This article is about the unit in the PC game. For the unit in the handheld video game, see Chimera (Age of Empires: Mythologies).

The Chimera is a Mythic Age hybrid myth unit granted to worshipers of Artemis.

Special attack Edit

Fire breath (3 projectiles): each causes 28 hack (×3 vs myth units) to all nearby units. Range: 8 meters. Recharge time: 20 seconds.

Attack bonuses Edit

  • Myth Units: ×3
  • Heroes: ×0.5

Upgrades Edit

Specific Edit

  • FlamesOfTyphon Flames of Typhon (Artemis): increases regular and special attacks by 30% and hit points by 20%.

General Edit

Strategy Edit

The powerful jaws of their lion head grants them a strong melee hack attack. Chimera possess a powerful special attack, whereby their snake tail lunges forward and spews fire over the enemy. This is an area of effect attack that damages many enemies at once. Due to the nature of their special attack and their general effectiveness against most types of unit, Chimera need little management in order to be effective.

Like all myth units, the Chimera gains bonus damage against human units and is also strong against other myth units. However they are easily slain by heroes.

The Flames of Typhon improvement turns Chimera into Chimera Tyrants, with increased attack, hit points and special attack damage.

Mythology Edit

Scientific name -- Draco chimera
Size -- 12,000+ lbs.
Diet -- Carnivore, especially humans

The chimera is one of the varied offspring of Echidna (with the torso of a beautiful woman and a horrible serpent below the waist) and Typhon (a fire-breathing giant with 100 serpent heads). The Chimera is a fire-breathing beast, usually depicted with the body of a goat, the head of a lion, and the tail of a serpent. The Corinthian hero, Bellerophon, defeated the original Lycian (a Greek kingdom in Asia Minor) chimera by flying into battle on the winged horse, Pegasus.


  • The Chimera's design was changed at within the last few months of development (June–August 2002), and because of this, the Chimera's corpse model is of the old model, rather than the current one.
  • The Chimera's stat distribution was later reused for the Azure Dragon and White Tiger, although the latter costs Food.

Gallery Edit

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Myth units
Culture Age Units
Greeks ArchaicAge Pegasus  · Hippocampus
ClassicalAge Centaur  · Minotaur  · Cyclops
HeroicAge Nemean Lion  · Hydra  · Scylla  · Manticore
MythicAge Colossus  · Medusa  · Carcinos  · Chimera
Egyptians ClassicalAge Anubite  · Serpent / Sea Snake  · Sphinx  · Wadjet
HeroicAge Petsuchos  · Roc  · Scarab  · Leviathan  · Scorpion Man  · Minion
MythicAge Phoenix  · War Turtle  · Avenger  · Mummy
Norse ArchaicAge Raven
ClassicalAge Troll  · Valkyrie  · Einherjar
HeroicAge Kraken  · Mountain Giant  · Walking Tree  · Frost Giant  · Battle Boar
MythicAge Jormund Elver  · Fimbulwinter Wolf  · Fenris Wolf Brood  · Fire Giant  · Nidhogg
Atlanteans ClassicalAge Automaton  · Promethean (Offspring)  · Caladria  · Servant  · Carnivora
HeroicAge Nereid  · Satyr  · Stymphalian Bird  · Dryad  · Behemoth
MythicAge Heka Gigantes  · Man O' War  · Argus  · Lampades  · Tartarian Spawn
Chinese ClassicalAge Qilin  · Monkey King  · Terracotta Warrior
HeroicAge War Salamander  · Jiangshi  · Pixiu
MythicAge Azure Dragon  · Dragon Turtle  · Vermilion Bird  · White Tiger  · Earth Dragon
All SecretsOfTheTitans


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