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    Default Romans vs Parthians battle strategies

    In either vanilla or DEI:
    How would you fight an open field battle as the Romans against a Parthian army ( against the AI) specially if it brings many horse archers plus an important amount of melee cavalry units? Would you adopt a defensive tactic depending on what type of units you have? I know by experience that many times it is not a good idea to start chasing the parthian cavalry archers/skirmishers with your melee cavalry units specially if they're not fully upgraded yet ( so that they run faster ). If they run slower than the parthian cavalry archers you'd be sending them to suicide.

    And the other way round as well:
    How would you fight a battle as the Parthians against a Roman army ( against the AI as well ) in open field battle? Does your tactic depend on what type of units the Roman army has? What would you do once all your cavalry archers/skirmishers run out of ammunition and there are still Roman melee infantry units alive? Specially strong roman units such as principes, triarii, veteran legionaries, praetorians, etc
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    Default Re: Romans vs Parthians battle strategies

    As Rome, my first idea is to bring plenty of auxiliary hoplites (to shield against charges) and a lot of auxiliary archers. There may be better options - maybe artillery, since you'd have longer range?

    As the Parthians, I'd want to fire into the flanks and rear of the enemy as much as possible, use heavy shot against well-protected targets and run them down with cavalry when I run out of ammunition.

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    Default Re: Romans vs Parthians battle strategies

    As Romans, do what they historically do best: bring specialized auxiliaries (shields, archers, cavalry) and dig in for a fight. If this is a campaign, get yourself in a fortified stance and bait the Parthians to come after you. You'll have some minor defense against the archery, but most importantly the mobility and versatility of the cavalry is lessened. Your infantry will tear theirs apart, so focus your micromanaging how the units you selected to combat their horse archers and cavalry (send some top tier archers of your own with cavalry or spear escorts).

    Parthians against Romans: focus fire, focus fire, focus fire. Select a target and dedicate a few units to decimate it from a distance (try to destroy their ranged units first so you can keep the advantage). Do your best to keep their infantry disorganized; break up their line with a boar's head so flanking is easier. Keep your horse archers on the move: this requires some serious micromanaging, but once you master it you'll find it to be a nigh-unbeatable tactic. It's the reason I don't really play the Nomad factions in Rome 2, becomes pretty boring and siege battles are tedious.

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    Default Re: Romans vs Parthians battle strategies

    Using the fortified stance sounds like a great idea. How would you bait the Parthians to come after you - would you have a smaller army raiding behind the one in fortified stance, or is there a better way?

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