Defensive Positions – Persian Offense

By Aaron Janusz

The estimated calculation for determining the defensive strength of your units against a Persian army is detailed in the Efficiency section below, but you can also use some general assumptions when completing Defensive Positions. As mentioned previously, the efficiency to be gained in Defensive Positions is not as significant as in Offensive Positions.

 

 Offensive Strength

Unit

Units

Offense

Asvaran (Cavalry)

100

8000

Dailamite (Light Infantry)

 

0

Archer (Heavy Infantry)

 

0

Immortal (Phalanx)

 

0

 

Total

8000

In this example you would use the defensive cavalry strength of your units to see which units are favorable. Against an offensive cavalry strength of 8,000 here is the calculation of the number of solo units required to defeat the Persian army.

Unit

Cav Defense

Units

Avg Defense

Javelineer

18

             445

19.0

Psilos

16

             500

22.0

N Archer

30

             267

30.0

Peltast

130

                62

150.0

C Archer

130

                62

150.0

Thureophoros

500

                16

400.0

T Thorakites

400

                20

415.0

M Peltast

725

                12

587.5

In order to be efficient you want to use troops that have a cavalry defense that is greater than their average. In this case, against cavalry, Thureophoros and M Peltast are best and Psilos is the worst.

Here is the more complicated example.

 

Offensive Strength

Unit

Units

Offense

Asvaran (Cavalry)

100

8000

Dailamite (Light Infantry)

100

2000

Archer (Heavy Infantry)

100

4000

Immortal (Phalanx)

100

6000

 

Total

20000

The total strength of this position is 20,000 with the majority being cavalry and phalanx. Again the best units against cavalry and phalanx are Thureophoros and M Peltast. It will take less than 20,000 in defensive strength if you use those units. There is a more involved calculation that can be performed to calculate an estimated defensive strength of a unit against a specific Persian army. This is explained in the Efficiency section below.

As you explore the Positions you will see a wide range of Persian armies – heavy in cavalry strength, heavy in phalanx strength, balanced, etc. Knowing what you are facing can be very helpful. This is where scouting comes into play.

This article was written by Aaron Janusz, who granted permission for it to be posted on Plarium.com. Any thoughts or views expressed herein are the player's own, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Plarium Global.

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