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Scale Barding Armor is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Blacksmith. Once researched, it increases cavalry armor and pierce armor by +1.

Scale Barding Armor is available to all civilizations except for the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans.

Chain Barding Armor is the further upgrade of this technology.

Civilization bonuses[]

  • Bulgarians: Scale Barding Armor costs 50% less food.
  • Chinese: Scale Barding Armor is 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Portuguese: Researching Scale Barding Armor is 30% faster.

Team bonuses[]

  • A team containing Bulgarians: Researching Scale Barding Armor is 80% faster.


Barding was armor placed on horses. Scale barding armor was made of layers of rounded metal scales that overlapped each other in a cascade. This partially protected the horse from both arrows and hand weapons. A blow against the armor was partially deflected, and the layers of scales absorbed much of the energy of the blow.


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