Bolt is a Greek god power in Age of Mythology, available to worshipers of Zeus from the Archaic Age. It instantly kills any one 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, who are normally (outside of custom scenarios) the only targets capable of surviving a Bolt, are an exception to this rule. When Bolt is used against a Titan, the Titan survives but loses about a third of its hit points.

Strategy Edit

Though an Archaic Age god power, Bolt is often more useful in later Ages. It is best used on powerful units in 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. Alternatively, players can target units limited in number, such as Greek 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 need for considerable follow-up attacks to kill it.

Gallery Edit

God powers
Culture Age God powers
Greeks ArchaicAge

BoltIcon Bolt · LureIcon Lure · SentinelIcon Sentinel


PestilenceIcon Pestilence · RestorationIcon Restoration · CeasefireIcon Ceasefire


UnderWorldPassageIcon Underworld Passage · CurseIcon Curse · BronzeIcon Bronze


EarthquakeIcon Earthquake · Lightning StormIcon Lightning Storm · PlentyIcon Plenty

Egyptians ArchaicAge

ProsperityIcon Prosperity · VisionIcon Vision · RainIcon Rain


EclipseIcon Eclipse · ShiftingSandsIcon Shifting Sands · PlagueOfSerpentsIcon Plague of Serpents


LocustSwarmIcon Locust Swarm · CitadelIcon Citadel · AncestorsIcon Ancestors


TornadoIcon Tornado · MeteorIcon Meteor · SonOfOsirisIcon Son of Osiris

Norse ArchaicAge

DwarvenMineIcon Dwarven Mine · GreatHuntIcon Great Hunt · SpyIcon Spy


HealingSpringIcon Healing Spring · ForestFireIcon Forest Fire · UndermineIcon Undermine


FrostIcon Frost · FlamingWeaponsIcon Flaming Weapons · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Woods


FimbulwinterIcon Fimbulwinter  · NidhoggIcon Nidhogg  · RagnarokIcon Ragnarok

Atlanteans ArchaicAge

DeconstructionIcon Deconstruction · ShockwaveIcon Shockwave · GaiaForestIcon Gaia Forest


SpiderLairIcon Spider Lair · ValorIcon Valor · CarnivoraIcon Carnivora


ChaosIcon Chaos · TraitorIcon Traitor · HesperidesIcon Hesperides


TartarianGateIcon Tartarian Gate · VortexIcon Vortex · ImplodeIcon Implode

Chinese ArchaicAge

IconYearOfTheGoat Year of the Goat · IconRecreation Recreation · IconTimberHarvest Timber Harvest


Barrage Barrage · Great Journey Great Journey · Call to Arms Call to Arms


Geyser Geyser · Uproot Uproot · Imperial Examination Imperial Examination


GreatFloodIcon Great Flood · Inferno Inferno · EarthDragonIcon Earth Dragon

All MythicAge

SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Gate

Campaign exclusive

BlessingofZeus Blessing of Zeus  · DeconstructionWonderIcon Deconstruction Wonder  · Seedofgaia Seed of Gaia


MeteorIcon Chicken Storm  · GoatAOM Goatunheim  · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Berry Bushes

Cut content

Brambleiconmpalpha Bramble  · Enragebeta Enrage  · Omniscience Omniscience  · VisionIcon Oracle  · DivineBlood Rebellion  · GoatAOM Shepherd VisionIcon Sight · God power snowstorm icon Snowstorm  · EarthquakeIcon Volcano