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

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
ArcherIcon Archer +18% yes
CrossbowmanIcon Crossbowman +18% yes
ArbalestIcon Arbalester +18% yes
SkirmisherIcon Skirmisher no yes
EliteSkirmisherIcon Elite Skirmisher no yes
Imperialskirmishericon Imperial Skirmisher no yes
CavalryArcherIcon Cavalry Archer +11% yes
HeavyCavArcherIcon Heavy Cavalry Archer +11% yes
LongbowmanIcon Longbowman* +18% yes
LongbowmanIcon Elite Longbowman* +18% yes
ChuKoNuIcon Chu Ko Nu +25% yes
ChuKoNuIcon Elite Chu Ko Nu +25% yes
MangudaiIcon Mangudai +18% yes
MangudaiIcon Elite Mangudai +18% yes
WarWagonIcon War Wagon +11% no
WarWagonIcon Elite War Wagon +11% no
PlumedArcherIcon Plumed Archer +18% yes
PlumedArcherIcon Elite Plumed Archer +18% yes
Slingericon Slinger no yes
ElephantArcherIcon Elephant Archer +18% no
ElephantArcherIcon Elite Elephant Archer +18% no
New Genoese Crossbowman Genoese Crossbowman +18% no
New Genoese Crossbowman Elite Genoese Crossbowman +18% no
CamelArcherIcon Camel Archer +18% yes
CamelArcherIcon Elite Camel Archer +18% yes
GenitourIcon Genitour no yes
GenitourIcon Elite Genitour no yes
Rattanarchericon Rattan Archer +18% yes
Rattanarchericon Elite Rattan Archer +18% yes
Kipchakicon Kipchak +11% yes
Kipchakicon Elite Kipchak +11% yes

Civilization bonuses Edit

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

Team bonuses Edit

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

Changelog Edit

The Forgotten Edit

  • Incas: Cannot research Thumb Ring.

The African Kingdoms Edit

  • Incas: Thumb Ring added to their technology tree.

Definitive Edition Edit

History Edit

"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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