Are you tired of constantly getting chased down by roaming savages in Bannerlord? You’re not alone–being slow on the campaign map can be incredibly frustrating and makes catching up and running away from enemy parties virtually impossible. Like many other mechanics, how to increase party speed in Bannerlord might not be so obvious. That’s why we’re here to fill you in on what truly affects party speed in the game.
If you want to increase the game speed and aren’t concerned with improving your horse’s speed on the campaign map, hit 3 on your keyboard or the >> symbol at the bottom center of your screen.
Increasing Party Speed in Mount and Blade Bannerlord
To increase your party speed on the campaign map in Mount and Blade Bannerlord, purchase horses that increase speed, incorporate cavalry units in your army, reduce the inventory you’re carrying, and sell Prisoners. Lastly, the Nomadic Traditions skill under Riding enables mounted infantry to increase your party speed by 30%.
To view what is affecting your party speed, click the down arrow in the bottom right of your screen to view the expanded party details, then mouse over the speed icon. The number above your horse on the map indicates your party speed as well.
Below, we’ll break down each method to increase your party speed in Bannerlord.
Purchasing Horses that Increase Party Speed
Certain animals, or “pack animals,” increase your overall inventory capacity, while other horses, like Warhorses such as the Askarat and Canterion Charger, increase your party’s speed. To see what the specific horse does, scroll over the icons under the horse’s profile picture. The tooltip will read: “Used for increasing speed.”
Typically, horses that increase your party’s speed will be more expensive than pack animals, so keep a close eye on that Denar cost.
Recruiting Calvary Units to Increase Party Speed
Certain troop types in each faction can upgrade to Calvary troops. These troops will contribute to your overall party speed.
Suppose you’re having trouble getting more cavalry units or don’t have the Denars to spend. You can purchase more affordable lower-level calvary units from the Khergit Khanate and Sarranid Sultanate factions.
Reducing the Inventory You’re Carrying
There are only so many items in Mount and Blade Bannerlord worth saving in your inventory unless you don’t meet the minimum requirements or want to give to a Companion later. In addition to missing out on the extra Denars, you’ll also be slowing down your entire party.
Keep items in the inventory down to the essentials–alternative equipment, food, and trade goods.
Map Effects also Affect Speed
In addition to everything above, map effects will also change your speed. You will slow down at night and while traveling through thick forests. Keep this in mind if you’re being chased or chasing down an opponent, as you can use this knowledge to escape or catch up to an enemy.
And there you have it! You should now know how to increase your party speed in Mount and Blade Bannerlord and can resume zipping around the continent of Calradia.
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