"You have advanced to the Classical Age through the Dance of Chang'e."—Age up text in Age of Mythology
God Power Edit
- Barrage: Sends down a barrage of arrows that are mostly effective against units.
- Elixir of Immortality: Allows Immortals to regenerate at a rate of 2 HP per second.
- Houyi’s Bow: Chu Ko Nu and Mounted Archers have +10% pierce attack.
- Jade Rabbit: Improves the speed of all heroes and human units.
Myth Unit Edit
- Qilin: Melee unit immune to most special attacks. Upon death, heals all surrounding friendly units.
Chang'e's benefits are purely offensive and a prime choice for players choosing a rush strategy. The Jade Rabbit technology slightly increases the speed of all heroes and human units, enabling them to reach the opponent's main town faster and keep up with enemy units trying to escape. This combines well with Houyi's Bow which increases the damage dealt by archers, making them more dangerous. This can carry over into the Heroic Age should the player choose to raid enemy Villagers with Mounted Archers. As well as being faster, Chang'e's Immortals can also regenerate thanks to the Elixir of Immortality technology, which makes them more durable and less dependent on Monks. Her god power, Barrage, is useful in thinning out enemy armies and can turn the tide in an early game battle despite its low accuracy.
Additionally, Chang'e makes scouting more effective. Scout Cavalry are also made faster and will evade arrows from enemy Town Centers better when scouting through enemy towns. Her myth unit, the Qilin, can even substitute for a scout as it has superior Line of Sight and is immune to several god powers (such as Zeus' Bolt) and myth unit special attacks. It also makes a decent addition to a raid as its speed allows it to keep up with Chang'e's faster human soldiers.
Chang'e is the beautiful goddess of the Moon, and wife of the famous archer Houyi.
In ancient times there were ten great sunbirds above the earth, each a child of Shangdi, and they would each take turns traveling across the sky as the sun. However one day they all decided to ascend at once, and they scorched the earth with their heat and brightness. Shangdi summoned the god Houyi to scare them away and save the world below, but they were troublesome and would not be quelled. So Houyi shot them down one by one, until only one sun remained. Shangdi was furious with the archer for killing his children, and banished he and his wife Chang'e to live on Earth as mortals.
Houyi sought the aid of Xi Wang Mu on mount Kunlun to restore them, and the goddess took pity on him. She had a single vial of the elixir of life, and she gave it to him, saying that "If you drink half of the vial, you will gain eternal life. If you drink all of it, you will ascend to the heavens as an immortal god." Houyi took the vial home, intending to drink half and leave the other half for Chang'e, so that they might both live eternally on Earth. But Chang'e found the vial while he was out hunting one day, and drank all of it, curious about what it was. She immediately became weightless and ascended up toward heaven, returned to her godlike state, and Houyi was too late to catch her.
She flew up to the Moon, still banished from heaven, and lives there still with a great many white and jade rabbits as her servants. Houyi was murdered by his apprentice Feng Meng, who was jealous of the mastery of the bow which he could not achieve, and the spirit of Houyi ascended to the Sun and built a palace there. Now he and Chang'e share the sky, and like Yin and Yang they balance the world, though the Moon occasionally sojourns into the daylight sky to be with her husband for a time.