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Hauberk is a technology in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition - Dawn of the Dukes that is unique to the Sicilians and can be researched at the Castle once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it grants the player's Knights and Cavaliers +1 melee armor and +2 pierce armor. It replaces the previous Imperial Age unique technology for the Sicilians, Scutage.


As the Sicilian land units have a 50% bonus resistance against their usual counters, this technology will further improve their Cavaliers with extra armor. As a result, the Sicilian Cavaliers are better in melee combat against other Cavaliers (except the Bulgarian, Lithuanian with 4 Relics, Teutonic, and Malian Cavalier for raw strength; Berber and Polish ones from a cost perspective). More importantly, their pierce armor is eventually higher than an ordinary Paladin, taking more Arbalester shots (up to 70) than even the Frankish Paladin, which takes 64. In conjunction with the First Crusade technology, which gives conversion resistance, and the 50% bonus damage resistance, the Sicilian Cavalier becomes one of the toughest units to kill, especially in 1 vs 1. Due to its price it should be researched last, after other Blacksmith armor upgrades.

However, in team games, if some enemy player manages to get Paladins, War or Battle Elephants, or strong cavalry unique units like the Boyar, the Sicilian Cavalier could eventually fall.


A hauberk or byrnie is a shirt of mail. The term is usually used to describe a shirt reaching at least to mid-thigh and including sleeves. Such armor was quite expensive—both in materials (iron wire) and time/skill required to manufacture it—so common foot soldiers rarely were so equipped. By the mid-12th century, hauberks had expanded to include longer sleeves and more protection for the legs.

The Bayeux Tapestry, which was completed sometime in the 1080s is by far the best pictorial source of information about the arms and armor of the Normans. It illustrates the usual form of body armor used by the Norman horseman as a knee-length hauberk that had three-quarter-length sleeves and was split from hem to crotch to facilitate riding. The mail formed of interlinked, riveted rings could be made very strong and, because of its pliability, still gave the soldier complete freedom of movement.


Dawn of the Dukes[]

  • Hauberk introduced as replacement for Scutage, and costs 500 food, 400 gold.

Dynasties of India[]