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This article is about the unit in the PC game. For the unit in the handheld video game, see Shade (Age of Empires: Mythologies).

Shade is a term used for several similar undead units in Age of Mythology. There are four types of Shade, but only the Hades Shades are normally available to the player, and the other three are Scenario Editor/campaign-exclusive variants. None of them are classified as either human unit, myth unit, or hero unit.

Hades Shade[]

Fallen soldiers of Hades returned from the dead.

The Hades Shade is an undead unit in Age of Mythology available to worshippers of the Greek major god Hades. Whenever one of Hades' human soldiers dies, there is a 20% chance that it will rise again as a Hades Shade at the earliest built Temple (still standing). A player may have a maximum of 25 Hades Shades.

Like heroes, Hades Shades gain hit points and attack through the Ages and are immune to the special attacks of myth units. However, they are not heroes and do not gain a bonus against myth units and cannot pick up Relics, nor are they myth units, and heroes do not have an attack bonus against them. They are not human units either; it seems they lurk in a shadowy half-existence outside the game's usual unit categories.

Upgrades[]

Relics[]

Strategy[]

Hades Shades are not specialists and have neither the strengths nor the weaknesses of other units. They do not have any attack bonuses. On the other hand, their immunity to myth units' special attacks and the fact that no unit has a bonus against them counts in their favor.

Hades Shades may be weak, but, like Militia, they only cost one population slot and are strong in numbers. Of course, to amass such numbers, the player will have to have done a lot of fighting and lost a lot of units: on average a player will gain 20 Hades Shades for every 100 human soldiers they lose. This may happen naturally in a defensive situation, but it is generally unwise to deliberately seek out such a strategy.

Changelog[]

Aom original icon Age of Mythology
  • Shades have 90 hit points.
AoM The Titans icon The Titans
AoM Extended icon Tale of the Dragon
  • Shades are now affected by Armory upgrades.

Shade (SPC)[]

Souls returned from the dead. Invisible to enemies. Great against myth units. Cannot attack buildings.

In the Fall of the Trident campaign, friendly Shades are an important feature of the Strangers scenario and also appear in the Underworld section of the Good Advice scenario. These Shades have a different appearance; they do not have a sickle weapon, lack a lower body and are surrounded by a green fog. They have far more hit points than Hades Shades and are invisible to enemies. They can kill myth units and most human soldiers in a kamikaze fashion where they disappear after attacking an enemy.

ShadesSPC

Shades offering their help.

A Shade instantly killing an enemy.

Shade of Olympus[]

Souls returned from the dead. Invisible to enemies. Great against myth units. Cannot attack buildings.

Shades of Olympus appear in the Mount Olympus scenario from the The New Atlantis campaign and the Yin and Yang scenario from Tale of the Dragon. These hostile shades are identical to the ones from the Fall of the Trident scenarios Strangers and Good Advice, except they only instantly kill myth units and are visible to the enemy.

Shade of Olympus

Shades of Olympus gathered around a Shrine.

Shade (RM)[]

Angry souls of the dead.

On the Erebus random map, another type of Shade (confusingly also called a Hades Shade) appears as a neutral unit. These shades are the same as the standard Hades Shade except they do not gain Age Advance bonuses and have only 90 HP. Hades Shades are also present on the King of the Hill random map, guarding the central Plenty Vault, which needs to be captured in order to obtain victory. It is not strictly necessary to kill the Shades in order to capture it, as once a player's unit gets close enough to the Plenty Vault, it will switch to their control, and will not switch back to Mother Nature's control for the rest of the game.

Shade of Erebus

Hades Shades found on the map Erebus next to Wild Boars, ruins and a Relic.

Mythology[]

The dead of Greek mythology became shades, empty ghost-like shadows of their former selves. Hades' land of the dead was not necessarily a horrible place to be, but it was without honor or glory. If anything, shades were pitied more than they were feared.

Trivia[]

  • Other than ships, Hades Shades are the only standard units to not be affected by any Relics.

Gallery[]

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 · Hippo icon Hippo of Set · Rhinoceros icon 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
Campaign-exclusive elements in Age of Mythology
Aom original icon Age of Mythology
ProtagonistsAgamemnon Icon Agamemnon · AjaxIcon Ajax · Amanra Icon Amanra · Arkantos Icon Arkantos · Arkantos Icon Arkantos (uber) · Boar icon Boar (Ajax) · Boar icon Boar (Arkantos) · Brokk Icon Brokk · ChironIcon Chiron · Eitri Icon Eitri · OdysseusIcon Odysseus · Reginleif icon Reginleif · Setna icon Setna
AntagonistsCirce icon Circe · Gargarensis Icon Gargarensis · Kamos Icon Kamos · Kemsyt Icon Kemsyt · Living Statue Living Poseidon Statue · Skult icon Skult · AnubiteIcon Theris
Supporting charactersAthenaIcon Athena · Greta Forkbeard Icon Greta Forkbeard · GuardianIcon Guardian · Young Kastor Icon Kastor · Niordsir · AoM Villager Greek Icon Old Man · OsirisIcon Osiris · Krios icon Theocrat · Zethos
Other unitsStonewall icon Boulder · Kebeniticon Charon Ferry · Flag Bearer Icon Folstag Flag Bearer · Osiris Box Icon Osiris Piece Cart · Longboaticon Pirate Ship · PolarBearIcon Polaris · AoM Villager Greek Icon Prisoner · ShadeIcon Shade · Triremeicon Shipwreck · Statue of Lightning Icon Statue of Lightning · SwordBearersIcon Sword Bearers · Thor's Hammer icon Thor's Hammer Haft · Thor's Hammer icon Thor's Hammer Head · Trojan Horse Icon Trojan Horse
BuildingsStonewall icon Boulder Rolling Dead · Stonewall icon Boulder Wall · Dig Pile icon AoM Dig Pile · ArmoryIcon Dwarven Forge · ExcavationIcon Excavation · Wall of Troy Icon Gate of Troy · GiantgateramIcon Giant Gate Ram · Hades Gate Hades Gate · Fence Icon Iron Fence · Fence Icon Jail Wall · DockAOMIcon Naval Shipyard · Osiris Pyramid Icon Osiris Pyramid · GreekShrineIcon Shrine · GuardianIcon Sleeping Guardian · Fence Icon Stone Fence · TempleAOMIcon Temple of the Gods · Tent Icon Tent · UnderWorldPassageIcon Underworld Passage · Stonewall icon Wall of Atlantis · Wall of Troy Icon Wall of Troy · UnderWorldPassageIcon Well of Urd · Fence Icon Wooden Fence
TechnologiesHammerOfTheGods Giant-slaying Blades · MeteoricIronMail Osmium Mail · DragonscaleShields Asbestos Shields
Embellishment objectsStatue Columns Icon AoM Columns · Flag icon AoM Flag · Fountain AoM Icon Fountain · Statue Lion Icon Lion Statue · Statue of Lightning Icon Major God Statue · Market icon AOM Market Stall · Statue Obelisk Icon AoM Obelisk · Osiris Box Icon Osiris Piece Box · Statue Pharaoh Icon Pharaoh Statue · Statue Columns Icon AoM Ruins · Sign icon AoM Sign · Living Statue Statue of Poseidon · Tamarisk Tree Icon Tamarisk Tree · Taproot Icon Taproot · Torch icon AoM Torch · AoM Trident icon Trident
God powersBlessingofZeus Blessing of Zeus
AoM The Titans icon The Titans
ProtagonistsAjaxIcon Ajax · FolstagIcon King Folstag · Titan Gaia Icon Gaia · Adult Kastor Icon Kastor · Amanra Icon Queen Amanra · SonOfOsirisIcon Son of Osiris
AntagonistsMelagius icon General Melagius · Titan Kronos Icon Kronos · Titan Prometheus Icon Prometheus · Kronny Icon Servant of Kronos
Supporting charactersArkantos Icon Arkantos (god) · Atlantean Commander · Krios icon Krios · Zeno
Other unitsAutomaton icon Automaton (SPC) · Adult Kastor Icon Kastor (with Staff)
BuildingsAutomaton icon Automaton Statue · Gaia Pool icon AoM Gaia Pool · TempleAOMIcon Overgrown Temple · Statue of Melagius icon Statue of Melagius · TempleAOMIcon Temple of Kronos · AomWonderIcon Tower of Odin
Embellishment objectsStatue Chimera Icon Chimera statue · Statue Cyclops Icon Cyclops statue · Hades Gate Earth · Statue Hydra Icon Hydra statue · Statue Manticore Icon Manticore statue · Statue Nemean Lion Icon Nemean Lion statue · Summoning Tree icon AoM Summoning Tree · Statue Valkyrie Icon Valkyrie statue
God powersDeconstructionWonderIcon Deconstruction Wonder · Seedofgaia Seed of Gaia
AoM Extended icon Tale of the Dragon
ProtagonistsJiao-Long Icon Jiao-Long · Shun Icon Shun · Zhi Icon Zhi
AntagonistsDanzhu Icon Danzhu · Yama
Supporting charactersSpecial-c-azure-dragon-icon Ao Kuang · Special-c-earth-dragon-icon Dilong · Krios icon Emperor Yao · TitanChineseIcon Pangu · Special-c-vermilion-bird-icon Vermilion Bird
Other unitsGriffon Icon Griffon · Immortal Icon Servant Chinese
BuildingsExcavationIcon Dam · Tent Icon Roc Tent
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Cinematic hero g icon Misenus · Mnevis
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