|Introduced in||The Age of Kings|
|Research time||35 seconds|
|Effect||Archers, Castles, Town Centers, Towers, Galleys, and Longboats +1 attack, +1 range|
Bodkin Arrow is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Blacksmith once the Castle Age is reached. Once researched, it increases archer, Tower, Castle, Town Center, and Galley attack and range by +1. Town Centers get +1 attack, but no range bonus. Bracer is the further upgrade of this technology.
- The icon for the Bodkin Arrow technology does not show a bodkin arrowhead.
- Chinese: Bodkin Arrow is 15%/20% cheaper in the Castle/Imperial Age.
- Spanish: Bodkin Arrow doesn't cost gold.
The bodkin arrow was an innovation that made archers of all types more effective against men wearing armor. The bodkin was simply a straight point intended to puncture, rather than a typical broad point intended to slice as it penetrated. The broad point was fine for hunting or use against unarmored targets, but armor effectively dissipated its energy. The bodkin concentrated its power in the point and could penetrate any armor at a sufficiently short range. The English longbowmen at Agincourt lofted barrages of bodkin arrows down upon the dense ranks of French knights. The bodkins, aided by the force of gravity, penetrated helmets, shoulders, legs, and arms when they struck perpendicularly to the face of armor.
|Missile / Siege Technologies|
|Fletching | Bodkin Arrow | Bracer | Padded Archer Armor | Leather Archer Armor | Ring Archer Armor | Ballistics | Murder Holes | Heated Shot | Arrowslits | Chemistry | Siege Engineers | Thumb Ring | Parthian Tactics|