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Mercenary Syrian Armoured Elephants

For the right amount of silver you can see your enemies trampled into the ground.

War elephants were not battle-winning weapons on their own. They had to be used properly and given the right support if they were to break an enemy line and, with it, the will to fight on. Often, elephants were accompanied into battle by a screen of friendly skirmishers, whose job it was to keep them from being harassed by the enemy’s own light troops before charging. The sheer size of an elephant was enough to instil terror even before it hurled men away, impaled them on its tusks, or trampled them to death. Even in the best battle conditions elephants could be unpredictable: they often reacted angrily if their handlers were killed or wounded, but could also turn on those same men when the stress of battle pushed them to breaking point. However, sent forward at the right moment, war elephants could sweep away all before them. Indian elephants first came to the Middle East when Seleucus, one of Alexander the Great’s Successors, invaded India in 305BC. 500 war elephants were handed over as part of the peace treaty between the Seleucid dynasty and the Mauryans of India, and the Seleucids went on to breed many more from this initial stock. War elephants remained an important part of the Seleucid army until their defeat by the Romans at Magnesia in 190BC, following which they were forbidden from breeding more.

Mercenary Syrian Armoured Elephants

Unit Name

Mercenary Syrian Armoured Elephants

Main Unit Key

Mer_Syrian_Armoured_Elephants

Land Unit Key

Mer_Syrian_Armoured_Elephants

Naval Unit Key

pel_transport

Soldiers

24

Category

Elephants

Class

Elephant

Custom Battle Cost

1900

Recruitment Cost

1000

Upkeep Cost

750

Missile Damage

32

├ Missile Weapon

rome_javelin_elephant

├ Projectile

javelin_normal

├ Missile Damage

20

├ Missile Ap Damage

12

└ Base Reload Time

10

Accuracy

5

Range

80

Reload

15

Shots Per Minute

7

Ammunition

7

Melee Attack

64

Weapon Damage

60

├ Melee Weapon

tusks

├ Melee Damage Base

30

├ Melee Damage Ap

30

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

44

Melee Defence

24

├ Base Defence

24

├ Shield

none

└ Shield Defence

0

Armour

30

├ Armour

leather

├ Armour Defence

30

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

1205

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_medium

├ Man Health

40

├ Bonus Hit Points

15

├ Mount

syrian_elephants

├ Mount Entity

indian_armoured_elephant

└ Mount Health

1150

Base Morale

60

Abilities

Mercenary Syrian Armoured Elephants
  • Kill Elephants
    Elephant drivers will kill their mounts with spikes. To be used only if they run amok.
  • Stampede
    Charges are more effective for an extended time.
    Charge bonus
    Exertion: fatigue

Attributes

  • Mighty Knockback
    This unit causes extra damage when it knocks enemies back.
  • Resistant to Heat
    This unit tires less quickly in the desert.
  • Run Amok
    This unit may go crazy if it's under pressure.
  • Scare (everyone)
    This unit frightens all enemy units.
  • Immune to Fear
    This unit is immune to the fear effects of scary units.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Transport
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very slow speed
  • Weak ramming
Mercenary Syrian Armoured Elephants
  • Very good charge
  • High damage
  • Huge amount of hit points
  • Good morale

Empire Divided Mercenaries Pool

Mercenaries Pool
Empire Divided
No. Pool Province Region Initial Unit Count Chance To Replenish Max Replenish Per Turn Max Count
1 rom_province_pool_syria Palmyra Dura
Palmyra
0 0.75 1 2
2 rom_province_pool_syria Syria Antioch
Samosata
Tarsus
Thapsacus
0 0.75 1 2

Grand Campaign Mercenaries Pool

Mercenaries Pool
Grand Campaign
No. Pool Province Region Initial Unit Count Chance To Replenish Max Replenish Per Turn Max Count
3 rom_province_pool_syria Syria Palmyra
Dura
Tyros
Antioch
0 0.75 1 2
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