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Mercenary Persian Archers Mercenaries Missile Infantry

Mercenary Persian Archers

Any Persian worth his salt can use a bow in battle.

Very few Persians were professional soldiers and, apart from the earlier elite Achaemenid Immortals and some mercenary hoplites, none were formally trained or drilled. Instead, troops were levied by rich land owners as an obligation during times of war. Levied infantry included slingers, archers and javelin throwers, all wearing little armour but some with shields for protection. As might be expected due to the local terrain, cavalry was an important component in an eastern army, and several types were raised. Lighter cavalry wore iron or bronze scale armour over a tunic; these mounted warriors carried javelins and a sword but had no shield. Horse archers were used to wear down infantry with fast, ruthless attacks. Heavy cavalry included a royal bodyguard. The Parthians, and later the Sassanid Persians, developed all-over horse armour to protect their valued steeds as well as the fearsome cataphract warriors. These were as armoured as any late medieval knight.

Mercenary Persian Archers

Unit Name

Mercenary Persian Archers

Main Unit Key

3c_Mer_Persian_Archers

Land Unit Key

3c_Mer_Persian_Archers

Naval Unit Key

3c_pel_transport

Soldiers

120

Category

Missile Infantry

Class

Missile Infantry

Custom Battle Cost

270

Recruitment Cost

270

Upkeep Cost

200

Missile Damage

35

├ Missile Weapon

rome_recurve_bow

├ Projectile

arrow_recurve

├ Missile Damage

31

├ Missile Ap Damage

4

└ Base Reload Time

12

Accuracy

5

Range

150

Reload

18

Shots Per Minute

6

Ammunition

15

Melee Attack

9

Weapon Damage

24

├ Melee Weapon

rome_shortsword

├ Melee Damage Base

20

├ Melee Damage Ap

4

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

0

├ Bonus vs Elephants

0

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

4

Melee Defence

13

├ Base Defence

13

├ Shield

none

└ Shield Defence

0

Armour

10

├ Armour

cloth

├ Armour Defence

10

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

50

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_very_light_fast

├ Man Health

40

└ Bonus Hit Points

10

Base Morale

30

Abilities

No Ability

Attributes

  • Resistant to Fatigue
    Fatigue has less of an effect on this unit.
  • Hide (scrub & forest)
    This unit can hide in scrub and forest until enemy units get too close.
  • Resistant to Heat
    This unit tires less quickly in the desert.

Strengths & Weaknesses

Transport
  • Very poor hull strength
  • Very slow speed
  • Weak ramming
Mercenary Persian Archers
  • Long range
  • Average rate of fire
  • Good damage but low armour penetration
  • Very weak in melee
  • Very poor morale

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1 3c_province_pool_aria_and_gedrosia Aria Amul
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3 3c_province_pool_aria_and_gedrosia Gedrosia Oraea
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1 0.15 1 4
4 3c_province_pool_persia Carmania Bam
Harmozia
1 0.15 1 4
5 3c_province_pool_persia Media Magna Arsakia
Ekbatana
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1 0.15 1 4
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Nisa
Susia
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1 0.15 1 4
8 3c_province_pool_persia Persis Gor
Persepolis
Susa
1 0.15 1 4
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