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Release Date: Feb 17, 2014

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Total War: ROME II – Beasts of War

Marshall your savagery, and strike primal fear into the hearts of your enemies with the Beasts of War unit pack for ROME II. Comprising seven new battlefield units, Beasts of War brings further variety to ROME II’s already diverse unit roster.
Terrorise your enemies and slow their progress with beehive, scorpion and snake-pot ballistas, or crush them under the weight of heavily-armoured Cataphract Camels and Mercenary Syrian Armoured Elephants. And when their will is broken and they flee the field, run them down with two new breeds of ferocious war-dogs.
Beasts of War brings introduces the following recruitable units to ROME II:

• Molossian Dogs
Can be recruited by: Epirus
A heavily muscled beast from western Greece, the now-extinct Molossian is considered to be the predecessor of many of today’s larger breeds, such as the Rottweiler and Great Dane. Used as both a guard dog and in battle, Virgil remarked “never, with them on guard, need you fear for your stalls a midnight thief, or onslaught of wolves, or Iberian brigands at your back.” These vicious dogs do not tire easily, and never lose the scent of an enemy.

• Beehive Onager
Can be recruited by: Athens, Epirus, Macedon, Sparta, and Syracuse
Whilst large-scale beekeeping for agricultural purposes was a later innovation, the humble honeybee nevertheless held an important place in ancient Greek culture. A trio of mythical nymphs, the Thriae or ‘bee maidens’, were loved by Apollo and Poseidon, bearing their children. Bees also have a practical application in battle, as a swarm of angry bees will always cause troops to stall and panic.

• Scorpion Pot Ballista
Can be recruited by: Pontus, Parthia
Home to the most lethal scorpions in the known world, whose sting can paralyse and kill a man within an hour, it was only a matter of time before a wily Middle Eastern general used them against his enemies. Spare a thought, then, for the Roman emperor Severus; whilst besieging the Parthian city of Hatra, his army was showered with pots of scorpions from atop the city walls. Like Trajan before him, Severus failed to breach the defences, even after two attempts.

• Snake Pot Ballista
Can be recruited by: Carthage
Perhaps the most famous use of potted animals was Hannibal Barca’s tactic against the fleets of Eumenes II of Pergamon. Hurling large clay pots full of venomous snakes onto the decks of Eumenes’ ships; he panicked the enemy fleet and won the day. Any unit struck by writhing, venomous snakes will pause to consider the wisdom of marching onwards!

• Camel Cataphracts
Can be recruited by: Parthia
The Roman general Macrinus was not noted for his experience, although had another fought the Battle of Nisbis in 217 AD, it’s hard to imagine he’d be any less stunned by the Parthian cataphract camels fielded that day. Wearing coats of tough, yet flexible, scale-mail, they made an awesome and terrifying sight as they punched through the frontlines and spooked the Roman horses with their camels’ earthy stench.

• Celtic Warhounds
Can be recruited by: Iceni, Cantiaci, Caledones, Demetae, Dunmonii, Brigantes, and Ebdani
Dogs have always been useful for guard, patrol and scout work. With skilled handlers they can also be used effectively on the battlefield. Attack dogs were specifically bred and trained to ignore the noise and chaos of combat. The Celtic tribes of the late Iron Age put them to great use. Their speed and ferocity made them ideal shock-troops, and perfect for running down fleeing stragglers.

• Mercenary Syrian Armoured Elephants
Can be hired as mercenaries in: Dura, Antioch, Tyros, and Palmeira
Indian elephants first came to the Middle East when Seleucus, one of Alexander the Great’s Successors, invaded India in 305 BC. 500 war elephants were handed over as part of the peace treaty between the Seleucid dynasty and the Mauryans of India, and the Seleucids went on to breed many more from this initial stock. War elephants remained an important part of the Seleucid army until their defeat by the Romans at Magnesia in 190 BC, following which they were forbidden from breeding more.

• Wolf Warriors
In the Germanic world, the cult of Wodenaz was so large that people of the age often had wolf-related names, such as Vulfolaic ("Wolf-dancer"), Wolfhetan ("Wolf-hide"), and Wolfdregil ("Wolf-runner"). Wolfgang, or "Wolf-gait", has remained a popular German name to this day. The Wolf Warriors, available to the Suebi and as mercenaries for holders of any province in Germania, drape themselves in wolf-hides and fight with the spirit of Wodenaz.

• Sobek Cultists
Defender of the Nile and protector of Pharaoh's power, Sobek was the crocodile-headed god of ancient Egypt from the Old Kingdom period through to the Ptolemaic dynasty and beyond. As such, crocodiles were venerated for their violent, primal qualities, and were even bred on temple sites as a living personifications of the god, and mummified when they died. With titles such as "One who buries the bodies of the crocodile-gods of the Land of the Lake" and "prophet of the crocodile-gods", the priests of the cult of Sobek served him completely in the main temple at Shedet in defence of the Pharaoh and his subjects. Clad in the hides of the sacred crocodile, the Sobek Cultists are available to recruit for Egypt.

• Mercenary Leopard Warriors
Being Egypt’s neighbour, Nubia also became, at times, its greatest enemy, and the population were often enslaved and used as soldiers. In 750BC Nubians even managed to conquer Egypt, and ruled for one hundred years, such was the deep rivalry that existed between the two. Consisting mainly of mercenaries from its various regions, the armies of Nubia were famed for their aggression and fearlessness on the battlefield. The Leopard Warriors are no exception: clad in the skins of swift and deadly leopards, they are a force to be reckoned with. Available to recruit as mercenaries when holding Egypt in the Grand Campaign.

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP/ Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card (shader model 3, vertex texture fetch support).
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 35 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen Resolution - 1024x768
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor: 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor (or greater)
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024 MB DirectX 11 compatible graphics card.
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 35 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Screen Resolution - 1920x1080
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.5
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB AMD Radeon HD 4850, NVidia GeForce 640 or Intel HD 4000
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X 10.7.5 (or later)
    • Processor: 2nd Generation Intel Core i5 (or greater)
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1GB NVidia 750 (or better)
    • Storage: 25 GB available space
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Mixed (86 reviews)
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Lcboz
Posted: July 26
This dlc really adds some interesting units into the game.
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Matius
Posted: July 4
contains cataphract camels which were shown in the pre-release trailers.
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Discount Double Kill
Posted: June 27
What a stupid thing. I got this thinking, "SNAKE POT BALLISTAS! THOSE SOUND EPIC! In reality, they suck. They do like no damage and as do none of the other onager and ballistas added in this DLC. Why would I waste a perfectly good army spot on morale decreasing units? The descriptions make it sound better than it is. The only good units are Molossian Dogs, Wolf Warriors, Celtic Warhounds, and Sobek Cultists. All the mercenaries are useless because they are territorial units. I love this game but this DLC could of had more bang for its buck.
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[1st LA] Bero
Posted: May 27
DLC shouldn't have to pay also wish the Celtic War Hounds were Irish Wolfhounds or Scottish Deerhounds rather than the general war dog.
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slayerr
Posted: May 10
as egypt you get 2 new units.
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Sir Tumbles, the Cat Lord
Posted: March 24
why shoot fatal explosive rounds at your enemys when you could be shooting spooky snakes???
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Yureina
Posted: March 2
Units that should have been in the game originally.

Negative review from me because DLCing stuff like this is stupid.
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BluesUser
Posted: February 27
I freaking love those elephants.
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Soromus
Posted: February 7
Definitley worth it.
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Ah Pook
Posted: January 25
Shame on you CA, shame
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
205 of 233 people (88%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: November 17, 2014
contains cataphract camels which were shown in the pre-release trailers. of course this put CA in a bad light.
If you are looking for Rome 2 wait for a next -75% discount sale then they are good gimmicks for the price.
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127 of 132 people (96%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: June 20, 2015
*short pre-story: That DLC contains some units, which we were able to see in pre-release trailers and gameplay videos from the СА(developer), before ROME II release in september
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actually, that story with those units harmed my trust to CA much more, than a buggy launch of Rome 2. Much more. I'm very tolerated to pc games with bugs, and can forgive buggy launch version of Rome2 easily, cuz ♥♥♥♥ happens you know. But this story with Beasts of War dlc - NO. CA were caught(so fail) on cutting content from release version. They lied. Their crаp about separate team on dlc's, separate budgets etc etc is bull sh*t now.
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110 of 124 people (89%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: January 16, 2015
Beasts of War is composed of absurdities and things that should have been in at release. Molossian Dogs, Celtic Warhounds and Wolf Warriors were necessary units to flesh out their respectively underwhelming rosters. Epirus was a paid-for-faction, that required more paid-for-content. Camel Cataphracts were seen pre-release, their existence was denied by CA, then they had to apologize for lying. Another unit that should have been at-release.

The Onagers and Ballista are pointless gimmicks that do not DO anything and should just have been added as ammo types, not as useless units. The artillery types weren’t even implemented correctly, with many Greek/Hellenic factions not getting the Beehive Onagers, Armenia doesn’t have the Scorpion Pot Ballista (but Pontus and Parthia do) and even though the use of the snakes is attributed to a war between Bithynia and Pergamon, neither of those factions get the Snake Pot Ballista.

Sobek Cultists, Wolf Warriors and Mercenary Leopard Warriors are examples of what this pack SHOULD have been made of, units that were a little out there, but added to the rosters in a respectful way. The Leopard Warriors should have also been included into the Aethiopian factions’ regular roster.

Just an edit: Sobek Cultists, Mercenary Leopard Warriors and Wolf Warriors were added after the actual release of the game. That they needed to add content to paid content is absurd.
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74 of 80 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: March 23, 2015
Another rip-off DLC that should really have been included in the game.
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66 of 72 people (92%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: March 2
Units that should have been in the game originally.

Negative review from me because DLCing stuff like this is stupid.
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133 of 186 people (72%) found this review helpful
128 people found this review funny
Recommended
Posted: November 29, 2014
Allowed me to make vast armies of blood thirsty camels which I used to wage war on all the known world, slaying everything in my path and thus establishing the New Camel Republic.

10/10
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49 of 55 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: May 27, 2015
I have to agree this is not worth $3.

I purchased in a bundle so I might have paid 1/4 that, but as noted by other posters, it is content that was not necessary or that should already have been in.
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54 of 69 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: January 25
Shame on you CA, shame
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34 of 38 people (89%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: October 24, 2015
no more day one dlc
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35 of 44 people (80%) found this review helpful
33 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: August 30, 2015
why have dogs when you can have levy freemen? there's almost no difference.
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