14 Ways to Make Easy Money in Mount & Blade: Warband
Getting a Big Gold Purse in Mount & Blade: Warband (Single-Player Mode)
I've tried a lot of ways to make money in Mount & Blade and found some that work better for me than others.
In this hub, I'll share with you the ways that I've found to get cash, tell you which ones work better than others, and let you in on some tips that have helped me.
Earning money by looting doesn't require much thinking. You just recruit some peasants or hire mercenaries to fight. If you are well-armed, you can easily chase and hunt weak parties or trading caravans. You can get loot from two sources: servants of enemy kingdoms (i.e. armies, scouts, or caravans) or wandering bandits.
Pro Tips for Looting:
- Use strategy to minimize your losses and make sure the loot that you get (in money, weapons, or trading goods) is more valuable than your expenses (like group upkeep, training peasants, or recruiting new soldiers).
- If you do not feel strong enough to attack caravans, you can try to make them pay a toll to pass.
- You must remember that if you chase caravans, you will be outlawed and some lords can chase you. It's the same situation if you try to rob the peasants of another lord.
Many players think looting is the most profitable way to earn cash in Mount & Blade. What do you think?
Another way to earn money in Mount & Blade is by ransoming. It's similar to fighting for loot (as described in the previous paragraph), but there is a major difference. If you use a blunt weapon (like hammers or morningstars) you do not kill the enemy. Instead, you take him alive as a prisoner.
Ok, we got some prisoners. What now? You can sell them to the Ransom Broker. He will pay you 50 - 150 gold coins for every prisoner. The amount of gold depends on who you captured. Peasants cannot pay as big of a ransom as a nobleman or king.
Remember that the quantity of prisoners you can catch is dependent on your “Prisoner Management” skill level. In Native (unmodified Mount & Blade), you can take five prisoners per point, but there are some modifications that can change this value.
My Mount & Blade character is a peaceful, merchant Knight, so trading is my favourite way to get money in this game. There is no deep philosophy or secret: You simply must buy cheap goods and sell them at a profit. If you want to be good tradesman, you need to know a few things. There are some important factors that influence your profits.
If you (or an NPC you hired) have a high trading skill level, you will earn more money during trading. Your skill level means other tradesman and towns will pay you higher prices for your goods. How do you find out what your trading skill is? Press the "C" button and enter your character review and statistics. In the image below, I marked trade skill in red.
Relations with cities and villages are another factor that determine the prices you can get in Mount & Blade. If you have good relations with a settlement, the prices will be better. You will be able to buy lower and sell higher than usual.
For this reason, it is a good idea to complete quests for the settlements that you want to trade in. Ask the local guild master if he needs help with anything. Completing the quests will improve your relations and will give you a chance to earn some cash as well.
How to Trade
- You must check market prices first. Checking the prices in town will help you find appreciating and depreciating goods. Go to the marketplace and click the option to "Access the Local Prices." It's marked on the screenshot you see below.
- You will see a report about prices on the market. Your trading skill level is very helpful here since it make this process faster and more effective and you will find more offers.
- If you notice a good offer, you should take it. Buy cheap goods, travel to a selected city, and sell the goods at a profit. Your goods and money need protection of course, since you can be robbed on the way.
- Remember that if you are buying a lot of a single good, its price will go up! On the other hand, selling many units of a single good will cause the price to fall.
Pro Tips on Trading
- You can improve relations with cities and villages by completing quests.
- Information about your relationship with a settlement is presented when you arrive in the city.
- Villages are little strange. Almost at random, some goods are very expensive, and some are very inexpensive. Though not very logical, we can use it to our advantage.
- If your destination is very far, you can press ctrl + space to boost the game time. But remember that this will make the game very fast, and you can miss enemies! If you want to use this tip, you must be sure that you have a strong company to stay safe.
From time to time, you will arrive in a city that is organizing a tourney. A tourney is six tiers of fighting. You can take a deal in it, and bet cash on yourself. The more cash you bet, the more cash you earn.
If you win the tourney, you can even win a few thousand gold coins! Winning tournaments gives you a chance to become more famous in the Kingdom.
Pro Tips on Tourneys
- Tournaments are not 100% random! From time to time, Kingdoms put on tournaments to honor peace negotiations with another Kingdom.
- If you want to get the maximum prize in a tourney, you must bet 600 gold coins on yourself.
5. Arena Fighting
Even though arena fighting is not very lucrative, I feel obliged to describe it. Arena fighting has simple rules:
- You must defeat 36 enemies.
- Once you do that, you will earn 200 gold coins.
- If you fail, you may get a few gold coins as a consolation prize. . . or you may not – it depends on how many enemies you've defeated.
You can establish your own business in this game! It's easy to do. Here's what you need to establish your own business like a bakery or smith:
- You must have + 1 or higher relations with the City Owner, like the Lord or the King.
- You must have between 2,000 and 12,000 gold coins to rent land and buildings.
What about business profits? Profits are connected with the price of goods, the economical condition of the city, and even politics. If you want to learn about this, click the first option outlined on the screen in red (in the picture below).
If you are ready, you must go to the guild master and choose the option “I wish to buy land in this town for a productive enterprise." This is the second option marked in red in the picture below.
7. Dupery or Deception
There is another way to get money, which is good to do when you don't have enough cash to invest in a band, trading or business. If you want to make some cash in this dishonourable way, you must find a King, a Noble, or another Naïve Lord who will give you one of the following quests:
- Collect taxes from his village or city
- Collect the debt of another lord
If he orders you to tax the village, you must ride to it, declare that you are the tax collector, take the cash and . . . flee to the another side of Calradia. You must also avoid the Lord who gave you this quest because he will not forgive you for what you've done.
If a Naïve Nobleman ordered you to collect the debt of another lord, you must find this lord and force or persuade him to give the cash back. Then, do the same as above. Flee! You can either give the cash back to the owner or hide out in another country hoping you never cross paths with your creditor.
Being a diplomat and peacemaker is a noble way to get rich, but it is not very easy.
You can go to the guild master of a city involved in a war and ask him for a quest. If you are a famous Knight or something like that, he can ask you to help make peace.
The Peacemaker quest looks like this: There are two lords (in opposite countries) who are at war. At the center of the fight, you must find them and bribe or defeat them on the battlefield.
If you want to pay them, you must have around 8,000 gold coins (one will take about 2,000 and the other about 6,000). The reward for this quest is 12,000 gold coins.
If you are friends with one or both of the lords, you can persuade them without paying cash, using your charisma and persuade skills to do so but . . . is there any gamer who has really raised his persuade skill? I think not . . .
9. Income From Fiefs
If you are a good servant of your King (or if you are King), you will be rewarded with a noble title and a fief which will give you some profit:
- Ownership of a village gives you around 400 gold coins per week.
- Ownership of a castle gives you 100 - 300 gold coins per week.
- Ownership of a town gives you about 1,000 gold coins per week.
You must remember that the economic condition of a fief will influence your profits. If you have an army or city guard (for fief protection), their upkeep will eat some of your earnings.
Pro Tip for Fiefs
- Keeping up the city or castle garrison is 50% of "normal" army upkeep.
10. Ransom Quest
From time to time, you can get the quest of rescuing a merchant’s daughter who was kidnapped by bandits. The guild master will give you around 600 gold for ransom. You must meet the bandits in the chosen place and either rescue the girl by defeating the bandits or pay the ransom and take the girl to her father.
The reward in this quest isn't so big but if you choose to defeat the bandits and don't pay the ransom, you can keep the ransom money, the loot from the bandits, and get a reward from the Guild Master. All of that adds up to a sizable sum.
Pro Tip for Ransom Quest
- This quest can be given only by a Guild Master.
11. Be an Errand Boy
You can deliver letters from one lord to another lord for 30 gold. However, this is not a good job, even at the start of gameplay. There are plenty of other ways to make money more quickly.
12. Bounty Hunter
There is a possibility that another lord will hire you to find and kill a wanted murderer for 300 gold. I think this isn't the best way to make money but if you're desperate . . .
By the way, Guild Masters in towns like to give bounty for finding wandering bandits.
You can also find bandits' hideouts. If you "clear it," you can get some good loot. It's a good idea to look for these hideouts. If you find one, go to the lord who will give you the quest to defeat the bandits. If you do so you'll get a double reward: one for the quest and one for the hideout.
13. Attacks Against Villages
Villages are a good source of money if you're a bad guy. There are three dishonorable ways to get cash from poor villagers.
- Stealing the goods from the villages.
- Taking and then selling cows
- Looting and plundering the village (the prosperity of the village will fall to zero and you'll get a lot of loot.)
The amount of loot in all three scenarios is dependent on the economic condition of the village.
This method of making money is good for rogues and other people who are bad guys. I don't like it but I must say that it is profitable, until you face enemy reinforcements.
Pro Tips for Plundering Villages
- Remember that villagers can get pitchforks and rush you!
- Plundering the village requires an entire day, during which you can be attacked by enemy reinforcements.
If you get bored being the bad guy, you can become . . .
14. Noble Knight Rescuing the Villagers
From time to time, you'll ride into a village infested by bandits. You'll have the choice to help the villagers (by attacking the bandits) or running away.
If you rescue the village, the Elder will want to reward you with goods. If you take it, you'll be richer. If you refuse, you'll get a good bonus in your relationship with the village. The choice is yours.
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I hope this article makes your Mount & Blade character very rich. May the halls of your castles be filled with armors and branded weapons!
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