|This article is about the god in Age of Mythology. For the god in Age of Empires: Mythologies, see Hermes (Age of Empires: Mythologies).|
|“||You have advanced to the Classical Age through the Guidance of Hermes.||”|
|—Age up text in Age of Mythology|
- Ceasefire: This god power prevents combat anywhere on the map for a full minute, allowing perhaps a player to build more units to repel an attack, or hurry his army home to meet a new threat.
- Spirited Charge: Cavalry have 10% more speed and attack.
- Sylvan Lore: Centaurs have 25% more hit points and are 30% faster
- Winged Messenger: Pegasus costs no food, has +6 line of sight and trains 50% faster
- Centaur: A tough archer with more hit points, attack and speed. Its special attack does extra damage and never misses.
It is best to worship Hermes when planning to build up a large force of cavalry. His upgrades improve the speed and combat abilities of both cavalry and Centaurs, allowing for the creation of a fast moving and hard hitting force. He also improves the LOS of Pegasi and makes them cost no food (which is also an indirect eco bonus), while the faster creation time allows a Greek player to easily scout out the enemy in order to search for weak points before launching a raid against them. His God Power can also be used for scouting, and to protect players who are being rushed.
The messenger of the gods, Hermes wore a winged cap and winged shoes. He presided over shepherds, trade, land travel, literature, athletics, oratory, and even thieving -- any activity requiring agility. He was known for his cunning and shrewdness, and as the inventor of the lyre, the flute, and the pan-pipes. He is credited with the invention of foot-racing, wrestling, and boxing. He guided the souls of the dead to the underworld. In early accounts he is a patron of fertility or luck. Later he was associated with roads. Road markers, called herms, bore a representation of Hermes. Similar markers outside homes warded off evil. He used his ingenuity to save heroes on several occasions, including Odysseus twice.