In Mount and Blade 2 Bannerlord, money is immensely important. With enough gold, you can recruit new soldiers and upgrade them to higher levels, buy better equipment for your characters, or upgrade your villages and castles. In other words, money will allow you to thrive. This page of the guide lists several ways to make money and answers the question how to make money in Bannerlord.
Hunting for bandits
In the world of the game, you will encounter many bandit groups - hunting them is a great way to earn money. If you think that you can easily defeat the nearest group - attack it. Defeated bandits will provide you with loot that you can sell. Along the way, your character and your soldiers will get some experience.
This mechanic combines well with the things described above. After winning a battle, you can get a chance to enslave some opponents - use blunt weapons to increase the chance of stunning enemies. Captured slaves can be sold in a city. The more experienced the slave, the more gold you will receive.
Are you having trouble selling captured enemies? Check out the "How to sell slaves?" page in our guide.
Looting villages can result in various loot - the raided settlements will yield gold and valuable items. Nevertheless, remember that attacking a village owned by a certain lord will deteriorate relations with him, as well as with the settlement. Moreover, there is a high probability that the owner of the settlement will arrive with a sizable party if you start looting his land.
There are two ways to raid. Destroying the entire village will give you the most loot. However, after that, the location will be inaccessible for some time. Intimidating peasants gives you less loot, but the village will continue to function.
In Mount and Blade 2, you can successfully apply the well-known trading principle - buy items cheaper, and sell them for higher amounts of money. The game uses a supply and demand system. Some products are less available in one region of the world and more common in another. You can apply this method and, for example, buy wheat in a quiet, thriving area, and sell it in a country beset by war and famine.
Completing a mission brings many benefits. You can take on tasks from various characters (lords or leaders of villages) - usually they involve defeating a group of bandits or delivering a letter to a specific location. By fulfilling the needs of the quest giver, you will earn some gold, as well as improve your relationship with them. However, you must remember that a failed mission can lead to a deterioration in the relationship.
A single fight in the arena won't provide you much gold - prizes range from a few to a few dozen gold coins. However, this way of earning gold has a big advantage - you have unlimited access to an arena. Besides, fighting in the arena has no risks - even if you get defeated, you lose nothing, and your health is instantly regenerated. This is a great way to earn some gold in a safe way and practice combat.
You don't know how to enter an arena? Check out "How to fight in the arena?" page.