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Bracer is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Blacksmith once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it increases the range, attack, and Line of Sight of units and buildings that attack with arrows, most notably archers, Castles, and towers, by +1. Town Centers receive +1 attack and Line of Sight, but no range improvement.

Galleys, Longboats, Caravels, Harbors, and Kreposts also benefit from Bracer as well as Skirmishers, Genitours, and Bombard Towers, even though the latter three do not use arrows.

Availability chart[]

Braceravailable AvailableBracerunavailable Unavailable

Maximum range[]

Several civilizations also have either bonuses or unique technologies that increase the range of either units or buildings:

  • The Armenians have Cilician Fleet, which provides +1 range to their Galleons, and have access to Bracer. As a result, they have the Galleons with the longest range.
  • The Britons have a bonus that gives their foot archers +1/+2 range in the Castle/Imperial Age and to Yeomen, which increases the range by one and also benefits Skirmishers, as well as access to Bracer. As a result, they have the foot archers and Skirmishers (the latter tied with the Aztec Skirmisher with Atlatl) with the longest range.
  • The Magyars have Recurve Bow, which provides +1 range and attack to their Heavy Cavalry Archers and Kipchaks (with a Cuman ally), and have access to Bracer. As a result, they have the Cavalry Archers with the longest range.
  • The Koreans have Eupseong, which gives their towers +2 range, and have access to Bracer. As a result, they have the Keeps with the longest range.
  • The Turks have Artillery, which gives their Bombard Towers +2 range, and have access to Bracer. As a result, they have the Bombard Towers with the longest range.
  • Despite lacking Bracer, the Teutons have the Castles with the longest range, thanks to Crenellations, which gives their Castles +3 range.

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]

Changelog[]

AoEIIDE icon Definitive Edition[]

  • With update 42848:
    • Bulgarians AoE2 Bulgarians: Initially, the team bonus makes Bracer research 50% faster. With the update, Bracer is researched 80% faster. Bracer costs -50% food.
    • Portuguese AoE2 Portuguese: Bracer is researched 30% faster as a civilization bonus.

AoE2Icon-DynastiesIndia Dynasties of India[]

History[]

The bracer was a hard leather guard worn on an archer's forward hand. This improvement had the duel advantage of supporting the wrist, which would grow quite weary after many shots, and protecting the inside of the arm from the fletching of launched arrows. Without protection, the arm could be cut over the course of many shots and weaken the archer to the point of taking him out of combat. The bracer was an important improvement for archers that made them more effective.
Age of Empires II manual

Trivia[]

Technologies in Age of Empires II
Economic technologies
MaleVillDEFEMALEVILLDE VillagerWheelbarrowDE Wheelbarrow · HandcartDE Hand Cart
Aoe2de food FoodHorseCollarDE Horse Collar · HeavyPlowDE Heavy Plow · CropRotationDE Crop Rotation
GillnetsDE Gillnets
Aoe2de wood WoodDoubleBitAxe aoe2DE Double-Bit Axe · BowSawDE Bow Saw · TwoManSawDE Two-Man Saw
Aoe2de gold GoldGoldMiningDE Gold Mining · GoldShaftMiningDE Gold Shaft Mining
CaravanDE Caravan
Aoe2de stone StoneStoneMiningDE Stone Mining · StoneShaftMiningDE Stone Shaft Mining
Civilian shipsDryDockDE Dry Dock · ShipwrightDE Shipwright
Market aoe2DE MarketCoinageDE Coinage · BankingDE Banking
GuildsDE Guilds
Military technologies
GeneralConscriptionDE Conscription
HeresyDE Heresy · Devotion icon AoE2DE Devotion · FaithDE Faith
Melee unitsForging aoe2de Forging · IronCastingDE Iron Casting · BlastFurnaceDE Blast Furnace
CavalryBloodlinesDE Bloodlines · HusbandryDE Husbandry
ScaleBardingArmorDE Scale Barding Armor · ChainBardingDE Chain Barding Armor · PlateBardingArmorDE Plate Barding Armor
InfantrySuplliesicon Supplies · AoE2 Gambesons Gambesons · SquiresDE Squires · ArsonDE Arson
ScaleMailArmorDE Scale Mail Armor · ChainMailArmorDE Chain Mail Armor · PlateMailArmorDE Plate Mail Armor
Ranged unitsBallisticsDE Ballistics · ChemistryDE Chemistry
FletchingDE Fletching · BodkinArrowDE Bodkin Arrow · BracerDE Bracer
ArchersPaddedArcherArmorDE Padded Archer Armor · LeatherArcherArmorDE Leather Archer Armor · RingArcherArmorDE Ring Archer Armor
ThumbRingDE Thumb Ring · ParthianTacticsDE Parthian Tactics
SiegeSiegeEngineersDE Siege Engineers
ShipCareeningDE Careening · DryDockDE Dry Dock
ShipwrightDE Shipwright
WarGalleyDE War Galley
BuildingTownWatchDE Town Watch · TownPatrolDE Town Patrol
Masonry aoe2de Masonry · ArchitectureDE Architecture
HeatedShotDE Heated Shot · ArrowSlitsDE Arrowslits · MurderHolesDE Murder Holes · TreadmillCraneDE Treadmill Crane · HoardingsDE Hoardings · BombardTower aoe2DE Bombard Tower
HerbalDE Herbal Medicine
MonkRedemptionDE Redemption · AtonementDE Atonement · SanctityDE Sanctity · FervorDE Fervor · IlluminationDE Illumination · BlockPrintingDE Block Printing · TheocracyDE Theocracy
MaleVillDEFEMALEVILLDE VillagerLoomDE Loom · SapperDE Sappers
Miscellaneous technologies
SpiesDE Spies · SpiesDE Treason · UniqueTechCastle-DEUniqueTechImperialDE Unique technologies
Removed/cut generic technologies
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