Persian Positions

By Aaron Janusz

Persian Positions – Scouting and Efficiency

“If you know your enemy and you know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. If you know yourself, but not the enemy for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War

When attacking and defending the Persian Positions, it is wise to understand the strengths and weaknesses of both the Persians and your troops. With scouting and analysis you can estimate the amount and strength of troops required to defeat a position. Depending on your objectives, this will enable you to complete a position with the minimum strength required; knock down positions to near completion; or know where to burn troops. Ultimately you can plan a strategy for achieving your next reward.

Know Your Enemy

Before investing heavily in the Positions it is good to know your enemy. The Persians attack or defend the Positions with four units, one for each class – light infantry (Dailimite), heavy infantry (Archer), phalanx (Immortal), and cavalry (Asvaran).

The stats for each unit are summarized in this table.

Persians

   

Defense

Unit

Offense

Lt Inf

Hvy Inf

Phalanx

Cavalry

Average

Asvaran (Cavalry)

80

80

80

80

240

120

Dailamite (Light Infantry)

20

60

20

20

20

30

Archer (Heavy Infantry)

40

40

120

40

40

60

Immortal (Phalanx)

60

60

60

180

60

90

Note that on an Offensive Position you are attacking the Persian defense and on a Defensive Position you are defending against the Persian offense. This determines which stats you use in calculating the Persian strength – offensive stats for defensive positions and defensive stats for offensive positions.

The most important information to understand in this table is that each Persian unit defends strongest against their own class – twice the strength of their average defense and three times the strength against all other classes. The strength they defend with depends on the units they are facing. You can use this information to your advantage when attacking the Persians.

Know Your Troops

You also need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of your own units.

Offense

Here is the recommended list of offensive units to use in the Positions and their base offensive strength. Note that this strength can be modified with agreement and elixir upgrades and dominion bonuses.

Offensive Units

Class

Unit

Base Offense

Light Infantry

Swordsman

40

Hoplite

60

S  Pikeman

75

Heavy Infantry

Myrmidon

240

S Hoplite

360

GS Warrior

360

Phalanx

Sarissophoros

720

S Promachos

900

Cavalry

M Cavalry

1440

A  Horseman

1680

C Horseman

900

On Offensive Positions the most important thing to recognize is the class of unit you use. As discussed below, you can minimize your troop loss by using the correct class of unit (attacking the Persian weakness) or lose more strength than necessary by using the incorrect class of unit (attacking the Persian strength).

Defense

Here is a recommended list of defensive units to use in the Positions and their base defensive strength. Note that this strength can be modified with agreement and elixir upgrades and dominion bonuses.

Defensive Units

 

Base Defense

Unit

L Inf

H Inf

Phalanx

Cavalry

Avg Defense

Javelineer

20

20

18

18

19.0

Psilos

30

26

16

16

22.0

N Archer

30

30

30

30

30.0

Peltast

130

170

170

130

150.0

C Archer

170

170

130

130

150.0

Thureophoros

300

300

500

500

400.0

T Thorakites

380

380

500

400

415.0

M Peltast

400

500

725

725

587.5

On Defensive Positions you want to defend against the Persian strength. The class of unit isn’t as important as their individual stats against each class. For example, the Peltast and Cretan Archer share the same average base defensive strength (150).

However, the Peltast defends better against Heavy Infantry and Phalanx; while the Cretan Archer defends better against Light Infantry and Heavy Infantry.

The variation in defensive strength between classes for your units is not as great as the Persian units. This means you can still gain an advantage by utilizing specific units in the Defensive Positions, but it is not as significant a difference as in the Offensive Positions.   

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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