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Deadly cobras strike at the enemies of their master.
—In-game description

The Serpent is an Egyptian myth unit in Age of Mythology. They can be summoned by invoking Anubis' Plague of Serpents god power on land. Its naval counterpart is the Sea Snake.

Serpents also appear on the random maps Erebus and River Styx as neutral hostile animals of the Gaia team. Wild Serpents will attack all kinds of unit from all players who approach them. They do not give any resources when killed, and are made for hindering players, just like Skraelings and neutral Shades.

Upgrades[]

General[]

Relics[]

While the upgrades list of a Serpent also shows Pandora's Box, that has no actual effect on its procurement.

Strategy[]

Serpents can be used as emergency defense or to boost an early raid. However, they are weak and only deal average damage. They will be killed quickly by a determined attack, so should be used to support combat units already in the area. The Serpents are virtually incapable of disrupting an economy as they deal little damage to worker units. The latter on the other hand deal bonus damage against Serpents, so they can easily kill them and return to gathering resources. Heroes and standard myth units, especially those with hack attacks, should also be avoided due to the Serpents' poor hack armor, despite being triple that of the Sea Snake.

History[]

Scientific name -- Naja spp.
Size -- 8' (Egyptian cobra); up to 18' (king cobra)
Diet -- rodents (king cobras eat other snakes)

There are 16 species in the cobra family, Elapidae. The king cobra is not a true cobra, but placed in its own genus. It is the largest venomous snake in the world and one of the largest reptiles (few crocodiles attain 18 feet in length). When they are disturbed and raise their front body off the ground, cobras can stand a full 6 feet tall.

Cobras have good eyesight but no ears. They sense vibrations through bones in their jaw and have an excellent sense of "smell" through their forked tongue. Cobra venom is a potent neurotoxin that destroys nerve tissue. The Egyptian cobra's venom is particularly strong, even for cobras.

Cobras were important in Egyptian mythology and art. The goddess Wadjet took the form of a cobra, and a cobra appears on the crown of the pharaoh. In Greek mythology, serpents arose from blood spilled from Medusa's head as Perseus passed through Africa.
—In-game history section

Trivia[]

  • They look like Indian cobras, which isn't a species native to Egypt.
  • They are the only myth units that benefit from Armory upgrades.
  • They are the only myth unit which appears as a Gaia unit in random maps.
  • Neutral Snakes in random maps have no alternative version for that role, and are the same units of the Plague of Serpents god power.
  • Though they are animals and also appear as Gaia units, they are myth units.
  • There is no way in the vanilla game to control their movements, not even with triggers in the Scenario Editor. It is possible only with modding. The same applies to Sea Snakes.

Gallery[]

Myth units in Age of Mythology
GreekPortrait Greeks
ArchaicAge Archaic Age PegasusIcon Pegasus · HippocampusIcon Hippocampus
ClassicalAge Classical Age CentaurIcon Centaur · MinotaurIcon Minotaur · CyclopsIcon Cyclops
HeroicAge Heroic Age NemeanLionIcon Nemean Lion · HydraIcon Hydra · ScyllaIcon Scylla · ManticoreIcon Manticore
MythicAge Mythic Age ColossusIcon Colossus · MedusaIcon Medusa · CarcinosIcon Carcinos · ChimeraIcon Chimera
SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Age TitanGreekIcon Titan
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians
ClassicalAge Classical Age AnubiteIcon Anubite · PlagueOfSerpentsIcon Serpent · PlagueOfSerpentsIcon Sea Snake · SphinxIcon Sphinx · WadjetIcon Wadjet
HeroicAge Heroic Age PetsuchosIcon Petsuchos · RocIcon Roc · ScarabIcon Scarab · LeviathanIcon Leviathan · ScorpionManIcon Scorpion Man · MinionIcon Minion
MythicAge Mythic Age PhoenixIcon Phoenix (PhoenixEgg Phoenix Egg· WarTurtleIcon War Turtle · AvengerIcon Avenger · MummyIcon Mummy
SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Age TitanEgyptianIcon Titan
NorsePortrait Norse
ArchaicAge Archaic Age RavenIcon Raven
ClassicalAge Classical Age TrollIcon Troll · ValkyrieIcon Valkyrie · EinherjarIcon Einherjar
HeroicAge Heroic Age KrakenIcon Kraken · MountainGiantIcon Mountain Giant · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Tree · FrostGiantIcon Frost Giant · BattleBoarIcon Battle Boar
MythicAge Mythic Age JormundElverIcon Jormund Elver · FimbulwinterWolfIcon Fimbulwinter Wolf · FenrisWolfBroodIcon Fenris Wolf Brood · FireGiantIcon Fire Giant · NidhoggIcon Nidhogg
SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Age TitanNorseIcon Titan
AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans
ClassicalAge Classical Age AutomatonIcon Automaton · PrometheanIcon Promethean (ProOffspringIcon Offspring· CaladriaIcon Caladria · ServantIcon Servant · CarnivoraIcon Carnivora
HeroicAge Heroic Age NereidIcon Nereid · SatyrIcon Satyr · StymphaliaBirdIcon Stymphalian Bird · DryadIcon Dryad · BehemothIcon Behemoth
MythicAge Mythic Age HekaGigantesIcon Heka Gigantes · ManOWarIcon Man O' War · ArgusIcon Argus · LampadesIcon Lampades · TartarianSpawnIcon Tartarian Spawn
SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Age TitanAtlanteanIcon Titan
ChinesePortrait Chinese
ClassicalAge Classical Age QilinIcon Qilin · MonkeyKingIcon Monkey King · TerracottaWarriorIcon Terracotta Warrior
HeroicAge Heroic Age WarSalamanderIcon War Salamander · JiangshiIcon Jiangshi · PixiuIcon Pixiu
MythicAge Mythic Age AzureDragonIcon Azure Dragon · DragonTurtleIcon Dragon Turtle · VermilionBirdIcon Vermilion Bird · WhiteTigerIcon White Tiger · EarthDragonIcon Earth Dragon
SecretsOfTheTitans Titan Age TitanChineseIcon Titan
Other
Campaign Special-c-azure-dragon-icon Ao Kuang · Titan Gaia Icon Gaia · Titan Kronos Icon Kronos · PolarBearIcon Polaris · Titan Prometheus Icon Prometheus · AnubiteIcon Theris*
Cheat Bella icon Bella · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Berry Bush
Scenario Editor-exclusive AoM Vulture Icon Harpy · FenrisWolfBroodIcon Ornlu · MountainGiantIcon Santa · AoM Vulture Icon Vulture
Cut ApepIcon Apep · MinotaurIcon Golem · Griffon Icon Griffon · CyclopsIcon Trollkarien
Units in Age of Mythology
Common
Non-military Fishingshipgreekicon Fishing Ship · Transportgreekicon Transport Ship · Caravan (DonkeyCaravan Donkey · CamelCaravan Camel · OxCaravan Ox · Llamaicon Llama · Yak Caravan Icon Yak)
Myth units TitanGreekIconTitanEgyptianIconTitanNorseIconTitanAtlanteanIconTitanChineseIcon Titan
GreekPortrait Greeks
Non-military AoM Villager Greek Icon Villager · Kataskoposicon Kataskopos
Infantry Hopliteiconaom Hoplite · Hypaspisticon Hypaspist · MyrmidonIcon Myrmidon (Zeus) · MilitiaIcon Militia (Poseidon)
Archer Toxotesicon Toxotes · Aompeltasticon Peltast · GastraphetesIcon Gastraphetes (Hades)
Cavalry AoMHippikonIcon Hippikon · AoMProdromosIcon Prodromos · HetairoiIcon Hetairoi (Poseidon)
Siege AoMCatapultIcon Petrobolos · Helepolisicon Helepolis
Ships Triremeicon Trireme · Pentekontericon Pentekonter · Juggernauticon Juggernaut
Heroes PhysicianIcon Hippocrates
Zeus : JasonIcon Jason · OdysseusIcon Odysseus · HeraclesIcon Heracles · BellephoronIcon Bellerophon
Poseidon : TheseusIcon Theseus · HippolytaIcon Hippolyta · AtalantaIcon Atalanta · TheArgoIcon The Argo · PolyphemusIcon Polyphemus
Hades : AjaxIcon Ajax · ChironIcon Chiron · AchillesIcon Achilles · PerseusIcon Perseus
Myth units PegasusIcon Pegasus · HippocampusIcon Hippocampus (Poseidon) · CentaurIcon Centaur · MinotaurIcon Minotaur · CyclopsIcon Cyclops · NemeanLionIcon Nemean Lion · HydraIcon Hydra · ScyllaIcon Scylla · ManticoreIcon Manticore · ColossusIcon Colossus · MedusaIcon Medusa · CarcinosIcon Carcinos · ChimeraIcon Chimera
Other ShadeIcon Hades Shade (Hades) · SentinelIcon Sentinel (Hades)
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians
Non-military Aomlaborericon Laborer
Infantry Aomspearmanicon Spearman · Aomaxemanicon Axeman · Aommercicon Mercenary · Khopesh Swordsman Icon Khopesh Swordsman
Archer Aomslingericon Slinger · AoMChariotArcherIcon Chariot Archer
Cavalry AoMCamelryIcon Camelry · Aomwarelephanticon War Elephant · AoMMercenaryCavalryIcon Mercenary Cavalry
Siege AoMCatapultIcon Catapult · Aomsiegetowericon Siege Tower
Ships Kebeniticon Kebenit · Ramminggalleyicon Ramming Galley · Warbargeicon War Barge · Kebeniticon Lost Ship
Heroes Pharaoh Icon Pharaoh · AoM Priest Icon Priest · SonOfOsirisIcon Son of Osiris
Myth units AnubiteIcon Anubite · PlagueOfSerpentsIcon Serpent / PlagueOfSerpentsIcon Sea Snake · SphinxIcon Sphinx · WadjetIcon Wadjet · PetsuchosIcon Petsuchos · RocIcon Roc · ScarabIcon Scarab · LeviathanIcon Leviathan · ScorpionManIcon Scorpion Man · MinionIcon Minion · PhoenixIcon Phoenix · WarTurtleIcon War Turtle · AvengerIcon Avenger · MummyIcon Mummy · PhoenixEgg Phoenix Egg
Animals of Set Baboon icon Ape of Set · GazelleIcon Gazelle of Set · HyenaIcon Hyena of Set · GiraffeIcon Giraffe of Set · CrocodileIcon Crocodile of Set · HippopotamusIcon Hippo of Set · RhinocerosIcon Rhinoceros of Set · AoMR Elephant of Set icon Elephant of Set
NorsePortrait Norse
Non-military Gatherericon Gatherer · Dwarficon Dwarf · Ox cart Ox Cart
Infantry Ulfsarkicon Ulfsark · Aomthrowingaxemenicon Throwing Axeman · Aomhuskarlicon Huskarl · Hirdman
Archer Bogsveigir icon Bogsveigir
Cavalry AoMRaidingCavalryIcon Raiding Cavalry · Jarlicon Jarl
Siege Portableramicon Portable Ram · Ballistaicon Ballista
Ships Longboaticon Longboat · Drakkaricon Drakkar · AoMDragonshipIcon Dragon Ship
Heroes Hersiricon Hersir · Hero of Ragnarok Icon Hero of Ragnarok · AoMR Godi icon Godi
Myth units RavenIcon Raven · TrollIcon Troll · ValkyrieIcon Valkyrie · EinherjarIcon Einherjar · Kraken-icon Kraken · MountainGiantIcon Mountain Giant · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Tree · Frostgiant-icon Frost Giant · BattleBoarIcon Battle Boar · JormundElverIcon Jormund Elver · FimbulwinterWolfIcon Fimbulwinter Wolf · FenrisWolfBroodIcon Fenris Wolf Brood · FireGiantIcon Fire Giant · NidhoggIcon Nidhogg
AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans
Non-military Citizen icon Citizen · Oracleicon Oracle
Infantry Murmilloicon Murmillo · Katapeltesicon Katapeltes · Destroyer icon Destroyer · Fanatic icon Fanatic
Archer Arcus icon Arcus · Turmaicon Turma
Cavalry Contarius icon Contarius
Siege Cheiroballistaicon Cheiroballista · Firesiphonicon Fire Siphon · Atlantean Onager Icon Onager
Ships AoMBiremeIcon Bireme · Atlanteanfireshipicon Fireship · Siegebiremeicon Siege Bireme
Myth units AutomatonIcon Automaton · PrometheanIcon Promethean (ProOffspringIcon Offspring· CaladriaIcon Caladria · ServantIcon Servant · CarnivoraIcon Carnivora · NereidIcon Nereid · SatyrIcon Satyr · StymphaliaBirdIcon Stymphalian Bird · DryadIcon Dryad · BehemothIcon Behemoth · HekaGigantesIcon Heka Gigantes · ManOWarIcon Man O' War · ArgusIcon Argus · Lampades Lampades · TartarianSpawnIcon Tartarian Spawn
Other SpiderEggIcon Spider egg
ChinesePortrait Chinese
Non-military PeasantIcon Peasant
Infantry Chinese Halberdier Icon Halberdier
Archer Chu Ko Nu Icon Chu Ko Nu · Mounted Archer Icon Mounted Archer
Cavalry CataphractIcon Cataphract · General Icon General · Scout Cavalry Icon Scout Cavalry · War Chariot Icon War Chariot
Siege Fire Lance Icon Fire Lance · Sitting Tiger Icon Sitting Tiger
Ships Junk Icon Junk · Fire Ship Chinese Icon Fire Ship · Siege Junk Icon Siege Junk
Heroes AoM Monk Icon Monk · Immortal Icon Immortal
Myth units QilinIcon Qilin · MonkeyKingIcon Monkey King · TotDTerracottaWarriorIcon Terracotta Warrior · WarSalamanderIcon War Salamander · Special-c-jiangshi-icon Jiangshi · Special-c-pixiu-icon Pixiu · Special-c-azure-dragon-icon Azure Dragon · Special-c-dragon-turtle-icon Dragon Turtle · Special-c-vermilion-bird-icon Vermilion Bird · TotDWhiteTigerIcon White Tiger · Special-c-earth-dragon-icon Earth Dragon
Other (non-campaign exclusive)
Cheat units Bella icon Bella · Hippo icon Flying Purple Hippo · Aomaxemanicon Forkboy · BrownBear icon Lazer Bear · ChickenIcon Methane Chicken · WalkingWoodsIcon Walking Berry Bush
Animals Hour of Alpacas Alfred · Wolf icon Arctic Wolf · Aurochs icon Aurochs · Baboon icon Baboon · Boar icon Boar · BrownBear icon Brown Bear · Caribou Caribou · ChickenIcon Chicken · CowAOM Cow · Crocodile icon Crocodile · Crane icon Crowned Crane · Deer icon Deer · DuckAoM icon Duck · AoM Hawk Icon Bird: Eagle, Hawk, Parrot, and Vulture · ElephantAOMicon (Indian) Elephant · Elk icon Elk · GazelleAOMicon Gazelle · LionAOMicon Golden Lion · Giraffe icon Giraffe · GoatAOM Goat · AoM Vulture Icon Harpy · Hippo icon Hippopotamus · Hyena icon Hyena · LionAOMicon Lion · LizardAoM icon Lizard · Monkey icon Monkey · PandaAoM icon Panda Bear · Pig icon Pig · PolarBearIcon Polar Bear · RamAoM icon Ram · Monkey icon Relic Monkey · Rhinoceros icon Rhinoceros · ShadeIcon Shade (RM) · Ulfsarkicon Skraeling · TigerAoM icon Tiger · Walrus icon Walrus · WaterBuffalo Water Buffalo · Wolf icon Wolf · YakiconAoM Yak · Zebra icon Zebra
Scenario Editor AchillesIcon Cataphract · Wolf icon Dog · AoM Vulture Icon Harpy · Triremeicon Monkey Raft · FenrisWolfBroodIcon Ornlu · Krios icon Regent · Transportegypticon Raft · Elk icon Reindeer · MountainGiantIcon Santa · Immortal Icon Servant Chinese · AoM Vulture Icon Vulture
Cut GreekPortrait Greeks: Oxybeles
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians: Chariot · Gaiassa
NorsePortrait Norse: Heavy Cavalry · Knarr · Light Cavalry
ChinesePortrait Chinese: Guandao Pikeman · Meteor Hammer · Rocket Artillery
Nature: Unicorn · Camel icon AoM Wild Camel · Nubian Goat · Wild Horse · Shore Fish · Anchovies · Musk Ox
Hidden ApepIcon Apep · Bondi Icon Bondi · MinotaurIcon Golem · Griffon Icon Griffon · Revealer · CyclopsIcon Trollkarien · Living Statue William Walrus
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