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The War Turtle is an Egyptian naval myth unit in Age of Mythology that is available at the Dock once the Mythic Age is reached. This unit is available only to those that worship Thoth.

Special attack[]

Buck: knocks some or all adjacent ships out of the water, causing 100 hack and 30 crush damage. Recharge time: 15 seconds.

Attack bonuses[]

  • Heroes ×0.5


War Turtles are a powerful asset to an Egyptian navy. They have a massive amount of hit points, a large attack that deals both crush and hack damage, and are well armored. As such they can easily handle opposing fleets single-handedly. Their armor can soak up a lot of damage and when coupled with their large amount of health they can survive pitched battles. Their special attack sends ships flying, damaging them and leaving them vulnerable to damage for a few seconds. They are vulnerable to heroes but as a naval unit this isn't much of an issue. Unless the opposing side is playing as Poseidon, no naval heroes exist so the only real tactics are to overwhelm the War Turtle with sheer numbers, try to lure it into the range of ranged heroes or Nereids, or to engage it with powerful aerial units like the Phoenix and Vermilion Bird.


Age of Mythology[]

  • The War Turtle costs 300 food and 20 favor.

Tale of the Dragon[]


Scientific name -- Sternotherus gigas

Size -- 30'+ long

Diet -- omnivore, prefers green algae and slow fish

The Egyptians considered the turtle a creature of night and dark water, and therefore became associated with Set and an enemy of the sun god, Ra. They were not to be eaten or used in medicine.

"May Ra live and the turtle die." -- ancient Egyptian epithet


  • The War Turtle was originally meant to be a myth unit for the Greeks but ended up being given to the Egyptians.
  • The Genus War Turtles are part of, Sternotherus, or Musk Turtles, found only in North American Wetlands and Fresh Water, the appearance of the War Turtle being part of this Genus, and it's Sea-like nature, is inaccurate. A better genus for the War Turtle would be Caretta, not only a Sea Turtle, but also found in the Mediterranean, and Red Seas.


Myth units
Culture Age Units
Greeks ArchaicAge.png Pegasus  · Hippocampus
ClassicalAge.png Centaur  · Minotaur  · Cyclops
HeroicAge.png Nemean Lion  · Hydra  · Scylla  · Manticore
MythicAge.png Colossus  · Medusa  · Carcinos  · Chimera
Egyptians ClassicalAge.png Anubite  · Serpent / Sea Snake  · Sphinx  · Wadjet
HeroicAge.png Petsuchos  · Roc  · Scarab  · Leviathan  · Scorpion Man  · Minion
MythicAge.png Phoenix  · War Turtle  · Avenger  · Mummy
Norse ArchaicAge.png Raven
ClassicalAge.png Troll  · Valkyrie  · Einherjar
HeroicAge.png Kraken  · Mountain Giant  · Walking Tree  · Frost Giant  · Battle Boar
MythicAge.png Jormund Elver  · Fimbulwinter Wolf  · Fenris Wolf Brood  · Fire Giant  · Nidhogg
Atlanteans ClassicalAge.png Automaton  · Promethean (Offspring)  · Caladria  · Servant  · Carnivora
HeroicAge.png Nereid  · Satyr  · Stymphalian Bird  · Dryad  · Behemoth
MythicAge.png Heka Gigantes  · Man O' War  · Argus  · Lampades  · Tartarian Spawn
Chinese ClassicalAge.png Qilin  · Monkey King  · Terracotta Warrior
HeroicAge.png War Salamander  · Jiangshi  · Pixiu
MythicAge.png Azure Dragon  · Dragon Turtle  · Vermilion Bird  · White Tiger  · Earth Dragon
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