While fighting the various wars you will have to fight in Mount & Blade II Bannerlord, you’re going to need strong troops at your back. As the commander of your own kingdom or clan, you will need lots of them as well. Special units In Mount & Blade II Bannerlord are a big part of the real meat of any army in the game. Sure, the cannon fodder units are great for adding bulk, but it’s a real quality over quantity question in many battles, as you will usually be outnumbered by some degree in many fights.
To recruit special units In Mount & Blade II Bannerlord you will need to head to the nexus for most other activity in the game, the taverns. The companions and other special units will be part of your retinue once they are recruited, but be warned that they can be quite expsnsive.
Some of the units can only be recruited by visiting certain areas at the right time. When you pop into a village or castle, be sure to check out what units they have for recruitment. If it’s a unit you have not seen before, it might be worthwhile to grab them while you can. There is no guarantee that this special unit will be back next time you’re in town.
It’s important to check stats though. Even though a Master Thug is a rare unit spawn, and will only be recruitable once you have an Expert Thug that can level into a Master Thug, the rarity alone isn’t enough. This unit is one example of several in Mount & Blade II Bannerlord that actually has really poor stats for attack and defense despite being a rarity.
You can make up for some of the shortfall by recruiting large groups of cheaper units, but this will take time to do properly. As you increase your Clan Tier and unlock a bigger army, this will more of a viable approach.