Total War Saga: Troy Gods and Cults Guide – Earning Favors, Mythical Units, Rituals

Total War Saga: Troy Gods and Religions Guide

There are seven Gods of Olympus in Total War Saga: Troy. You can earn the favor of these gods to receive benefits and earn the victory. Gaining favor, however, requires time and resources. In this guide, we’ll cover all Gods of Olympus, the Divine Will system, earning their favor, and the benefits provided by them in Total War Saga: Troy.

Total War Saga: Troy Gods of Olympus

To open up the dedicated panel associated with these pantheons, click on the Mount Olympus icon on the top-left corner. This will open up a new panel detailing all seven pantheons. The main thing you should be concerned with on this panel is earning favor. You do so by clicking on ‘Prayer’ and ‘Hecatomb’ buttons at the bottom of the panel.

Once you’ve chosen a deity, press the ‘Prayer’ or ‘Hecatomb’ buttons to increase favor with him or her at the cost of some resources. There are a total of four ranks of favor i.e. Neglected, Respected, Celebrated, and Worshipped. Let’s neglect the ‘Neglected’ for the time being and talk about the remaining three ranks and the bonuses you unlock for reaching them.

Hera

Respected (Military Service) Celebrated (Flourishing Homeland) Worshipped (Divine Protection)
  • +20% to missile damage of slingers for all armies.
  • -7% to recruitment cost of all army units in provinces with 50% own influence for all provinces.
  • -1 to construction time of all main buildings for all regions.
  • -10% to wood construction cost for all regions.
  • +50 to growth in provinces with 50% own influence for all provinces.
  • +10% to casualty replenishment rate of all armies of all regions.
  • Unlocks recruitment of Corybantes.
  • +30% to morale of all units in own territory for all armies.

Ritual
Upon reaching the ‘Worshipped’ status with Hera, you’ll also unlock Prayer of Hera ritual which will last for 4 turns and provide +3% to casualties suffered by enemy armies from Hera’s protection. Performing the ritual, however, will cost you -20 Gold and -400 Wheat.

Zeus

Respected (Might of the Thunderbolt) Celebrated (Father of Heroes) Worshipped (Regal Presence)
  • +20% to melee attack of club units of all armies.
  • +20% to missile damage of javelin units of all armies.
  • -50% to recruitment cost of Heroes and agents for all provinces.
  • Grants Messenger of Thunder to all newly-recruited agents for all provinces.
  • Grants “Descendant of Zeus” trait to all newly-recruited Heroes for all provinces.
  • Unlocks recruitment of Minotaur for all regions.
  • +1 to happiness per defensive or military alliance, up to 10 for all provinces.
  • +1 to influence per defensive or military alliance, up to 10.

Ritual
Prayer to Zeus provides +5 to deal evaluation for all diplomatic agreements except barters. Performing the ritual will cost you -20 Gold, -400 Wheat and the effect will last for 4 turns.

Ares

Respected (Eager to Fight) Celebrated (Delight for Violence) Worshipped (Panic and Terror)
  • +1 to local recruitment capacity for all provinces.
  • +40% to morale of sword and axe units of all armies.
  • +50% to income from raiding, looting, and sacking for all armies.
  • +1 to happiness per war, up to 10 for all provinces.
  • +40% to melee attack of sword and axe units of all armies.
  • +20 to charge of all units for all armies.
  • All Heroes frighten enemy units in battle.
  • Unlocks recruitment of Spartoi.

Ritual
Prayer to Ares gives -10% to morale of all enemy units. The effect lasts for 4 turns and will set you back -20 Gold and -400 Wheat.

Apollo

Respected (Piety) Celebrated (Lord of the Silver Bow) Worshipped (The Light of Phoebus)
  • +2 to recruit rank of priestesses of all provinces.
  • -10% to construction cost of all temple buildings of all regions.
  • +20% to range of archer units of all armies.
  • +15% reload skill of missile units of all armies.
  • -50% to action cost for all agents for all characters.
  • Enables recruitment of a seer.
  • +25% to administration efficiency for royal decree.

Ritual
Prayer to Apollo also lasts for 4 turns and costs -20 Gold as well as -400 Wheat. When enacted, it gives +20% to success chance of all agent actions for all characters. Apart from it, it also gives +20% to campaign map line of sight around temples of Apollo in all regions.

Athena

Respected (Protector of Cities) Celebrated (Mentor of Heroes) Worshipped (Gorgoneion)
  • +40% to morale of spear units of all armies.
  • -20% to fatigue in battle for all units while defending for all armies.
  • +40% to melee attack of spear units of all armies.
  • +4 to recruit rank of Heroes for all provinces.
  • +40% to melee defence of shielded units for all armies.
  • Enables recruitment of a gorgon.
  • All Heroes are unbreakable in battle.
  • +30% to morale of all units in Hero’s aura for all armies.

Ritual
Prayer to Athena costs -50 Gold, -1,000 Wheat and gives you +4 to recruit rank of all units and +3 to local recruitment capacity. Like other rituals in Total War Saga: Troy, its effects last for only 4 turns.

Poseidon

Respected (Call of the Sea) Celebrated (The Riches of the Sea) Worshipped (Blood of Poseidon)
  • +10% to campaign movement range at sea for all armies.
  • -2 to enemy siege holdout time for at least one turn for all characters.
  • +40% to treasures looted after battle for all characters.
  • +60 food per turn for each owned coastal region.
  • Enables the recruitment of Cyclops.
  • -20% to fatigue in battle for mythic, mounted, and chariot units for all armies.
  • +30% to morale for mythic, mounted, and chariot units for all armies.

Ritual
When it comes to Poseidon’s ritual, it costs -50 Gold and 1,000 Wheat. When enacted, it gives +30% to battle speed of melee, mounted, and chariot units of all armies. Aside from this, it also provides immunity against deep-seas attrition for all armies.

Aphrodite

Respected (Love of All People) Celebrated (Golden Apple) Worshipped (Invisible Guardian)
  • +10 to diplomatic relations with all factions.
  • +200% to all effects of Organise Games commandment for all provinces.
  • +50 faction-wide growth.
  • +1 to happiness per non-aggression pact, up to 10.
  • +10% to battle captives taken for all armies.
  • -30% to success chance of enemy agent actions against this agent for all characters.
  • Enables recruitment of a satyr.
  • +25% to damage resistance for Heroes of all armies.

Ritual
Prayer to Aphrodite provides you +5 growth and +3 to happiness. It lasts for 4 turns and costs -20 Gold, 400 Wheat.

Neglecting Gods of Olympus

Remember that it’s entirely possible to worship multiple deities simultaneously but doing so will require you to dish out a hefty amount of resources. Neglecting these deities, on the other hand, can cause them to become angry. This wrath can take different shapes in the form of bad incidents, ill omens, angering the priests, etc.

Total War Saga: Troy Religion Tips and Tricks

Religion in Total War Saga: Troy requires your constant attention. After each turn, you’ll continue to lose favor and will have to keep up with it. This means investing more and more resources.

Another important thing to bear in mind is that certain Heroes have an affinity with different deities. An example of this Aneas and Aphrodite. In this case, Aneas can build a special building called the Great Temple of Aphrodite which provides him with additional favor. When it comes to gaining the favor of your desired deity, you should start with building and upgrading a temple. Once built, you should consider investing in Hecatombs and recruiting priestesses.

Hecatombs in Total War Saga: Troy are sacrifices that require a lot of resources but push your favor even further. It’s also important to note that Hecatombs have internal cooldowns and can be performed after a set number of turns. If you aren’t happy with the benefits provided by a deity, you can always dedicate the temple to another deity for some resources and time. However, certain royal decrees such as Divine Architects can lower the construction costs of temples and religious buildings.

Lastly, note that reaching maximum favor with deities will allow you to recruit powerful Mythical Units that can turn the tides of a battle.

That’s all we’ve got in our Total War Saga: Troy Gods of Olympus guide and the way the Divine Will system works in the game. For more help on the game, you can check out our detailed Total War Saga: Troy wiki guides.

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