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Metallurgy is a technology in Age of Empires that can be researched at the Storage Pit once the Iron Age is reached and Metalworking is researched. Once researched, it increases the attack of all melee units (except elephants) by +3. Metallurgy is required to upgrade Heavy Cavalry to Cataphracts.

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The use of iron spread throughout the Mediterranean, Middle East, and Asia during the first millenium B.C., and some areas became especially adept at the new science.  Certain campgrounds added to the molten metal increased the strength of the resulting tools.  New forging techniques also resulted in better tools.  The best iron tool workers made superior weapons that were an important advantage in battle.
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