**Pierce armor** is an armor type used in the *Age of Empires* and *Age of Empires II*. Unlike ordinary armor which resists melee damage, pierce armor resists missile damage.

## *Age of Empires* Edit

### Damage formula Edit

In *Age of Empires*, the damage formula is:

*n*denotes normal attack / armor*p*denotes pierce attack / armor- If the target belongs to the category
*i*and the attacker has a bonus*AttackBonus*against*i*, then the bonus (minus*BonusResist*if the target has one) is added to the total damage. *k*is the elevation multiplier (applied to both cliffs and hills), equal to 2/3 if a melee unit attacks below its target, 3/2 if a ranged unit attacks above its target or 1 otherwise._{elev}

### Units dealing pierce damage Edit

The following units and buildings deal pierce damage and are affected by their target's pierce armor:

- Slingers
- All Archery Range units
- Ballistas and Helepolis
- Scout Ship line
- Towers

### Technologies Edit

To improve pierce armor for all infantry based units, technologies from the Storage Pit must be researched.

## *Age of Empires II* Edit

### Damage formula Edit

In *Age of Empires II*, the damage formula is:

*n*denotes normal attack / armor*p*denotes pierce attack / armor- If the target belongs to the category
*i*and the attacker has a bonus*AttackBonus*against*i*, then the bonus (minus*BonusResist*if the target has one) is added to the total damage. - The elevation multiplier
*k*is 5/4 if a unit attacks above its target (hills and cliffs), 3/4 if a unit attacks below its target (hills only) or 1 otherwise._{elev}

### Units dealing pierce damage Edit

The following units deal pierce damage and are affected by their target's pierce armor:

- All Archery Range units
- All unique archer units
- Janissaries
- Conquistadors
- Organ Guns
- Scorpions
- Trebuchets
- Galley line
- Fire Ships*
- Longboats
- Caravels

*Fire Ships and Fast Fire Ships also deal melee damage.

Also, all buildings deal pierce damage. (The Bombard Tower only since patch 1.0c.)

### Units with high pierce armor Edit

The following units have high pierce armor and excel at battle against units dealing pierce damage (values for fully upgraded units):

**Infantry**

- Elite Huskarl (10)
- Elite Eagle Warrior (8; 10 for the Incas)

**Archers**

- Elite Rattan Archer (10)
- Imperial Skirmisher (9)
- Elite Elephant Archer (9)
- Elite War Wagon (8)
- Elite Genitour (8)
- Elite Skirmisher (8)

**Cavalry**

- Elite Tarkan (8)
- Elite War Elephant (7)
- Elite Battle Elephant (7; 9 for the Burmese)
- Elite Ballista Elephant (7)
- Paladin (7)

**Siege Units**

- Siege Ram (195)
- Trebuchet (packed: 8, unpacked: 150)
- Siege Tower (100)

**Ships**

- Elite Caravel (10)
- Fast Fire Ship (9)
- Elite Longboat (9)
- Galleon (9)
- Elite Cannon Galleon (9)
- Transport Ship (9)

### Technologies Edit

The first place to upgrade a military unit's pierce armor is the Blacksmith. Infantry, cavalry, and archers can get +4 pierce armor there.

- Infantry: Scale Mail Armor (+1), Chain Mail Armor (+1), Plate Mail Armor (+2)
- Cavalry: Scale Barding Armor (+1), Chain Barding Armor (+1), Plate Barding Armor (+2)
- Archers: Padded Archer Armor (+1), Leather Archer Armor (+1), Ring Archer Armor (+2)

Additionally, Cavalry Archers can be further improved at the Archery Range:

- Parthian Tactics: Improves pierce armor of Cavalry Archers (+2).

At the Dock, the pierce armor of all ships can be improved:

- Careening: Improves pierce armor of ships (+1).

At the Town Center, Villagers are improved:

- Loom: Improves pierce armor of Villagers (+2).

Also, a few unique technologies researched at the Castle improve the pierce armor of certain units:

- Pavise: Improves pierce armor of archers (+1, only for Genoese Crossbowmen in
*The Forgotten*). - Carrack: Improves pierce armor of ships (+1).
- Orthodoxy: Improves pierce armor of Monks (+3).
- Couriers: Improves pierce armor of Eagle Warriors, Kamayuks, and Slingers (+2, since
*The African Kingdoms*).

Buildings can also get their pierce armor upgraded at the University.

- Masonry (+1), Architecture (+1)

If the pierce armor of a unit is improved with technologies, the added value is separately shown in the infobox (see image above).

## *Age of Empires III* Edit

In *Age of Empires III*, pierce armor has been replaced by the resist parameter.

*Main article: Resists*