Manor Lords Settlement
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How to upgrade your settlement level in Manor Lords

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Your Manor Lords settlement may start out small, but you’ll eventually expand your influence and have acres upon acres of land to your name. You’ll need to fulfill some strict requirements to upgrade and expand your settlement, however.

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If you want to earn Development Points to unlock special equipment and buildings, then you’ll need to upgrade your settlement level by meeting specific criteria at various stages of the game. These are things that you’ll want to do anyway in Manor Lords, but make sure you don’t neglect certain buildings like churches or else you’ll be stuck with a small village for hours.

How to Increase Your Manor Lords Settlement Level

Manor Lords Upgrade Settlement Requirements
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To upgrade your Manor Lords settlement, hover over your settlement’s name with the mouse and check out the requirements. You typically need to upgrade your Burgage Plots to certain levels in order to progress to the next settlement level, but things are more complicated than they seem since Burgage Plots require a ton of things before they can get upgraded.

Marketplaces, churches, and supplies are all required if you want to upgrade your Burgage Plots and, in turn, increase your settlement level in Manor Lords. These are all easy enough to build, though, but you may need to construct more level one Burgage Plots to attract new workers to your village if you want to gather all of the necessary crafting materials yourself.

Settlement level upgrades only happen so often in Manor Lords, so make sure to have a plan in place and know what you want to spend your Development Points on early. If you’re in need of fuel, for example, then you may want to choose Charcoal Burning to unlock the Charcoal Kiln. If you need food to survive the winter, then Trapping or Forest Management will increase the amount of Berries and Meat you can harvest.

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Currently serving as a Senior Staff Writer at PC Invasion, Diego Perez has been writing about video games since 2018, specializing in live service games like Destiny and Final Fantasy XIV. His work is featured at publications like Game Rant and Attack of the Fanboy (where he served as Associate Editor), but PC Invasion is home to his best work. When he's planning content or writing guides, he's yelling about Ape Escape or grinding Lost Sectors in Destiny. Plus, he has a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media Studies for Texas A&M University.