Ring Archer Armor
Age AvailableImperial Age
Cost 250 Food,
250 Gold
StatsArcher armor +1 and pierce armor +2
Ring Archer Armor is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Blacksmith. Once researched, this Technology increases Archer armor by +1 and pierce armor by +2. It is the highest defensive upgrade available for archers in Age of Empires II and is generally accessible only to archer-specialized civilizations such as the Mongols or the Britons.

Trivia Edit

  • Technically speaking, Ring armor (ringmail) is a synonym for chain armor, a tier-2 upgrade for infantry and cavalry. Unlike their melee counterparts, archers were unlikely to wear a full pauldron of mail armor for two reasons:
  1. Archers were almost always of a lower social standing than knights and thus could not afford such protection.
  2. Full suits of mail were both cumbersome and heavy, negatively affecting the mobility and fire rate of archers.

Limited and partial sets of ringmail were often available for archers of a professional army, however.

History Edit

As the Middle Ages progressed, light troops were more aggressively employed in battle. They supported pikemen phalanxes and were put into combined formations with these units. Crossbowmen needed to get close to the enemy to shoot. During assaults on fortifications and castles, they were exposed to enemy fire. In conjunction with their more aggressive roles, the armor that light troops wore was upgraded to ring, or chain mail. This was the lightest and most flexible of the metal armors and minimized interference with fighting, while providing better protection than padded leather.

Missile / Siege Technologies
Fletching | Bodkin Arrow | Bracer | Padded Archer Armor | Leather Archer Armor | Ring Archer Armor | Ballistics | Murder Holes | Heated Shot | Chemistry | Siege Engineers | Thumb Ring | Parthian Tactics

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