|“||You have advanced to the Mythic Age through the Wrath of Ao Kuang.||”|
|—Age up text in Age of Mythology|
- Great Flood: Sends a destructive wave that sweeps away buildings and units in a direction of choice.
- Dragon Scales: Human soldiers +10% hack armor.
- East Sea: Decreases the cost of ships by 20%.
- Nezha’s Defeat: Charged attack of Azure Dragons +50% hack damage.
- Azure Dragon: Amphibious, fire-breathing dragon.
- Dragon Turtle: Naval half-dragon half-turtle that breathes fire.
Ao Kuang’s benefits are primarily offensive and especially useful for water maps. His East Sea technology lowers the cost of all ships, making war ships easier to mass and enabling the player to maintain control of the water. For land battles, he also grants Dragon Scales which provides more hack armor to infantry, archers and cavalry units. Regardless of which human soldiers the enemy masses, the player will have stronger counters. For Fu Xi worshipers, this can be used in combination with Dabo Gong’s Burials technology; players can make a small army of monks to convert enemy soldiers at tremendous speed and rely on these stronger new recruits who otherwise lack the benefit of unit line upgrades (unless they also are Chinese units of course).
Ao Kuang is the only Chinese god to provide two Myth Units; the amphibious Azure Dragon and the naval Dragon Turtle. Both are very tough units and are valuable additions to the Chinese navy. Azure Dragons in particular can be made even more deadly with the Nezha’s Defeat technology. To devastate enemy buildings, Ao Kuang grants his followers the Great Flood god power. It is not only useful on water maps such as Islands where towns are clustered in one area but also for team games as the powerful waves can travel long distances and strike multiple enemies in one cast.
|“||The dragon Ao Kuang is Lord of the Eastern Sea. His three brothers, Ao Qin, Ao Run, and Ao Shun rule the seas of the other cardinal directions. He and his brothers are fickle rulers, and Ao Kuang’s many ill-reputed sons cause their share of mayhem on earth. Over time this built him a following of fearful subjects eager to appease him. He maintains a vast collection of heavenly weapons and artifacts in his grand undersea palace.|
Ao Kuang’s reputation made him many enemies, perhaps the most notable of which was Nezha, son of the military commander Li Jing. When Ao Kuang demanded a sacrifice of children to eat, Nezha beat off his minions and killed the Dragon King’s third son, Ao Bing. Ao Kuang fled to the Jade Emperor’s court to plead for vengeance, but Nezha followed him there and beat him severely, ripping off scales and drawing blood. Ao Kuang then took Li Jing and his wife hostage in exchange for Nehza’s life, and Nezha committed suicide to placate the dragon.
Tale of the Dragon campaign
- "My dragons succumbed to the forces of chaos and went rogue!"
- -Ao Kuang to Jiao-Long after being released.
In The Water Palace, the seventh scenario of the Tale of the Dragon campaign, Ao Kuang appears as an Azure Dragon who needs to be saved from captivity. In return, he will provide a map to the protagonists which will guide them through the southern jungle and to Pangu's altar on the other side. He also makes a brief appearance in the epilogue cinematic.
- Amphibious: Can travel on both land and water.
- Fire Breath (3 projectiles): Each one causes 25 hack to all nearby units (x3 vs myth units, ×0.25 vs heroes). Range: 8 meters. Recharge time: 20 seconds. Radius: 5 meters.
- Myth unit ×3.0
- Hero ×0.5
|Heroes in Age of Mythology|
|Age of Mythology|
|Heroes||Agamemnon · Ajax · Amanra · Arkantos · Brokk · Chiron · Eitri · Odysseus · Reginleif · Setna|
|Antagonists||Circe · Gargarensis · Kamos · Kemsyt · Skult · Theris|
|Supporting characters||Athena · Greta Forkbeard · Kastor · Niordsir · Old Man · Osiris · Theocrat · Zethos|
|Heroes||Ajax · Amanra · Folstag · Gaia · Kastor · Son of Osiris|
|Antagonists||Melagius · Kronos · Prometheus · Servant of Kronos|
|Supporting characters||Arkantos · Atlantean Commander · Krios · Zeno|
|Tale of the Dragon|
|Heroes||Jiao-Long · Shun · Zhi|
|Antagonists||Danzhu · Yama|
|Supporting characters||Ao Kuang · Dilong · Emperor Yao · Pangu · Vermilion Bird|