One of the biggest features of Stronghold Crusader 2 is popularity.
Popularity is crucial to build your Stronghold and attract peasants because without them, your castle will be utterly useless, which is why we have created this guide to explain the ways you can gain popularity.
Stronghold Crusader 2 Popularity Tips
There are total of five ways to gain popularity in Stronghold Crusader 2 and we will explain each one of them in detail in our guide!
Give Gold To Your Peasants
Giving gold to your peasants will certainly attract a lot of people and in turn help you create a new kingdom for yourself.
However, gold that you are giving away to the people will go straight from your reserves, which will affect your future planning as you will have no money left to do anything else.
So before you decide to award gold to your people, think about it carefully.
Give Food To Your Peasants
There are total of four types of food in Stronghold Crusader 2, and if you keep on giving one type of food to the people, they will be satisfied, but if you take one step further and give them an amalgam of food, then your popularity will increase at a very fast pace, but before you do that, make sure that you have enough food available in your reserves.
Give Ale to Your Peasants
The giving away of Ale works just like the food, as you will need to create hops on the green areas on the map, and then you have to make a brewery where the actual stuff is made.
After that, you just need to give the created ales to the people, and your popularity will start to increase.
Another great and simple way to get popularity is by providing free beds to your people and to do that, you will need to create houses, which is the fastest way to increase population and get some popularity.
The trick is to build houses as near to your castle as possible, because it will increase the amount of free beds available.
Provide Services of Church/Mosque
For this to work, you will need to produce Candles, and after you have enough candles, you will be granted an option to create either a Mosque or a Church in your area. Building these religious places will attract peasants, and will also increase your popularity.
Random events are out of your control in single player, and they can either help you gain popularity or it can totally ruin your popularity.
For example, a locust swarm came and destroyed all the crops, leaving you without any source of food. Now, the people have nothing left to eat, so they will turn against you, and your popularity will decrease.
However, during Mulitplayer, Skirmish and Free Build Modes, you will have the option of turning these random events off.
These are the different ways to increase your population and popularity in Stronghold Crusader 2. If you have any question pertaining to this guide, feel free to ask in the comments below!