Thumb Ring is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors available at the Archery Range upon reaching the Castle Age. Once researched, all archers are able to fire faster and with 100% accuracy at an immobile target.

This technology is different from Ballistics (researched at the University), which improves targeting against moving targets.

Ethiopian foot archers already fire +18% faster due to their civilization bonus and have access to Thumb Ring. As a result, they have the fastest firing foot archers in the game. Mongol Cavalry Archers already fire +25% faster due to their civilization bonus and have access to Thumb Ring. As a result, they have the fastest firing Cavalry Archers in the game.

Technology availability
Available Unavailable

Affected units[edit | edit source]

All units listed below benefit from Thumb Ring. The Longbowman (denoted with a *) does too, but the Britons do not get Thumb Ring. Hence, this is only relevant in games with Full Tech Tree checked.

Archer unit Rate of Fire increase Accuracy increase
Archer aoe2DE.png Archer +18% yes
Crossbowman aoe2DE.png Crossbowman +18% yes
Arbalester aoe2DE.png Arbalester +18% yes
SkirmisherIcon.jpg Skirmisher no yes
EliteSkirmisherIcon.jpg Elite Skirmisher no yes
Imperialskirmishericon.png Imperial Skirmisher no yes
Cavalryarcher aoe2DE.png Cavalry Archer +11% yes
Heavycavalryarcher aoe2de.png Heavy Cavalry Archer +11% yes
LongbowmanIcon-DE.png Longbowman* +18% yes
LongbowmanIcon-DE.png Elite Longbowman* +18% yes
ChukoNuIcon-DE.png Chu Ko Nu +25% yes
ChukoNuIcon-DE.png Elite Chu Ko Nu +25% yes
MangudaiIcon-DE.png Mangudai +18% yes
MangudaiIcon-DE.png Elite Mangudai +18% yes
WarWagonIcon-DE.png War Wagon +11% no
WarWagonIcon-DE.png Elite War Wagon +11% no
PlumedArcherIcon-DE.png Plumed Archer +18% yes
PlumedArcherIcon-DE.png Elite Plumed Archer +18% yes
Slingericon.png Slinger no yes
ElephantArcherIcon-DE.png Elephant Archer +18% no
ElephantArcherIcon-DE.png Elite Elephant Archer +18% no
GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE.png Genoese Crossbowman +18% no
GenoeseCrossbowmanIcon-DE.png Elite Genoese Crossbowman +18% no
CamelArcherIcon.jpg Camel Archer +18% yes
CamelArcherIcon.jpg Elite Camel Archer +18% yes
GenitourIcon.jpg Genitour no yes
GenitourIcon.jpg Elite Genitour no yes
Rattanarchericon.png Rattan Archer +18% yes
Rattanarchericon.png Elite Rattan Archer +18% yes
Kipchakicon.png Kipchak +11% yes
Kipchakicon.png Elite Kipchak +11% yes

Civilization bonuses[edit | edit source]

  • Chinese: Thumb Ring is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Portuguese: Researching Thumb Ring is 30% faster.
  • Tatars: Thumb Ring is free

Team bonuses[edit | edit source]

  • A team containing Britons: Researching Thumb Ring is 20% faster.

Changelog[edit | edit source]

The Forgotten[edit | edit source]

  • Incas: Cannot research Thumb Ring.

The African Kingdoms[edit | edit source]

  • Incas: Thumb Ring added to their technology tree.

Definitive Edition[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Neither of the civilizations introduced in Lords of the West can research Thumb Ring.

History[edit | edit source]

The typical archer of the Middle Ages drew the bowstring back to his chest to fire. English longbowmen had the ability to draw back to their cheek, increasing the power and distance of their shots. Archers from Asia developed a thumb ring that made it possible to draw back to their ear or beyond. When this improvement was added to their already very powerful composite bows, their weapons proved quite effective.
The Conquerors manual
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