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.
Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Prisoners
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?
If you think you’ve got some prisoners who won’t contribute anything to your party, you can simply sell them off to earn a bit of gold. The first order of business is to check how many prisoners you’ve currently got. You can do so from the “Party” menu. Once you’ve decided on the prisoners you want to sell, the next thing you need to do is to find a castle or a large town with walls, etc. It’s important to know that small villages and farms won’t work for this.
After visiting a town, you need to select “Go to the Tavern District” and then select “Ransom your Prisoners”. You won’t be able to haggle the prices and won’t get a whole lot (unless you got your hands on a noble, leader, etc.) but something’s better than nothing, right?
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.