Silk Armor is a technology in Age of Empires II: Definitive Edition that is unique to the Tatars and can be researched at the Castle once the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, it gives the Scout Cavalry line and Cavalry Archers, as well as Genitours and Kipchaks, +1 pierce armor.

Strategy Edit

Silk Armor works in a similar way to a Blacksmith armor upgrade for both the Light Cavalry and Cavalry Archer line by giving extra pierce armor to those units. Tatars already have full Blacksmith improvements for both units, while also having free Parthian Tactics. In this sense, a fully upgraded Tatar Heavy Cavalry Archer excels at taking down enemy archers and soaking up pierce damage, the same goes for a fully upgraded Tatar Hussar.

The technology itself should be treated as another Blacksmith upgrade and, considering its gold cost, it may be prioritized over Ring Archer Armor and Plate Barding Armor, especially if the player is using a combination of both units (Light Cavalry and Cavalry Archers) If the player is focusing more on just Cavalry Archers or just Stable Units and Keshiks, Ring Archer Armor and Plate Barding Armor should be prioritized instead. In any case is preferable that the Tatar player researches first Leather Archer Armor and Chain Barding Armor before researching Silk Armor (as those increase melee and pierce armor and improves more units, as well as costing less gold, even combined, than Silk Armor).

Team bonuses Edit

  • A team containing Berbers: With Kasbah researched, researching Silk Armor is 25% faster.

Trivia Edit

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