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Padded Archer Armor is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Blacksmith. Once researched, it increases the armor and pierce armor of all archers by +1.

Leather Archer Armor is the further upgrade of this technology.

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Bulgarians: Padded Archer Armor costs 50% less food.
  • Chinese: Padded Archer Armor is 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Koreans: Leather Archer Armor is free.
  • Portuguese: Researching Padded Archer Armor is 30% faster.

Team bonuses[]

  • A team containing Bulgarians: Researching Padded Archer Armor is 80% faster.


Definitive Edition[]


Archers and skirmishers were not expected to engage in hand-to-hand fighting so they rarely wore armor early in the Middle Ages. They also needed flexibility of arm movement and might be required to move about a battlefield quickly. When available, however, these troops would add protective clothing that did not interfere significantly with their fighting ability. One early type of light armor was simply padded cloth, worn on the torso, that provided some protection from blows or missiles.