Willem van der Mark
Willem van der Mark
Difficulty Easy
Icon Willem icon

Even though Willem is the hardest opponent of the easy difficulty, this elderly gentleman is looking for his daughter, not a fight. However watch your back in the addon if he gains usage of Sabotage as he can perform nasty actions against you (+75 difficulty).[1]

Willem is impressed by expansion, and you will gain reputation with him by simply building harbors or making your settlement more impressive than his. He also likes you more if you interact with Cuno. However, he dislikes you if you settle his islands, trade with Hassan bin Sahid or if you can't keep up with him. As a diplomat, he may also use Espionage if he is on bad terms and his cities have an espionage defense bonus.

Traits: Balanced, Diplomat

Building Speed: Slow

Civilization Level limited to player (does not include Nomads and Envoys): Yes, sometimes

Trade Emphasis: Medium

Military Difficulty: Easy

Espionage: Yes

Espionage Purpose: Mostly Espionage Defense, Scouting

Demands Tribute: Yes (rarely)

Tribute Range: Symbolic

Diplomacy Difficulty: Medium

Favorite Enemy: None (Though he becomes annoyed by Leif)

Favorite Ally: Helena Flores, Giovanni di Mercante

Favorite Goods: Tools, Mosaic, Coffee

Willem's in-game color is pale Gray


  1. Prima Official Dawn of Discovery Guide. p. 35-36.