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Loom
Loom
Availability
Introduced in KingsIcon The Age of Kings
Civilization All civilizations
Age Dark-age-logo-small Dark Age
Researched at Town-center-logo Town Center
Research Time 25 seconds
Research Cost
Gold 50
Effect
Effect Villagers +15 HP, +1/+2 armor

Loom is a technology in Age of Empires II that can be researched at the Town Center. Once researched, it makes Villagers harder to kill by adding +15 HP, +1 armor, and +2 pierce armor for a total of 40 HP and 1/2 armor.

Loom is effective during the early game, as it helps to protect Villagers from an early attack, but decreases in effectiveness as the strength of enemy armies increases. Additionally, Loom makes Villagers far more formidable against wild animals. Without Loom, a single Villager (except Magyar Villagers) will lose to any wild animal if it strikes first. With Loom, however, a single Villager can even kill two wild animals if they do not attack at the same time and do not strike first.

Civilization bonuses Edit

  • Chinese: Loom is 10%/15%/20% cheaper in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.
  • Persians: Researching Loom is 10%/15%/20% faster in the Feudal/Castle/Imperial Age.

Changelog Edit

The Age of Kings Edit

  • Loom gives +1/+1 armor to Villagers.

The Conquerors Edit

  • With patch 1.0c, Loom now gives +1/+2 armor.
  • Aztecs: With patch 1.0c, Loom is free.

The Forgotten Edit

  • Aztecs: Free Loom removed, but start the game with +50 gold.

Trivia Edit

  • Loom is the only technology available in the Dark Age.
  • Loom is the cheapest technology (in terms of the required amount of raw resources) in the game (tied with Tracking).
  • Also, it is one of only two technologies outside the Monastery costing only gold and no other resource, the other one being Spies.
  • Loom has been nicknamed the "Liam Neeson" technology by some players as it gives humans the ability to fight wolves hand-to-hand.

History Edit

The invention of the loom and the ability to weave cloth was an important ancient technology that was quickly recovered during the Dark Ages. Good wool clothes were an important asset that lengthened life expectancy in the Northern European climate. Raising sheep for wool and then making cloth was one of the early important industries of the Middle Ages.

Economic Technologies (Age of Empires II)

Town Center: I: Loom II: Wheelbarrow III: Hand Cart
Dock: III: Gillnets
Lumber Camp: II: Double-Bit Axe III: Bow Saw IV: Two-Man Saw
Mill: II: Horse Collar III: Heavy Plow IV: Crop Rotation
Mining Camp: II: Gold MiningStone Mining III: Gold Shaft MiningStone Shaft Mining
Market: II: CartographyCoinage III: BankingCaravan IV: Guilds

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