There are three types of Holy sites in Rise of Kingdoms that give buffs to the alliance who owns them: Sanctums, Altars, and Shrines. Passes are holy sites that allow alliance members to move from one region to another as well as to use Targeted Teleports between their current location and another region connected by an owned pass. The Lost Temple is a very special site, the of the alliance who controls the temple becomes King. Sanctums, altars, and shrines are open for contending every 3 days. During this period, all alliances are able to attack a sanctum, altar, or shrine as long as they have Territory touching them, and an alliance gains control of the site if they occupy and hold it for 4 hours.
Note: the same types of site's buffs do not stack. Having two Earth Altars doesn't give you +10% building speed, only +5% building speed is given.
Found in zone 1. There are 70 sanctums in total. Four zone one regions have twelve sanctums and two have eleven. All units who are severely wounded during altar battles will be sent to the hospital.
- Sanctum of Courage = Commander EXP Gain +10%
- Sanctum of Wind = March Speed +5%
- Sanctum of Blood = Troop Health 2%
- Sanctum of Hope = Gathering Speed +5%
Found in zone 1. There are 37 altars total. Five zone one regions have six altars and one has seven. All units who are severely wounded during altar battles will be sent to the hospital.
- Earth Altar = Building Speed +5%
- Wisdom Altar = Research Speed +5%
- Harvest Altar = Resource Production +10%
- Storm Altar = Training Speed +5%
- Surge Altar = Troop defense +3%
- Flame Altar = Troop Attack +3%
Found in zone 2. There are three shrines per zone 2 region for a total of nine. Half of the units who are severely wounded during shrine battles will die immediately. Shrines can be attacked by rallied armies containing a maximum of 1.5 million units.
- Shrine of Order = Troop defense +3% and Troop Health +3%
- Shrine of Honor = Rallied Army Attack +5% and Gathering Speed +5%
- Shrine of Radiance = Action Point Recovery +20% and Healing Speed +20%
- Shrine of War = Troop Attack +3% and Training Speed +10%
Passes have an initial protection period, as the kingdom evolves the protection for each zone's passes is removed in order of zone 1 passes, then zone 2, then zone 3, then zone 4, 5, and 6 in Kingdom versus Kingdom. Once the protection period has ended any alliance can take control of a pass by having territory that touches it and then by fighting the garrison neutral troops in the pass. After a pass has been taken the first time any alliance can gain control of a pass by having territory touching it and simply occupying it if it is empty, or by fighting the owner alliance's armies that have reinforced it; no fighting of neutral troops is required after the initial occupation.
The Lost Temple
Found in zone 4. The temple is open for contending every 7 days, and an alliance must occupy and hold the temple for 8 hours to gain control of it. All units who are severely wounded during Lost Temple battles will die, except for battling the barbarian garrison during the first occupation.
The leader of the alliance who controls the lost temple becomes the King of the kingdom and allows the alliance to give out powerful buffs and debuffs through Titles to any governor in the kingdom. Kingdom-wide buffs for building speed, research speed, training speed, and resource production can be activated once a day. Gifts can be given out by the king once per week, one Legendary Trophy, two Epic Trophy, five Elite Trophy, and ten Advanced Trophy.
Troops Guarding The Kingdom Holy Sites
Taking control of a site or pass
|Holy Site Type||Commanders||Commander Rarity||Commander Star Level||Commander Abilities||Troops|
|Sanctums||Calvin||Rare||0||Barbarian Charge: Immediately deals massive damage to a single target. Level: 1||up to 252K of a random single type of t1 unit (Archers, Cavalry, Infantry)|
|Altars||Calvin||Rare||1||Barbarian Charge: Immediately deals massive damage to a single target. Level: 2||up to 600K of a random single type of t2 unit (Archers, Cavalry, Infantry)|
|Shrines||Calvin||Rare||1||Barbarian Charge: Immediately deals massive damage to a single target. Level: 3||up to 2 million tier 3 infantry units inside them.|
|Commanders||Commander Rarity||Commander Star Level||Commander Ability 1||Commander Ability 2||Commander Ability 3||Commander Ability 4||Troops|
|The High Priest||Legendary||5||Untouchable:
When temple garrison strength drops to 80%, 50%, and 20%, summons a group of Level 50 supreme guardians who will attack nearby enemies. (Supreme guardians have extremely high attack and deal increasingly high damage as time goes on.)
|Power of Faith:
When temple garrison strength drops to 65% and 35%, summons a group of Level 50 Believers. (Believers do not attack, but will restore a massive amount of temple garrison strength (25%) the moment they reach the temple.)
Increases attack by 2% every 10 seconds. (This effect can stack a maximum of 100 times. (Totaling up to 200% increased attack.))
|Fury of the Ancients:
Deals massive damage (Damage Factor 700) to a single target.)
|2 million tier 5 archers, Royal Crossbowmen.|
|Pass Level||Commanders||Commander Rarity||Commander Star Level||Commander Ability||Troops|
|1||Calvin||Rare||1||Barbarian Charge: Immediately deals massive damage to a single target. Level: 3||up towards 500K tier 2 Infantry|
|2||Calvin||Rare||1||Barbarian Charge: Immediately deals massive damage to a single target. Level: 4||Level 2 passes contain up towards 1M tier 3 troops (infantry or cavalry).|
|3||Calvin||Rare||1||Barbarian Charge: Immediately deals massive damage to a single target. Level: 5||2 million tier 4 infantry units.|
Guardians that spawn at a site
Suggested troops and experience gained
Sanctum guardians: 10K tier 1. 2.5K experience.
Altar guardians: 15K tier 2. 4K experience.
Shrine guardians: 30K tier 3. 7K experience.
Temple guardians: 35K tier 4. 10K experience.
Lost Kingdom Holy Sites
Holy Sites in the lost kingdom operate in much the same way as shrines, altars, passes, and sanctums, and has a central structure which is instead named the Great Ziggurat. The difference here is that occupying a holy site will grant kingdom and alliance honour points continuously. There are also Passes in the Lost Kingdom and they go up to level 7.
Crusader Fortresses and Crusader Camps
These sites are found in zone 4, where there is a Crusader Fortress and 4 Crusader Camps, meaning a total of 9 Crusader Fortresses, 1 per kingdom, and 36 Crusader Camps.
- Crusader Camp = +25% Gathering Speed.
Finishing development of the Crusader Fortress will allow the occupying alliance to select a unique territory colour for all alliance territory of that kingdom in the Lost Kingdom.
Hierons are found in zone 5, and are essentially the Sanctums of the Lost Kingdom, for a total of 16 hierons.
- Hieron of Steel = Troop Defense +5%
- Hieron of Thorns = Troop Attack +5%
Sanctuaries are found in zone 5, and are essentially the Altars of the Lost Kingdom, for a total of 4 sanctuaries.
- Sanctuary = March Speed +10%
Circles are found in zone 6, and are essentially the Shrines of the Lost Kingdom, for a total of 12 circles.
- Circle of Defense = +20% Reinforcement Capacity, +20% Watchtower damage
- Circle of Vitality = +30% Healing Speed, +10% Hospital Capacity
- Circle of Nature = Counterattack Damage Taken Reduction 10%, Action Point Recovery +20%
- Circle of Courage = All Damage +3%, Rallied Army Capacity +10%
Ancient Ruins, Altars of Darkness and Citadels
However, Ancient Ruins, Altars of Darkness and Citadels are structures that are occupied instead by having only troops of 1 alliance within its borders, and having all barbarians within the borders of the site defeated.
Ancient Ruins and Altars of Darkness
Ancient Ruins (zone 5) and Altars of Darkness (zone 6) can be contested once every 2 days, and can only be occupied for a short period, 1 hour for the Ancient Ruins, and 2 hours for Altars of Darkness. These sites continuously grant honour points and experience to 1 march of a governor's troops within the site. Barbarian forces will spawn within the site every few minutes. There are 2 Ancient Ruins per zone 5, for a total of 8, and 1 Altar of Darkness per zone 6, for a total of 4.
Citadels, when occupied, will attack the occupying forces of the Great Ziggurat directly. There are 4 Citadels, all in zone 7 bordering the Great Ziggurat.
Located in zone 7, this is the equivalent of the Lost Temple in the Lost Kingdom, occupying this site gives:
- +3% All Damage
- 3% All Damage Taken Reduction
Troops Guarding The Lost Kingdom Holy Sites
|Pass Level||Commander||Commander Star Level||Commander Rarity||Troops||Troop Type|
|4||Shaman lelienielele (Calvin)||5||Epic||up to 3,000,000||Royal Crossbowman|
|Zone||Type of holy site||Commander||Commander Star Level||Commander Rarity||Troops|
|4||Crusader Camp||Shaman||5||Advanced||2 Million Tier 5 Cavalry units (Royal Knight)|
|4||Crusader fortress||Greater Shaman||5||Elite||3 Million Tier 5 Cavalry units (Royal Knight)|
|5||Hieron||Shaman in vain||5||Advanced||3 Million Tier 5 infantry units|
|5||Sanctuary||Shaman ienderient||5||Elite||3 Million Tier 5 infantry units|
|6||Circle||Greater Shaman||5||Epic||4.5 Million Tier 5 infantry units|
|7||Great Ziggurat||Primary Commander:
|7.5 Million Tier 5 infantry units|
|Commanders||Star Level||Active Skill||Passive Skill 1||Passive Skill 2||Passive Skill 3|
Deals massive damage (Damage Factor 3000) to enemies in a circular area around the base of the Ziggurat.
If this skill affects less than 3 targets, all damage dealt is increased by 100% for 30 seconds.
|Practice Makes Perfect:
After using a skill, reduces rage required to use the next skill by 100.
|Call of the Righteous:
Summons a group of lvl 53 believers to reinforce the Great Ziggurat whenever Great Ziggurat garrison strength is reduced by 3%. (Believers do not attack, but will restore a massive amount of garrison strength the moment they reach the Great Ziggurat.)
Deals massive damage (Damage Factor 3500) to the target.
Heals 5% (375,000 troops) of the units led by this commander every time they defeat an enemy army.
|Call of the Righteous:
Summons a group of lvl 53 Supreme guardians to actively attack nearby targets once Great Ziggurat garrison strength is reduced to 35% (Guardians have extremely high attack, and their damage will increase over time.)
During battle Heals 100% of the units led by this commander every 360 seconds (6 minutes).