|Age Available||Dark Age|
|Stats||Villagers +15 HP, +1 armor and +2 pierce armor|
|Available To||All civilisations|
Loom is the only technology available in the Dark Age and costs just 50 Gold. Loom is effective during the early game, as it helps protect villagers from an early attack, but decreases in effectiveness as the strength of enemy armies increases. However, it is the cheapest technology in the game, and can be researched almost instantly, so it is usually the first technology a player will research. Additonally, Loom makes villagers far more formidable against wolves. Without Loom, a single villager will lose to any wolf which attacks the villager first.
The invention of the loom and the ability to weave cloth was an important ancient technology that was quickly recovered during the Dark Ages. Good wool clothes were an important asset that lengthened life expectancy in the Northern European climate. Raising sheep for wool and then making cloth was one of the early important industries of the Middle Ages. - from Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings game manual
|Economic Technologies (Age of Empires II)|
Town Center: I: Loom II: Wheelbarrow III: Hand Cart