One of the ultimate goals of Game of Thrones: Conquest is to capture iconic Seats of Power. Seats of Power are defined as recognizable locations within Westeros. Examples include Winterfell, Casterly Rock, and of course, King's Landing. Capturing a Seat of Power not only shows off the prestige and might of your house but allows you to have a coveted yet defensible position. Holding a Seat of Power also gives you the ability to grant powerful titles and regional bonuses to the loyal bannermen who helped you get there.
How to Take a Seat of Power
The lowest level Seats of power may not require a large Allegiance, but in order to take over a larger Seat of Power, you must first be a Liege in an Allegiance. Make sure you’re attacking a Seat of Power appropriate for your level! The more Stars a seat has, the more powerful it is. Only King’s Landing has a 5-star difficulty.
If you’re starting off in a new Kingdom, all Seats of Power are controlled by an NPC house. Not all Seats of Power are initially open to attack, so keep an eye out for when new regions become available.
Every Seat of Power (with the exception of King’s Landing) must be defeated a total of six times in order to completely take it over. King’s Landing requires ten full defeats. Its also important to note that Seats of Power will effectively "heal" over time, depending on how long it takes to defeat it. Therefore, there is a chance it will take more than six defeats if the attacks are spread out over an extended period of time. To completely defeat a Seat of Power, all of your enemy's troops must be destroyed and damage must be done to their wall. Defeating the strongest Seats of Power requires rallying your best troops. Once their wall is damaged six times, that Seat of Power now becomes open for the taking!
Once you have taken a Seat of Power, 25% of the wall health will return automatically and the rest will regenerate over time. Keep in mind that the wall health value for a Seat of Power is much higher than a normal keep, so unless you have buffs to increase your wall health recovery speed, it can take several days to return to full health.
All Seats of Power require a player to have a strong allegiance. The number of stars the Seat has will indicate the difficulty and the number of bannermen needed to take the seat. Once you own a Seat, if you ever fall below the number of bannermen required, you can still keep the Seat, but you will lose the Ownership Bonus until you can recruit more followers.
Holding any given Seat of Power can grant the owner multiple bonuses. Similar to Region Bonuses (noted below) these bonuses vary depending upon the location.
For example, if you have taken over the city of Storm’s End in The Stormlands, you would have the title “Lady or Lord Paramount of the Stormlands.” This title grants the owner a bonus to Ranged Attack, March Speed vs Creatures, Research Speed, and Troops Converted to Wounded.
The next time you take a look at a Seat of Power, see what bonuses are given out for holding it!
A Liege’s direct bannermen can be granted powerful titles. These titles provide bonuses to the bannerman who holds it. In order to bestow a title upon one of your bannermen, the must meet these two requirements:
- They must be a “direct” bannermen and hold you as their Liege.
- They must not hold Seats of Power of their own.
Titles vary almost as much as individual Seats of Power. Here is an example from King’s Landing:
- Landed Knight of King’s Landing - Troop attack bonus
- Bannerman of King’s Landing - Wood production bonus
- Master of War - Ranged defense increase
- Master of Whispers - Troop health increase
- Hand of the King - Rallied troop capacity increase
- Master of Coin - Increases gold gathering rate
Members of an Allegiance controlling a given Seat of Power can receive different bonuses for being within the sphere of influence granted by that location. It doesn't matter who owns a Seat of Power in an Allegiance; everyone in their Allegiance will be granted regional bonuses if their keep is close enough to their Seat of Power.
Regional bonuses vary, and can be things like:
- March speed increases
- Lower costs for healing and recruiting troops
- Bonuses to resource gathering
- Increased troop power
- Increased Keep defense
- And more!
There are many reasons to give up your Seat of Power. Perhaps you have grown weary of leadership and would like to give someone else in your allegiance a turn. Or better yet, you’ve conquered an even better Seat of Power and are eager to move in. Whatever the reason, players have the option to leave their Seat whenever they wish.
Once you leave a Seat of Power, your allegiance has 3 minutes available where no one else can take it. Plan accordingly! Anyone else in the allegiance can now take over that Seat, but keep in mind the number of bannermen required to gain the Ownership Bonus. If no one takes over that Seat of Power within that time, it reverts back to the original NPC owner.
Once someone else in your Allegiance has taken that Seat of Power, that 3-minute peace shield expires immediately. 72 hours must pass before that Seat of Power can be granted a 3-minute peace shield again. A message will pop up to warn you if the seat has been abdicated in the last 72 hours and you will not get the Allegiance Shield if you continue to abdicate after this warning. If that Allegiance member decides to abdicate anyway, that Seat of Power will revert back to the original NPC owner.
Abdicating your Seat of Power will remove all of its bonuses, recall all Titles you have bestowed, and remove the regional benefits from your Allegiance. Abdicate wisely!