evony Generals

This is the process of spending gold and gems to increase your general’s stats with a bonus amount. Each stat can be increased by an additional 500 points through this process.

You can use gold to get them up to +300. However, once they are over 300, gold cultivation will no longer work. At this point, you must use Gems to bring them to +500.

Cultivate Evony General

This of course starts to cost you a lot of Gems to complete. Read our guide on How to Get Free Evony Gems to ensure you are hitting all possible avenues to increase your Gems count. This will help you get ahead with your Generals.

Evony General Guide to Enhancing

Enhancing an Evony General is the process of increasing their Star Level. It costs gold and medals. A General’s Star Level can be increased up to a maximum of 5 Stars. The must be a certain level before each Star Level increase can be done.

Each time a General is enhanced, it increases their stat growth value.

General LevelStar LevelGoldMedals
51 Star1m40
102 Stars2m120
143 Stars4m300
184 Stars8m800
225 Stars15m2000

General Special Skill

All Historic Evony Generals start with a base skill. This is usually an indicator of what they are best used as. For example, Elektra has a special skill that increases her ranged attack, indicating that she is best used for ranged PvP.

A General’s special skill can be seen by navigating to their menu and selecting the gold square box below their stats.

In addition, it should be noted here that certain Generals can be ascended to star level 10. Levels 6 to 10 will add additional buffs to the General’s Special Skill. Keep reading below in this Evony General Guide for more details on Evony Ascending.

Evony General Skill Books

In addition to their Special Skill, all Evony Gold Historic Generals can have a further 3 skills added to them by using Skill Books. Skill Books are obtained easiest from the Wheel of Fortune or by purchasing them from the Skill Books Shop at the Academy building.

They can also be crafted using skill book pages. These are collected from events and by disassembling Skill Books you do not want. Skill Books are found in levels 1 to 4.

Evony Skill Book Shop

Applying Evony Skill Books

Skill Books are hard to obtain, especially at their max level of 4. Therefore, it is important to add them very carefully. Each time you add a new skill, there is a chance it will overwrite a Skill Book you previously added.

You will likely need several duplicates of each Skill Book that you want to be added before you will succeed.

The optimal way to add them is by first applying all 3 skills you want but in their level 1 form. After this is done, you can add a Level 4 Skill Book of the same type and it is guaranteed to overwrite the Level 1 version of itself.

This is probably one of the most important points in this Evony General Guide. Don’t waste your Skill Books! Check out our full Evony Skill Book Guide for more details on this along with a video showing you the optimal way to apply your Skill Books to your Generals.

Evony General Specialty Skills

All Evony Gold Historic Generals have 4 Fixed Specialty Skills and 1 Flexible Specialty Skill that they can learn once they reach level 25. These are additional skills that grant extra buffs when they are upgraded. They can be upgraded 5 times to the following levels:

  • Veteran
  • Master
  • Expert
  • Grandmaster
  • Genius

The fourth Fixed Specialty is the most powerful of the fixed ones and can only be learned once the first 3 have reached the Genius level. In addition, the Flexible Specialty Skill can also only be learned once the first 3 have reached the Genius level and you are in possession of a Fixed Specialty Box.

Upgrading General Specialties

General Specialties have different methods of upgrading depending on their type. These are as follows:

  • Fixed Specialties – upgraded using Gems and Runestones. Lucky Stones can be used to boost the EXP gained with the exchange of each Runstone and Gem.
  • Flexible Specialties – can be upgraded to a maximum of level 100. Levels are upgraded by using Runestones. Can also have its quality upgraded, which increases the level cap, by using the corresponding Flexible Specialty Fragments.

How to get Runestones

Runestones are a vital material required for upgrading your General Specialties. They can be found during Special Events, by killing Boss Monsters, as a reward in Server Wars, in BoG, by dismissing Generals, attacking enemies in PvP, and more!

How to get Flexible Specialty Fragments

Flexible Specialty Fragments are required to upgrade the quality of your Flexible Specialties. To get these you must disassemble Flexible Specialities you already own. Flexible Specialties can be gained by taking part in the Hanging Gardens Event or as a reward in the Server War for Battle-Tested Flexible Specialty Fragments.

Flexible Specialty Skill

As mentioned in the previous sections of this Evony General Guide, Flexible Specialty Skills can be learned once you have found a Flexible Specialty and have upgraded a General’s first 3 Fixed Specialties to Genius Quality. Generals can learn any Flexible Specialty that you find and can be changed to another one at any time. Below are the Flexible Specialty Skills currently available and their buff at maximum level and quality.

Piercing ArrowsRanged HP +20%
Ranged Defense +20%
Ranged Attack +50%
Enemy Mounted HP -20%
Ranged Attack +1,000
Precision ArrowsRanged HP +20%
Ranged Defense +20%
Ranged Attack +20%
Enemy Ranged and Siege Attack -20%
Ranged Attack w/Dragon +40%
When attacking, Enemy Mounted Defense -40%
Ranged Attack +1,000
Heavy LegionsGround HP +20%
Ground Defense +20%
Ground Attack +50%
Enemy Ranged HP -20%
Ground Attack +1,000
Breaker LegionsGround HP +20%
Ground Defense +20%
Ground Attack +20%
Enemy Ground and Mounted Attack -20%
Ground Attack w/Dragon +40%
When attacking, Enemy Ranged Defense -40%
Ground Attack +1,000
Forceful CavalryMounted HP +20%
Mounted Defense +20%
Mounted Attack +50%
Enemy Ground HP -20%
Mounted Attack +1,800
Guerilla CavalryMounted HP +20%
Mounted Defense +20%
Mounted Attack +20%
Enemy Ground and Mounted Attack -20%
Mounted Attack w/Dragon +40%
When attacking, Enemy Ground Defense -40%
Mounted Attack +1,800
Siege BallistaSiege HP +20%
Siege Defense +20%
Siege Attack +50%
Enemy Siege HP -20%
Siege Attack +1,000
Battering BallistaSiege HP +20%
Siege Defense +20%
Siege Attack +20%
Enemy Ranged and Siege Attack -20%
Siege Attack w/Dragon +40%
When attacking, Enemy Siege Defense -40%
Siege Attack +1,000
Iron CurtainIn city HP +20%
In city Defense +20%
In city Attack +20%
When defending the city, Enemy Defense and HP -20%
When defending Main City, Enemy Attack -30%
In city Attack +800

To find a Flexible Specialty you must open Flexible Specialty Boxes found during the Hanging Gardens Event. Duplicate Flexible Specialties can be disassembled to gain corresponding Flexible Specialty Fragments which are a requirement for upgrading the quality of a Flexible Specialty. You should choose a Flexible Specialty that buffs the Troop Type that the General works best with.

Evony General Ascending

Certain Generals can be further improved through the Evony General Ascending Feature. This allows you to ascend Generals up to 10 Star levels. This is 5 more levels above what is done through the standard Evony General Enhancing feature.

Each star that is added through ascension, will further improve your general. This includes increases to their base stats and an additional buff to their Special Skill for each ascended level.

Evony General Ascended Special Skill

In order to ascend your Generals, they must first be enhanced to 5-star levels. Following this, you will need to collect Blood of Ares items and further General Fragments to begin ascending.

For full details on ascending, check out our Evony General Ascending Guide. Included is information on which Generals can be ascended, which Generals you should ascend, how to get the Blood of Ares item, how to get General Fragments, and information on the buffs your Generals will receive from ascension.

Evony Duty Generals

In Evony, most buildings in your castle can be assigned a Duty General. There generals, grant your building a boost to its function. The size of this boost depends on the General’s Duty Rank.

There are 5 ranks, each with certain conditions which must be filled for the General to reach it. The conditions vary depending on the building type. These can be found by navigating to the building, selecting Duty, and then clicking on the “i” icon next to the building.

Do not add Skill Books or equipment to Duty Generals, as this does not help you in attack or defense.

Evony Assistant Generals

Evony Assistant General

In certain scenarios, you can assign a General as an Assistant General to the Main General. The current situations where this can be done include the below:

To be able to assign an Assistant Evony General, the Main General must be at least level 20 and 3 stars. Assigning an Evony Assistant General will have no impact on the attributes, special skills, skills, specialties, ascension attributes, equipment, or Spiritual Beast of the Main General.

In addition to this, the basic attributes, ascension skills, equipment, Dragon, and Spiritual Beast of the Assistant Evony General will not take effect. Everything else, skills, specialties, and special skills of the Assistant General will be effective except in the following circumstances:

  • Assistant General’s Special Skill is the same as the Main General’s Special Skills/Skills.
  • Assistant General’s Skills are the same as the Main General’s Special Skills/Skills.

Please note, that although the buffs of an Assistant General’s Dragon will not take effect, they must still be attached for special skills to be effective if it is a requirement. You can view which skills are effective for the Assistant General by clicking on the magnifying icon when selecting your march.

Evony Assistant General Active Skills

This clearly opens up a lot of interesting possibilities for PvP and Monster Hunting. For example, you can now add an Assistant Evony General with a march speed boost to your march to much improve the speed with which you can attack monsters. In addition, you can add assistants to your Wall General to perhaps add further defense skills against another troop type.

For more details on this topic check out our full Evony Assistant General Guide. It includes information on the best Evony Assistant Generals and some General Pairings you may wish to consider.

Evony General Equipment

Evony General Equipment Crafting

You can craft equipment at the Forge building to be attached to your Generals. This can give them huge additional buffs in attack and gathering. To craft equipment, you will need large amounts of materials and rare equipment scrolls.

Each General can have 6 pieces of equipment attached to them. This includes each of the following:

  • Helmet
  • Ring
  • Leg Armor
  • Armor
  • Boots
  • Weapon – Sword, Bow, Axe, or Spear

Read our detailed Evony Equipment Crafting Guide for all the information you need on equipment.

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