“You have advanced to the Classical Age through the Guidance of Leto.”—Age up text in Age of Mythology
Leto is a Classical Age Atlantean minor god in Age of Mythology: The Titans. She is the goddess of the unseen, and the mother by Zeus of the twins Artemis and Apollo. She is available to worshipers of Gaia and Kronos.
God Power Edit
- Spider Lair: Hatches spider eggs that turns into invisible traps for enemy units that cross the area (3 uses)
- Hephaestus Revenge: Automatons +20% HP and can repair themselves.
- Volcanic Forge: Increases Automatons' pierce armor.
Myth Unit Edit
- Automaton: Metal infantry that can repair and rebuild (within a limited time frame after death) each other.
Prior to the Extended Edition, Leto's technologies did not have any general application, but rather improved her myth unit, the Automaton. With their ability to rebuild and repair, these reasonably strong robot-like units were ideal for hit and runs. They are cheap and easy to mass, especially for Kronos worshipers, so players could make decent sized armies of Automaton paired with soldiers as protection from heroes. After taking out some worker units or dealing damage to buildings, the Automatons can retreat, repair each other (made faster with The Hephaestus' Revenge tech) and repeat. Depending on the game version, the Automatons, as well as heroes, human units and ships, can be made more durable against archer and building attack with the Volcanic Forge tech, thus maintaining their usefulness later in the game.
Leto's Spider Lair god power on the other hand should not be used offensively as the eggs can easily be killed by enemies before hatching. Rather they should be used to catch enemies off guard in areas they are likely to pass, such as a gold mine or a friendly town center. The spiders will instantly kill one human soldier each but cannot attack anything else so are primarily used to thin out enemy troops.
“The daughter of Titans, Leto was known as the hidden one, and her name came to be used for the Moon. She bestowed her qualities of being unnoticed or unobserved upon the beasts of earth. Her beauty caught the eye of Zeus, however, by whom she gave birth to the twin gods Artemis and Apollo. This act made her an enemy of Hera, Zeus’s wife. She was principally worshipped in Greek Asia Minor, and usually together with her twin children.”—In-game history section