|Introduced in||The Conquerors|
|Researched at||Archery Range|
|Research Time||45 seconds|
|Effect||Archers fire faster and with 100% accuracy|
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
The following units receive a 11% reduction in reload time upon researching Thumb Ring:
The following units receive a 18% reduction in reload time upon researching Thumb Ring:
- Archer, Crossbowman, Arbalest
- (Elite) Mangudai
- (Elite) Plumed Archer
- (Elite) Genoese Crossbowman
- (Elite) Elephant Archer
- (Elite) Camel Archer
- (Elite) Rattan Archer
The following units receive a 25% reduction in reload time upon researching Thumb Ring:
- (Elite) Chu Ko Nu
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
|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|