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This article is about the archer units in Age of Empires. For archers in other games of the series, see Archers.

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Archers in Age of Empires are one of the four combat forces on land, the other ones being infantry, cavalry, and siege weapons. Archers are ranged soldiers, either on foot or mounted.

General information[edit | edit source]

Apart from the Slinger (who is available at the Barracks), all archers are trained at the Archery Range.

Armor upgrades are available at the Storage Pit and range upgrades at the Market, whereas Alchemy and Ballistics are both researched at the Government Center, along with the Nobility technology, which affects (among others) ranged cavalry units.

List of archers[edit | edit source]

Archer Building A HP At Ar PA R ROF LOS Sp F W G S TT
Bowman.jpg Bowman Archery Range
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35 3 0 0 5 1.4 7 1.2 40 20 0 0 30
Improved bowman.png Improved Bowman Archery Range
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40 4 0 0 6 1.4 8 1.2 40 0 20 0 30
CompositeBowman AoE.png Composite Bowman Archery Range
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45 5 0 0 7 1.4 9 1.2 40 0 20 0 30
Slingeraoeicon.png Slinger Barracks
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25 2 0 2 4 1.5 5 1.2 40 0 0 10 24
ChariotarcherAoE.jpg Chariot Archer Archery Range
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70 4 0 0 7 1.5 9 2 40 70 0 0 40
Elephantarchericonaoe1.png Elephant Archer Archery Range
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600 6 0 0 7 1.5 8 0.9 180 0 45 0 50
HorseArcher1.gif Horse Archer Archery Range
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60 7 0 1 7 1.5 9 2.2 50 0 70 0 40
HHA1.gif Heavy Horse Archer Archery Range
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90 8 0 1 7 1.5 9 2.5 50 0 70 0 40

Technologies[edit | edit source]

Listed below are technologies that benefit archers. This list does not contain unit upgrades.

Technology Researched at Age Civilizations Effect
Woodworking.png Woodworking Market
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All Increases range by +1
Artisanship.png Artisanship Market
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15 Increases range by +1
Craftsmanship.png Craftsmanship Market
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12 Increases range by +1
Leatherarmorarchersicon.png Leather Armor Archers Storage Pit
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All Increases armor by +2
Scalearmorarchersicon.png Scale Armor Archers Storage Pit
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All Increases armor by +2
Chainmailarchersicon.png Chain Mail Archers Storage Pit
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12 Increases armor by +2
Alchemy.png Alchemy Government Center
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12 Increases attack by +1
NobilityIcon.png Nobility Government Center
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14 Cavalry +15% hit points
Ballistics.png Ballistics Government Center
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14 Increases accuracy

Civilizations[edit | edit source]

  • The Egyptians, Hittites, Minoans, and Yamato are the only civilizations to have available all technologies that benefit exclusively archer units, whereas the Persians are the only ones to have all available archer units.
  • On the other hand, the Greeks, Minoans, and Romans lack all ranged cavalry lines.
  • Civilizations with prominent archers include the Assyrians, Egyptians, Hittites, and Persians. The Minoans also boast the best foot archers, but lack all three ranged cavalry lines.

Civilization bonuses[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • All three civilizations that lack 3 out of 4 Archery Range unit lines are located in Europe. This is partially justified, as neither Greeks nor Romans were renowned for mounted archery traditions.
  • About the Minoans on the other hand, it is unknown whether they practiced archery on the first place, as most details concerning their warfare are shrouded in mystery.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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