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Bolt is a Greek god power in Age of Mythology that is available to worshipers of Zeus. When cast, it instantly kills any single unit. 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 = 30,000 - 10,000*(H+P+C), where H, P, and C are the unit's hack-, pierce-, and crush armor, respectively (in percent). 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.

Gallery Edit

God powers
Culture Age God powers
Greeks ArchaicAge Bolt · Lure · Sentinel
ClassicalAge Pestilence · Restoration · Ceasefire
HeroicAge Underworld Passage · Curse · Bronze
MythicAge Earthquake · Lightning Storm · Plenty
Egyptians ArchaicAge Prosperity · Vision · Rain
ClassicalAge Eclipse · Shifting Sands · Plague of Serpents
HeroicAge Locust Swarm · Citadel · Ancestors
MythicAge Tornado · Meteor · Son of Osiris
Norse ArchaicAge Dwarven Mine · Great Hunt · Spy
ClassicalAge Healing Spring · Forest Fire · Undermine
HeroicAge Frost · Flaming Weapons · Walking Woods
MythicAge Fimbulwinter · Nidhogg · Ragnarok
Atlanteans ArchaicAge Deconstruction · Shockwave · Gaia Forest
ClassicalAge Spider Lair · Valor · Carnivora
HeroicAge Chaos · Traitor · Hesperides
MythicAge Tartarian Gate · Vortex · Implode
Chinese ArchaicAge Year of the Goat · Recreation · Timber Harvest
ClassicalAge Barrage · Great Journey · Call to Arms
HeroicAge Geyser · Uproot · Imperial Examination
MythicAge Great Flood · Inferno · Earth Dragon
All MythicAge Titan Gate
Other
Campaign only Blessing of Zeus · Deconstruction Wonder · Seed of Gaia
Cheat Chicken Storm · Goatunheim · Walking Berry Bushes
Cut content Bramble · Enrage · Rebellion · Shepherd · Sight · Snowstorm · Volcano
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