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Mercenary Persian Cataphracts

Persian cataphracts, the purest breed, can almost smash through city walls.

As you might expect due to its geographical origins, eastern cavalry had both Hellenic and Persian influences, with the more eastern states favouring the cataphract, where all-over heavy armour was used to protect both the rider and horse. The cataphract has its origins early in antiquity, in what is now Iran. Cataphract cavalry was designed to be a hammer in the tactical toolbox of eastern generals, penetrating enemy formations before outflanking and exploiting the resultant chaos. This was helped by the use of the wedge formation to smash through enemy lines. The Sassanids famously fielded the 'Zhayedan', a force of 10,000 strong cataphract riders, as shock troops to quickly and effectively decimate their opponents.

Mercenary Persian Cataphracts

Unit Name

Mercenary Persian Cataphracts

Main Unit Key

3c_Mer_Persian_Cataphracts

Land Unit Key

3c_Mer_Persian_Cataphracts

Naval Unit Key

3c_pel_transport

Soldiers

80

Category

Cavalry

Class

Shock Cavalry

Custom Battle Cost

825

Recruitment Cost

825

Upkeep Cost

620

Melee Attack

40

Weapon Damage

25

├ Melee Weapon

rome_lance

├ Melee Damage Base

14

├ Melee Damage Ap

11

├ Armour Piercing

No

├ Bonus vs. Large

10

├ Bonus vs Elephants

10

└ Bonus vs Infantry

0

Charge Bonus

67

Melee Defence

17

├ Base Defence

17

├ Shield

none

└ Shield Defence

0

Armour

90

├ Armour

cataphract

├ Armour Defence

90

└ Shield Armour

0

Health

100

├ Man Entity

rome_infantry_very_heavy

├ Man Health

45

├ Bonus Hit Points

15

├ Mount

3c_Rom_Catafractarii_Horse

├ Mount Entity

rome_horse_very_heavy

└ Mount Health

40

Base Morale

65

Abilities

No Ability

Attributes

  • Disciplined
    This unit does not suffer a morale penalty when the general dies. It can also rally after routing more often.
  • Hide (forest)
    This unit can hide in forests 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 Cataphracts
  • Very good charge
  • Low damage but average armour penetration
  • Heavily armoured
  • Slowest cavalry
  • 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 3c_province_pool_persia Carmania Bam
Harmozia
0 0.5 1 1
2 3c_province_pool_persia Media Magna Arsakia
Ekbatana
Gazaca
Phraaspa
0 0.5 1 1
3 3c_province_pool_persia Mesopotamia Charax
Ctesiphon
Edessa
Hatra
0 0.5 1 1
4 3c_province_pool_persia Parthia Hekatompylos
Nisa
Susia
Zadrakata
0 0.5 1 1
5 3c_province_pool_persia Persis Gor
Persepolis
Susa
0 0.5 1 1
Athenae
Rome (Empire Divided)
Gortyna
Rome (Empire Divided)
Sparta
Rome (Empire Divided)
Alexandria
Egypt (Empire Divided)
Diospolis
Egypt (Empire Divided)
Memphis
Egypt (Empire Divided)
Myos Hormos
Egypt (Empire Divided)
Aksum
Axum (Empire Divided)
Meroe
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Ptolemais Theron
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Carthago
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Hadrumentum
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Leptis Magna
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Macomades
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Burdigala
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Gergovia
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Limonum
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Eudaemon
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Maas-gat
Mascat (Empire Divided)
Marib
Saba (Empire Divided)
Adummatu
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Gerrha
Gerrhea (Empire Divided)
Yathrib
Ma'In (Empire Divided)
Amul
Margiana (Empire Divided)
Artacoana
Margiana (Empire Divided)
Merv
Margiana (Empire Divided)
Arsamosata
Armenia (Empire Divided)
Artaxa
Armenia (Empire Divided)
Carana
Armenia (Empire Divided)
Tigranocerta
Armenia (Empire Divided)
Ephesus
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Pergamon
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Pessinus
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Rhodos
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Baktria
Baktria (Empire Divided)
Eucratides
Baktria (Empire Divided)
Kapisene
Baktria (Empire Divided)
Corduba
Lusitania (Empire Divided)
Gades
Lusitania (Empire Divided)
Toletum
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Nemecatum
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Treverorum
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Amaseia
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Nicomedia
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Sinope
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Trapezos
Lydia (Empire Divided)
Panticapaeum
Bosporou (Empire Divided)
Phanagoria
Bosporou (Empire Divided)
Tanais
Bosporou (Empire Divided)
Camulodunum
Britannia (Empire Divided)
Isca
Britannia (Empire Divided)
Mordiunon
Britannia (Empire Divided)
Sleaford
Britannia (Empire Divided)
Bam
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Harmozia
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Gabala
Ardhan (Empire Divided)
Mtskheta
Kartli (Empire Divided)
Phasis
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Akhur
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Aktau
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Genua
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Mediolanum
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Patavium
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Aleria
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Caralis
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Pelendava
Roxolani (Empire Divided)
Petrodava
Gothi (Empire Divided)
Piscul
Roxolani (Empire Divided)
Zarmizegetusa
Rome (Empire Divided)
Ancyra
Galatia (Empire Divided)
Iconium
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Mazaca
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Side
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Bibracte
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Cenabum
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Darioritum
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Iuliobana
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Oraea
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Phrada
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Pura
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Bavay
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Vesonto
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Bergium
Alemanni (Empire Divided)
Budorgis
Marcomanni (Empire Divided)
Istros
Quadi (Empire Divided)
Ibossim
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Nova Carthago
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Numantia
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Saguntum
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Narona
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Salona
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Cosentia
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Jerusalem
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Tyros
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Ariminium
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Arretium
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Asculum
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Roma
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Cyrene
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Paraitonion
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Arsenium
Vandali (Empire Divided)
Carrodunum
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Grinev
Buri (Empire Divided)
Oblin
Nahanarvali (Empire Divided)
Ebora
Lusitania (Empire Divided)
Olisipo
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Apollonia
Rome (Empire Divided)
Pharsalus
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Thessalonica
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Flevium
Franci (Empire Divided)
Treva
Saxoni (Empire Divided)
Tulifurdum
Langobardi (Empire Divided)
Rutubis
Mauri (Empire Divided)
Siga
Mauretania (Empire Divided)
Tingis
Mauretania (Empire Divided)
Arsakia
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Ekbatana
Media (Empire Divided)
Gazaca
Media (Empire Divided)
Phraaspa
Media (Empire Divided)
Charax
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Ctesiphon
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Edessa
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Hatra
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Charmuthas
Nabataea (Empire Divided)
Hegra
Nabataea (Empire Divided)
Petra
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Massilia
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Narbo
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Tolosa
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Capsa
Numidia (Empire Divided)
Cirta
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Dimmidi
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Iol
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Dura
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Palmyra
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Aquincum
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Segestica
Rome (Empire Divided)
Singidun
Rome (Empire Divided)
Hekatompylos
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Nisa
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Susia
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Zadrakata
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Gor
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Persepolis
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Susa
The Sassanids (Empire Divided)
Cydamus
Garamantia (Empire Divided)
Garama
Garamantia (Empire Divided)
Eilodon
Caledonii (Empire Divided)
Elbana
Ebdani (Empire Divided)
Stanwick
Britannia (Empire Divided)
Kelheim
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Koria
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Noreia
Rome (Empire Divided)
Octoduris
Gallic Rome (Empire Divided)
Melgunov
Gothi (Empire Divided)
Olbia
Gothi (Empire Divided)
Solokha
Heruli (Empire Divided)
Gelonus
Alani (Empire Divided)
Samandar
Alani (Empire Divided)
Sarai
Iastae (Empire Divided)
Siracena
Alani (Empire Divided)
Agrigentum
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Panormus
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Syracuse
Roman Pretenders (Empire Divided)
Calancorum
Semnones (Empire Divided)
Pelplin
Rugii (Empire Divided)
Setidava
Burgundii (Empire Divided)
Virunium
Varini (Empire Divided)
Antioch
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Samosata
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Tarsus
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Thapsacus
Palmyra (Empire Divided)
Aracillum
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Brigantium
Lusitania (Empire Divided)
Tarraco
Hispania Citerior (Empire Divided)
Terra Incognita
Antheia
Rome (Empire Divided)
Naissos
Rome (Empire Divided)
Odessos
Rome (Empire Divided)
Pulpudeva
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Bukhara
Kwarezm (Empire Divided)
Maracanda
Baktria (Empire Divided)