You have advanced to the Mythic Age through the Conviction of Helios.
—Age up text in Age of Mythology

Helios is an Atlantean Mythic Age minor god in Age of Mythology. He is available to worshipers of Kronos and Oranos.

Attributes[edit | edit source]

God Power[edit | edit source]

  • VortexIcon.png Vortex: Teleports all the player's military units to a single location (3 uses).

Technologies[edit | edit source]

Myth Units[edit | edit source]

  • ManOWarIcon.png Man O' War: A jellyfish-like creature that shoots lighting bolts.
  • HekaGigantesIcon.png Heka Gigantes: Myth unit with a smashing attack that stuns enemies.

Building[edit | edit source]

  • MirrorTowerIcon.png Mirror Tower: Defensive structure that fires a solar beam, effective against ships, buildings, and siege weapons.

Strategy[edit | edit source]

Helios' improvements revolve around building destruction. His technologies improve Onagers and Cheiroballistae but especially Fire Siphons, making them more durable and dangerous. Should the enemy focus on siege counter units (such as cavalry), Helios does provide an alternative with the Heka Gigantes Myth Unit, a four-armed giant that can deal massive damage to buildings and knock back threats by causing minor earthquakes. To compensate the slow speed of these units, Helios’ god power, Vortex, can be used to teleport all of the player's military units to one place and mow down the enemy in one heavy attack. This power can also be used for a quick retreat should the player’s own town be under siege and can be used three times.

Additionally, Helios improves late game naval warfare. His other Myth Unit, the Man O' War, helps support the player’s navy (including Fireships who also benefit from the Halo of the Sun technology) by striking multiple ships with a chain lightning attack. The lightning can also strike multiple fortifications of an enemy base if they’re built close enough to the shoreline. Helios has the only mythical building besides the Sky Passages of Oranos. Citizens can now construct Mirror Towers, defensive structures that shoot beams of light and are effective against ships.

Mythology[edit | edit source]

The god of the sun, he rose from the ocean at dawn to drive his chariot across the sky, carrying the sun and descending at night into the west. He saw all and knew all, and was often called upon by other gods to be a witness. He was the god of the measurement of time, and goddesses of the day, month, seasons, and year waited upon him. Two of his mortal lovers were converted into the plants heliotrope (whose head always turns toward the sun) and frankincense. These plants were sacred to Helios. He is portrayed usually in a chariot with a whip and surrounded by a halo. Animals sacred to him were the rooster and eagle. The great Colossus of Rhodes was built in his honor, as he was married to Rhode, a daughter of Poseidon.

Major and minor gods in Age of Mythology
Culture ArchaicAge.png Archaic Age ClassicalAge.png Classical Age HeroicAge.png Heroic Age MythicAge.png Mythic Age
Greek ZeusIcon.png Zeus
HadesIcon.png Hades
PoseidonIcon.png Poseidon
AthenaIcon.png Athena
HermesIcon.png Hermes
AresIcon.png Ares
ApolloIcon.png Apollo
DionysusIcon.png Dionysus
AphroditeIcon.png Aphrodite
HeraIcon.png Hera
HephaestusIcon.png Hephaestus
ArtemisIcon.png Artemis
Egyptian RaIcon.png Ra
IsisIcon.png Isis
SetIcon.png Set
BastIcon.png Bast
PtahIcon.png Ptah
AnubisIcon.png Anubis
HathorIcon.png Hathor
SekhmetIcon.png Sekhmet
NephthysIcon.png Nephthys
OsirisIcon.png Osiris
HorusIcon.png Horus
ThothIcon.png Thoth
Norse ThorIcon.png Thor
OdinIcon.png Odin
LokiIcon.png Loki
FreyjaIcon.png Freyja
HeimdallIcon.png Heimdall
ForsetiIcon.png Forseti
SkadiIcon.png Skadi
BragiIcon.png Bragi
NjordIcon.png Njord
BaldrIcon.png Baldr
TyrIcon.png Tyr
HelIcon.png Hel
Atlantean KronosIcon.png Kronos
OranosIcon.png Oranos
GaiaIcon.png Gaia
PrometheusIcon.png Prometheus
LetoIcon.png Leto
OceanusIcon.png Oceanus
HyperionIcon.png Hyperion
RheiaIcon.png Rheia
TheiaIcon.png Theia
HeliosIcon.png Helios
AtlasIcon.png Atlas
HekateIcon.png Hekate
Chinese FuXiIcon.png Fu Xi
NuWaIcon.png Nü Wa
ShennongIcon.png Shennong
HuangDiIcon.png Huang Di
SunWukongIcon.png Sun Wukong
ChangEIcon.png Chang'e
DaboGongIcon.png Dabo Gong
ZhongKuiIcon.png Zhong Kui
HeBoIcon.png He Bo
ChongliIcon.png Chongli
AoKuangIcon.png Ao Kuang
XiWangmuIcon.png Xi Wangmu
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