|This article is about the god power in the handheld video game. For the god power in the PC game, see Bolt.|
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“From Olympus, I cast my lightningbolt earthward. Feel the wrath of Zeus!”—Zeus upon casting Bolt
Bolt deals tremendous damage, usually enough to instantly kill any unit targeted or at the very least damage them severely enough so that they wouldn't survive a follow-up attack. Players can simply cast it on an enemy unit within their sight that poses a serious threat to eliminate them. It is generally best to save it for at least Age II when the enemy can produce myth units which are the most powerful units statistically and the most expensive to replace. Heroes are also viable targets.
What sets this Bolt apart from its Age of Mythology counterpart is that it also deals damage to units on the adjacent tiles to the target (units on a tile diagonal from the target aren't affected). This encourages players to wait for units to be grouped in a cluster in the hopes of eliminating several targets at once. Also, it can be used on Architects, Villagers and Ox Carts. That being said, players don't need to cast it on a unit at full health; if the enemy is training several units from buildings next to the Town Center, which itself is training any aforementioned civilian unit, they can use Bolt to clear all units being created, enabling their units to begin attacking buildings without wasting a turn.