Kamandaran is a technology in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Persians and can be researched at the Castle. Once researched, it changes the cost of Archer line units from 25 wood and 45 gold to 60 wood, effectively making them trash units.

Kamandaran replaces Boiling Oil which was introduced in The Forgotten.

Strategy Edit

Kamandaran is a very useful technology, as it makes the Persian Crossbowmen only cost 60 wood, turning them into a "trash unit". In order to keep the game balance, the Persians lack the Arbalest and Bracer upgrades. Crossbowmen with Kamandaran excel at taking down infantry, especially in the late game, and perform much better against cavalry than the Skirmisher. Crossbowmen also make a good complement to War Elephants, as the food and gold can be invested on the elephants while the wood can be invested in Crossbowmen, and both units have similar movement speed.

Like the Magyar unique technology Corvinian Army and the Malay unique technology Forced Levy, the player should research Kamandaran as soon as they require more archers in order to have the highest possible use. Since Archers cost 45 gold, this technology starts to pay out if 5 or more archers are created after researching it.

Team bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Berbers: With Kasbah researched, researching Kamandaran is 25% faster.

Changelog Edit

Definitive Edition Edit

  • Initially, Kamandaran reduces the cost of Archers to 50 wood. With update 34699, they now cost 60 wood.

Trivia Edit

  • Archers of the Sassanian Empire (the last kingdom of the Persian Empire before the rise of Islam) were called Kamandaran.
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