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 Cavalry Archer armor +1/+2, attack bonus of +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 Cavalry Archers, increasing their armor by +1/+2 and (except in the unpatched release) giving them an attack bonus of +4 against Pikemen.

Note that it also applies to the Mongol and Indian unique units, the Mangudai and the Elephant Archer, respectively, but the attack bonus against Pikemen is only +2 in their case. Additionally, note that although many Cavalry Archer technologies and bonuses apply to Genitours, this technology does not.

Technology availability
Available Unavailable

Team BonusesEdit

  • 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

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