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This article is about the archer technology. For other uses, see Chain Mail.

Chain Mail Archers is a technology in Age of Empires that can be researched at the Storage Pit once the Iron Age is reached. Once researched, it increases the armor of all archer units by +2, giving them more resistance to melee attacks.

It is available to all civilizations except the Carthaginians, Choson, and Phoenicians.

Before Return of Rome, Chain Mail Archers was also required for the Heavy Horse Archer upgrade in the Iron Age.

Affected units[]

Team bonuses[]

  • Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans: Researching Chain Mail Archers is 30% faster.

Changelog[]

ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires[]

  • Researching Chain Mail Archers is required to upgrade Horse Archers to Heavy Horse Archers.
  • Babylonians AoE Babylonians: Cannot research Chain Mail Archers.

Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Babylonians: With update 46777, Chain Mail Archers is added to the technology tree.

AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome[]

  • Researching Chain Mail Archers is not required to upgrade Horse Archers to Heavy Horse Archers.
  • Babylonians: Upon release, Chain Mail Archers was removed from the technology tree. With hotfix 85208, it is readded.

History[]

Chain mail was a type of body armor made of iron circlets woven together into a cloak.  The interlocking chains of iron protected the body somewhat from weapons that slashed or pounded.  Chain mail was also flexible and allowed more freedom of body movement than armor made of metal plates.  The disadvantages of chain mail were that it required a lot of care, was heavy, and was expensive to make.  Chain mail was worn only by wealthy or powerful individuals who could purchase or demand its manufacture.
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