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This article is about the civilization in Age of Empires. For the civilization in Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings, see Persians (Age of Empires II).
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The Persians are a playable civilization in Age of Empires that comes with powerful offensive units to reflect their rapid expansion of their empire under Cyrus the Great. They can train a variety of elite units and have the best cavalry units in the game. They have the ability to train all archers (except Chariots), though their archers can suffer from poor range and lack of accuracy. Although the Persians have a fast economy from the beginning of the game, their economic power becomes less prominent once the game progresses.

Most of the areas where the Persians located were full of wild animals and hunting became a common practice among them, being reflected in their fast-working hunters. Their rapid expansion allowed them to be feared even in naval battles where they could easily overwhelm their Greek enemies, which is reflected in their fast-firing Triremes. Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sassanid Persia controlled some areas around the Indus river and could recruit some Indian mahouts which brought the use of war elephants on several occasions. To reflect this, their elephant units move faster.



Age of Empires[]

Rise of Rome[]

  • Farming penalty eliminated.

Definitive Edition[]

  • War Elephants and Elephant Archers have +20% speed. With update 38862, War Elephants and Elephant Archers have +25% speed.
  • Triremes have -25% reload time.
  • Wheel, Artisanship, and Coinage are available.
  • With update 38862, Plow is available.

AI Player Names[]

Names shown in italics are only used in the original game, names shown in bold are used in both the original game and its expansions.

  • Cyrus (𐏂𐎢𐎽𐎿𐏃; کوروش) - Cyrus I, king of Anshan c. 600-580 BC
  • Darius (𐎭𐎠𐎼𐎹𐎺𐎢𐏁) - Darius (I) the Great, king of Persia 522-486 BC
  • Cyrus II (𐎤𐎢𐎽𐎢𐏁) - Cyrus the Great, king of Persia 559-530 BC
  • Darius II (𐎭𐎠𐎼𐎹𐎺𐎢𐏁) - King of Persia 423-405 BC
  • Xerxes (𐎧𐏁𐎹𐎠𐎼𐏁𐎠; خشایار شاه) - King of Persia 486-465 BC
  • Xerxes II (𐎧𐏁𐎹𐎠𐎼𐏁𐎠) - King of Persia 424 BC
  • Cyrus III - Did not exist in Persia
  • Cambyses (𐎣𐎲𐎢𐎪𐎡𐎹; کامبیز) - King of Anshan 580-559 BC (Cambyses I); King of Persia 530-522 BC (II)
  • Datis (داتیس) - Median admiral under Darius I, leader of Persian forces during the Persian Wars
  • Bessus - King of Persia 330-329 BC
  • Mardonius (𐎶𐎼𐎯𐎢𐎴𐎡𐎹; مردونیوس) - Persian military commander during the Persian Wars, lived ?-479 BC, died in *Battle of Plataea
  • Spitamenes - Sogdian warlord, leader of the Sogdian and Bactrian uprising against *Alexander the Great, lived 370-328 BC
  • Artaphernes - Brother of Darius I and satrap of Sardis; His son, also Arthaphernes, was military commander under Darius I, leader of Persian forces during the Persian Wars