The Persians are an economy and cavalry oriented civilization.
StrengthsEditThey have access to all cavalry techs and their knights do extra damage to archers. Their unique unit, the War Elephant, is an ultra-heavy cavalry unit that is slow and expensive but with a large attack and massive amount of hitpoints. War Elephants will usually form the core of a Persian army, with Paladins and Cavalry Archers used as support to take down fast units the War Elephant can't catch up with. If managed properly this is a devastating combination. The War Elephant can destroy any unit in direct combat and the faster Paladins can kill ranged units that can use guerilla tactics on the elephants while the Cavalry Archers provide ranged support. The Paladins and Cavalry Archers can also be used to quickly slay any enemy monks that try to convert the elephants. This is especially important as the Persians cannot research Heresy.
Although the Persians are excellent at rushes, they have a weak defense, lacking the Fortified Wall upgrade and the Bombard Tower. They have the weakest infantry in the game, missing both the Two-Handed Swordsman and Champion upgrades for their infantry. In addition War Elephants are slow and very vulnerable to conversion by enemy monks. Since the Persians cannot research Heresy the enemy could amass an army of War Elephants of their own if the player is careless. Spearmen and camels, if produced in large numbers, can devastate a Persian army since usually the majority of their army will be composed of cavalry.
Persians have a different start up than other civilizations, +50 Food and +50wood, this means that they can build an additional house at the beginning or just gather another 50 Wood for their lumbercamp or their mill saving gathering time, the same goes for the extra food that is just enough for an extra villlager. Persian town centers also have a better workrate than other civilizations, starting in the Feudal Age so a Persian player can spawn their villagers a little faster, giving them an economic edge. This start-up bonuses allows to the Persians to perform well Feudal rush techniques, or go for a fast castle since aging up is also sped up. Persian Town centers also have more Hitpoints, this bonus allows the Persians to defend better in early game. Unlike other civilizations Persians can perform a really strange rush commonly known as The Douche Persian Rush which consist on creating several villagers, gather wood and stone in order to deconstruct their town center in dark age and rebuilt it near to the opponent base, Persian town centers have more hitpoints so it will stand for long time and the villagers then must build towers and stole the enemy resources.
Normally a Persian player will focus on the cavalry, Persian Knights have attack bonus against archers, and they have also full blacksmith upgrades for cavalry, this make their cavalry excellent for countering ranged units. Their unique unit the War Elephant while expensive is also a heavy melee unit with a lot of hitpoints that makes them ideal for many tasks, they can be helpful against buildings, melee attacks in pitched battles and defending, despite the fact that the War elephant is a very powerful unit is not invincible and can be countered with masses of halberdiers, Camels, Archers and monks, so the player must always remember to support their elephants with other units to be effective specially considering the high cost of these units. If dealing with enemy halberdiers War Elephants must be paired with infantry, cavalry archers or hand Canoneers, if dealing against monks ( which the war Elephant are very susceptible to conversion) the player must create some scout cavalry to counter the monks and protect the elephants which are essential in all Persian strategies, at castle and imperial age. Fortunately Persians have access to gunpowder units at imperial Age so those units can support the cavalry and the war elephants.
In water maps the Persians must take over since early game,their workrate bonus for their docks gives them an edge in this area, allowing for large fleet to be created quickly.
The Persians are incredibly good at punishing archer civilizations such as the Britons and Mayans due to their team bonus that grants knights +2 attack vs. archers and a well-rounded melee cavalry options (including lategame Paladins). On the other hand, they are more vulnerable to civilizations with strong monks (such as the Aztecs and Spanish) due to the lack of Heresy and their dependence on expensive units such as Paladins, Heavy Camels and War Elephants, meaning that said units will be more vulnerable to conversion. The Goths, Byzantines, Japanese, and Ethiopians are a threat to the Persians lategame due to their cost effective and superior Halberdiers that would shred the Persian cavalry easily, while Indians and Saracens superior camels can easily destroy the Persian cavalry.
Strategy changes in The ForgottenEdit
Allying with Italians lets Persians train the Condottiero, which can take the place of the weak Persian infantry. Their speed make Condottieri ideal for repealing enemy Halberdiers and Camels. An allied Hun player is also good for Persians because of the faster stable bonus. Britons can be of great use if the Persian player wants to fields a lot of cavalry archers. The Teutonic conversion resistance bonus is helpful if the enemy counters war elephants with monks.
Berber allies also offer fast, gold-free Genitours, quality monks, fully-teched Champions, versatile camelry with both the Maghrabi Camels and the Kasbah upgrades, allowing Persian players to save gold to amass Paladins and War Elephants quicker than before, in exchange for melee support from Persian Paladins and Halberdiers, plus also fully-teched anti-archer Cavaliers.
Southeast Asian civs from Rise of the Rajas have proven themselves competent allies for the Persians as well, albeit to a variable extent.
Khmer allies grant range boost for Persian Scorpions as a saving grace, together with Ballista Elephants with the Double Crossbow upgrade, while receiving supporting charges from Persian camelry and Paladins in return.
Malay allies also grant Persian players far-sighted docks for fast-response garrison fleet and coastal defence, together with dirt-cheap, Heresy-enhanced Battle Elephants, fully-teched Arbalests, swift Karambit Warriors and "gold-free" infantry hordes with full blacksmith techs, Arson and Forced Levy to swarm horrified opponents, particularly in the Trash Wars. As rewards, they enjoy efficient joint support from the fast-response contigents of Persian Paladins, Hussars, Cavalry Archers, Hand Cannoneers and Camels.
Not only reveal and share the exact location of all relics for their Persian teammates, allowing them to seize nearby relics early, Burmese allies also support them with high-quality Monks, fully-teched Champions and Arambai excel at "crowd control", in exchange for more versatile Cavaliers with Manipur Cavalry upgrade, efficient screening from Persian Halberdiers and War Elephants and late-game firepower support from Persian Hand Cannoneers.
Vietnamese players can also create win-win synergies with their Persian teammates, as both of them have several tricks to mitigate each other's miseries. Firstly, using their unique bonuses, both civilizations can conduct early rushes or their sequels to any ill-prepared opponent at their pleasure with the Vietnamese team bonus. Secondly, Persian War Elephants and other cavalry can screen Vietnamese archers and Battle Elephants effectively since the Castle Age, while allowing the latter to snipe enemy Monks or bar enemy Pikemen and Halberdiers to close in at relative ease. In return, once advanced to the Imperial age, with Elephants and Bombard Cannons as their common components, the Vietnamese can mass-produce Champions, Imperial Skirmishers, Rattan Archers and other archers quickly by free Conscription, plus grant their Persian teammates decent bankroll via Paper Money, while receiving Cavaliers enhanced with anti-archer expertise,plus extra joint support from Persian Camels, Paladins, Halberdiers, Hand Cannoneers and advanced Cannon Galleons as lucrative rewards.