|Introduced in||The Conquerors|
|Research Time||50 seconds|
|Effect||War Elephant speed +30%|
Mahouts is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors that is unique to the Persians and can be researched at the Castle once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it increases the speed of War Elephants by +30%.
For a Persian player who uses War Elephants, Mahouts is an absolute must. Still being relatively slow, the Elephants can now close gaps between archers and defensive structures faster and thus last even longer in battle. Still, they will need support of either ranged units or Knights to counter Monks and Cavalry Archers.
"Using elephants in battle was always a challenge because the animals have poor vision but keen smell, they are relatively slow, and don’t like being injured. The Persians developed special training for the beasts and their riders, called Mahouts, to improve their battle performance."—The Conquerors manual
|Age of Empires II Unique Technologies|
|Garland Wars | Yeomen | Logistica | Furor Celtica | Rocketry | Bearded Axe | Anarchy | Perfusion | Atheism | Kataparuto | Shinkichon | El Dorado | Drill | Mahouts | Zealotry | Supremacy | Crenellations | Artillery | Berserkergang|
|Atlatl | Warwolf | Greek Fire | Stronghold | Great Wall | Chivalry | Marauders | Andean Sling | Couriers | Sultans | Shatagni | Pavise | Silk Road | Yasama | Panokseon | Mercenaries | Recurve Bow | Obsidian Arrows | Nomads | Boiling Oil | Madrasah | Orthodoxy | Druzhina | Inquisition | Ironclad | Sipahi | Chieftains|
|The African Kingdoms|
|Kasbah | Maghrabi Camels | Tigui | Farimba | Royal Heirs | Torsion Engines | Carrack | Arquebus|
|Rise of the Rajas|
|Howdah | Manipur Cavalry | Tusk Swords | Double Crossbow | Thalassocracy | Forced Levy | Chatras | Paper Money|