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Bolt is a Greek god power in Age of Mythology that is available to worshipers of Zeus. When invoked, a single unit gets hit by a bolt of lighting which deals an extreme amount of damage, usually killing them instantly. However, it cannot be used on Transport Ships, Norse Ox Carts, or Atlantean Citizens; the Extended Edition also prohibits Workers, Rocs, and Leviathans. Being immune to many god powers, Qilin are also unaffected.

Bolt deals by default 30,000 damage to a unit, which is then reduced by the targeted unit's hack-, pierce-, and crush armor, according to the following formula:

Damage dealt

where H, P, and C are the unit's hack-, pierce-, and crush armor, respectively (in percentage).

Titans are normally (outside of custom scenarios) the only targets capable of surviving a Bolt; a Titan survives taking 1,250 damage, which is only half of what it is supposed to take when using the formula above.


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Bolt being used on a Manticore.

Though an Archaic Age god power, Bolt is often more useful in later Ages. It is best used on powerful units, which will make an enemy army more vulnerable. It can come in useful early in the game by killing enemy scouts or by taking out Norse infantry which will hinder their ability to build and their ability to advance to the Classical Age if they have not constructed a Temple yet. Alternatively, players can target units limited in number, such as Greek heroes or the Pharaoh. Bolt can also be used to deal with powerful enemy units created by other god powers, particularly Son of Osiris and Nidhogg (except in the Extended Edition, where they only receive 1% and 2% damage respectively). Players can use Bolt against an enemy Titan, but there will still be the need for considerable follow-up attacks to kill it.


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  • Using Bolt on a Son of Osiris or Nidhogg damages them by 1% and 2% of their total hit points, respectively.


God powers in Age of Mythology
GreekPortrait Greeks
ArchaicAge Archaic Age BoltIcon Bolt · LureIcon Lure · SentinelIcon Sentinel
ClassicalAge Classical Age PestilenceIcon Pestilence · RestorationIcon Restoration · CeasefireIcon Ceasefire
HeroicAge Heroic Age UnderWorldPassageIcon Underworld Passage · CurseIcon Curse · BronzeIcon Bronze
MythicAge Mythic Age EarthquakeIcon Earthquake · LightningStormIcon Lightning Storm · PlentyIcon Plenty
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians
ArchaicAge Archaic Age ProsperityIcon Prosperity · VisionIcon Vision · RainIcon Rain
ClassicalAge Classical Age EclipseIcon Eclipse · ShiftingSandsIcon Shifting Sands · PlagueOfSerpentsIcon Plague of Serpents
HeroicAge Heroic Age LocustSwarmIcon Locust Swarm · CitadelIcon Citadel · AncestorsIcon Ancestors
MythicAge Mythic Age TornadoIcon Tornado · MeteorIcon Meteor · SonOfOsirisIcon Son of Osiris
NorsePortrait Norse
ArchaicAge Archaic Age DwarvenMineIcon Dwarven Mine · GreatHuntIcon Great Hunt · SpyIcon Spy
ClassicalAge Classical Age HealingSpringIcon Healing Spring · ForestFireIcon Forest Fire · UndermineIcon Undermine
HeroicAge Heroic Age FrostIcon Frost · FlamingWeaponsIcon Flaming Weapons · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Woods
MythicAge Mythic Age FimbulwinterIcon Fimbulwinter · NidhoggIcon Nidhogg · RagnarokIcon Ragnarok
AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans
ArchaicAge Archaic Age DeconstructionIcon Deconstruction · ShockwaveIcon Shockwave · GaiaForestIcon Gaia Forest
ClassicalAge Classical Age SpiderLairIcon Spider Lair · ValorIcon Valor · CarnivoraIcon Carnivora
HeroicAge Heroic Age ChaosIcon Chaos · TraitorIcon Traitor · HesperidesIcon Hesperides
MythicAge Mythic Age TartarianGateIcon Tartarian Gate · VortexIcon Vortex · ImplodeIcon Implode
ChinesePortrait Chinese
ArchaicAge Archaic Age IconYearOfTheGoat Year of the Goat · IconRecreation Recreation · IconTimberHarvest Timber Harvest
ClassicalAge Classical Age BarrageIcon Barrage · GreatJourneyIcon Great Journey · CallToArmsIcon Call to Arms
HeroicAge Heroic Age GeyserIcon Geyser · UprootIcon Uproot · ImperialExaminationIcon Imperial Examination
MythicAge Mythic Age GreatFloodIcon Great Flood · InfernoIcon Inferno · EarthDragonIcon Earth Dragon
Other (except Campaign-exclusive)
SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Age All civilizations: SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Gate
Cheat MeteorIcon Chicken Storm · Goatunheim Goatunheim · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Berry Bushes
Cut Brambleiconmpalpha Bramble · Enragebeta Enrage · DivineBlood Rebellion · AOMShepherdGodPowerIcon Shepherd · AOMSightGodPowerIcon Sight · God power snowstorm icon Snowstorm · EarthquakeIcon Volcano