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Total War Three Kingdoms: Guide to Skills and Title Rank

Characters are complex. They have different personalities, different drives and motivations, and build relationships – both positive and negative – with those around them. You must attend to their needs in order to keep them loyal, and shield them from situations which will dissatisfy or endanger them.

Characters in Three Kingdoms touch every part of the campaign game. They are the generals of your armies, inhabit key posts in your faction hierarchy, boost productivity in your commanderies, engage in espionage on your behalf, and grant benefits to every aspect of your game, both on the campaign map and in battle.

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As a character gains experience, they will progress to higher levels and gain skill points. You can spend these buying skills in their skills tree. This is viewable in their character panel, under the skills tab.

Skills trees differ according to a character’s class, granting them bonuses and new abilities related to their role and function in campaign and battle. There are also skills which grant improvements to attributes other than their key attribute, so the player has a choice in shaping their development and abilities and broadening their effectiveness outside their core class role.

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Skills may grant new passive or active abilities in battle, enhance a character’s attributes, bring bonuses to specific unit types in their retinue or army, or improve aspects of their campaign presence. You can mouse over each skill in their skills tree to scrutinise its effects before choosing where to spend a character’s skill points.

Title Rank

Each character has a title rank of their own, regardless of any other role you grant them in your faction, which entitles them to a specific salary and brings them a certain level of satisfaction. This is viewable in the character panel, next to the character’s age and satisfaction rating.

Characters will desire a higher office as they level up which, if unfulfilled, can damage their satisfaction. Promotion is therefore a principle method for improving their satisfaction. Higher ranks require you to pay higher salaries each turn.

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