Elephants in general in AoE2 are very rarely used in serious disputes … except perhaps only the Malay, because they have a discount on the elephant’s manufacturing cost.
I have never seen a Persian use elephants in a competitive game, most likely because it is the most expensive elephant and because they are easily fought by monks or spearmen.
But then what could be done to make elephants more attractive in strategy in a more competitive setting?
I would like elephants to receive Nerfs in their status in some way in order to receive Buff, which in this case will be to reduce the cost of making them, making them cheaper, but even more expensive than cavalry.
So it would be the player’s decision to use heavy cavalry for mobility and armor or to use elephants even though they are slower than a cavalry, but can trample and have a little more life.
Does anyone have any suggestions?