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This article is about the technology in Age of Empires II. For the technologies in Age of Empires, see Chain Mail.

Chain Mail Armor is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Blacksmith once the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, it increases infantry armor and pierce armor by +1.

Chain Mail Armor is available for all civilizations except for the Tatars.

Plate Mail Armor is the further upgrade of this technology.

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Bulgarians: Chain Mail Armor costs 50% less food.
  • Chinese: Chain Mail Armor is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Incas: Chain Mail Armor benefits Villagers.
  • Spanish: Chain Mail Armor costs no gold.
  • Portuguese: Researching Chain Mail Armor is 30% faster.

Team bonuses[]

  • A team containing Bulgarians: Researching Chain Mail Armor is 80% faster.


Armor made of linked metal chains was an improvement over a cascade of metal scales. It had greater intergrity and held up better after taking some damage. Whereas a row of scales might come loose after a blow, chain mail armor stayed largely intact. Because the linked chains were smaller than the scales they replaced, chain mail armor was more flexible and comfortable to wear. While an improvement, chain mail armor was also more expensive and time-consuming to manufacture.


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