|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 god power in Age of Mythology, only available to Loki players who worship Hel in the Mythic Age. When used, Nidhogg, a ferocious dragon, appears above the spot where the God Power was invoked.
Unit EditThe Nidhogg is a 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.
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 gain a 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.
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.
- 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.
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