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Chain Mail is a recurring upgrade in many Age of Empires games. It adds armor to certain units when researched.

Age of Empires Edit

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Chain 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 Archers costs 150 Food and 100 Gold and increases archer armor by another 2 points.

  • Chain Mail for Cavalry

Chain Mail Cavalry costs 175 Food and 100 Gold and increases cavalry armor by another 2 points. This technology is required in order to upgrade to Heavy Horse Archer.

  • Chain Mail Infantry

Chain Mail Infantry costs 125 Food and 100 Gold and increases infantry armor by another 2 points.

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.

History Edit

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.

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