Mercenaries

From Crusader Kings II Wiki
(Redirected from Mercenary)
Jump to: navigation, search
Hiring mercenaries

Mercenaries are bands of troops that can be hired for a price. They can be hired from the Military screen on the Mercenaries Tab. Note that not all regions have mercenaries available, and those that do can have different quantities available.

In addition to the initial hiring fee, they have upkeep fees which are much higher than any of your own troops'. Be sure that you have plenty of money to pay them. Mercenaries who do not get paid will at best stand down, and will at worst defect to the enemy or declare war on you (which can even happen in the middle of a battle).

When hiring mercenaries, the full force of their unit will not be available if they are still recovering from losses sustained under a previous employer. They will gradually replenish their manpower over time. Check their manpower on the mercenary screen to ensure you'll get what you pay for.

The cost of hiring a troop does not vary based on how many units they currently possess, but the cost of maintenance does decrease as the mercenaries take casualties. For this reason, and because mercenaries can replenish casualties while on the field (standard levies do not replenish on the field), it is beneficial to put mercenaries wherever casualties are expected to be highest. The monthly upkeep of a company depends on that unit's current size. A thrifty and unscrupulous ruler might deliberately waste half of a company in a futile assault in order to save money.

Each mercenary company has a predefined capital province, and may also have predefined cultural or religious requirements. You may only hire a company if your capital is within a certain distance of the company's capital and if you meet the religious and cultural requirements.

Mercenary troops can only be hired by one character at a time - therefore it is possible that, at any given time, all the mercenaries which are within your price point may be unavailable because they have been hired by other realms. If your war strategy depends on the hiring of mercenaries, ensure that you check mercenary availability before declaring war. You could even hire them before the war starts (only raised levies prevent you from declaring war).

The composition ratio of the company is fixed, but the actual number of troops increases with time, based on size and current year.

A mercenary company is considered a titular duchy and uses open elective succession law.

Vassalization[edit]

Mercenary companies may become landed, which usually results from the bankruptcy of their employer leading to the company declaring war on them and seizing territory in lieu of their pay. For example, it's not uncommon to see Venezia ruled by the Company of the Hat. A landed company may be vassalized diplomatically. The requirements are as follows:

  • Same religion
  • If you are a king, the captain must be of your culture. If you are an emperor this doesn't apply.
  • The captain must hold a duchy title of which you are the de jure controller.

If the captain is landed but does not hold a duchy title (other than his captaincy), it is possible to force him to acquire one. You will need to get wives for all of the men in that mercenary company, as while a mercenary captain can't marry, his courtiers can. Then wait until they have children and those children become adults. Eventually someone with living relatives will become captain. You then need to invite the son/father/brother of the captain to your court, give him a duchy, make sure the captain is his heir and then kill him off, which ensures that one of your de jure ducal titles passes to the captain and making you his de jure liege. Make sure your laws permit inheritance outside of the realm before you do that.

Some companies start as vassals, as noted in the table below. In the earliest starts, the Byzantine Emperor can create and vassalize the Varangian Guard by decision.

If a mercenary company is a vassal, only their liege can hire them, and they're much cheaper.

Conclave[edit]

With the Conclave DLC, it is possible to create your own mercenary band to hire out to foreign rulers. Your character must assign a courtier with a military education to lead the mercenaries, whereupon the band will be created from your personal levies. This means that your demesne will suffer a "Maintaining Mercenary Band" penalty to levy size as long as the band is active. In exchange, the band will pay a percentage of its income into your treasury. (Roughly 15% of the monthly cost)

List of mercenary companies[edit]

List of mercenary companies (in order from landed_titles.txt)
Name Capital Religion Culture Hire conditions Vassalizable by decision Composition Size ID
Turkmen Company Emba Sunni.png Sunni Turkish No
Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
50% 50%
5 d_sunni_turkic_company
Khazar Company Yaik Sunni.png Sunni Cuman Muslim religion group

Zoroastrian religion group

No
Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
25% 75%
4 d_sunni_cuman_company
Berber Company Atlas Sunni.png Sunni Berber Muslim religion group

Zoroastrian religion group

No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
25% 13% 38% 25%
3 d_sunni_berber_company
Arab Company Halaban Sunni.png Sunni Bedouin Muslim religion group

Zoroastrian religion group

No
Light infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
25% 50% 25%
3 d_sunni_bedouin_company
Turkoman Company Emba Shia.png Shiite Turkish No
Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
50% 50%
5 d_shiite_turkic_company
Steppe Company Yaik Shia.png Shiite Cuman Muslim religion group

Zoroastrian religion group

No
Light infantry.png Horse archers.png
25% 75%
4 d_shiite_cuman_company
Tuareg Company Atlas Shia.png Shiite Berber Muslim religion group

Zoroastrian religion group

No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
25% 13% 38% 25%
3 d_shiite_berber_company
Bedouin Company Halaban Shia.png Shiite Bedoin Muslim religion group

Zoroastrian religion group

No
Light infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
25% 50% 25%
3 d_shiite_bedouin_company
The White Company Essex Catholic.png Catholic Christian religion group No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png
20% 58% 2% 20%
5 d_white_company
The Great Company Niederbayern Catholic.png Catholic Christian religion group No
Heavy infantry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png
76% 4% 20%
5 d_great_company
Company of St. George Lombardia Catholic.png Catholic Christian religion group No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png
29% 41% 1% 29%
4 d_company_of_st_george
Company of the Star Ferrara Catholic.png Catholic Christian religion group No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png
20% 58% 2% 20%
4 d_star_company
Company of the Hat Mantua Catholic.png Catholic Christian religion group No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png
20% 58% 2% 20%
3 d_little_hat_company
Company of the Rose Padua Catholic.png Catholic Christian religion group No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png
20% 58% 2% 20%
3 d_rose_company
Catalan Company Barcelona Catholic.png Catholic Catalan Christian religion group No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png
20% 58% 2% 20%
3 d_catalan_company
Navarrese Company Navarre Catholic.png Catholic Basque Christian religion group No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
20% 50% 10% 20%
2 d_navarrese_company
Swiss Company Geneve Catholic.png Catholic Christian religion group No
Heavy infantry.png Pikemen.png Archers.png
40% 40% 20%
2 d_swiss_company
Breton Company Penthievre Catholic.png Catholic Breton Christian religion group No
Heavy infantry.png Pikemen.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
40% 20% 20% 20%
2 d_breton_company
Victual Brothers Marienburg Catholic.png Catholic

Christian religion group
(Reformed) Germanic religion
(Reformed) Suomenusko religion
(Reformed) Romuva religion

No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png Ships.png
34% 32% 2% 23% 1%
5 d_victual_brothers
Varangian Guard Uppland Orthodox.png Orthodox Germanic Yes (Byzantine Empire, by decision (costs 300 gold and prestige, must be some Germanic pagan rulers not too far away) or from 911)
Heavy infantry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png
78% 11% 11%
6 d_varangian_guard
Cuman Company Yaik Orthodox.png Orthodox Cuman No
Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
25% 75%
5 d_cuman_company
Rus Company Kiev Orthodox.png Orthodox Russian No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
40% 20% 20% 20%
4 d_rus_company
Pecheneg Company Olvia Orthodox.png Orthodox Pecheneg No
Light infantry.png Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
75% 13% 13%
3 d_pecheneg_company
Bulgarian Company Dorostotum Orthodox.png Orthodox Bulgarian No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
40% 20% 20% 20%
2 d_bulgarian_company
Turkic Company Emba Orthodox.png Orthodox Turkish No
Light infantry.png Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
75% 13% 13%
3 d_turkic_company
Lombard Band Lombardia Catholic.png Catholic Christian religion group No
Heavy infantry.png Pikemen.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
40% 20% 20% 20%
1 d_lombard_band
Swiss Band Geneve Catholic.png Catholic Christian religion group No
Heavy infantry.png Pikemen.png Archers.png
40% 40% 20%
1 d_swiss_band
Breton Band Penthievre Catholic.png Catholic Breton Christian religion group No
Heavy infantry.png Pikemen.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
40% 20% 20% 20%
1 d_breton_band
Catalan Band Barcelona Catholic.png Catholic Catalan Christian religion group No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
20% 40% 20% 20%
1 d_catalan_band
Saxon Band York Catholic.png Catholic Saxon Christian religion group No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Pikemen.png Archers.png
10% 50% 10% 30%
1 d_saxon_band
Cuman Band Yaik Orthodox.png Orthodox Cuman No
Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
25% 75%
1.5 d_cuman_band
Rus Band Kiev Orthodox.png Orthodox Russian Christian religion group

Pagan religion group

No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
60% 20% 20% 20%
1.5 d_rus_band
Finnish Band Häme Suomenusko.png Suomenusko Finnish Christian religion group

Pagan religion group

No
Light infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
47% 16% 16%
1 d_finnish_band
Lappish Band Kemi Suomenusko.png Suomenusko Lappish Christian religion group

Pagan religion group

No
Light infantry.png Archers.png
64% 36%
1 d_lappish_band
Lithuanian Band Lietuva / Zhmud Romuva.png Romuva Lithuanian Christian religion group

Pagan religion group

No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
50% 11% 22% 17%
1 d_lithuanian_band
Abyssinian Band Axum Miaphysite.png Miaphysite Ethiopian Christian religion group

Jewish religion group

No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
50% 17% 17% 17%
1.5 d_abyssinian_band
Nubian Band Hayya Miaphysite.png Miaphysite Ethiopian Christian religion group

Jewish religion group

No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
50% 17% 17% 17%
1.5 d_nubian_band
Scottish Band Gowrie Catholic.png Catholic Scottish Always No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
37% 26% 16% 5%
1.5 d_scottish_band
Irish Band Cill Dara Catholic.png Catholic Irish Always No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
42% 11% 11% 37%
1 d_irish_band
Alan Band Alania Orthodox.png Orthodox Alan Always No
Light infantry.png Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
14% 43% 43%
1.5 d_alan_band
Pecheneg Band Olvia Orthodox.png Orthodox Pecheneg No
Light infantry.png Light cavalry.png Horse archers.png
14% 43% 43%
1.5 d_pecheneg_band
Bulgarian Band Dorostotum Orthodox.png Orthodox Bulgarian No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
40% 20% 20% 20%
1 d_bulgarian_band
Turkic Band Emba Orthodox.png Orthodox Turkish No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
40% 20% 20% 20%
1 d_turkic_band
Mamluks Cairo Shia.png Shiite Muslim religion group No (Egypt from 850)
Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png Horse archers.png
17% 33% 8% 17% 25%
6 d_mamluks
Adriatic Galleys Venice Catholic.png Catholic Year 1066 and Christian religion group No
Ships.png
100%
9 d_venetian_navy
Ligurian Galleys Genoa Catholic.png Catholic Year 1066 and Christian religion group No
Ships.png
100%
9 d_genoese_navy
Baltic Cogs Lübeck Catholic.png Catholic Year 1066 and Christian religion group No
Ships.png
100%
9 d_hanseatic_navy
North Sea Cogs Holland Catholic.png Catholic Year 1066 and Christian religion group No
Ships.png
100%
9 d_frisian_navy
Maghreb Navy Mahdia Sunni.png Sunni Berber Year 1066 and Muslim religion group No
Ships.png
100%
9 d_maghreb_corsairs
Ghilman Kara-Kum Sunni.png Sunni Muslim religion group No (Persia from 1037, Rum from 1157)
Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Heavy cavalry.png Archers.png Horse archers.png
17% 39% 3% 17% 25%
6 d_ghilman
Ghanan Band Ghana West African.png West African Manden West African culture group No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png
50% 17% 17% 17%
1.5 d_ghanan_band
Tamil Band Tagadur Hindu.png Hindu Tamil No
Light infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png War elephants.png
56% 14% 28% 3%
1 d_tamil_band
Marathi Company Vairagara Hindu.png Hindu Marathi No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png War elephants.png
49% 25% 12% 12% 1%
3 d_marathi_company
Marathi Band Vairagara Hindu.png Hindu Marathi No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png War elephants.png
49% 25% 12% 12% 1%
1 d_marathi_band
Bengal Company Candradvipa Hindu.png Hindu Bengali No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png War elephants.png
42% 28% 14% 14% 3%
3 d_bengal_company
Bengal Band Candradvipa Hindu.png Hindu Bengali No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png War elephants.png
42% 28% 14% 14% 3%
1 d_bengal_band
Rajput Company Mandavyapura Hindu.png Hindu Rajput No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png War elephants.png
37% 25% 25% 12% 1%
3 d_rajput_company
Rajput Band Mandavyapura Hindu.png Hindu Rajput No
Light infantry.png Heavy infantry.png Light cavalry.png Archers.png War elephants.png
37% 25% 25% 12% 1%
1 d_rajput_band
Warfare
Troops
LeviesRetinuesMercenariesHoly ordersEvent troopsHordesAdventurers
Battles