Age of Empires Series Wiki
Info icon
This article is about the god power in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon. For the technology in Age of Empires IV, see Imperial Examinations.

Imperial Examination is a Chinese Heroic Age god power in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon that is available to worshipers of Dabo Gong. When invoked, it speeds up the player's building construction speed by 40% and unit training times by 40% for a duration of 45 seconds.


Imperial Examination offers numerous ways for the player to gain the upper hand during a game. For example, it speeds up construction which is useful when constructing the buildings of the Heroic Age onward with high hit points (such as Castles and Wonders). Worshipers of Fu Xi will find it especially useful when used in combination with blessed construction. and technology research times.

Additionally, unit training speed is also increased, meaning the player can overwhelm enemy towns by constructing military buildings near them and pump out soldiers at great speed. The increased training speed applies to economic units like Peasants as well. Therefore, the player should consider researching Landlord Spirit first to train as many Peasants as possible.


AoM Extended icon Tale of the Dragon[]

  • Originally, Imperial Examination did not affect Settlements and towers, and lasted for 60 seconds. With patch 2.8, it affects Settlements and towers, and lasts for 45 seconds.

In-game description[]

The imperial examinations were first instituted by the Han dynasty as an effort to put effective administrations in positions where they could do the most civic good, and were accompanied under the emperor Liu Ch'e by the foundation of state universities to train people for government service. It was an efficient means to determine the best leadership possible for local rule in an empire as vast as Han China. However, all assigned positions were subject to approval by the emperor, and he did not always abide by the scores on the page. Zhong Kui received the highest score possible on the imperial exams, but was rejected by the emperor for his ugliness. However, the benefits of a good test score might extend beyond the mortal realm: when Zhong Kui committed suicide and wound up in Hell, his high marks on the exam assured him a leadership role in Hell's bureaucracy overseeing all the ghosts.


God powers in Age of Mythology
GreekPortrait Greeks
ArchaicAge Archaic Age BoltIcon Bolt · LureIcon Lure · SentinelIcon Sentinel
ClassicalAge Classical Age PestilenceIcon Pestilence · RestorationIcon Restoration · CeasefireIcon Ceasefire
HeroicAge Heroic Age UnderWorldPassageIcon Underworld Passage · CurseIcon Curse · BronzeIcon Bronze
MythicAge Mythic Age EarthquakeIcon Earthquake · LightningStormIcon Lightning Storm · PlentyIcon Plenty
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians
ArchaicAge Archaic Age ProsperityIcon Prosperity · VisionIcon Vision · RainIcon Rain
ClassicalAge Classical Age EclipseIcon Eclipse · ShiftingSandsIcon Shifting Sands · PlagueOfSerpentsIcon Plague of Serpents
HeroicAge Heroic Age LocustSwarmIcon Locust Swarm · CitadelIcon Citadel · AncestorsIcon Ancestors
MythicAge Mythic Age TornadoIcon Tornado · MeteorIcon Meteor · SonOfOsirisIcon Son of Osiris
NorsePortrait Norse
ArchaicAge Archaic Age DwarvenMineIcon Dwarven Mine · GreatHuntIcon Great Hunt · SpyIcon Spy
ClassicalAge Classical Age HealingSpringIcon Healing Spring · ForestFireIcon Forest Fire · UndermineIcon Undermine
HeroicAge Heroic Age FrostIcon Frost · FlamingWeaponsIcon Flaming Weapons · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Woods
MythicAge Mythic Age FimbulwinterIcon Fimbulwinter · NidhoggIcon Nidhogg · RagnarokIcon Ragnarok
AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans
ArchaicAge Archaic Age DeconstructionIcon Deconstruction · ShockwaveIcon Shockwave · GaiaForestIcon Gaia Forest
ClassicalAge Classical Age SpiderLairIcon Spider Lair · ValorIcon Valor · CarnivoraIcon Carnivora
HeroicAge Heroic Age ChaosIcon Chaos · TraitorIcon Traitor · HesperidesIcon Hesperides
MythicAge Mythic Age TartarianGateIcon Tartarian Gate · VortexIcon Vortex · ImplodeIcon Implode
ChinesePortrait Chinese
ArchaicAge Archaic Age IconYearOfTheGoat Year of the Goat · IconRecreation Recreation · IconTimberHarvest Timber Harvest
ClassicalAge Classical Age BarrageIcon Barrage · GreatJourneyIcon Great Journey · CallToArmsIcon Call to Arms
HeroicAge Heroic Age GeyserIcon Geyser · UprootIcon Uproot · ImperialExaminationIcon Imperial Examination
MythicAge Mythic Age GreatFloodIcon Great Flood · InfernoIcon Inferno · EarthDragonIcon Earth Dragon
Other (except Campaign-exclusive)
SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Age All civilizations: SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Gate
Cheat MeteorIcon Chicken Storm · Goatunheim Goatunheim · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Berry Bushes
Cut Brambleiconmpalpha Bramble · Enragebeta Enrage · DivineBlood Rebellion · AOMShepherdGodPowerIcon Shepherd · AOMSightGodPowerIcon Sight · God power snowstorm icon Snowstorm · EarthquakeIcon Volcano