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The Colossus is a myth unit in Age of Mythology available to the Greeks in the Mythic Age if they worship Hephaestus.

Special Ability[]

Regains 30 HP/s by consuming trees and Gold Mines.

Attack bonuses[]



  • HandOfTalos.png Hand of Talos: upgrades to Silver Colossus and increases HP by 200.
  • ShoulderOfTalos.png Shoulder of Talos: upgrades to Gold Colossus and increases HP by 200 and reduces hack vulnerability by 20%.



The Colossus can be upgraded by the Hand of Talos and Shoulder of Talos technologies, each of which increases the Colossus' maximum health by a large amount. It can regenerate by eating trees or gold mines. This can be a useful strategy provided the Colossus eats a gold mine or tree belonging to the enemy.

The Colossus is a powerful myth unit and is very strong against buildings due to its high crush attack. It is also strong against almost anything else, but is the most effective if it is put to use against buildings or regular human soldiers. When fully-upgraded prior to the Extended Edition, it had the highest HP of all non-Titan, trainable Myth Units (tied with that of a Mountain Giant that has been upgraded with Granite Blood, although the Colossus is still more durable due to its higher armor ratings), but this is balanced by the Colossus being the slowest Myth Unit in the game. As with all Myth Units, Heroes will defeat them (Colossi can actually defeat most non-Greek heroes one-on-one, but they will still take much more damage than what they deal and will also usually be outnumbered), though the durability of the Colossi means they'll usually survive until backup arrives. The Colossi's slow speed tends to make them a target of Medusae, Mummies, Frost Giants, Arguses, and Lampades, all which can either instantly kill it, put it out of action, or even turn it against their allies.


Scientific name -- None (artificial construct)

Size -- over 50' high

Diet -- doesn't eat

The Great Colossus at Rhodes was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It stood over 150 ft. high on a 50 ft. white marble base. It was mostly hollow, with a skin of bronze welded to a skeleton frame of stone and metal. Though it was destroyed by an earthquake after standing for only about fifty years, such was its enormity that people came to Rhodes just to see its ruins, just as people today visit the ruins of other Greek monuments, buildings and temples.


  • The Colossus, as referenced by its specific technologies, is based on Talos, a giant, bronze Automaton who patrolled the island of Crete.
  • The Colossus is named after one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Colossus of Rhodes.
  • The Colossus originally had the second highest number of HP of any myth unit that can be trained at a Temple. As of the Extended Edition, it only has the third highest HP.
  • The Colossus originally didn't exist, and it's function was instead filled by the Golem.




COLOSSUS vs EVERY MYTH UNIT - Age of Mythology

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