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Ring Archer Armor is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Blacksmith once the Imperial Age is reached. Once researched, it increases the armor and pierce armor of all archers by +1/+2.

Ring Archer Armor is available to all civilizations except for the Aztecs, Bulgarians, Burgundians, Burmese, Celts, Franks, Gurjaras, Huns, Mongols, Poles, and Sicilians.

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Chinese: Ring Archer Armor is 20% cheaper.
  • Koreans: Ring Archer Armor is free.
  • Portuguese: Ring Archer Armor is researched 30% faster.
  • Spanish: Ring Archer Armor costs no gold.

Team bonuses[]

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


The Forgotten[]

  • Indians: Cannot research Ring Archer Armor.

The African Kingdoms[]

  • Berbers: On release, cannot research Ring Archer Armor. With patch 4.8, it has been added to their technology tree.
  • Indians: Ring Archer Armor added to their technology tree.

Definitive Edition[]


  • The ring armor depicted in the technology icon (metal rings sown into a suit made out of cloth or leather) is not certain to have even existed within the game's time frame. There are no known surviving examples and historical depictions of the suit (such as the one in Bayeux tapestry) are likely to be portrayals of similar-looking mail armor.
  • Archers were almost always of a lower social standing than knights and therefore could not afford such protection.
  • The brigandine seems like the most historically accurate contender for what ring armor is meant to resemble, albeit on the outside there are metal studs connecting the plates to the leather layer, instead of rings. Brigandine armor was fairly cheap and popular amongst the archers.
  • Several civilizations lacking Ring Archer Armor have either unique technologies or civilization bonuses that strongly improve some of their archer units:
    • The Aztec unique technology Atlatl gives their Skirmishers +1 attack and range; as a result, they have the Skirmishers with the highest attack and the longest range (the latter tied with the Briton ones with Yeomen).
    • The Burgundians have a civilization bonus giving their gunpowder units +25% attack; as a result, they have the Hand Cannoneers with the highest attack.
    • The Burmese unique unit is the Arambai, a cavalry archer with high attack and strong against units in dense formation due to its low accuracy.
    • The Huns have a civilization bonus making their Cavalry Archers 10%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age; as a result, they have the cheapest Cavalry Archers.
    • The Mongols have a civilization bonus making their Cavalry Archers fire 25% faster; as a result, their Cavalry Archers have the highest damage per second. Also, the Mongol unique unit is the Mangudai, a stronger cavalry archer with an anti-siege bonus.
  • Neither of the two civilizations introduced in Lords of the West have access to Ring Archer Armor.


As the Middle Ages progressed, light troops were more aggressively employed in battle. They supported pikemen phalanxes and were put into combined formations with these units. Crossbowmen needed to get close to the enemy to shoot. During assaults on fortifications and castles, they were exposed to enemy fire. In conjunction with their more aggressive roles, the armor that light troops wore was upgraded to ring, or chain mail. This was the lightest and most flexible of the metal armors and minimized interference with fighting, while providing better protection than padded leather.