Rise of the Republic brought in some subtle but effective changes to how agents and generals work in ROME II. Watch this academy video to learn more.
How to Play the Family Tree
The Family Tree is a visual representation of the web of character relationships within your faction, and offers the functionality for you to interact with those characters and generate Intrigues, which bring new gameplay options.
The Family Tree is a visual representation of the web of character relationships within your faction, and offers the functionality for you to interact with those characters and generate Intrigues, which bring new gameplay options. The characters in your faction can forge strong bonds and alliances with other factions. Marriages can produce offspring, who grow and obtain duties of their own. Characters are born, live their lives, and eventually die throughout the course of a game.
To learn more about the Family Tree as part of the Ancestral Update please visit the FAQ https://www.totalwar.com/blog/total-war-rome-ii-ancestral-update
Total War: ROME II – Explaining the Changes to Politics and Diplomacy
Learn about the new politics and diplomacy systems in the latest free patch for Total War: ROME II.
Learn about the new politics and diplomacy systems in the latest free patch for Total War: ROME II with this handy guide.
When selecting factions for a campaign, you can also take control of the ruling political party, whereupon your faction's leader will become the head of said party.
When in the campaign, click on the faction button to bring up the political tab. The government overview is displayed on the left-hand side, here you can see how much influence a party has in your nation's government. Hover your cursor over each colour to view more information about each party.
Each political party that is currently in your empire is listed to the right, each have their own traits which will affect their loyalty towards you.
Next to that are the party statistics. How many senators a political party owns are displayed here, as well as the loyalty this party has to your rule. If this goes into minus after the first 20 turns of your campaign there is potential for the party to break away from you, taking the general and any provinces they have influence over, forming a new faction.
You can also take actions against each political party to either secure their loyalty for a short amount of time, or provoke them. This may lead to a secession, allowing you to deal with them before they get out of control. Tread carefully as this can lead to civil war.
Lastly, statesmen can be sent on missions in the character tab, these will give bonuses to a certain area of your campaign along with improving their party's loyalty to your house.
Total War: ROME II – How to Control Your Campaign
Learn how to dominate the ancient world by using the campaign UI in Total War: ROME II.
Learn how to dominate the ancient world by using the campaign UI in Total War: ROME II with this handy guide.
On the top-left of the campaign screen are the game options and the Advisor, who will pop up now and again to offer assistance to the player.
The faction summary tab is located on the bottom-left, here you can see your current political situation and look at the characters in your empire in more detail.
To the right are the objectives where current objectives and the final victory conditions are displayed.
The trade and finance tab will show a breakdown of income and expenditure as well as current trading partners of your faction. Here, you can increase or decrease tax levels to gain more money at a loss to public order and growth.
Across from that is the technology tab. Here, you can conduct research to unlock new units and buildings.
Above the map is a pop-up list of information such as event messages and the forces tab, which lists your armies and fleets. The province tab shows all the provinces you have discovered and known factions displays the other factions you have encountered.
Below the map is the end turn button, along with information about your treasury, income, food supply and the current date of the campaign.
Clicking on an army will bring up the army overview panel, here you can view details about the army and its general, as well as change an army's stance. You can also hire more units and mercenaries.
The province tab works in a similar manner: click on any city to bring it up. From here, you can pass edicts to give your region a bonus, as well as construct new buildings or upgrade existing ones. To the right are the province details which list a province's wealth and income, as well as public order and culture.
Total War: ROME II – How to Control Your Armies in Battle
Learn how to effectively control an army when in battle in Total War: ROME II.
Learn how to effectively control an army when in battle in Total War: ROME II with the help of this handy guide.
Whilst in battle, select individual units by left-clicking, or select multiple by left-clicking and dragging a box around the desired units. To select multiple units individually, hold CTRL and again, left-click on the units you wish to order. You can do this on both the battlefield and the unit cards located at the bottom of the battle UI screen.
To select your entire army at once, press both CTRL and A. To deselect, simply click away from your units.
The camera can be moved by using the W, A, S and D keys and sped up by holding down SHIFT. You can move up and down by scrolling the mouse wheel.
To rotate the camera, use the Q and E keys or holding down the mouse wheel will allow you to rotate in any desired direction.
Press ESC at any time to open the menu, where you can change your settings or concede the battle.
To move units into position, simply select using the methods above and right-clicking on the desired destination. Holding right-click whilst dragging will allow you to move units into a precise formation. Hold down the spacebar to view your units' destinations.
You can queue up attacks by holding SHIFT and giving a move order; a unit will proceed to follow these commands one by one.
To put units into a locked group, press CTRL and G. Whilst in this group, units will aim to stay in their current formation. You can also take advantage of preset formations which can be found at the bottom of the UI.
Total War: ROME II – How to Manage Your Province
Learn how to manage your provinces effectively in Total War: ROME II.
Learn how to manage your provinces effectively in Total War: ROME II with this handy guide.
Clicking on a city that you own will open up the province overview panel: here you can see a summary of the province, its current culture and public order, food production and the income the selected province produces. All of these statistics can be hovered over with your cursor to reveal a tooltip with more information.
Moving to the province overview tab will show you all the cities that are in the province including their respective buildings. However, if you do not currently own all the settlements within a province, their owners' faction flags will appear there instead.
The population surplus (if any) of a province is displayed on the top left of the province overview tab; this is used to create more building slots within a city. If a new slot is left empty for too long it will turn into slums which are expensive to remove, so be careful!
Next to the province overview panel is the details tab, clicking this will reveal a more in-depth look at the province. Here, you can see the current wealth and income of a city, as well as how slaves are affecting your empire. Below that you can see the corruption levels, this will grow with your empire reducing your income over time.
Public order is also displayed: hovering over it will reveal the modifiers affecting contributing to its improvement and decline.
Finally, clicking on the raise force button will allow you to create new armies and the recruit agent button enables you to summon agents to your empire.