Indian traditions

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The Indian traditions highlight the strengths of the Mauryan kingdom and its neighbors, using large formations of Indian war elephants to smash through the enemy, supported by fast moving archers and chariots who can maneuver around the dispersed troops. They also used complex formations such as the legendary Blooming Lotus, or Padma Vyuha.

Availability and focus[edit]


The Indian traditions are available for countries with the following culture groups:

  • Aryan
  • Dravidian
  • Tibetan

The traditions focus on strengthening the below unit types and possibly unlock some new abilities:

  • Allows Unit chariots.png Chariot units
  • Unit focus:
    • Strong Unit archers.png Archers
    • Strong Unit war elephants.png War elephants
    • Good Unit chariots.png Chariots
  • Possible ability unlocks:
    • Raid Ports
    • Padma vyuha Padma Vyuha


Starting bonus
Rathas icon

  • Allows Unit chariots.png Chariot units
Chariots were an essential part of life in the early period of Indian history. Whilst unsuitable for rough terrain, chariots were the domain of the nobility; even the Emperor Ashoka adopted the chariot wheel as the symbol of his Empire.
Maurya path
Mauryan mauryas path 1.png
  • Versatile Infantry
  • Offense +15% Archers offense
Mauryan mauryas path 2.png
  • Descendents of Airavata
  • Defense +10% War elephant defense
Mauryan mauryas path 3.png
  • Warhost of the Empire
  • Morale.png +10% Light infantry morale
Mauryan mauryas path 4.png
  • Natural Pathfinders
  • Combat bonus +15% War elephant combat bonus in forest
  • Combat bonus +15% War elephant combat bonus in jungle
Mauryan mauryas path 5.png
  • Dedicated Archers
  • Discipline.png +10% Archers discipline
Mauryan mauryas path 6.png
  • Homeland of our Fathers
  • Combat bonus +15% Heavy infantry combat bonus in forest
  • Combat bonus +15% Heavy infantry combat bonus in jungle
  • Combat bonus +15% Light infantry combat bonus in forest
  • Combat bonus +15% Light infantry combat bonus in jungle
Mauryan mauryas path 7.png
  • Integrating the Tribes
  • Happiness +20% National tribesman happiness
Mauryan mauryas path end bonus.png
  • Bonus: The Bureaucracy of War
  • Monthly war exhaustion −0.01 Monthly war exhaustion
Coastal path
Mauryan coastal path 1.png
  • Natural Harbors
  • Cost −15% Shipbuilding Cost
Mauryan coastal path 2.png
  • The Vyuha System
  • Morale.png +10% Archers morale
Mauryan coastal path 3.png
  • Masters of the Sea
  • Morale.png +10% Morale of Navies
Mauryan coastal path 4.png
  • Plunder!
  • Yes Enable "Raid Ports" ability
  • Enslavement efficiency.png +10% Enslavement efficiency
Mauryan coastal path 5.png
  • Flexible Divisions
  • Morale.png +10% Morale of armies
Mauryan coastal path 6.png
  • City of the World's Desire
  • Fort defense.png +10% Fort defense

Mauryan coastal path 7.png
  • State Artisans
  • Cost −10% Archers cost
  • Cost −10% Chariot cost
Mauryan coastal path end bonus.png
  • Bonus: The 'Diplomatic' Fleet
  • Yes Allows "Octere" units
  • Combat bonus +10% Ship Damage Done
Noble path
Mauryan noble path 1.png
  • Fit for a King
  • Defense +15% Chariot defense
Mauryan noble path 2.png
  • Trained to Kill
  • Discipline.png +10% War elephant discipline
Mauryan noble path 3.png
  • Armored Archers
  • Defense +10% Archers defense
Mauryan noble path 4.png
  • Padma Vyuha
  • Padma vyuha Enable "Padma Vyuha" tactic
Mauryan noble path 5.png
  • Imported Horses
  • Discipline.png +15% Chariot discipline
Mauryan noble path 6.png
  • Elephantine Abundance
  • Cost −15% War elephant cost

Mauryan noble path 7.png
  • Exotic Soldiers
  • Maintenance.png −15% Mercenary maintenance
Mauryan noble path end bonus.png
  • Bonus: Striding Beside Giants
  • Morale.png +10% War elephant morale


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