The long awaited Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord is finally released in Steam Early Access, letting players take to the battlefields of Calradia once again.
A prequel set 200 years prior to the events of Warband, Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord looks to expand on both combat and world, while already catching the attention of modders. Here is our list of the best Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord mods you can find on PC.
The Best Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord Mods
As Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord only now takes its first steps in Early Access and launched with limited modding tools, modders haven't had the ideal conditions to develop a vast suite of mods for the title.
Overtime, though, we expect the list of the best Mount & Blade 2: Bannerlord mods to grow, adding the likes of new lands, units, magic, and even total conversions.
We'll be on the lookout for any new and interesting mods and add them to our list. Should you bump into some yourself, let us know in the comments.
Mount and Blade II Bannerlord Support for the Vortex Mod Manager
While not a mod itself, the Mount and Blade II Bannerlord Support extension enables managing your installed mods through Nexus Mods' own Vortex mod manager. If you've yet to give it a chance, the tool supports more than 65 other titles, including popular ones like Skyrim and The Witcher. You'll, naturally, find both the extension and Vortex on Nexus Mods.
Enhanced Battle Test Mod
The Enhanced Battle Test Mod lets you test out battles locally using a variety of unit configurations. The mod supports up to three troop types for each team involved alongside a variety of maps including sergeant, skirmish, and tdm maps. You can download it from Nexus Mods.
Screamerlord - Command Soldiers with Your Voice Mod
The Screamerlord - Command soldiers with your voice Mod targets those players who want a cleaner HUD while retaining the ability to tell their troops where to go and what to do. While not a mod in the traditional sense, the files within are actually two custom profiles for the VoiceAttack software that enables voice-activated control in various apps and games. Find it on Nexus Mods.
Developer Console Mod
You don't need to be a medieval detective to figure out what Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord's Developer Console Mod does. Simply boot up the game and you should notice a new Open Console option in your main menu. Click it and you'll have access to the title's developer console which opens the way to abilities you wouldn't regularly have in a normal playthrough. Download it from Nexus Mods.
PureVision Reshade Mod
The PureVision Reshade Mod brings a number of visual enhancements to Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, resulting in more vibrant colours throughout the entirety of Calradia, as well as better antialiasing, ambient occlusion, global illumination and more. Get it from Nexus Mods.
BannerEditor Enhancer Mod
The BannerEditor Enhancer Mod expands upon the available options when creating your in-game banner. Installing it gives you access to more logos and colors, including a very strident shade of pink, as pictured above. Find it on Nexus Mods.
Mixed Gender Troops Mod
By default, you'll only find a handful of recruitable female units in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord. The Mixed Gender Troops Mod changes that, giving players the option of turning some or all of the units encountered in-game into female variants. You can either opt for all-female armies or go with, as the mod's name suggests, mixed-gender troops while also being able to select a preferred ratio of female units. The same can be applied to bandit armies but also lords, merchants and other notable characters like village leaders. Topping things off is an option that turns all equipped helmets invisible. Get it on Nexus Mods.
NPC Revamp Mod
Explore Calradia enough and you're bound to bump into some character whose faces are tired of doing the whole human thing. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord's NPC Revamp Mod aims to rework these character's faces, although without aiming to make all the NPCs look beautiful. As creator Vendarr puts it, the aim is to "give those faces character, correct unrealistic proportions and make them fit my tastes as far as those sliders allow". Currently, users of this mod can expect at least 35 reworked faces. Download it from Nexus Mods.
Heirloom Sword for Commander Start Mod
The Heirloom Sword for Commander Start Mod adds extra flavor to characters who spend their time growing up in a commander's staff. The Heirloom Sword is an addition that also makes characters a tad stronger in Mount and Blade II: Bannerlord's early game, which could prove appealing to new players as they're getting familiar with the game. Find it on Nexus Mods.
The Woods of Battania - Battanian Troop Overhaul Mod
The Battanian Troop Overhaul Mod introduces new upgrade paths for Battanian Volunteers which offer more ranged options. At the same time, non-ranged units have received slight nerfs in terms of effectiveness and armor to balance things out. Get it from Nexus Mods.
Start As An Imperial King Mod
As satisfying as working your way through the ranks of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord's medieval hierarchy from scratch can be, the lack of alternatives when it comes to starting scenarios is rather conspicuous. Enter the Start As An Imperial King Mod. Installing it lets you start the campaign as an imperial king that not only owns Epicrotea and two nearby castles but also has a well-rounded set of skills and a proper set of armor. The mod is especially great if you're planning a second playthrough as it lets you get to the meat of the game faster. Find it on Nexus Mods.
What's better than executing a lord you've long wanted dead? Getting their (sometimes expensive) gear for yourself. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord doesn't let you do that by default and that's where the LootLord Mod steps in. Installing it makes all the gear of lords you execute automatically transfer into your character's inventory, which is one small step towards improving immersion. The mod actually lets you pick whether you want gear to always transfer or you'd rather add an element of RNG and only have an enemy lord's gear be added to your inventory 50% of the time. Get it on Nexus Mods.
Expanded Bandits Mod
Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord's bandits can be a steady, if somewhat slow, source of renown and experience for troops. Especially early on, looters will likely be easy prey for a character with a horse and a bow. The Expanded Bandits Mod looks to shake things up a bit by not just giving looters two additional troop types to field but also by removing the restrictions on which troops can be part of all bandit parties. Aside from bringing more variety to Bannerlord's roaming menace, the mod also lets players increase the size of the bandit parties they encounter. Find it on Nexus Mods.
The Rulership Mod adds more flavor to being a king in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, allowing you to turn companions into vassals, giving them their own clans and fiefs. Thus, you'll not only have new armies led by vassals but also fewer fiefs to manage. Turning a companion into a vassal costs 50,000 denars, making it an activity more suited for the endgame. Download the mod from Nexus Mods.
Fast Dialogue Mod
The Fast Dialogue Mod doesn't take long to become a godsend, removing the unnecessary transitions from the world map and into full 3D scenes when engaging bandits and enemy lords. This means you'll no longer have to go through a loading screen just to let packs of doomed bandits know that you're about to attack them. Instead, you'll decide upon your course of action using menus on the world map, which greatly expedites the process. Find it on Nexus Mods.
Hideout Player Party Limit Removed Mod
Few things are more frustrating than attempting to clear bandit hideouts in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord, only to see that, after waiting for nightfall, the game picked a small number of your least useful troops for the job. The Hideout Player Party Limit Removed Mod gives you both the option of bringing your entire army into hideout clearing missions or set amounts of troops, increasing the chance of your upgraded units taking part. Download it from Nexus Mods.
Landing a killing blow is one of the most satisfying things in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord and the Dismemberment mod adds a feature that many players wish would be part of the main game. The mod makes it possible to chop off the heads of your opponents when dealing fatal cut damage with a left or right swing of your weapon. Currently, dismemberment only applies to heads, however, you can customize the chance of it occurring as well as whether or not it should be accompanied by slow motion. Find it on Nexus Mods.
Ralf's Recruiter Mod
Ralf's Recruiter Mod aims to make recruiting units for garrisons less of a burden, coming in handy especially when you own lots of settlements and castles. With it installed, you have the option of hiring a recruiter NPC from your castles and towns which then travels to settlements you're not at war with, recruiting units for you. Additionally, you can also choose the desired culture of your recruits alongside the number of denars that the recruiter has at their disposal. Download it from Nexus Mods.
Carladia at War (Custom Spawns) Mod
In between packs of villagers, bandits, caravans and roaming armies, Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord's map is usually rife with activity. The Calradia at War mod further adds to that by introducing a whopping 21 new minor factions, each with its own heroes, alongside 27 new spawns and 29 new troops. Installing the mod will also see new bandits roaming across Calradia. Grab it from Nexus Mods.
Fighting Together Relationship Mod
War is ever-present in Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord's Calradia and the Fighting Together Relationship Mod can turn it into a means of forging relationships. As you fight battles alongside other lords, your relationship with them changes: lead them and their troops to victory and you'll soon become battle-brothers; waste their soldiers' lives and they'll think less of you. Download it from Nexus Mods.