Thumb Ring is a technology in Age of Empires II: The Conquerors that can be researched at the Archery Range once the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, all archers are able to fire faster and with 100% accuracy at an immobile target. This is different from Ballistics (researched at the University), which improves targeting against moving targets.
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|
|Heavy Cavalry Archer||+11%||yes|
|Chu Ko Nu||+25%||yes|
|Elite Chu Ko Nu||+25%||yes|
|Elite War Wagon||+11%||no|
|Elite Plumed Archer||+18%||yes|
|Elite Elephant Archer||+18%||no|
|Elite Genoese Crossbowman||+18%||no|
|Elite Camel Archer||+18%||yes|
|Elite Rattan Archer||+18%||yes|
Civilization bonuses Edit
- Chinese: Thumb Ring is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
Team bonuses Edit
- A team containing Britons: Researching Thumb Ring is 20% faster.
The Forgotten Edit
- Incas: Cannot research Thumb Ring.
The African Kingdoms Edit
- Incas: Thumb Ring added to the technology tree.
"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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