War prisoners in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord is an interesting concept. Enemies that you take as prisoners can be sold to earn a little gold on the side or convinced to join your ranks. What you do with a prisoner depends on what you want the most at the time. In this guide, I’ll explain everything you need to know about how to sell and recruit prisons in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord.


Recruiting And Selling Prisoners In Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord

The first question that you should ask yourself is whether you should recruit or sell a prisoner. I’d say selling is always a viable option if you’re running low on funds, however, a well-trained unit can contribute more to your army and save you from the trouble of upgrading your units. Regardless of what you decide to do, selling and recruiting prisoners in the game work differently. Here’s a rundown of how both these things work:

How to Recruit Prisoners?

Prisoners that can be potential recruits should appear in your “Party”. In the menu, select the “Prisoner” and look for an arrow symbol right next to the prisoner’s name. If the symbol is there, it means you can recruit the selected prisoner. However, do note that the selected prisoners aren’t recruited at once.

Prisoners usually need some time to defect (varies from prisoner to prisoner) so make sure to keep them in your party and they’ll join you eventually. Apart from this, another thing that you need to keep in mind is making sure that you increase your party limit and make room for more units.


How to Sell Prisoners?

After a successful battle, you’ll be presented with a screen showing your casualties and the number of enemies you’ve captured. Simply select the prisoners you wish to take with you. Remember, your party has a limit to how many prisoners it can carry, so choose wisely.

Once you have prisoners in tow, make your way to the nearest town or castle. These settlements are where you’ll find the Tavern District, an essential location for selling your captives.

Upon entering a town or castle, click on the ‘Tavern District’ option. Here, you’ll find the option to ‘Ransom your prisoners’. This option allows you to sell all your prisoners at once. If you wish to sell specific prisoners, you can do so by accessing the ‘Prisoner’ tab in your inventory and selecting individual prisoners to sell.

In some towns, you might come across a Ransom Broker. This individual specializes in buying prisoners. Engaging with the Ransom Broker will often yield higher prices for your captives compared to the standard ‘Ransom your prisoners’ option.


Additional Tips

  • Quality Over Quantity: Higher-tier prisoners fetch a better price. Elite soldiers and lords will always be worth more than low-tier troops.
  • Recruitment: Before selling, consider if any prisoners would be valuable additions to your army. Some prisoners can be recruited into your ranks, bolstering your forces.
  • Prisoner Management Skill: Investing in this skill will increase the number of prisoners you can carry, leading to more significant profits in the long run.

This is how you can easily sell and recruit prisons in Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord. If you’re interested in learning more about some other game mechanics, be sure to check our Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord wiki guides.