Bodkin Arrow is a technology in Age of Empires II available at the Blacksmith upon reaching the Castle Age. Once researched, it increases archer, tower, Castle, and Galley attack and range by +1. Town Centers receive +1 attack, but no range bonus.

Bracer is the further upgrade of this technology.

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Chinese: Bodkin Arrow is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Spanish: Bodkin Arrow does not cost gold.

Trivia Edit

  • The icon for the Bodkin Arrow technology does not show a bodkin arrowhead, but the triangle pointed version that it superseded, as mentioned in the History section below. This is corrected in the Definitive Edition and is the only icon that varies significantly between both versions.

History Edit

The bodkin arrow was an innovation that made archers of all types more effective against men wearing armor. The bodkin was simply a straight point intended to puncture, rather than a typical broad point intended to slice as it penetrated. The broad point was fine for hunting or use against unarmored targets, but armor effectively dissipated its energy. The bodkin concentrated its power in the point and could penetrate any armor at a sufficiently short range. The English longbowmen at Agincourt lofted barrages of bodkin arrows down upon the dense ranks of French knights. The bodkins, aided by the force of gravity, penetrated helmets, shoulders, legs, and arms when they struck perpendicularly to the face of armor.
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