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Pontus (RTW Faction)

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Pontus (RTW Faction)
Pontus Faction Symbol-Vanilla.png
Name: Pontus
From Game: Rome: Total War
Culture: Eastern

Pontus is one of the factions in Rome: Total War designed to be non-playable. However they can be made playable by simple modifications to the game files (more information on which can be found here). Aside from Macedon, Pontus is the only non-playable faction to have a pre-made description.

Game Play

Starting Position

Pontus Starting Position (Click to enlarge)

Pontus starts in north and east Asia Minor, north of the Seleucid Empire, and west of Armenia.

Their cities are:

  • Sinope - Pontic Capital; Region - Pontus
  • Mazaka - Pontic Large Town; Region - Cappadocia

Victory Conditions

  • Long Campaign: Hold 50 provinces including Rome.
  • Short campaign: Hold 15 provinces and outlast or destroy Armenia and Thrace.


Pontic General's Bodyguard.

Pontus, like the Selucid Empire, is a very versatile faction, with a heavy cavalry focus but competent pikemen as well. They are a well rounded faction with few weaknesses; although their infantry is not the best but it is still very useful later on. They get access to some very strong cavalry choices that are armed with Javelins and competent in melee, along with a unit similar to Cataphracts. They have a very good selection of Chariots, both Chariot Archers and Scythed Chariots that are around as good as those of Egypt. Their early infantry is the typical Eastern trash infantry, but they get some quite good Pike units later in the game that are similar to the Selucids. Their missile troops and siege weapons are average. Overall Pontus has quite a good roster, with useful troops at all points in the game.

Unique Units

Bronze Shield Pikemen: Bronze shields are the elite of the army of Pontus, among the heirs of the world-conquering phalanxes of Alexander!

Cappadocian Cavalry: Cappadocian lancers are excellent horsemen, best suited to charging into and breaking through enemy formations.

Pontic Heavy Cavalry: Pontic heavy cavalry are javelin-armed horsemen who can also fight hand-to-hand - a potent combination in one force!

Strategy guides

RTW Factions
Armenia | Britannia | Carthage | Dacia | Egypt | Gaul | Germania | Greek Cities | The House of Brutii | The House of Julii | The House of Scipii | Macedon | Numidia | Parthia | Pontus | Scythia | Seleucid Empire | Senate | Spain | Thrace | Rebels
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