The Burmese is a Southeast Asian civilization based on the Pagan Empire and the later the Toungoo Empire. They are featured in Age of Empires II HD: Rise of the Rajas as a monk and elephant civilization.
The region around Burma is well known for their wide mountain ranges with vast amount of forests. The Burmese kingdoms vast resources in the forest allowed the kingdom to prosper. To reflect on this, the Burmese get free upgrades at the Lumber Camp. Buddhism played a huge influence with the Burmese, teaching the importance of humbleness, not valuing any wealth and luxuries. This is highlighted with their cheaper Monastery techs (Getting 50% off at every technology) as well as their team bonus that reveals the location of Relics on the map.
The Burmese army were feared horsemen in the region that were able to hold off on their own against the Mongol invasion for a while despite their eventual defeat. More particularly, the Burmese were known for their traditional horseback dart throwing, which is reflected on their unique unit, the Arambai, and one of their unique techs, Manipur Cavalry, highlights the Burmese fierce cavalry that allows them to deal bonus damage against buildings.
The Burmese were known for their use of heavily armored elephants, which is reflected with their unique tech, the Howdah, giving Battle Elephants extra melee armor and pierce armor. And finally, the Burmese foot soldiers were trained martial artists with martial arts such as the Aka and Bando, which is reflected with their infantry getting extra attack per age.
The Burmese are branded as an "Elephant and Monk civilisation", thanks to their Unique Technologies (that benefit Elephants), their cheap Monastery techs and their team bonus that reveals the position of Relics on the map, making them (Along with civilizations such as the Aztecs and Spanish) one of the best Monk civs.
Along with that, they have such a balanced variety of bonuses, a great economy (particularly at late game) and a tech tree that allows them to operate in a fashion almost as versatile as the Chinese or the Khmer, their only weakness being their poor Archery Ranges. For one, their main economic advantages are the free Lumber Camp and cheaper Monastery techs, allowing them to save resources and time; this, combined with having almost every single economic tech available (lacking only Stone Shaft Mining), can be put into good use, for stratgies such as Booming or Monk Rushes.
They boast offensively powerful infantry (almost as strong as the Aztecs'), good cavalry (though their Cavalry Archer is frail, and lacks Thumb Ring) and a moderate navy, that can still be well exploited, thanks to their Lumber Camp bonus. Their unique unit, the Arambai, adds much needed firepower (as a frail "glass cannon" unit, somewhat making up for the lack of Hand Cannoneers and Arbalests), their tanky Elephant shields other units or acts as a makeshift siege weapon (further boosting their otherwise good siege) and even their unremarkable Archery Range can sometimes be put into good use (thanks to their free Lumber Camp upgrades), but mainly at early game, or to support their mediocre defences (they lack Hoardings, Arrowslits and Bombard Towers), though their Cavalry Archer can also occasionally prove useful, as at least they receive Bracer and Parthian Tactics.
Mobile forces with powerful anti-cavalry capabilities can give them a run for their money, particularly the Saracens' (Mamelukes, in particular, are a Burmese army's nemesis, as they can counter almost everything in their arsenal), and even cheap trash units such as Halberdiers can be a danger to the Burmese cavalary and Elephants. Their Monk rushes are negated by better Monk civilisations, such as the Aztecs or the Spanish, yet prove deadly against ones that count on highly expensive units, such as the Persians,Indians and the Slavs. Their potent infantry, combined with Arambai, also cope well against infantry civilisations (probably except the Incas, due to their army composition), who usually are less mobile and based on foot units. They also possess anti-rushing potential, thanks to their Feudal Age bonuses.
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Their in game language is the Burmese language, also known as myanma bhasa (မြန်မာဘာသာ).
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