Friday, February 23, 2024

Total War: Three Kingdoms Mandate of Heaven Liu Chong Faction Guide


Total War: Three Kingdoms Mandate of Heaven adds a couple of lords that you can check out. One of them is Liu Chong. This guide covers Total War: Three Kingdoms Mandate of Heaven Liu Chong faction mechanics, dilemmas, events, and tips.

Total War: Three Kingdoms Mandate of Heaven Liu Chong Faction

Note that this guide was completed while playing Romance Mode on VH/VH difficulty.


Fortitude is the unique mechanic that Liu Chong has. It provides a morale buff and when attacking and defending. You also get additional unit experience and a slight increase to your troop replenishment.

One way of increasing your Fortitude is to win battles in which your enemies have higher casualties as compared to your own forces. On the other hand, having more casualties than your enemies will decrease Fortitude.

Remember that Fortitude is going to decrease over time so you will have to stay on the offensive to take advantage of the mechanic.

Trophy Cabinet

Trophy Cabinet is yet another mechanic for Liu Chong in Total War: Three Kingdoms Mandate of Heaven. Completing certain objectives will earn you certain trophies. You can also unlock banners by completing certain objectives. You can use four of these at a certain time. The following are some examples that you should keep in mind:

  • Jade Halberd Blade – +5 public order; win 30 battles
  • Worn Sandals – +20,000 population growth; win five siege battles
  • Nushe Bifa – +25% ranged damage for crossbows; reach Marquis prestige rank
  • Ornate Quiver – +25% ammunition for archers; win 15 battles
  • Bronze Boshanlu – +10 bonus experience for units each season; reach rank 6 with Liu Chong
  • Dented Helmet – +100% ammo for artillery; have five artillery units at the start of your turn

Unique units

Liu Chong has special units called Chen Royal Guard. This is heavy crossbow infantry. Chen Peacekeepers is another special unit that Liu Chong has. This is a heavy melee cavalry unity.

Events And Dilemmas

The following is what you need to know about the events and dilemmas for Liu Chong faction in Total War: Three Kingdoms Mandate of Heaven.

War Or Peace

This dilemma is going to occur on the 12th turn. You have the option to continue the war or make peace. Whatever decision you make you are going to need to complete additional tasks. If you continue the war then you will need to keep fighting if that was not pretty obvious.

You will be asked to have 20 units in your faction followed by defeating 3 armies led by the Yellow Turban forces. Finally, you’ll have to reach rank 6 with your character.

  • Have 20 units in your faction  – +500 gold.
  • Defeat three armies or garrisons from the Yellow Turban faction – +800 gold.
  • Reach rank 6 with a character – +1,000 gold.

If you choose to go with the peace option, this includes upgrading Chen’s buildings and increasing prosperity.

Family Affairs

While the Mandate of Heaven’s conflict is taking place the Han Emperor Liu Hong will present you with another dilemma. Neither option is going to have any drastic effect. They are as follows:

  • Family – +40 diplomatic relations with Liu Hong
  • People – +15 public order (faction-wide); -40 diplomatic relations with Liu Hong

Yuan Shu’s shenanigans

On turn 42 Yuan Shu will declare himself as emperor. This will earn him the enmity of the lords of the land. After a couple of turns, he will ask you to support him. The following are the effects of the decision that you make:

  • Give supplies – +40 diplomatic relations; -5,000 gold
  • Ignore – -80 diplomatic relations

If you have some extra gold then you can give the supplies. I assume that if you ignore then that will lead to war down the line.

Post-campaign experience

As you continue through the campaign you will be able to dislodge Dong Zhuo from his western capital and control the Han Emperor (Liu Xie) and the NPC Han Empire. You might still have to deal with random Yellow Turban rebel stacks popping up in the north because of the incapable AI allies. This can be a rather challenging experience.

Eventually, you can annex Liu Bei’s faction and reached King rank. Liu Chong declares himself the ruler of the “Kingdom of Chen” and not as a renewed Han Empire. This is interesting because Mandate of Heaven groups him and Liu Hong as members of the “House of Han”. He does not gain mechanics such as court factions or political influence. Empress He can also end up in your court and can be adopted to see where all the other imperial descendants are. You can also marry Zheng Jiang.

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