Pushtigban CataphractsTo the very end, the Pushtigban will fight.
The Pushtigban were the bodyguard elite, drawn from the ranks of the cataphracts, devoted to the protection of the Sassanid king. They typically guarded the royal capital, acting as a final line of defence against invaders. Amongst them were the Gyan-avspar, the 'sacrificers of their lives', known as the best of the Pushtigban, they were willing to give their lives in the name of their king, as they did with gusto during the Roman Emperor Julian's invasion of Persia. Fittingly, the royal bodyguards disappeared as an official unit with the death of Yazdegerd, the last Sassanid king, truly dying with their royal charge.
Unit NamePushtigban Cataphracts
Main Unit Key3c_Sas_Pushtighban_Cataphracts
Land Unit Key3c_Sas_Pushtighban_Cataphracts
Naval Unit Key3c_pel_transport
Custom Battle Cost1140
├ Melee Weaponrome_lance
├ Melee Damage Base14
├ Melee Damage Ap11
├ Armour PiercingNo
├ Bonus vs. Large10
├ Bonus vs Elephants10
└ Bonus vs Infantry0
├ Base Defence22
└ Shield Defence10
├ Armour Defence90
└ Shield Armour5
├ Man Entityrome_infantry_very_heavy
├ Man Health45
├ Bonus Hit Points15
├ Mount Entityrome_horse_very_heavy
└ Mount Health40
Charges are more effective for an extended time.
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 & WeaknessesTransport
- Very poor hull strength
- Very slow speed
- Weak ramming
- Very good charge
- Low damage but average armour penetration
- Heavily armoured
- Slowest cavalry
- Good morale