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This article is about the hero units in Age of Mythology. For hero units in other games of the series, see Hero.
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Arkantos and Amanra, two hero protagonists in Age of Mythology campaign.

Heroes are typically elite human soldiers that are powerful in combat, and may have special abilities as well. They are trained from the Town Center, Temple or Fortress. Atlantean Heroes are created from Atlantean human units, including Citizens, Oracles, and Soldiers.

Heroes are more expensive than human soldiers, but are cost-effective at defeating myth units.
—In-game help section

Heroes are one of the three basic unit types in Age of Mythology, alongside human units and myth units. They share two core characteristics: they are powerful against myth units and they can pick up relics and store them in Temples. In accordance with the rock-paper-scissors combat system, heroes are indifferent against human soldiers and can be beaten by them, especially when at a numerical disadvantage.

Typically, heroes have a special glow surrounding them. When they are killed, their corpse loses the glow and a glowing silhouette comes out from their lifeless body, followed by Athena announcing "A hero has fallen..." if the hero is an essential character. Each of the game's five civilizations has heroes with quite different characteristics.

GreekPortrait Greeks[]

AOM Greek Heroes

All Greek heroes

Greek players can train heroes at the Town Center once they have built a Temple, and at the Fortress from the Heroic Age. Each Greek major god has individual, named heroes, all of which are famous figures in Greek mythology.

A new hero becomes available at the start of each Age. This means that Greek players are limited to a maximum of four heroes (or five with Poseidon who has a unique naval hero). However, Greek heroes are far stronger than those of the other four civilizations. They can slay myth units with ease and can hold their own against human soldiers, so long as they are not numerically overwhelmed. The three Greek heroes of a given Age are very similar to each other up to the Mythic Age. The Heroes in the Mythic Age vary more and each has its own special attack. In the Extended Edition from patch 2.8, all gods also have access to Hippocrates in the Classical Age.

ZeusPortrait Zeus
PoseidonPortrait Poseidon
HadesPortrait Hades

Age advance bonuses[]

Age advancement grants Greek heroes the following improvements:

  • +10% hit points, +10% attack

EgyptianPortrait Egyptians[]

AOM Egyptian Heroes

All Egyptians heroes: Both Pharaohs, the Priest, and the Son of Osiris

Pharaohs and Priests are the standard heroes of the Egyptians. The Egyptian player starts the game with a Pharaoh, who does not occupy any population slots. The Pharaoh can empower buildings, improving all of the building's functions, and heal allied units. He is not particularly strong, but he does gain 20% attack per Age advance. If killed, he soon rises again at the Town Center.

The Mythic Age minor god Osiris has a god power that transforms Pharaoh into the Son of Osiris. The strongest hero in the game by far, the Son of Osiris has dramatically increased hit points and a deadly chain lightning attack which can attack up to four units. Osiris also grants New Kingdom, which gives the player a second Pharaoh (who can stay at home while the Son of Osiris fights).

The Priest is similar to the Pharaoh. They are weaker but can be mass-produced. Egyptian players start with one Priest and more can be trained once a Temple from the Archaic Age. Like the Pharaoh, Priests can heal units, and can build Obelisks, which help with scouting by providing a continuous Line of Sight. Priests are very weak against human units, but very good against myth units when massed, especially the slower ones.

Age advance bonuses[]

Age advancement grants Egyptian heroes the following improvements:

  • Pharaoh: +10% hit points, +20% attack, +9/+6/+2 LOS (Classical/Heroic/Mythic Age)
  • Son of Osiris: +10% hit points (added to a base of 420 HP, making a total of 546 HP)
  • Priest: +10% hit points, +10% attack, +8/+6/+2 LOS (Classical/Heroic/Mythic Age)

NorsePortrait Norse[]

AOM Norse Heroes

Both Norse heroes (the Hero of Ragnarok has three variants)

The main Norse heroes are the Hersirs, the captains of the Viking army. Hersirs can be trained at the Temple in the Archaic Age and at the Longhouse in the Classical Age. They are formidable against myth units but are otherwise average melee fighters and not cost-effective against human soldiers.

The other type of Norse hero cannot be trained. Mythic Age players who worship Baldr can use the Ragnarok god power, which instantly transforms all the player's Gatherers and Dwarves into Heroes of Ragnarok. These heroes are similar to Hersirs, but are faster, have better armor, and a stronger basic attack. However, they are not quite as good against myth units.

Both types of Norse hero are also considered infantry units, though, as usual with heroes, they do not benefit from infantry upgrades. Nevertheless, they are susceptible to counter-infantry units such as the Hypaspist, and, like other Norse infantry, they can build and repair buildings. Since they are also melee units dealing hack damage, the Norse do not have any dedicated hero unit to counter flying myth units or fast ranged myth units. They instead have human units with increased bonus attack for such purposes. Throwing Axemen (with Axe of Muspell) and Bogsveigir can counter flying myth units. Jarls can catch up and deal great damage to fast land myth units.

Age advance bonuses[]

Age advancement grants Norse heroes the following improvements:

  • +10% hit points, +10% attack

AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans[]

AOM Atlantean Heroes

All Atlantean heroes (the Citizen has a male and a female variant)

The Atlanteans do not train their heroes, but rather create them from regular human units. These transformations cost on average around 120% of the unit's original cost plus a small amount of favor. Units that can be transformed are the Citizen, Oracle, Murmillo, Katapeltes, Turma, Arcus, Contarius, Destroyer, and Fanatic. All these specially created hero units gain a large bonus against myth units and Animals of Set. They retain the multipliers they had before and the characteristics. For example, the Katapeltes hero is still considered an infantry unit and retains its large bonus against cavalry. Atlantean Heroes have better base stats (see below) than their human unit counterparts, though their other upgrades (e.g. Medium Infantry) are lost. On the other hand, their Age advance bonus is greatest in the Classical Age, giving them an early boost. They also get more armor from Armory technologies.

Turning ordinary units into heroes is expensive early on and increases the number of population slots the unit occupies, which may push a player over the population limit. This prevents the training of units to replace them. To help combat this, Prometheus grants the player the Heart of the Titans technology which decreases the cost of turning human units into heroes, plus the Valor god power which transforms a small group of human units for free.

Hero stat bonuses[]

Upgrading a unit to a Hero grants it the following improvements:

  • Oracle: +10 HP, +0.5 speed, +2 LOS, enables melee attack (6), +100% LOS growth rate
  • Citizen: +20 HP, +0.2 speed, +2 LOS, +1 range (15)
  • Turma and Arcus: +10 HP, +0.3 speed, +2 LOS
  • Murmillo, Katapeltes, Contarius, Destroyer, Fanatic: +15 HP, +0.3 speed, +2 LOS

Age advance bonuses[]

Age advancement grants Atlantean heroes the following improvements:

  • Classical Age: +20% hit points, +20% attack
  • Heroic Age: +10% hit points, +10% attack
  • Mythic Age: +5% hit points, +5% attack

ChinesePortrait Chinese[]

AOM Chinese Heroes

All Chinese heroes: The Monk, the Immortal, and the Servant Chinese

Monks and Immortals are the two varieties of Chinese heroes. Monks are capable of melee combat, healing other units, and converting human units; the monks of Shennong can also convert non-Titan myth units. Immortals are multi-range heroes, fighting ground targets in melee while shooting down aerial targets with bows. There can be a maximum of eight Immortals at one time, keeping with the Eight Immortals of Chinese lore. With the exception of Fu Xi, who can acquire all eight from the beginning, the Immortals become available in increments of two per Age advancement.

There is another variant of Immortals called "Servant Chinese". In the game he has the appearance of an immortal, but in cutscenes he has the appearance of an old man. Unlike the Immortal, this one doesn't make any sounds. In addition, he only has 130 hit points and has 9 Hack Attack in the Archaic Age. All other attributes of an Immortal remain the same.

Age advance bonuses[]

Age advancement grants Chinese heroes the following improvements:

  • +10% hit points, +10% attack
  • Immortals gain +1 range per age (after patch 2.8)

Campaigns[]

Heroes in the Age of Mythology campaign, as agents of their respective gods, are difficult to kill. A hero reduced to one hitpoint will fall in battle. When this happens, you will hear the voice of Athena announce "A hero has fallen." However, the hero is not dead, and as such you will rarely lose a scenario because a hero has been lost. Instead, the hero falls unconscious, but will stand up and regain hitpoints as soon as all dangerous enemy units or buildings have been cleared out of the area. The hero may risk falling in battle again until they are healed or their hitpoints return to a reasonable level.
—In-game help section for "Fallen Heroes"

These are heroes that are exclusive to the campaigns:

Fall of the Trident[]

AOM FotT Heroes

All heroes from the Fall of the Trident campaign

The New Atlantis[]

AOM TNA Heroes

All heroes from the The New Atlantis campaign

Tale of the Dragon[]

AOM TotD Heroes

All heroes from the Tale of the Dragon campaign

Semi-Heroes[]

AOM Semi-Heroes

All Semi-Heroes

These units aren't technically heroes, but they share traits of heroes such as the ability to revive, "(Hero)" in their names, hero glow, hero birth effect, hero death effect, pick up relics, and/or health regeneration. Because they aren't technically considered heroes, they are weak against myth units and are unaffected by hero upgrades such as Olympic Parentage or Age advancement.

Fall of the Trident[]

The Golden Gift[]

  • PolarBearIcon Polaris (Non-playable) (Cameo in Fall of the Trident)

Tale of the Dragon[]

Others[]

Ornlu and the Regent are not present in the campaign.

  • GoatAOM Golden Fleece (Age of Mythology) (Cameo in Tale of the Dragon)
  • FenrisWolfBroodIcon Ornlu (Age of Mythology)
  • Krios icon Regent (Extended Edition)
  • General Icon General (Tale of the Dragon) (only Chinese unit)

Characteristics[]

Main article: /Characteristics

Characteristics of all heroes can be found here.

Gallery[]

Heroes obtainable in random maps in Age of Mythology
God ArchaicAge Archaic Age ClassicalAge Classical Age HeroicAge Heroic Age MythicAge Mythic Age
GreekPortrait Greeks
All PhysicianIcon Hippocrates
ZeusPortrait Zeus JasonIcon Jason OdysseusIcon Odysseus HeraclesIcon Heracles BellephoronIcon Bellerophon
PoseidonPortrait Poseidon TheseusIcon Theseus HippolytaIcon Hippolyta AtalantaIcon Atalanta PolyphemusIcon Polyphemus
TheArgoIcon The Argo
HadesPortrait Hades AjaxIcon Ajax ChironIcon Chiron AchillesIcon Achilles PerseusIcon Perseus
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians
All Pharaoh Icon Pharaoh
AoM Priest Icon Priest
OsirisIcon Osiris SonOfOsirisIcon Son of Osiris
Pharaoh Icon Pharaoh (second)
NorsePortrait Norse
All Hersiricon Hersir AoMR Godi icon Godi
BaldrIcon Baldr Hero of Ragnarok Icon Hero of Ragnarok
AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans
All Citizen Hero Icon Citizen (Hero) Murmillo Hero Icon Murmillo (Hero) Arcus Hero Icon Arcus (Hero) Fanatic Hero Icon Fanatic (Hero)
Katapeltes Hero Icon Katapeltes (Hero) Contarius Hero Icon Contarius (Hero)
Oracle Hero Icon Oracle (Hero)
Turma Hero Icon Turma (Hero) Destroyer Hero Icon Destroyer (Hero)
ChinesePortrait Chinese
All AoM Monk Icon Monk
FuXiPortrait Fu Xi Immortal Icon Immortal (8)
Others Immortal Icon Immortal (2) Immortal Icon Immortal (2) Immortal Icon Immortal (2) Immortal Icon Immortal (2)
Campaign-exclusive elements 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 · Wall of Troy Icon Gate of Troy · GiantgateramIcon Giant Gate Ram · Hades Gate Hades Gate · Fence Icon Iron Fence · Fence Icon Jail Wall · DockAOMIcon Naval Shipyard · Osiris Pyramid Icon Osiris Pyramid · GreekShrineIcon Shrine · GuardianIcon Sleeping Guardian · 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 · Fountain AoM Icon Fountain · Statue Lion Icon Lion Statue · Statue of Lightning Icon Major God Statue · Market icon AOM Market Stall · Statue Obelisk Icon AoM Obelisk · Osiris Box Icon Osiris Piece Box · Statue Pharaoh Icon Pharaoh Statue · Statue Columns Icon AoM Ruins · Sign icon AoM Sign · Living Statue Statue of Poseidon · Tamarisk Tree Icon Tamarisk Tree · Taproot Icon Taproot · Torch icon AoM Torch · AoMR Trident icon Trident
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 · Gaia Pool icon AoM Gaia Pool · TempleAOMIcon Overgrown Temple · Statue of Melagius icon Statue of Melagius · TempleAOMIcon Temple of Kronos · AomWonderIcon Tower of Odin
Embellishment objectsStatue Chimera Icon Chimera statue · Statue Cyclops Icon Cyclops statue · Hades Gate Earth · Statue Hydra Icon Hydra statue · Statue Manticore Icon Manticore statue · Statue Nemean Lion Icon Nemean Lion statue · Summoning Tree icon AoM Summoning Tree · Statue Valkyrie Icon Valkyrie statue
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
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