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This article is about the unit in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon. For the related huntable in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties, see Giant Salamander.
The War Salamander is a Chinese amphibious myth unit in Age of Mythology: Tale of the Dragon that is available at the Temple and the Dock to players worshiping He Bo.

A very notable appearance of War Salamanders is in the first scenario of the Tale of the Dragon campaign, Rising Waters. Jiao-Long, escorted by some troops meets Shun to oversee the construction of a Dam in a village that was drowned by a river flood. Unexpectedly, the camp is attacked by hostile Lizards and War Salamanders, that mostly attack from land.

Special Ability Edit

  • Amphibious: can travel on both land and water.

Attack bonuses Edit

  • Myth units: ×3
  • Heroes: ×0.5

Strategy Edit

The War Salamander is one of only two amphibious units in the game (the other being the Azure Dragon). Due to being able to fight on both land and water, it can fulfill multiple purposes. Not only can they be used to boost the already strong Chinese Navy, they can also be used to harass on water maps. Its strong attack and durability make it one of the stronger myth units in the game, for a very reasonable price.

Changelog Edit

Tale of the Dragon Edit

  • Initially, War Salamanders have 60 hack and pierce armor, 650 hit points, 25 damage, and cost 120 food. With patch 2.0, they have 45 hack and pierce armor, 600 hit points, 20 damage, and cost 200 food.

Mythology Edit

Scientific name -- Andrias davidianus
Size -- Up to 6 feet long
Diet -- fish, crabs, shrimp, and insects

Arguably the largest amphibian, the War Salamander is a giant-headed creature with tiny eyes and the strength of a bear. Its sight is not its greatest asset, but the creature is covered in sensory nodes that enable it to sense even the gentlest tremors. And while the Salamander is capable of inflicting a lot of damage, it mostly sticks to fish and insects for food.

In ancient China, the creature adopted a nickname "infant fish" due to its cries strongly resembling a weeping child.

Trivia Edit

  • War Salamanders are the only Myth Units that can be trained from two different buildings (Temple and Dock).
  • Given its size and scientific name, the War Salamander is based on the real-life Giant Chinese Salamander, that appears in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties as a rare huntable.

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