Cao Cao

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Cao Cao

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Title: Conqueror of Chaos
Civilization: China
Base Power: 1,100
Rarity: Legendary

Cao Cao Introduction

In this following guide, we will give you some overview of Cao Cao skills, talent tree, and strategy in Rise of Kingdoms. Hopefully, this guide will help new and experienced players to make the most of his strength in the game.

Cao Cao is a legendary Commander from China who specializes in the cavalry. It means that his cavalry unit’s stat will be buff. Not only Cao Cao is a good cavalry Commander, but also he is one of the fastest Commander in Rise of Kingdoms because of his mobility skills, and talent tree. With the right partner and talent tree build, he can be very deadly in the battle.

To summon him, you will need 10 Cao Cao’s sculptures, which can obtain throughout events, the VIP shop, and golden chests.

Cao Cao Skills

Dragon Rider

Dragon Rider Rage Requirement: 1000

Cao Cao deals direct damage, decreases attack and march speed for 3 seconds to the enemy.


  • Direct Damage Factor: 600 / 800 / 1000 / 1200 / 1400
  • Attack Reduction: 20% / 25% / 30% / 35% / 40%
  • March Speed Reduction: 5% / 6% / 7% / 8% / 10%


Dragon Rider is a solid active skill that deals a significant amount of damage to the enemy. It also can reduce the enemy’s attack and march speed, which will weaker the enemy a lot when they try to fight against or run away from you.

The Qingzhou Army

The Qingzhou Army Damage dealt towards Barbarians increased.

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Bonus Damage To Barbarians: 10% / 20% / 30% / 40% / 50%

This is a very effective ability for PvE, which makes it easy enough for Cao Cao to destroy neutral units with relative ease.

Tiger Knight

Tiger Knight Increases Cao Cao cavalry unit’s march speed and attack.


  • Cavalry March Speed Bonus: 3% / 4.5% / 6% / 8% / 10%
  • Cavalry Attack Bonus: 10% / 15% / 20% / 25% / 30%


This skill works best if you want to use pure cavalry build. All cavalry units will gain a 30% bonus attack damage and 10% more march speed, which makes him one of the fastest Commanders in the game.


Lofty Ambition

Lofty Ambition Increases troop’s march speed by 20% for 3 seconds, and troop’s normal attacks have a 10% chance to heal the wounded units. These effects can only be triggered once every 2 seconds. Cao Cao can also restore rage to himself.


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Healing Factor Bonus: 500 / 600 / 700 / 800 / 1000
Rage Restored: 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 / 100



This skill helps Cao Cao to restore rage so he will able to spam his active skill more. It also his troop gets a 1000 healing factor bonus, which will reduce the amount of slightly wounded troops in the battle.

Emperor Wu of Wei

Emperor Wu of Wei

Increases Cao Cao cavalry units attack by 25% but also decreases troop defense by 10%.

When combining with his 2nd skill, his cavalry unit’s attack damage will have 55% more damage. That definitely a huge increase to his troop damage.

Cao Cao Talent Trees

PvP Build

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This is definitely a PvP build because it mostly focuses on increasing health, defense, and attack of cavalry units.

There are some nodes that increase Cao Cao’s resistance against the reduction of movement speed.

It is very effective when the enemy Commander has the ability to gain bonus damage while you are slowed.

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This is an alternative PvP build. Although it has less % attack and defense, it has twice the march speed than the original build.

Recommended Roles for Cao Cao

Cao Cao is a strong Commander that should be in the primary role. He can serve as the secondary role when there is a strong nuker that pairs with him.

Cao Cao Pairing Commanders

Genghis Khan

Genghis Khan:

  • Genghis Khan is one of the most powerful single-target nukers in the game, and he can pair well with Cao Cao. Since both of them can deal massive damage to a single target, and both are specialized in the cavalry.
  • Genghis Khan works best as a primary Commander because his set of skills is all about dealing damage, and he also has a chance to use his active skill for free. Cao Cao will also benefit from Khan’s damage bonus. In addition, his healing can reduce the wounded units during the battle.



  • Thank to Attila skills, this combination is a very powerful force that can deal lots of damage with normal attack and counter-attack. It also can neutralize the enemy’s combat capabilities, which can easily help to dominate the enemy in the battle.

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