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This article is about the god in Age of Mythology. For the god in Age of Empires: Mythologies, see Hephaestus (Age of Empires: Mythologies).

You have advanced to the Mythic Age through the Toil of Hephaestus.
—Age up text in Age of Mythology

Hephaestus is a Mythic Age Greek minor god in Age of Mythology. Worshipers of all Greek major gods can choose Hephaestus.


God power[]

  • PlentyIcon Plenty: Creates a Plenty Vault that generates 15 Food, Wood and Gold every 5 seconds. The vault is indestructible, but can be captured if surrounded by enemy units.


Myth unit[]

  • ColossusIcon Colossus:A slow moving but nigh-unstoppable siege weapon due to high armor, hit points and attack vs buildings. Can regain hit points by eating trees and gold mines.

Technology tree[]

God power
Hand of Talos
Shoulder of Talos
Forge of Olympus
Weapon of the Titans


Hephaestus grants military and economic bonuses. Forge of Olympus greatly decreases the cost of Armory technologies, allowing them to be researched more quickly and giving an advantage over opponents. Technologies made cheaper include Weapon of the Titans, which improves the attack of Myrmidons, Hetairoi, and Gastraphetes, depending on the major god.

Hephaestus' Myth Unit, the Colossus, is the strongest non-Titan myth unit in the game. Once fully upgraded, it can withstand pitched battles due to its massive amount of hit points and armor and can heal by eating trees and gold mines.

Hephaestus' god power generates an unlimited supply of Food, Wood and Gold. This is equivalent to at least three Villagers per resource, and ties in with Forge of Olympus to make Armory technologies even quicker to research.

Hephaestus is difficult to get the full benefit of. He is recommended for ending a race to the Mythic Age, at which point he will provide a massive economic spike to help the player boom an underdeveloped economy more quickly and knock out enemies with the player's superior human units and powerful Colossi.


The god of fire, volcanoes, blacksmiths, and metal working, he had a strong following in the cities where his skills were important to commerce and war. He is usually seen with an axe. In one account he sided with his mother Hera against Zeus who threw him so far that he fell all day and limped thereafter. Hephaestus was associated with Mt. Etna on the island of Sicily. In his workshop he fashioned many wondrous things for the gods, including thunderbolts for Zeus, Athena's shield, arrows for Eros, and the chariot with which Helios the sun god rode across the sky. He also helped create the first human woman from clay, named Pandora, who released the evils of the world on humankind from her magic jar.


  • Hephaestus and Tyr are the only two minor gods that are available to more than two major gods.
Gods in Age of Mythology
ArchaicAge Archaic Age
ClassicalAge Classical Age
HeroicAge Heroic Age
MythicAge Mythic Age
GreekPortrait Greeks ZeusPortrait Zeus
HadesPortrait Hades
PoseidonPortrait Poseidon
AthenaIcon Athena

HermesIcon Hermes

AresIcon Ares
ApolloIcon Apollo

DionysusIcon Dionysus

AphroditeIcon Aphrodite
HeraIcon Hera

HephaestusIcon Hephaestus

ArtemisIcon Artemis
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians RaPortrait Ra
IsisPortrait Isis
SetPortrait Set
BastIcon Bast

PtahIcon Ptah

AnubisIcon Anubis
HathorIcon Hathor

SekhmetIcon Sekhmet

NephthysIcon Nephthys
OsirisIcon Osiris

HorusIcon Horus

ThothIcon Thoth
NorsePortrait Norse ThorPortrait Thor
OdinPortrait Odin
LokiPortrait Loki
FreyjaIcon Freyja

HeimdallIcon Heimdall

ForsetiIcon Forseti
SkadiIcon Skadi

BragiIcon Bragi

NjordIcon Njord
BaldrIcon Baldr

TyrIcon Tyr

HelIcon Hel
AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans KronosPortrait Kronos
OranosPortrait Oranos
GaiaPortrait Gaia
PrometheusIcon Prometheus

LetoIcon Leto

OceanusIcon Oceanus
HyperionIcon Hyperion

RheiaIcon Rheia

TheiaIcon Theia
HeliosIcon Helios

AtlasIcon Atlas

HekateIcon Hekate
ChinesePortrait Chinese FuXiPortrait Fu Xi
NuWaPortrait Nü Wa
ShennongPortrait Shennong
HuangDiIcon Huang Di

SunWukongIcon Sun Wukong

ChangEIcon Chang'e
DaboGongIcon Dabo Gong

ZhongKuiIcon Zhong Kui

HeBoIcon He Bo
ChongliIcon Chongli

AoKuangIcon Ao Kuang

XiWangmuIcon Xi Wangmu
Major gods have circular icons