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Manor Lords

Getting Mail and Plate Armor

Craig Robinson

Mail and Plate Armour are heavy forms of defense armaments available in Manor Lords. These heavy defense pieces are specifically locked behind developments, so, if you want to run a conquerer playthrough, then accumulating wealth or building your own heavy armor can be a solid strategy. Here’s a closer look at how to get mail and plate armor and how to equip them for your armies.

Here’s everything you need to know about getting and equipping plate and mail armor in Manor Lords.

Crafting and Importing Mail and Plate Armor

If you don’t want to use the basic gambeson armor, then you are going to need to do one of two things.

  • Import Mail and Plate Armor
  • Craft Mail and Plate Armor

Like every item in the game, you can import mail and plate armor from trading posts. It costs 18 wealth per plate and mail armor import. You can make it cheaper to import them by unlocking the better deals development, which reduces import costs by ten, meaning those armor pieces cost 8 rather than 18. It’s much more affordable that way.

If you intend to build Mail and Plate armor, then you need to do the following:

  1. Mine or import iron ore
  2. Turn iron ore into iron slabs at the bloomery. You can also import iron slabs if you wish
  3. Build an Armorer’s Workshop extension at a burgage plot
  4. Unlock the advanced armorsmith development to unlock mail armor
  5. Unlocked the master armorsmith development to unlock plate armor
  6. Click on the armorsmith extension burgage plot, check the general table and then select the armor you want to make

It is important to note that armorsmiths will only make helmets if you do not have the other technologies unlocked.

Equipping Mail and Plate Armor

When you acquire and produce Mail and Plate Armor, you can equip them on units. Note that Mail Armor is used by militia armies, aka your settlement’s people. Citizens living in level 3 burgage plots allow them to store mail armor and use that armor over gambeson when they are rallied to fight.

Plate armor is only equipped by retinue military units and can be purchased from Manor Lords’ retinue customization screen.

Meanwhile, Plate armor is exclusively used by your Manor’s retinue troops. Build a Manor if you have not already done so, and check on your retinue’s current configuration to determine if they should get the plate armor or not. To do so, you need to do the following:

  1. Build a Manor
  2. Click on the army menu
  3. Click on the retinue
  4. Press the retinue customization option
  5. Click on your retinue members
  6. Go to the right side of the screen and select Upgrade Armor - Import or Upgrade Armor Locally
  7. Upgrade Import automatically purchases plate armor for your individual soldier. Buying it locally will cost half the amount at 9 treasury wealth.
  8. Buying plate armor using this method costs personal wealth of your Lord. This wealth is accrued via taxation on your citizens via the taxation policy on your manor’s taxation policy menu.

Once your troops are equipped with mail or plate, they will be more durable on the battlefield and withstand more damage before succumbing to wounds in battle. This concludes everything you need to know on getting mail and plate armor in Manor Lords, and equipping it.

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    10 April 2024
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    7 May 2024
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Manor Lords is a medieval strategy game with a blend of colony management, survival and real time combat that places players in the role of a lord overseeing a growing settlement in the feudal era. Developed by Slavic Magic, the blend of city-building, resource management, and real-time strategy elements give many players new and familiar to the strategy genre and its sub genres something new and interest to tackle. Players are tasked with constructing and expanding their medieval settlement, managing resources such as food, wood, and stone, and overseeing the welfare of their population, all the while making sure their settlements can say afloat amidst warfare, disasters and player mis management. To help you along the way, we have detailed guides on the following:

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