Offensive Positions – Persian Defense

By Aaron Janusz

Here is a simple example. A Persian army of 100 Asvaran cavalry would look like this: 

 

Persian Defensive Strength

Unit

Units

L Inf

H Inf

Phalanx

Cavalry

Defense

Asvaran (Cavalry)

100

8000

8000

8000

24000

12000

Dailamite (Light Infantry)

 

0

0

0

0

0

Archer (Heavy Infantry)

 

0

0

0

0

0

Immortal (Phalanx)

 

0

0

0

0

0

 

Total

8000

8000

8000

24000

12000

If you attack this army with cavalry units, it will take a little over 24,000 in offensive strength to defeat the Persians. If you attack this army with light infantry, heavy infantry, or phalanx units (or a combination of all three); it will take a little over 8,000 in offensive strength to defeat the Persians. Avoiding cavalry in this battle will minimize troop loss and save you approximately 16,000 in offensive strength.

Using the base strength of your troops, to defeat the 24,000 in cavalry strength would require sending 15 A Horsemen (15 x 1,680 = 25,200) and a loss of 14 Horsemen. Alternatively, you could send 201 Swordsmen (201 x 40 = 8,040) and a loss of 200 Swordsmen.

As a comparison, if you are building these units, it takes approximately 2 days and 340,000 in total resources to build 14 A Horsemen versus approximately 16.6 hours and 60,000 in total resources to build 200 Swordsmen so by being efficient you are not only saving strength, but also resources and time. Sometimes you may want to burn resources in the Positions, but in general, being efficient will allow you to complete more positions with fewer troops.

Here is a more complicated example assuming 100 of each Persian unit.

 

Persian Defensive Strength

Unit

Units

L Inf

H Inf

Phalanx

Cavalry

Defense

Asvaran (Cavalry)

100

8000

8000

8000

24000

12000

Dailamite (Light Infantry)

100

6000

2000

2000

2000

3000

Archer (Heavy Infantry)

100

4000

12000

4000

4000

6000

Immortal (Phalanx)

100

6000

6000

18000

6000

9000

 

Total

24000

28000

32000

36000

30000

The number we are interested in is the total at the bottom of the table, which is the sum of the Persian defensive strength per unit class. In this example, if you attack with only light infantry, it will take 24,000 in offensive strength, 28,000 in strength for heavy infantry, 32,000 in strength for phalanx and 36,000 in strength for cavalry. Once again, you can save offensive strength and minimize troop loss depending on which units you use.

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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