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Metalworking is a technology in Age of Empires that can be researched at the Storage Pit once the Bronze Age is reached and Toolworking is researched. Once researched, it increases the attack of all melee units (except elephants) by +2. Metallurgy is the further upgrade of this technology.

Affected units[]

Civilization bonuses[]

Team bonuses[]

  • Palmyrans AoE Palmyrans: Researching Metalworking is 30% faster.

History[]

The discovery and use of iron to make tools and weapons was one of the most important advances in civilization.  Some historians consider the use of iron to be one of the distinguishing characteristics separating civilization from barbarism because the new tools were less brittle, could hold better edges, and held edges for a longer time without resharpening.Most importantly, iron ore was much easier to locate than copper and tin, making iron tools cheaper and more readily available.  By 1000 B.C., iron tools were being made that were as good as the best ones of bronze; by 500 B.C., iron had largely supplanted bronze from Europe and Asia.  The expanse and scarcity of bronze had restricted its use to the elite and wealthy.  Iron tools and weapons were available to nearly everyone.
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Technologies in Age of Empires
Economic technologies
WoodWoodworking Woodworking · Artisanship Artisanship · Craftsmanship Craftsmanship
FoodDomestication Domestication · PlowAOE Plow · Irrigation AOE Irrigation
GoldGold Mining Gold Mining · Coinage Coinage
StoneStone Mining Stone Mining · Siegecraft Siegecraft
MiscellaneousWheelicon Wheel · Jihad Zealotry
Military technologies
GeneralBallistics Ballistics · Alchemy Alchemy · RoR Conscription Conscription
InfantryToolworking Toolworking · Metalworkingicon Metalworking · Metallurgyicon Metallurgy
Leatherarmorinfantryicon Leather Armor Infantry · Scalearmorinfantryicon Scale Armor Infantry · Chainmailinfantryicon Chain Mail Infantry
Bronzeshieldicon Bronze Shield · Ironshieldicon Iron Shield · Towershieldicon Tower Shield
Logistics Logistics
Aristocracy Aristocracy
Slinger-0 SlingerStone Mining Stone Mining · Siegecraft Siegecraft
Bronzeshieldicon Bronze Shield · Ironshieldicon Iron Shield · Towershieldicon Tower Shield
Logistics Logistics
CavalryToolworking Toolworking · Metalworkingicon Metalworking · Metallurgyicon Metallurgy
Leatherarmorcavalryicon Leather Armor Cavalry · Scalearmorcavalryicon Scale Armor Cavalry · Chainmailcavalryicon Chain Mail Cavalry
NobilityIcon Nobility
ArcherWoodworking Woodworking · Artisanship Artisanship · Craftsmanship Craftsmanship
Leatherarmorarchersicon Leather Armor Archers · Scalearmorarchersicon Scale Armor Archers · Chainmailarchersicon Chain Mail Archers
7 Scout Ship Scout ShipWoodworking Woodworking · Artisanship Artisanship · Craftsmanship Craftsmanship
SiegeEngineering Engineering
AoE2 DE priest icon PriestAstrology Astrology · Mysticism Mysticism · Polytheism Polytheism · Afterlife Afterlife · Monotheism Monotheism · Fanaticism Fanaticism · Medicine Medicine · RoR Theocracy Theocracy
BuildingArchitecture aoe Architecture · RoR City Watch City Watch · RoR Urbanization Urbanization
Miscellaneous technologies
Writing Writing
Unit/Building unlocking/upgrade technologies
IndividualBattle Axe Battle Axe · Catapult Trireme technology Catapult Trireme · Research Small Wall Small Wall · Research Watch Tower Watch Tower
SeriesAoe improved bow icon Improved Bow · Aoe composite bow icon Composite Bow
Broad Sword Broad Sword · Long Sword Long Sword
Unused or removed technologies
Martyrdom Sacrifice · RoR City Watch Scouting · Short Sword Short Sword · Mathematics Mathematics
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