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

You have advanced to the Classical Age through the Wisdom of Athena.
—Age up text in Age of Mythology

Athena is a Classical Age Greek minor god in Age of Mythology. She is available to worshipers of Zeus and Hades.


God Power[]

  • RestorationIcon.png Restoration: Restores hit points to all friendly units and buildings in a large target area for a short period of time.


Myth Unit[]

  • MinotaurIcon.png Minotaur: Tough melee unit that is good against other melee units, including myth units. Its special attack is flinging a unit away from combat, dealing it extra damage. It also has 10 crush damage, meaning it is good against buildings in a Classical Age rush.


Athena's bonuses are defensive and protective. Her improvements increase the resistance of Infantry to both pierce and hack attacks. Greek infantry already have high armor, so this makes them even tougher. Athena also improves her Minotaurs in combat, making a tough Myth Unit that is difficult to counter early on. Her god power, Restoration, heals all units and buildings in a wide area. It can be used to press forward an attack with rejuvenated units, or help a defense in dire need.


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The goddess of wisdom, crafts, justice, and war, she is often associated with a shield for war, the owl for wisdom, or the olive tree. When Athena and Poseidon vied to be the patron of a prominent city, they held a contest to see who could give the city the finest gift. Poseidon provided a well, but it produced salty water. Athena gave the olive tree that provided food, oil, and wood. The city took the name Athens.

Athena had a prominent role in Homer’s epics, the Iliad and the Odyssey, serving as Odysseus’ patron throughout his long voyage. In addition to sponsoring warriors and heroes, she introduced many skills necessary for civilization. In an unusual but not unique birth, she sprang from Zeus’ head fully grown and ready for battle. Legends say that Zeus had prevented a normal birth of a son with Athena’s abilities, who he feared would unseat him. Although she was a protector of human heroes, she maintained a distance from male gods whom she perhaps found unworthy of her. Athena’s companion was Nike, the goddess of victory.

Hero Unit[]

You have done well. Now I must prepare you for the rest of your journey.
—Athena to Arkantos in his dream.

Athena also appears as a hero unit in some cut-screens of the Fall of the Trident campaign in Age of Mythology. She either appears to give valuable advice to Arkantos or to warn him of potential threats. Throughout the campaign, Athena will occasionally provide advice to the player and warn them whenever a campaign hero on the player's side faints. If this happens, she will be heard saying, "A hero has fallen." Her only other appearance is in the Scenario Editor. Although she has an attack stat, she is unable to deal damage.

Athena also appears in the tutorial as the instructor for the game. She repeatedly guides the player through learning how to play the game, often with a kind mentor tone to her voice, as fitting with Athena's frequent role as a mentor figure to heroes throughout Greek mythology. She also takes this tutorial instructor role in the first main campaign scenario Omens, introducing new concepts like the armory. However, after Omens, she stops introducing the concepts of the game to the player and only notifies the player if a hero falls.



  • Originally Athena wielded a Sword, and could be used in combat, however this ability was later cut.
  • Athena was originally more tan, and had black hair.
  • Athena has the highest number of hit points of the heroes that can be revived.
    • Of the general heroes, she has the highest number of hit points.


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