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 | edit source]

Kamandaran is a very useful technology, as it makes the Persian Crossbowmen cost only 60 wood, turning them into a "trash unit". In order to keep the game balance, the Persians lack the Arbalester and Bracer upgrades. Crossbowmen excel at taking down infantry, especially in the late game, and perform much better against cavalry than Skirmishers. 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. Furthermore, the Crossbowman can help War Elephants by killing Pikemen and Monks, two units War Elephants have a huge problem dealing with.

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 gold-wise if 7 or more Archers are trained after researching it.

Team bonuses[edit | edit source]

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

Changelog[edit | edit source]

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

  • Initially, Kamandaran reduces the cost of Archers to 50 wood. With update 34699, they now cost 60 wood.
  • Initially, Kamandaran costs 200 food and 200 gold. With update 35584, it now costs 400 food and 300 gold.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

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