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This article is about the god in Age of Mythology. For the god in Age of Empires: Mythologies, see Set (Age of Empires: Mythologies).
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Set is an Archaic Age Egyptian major god who focuses on archers.


God power[]


  • Feral Feral: Converted animals have 10% more hit points, 10% less hack and pierce vulnerability and 25% more attack

Unique units[]

HippopotamusIcon Animals of Set: Units that can be trained by the Pharaoh and that are also granted on age advancement.

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  • Starts with a Hyena of Set scout.
  • Priests can convert wild animals.
  • Pharaoh can summon animals at the cost of favor. The variety of animals the Pharaoh can summon increases with each Age advance.
  • Five animals are summoned at the Temple on each Age advance.
  • Slingers and Chariot Archers are trained 20% faster.
  • Slingers have 10% more HP and 10% less hack vulnerability.
  • Migdol Strongholds cost 25% less gold.

Minor gods[]

Classical Age
  • AnubisIcon Anubis - Infantry and myth units
  • PtahIcon Ptah - Technology
Heroic Age
Mythic Age


The brother of Osiris (the god who brought civilization to Egypt), Set was a god of storms in Upper Egypt. Set became jealous of Osiris and worked unceasingly to destroy him. Through trickery, Set trapped Osiris in a coffin that was hidden in the Middle East. When Isis recovered the barely living Osiris, an enraged Set killed him and cut him into pieces that were scattered. His actions turned most of the other gods against him, but he felt his power was unassailable. Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris, eventually killed Set, and Set became identified as a god of evil.

Set is associated closely with animals such as the dog, crocodile and scorpion. He is the god of chaos, the desert, and foreign lands. In the Book of the Dead, Set is called "Lord of the Northern Sky" and is held responsible for storms and cloudy weather. The tale of the long conflict between Set and Horus is seen by some as a representation of a long struggle between cults in Egypt. The winning cult may have portrayed the god of the enemy's cult the evil one.
—In-game section

Technology tree[]

God power
Pharaoh Icon
Baboon icon
Ape of Set
Gazelle of Set
Hyena of Set
Giraffe of Set
Crocodile of Set
Hippo of Set
Rhinoceros of Set
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  • As per an interview with designer Greg Street "While it might seem strange for Set to choose Horus, we thought it even stranger for Set to choose Osiris (the final fourth-age Egyptian minor god). 'Horus' is a catchall name for an amalgam of Egyptian deities, so just assume that in your game, Set managed to get Horus on his side."
  • According to the Age of Mythology guide book, Set was originally going to have a bonus for cheaper Migdol Stronghold units. The bonus was changed so that the Migdol Stronghold itself was cheaper.
  • It is a matter of ongoing debate as to what kind of animal Set is based on. Proposed identities include an antelope, a saluki, a donkey, a camel, a Fennec fox, a giraffe, an okapi, an elephant shrew, a pig, an aardvark or even a mormyrid fish. His in-game portrait appears to favor the aardvark identification, but promotional art for the Extended Edition depicts an alternate more canine interpretation.


Gods in Age of Mythology
ArchaicAge Archaic Age
ClassicalAge Classical Age
HeroicAge Heroic Age
MythicAge Mythic Age
GreekPortrait Greeks ZeusPortrait Zeus
HadesPortrait Hades
PoseidonPortrait Poseidon
AthenaIcon Athena

HermesIcon Hermes

AresIcon Ares
ApolloIcon Apollo

DionysusIcon Dionysus

AphroditeIcon Aphrodite
HeraIcon Hera

HephaestusIcon Hephaestus

ArtemisIcon Artemis
EgyptianPortrait Egyptians RaPortrait Ra
IsisPortrait Isis
SetPortrait Set
BastIcon Bast

PtahIcon Ptah

AnubisIcon Anubis
HathorIcon Hathor/AoMR Sobek icon Sobek

SekhmetIcon Sekhmet

NephthysIcon Nephthys
OsirisIcon Osiris

HorusIcon Horus

ThothIcon Thoth
NorsePortrait Norse ThorPortrait Thor
OdinPortrait Odin
LokiPortrait Loki
FreyjaIcon Freyja

HeimdallIcon Heimdall

ForsetiIcon Forseti
SkadiIcon Skadi

BragiIcon Bragi

NjordIcon Njord
BaldrIcon Baldr

TyrIcon Tyr

HelIcon Hel
AtlanteanPortrait Atlanteans KronosPortrait Kronos
OranosPortrait Oranos
GaiaPortrait Gaia
PrometheusIcon Prometheus

LetoIcon Leto

OceanusIcon Oceanus
HyperionIcon Hyperion

RheiaIcon Rheia

TheiaIcon Theia
HeliosIcon Helios

AtlasIcon Atlas

HekateIcon Hekate
ChinesePortrait Chinese FuXiPortrait Fu Xi
NuWaPortrait Nü Wa
ShennongPortrait Shennong
HuangDiIcon Huang Di

SunWukongIcon Sun Wukong

ChangEIcon Chang'e
DaboGongIcon Dabo Gong

ZhongKuiIcon Zhong Kui

HeBoIcon He Bo
ChongliIcon Chongli

AoKuangIcon Ao Kuang

XiWangmuIcon Xi Wangmu
Major gods have circular icons