Parthian Tactics
Introduced in ConquerorsIcon The Conquerors
Civilization See table
Age Imperial-age-research Imperial Age
Researched at Archery-range-logo Archery Range
Research time 65 seconds
Research cost
Food 200
Gold 250
Effect Mounted archer armor +1/+2, attack bonus of +2 or +4 against Pikemen

Parthian Tactics is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors that can be researched at the Archery Range once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it improves mounted archers, increasing their armor by +1/+2 and (except in the unpatched release) giving them an attack bonus of +2 or +4 against Pikemen.

Technology availability
Available Unavailable

Affected units Edit

All units listed below benefit from Parthian Tactics. The Camel Archer (denoted with a *) does profit from the armor and attack increase Parthian Tactics grants, but the Berbers do not get Parthian Tactics. Hence, this is only relevant in games with Full Tech Tree checked.

Archer unit Armor increase Spearman attack increase
CavalryArcherIcon Cavalry Archer +1/+2 +4
HeavyCavArcherIcon Heavy Cavalry Archer +1/+2 +4
MangudaiIcon Mangudai +1/+2 +2
MangudaiIcon Elite Mangudai +1/+2 +2
ElephantArcherIcon Elephant Archer +1/+2 +2
ElephantArcherIcon Elite Elephant Archer +1/+2 +2
CamelArcherIcon Camel Archer* +1/+2 +2
CamelArcherIcon Elite Camel Archer* +1/+2 +2
Note: While they are often seen as mounted archers, Genitours are in fact mounted skirmishers. Neither them nor Arambai, the Burmese dart-throwing unique units, are affected by Parthian Tactics.

Team bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Britons: Researching Parthian Tactics is 20% faster.

Trivia Edit

  • Only ten different civilizations can research Parthian Tactics, making it the most exclusive of all technologies.

History Edit

"The horse archers of Parthia, now part of modern Iran, were renowned for their ability to shoot arrows at pursuers, whether the archers were in real or feigned retreat. Being able to shoot at enemies while withdrawing was very irritating to the enemy, especially when pursuers were too slow to close the gap. Although the Parthians were an ancient people, their tactics were adopted by later civilizations that employed horse archers and their name remained attached to the maneuver. The phrase “parthian shot” has come to mean any comment made while exiting a discussion."

The Conquerors manual
Missile / Siege Technologies
Fletching | Bodkin Arrow | Bracer | Padded Archer Armor | Leather Archer Armor | Ring Archer Armor | Ballistics | Murder Holes | Heated Shot | Arrowslits | Chemistry | Siege Engineers | Thumb Ring | Parthian Tactics