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—Relic Monkey meeting its untimely demise

The Relic Monkey is a unit that is exclusively obtainable by garrisoning the Monkey Head Relic in a Temple. One minute after the Relic is dropped at the Temple, three Monkeys will appear for free. They are obscenely weak but make adequate scouts. They come in a trio and if all three are killed, they will re-spawn from the Temple shortly after.


Relic Monkeys are more valuable in the Archaic or Classical Age before players have access to stronger units. To make the most of them, it is best to build the Temple as quickly as possible and have the first available hero grab the Monkey Head Relic. Their primary purpose is scouting thanks to their decent speed and LOS. This is especially useful for the Norse who in turn are able to free their Ulfsark from the burden of scouting so that it can begin constructing other buildings. Egyptian players will also enjoy not having to constantly build Obelisks, though this is not as much the case for Set who already provides Animals of Set for scouting. If scouting is not a concern to the player, their hero should focus on grabbing more valuable Relics.

Another use for the Relic Monkeys is harassing enemies. In the Archaic Age, many units, such as Priests and Ulfsarks, have their stats reduced drastically. The Monkeys can seek out these units and interrupt their work by attacking them, delaying the enemy's progress. Other targets can include Egyptian Obelisks and Atlantean Oracles, whose line of sight will reset when slapped by these primates. Against anything that can fight back however, the Monkeys are virtually helpless as their paper thin defenses mean that they will quickly die from an attack. As the player gains the ability to train stronger units, their purpose is reduced to act as bait from attacks, such as Towers, increasing the longevity of other units. In Online Battles, Players may always have the Relic Monkeys accompany stronger Myth Units, such as a Mountain Giant, in the hopes that an enemy attempting to cast Bolt or another offensive god power will miss-click and instantly kill the player's weaker unit.


  • Relic Monkeys share the same model and icon as huntable Monkeys.
  • Relic Monkeys differ from Animals of Set as they do not provide food when killed.
  • Relic Monkeys are one of three units that can be summoned via a Relic. The others are the Pegasus and the Golden Lion.
  • The fact that Relic Monkeys come in a trio might be a reference to the three wise monkeys.
  • The Golden Fleece, Greta Forkbeard, two Relic Monkeys, a Baboon, a reindeer with a Santa hat and a snowman make a cameo in Trapped on Titan. Players can find them from Zhi to the right in the mountains.
    • The units have special names; the Golden Fleece is called "Shaun da Sheep", Greta is called "Jiving Jess", the Baboon is called "Steve", the Relic Monkeys are called "Funky Sambo" and "Tin", and the reindeer is called "Bonnie & Clinton".
  • The name of the Relic it is spawned by is probably an easter egg referencing the cheat code for VMDL in Age of Empires II, "I LOVE THE MONKEY HEAD".


Animals (non-myth units) in Age of Mythology
Herdable animalsCowAOM Cow · GoatAOM Goat · Pig icon Pig · YakiconAoM Yak
Timid huntablesBaboon icon Baboon · Caribou Caribou · ChickenIcon Chicken · Crane icon Crowned Crane · Deer icon Deer · DuckAoM icon Duck · Elk icon Elk · GazelleAOMicon Gazelle · Giraffe icon Giraffe · Monkey icon Monkey · Zebra icon Zebra
Aggressive huntablesAurochs icon Aurochs · Boar icon Boar · ElephantAOMicon Elephant · Hippo icon Hippopotamus · RamAoM icon Ram · Rhinoceros icon Rhinoceros · Walrus icon Walrus · WaterBuffalo Water Buffalo
Wild animalsWolf icon Arctic Wolf · Crocodile icon Crocodile · BrownBear icon Bear · Hyena icon Hyena · LionAOMicon Lion · LizardAoM icon Lizard · PandaAoM icon Panda Bear · PolarBearIcon Polar Bear · TigerAoM icon Tiger · Wolf icon Wolf
Military animalsLionAOMicon Golden Lion · Monkey icon Relic Monkey
FishAoM Fish Icon Herring · AoM Fish Icon Mahi-mahi · AoM Fish Icon Perch · AoM Fish Icon Salmon
Decorative animalsBird (AoM Hawk Icon Eagle · Harpy icon Harpy · AoM Hawk Icon Hawk · AoM Hawk Icon Parrot · AoM Vulture Icon Vulture) · Hawksbill Turtle · Orca · Shark · Whale
Scenario Editor-exclusive animalsHour of Alpacas Alfred · Wolf icon Dog · Giant Duck-Billed Platypus · GoatAOM Golden Fleece (also herdable) · Elk icon Reindeer
Cheat animalsChickenIcon Methane Chicken
Cut animalsAnchovies · Camel icon AoM Camel · Horse · Musk Ox · Nubian Goat · Shore Fish · Unicorn