Chain Mail is a recurring upgrade in many Age of Empires games. It adds armor to certain units when researched.
Age of Empires EditChain Mail is a group of technologies in Age of Empires. All are researched in the Iron Age, at the Storage Pit as long as the previous armour upgrades has been researched.
- Chain Mail Archers
- Chain Mail for Cavalry
- Chain Mail Infantry
Age of Empires II Edit
Chain mail is available as a defensive upgrade for infantry, archers and cavalry at the Blacksmith.
- For the Age of Empires II technologies, see Chain Mail Armor, Chain Barding Armor and Ring Archer Armor.
Chain mail was an improvement over scale mail, being less penetrable and boasting better durability. Chain mail was generally expensive as metal was in low supply and high demand. Chainmail was often worn over thick woolen padding, and it itself was worn under a suit of plate armor for knights. Being flexible, chain mail remained in use long after the widespread use of platemail owing to its ability to protect the joints (elbows, knees, groin, neck etc.) something the inflexible plate was not designed to do.