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The Monarch is the playable character in the Kingdom series. The Monarch runs the Kingdom by traversing it upon their mount, and organising the work of their subjects, using coins with the power of the Crown.


The King wears the Crown and a coloured cape while the Queen wears the Tiara and coloured dress.

Players choose their monarch's appearance when first starting the game. By pressing the S or button (or by tapping the screen in the mobile version) during the loading screen, sex, skin colour, and the colour of the cape or dress will be randomised, letting the player decide on their preference. Once selected, players cannot change their character unless they start a new game.

Players also get their character a banner with random tinctures, ordinaries and charge after they establish a camp in game. The colour of the banner will be the same with the colour of the character's cape or dress.

PC & console – The pause screen allows the player to alter the banner manually. For details, see Coat of arms.

16?format=original Two Crowns co-op – There is no way to customize the appearance of the second player. They will just get their characteristics randomized when they join the campaign for the first time.

16?format=original Dead Lands – It's not possible to customize the appearance of Miriam, the starter Monarch. This cosmetic customization has been replaced with the possibility of changing Monarchs.


For how to control the Monarch, see: Controls § Game controls.

While in most real-time strategy games players have a godlike view of the battlefield, with zoom out features and minimaps through which they can spam commands at the rate of their actions per minute, players in Kingdom have to manage their subjects by embodying the Ruler on the ground with their physical, spatial, and temporal limitations.


Historical context
Except for the Queen of the United Kingdom, no monarch in History has lasted forever, but their kingdom remained for generations, and some even for centuries. In most monarchies this happens through the hereditary succession of monarchs, in which a king or queen is succeeded by their descendants, the royal lineage. The heir or heiress inheriting the crown becomes the new monarch, perpetuating the dynastic period.[1]
Again, the Monarchs will try to last...[2] 

In the Kingdom series, when players start a new run, the quote appearing in the introduction scene suggests that there's some sort of liaison between the Monarch that lost the Crown and the newcomer. Based on real life historical references, they could have the same royal blood, following a vertical inheritance, but there's not enough in-game clues to assert that. They could be:

  • part of the same clan, family or dinasty
    (most probable, considering rulers with the same coat of arms)
  • from independent kingdoms, and part of a major empire
    (successors with different emblems)
  • part of a vague metaphysical alliance, or human consciousness
    (monarchs venturing onto completely exotic settings)

In Kingdom: Classic the concept of clan isn't too clear, seeing that, as stated in the very first quote of the introduction scene, monarchs are "solitary". In New Lands the idea of succession incorporates significant hints with the introduction of the Ghost and the warhorse battlefield scene. In Two Crowns the existence of cooperative couples (being considered engaged or not), associated with the persistent islands, make the thought of a common kinship more plausible.

According to the introduction scene, the first Ruler of the Dynasty is "carrying the crown to a new land". This character is commonly controled by someone who is playing Kingdom for the first time. They have almost no knowledge of the land and its dangers. With or without the initial tutorial, they will inevitably make a lot of mistakes that cannot be canceled. No extra lives and checkpoints to reload.

The knowledge however is transmited to the next generations of Monarchs, by the player. The introduction scene says that the descendants "will do better". In Two Crowns the Ghost approaches them and proclaim the following enthusiastic compliment:

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You are my heir and the best chance to defeat them forever! 

...Which finally makes fully explicit the concept of succession between the Monarchs, and seals the overall goal they have in common.

Through the succession of monarchs, players experience that Dynasties aren't made of a single Ruler. They also understand that the most rich and beautiful Kingdoms are necessarily built over the failures of their ancestors. That none of the were or will be perfect; and none were expected to be. But they all may take advantage and honor the knowledge acquired and excelled throughout their many generations.


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Losing the Crown and continuing the same campaign with a Successor grants the "A New Heir" achievement.


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For the technical details of the multiplayer mode in Kingdom Two Crowns, see: Co-op.

Dead Lands[]

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Main article: Monarchs (Dead Lands).

Norse Lands[]

The Norse Lands setting is expected to have three different Monarchs with special mechanics and abilities.


  • So far there is no defeat where the Monarch outright dies, although they are implied to have died since the Ghost has the colour of the previous monarch's dress/cloak.



Date       Game Platf Version
Nov 3, 2020 16?format=original All 1.1.5
FIXED: a multiplayer bug where the joining ruler could lose their coins and gems while sailing away.
Apr 28, 2020 16?format=original All 1.1.0
NEW: Four monarchs with their own specific abilities replace the regular monarchs on Dead Lands.
BUG: On online co-op, whenever the 2nd Monarch (client) rejoins the campaign or when they travel to a new island, his/her pouch is completely emptied.

Dec 11, 2018 16?format=original All 1.0.0
3 monarch skins on Europe (1 male and 2 females) and 3 other on Shogun (2 males and 1 female), replaced the young king and the long hair queen skins.
Oct 21, 2015 Classic All 1.0.0
Introduced, w/ 2 skin options: a young king and a long hair queen.

See also[]


  1. Monarchy and Order of succession on Wikipedia.
  2. Sentence appearing in the introduction scene of a new run. The quote was featured for the first time using the plural form (Monarchs) in the Shogun teaser trailer, before the release of Kingdom Two Crowns in November 2018.