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This article is about the hero in Age of Mythology. For the hero in Age of Empires, see Achilles (Age of Empires).

Achilles was a near-immortal and a great warrior who fought in the Trojan War. In Age of Mythology, he is the Heroic Age hero for Hades.



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Achilles is the best armored Greek hero. As with all Greek heroes he is very powerful against myth units but is strong enough to take on most units in the game. As a mounted hero he is fast and can chase down fleeing units.


Aom original icon Age of Mythology[]

AoM Extended icon Tale of the Dragon[]


Age -- 35
Homeland -- Scyros
Occupation -- Hero of the Trojan War

A great warrior and Greek champion in the Trojan War, he was nearly invulnerable, having been dipped in the River Styx as a child by his mother, Thetis. During the dipping, however, he had been held by the tendon in one of his heels (the Achilles tendon). Following an argument with Agamemnon, leader of the Greeks outside Troy, Achilles refused to fight and the war began to go in Troy's favor. A friend donned Achilles' armor hoping to re-inspire the Greeks, but he was slain by the Trojan champion, Hector. Enraged, Achilles rejoined the fight, slew Hector, and dragged his body around the city. Guided by the gods, Paris of Troy hit Achilles in his heel with a poisoned arrow, and the great warrior died.


  • Achilles is the only Hero who cosmetically reflects Shield upgrades in-game. This is due to the fact that his unit texture was supposed to be used for the cut unit Cataphract, which was supposed to be a trainable cavalry for Hades.
  • Due to balancing reasons, Achilles is not "nearly immortal".
  • After Troy has fallen, Achilles can briefly be seen leading the Greek army out of the city, making it possible he survived the events of the Trojan War in Age of Mythology.
    • This is an oversight, originally Achilles was one of the Troy campaign heroes, but he was removed because Ensemble either thought there were too many disposable characters, script changes/issues or because the events of Age of Mythology's Troy is set within the last weeks of the war, and by then Achilles was killed (this can be confirmed by the appearance of the "Armor of Achilles" relic in Scratching the Surface scenario).
  • In the Beta, Achilles was going to be infantry hero, with a unique model.
    • This is present in the July 10th 2002 Multiplayer Alpha build.


Heroes obtainable in random maps in Age of Mythology
God ArchaicAge Archaic Age ClassicalAge Classical Age HeroicAge Heroic Age MythicAge Mythic Age
GreekPortrait Greeks
All PhysicianIcon Hippocrates
ZeusPortrait Zeus JasonIcon Jason OdysseusIcon Odysseus HeraclesIcon Heracles BellephoronIcon Bellerophon
PoseidonPortrait Poseidon TheseusIcon Theseus HippolytaIcon Hippolyta AtalantaIcon Atalanta PolyphemusIcon Polyphemus
TheArgoIcon The Argo
HadesPortrait Hades AjaxIcon Ajax ChironIcon Chiron AchillesIcon Achilles PerseusIcon Perseus
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians
All Pharaoh Icon Pharaoh
AoM Priest Icon Priest
OsirisIcon Osiris SonOfOsirisIcon Son of Osiris
Pharaoh Icon Pharaoh (second)
NorsePortrait Norse
All Hersiricon Hersir AoMR Godi icon Godi
BaldrIcon Baldr Hero of Ragnarok Icon Hero of Ragnarok
AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans
All Citizen Hero Icon Citizen (Hero) Murmillo Hero Icon Murmillo (Hero) Arcus Hero Icon Arcus (Hero) Fanatic Hero Icon Fanatic (Hero)
Katapeltes Hero Icon Katapeltes (Hero) Contarius Hero Icon Contarius (Hero)
Oracle Hero Icon Oracle (Hero)
Turma Hero Icon Turma (Hero) Destroyer Hero Icon Destroyer (Hero)
ChinesePortrait Chinese
All AoM Monk Icon Monk
FuXiPortrait Fu Xi Immortal Icon Immortal (8)
Others Immortal Icon Immortal (2) Immortal Icon Immortal (2) Immortal Icon Immortal (2) Immortal Icon Immortal (2)