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This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors. For the technology in Age of Empires, see Logistics.

Logistica is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors that is unique to the Byzantines and can be researched at the Castle once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it gives trample damage in a 0.5 tile radius to Cataphracts (5 damage, unaffected by armor) and increases their attack bonus against infantry by +6.


With Logistica, Cataphracts will excel in melee combat since they will slay infantry even more easily, and the trample damage bonus helps them out when facing mobs of infantry or other melee units. Logistica is situationally useful to improve Cataphracts in melee battles since they are unfortunate enough to lack both Bloodlines and Blast Furnace.

Logistica is very expensive, not to mention that the Elite Cataphract upgrade itself is pretty costly, so if the resources are limited, a Byzantine player should choose one of the upgrades, since they are unlikely to afford both of the upgrades in the late-game.

Logistica does not affect heroes with the appearance of a Cataphract such as Attila the Hun and Belisarius.


The Conquerors[]

  • Logistica costs 1,000 food and 600 gold.

Definitive Edition[]


  • According to Lynn (Feeding Mars, 2019), Byzantine military manuals didn't focus on the field of Logistics per se, but instead talked of "logistike", as in calculations.
  • Also, Byzantine logistics weren't distinctive or particularly advanced, but they were succesful (up to a point) in making ends meet while, conservatively, dealing with multiple hostile forces for centuries. The area-of-effect benefit Logistica gives to Cataphracts translates their historical military efficiency to gameplay.


The Byzantine civilization outlived its counterpart in Rome for more than one thousand years, mainly through the adroit employment of smaller elite armies against more lightly equipped or less highly trained enemies. Well-motivated troops, well-trained officers, strong military traditions, and sound military logistics combined to create armies with fighting power disproportionate to their size. The backbone of their armies were their cataphract cavalry who could engage enemies at a distance with archery or trample them down in a charge.