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Total War: ROME II – Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack

The Black Sea Colonies Culture Pack introduces three new playable factions into the ROME II Grand Campaign: Cimmeria, Pergamon and Colchis.

Originally citizens of the Greek States, these pioneering peoples have settled far from home, intermingling their customs with those of far-flung societies to create unique cultures of their own. The Black Sea Colonies bring a rich new gameplay flavour to ROME II through their unique traits, battlefield units and buildings, and hybrid unit-rosters.

Black Sea Colonies Cultural traits:
Greek Knowledge: +5% to research rate
Far from Home: +2 cultural conversion


The Cimmerian Bosporus has been fought over for its resources and strategic importance for millennia. The adventurous Greeks of Miletus, in Asia Minor, formed several colonies around the Black Sea coast during the 6th and 7th centuries BC in order to exploit its resources for trade with the wider Greek world. By the beginning of the 5th century BC their government had gravitated from classical Greek democracy to control by a single family. The current ruler, Satyrus, conquered nearby Greek cities, heralding the birth of the Cimmerian Kingdom, and a dynasty of rulers that endures to this day. Despite this strength, Cimmeria remains under threat from the surrounding nomadic tribes, and from the avaricious gaze of nearby Pontus, whose military strength may yet prove its undoing.

Faction Traits:
Tyrants: +5% corruption
Bosporian Fertile Lands: +25% wealth from agricultural buildings
Multiculturalism: -25% unhappiness from all foreign cultures in own territories

New units:
Scythian Hoplites: Armed in the Greek style with spear and shield, these medium infantry are solid defenders.

Cimmerian Heavy Archers: A truly multirole unit, these heavily-armoured archers trade their bows for spears when the enemy draws close.

Cimmerian Noble Infantry: Noble Infantry are drilled to a peerless standard in the classic hoplite style.

Picked Peltasts: Accurate and determined, these javelin-armed skirmishers can pack a devastating punch.

Unit roster:
Greek/Scythian hybrid

Unique Buildings:
Rose Marl Building
Sanctuary of Demeter


Although a minor player up to that point, Pergamon came to prominence during the struggle of Alexander the Great’s Successors for control of his fragmented empire. An ambitious lieutenant named Philetaerus acquired control over the fortress city and led Pergamon into a new golden age of culture and learning, building an impressive acropolis and a temple to Pergamon’s patron goddess, Athena. Not yet a kingdom in the truest sense, the time is right for expansion beyond its current borders. There are also new threats to be faced from Galatia, the duplicitous Pontus and Cappadocia. Pergamon must be strong if it is to meet these challenges and fulfil its destiny as a mighty Successor state.

Faction Traits:
Great Builders: -25% to all building costs
Military Underdogs: +10% non-mercenary recruitment cost
Town Growth: +4 growth in all provinces

New units:
Agema Spears: The cream of Pergamon’s infantry, these elite defenders will hold the line against the odds.

Pergamon Noble Cavalry: Hardy and proud, the lance-wielding Noble Cavalry of Pergamon can execute a devastating charge.

Picked Peltasts: These elite, javelin-armed skirmishers are trained to a superior standard.

Unit roster:
Greek/Hellenic/Galatian hybrid

Unique buildings:
Great Altar of Pergamon
Library of Pergamon
Spring of Asclepius
Baths of Asclepius
Sanctuary of Asclepius

Unique technology:


Far to the east of the Black Sea, at the very edge of the Greek world, lies Colchis. A place of legend, it is said to have been the final destination on Jason’s quest for the Golden Fleece. Around the 6th century BC, Greek traders from Militus arrived to construct a thriving mercantile economy from this former Persian satrapy. Its current ruler controls a powerful Greek trading state with strong Scythian influences and a nobility who extol the finest qualities of both cultures. His warriors fight in the Greek fashion, yet the ferocity of their nomadic past is very much alive. As such, Colchis has set out to conquer much of the land around it - to absorb further Scythian tribes, and as many former-Persian lands as possible, into his burgeoning empire.

Faction traits:
Trade Crossroads: +15% trade income
Golden Legacy: Major diplomatic penalty with Greek factions
Assimilation: +4 happiness from presence of other cultures

New units:
Colchian Nobles: Heavily armoured and drilled to blunt the mightiest charge, Colchian Nobles are a force to be reckoned with.

Unit roster:
Greek/Eastern hybrid

Unique Buildings:
Temple of the Golden Fleece
Trade Centre

System Requirements

Mac OS X
    • OS: XP/ Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor:2 GHz Intel Dual Core processor / 2.6 GHz Intel Single Core processor
    • Memory:2GB RAM
    • Graphics:512 MB DirectX 9.0c compatible card (shader model 3, vertex texture fetch support).
    • DirectX®:9.0c
    • Hard Drive:35 GB HD space
    • Additional:Screen Resolution - 1024x768
    • OS:Windows 7 / Windows 8
    • Processor:2nd Generation Intel Core i5 processor (or greater)
    • Memory:4GB RAM
    • Graphics:1024 MB DirectX 11 compatible graphics card.
    • DirectX®:11
    • Hard Drive:35 GB HD space
    • Additional:Screen Resolution - 1920x1080
    • Operating System: OS X 10.7.5
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5
    • RAM: 4 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 25 GB
    • Video Card: 512 MB AMD Radeon HD 4850, NVidia GeForce 640 or Intel HD 4000
    • Screen Resolution: 1024x768.

    Unsupported graphics chipsets for Mac: NVidia GeForce 9 series, GeForce 300 series, GeForce Quadro series, AMD Radeon HD 4000 series, Radeon HD 2000 series
    • Operating System: OS X 10.7.5 (or later)
    • Processor: 2nd Generation
    Intel Core i5 (or greater)
    • RAM: 8 GB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 25 GB
    • Video Card: 1 GB NVidia 750 (or better)
    • Screen Resolution: 1920x1080.

    Unsupported graphics chipsets for Mac: NVidia GeForce 9 series, GeForce 300 series, GeForce Quadro series, AMD Radeon HD 4000 series, Radeon HD 2000 series
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Mixed (68 reviews)
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Posted: April 19
Great DLC
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John the armenian
Posted: March 26
its insulting, this is literally mod quality but costs $8
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manny bear
Posted: March 17
Cimmeria got me my bloodthursty medal
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Posted: March 2
Woohoo for more faction DLC.

SEGA... you suck.
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Posted: February 7
It's a great addition.
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Posted: January 2
I buy this on sale 1.87 and its ok.DONT buy it on its regular price not worth!!!!I recomended only if its on sale!!!
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Posted: December 25, 2015
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Posted: August 21, 2015
I bought this mode, but I cannot play as a Pergamon and Colchis. Is there anyone who can help me?
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Posted: August 12, 2015
Shame om you
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Posted: July 19, 2015
A nice add-on to the game.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
204 of 239 people (85%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Posted: November 21, 2014
If you're a fan of Greek units then The Black Sea Colonies will appeal a bit more to you. They are fairly unique because each faction is a hybrid of greek and some other culture. Cimmeria is a great faction with a nice mix of steppe horsemen and greek hoplites, allowing you to pin troops down and hit them in the back with missile cavalry.

Pergamon also have some cool units, mainly the Agema spears, which are a pretty powerful unit, though their roster lacks any quality in high tier gameplay.

Colchis are tough to start with and have a poor roster, so aren't very interesting in my opinion.

It all comes down to how much factions are worth to you personally. For a more in depth look at what you get, the factions, the traits, tech, buildings and units check out my full review here:

I recommend it because I enjoy greek factions and Cimmeria are a truely unique faction in terms of gameplay and have an interesting starting condition and a cool set of victory conditions.
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154 of 175 people (88%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: January 16, 2015
Black Sea Colonies is an arbitrary DLC. The “culture” of it as separate from the Greek States is tenuous at best; if they were to create this kind of culture group it would have been far better served as “Apoikia & E mporion”, references to the old Greek colonies across the Mediterranean. From that, both Syracuse and Massilia would also be fit into that culture and down the line Cyrenaica. Pergamon is also historically part of the Successors, and should be under their heading in the game, not as a colony, which is even addressed in their faction write-up for the game. Pergamon is literally not on the Black Sea, it is against the Aegean.

None of the rosters presented feel finished. Pergamon and Colchis are both empty, and Cimmeria feels conflicted. Pergamon seems to want to focus on infantry, but they lack a real punch, have no Thorax Swordsmen or Pikemen. Colchis’ write-up goes on and on about Scythian influence, but they don’t have a single Scythian unit to show for it and they lack so many basics of Hellenic factions. Without going into minute details, every faction in this pack needs a complete overhaul, not just because they have empty rosters, but because they offer nothing unique in their supposed “hybrid” rosters.
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119 of 135 people (88%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
Posted: November 26, 2014
Well, as a Greek myself, I kind of like playing as a Greek, a Hellenistic or a Balkan faction. Moreover, as a Greek of Black Sea ancestry in particular, I enjoy it twice as much. But let's stick to the game.

+1 for the new factions which are always interesting... Well, almost always!
+1 for the fact that their victory conditions do not include conquering Italia and Rome but rather expanding East, the Greek way.
+1 for the fact that they're hybrid in terms of units. Greeks were open-minded and adapted many things of their new homelands. I like seeing Greek Hoplites, Levy Pikemen, Galatian Swordsmen and Steppe Cavalry all together.
+1 for the fact that (excluding Colchis in some way) both Pergamon and Cimmeria are recommended for a new player if one's not willing to try Rome itself and wanrs to try a Greek faction. At least that's what I think, maybe I'm wrong. But surely it's not like Epirus or Syracuse.

-1 for the usual price of 7.49 euros for 3 factions. Come on, you guys at CA! Really?
-1 for the fact that unit rosters could be better. More specific, Pergamon could have a few Thracian-like units, Eastern-like units and, of course, the Phrygian Infantry (yeap, the guys with the smurf hats!).
-1 for the fact that all latter Greek factions lack the variety of advantages and disadvantafes of the Greek States. We have the Athenean Navy, the Spartan Army but all others, although they're not, feel a little similar to each other.

To be honest, I'd buy the DLC out of perfectionism and only, even if the factions were Arabian, for example (which I don't like, I'd say). And aside from the whole Greek thing, I'd recommend it. Especially for those that seek to play a Greek faction with a variety of non-Greek units and don't want to face the Greek Troubles early on.
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166 of 243 people (68%) found this review helpful
14 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: February 16, 2015
Shame on Creative assembly for all the overpriced and abusive downloadable items.

Total war fans, show your discontent for Creative Assembly's practices !

Note : This is a general criticism of Rome II's marketing scheme, and not DLC specific.
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32 of 41 people (78%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Posted: December 15, 2014
Personally i think this was a good edition as these factions, especially Pergamon, seem to be great fun and placed in interesting areas. Almost as soon as you start you are fighting battles most turns. I do think it should have been a free-LC or cheaper than it is but i would still recommend this add on.
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33 of 44 people (75%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: February 28, 2015
Random Greek colonies. Uh... yay? They do mix the game up with hybrid factions as the colonies include the native people mixed in. This is honestly quite shallow and I can only suggest it on sale.
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59 of 92 people (64%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
Posted: March 2
Woohoo for more faction DLC.

SEGA... you suck.
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22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Posted: February 15, 2015
New buildings.
New units.
New area of the map to start in.

Not too extensive, most units copy/paste of other factions.

Overall: Would recommend when on offer. and one of the more desirable minor faction packs.
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27 of 40 people (68%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
Posted: June 20, 2015
Incredibly good game, i LOVE total war series, !BUT! the exploitation of the player through FORCING you to buy a vast amount of DLCs is just inacceptable. I will not buy the next Total War, if it will be like this again. 16 Euros for HALF the DLC, and all of the Cultures i bought should have been and already ARE in the game, but if i want to PLAY them myself, i have to pay!
I am very upset and i want the players to stand up against this exploitation, that is killing the fun we have with the game by charging us while playing.
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Posted: November 27, 2014
They finally added 2 of my personal top 3 factions i wanted in the game (cimmeria and the other was the free lc, massalia).
And i must say, god i love cimmeria. Good infantry to pin ennemy lines, good cavalry and very good foot missile units. Ok, horse archer alway beat foot archer, but on city defense, its the other way around so yay. And the picked peltast are awesome, they got more ammo (10 instead of 7) do more damage and are capable to defend themselve in melee, making them a good flanking unit if need be.
Now if CA can add the etruscan league to the playable roster, my personal top 3 will be complete :D
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