This article is about the unit in the PC game. For the unit in the handheld video game, see Roc (Age of Empires: Mythologies).
The Roc is an Egyptian flying transport in Age of Mythology, available to those that choose Hathor as their Heroic Age god.

Strategy Edit

They can transport fifteen units. Although it has low defense and hit points, its winged nature makes it harder to kill than many transports, as flying prevents melee units from attacking it.

It can be used to circumvent walls and terrain, saving time. This makes them effective for ambushing enemy towns. However, in addition to ranged units, defensive structures can attack them. Their weak armor means they will die quickly if under a concentrated attack. When they die any units within will be killed as well, although it does some damage to anything it falls on.

Mythology Edit

Scientific name -- Aepyornis maximus
Size -- 100' wingspan
Diet -- carnivore, rumored to eat elephants

Reports of the Roc, a giant bird, come to us from the Arabian Nights and the reports of Marco Polo. Sinbad describes the Roc as being enormous with 16 yard long wings and a bulky body. In one tale, a Roc carries Sinbad to safety after a shipwreck and in another, Rocs destroy ships by dropping huge boulders on them. Marco Polo tells of Rocs from Madagascar and how an envoy from there presented a huge Roc feather to the Chinese court. A very large flightless bird may actually have survived on the island until the 16th century before going extinct.

Trivia Edit

  • The Roc was originally planned to use a ranged attack and didn't have the ability to transport units. While the method of ranged attack isn't known, it's possible that it was planned to drop rocks or pickup enemies and throw them (similar like the Cyclop's special attack)
    • The Original Roc texture also resembled the Alpha Hawk texture
  • The use of the Roc by the Egyptians is anachronistic, as it was an Arabian mythological creature.
    • However the use of giant birds of prey, has been around from before the Tales of the Arabian Nights, such as the American Indian Thunderbird, and Greeco-Biblical Phoenix.
  • The Genus of the Roc, Aepyornis means that it is related to the Elephant Bird, despite it's Eagle-like appearance, and sounds.

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