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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.

Chain Mail Archers is required for the Heavy Horse Archer upgrade in the Iron Age.

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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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