A player should consider worshipping Ares if they want to focus on early rushes and a military advantage. He improves the attack of infantry and Toxotes, giving an advantage in Classical Age combat. He allows for effective rushes as his god power prevents the enemy from getting reinforcements, making it easier for the Ares player's improved units to decimate their opponent. Also, the Cyclops is the most powerful Classical Age myth unit in the game, able to decimate small armies and destroy early buildings, such as Watch Towers, further enchanching Ares' rushing potential.
The Greek god of war, he is usually seen with a spear, the preferred weapon of Greek Hoplites. He was tall and handsome, but vain and cruel. He was preoccupied with war and battles, quick to rush into a fight, reveled in bloodshed, and heedless of who won or lost. He was worshipped most strongly in regions like Thrace, where the people were particularly fierce. There was one exception to his obsession with war: he was smitten by Aphrodite and had a long running affair with her. Homer recounts in the Odyssey a tale of the sun god Helios spotting the pair enjoying each other's charms and reporting their tryst to Hephaestus, Aphrodite's husband. The great smith fashioned a special net in which he caught the pair locked in their passionate embrace. He offered to exhibit the netted pair to the gods of Olympus, but the women demurred. Homer says that many of the male gods offered to switch places with Ares.