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The Hippopotamus is a huntable animal in Age of Mythology and a Treasure Guardian and pet in Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition - The African Royals.

Age of Mythology[]

The Hippopotamus is a large, lumbering and rather dangerous semi-aquatic herbivore. In Age of Mythology it is a huntable animal that holds a lot of food. It will strike back if attacked and it is one of the toughest animals in the game, so several villagers are needed to hunt it safely.

The Hippo of Set is available to Pharaohs worshiping Set, and is one of the largest animals the Pharaoh can summon.


Scientific name -- Hippopotamus amphibius
Size -- 8000 lbs., 15' long
Diet -- grass

Hippopotami spend most of the daylight lounging in water in large groups. At night they venture out of the water to graze alone. They are sluggish on land, but can still reach speeds of 30 miles per hour. In the water, they are graceful and display several adaptations for their mostly aquatic existence, including ears and nostrils that can close and a skin excretion that acts as sunscreen.

Hippos are large animals with large teeth and are aggressive toward humans. Even in modern times, only the mosquito kills more humans each year than hippos.

Hippos were sacred to ancient Egyptians. The fertility goddess Tauret was depicted as a bipedal hippo.
—In-game help section


Age of Empires III[]

Treasure Guardian[]


A playful hippo with a big personality. Good against Treasure Guardians.
—In-game description


Scientific name: Hippopotamus amphibius
Approximate size: 3-5m; 1300-1500kg
Diet: Omnivorous, primarily herbivorous

The hippopotamus is a mammal native to the African continent. In Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, it is an unpredictable creature that poses a deadly threat to any unit that provokes it.