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This article is about the hero in Age of Empires. For the hero in Age of Mythology, see Perseus (Age of Mythology).

Son of Zeus, founder of Mycenae, and slayer of the Gorgon Medusa. Favoured by the Gods.
—In-game description in the Definitive Edition

Perseus (Hero Perseus before Return of Rome) is an archer hero in Age of Empires that is available only in the Scenario Editor and the campaign mode of the game.


The unit has an appearance of a Composite Bowman, but is nearly twice as strong. Unlike other units, the stats cannot be upgraded by any means.

He appeared in the The Assassins scenario in the original, but was replaced by the Xu Fu, with the same stats, in the Definitive Edition.


Perseus (Περσεύς) was a mythological Greek Hero and founder of Mycenae; and the last king of Macedon 179-168 BC. He is considered a demi-god, as a son of Zeus, in Greek mythology. He is most notable for slaying the Gorgon Medusa and using her head to petrify the sea monster Cetus sent by Poseidon, to save princess Andromeda, the daughter of King Cepheus, and their kingdom of Aethiopia.


Heroes in Age of Empires
ReturnRome-AoEIcon Age of Empires
InfantryReturnofrome male villager icon Corlis · Returnofrome male villager icon Hersifon · HeavyCavalryDE Invisible Demon (removed) · Short Swordsman Jason · Short Swordsman Xerxes
CavalryReturnofrome heavy cavalry icon Alexander · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Hector · ChariotDE Tiberius
ArchersComposite Bowman Perseus
PriestsAoE2 DE priest icon Amon Ra · PriestDE Blind Lame Priest (removed) · AoE2 DE priest icon Mor Havoc
RomeIcon The Rise of Rome
InfantryShort Swordsman Mark Antony
CavalryReturnofrome heavy cavalry icon Caesar · Returnofrome armored elephant icon Hannibal · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Scipio · Returnofrome heavy cavalry icon Vercingetorix
ShipReturnofrome juggernaut icon Cleopatra's Barge
OtherAoE2 DE priest icon Archimedes
Age of Empires Definitive Edition icon Definitive Edition
InfantryAoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Lord Martek · HopliteDE Ajax · AoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Pericles · AoE nuRoR Phalangite icon Xanthippus  · Broad Swordsman Achilles
ArchersHorse Archer Prince Shotoku · Composite Bowman Odysseus · Chariot Archer111 Ramesses · Composite Bowman Xu Fu
CavalryReturnofrome heavy cavalry icon Hero · ScytheDE Muwatalli · Cavalry111 Paris
AoE2Icon-ReturnRome Return of Rome
InfantryReturnofrome sargon icon Sargon · Returnofrome hadrian icon Hadrian · Returnofrome decebalus icon Decebalus · Returnofrome demetrius icon Demetrius · Returnofrome lysimachus icon Lysimachus
CavalryReturnofrome sargon of akkad icon Sargon of Akkad · Returnofrome pyrrhus of epirus icon Pyrrhus · Returnofrome zenobia icon Queen Zenobia · Returnofrome domitian icon Domitian
ArcherReturnofrome osroes icon Osroes I
OtherHunting wolf aoe2DE Hunting Wolf · Ornluthewolf aoe2DE Ornlu the Wolf
BuildingPyramid aoe2DE Great Pyramid