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The Hersir is the regular Norse hero unit in Age of Mythology, available in the Archaic Age once a Temple has been built. Like other Heroes, Hersirs are strong against myth units and can pick up Relics. Like other Norse infantry, Hersirs can build and repair buildings. In addition, Hersirs earn double the favor in combat compared to Norse human units and, starting in Classical Age, each existing Hersir generates a trickle of 0.6 favor per minute.

God bonuses and upgrades[]


  • LokiPortrait Loki: Hersirs move 10% faster. They can also summon random Norse myth units in battle, once enough favor has been earned.
  • Hall of Thanes Hall of Thanes (ForsetiIcon Forseti) +10% hit points and +1 speed.


Relic bonuses[]

Resource trickle comparison[]

There are quite a few means of auto-generating resources in Age of Mythology.

Resource generator Civilization God Resource Rate (per minute)
Aomrelicvase Ring of the Nibelung N/A Gold 18
Aomrelicvase Ship of Fingernails Food 24
Aomrelicvase Ankh of Ra Favor 2.4
VaultsOfErebus Vaults of Erebus GreekPortrait Greeks HadesPortrait Hades Gold 45
PlentyIcon Plenty Vault HephaestusIcon Hephaestus 180
Food 180
Wood 180
MonumentVillagersIcon Monument EgyptianPortrait Egyptians All Favor 4.9 - 6.9
FloodOfTheNile Flood of the Nile IsisPortrait Isis Food 45
Hersiricon Hersir NorsePortrait Norse All Favor 0.6
In combat: 1.2
TownCenterAOMAtlantean Town Center AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans All Favor 6.3
HornsOfConsecration Horns of Consecration (Rheia): 7.56
GardenIcon Garden ChinesePortrait Chinese All Food 30
HouseAltars House Altars (Dabo Gong): 36
Wood 30
HouseAltars House Altars (Dabo Gong): 36
Gold 30
HouseAltars House Altars (Dabo Gong): 36
Favor 3
HouseAltars House Altars (Dabo Gong): 3.6
NuWaPortrait Nü Wa 3.6
HouseAltars House Altars (Dabo Gong): 4.2
Sacrifices Sacrifices HeBoIcon He Bo 6
  1. Gardens can be tasked to generate any resource, but they only generate one at a time.
  2. The Plenty Vault generates all three resources simultaneously.


Hersirs have an average attack and armor. They excel in two areas – defeating myth units and generating favor. Norse players find generating favor more difficult than those of other civilizations, so the extra favor Hersirs generate is very important. Both the double favor and accumulated favor effects become more noticeable when Hersirs are massed. In combat, Hersirs are strong against myth units, and, as they generate lots of favor while fighting them, can help their player to create his own myth units in retaliation. However, because they are slow-moving melee units, Hersirs are rather less effective against ranged myth units. Furthermore, they are mediocre against human soldiers and therefore not cost-effective at combating them. Loki's Hersirs move faster and can summon random myth units when in combat, making them even more useful, particularly at early raiding.

As Jarls also have an attack bonus against myth units and are quite versatile, some players might want to field them instead of Hersirs. However, as they are Heroes, Hersirs have three crucial advantages over Jarls: they are immune to myth units' special attacks, they have a larger attack bonus against myth units, and all myth units have an attack penalty against them.


Aom original icon Age of Mythology[]

  • Hersirs have 4.2 speed.

AoM The Titans icon The Titans[]

AoM Extended icon Extended Edition[]

  • Hersirs have 4.3 speed.

Possible Hersir names[]

Like Pharaohs, each Hersir has a name instead of their info box reading "Hersir (Hero)". Their names are unique and often vaingloriously comical. All Hersirs receive a random name when trained, made up of three parts. The three parts are independent of each other.

First part: Agnar, An, Alfr, Alvi, Ari, Arinbjorn, Arngeir, Arngrim, Arnfinn, Asgeirr, Askell, Asvald, Bard, Baror, Bersi, Borkr, Bjarni, Bjorn, Brand, Brandr, Cairn, Canute, Dar, Einarr, Eirik, Egill, Engli, Eyvindr, Erik, Eyvind, Finnr, Floki, Fromund, Geirmundr, Geirr, Geri, Gisli, Gizzur, Gjafvaldr, Glumr, Gorm, Grmir, Gunnarr, Guomundr, Hak, Halbjorn, Halfdan, Hallvard, Hamal, Hamundr, Harald, Harek, Hedinn, Helgi, Henrik, Herbjorn, Herjolfr, Hildir, Hogni, Hrani, Hrolf, Ivarr, Jimmy, Jon, Jorund, Kalf, Ketil, Kheldar, Klaengr, Knut, Kolbeinn, Kolli, Kollr, Lambi, Magnus, Moldof, Mursi, Njall, Oddr, Olaf, Orlyg, Ormr, Ornolf, Osvald, Ozurr, Poror, Prondir, Ragi, Ragnvald, Refr, Runolf, Saemund, Siegfried, Sigmundr, Sigurd, Sigvat, Skeggi, Skomlr, Slode, Snorri, Sokkolf, Solvi, Surt, Sven, Thangbrand, Thjodoft, Thorod, Thorgest, Thorvald, Thrain, Throst, Torfi, Torix, Tryfing, Ulf, Valgaror, Vali, Vifil, Vigfus, Vika, Waltheof

Middle part: Aesir, Axe, Bear, Berg, Biscuit, Blade, Blood, Blue, Boar, Board, Bone, Cage, Cave, Cheese, Code, Coffee, Death, Dragon, Dwarf, Eel, Egg, Elk, Fjord, Flame, Flour, Forge, Fork, Fox, Frost, Furnace, Goat, God, Gold, Granite, Griffon, Grim, Haggis, Hall, Hamarr, Helm, Horn, Horse, House, Huskarl, Ice, Iceberg, Jarl, Kelp, Kettle, Kraken, Lake, Long, Mace, Maelstrom, Mail, Mammoth, Man, Many, Mead, Mountain, Noun, Oath, Owl, Pain, Peak, Pot, Rat, Raven, Red, Refreshingbeverage, Ring, Rock, Root, Rune, Salmon, Sap, Sea, Shield, Ship, Sky, Slush, Smoke, Snow, Spear, Squid, Steam, Stone, Swine, Three, Tongue, Torch, Tree, Troll, Ulfsark, Umlaut, Unsightly, Valkyrie, Wave, White, Woman, Worm, Wyvern

Last part: Admirer, Arm, Back, Baker, Basher, Beard, Bearer, Bender, Blade, Blender, Blood, Boiler, Bone, Boot, Borer, Born, Bow, Breaker, Breeder, Bringer, Brow, Builder, Chaser, Chiller, Collar, Counter, Clubber, Curser, Dancer, Dottir, Dreamer, Drinker, Drowner, Ear, Eater, Face, Fearer, Foot, Friend, Fury, Gorer, Grim, Grinder, Grower, Growth, Hacker, Hall, Ham, Hammer, Hand, Hands, Head, Hilt, Hunter, Killer, Leg, Licker, Liker, Lost, Lover, Masher, Mender, Minder, Miner, Mocker, Monger, Neck, Rage, Rhyme, Rider, Ringer, Roarer, Roller, Sailor, Screamer, Sequel, Server, Shield, Shoe, Singer, Skinner, Slinger, Slugger, Smasher, Sniffer, Son, Stinker, Sucker, Sword, Tail, Tamer, Taster, Thigh, Tongue, Tracker, Washer, Wielder, Wing, Wisher, Wrath


The commanders of the Viking raids were not the kings or jarls, but chieftains of middle rank called hersir. These were independent landowners comparable to medieval knights in wealth and influence. A hersir had better equipment than most of his warriors, including perhaps chain mail and the ownership of his own longboat and horse (though like any good Viking, he would still dismount to fight).
—In-game help section


  • Though countered by counter-infantry, Hersirs themselves are not classified as infantry. They do not benefit from infantry-line upgrades or Relics like Gaia's Book of Knowledge (increases infantry damage against Titans).
  • Hersirs were originally unique Norse upgrades for the Hirdman, a heroic version.
  • Hersirs die angrily, in contrast to other unit deaths, which are either in surprise, shock, or neutral.
  • There is an Elite Hersir technology in the game files which doubles the Hersir's hit points and increases its attack. It is unavailable to research by any player and does not appear in the tech tree, but can be researched for a player via a trigger in the Scenario Editor. Unlike other technologies, it does not have an icon and does not appear as an upgrade in the unit's In-Game Help screen when applied. It is possibly cut content


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
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)