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Manor Lords: How to Set Up a Trade Route

Players can establish trade routes in Manor Lords to import and export valuable resources. Fortunately, it’s not that complicated to do.

Trade is an essential part of Manor Lords. It allows players to generate income or purchase rare resources that further benefit their growing settlements. Fortunately, for the most part, trade in Manor Lords is straightforward. However, establishing trade routes, which you’ll need to do in order to obtain certain items, is a little complicated. Fortunately, we’ve broken it all down for you below.

How to Set Up a Trade Route in Manor Lords

To set up a trade route in Manor Lords, you first need to construct a Trading Post. Next, assign a family to it and choose which items you want to import or export. In the Trading Post menu, you’ll then need to click the horse carriage icon to the far right of whatever item you wish to import or export. Don’t worry; it’s not a complicated process, and we’ll break it all down for you below.

The first step is to build a Trading Post. This doesn’t cost any resources but should be built near the center of your town or close to where the majority of your industry happens. Make sure there are plenty of accessible roads near it also, as this will allow merchants to access it quicker. Once you’ve built the Trading Post, assign a family to it. Your next step is to decide what you want to export and import.

Trading Post in Manor Lords
The Trading Post in Manor Lords

How to Import and Export Items in Manor Lords

To import or export items in Manor Lords, you need to open the Trading Post and select the drop-down menu where it says No Trade. Switch that to Import or Export, and you’ll start trading those items. If it says a route is required, this is when you need to establish a trade route. Select the horse carriage symbol to the right of the item to set up a trade route. This will allow you to either export or import that item. The cost to establish the trade route is next to the horse carriage symbol. It typically costs 10 – 30 coins to set up a trade route. We’ll break down all of this in the steps below:

  • Open up the Trading Post menu
  • Select the No Trade drop-down menu and switch it to “Export” or “Import”
    • Export means you’ll be sending your stock to traders in exchange for money. Import means you’ll be paying traders to bring you that resource.
  • If it says “Route required,” then click the horse carriage symbol to the right.
    • This will cost you a certain amount of gold, which is stated next to the horse carriage symbol.
  • Set the number of how much you wish to import or export
    • For exporting, you’ll need to choose how much of your stock you wish to have left over. This is called surplus
      • If you are exporting, we suggest setting the surplus to half of what you produce. That way, you’ll always have reserves if you end up needing them.
    • For importing, you’ll need to choose how much you want to buy
  • No matter how much you choose to export or import, this will happen every so often.
    • So, if you’re importing a resource, you’ll continue to be charged for it so long as you have it set to import
  • Once you’re done importing or exporting, switch it back to No Trade
The trading menu in Manor Lords
The drop down menu (left) and the trade route button (right)

You’ll likely want to import weapons and armor if you don’t know how to make them yourself. For items like this, you’ll need a trade route. However, for most regular resources, such as food and fuel, you won’t need to pay to set up a trade route. You can just start importing or exporting as soon as you have a Trading Post built. Additionally, you can generate a passive amount of fuel and food by increasing your settlement level and purchasing foreign market stands.

That’s everything you need to know about establishing trade routes in Manor Lords. For more guides just like this one, be sure to check out our Guide Hub.

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