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A Hades Gate is a giant doorway found in some campaign scenarios of Age of Mythology and its expansions. A smaller separate version of the Hades Gate which opens (called Hades Gate Small in the Scenario Editor) is also used for cinematics.


After defeating Kronos and the Titans, Zeus had them imprisoned in Tartarus, the deepest part of the Underworld. To ensure that they could not escape, all the paths into Tartarus were sealed by giant adamantine doors. Only a mortal capable of entering the Underworld can break open the massive construct, but even this is extremely difficult.

Campaign appearances[]

Fall of the Trident[]

After defeating the Titans, Zeus rose to power in the Greek Pantheon and became ruler of the skies. His brother Poseidon, who ruled the seas, became envious of his domain. Kronos became aware of this despite being locked away in Tartarus and promised Poseidon great power in exchange for his release. As Poseidon was immortal he could not open the doors himself. Instead, he employed Gargarensis, who was promised immortality by Kronos if he was released, in opening the Hades Gate for him. The Cyclops enslaved the people of Ioklos and had them unearth a passage to Erebus. In the scenario Revelation, Gargarensis fabricated a Giant Gate Ram to damage the first Hades Gate found in an attempt to break it open. Arkantos intervened by destroying the Ram with his army. The Cyclops retaliated by triggering an Earthquake which trapped the Atlantean admiral in Erebus while he escaped.

Gargarensis traveled to Egypt next to prepare the excavation of an Underworld Passage that presumably would have brought him to a second Hades Gate. Before he could even set foot in the Underworld, Arkantos intervened again by helping Amanra revive the Egyptian god Osiris who decimated Gargarensis' army. Gargarensis fled to the Norselands where a third Hades Gate would be found in Nifleheim. In Beneath the Surface, he constructed a second Giant Gate Ram which Arkantos once more attempted to destroy but was forced to retreat when the Cyclops summoned numerous Fire Giants in defense. In Unlikely Heroes, it appeared Gargarensis succeeded as the damaged gate opened. However, Arkantos managed to assist the dwarf brothers Brokk and Eitri in fabricating a hammer for Thor, which was used to seal the gate once again.

The final Hades Gate was seen in A Place in My Dreams where it was not found in the Underworld but under the very soil of Atlantis. After Gargarensis arrived on the island and captured most of its citizens, Poseidon brought a statue of himself to life and used it to reveal the gate located under the great temple. Before he was able to open it, Arkantos, now a demi-god thanks to Zeus' blessing, defeated the Living Poseidon Statue, causing it to drop its trident onto Gargarensis, killing him and ending Poseidon's quest for power. The sea god then sunk the island in revenge, presumably sealing the gate as well.

The New Atlantis[]

Ten years after the destruction of Atlantis, Kronos managed to release his Servant from Tartarus and instructed him to infiltrate the Atlanteans. This triggered a series of events where the Atlanteans destroyed many monuments and worshipers of the gods that kept the Titans trapped in Tartarus. With the influence of the gods now weakened, they were able to escape and caused great destruction. After making amends to this mistake, the Atlanteans returned to Old Atlantis in War of the Titans, where the last Hades Gate was seen still exposed but severely weakened. Kronos was able to open it from the inside and walk the earth, only to be trapped once more by Gaia.


The gates to Tartarus were fashioned by Zeus and his brothers to imprison Kronos and the other titans within. The gates are made of adamantine, a nearly unbreakable metal, and can only be opened by the hand of a mortal, insuring that no other god would release the least directly.


Campaign-exclusive units, characters, buildings, technologies, and god powers in Age of Mythology
Aom original icon Age of Mythology
ProtagonistsAgamemnon Icon Agamemnon · AjaxIcon Ajax · Amanra Icon Amanra · Arkantos Icon Arkantos · Arkantos Icon Arkantos (uber) · Boar icon Boar (Ajax) · Boar icon Boar (Arkantos) · Brokk Icon Brokk · ChironIcon Chiron · Eitri Icon Eitri · OdysseusIcon Odysseus · Reginleif icon Reginleif · Setna icon Setna
AntagonistsCirce icon Circe · Gargarensis Icon Gargarensis · Kamos Icon Kamos · Kemsyt Icon Kemsyt · Living Statue Living Poseidon Statue · Skult icon Skult · AnubiteIcon Theris
Supporting charactersAthenaIcon Athena · Greta Forkbeard Icon Greta Forkbeard · GuardianIcon Guardian · Young Kastor Icon Kastor · Niordsir · AoM Villager Greek Icon Old Man · OsirisIcon Osiris · Krios icon Theocrat · Zethos
Other unitsStonewall icon Boulder · Kebeniticon Charon Ferry · Flag Bearer Icon Folstag Flag Bearer · Osiris Box Icon Osiris Piece Cart · Longboaticon Pirate Ship · PolarBearIcon Polaris · AoM Villager Greek Icon Prisoner · ShadeIcon Shade · Triremeicon Shipwreck · Statue of Lightning Icon Statue of Lightning · SwordBearersIcon Sword Bearers · Thor's Hammer icon Thor's Hammer Haft · Thor's Hammer icon Thor's Hammer Head · Trojan Horse Icon Trojan Horse
BuildingsStonewall icon Boulder Rolling Dead · Stonewall icon Boulder Wall · Dig Pile icon AoM Dig Pile · ArmoryIcon Dwarven Forge · ExcavationIcon Excavation · Fountain AoM Icon Fountain · Wall of Troy Icon Gate of Troy · GiantgateramIcon Giant Gate Ram · Hades Gate Hades Gate · Fence Icon Iron Fence · Fence Icon Jail Wall · Statue Lion Icon Lion Statue · Statue of Lightning Icon Major God Statue · Market icon AOM Market Stall · DockAOMIcon Naval Shipyard · Osiris Pyramid Icon Osiris Pyramid · Statue Pharaoh Icon Pharaoh Statue · Statue Columns Icon AoM Ruins · GreekShrineIcon Shrine · GuardianIcon Sleeping Guardian · Living Statue Statue of Poseidon · Fence Icon Stone Fence · TempleAOMIcon Temple of the Gods · Tent Icon Tent · UnderWorldPassageIcon Underworld Passage · Stonewall icon Wall of Atlantis · Wall of Troy Icon Wall of Troy · UnderWorldPassageIcon Well of Urd · Fence Icon Wooden Fence
TechnologiesHammerOfTheGods Giant-slaying Blades · MeteoricIronMail Osmium Mail · DragonscaleShields Asbestos Shields
Embellishment objectsStatue Columns Icon AoM Columns · Flag icon AoM Flag · Statue Obelisk Icon AoM Obelisk · Osiris Box Icon Osiris Piece Box · Sign icon AoM Sign · Tamarisk Tree Icon Tamarisk Tree · Taproot Icon Taproot · Torch icon AoM Torch
God powersBlessingofZeus Blessing of Zeus
AoM The Titans icon The Titans
ProtagonistsAjaxIcon Ajax · FolstagIcon King Folstag · Titan Gaia Icon Gaia · Adult Kastor Icon Kastor · Amanra Icon Queen Amanra · SonOfOsirisIcon Son of Osiris
AntagonistsMelagius icon General Melagius · Titan Kronos Icon Kronos · Titan Prometheus Icon Prometheus · Kronny Icon Servant of Kronos
Supporting charactersArkantos Icon Arkantos (god) · Atlantean Commander · Krios icon Krios · Zeno
Other unitsAutomaton icon Automaton (SPC) · Adult Kastor Icon Kastor (with Staff)
BuildingsAutomaton icon Automaton Statue · Statue Chimera Icon Chimera statue · Statue Cyclops Icon Cyclops statue · Gaia Pool icon AoM Gaia Pool · Statue Hydra Icon Hydra statue · Statue Manticore Icon Manticore statue · Statue Nemean Lion Icon Nemean Lion statue · TempleAOMIcon Overgrown Temple · Statue of Melagius icon Statue of Melagius · TempleAOMIcon Temple of Kronos · AomWonderIcon Tower of Odin · Statue Valkyrie Icon Valkyrie statue
Embellishment objectsHades Gate Earth · Summoning Tree icon AoM Summoning Tree
God powersDeconstructionWonderIcon Deconstruction Wonder · Seedofgaia Seed of Gaia
AoM Extended icon Tale of the Dragon
ProtagonistsJiao-Long Icon Jiao-Long · Shun Icon Shun · Zhi Icon Zhi
AntagonistsDanzhu Icon Danzhu · Yama
Supporting charactersSpecial-c-azure-dragon-icon Ao Kuang · Special-c-earth-dragon-icon Dilong · Krios icon Emperor Yao · TitanChineseIcon Pangu · Special-c-vermilion-bird-icon Vermilion Bird
Other unitsGriffon Icon Griffon · Immortal Icon Servant Chinese
BuildingsExcavationIcon Dam · Tent Icon Roc Tent
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Cinematic hero g icon Misenus · Mnevis