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The Contarius is a Heroic Age cavalry unit and the only one available to the Atlanteans. It is a standard Atlantean heavy cavalry unit: hard-hitting, relatively fast, but expensive. The Contarius is excellent against archers and siege weapons, but weak against infantry and counter-cavalry.

Attack bonus[]

God Bonuses and Upgrades[]


Oranos increases Contarius movement speed by 10%.


The Contarius is a fast unit that can be quickly deployed behind enemy lines to eliminate archers and siege weapons before retreating back inside the base before the enemy has time to respond with infantry. Unfortunately, their high population value of three, costliness and lack of versatility means they can only be deployed in small numbers, as a support unit. They also make for effective raiders due to their high speed and large attack.

Contarius Hero[]

Like all Atlantean human units, a Contarius can be converted into a Hero at any time, provided the player has sufficient resources.

Attack bonuses[]





The Contarius Hero is formidable as it is strong against archers, siege weapons and myth units. In addition, the Lance of Stone technology grants them more attack versus buildings, making them even more viable as raiders.


The Titans[]

  • Originally, Contariuses had 120 hit points, and Contarius Heroes had 135. With patch 1.02, they have 130 and 145 hit points, respectively.


Early Atlantean soldiers tamed and rode the wild horses that roamed across their island. These mounted soldiers were very successful in Atlantis' early conquests, but as Atlantis grew, farmland overtook wilderness and grazing became scarce. Cavalry all but disappeared from Atlantean tactics. Only an elite few rode horses into combat. Atlantean generals beaten in battle surrender their precious horses as a sign of defeat.


  • These units' internal names are Lancer and Lancer Hero, respectively.
  • According to their icon, and the icon for Lance of Stone, the Contarius' lance was originally based upon a Jousting Lance.
  • The Contarius gets its name from the Kontos lance, which was famously used by the Seleucid, Parthian, Roman, Persian and Byzantine cataphracts.


Military units in Age of Mythology
Culture Type Units
Greeks Infantry Hoplite  · Hypaspist  · Myrmidon (Zeus) · Militia (Poseidon)
Archer Toxotes  · Peltast  · Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry Hippikon  · Prodromos  · Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege weapon Petrobolos  · Helepolis
Ship Trireme  · Pentekonter  · Juggernaut
Other Kataskopos
Egyptians Infantry Spearman  · Axeman  · Mercenary  · Khopesh Swordsman
Archer Slinger  · Chariot Archer
Cavalry Camelry  · War Elephant  · Mercenary Cavalry
Siege weapon Catapult  · Siege Tower
Ship Kebenit  · Ramming Galley  · War Barge
Norse Infantry Ulfsark  · Throwing Axeman  · Huskarl
Archer Bogsveigir
Cavalry Raiding Cavalry  · Jarl
Siege weapon Portable Ram  · Ballista
Ship Longboat  · Drakkar  · Dragon Ship
Atlanteans Infantry Murmillo  · Katapeltes  · Destroyer  · Fanatic
Archer Arcus  · Turma
Cavalry Contarius
Siege weapon Cheiroballista  · Fire Siphon  · Onager
Ship Bireme  · Fireship  · Siege Bireme
Other Oracle
Chinese Infantry Halberdier
Archer Chu Ko Nu  · Mounted Archer
Cavalry Cataphract  · General  · Scout Cavalry  · War Chariot
Siege weapon Fire Lance  · Sitting Tiger
Ship Junk  · Fire Ship  · Siege Junk