"You have advanced to the Heroic Age through the Drunken Revelry of Dionysus."—Age up text in Age of Mythology
God Power Edit
- Bronze: Turns the skin of all friendly human units in the target area to solid metal, increasing their armor.
- Bacchanalia: All units have +5% hit points
- Anastrophe: Pentekonters have +20% attack, move 10% faster and train 25% faster.
- Thracian Horses: Cavalry have +20% hit points
Myth Units Edit
- Hydra: A tough melee unit, the Hydra grows heads as it kills enemies. Each head increases the Hydra's attack - a five-headed Hydra has three times the attack of a one-headed one.
- Scylla: Waterborne equivalent of the Hydra. Good against archer and siege ships.
Dionysus generally focuses on survivability rather than increasing units' attack. He grants all units a small hit point bonus, but increases cavalry hit points by a quarter, making these quite tough units last even longer. The unit that benefits the most however is the Titan; the Cerberus receives a +300 HP bonus, which if combined with Hera's Monstrous Rage technology allows Zeus players to have the most powerful Titan in the game.
He also increases many attributes for Pentekonters. This makes them last longer as being the only ships that attack in melee, they are vulnerable to arrow ships. Dionysus' god power again helps units to live longer by increasing their armor. The Hydra and Scylla, his two myth units, gain attack as they kill enemies. A five-headed Hydra or Scylla is quite a terrifying enemy to encounter.
The god of wine, the theater, agriculture, the fertility of nature, and mysteries, he is usually seen with grape vines, ivy, or a panther. Unlike most Greek gods, who are normally portrayed as bright creatures of the light, Dionysus is mysterious and shadowy. His followers revel in mad behavior, drunkenness, and death. Because of his differences, Dionysus may have been a melding of Greek and Asian attributes.
He was the patron of the Maenads, wild women who worshipped him and roamed the mountains shouting and hunting wild animals. He was also the patron of mystery cults, of which we know very little today. The greatest mystery associated with Dionysus is that at one point he was believed slain, but then reborn, a very unusual circumstance for an immortal god.