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This article is about the god in Age of Mythology. For the god in Age of Empires: Mythologies, see Ares (Age of Empires: Mythologies).

You have advanced to the Classical Age through the Strife caused by Ares.
—Age up text in Age of Mythology

Ares is a Classical Age Greek minor god in Age of Mythology. He is available to worshipers of Hades and Poseidon.

Attributes[edit | edit source]

God Power[edit | edit source]

  • PestilenceIcon.png Pestilence: When used, Pestilence prevents enemy buildings within the target area from producing units for a short period of time. It does not affect technology research or other building functions.

Technologies[edit | edit source]

Myth Unit[edit | edit source]

  • CyclopsIcon.png Cyclops: Tough but slow melee unit that is good against buildings and tough units. Its special attack is picking up and hurling a human enemy unit, killing it instantly.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

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.

Mythology[edit | edit source]

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.
—In-game help section
Major and minor gods in Age of Mythology
Culture ArchaicAge.png Archaic Age ClassicalAge.png Classical Age HeroicAge.png Heroic Age MythicAge.png Mythic Age
Greek ZeusIcon.png Zeus
HadesIcon.png Hades
PoseidonIcon.png Poseidon
AthenaIcon.png Athena
HermesIcon.png Hermes
AresIcon.png Ares
ApolloIcon.png Apollo
DionysusIcon.png Dionysus
AphroditeIcon.png Aphrodite
HeraIcon.png Hera
HephaestusIcon.png Hephaestus
ArtemisIcon.png Artemis
Egyptian RaIcon.png Ra
IsisIcon.png Isis
SetIcon.png Set
BastIcon.png Bast
PtahIcon.png Ptah
AnubisIcon.png Anubis
HathorIcon.png Hathor
SekhmetIcon.png Sekhmet
NephthysIcon.png Nephthys
OsirisIcon.png Osiris
HorusIcon.png Horus
ThothIcon.png Thoth
Norse ThorIcon.png Thor
OdinIcon.png Odin
LokiIcon.png Loki
FreyjaIcon.png Freyja
HeimdallIcon.png Heimdall
ForsetiIcon.png Forseti
SkadiIcon.png Skadi
BragiIcon.png Bragi
NjordIcon.png Njord
BaldrIcon.png Baldr
TyrIcon.png Tyr
HelIcon.png Hel
Atlantean KronosIcon.png Kronos
OranosIcon.png Oranos
GaiaIcon.png Gaia
PrometheusIcon.png Prometheus
LetoIcon.png Leto
OceanusIcon.png Oceanus
HyperionIcon.png Hyperion
RheiaIcon.png Rheia
TheiaIcon.png Theia
HeliosIcon.png Helios
AtlasIcon.png Atlas
HekateIcon.png Hekate
Chinese FuXiIcon.png Fu Xi
NuWaIcon.png Nü Wa
ShennongIcon.png Shennong
HuangDiIcon.png Huang Di
SunWukongIcon.png Sun Wukong
ChangEIcon.png Chang'e
DaboGongIcon.png Dabo Gong
ZhongKuiIcon.png Zhong Kui
HeBoIcon.png He Bo
ChongliIcon.png Chongli
AoKuangIcon.png Ao Kuang
XiWangmuIcon.png Xi Wangmu
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