How to make money in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

Get rich or die trying.

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Money is the lifeblood of your Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord campaign. It will let you hire companions and troops, buy food and equipment, and you can happily gamble it all on your ability to win tournaments. The first thing you will need to do is earn some money.

In this article, we will run through some easy ways to make some cash in the early game. For the late game, you will mostly need to expand upon these areas.

Catching Looters

All over the campaign map, small groups of Looters can be found. These bandits are up to no good, and nobody will mind if you kill them and take their stuff. Chase them down and fight them. Survivors can be taken as prisoners and sold, while they should also have some possessions you can sell off at a nearby town. This method will provide you with a small but steady income, more than enough to get through the “Rebuild your Clan” quest.

Quests

Visiting towns and cities will mean you can do quests. When you first arrive in a city, look at the top right of the screen, and you should see the portraits of people who live there. Anyone with an exclamation mark on their portrait has a quest that you can help them with. Just click on the portrait, then click on Talk to find out what it is. Finishing the quests will earn you gold, and some better diplomacy with that clan.

Trading

Trading will become important when you have more troops, and some horses and mules to increase how many items your party can carry. You will need to check the items for sale at each town, then find other towns that need those items so that you can sell them at a profit. The only real way to get this information at the start of the game is to do it yourself, so it can be a good idea to keep a list of high-value items in different locations, the trade accordingly.

Tournaments

Entering tournaments will allow you to bet on yourself, and then it is just a matter of caving in some skulls on your way to a payout. It’s a fun way to earn some money, but make sure your combat skills are well polished, or else you could end up losing money that you can’t afford to part with.