“You have advanced to the Mythic Age through the Daring of Atlas.”—Age up text in Age of Mythology
- Implode: Creates a Black hole that sucks nearby units and buildings and then explodes.
- Eyes of Atlas: Myth Units +9 line of sight
- Titan Shield:Reduces the Hack and crush vulnerability for buildings.
- Io Guardian: Improves the line of sight of the Argus and decreases the recharge time of their ability.
- Argus: Myth units that can spray acid which kills units instantly.
Atlas’ improvements benefits Myth Units and buildings, making him a good choice for turtling. He grants the Argus, which, although isn’t the strongest Myth Unit, can shoot a glob of acid that instantly kills units. As it has fantastic LOS and deals hack damage, it is ideal for guarding Town Centers from threats such as siege weapons or Behemoths. As it happens, all Myth Units can have their LOS increased with the Eyes of Atlas technology, providing better reconnaissance of the map. A Caladria may then be used to scout the enemy main town in order to cast the Implode God Power. The resulting destruction may leave an opponent scrambling to recover, buying the player time to better defend themselves or to end the game with an army.
All of Atlas’ buildings are made stronger with the Titan Shield technology. Gaia players may consider building a more durable, self-repairing Wonder, guarded by Argus and Orichalkos Walls. It is recommended to fully upgrade Wonders after their completion, otherwise they will take longer to build and provide the enemy more time to respond. If the player chose Gaia and then worshipping Atlas, their buildings are surrounded by lush terrain which cannot be built on by enemies, regenerate hit points and have decreased hack and crush vulnerability by 15% if Titan Shield is researched.
The son of the Titan Lapetus and the nymph Clymene, Atlas was thought to be king of the legendary Atlantis. His attack on Olympus during a failed attempt by the Titans to overthrow Zeus resulted in being condemned to forever carry the heavens upon his shoulders. He is usually portrayed, however, bearing a globe on his shoulders. He was relieved of his burden temporarily by Heracles during one of that hero’s 12 labors, but Atlas was tricked into taking the heavens back onto his shoulders. According to some he was later released of his burden and made guardian of the Pillars of Hercules, upon which the heavens were set in his stead, and which also were the gateway to the ocean home of Atlantis. His name has come to mean “bearer” or “endurer.”
- The in-game history section claims his father is named "Lapetus", instead of the historically accurate "Iapetus".