Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
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Smooth the skill & level progression curves, making progression slightly slower in the early game and faster in mid/end game.

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This mod attempts to smooth both the skill and level progression curves. Skills level up slightly slower at low values, and faster at high values. Likewise, level-ups require less skill points at high levels (25+) whereas it's comparable to Vanilla in the early game. Overall, it just makes the progression faster.

Skill and Level Progression

There is two progression systems in Bannerlord:

  • The skill progression: you gain skills based on skill XP
  • The level progression: you gain levels based on skill points (i.e. skill XP without the influence of focuses)

This mod tries to smooth both curves, with the objective of reducing the mid/late game grind and slowing down the crazy progression in the very early game. More specifically, I replaced exponential growth by cubic growth. In Vanilla, you need more than 6M skill points to go from lvl 39 to lvl 40, which is more than the SP needed to go from lvl 0 to lvl 30. The goal is to make those high levels reachable for the player and the NPCs.

Progression Presets

I plotted each preset progression curve against the vanilla one. You can check the graphs in the Images section. For those who don't like graphs:

Skill Progression Presets vs. Vanilla

Slower
  • ~2 times more XP required to reach skill 50
  • ~30% less XP required to reach skill level 275

Smooth (default)
  • ~20% more XP required to reach skill level 50
  • ~50% less XP required to reach skill level 275

Faster
  • ~30% less XP required to reach skill level 50
  • ~70% less XP required to reach skill level 275

Level Progression Presets vs. Vanilla


Slower
  • ~2 times more SP required to reach level 10
  • ~20% less SP required to reach level 25
  • ~60% less SP required to reach level 35

Smooth (default)
  • ~50% more SP required to reach level 10
  • ~40% less SP required to reach level 25
  • ~70% less SP required to reach level 35

Faster
  • ~20% less SP required to reach level 10
  • ~60% less SP required to reach level 25
  • ~80% less SP required to reach level 35

Additional Attribute Points

This mod also provides a configuration setting to increase the frequency at which attribute points are distributed. Default is identical to Vanilla (1 each 4 lvl) as the faster level progression curve already provides the player with a sufficient amount of points.

Learning rates and limits are Vanilla.



Alternatives

Checkout Kaoses Tweaks, or Leveling Rebalance.

Dependencies

Harmony
Mod Configuration Menu

Credits

Bannerlord's Unofficial Tools & Resources (BUTR)

Source Code

https://github.com/OrangeBuffalo/SmoothLevelUp
Feel free to fork, contribute, or raise issues!

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