The Bishop
Personal Information
Real Name The Bishop
Nicknames None
Appears on Stronghold 2
Physical Information
Gender Male
Strategical Information
Difficulty Medium
Melee Troops Spearmen


Ranged Troops Crossbowmen
Siege Engines Catapults


The Bishop is a character appearing in Stronghold 2. He is also featured as an AI opponent in the Deluxe version's Kingmaker mode.

Appearance and personalityEdit

The Bishop is an aged man, who wears a light, white robe and a bishop's mitre. Sometimes he is seen wearing a more detailed church robe with various imprintings on it. He does not wield any weapons.

The Bishop is a naturally very religious man, who devotes his life to the church. He controls an army in the light of God, threatening any enemies with excommunication and extermination, if they not comply. The Bishop rejects heresy and is poised to deliver justice, cleansing the land from impurity. He is formal in style and is not easily deterred.


The Bishop is in charge of the Catholic church, working at Lady Seren's Abbey. He is responsible for control, as well as holding the ceremonies necessary for the church.

Path of WarEdit

The Blue PathEdit

The Bishop appears as a defendant of the King's legitimate rule. When Lord Barclay attempts to siege the Abbey, the Bishop takes measures to undermine his efforts. He leads a mission and successfully retrieves and safeguards the Holy Scepter, one of the most important ceremonial tools, which is necessary to coronate the next king.

The Green PathEdit

Lord Barclay and Matthew Steele attack the Abbey, killing Lady Seren and threatening the church's lands. The Bishop appears ready to sign the pact of Barclay, who tries to usher himself in as new king. However, Steele intervenes and forces a new edict that declares one king, if they present the crown to the church. Barclay reluctantly approves.

The attack on the Abbey causes uprisings in the country. While the Hawk is busy making an end to them, Barclay uses the church to denounce the King and declare him a heretic. The church also holds the ceremony for Steele's coronation in the end.

Castles and strategiesEdit

The Bishop is a moderately aggressive opponent, who relies on his economy more than any other character. He makes use of leather armour and the power of the church to prevail.


The Bishop surrounds his territory with a tight walling and a single small gatehouse. His designs have no towers, however he builds simple thick walls on the corners, atop which he stations crossbowmen. The castle itself is hard to run over with units, as the entirety of the outside is surrounded by moat and lots of spike traps.


The Bishop's economy is all-round, featuring a low number of quarries and mines. He produces most food outside bread and heavily uses religion to provide high taxes. He is most reliant on weapons production, not buying in weapons at all. He also builds the Lord's kitchen and supplies it with wine.

Unit compositionsEdit

The Bishop uses a small variety of barracks units. He likes to operate from short range and uses cheap troops backed with an extensive weapons production.

How to deal withEdit

Defense Edit

Have a number of archers and swordsmen ready. Instruct your troops to engage macemen. Crossbowmen will be too slow to catch up and operate, so just take out them outside their range. The catapults and the lone trebuchet can be disposed of by your archers and wandering units.


Since the Bishop builds tightly, you will have to face almost everyone in the castle. Thankfully, they are not that many and the castle lacks defensive engines. A ladder attack is convenient, but sacrifices some soldiers. Bring some cats and a good-sized army. Pick a corner (yes, to attract as few crossbowmen as possible) and start digging. Send in a few spearmen or armed peasants beforehand to trigger traps. When a section is cleared, move in with melee troops to kill the guards, then scale the walls with your missile troops. Then fire at will and move in for the kill.


For the Bishop's quotes see: The Bishop/Quotes


  • The Bishop's lord animation does not include a sprite when he is fighting, therefore he always appears as idle. The lord turning to attacking soldiers will indicate that he is fighting.
  • The Bishop has a similar voice to Sir Grey.
Stronghold 2 Characters
Kingmaker Sir WilliamSir GreyThe KingLady SerenEdwinThe HawkThe BullOlafThe Hammer
The QueenThe Bishop
Campaign-only Matthew SteeleFriar JacobConstable Briggs

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