This article is about the unit in the PC game. For the unit in the handheld video game, see Phoenix (Age of Empires: Mythologies).
The Phoenix is a Mythic Age myth unit in Age of Mythology that is available to worshipers of Thoth. They are formidable in combat, causing splash damage with its attack.

Special Ability Edit

When a Phoenix dies, a Phoenix egg is created nearby. A new Phoenix can be trained from it very quickly. The egg, however, is vulnerable and can be destroyed by enemy units.

Attack Bonuses Edit

  • Heroes -75%

Strategy Edit

Since it can fly, only ranged units are able to attack the Phoenix. Human soldiers fall quickly due to its large attack, and since the Phoenix deals crush damage it can destroy buildings with ease. Archers can fire back, but unless in groups, they will have little chance of killing it due the high pierce armor of the Phoenix. Ranged heroes and myth units are their main weaknesses.

Due to their capability of respawning if their egg survives it might be a good idea to send the Phoenix ahead of the remainder of the army when attacking. When the Phoenix attacks it might be killed and turned into an egg; when the remainder of the army takes control over the area it is possible to let the Phoenix respawn somewhat safely.

Mythology Edit

Scientific name -- Aquila inferna
Size -- 800 lbs.
Diet -- Self-fueling

An eagle-like bird with feathers of gold and red, the Phoenix was associated with the Sun and fire. It was long-lived and had the ability to reproduce or reincarnate itself after death. In some traditions, it built its own funeral nest before dying and then a young Phoenix would issue from the dead body. After Christianity began to spread, the tale of the Phoenix changed so that the bird turned its funeral nest into a pyre and self-immolated. After a period of time, usually three days, a new Phoenix rose from the ashes. The Phoenix became a symbol for both immortality and life after death.

"And at the five hundred years' end, the priests array their altar honestly, and put thereupon spices and sulphur vif and other things that will burn lightly; and then the bird phoenix cometh and burneth himself to ashes. And the first day next after, men find in the ashes a worm; and the second day next after, men find a bird quick and perfect; and the third day next after, he flieth his way." -- The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

Phoenix Egg Edit

Hatching a new Phoenix directly from the egg costs as much as training one from a Temple. The advantage is that the Phoenix will appear directly above the egg and can continue fighting immediately. Once a Phoenix has been trained, the egg will crack open and disappear. The Phoenix hatched from the egg will not lay a new egg upon its own death.

Mythology Edit

"This is a Phoenix Egg. A Phoenix is awaiting rebirth within. If this Egg is left intact, a Phoenix may be summoned to this spot."

In-game help section


  • A Phoenix hatched (or spawned) from an egg does not play any sound clip. This is probably because it is a different unit, albeit having the same stats.

Gallery Edit

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