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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.


God power[]

  • PestilenceIcon 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.


Myth unit[]

  • CyclopsIcon 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.

Technology tree[]

God power
Will of Kronos
Military Academy
Deimos' Sword of Dread
Phobos' Spear of Panic
Enyo's Bow of Horror
Archery Range


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 enhancing 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.
—In-game help section


Gods in Age of Mythology
ArchaicAge Archaic Age
ClassicalAge Classical Age
HeroicAge Heroic Age
MythicAge Mythic Age
GreekPortrait Greeks ZeusPortrait Zeus
HadesPortrait Hades
PoseidonPortrait Poseidon
AthenaIcon Athena

HermesIcon Hermes

AresIcon Ares
ApolloIcon Apollo

DionysusIcon Dionysus

AphroditeIcon Aphrodite
HeraIcon Hera

HephaestusIcon Hephaestus

ArtemisIcon Artemis
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians RaPortrait Ra
IsisPortrait Isis
SetPortrait Set
BastIcon Bast

PtahIcon Ptah

AnubisIcon Anubis
HathorIcon Hathor

SekhmetIcon Sekhmet

NephthysIcon Nephthys
OsirisIcon Osiris

HorusIcon Horus

ThothIcon Thoth
NorsePortrait Norse ThorPortrait Thor
OdinPortrait Odin
LokiPortrait Loki
FreyjaIcon Freyja

HeimdallIcon Heimdall

ForsetiIcon Forseti
SkadiIcon Skadi

BragiIcon Bragi

NjordIcon Njord
BaldrIcon Baldr

TyrIcon Tyr

HelIcon Hel
AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans KronosPortrait Kronos
OranosPortrait Oranos
GaiaPortrait Gaia
PrometheusIcon Prometheus

LetoIcon Leto

OceanusIcon Oceanus
HyperionIcon Hyperion

RheiaIcon Rheia

TheiaIcon Theia
HeliosIcon Helios

AtlasIcon Atlas

HekateIcon Hekate
ChinesePortrait Chinese FuXiPortrait Fu Xi
NuWaPortrait Nü Wa
ShennongPortrait Shennong
HuangDiIcon Huang Di

SunWukongIcon Sun Wukong

ChangEIcon Chang'e
DaboGongIcon Dabo Gong

ZhongKuiIcon Zhong Kui

HeBoIcon He Bo
ChongliIcon Chongli

AoKuangIcon Ao Kuang

XiWangmuIcon Xi Wangmu
Major gods have circular icons