This article is about the unit in the PC game. For the unit in the handheld video game, see Nidhogg (Age of Empires: Mythologies).
"Aieee! Nidhogg is coming!"
A Dwarf sighting the beast in Unlikely Heroes

Nidhogg is a Norse Mythic Age god power in Age of Mythology that is available to worshipers of Hel. When cast, Nidhogg, a ferocious dragon, appears.

Unit Edit

Nidhogg is a Norse myth unit who spews flames in a deadly splash attack that deals both hack and crush damage. As a flying unit, only ranged attacks can harm him.

Upgrades Edit

Strategy Edit

Nidhogg's devastating attack, huge number of hit points, and high armor almost make him a one-unit army. He can slaughter units and take down buildings with ease, and, being a flying unit, can even take on Titans with impunity. Despite being airborne, the Nidhogg will, however, take splash damage from a Titan while the Titan attacks ground troops. Ranged human units will eventually prevail over Nidhogg, but with dreadful losses, and ranged heroes, his main weakness, can be hard to come by.

However, Nidhogg is not invincible. He cannot regenerate or be healed by any means, so sustained attacks will finish him. Towers and fortresses gain a massive attack bonus against flying units, so keeping Nidhogg in an enemy town too long will wear him down. Ranged heroes such as the Pharaoh (especially the Son of Osiris), Immortal, and Odysseus do serious damage to Nidhogg and, he can die fairly quickly if unsupported. Zeus' Bolt can kill Nidhogg instantly except in the Extended Edition where it only deals damage equal to 2% of his health. The player should therefore protect Nidhogg with an army and avoid direct engagements with Zeus players. If players find themselves losing a battle, they should command Nidhogg to retreat as soon as possible because his slow speed leaves him vulnerable to pursuits from his counters.

Mythology Edit

"Scientific name -- Draco niflheimus
Size -- 20' wingspan
Diet -- corpses, roots of Yggdrasil

In Niflheim, the Norse Underworld, lives a great dragon or serpent, Nidhogg, whose name means "tearer of corpses". He gnaws on the roots of the world ash, Yggdrasil, waiting for Ragnarok. Yggdrasil is also home to an eagle and to an anthropomorphic squirrel named Ratatosk. Ratatosk ferries insults back and forth between Nidhogg at the ash's roots and the eagle living up in the branches.

Other dragons tasked to destroy the world tree are Grabak, Grafvolluth, Goin and Moin.
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Campaign appearances Edit

Fall of the Trident Edit

  • Unlikely Heroes - Nidhogg appears as one Gargarensis' powerful units that will attack the player early into the game. The Nidhogg is directly mentioned by Brokk during its attack.

The Golden Gift Edit

  • Fight at the Forge - Nidhogg may or may not appear in this scenario. Both the player and Eitri (enemy) start in the Classical Age and worship Loki as the major god, and both can advance to the Mythic Age. Both players have the option to worship Hel to advance to the Mythic Age, which gives them access to Nidhogg. However, if either or both summon Nidhogg, it will simply serve as part of the attacking force, and it will not be mentioned in game or in the cutscene.
  • Loki's Temples - Loki's forces (enemy) starts out in the Mythic Age with Hel as the minor god, and will invoke the Nidhogg god power almost immediately. Like on the previous scenario, Nidhogg appears to be just a part of an attacking force, since it will not be mentioned in game or in the cutscenes.

The New Atlantis Edit

  • Rampage - King Folstag has already tamed Nidhogg during the events of The New Atlantis. During the scenario, King Folstag will attempt to summon Nidhogg to aid them in their battle against Ymir. If the player can hold long enough, Nidhogg will be summoned and come under the player's control. It is worth noting that in this scenario, Nidhogg has a significantly increased attack bonus against the enemy Titan. It is possible for the player to obtain victory by killing the Titan before Nidhogg is summoned.

Trivia Edit

  • Nidhogg has the third highest number of hit points of any unit (after the Earth Dragon and Titan).
  • After being invoked, Nidhogg can be attacked during his descent.
  • All players are notified when a Nidhogg is killed.

Gallery Edit

Myth units
Culture Age Units
Greeks ArchaicAge Pegasus  · Hippocampus
ClassicalAge Centaur  · Minotaur  · Cyclops
HeroicAge Nemean Lion  · Hydra  · Scylla  · Manticore
MythicAge Colossus  · Medusa  · Carcinos  · Chimera
Egyptians ClassicalAge Anubite  · Serpent / Sea Snake  · Sphinx  · Wadjet
HeroicAge Petsuchos  · Roc  · Scarab  · Leviathan  · Scorpion Man  · Minion
MythicAge Phoenix  · War Turtle  · Avenger  · Mummy
Norse ArchaicAge Raven
ClassicalAge Troll  · Valkyrie  · Einherjar
HeroicAge Kraken  · Mountain Giant  · Walking Tree  · Frost Giant  · Battle Boar
MythicAge Jormund Elver  · Fimbulwinter Wolf  · Fenris Wolf Brood  · Fire Giant  · Nidhogg
Atlanteans ClassicalAge Automaton  · Promethean (Offspring)  · Caladria  · Servant  · Carnivora
HeroicAge Nereid  · Satyr  · Stymphalian Bird  · Dryad  · Behemoth
MythicAge Heka Gigantes  · Man O' War  · Argus  · Lampades  · Tartarian Spawn
Chinese ClassicalAge Qilin  · Monkey King  · Terracotta Warrior
HeroicAge War Salamander  · Jiangshi  · Pixiu
MythicAge Azure Dragon  · Dragon Turtle  · Vermilion Bird  · White Tiger  · Earth Dragon
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God powers
Culture Age God powers
Greeks ArchaicAge Bolt · Lure · Sentinel
ClassicalAge Pestilence · Restoration · Ceasefire
HeroicAge Underworld Passage · Curse · Bronze
MythicAge Earthquake · Lightning Storm · Plenty
Egyptians ArchaicAge Prosperity · Vision · Rain
ClassicalAge Eclipse · Shifting Sands · Plague of Serpents
HeroicAge Locust Swarm · Citadel · Ancestors
MythicAge Tornado · Meteor · Son of Osiris
Norse ArchaicAge Dwarven Mine · Great Hunt · Spy
ClassicalAge Healing Spring · Forest Fire · Undermine
HeroicAge Frost · Flaming Weapons · Walking Woods
MythicAge Fimbulwinter · Nidhogg · Ragnarok
Atlanteans ArchaicAge Deconstruction · Shockwave · Gaia Forest
ClassicalAge Spider Lair · Valor · Carnivora
HeroicAge Chaos · Traitor · Hesperides
MythicAge Tartarian Gate · Vortex · Implode
Chinese ArchaicAge Year of the Goat · Recreation · Timber Harvest
ClassicalAge Barrage · Great Journey · Call to Arms
HeroicAge Geyser · Uproot · Imperial Examination
MythicAge Great Flood · Inferno · Earth Dragon
All MythicAge Titan Gate
Campaign only Blessing of Zeus · Deconstruction Wonder · Seed of Gaia
Cheat Chicken Storm · Goatunheim · Walking Berry Bushes
Cut content Bramble · Enrage · Rebellion · Shepherd · Sight · Snowstorm · Volcano
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