How to Unlock Hades' Locked Doors

The locked doors in Hades have special significance to the story. Here's how to open both and what lies beyond.

On the western side of the House of Hades are two doors, both initially locked. At the north end of the hallway is Hades’ bedroom, the personal chamber of the lord of the Underworld. At the south end, a smaller door that he forbids you to enter. This latter leads to the administration chamber.

Both doors play an integral role in the story of Hades, and you’ll need to open both to complete the campaign completely.

This guide will tell you how to unlock both the door to Hades’ bedroom and the administrative chamber and give a brief overview of what you can do in each chamber.

How to Unlock the Administrative Chamber in Hades

There are two steps to unlocking the Administrative chamber. The first is progressing the story until you can actually rest in Zagreus’ bed. You’ll see a glowing objective point near the bed at this time, and rather than rejecting rest, Zagreus will actually go to sleep. This will trigger a flashback sequence.

You’ll learn a lot of narrative goodies in this first flashback, including what the chamber looks like and its general function. Once you’ve learned all you can, Zagreus can return to his bed and wake up.

Initially, the door will remain locked, but after a run or two, you’ll unlock the Administrative Privilege contract at the House Contractor. The price is steep for early-game: two Diamonds, rewards you only get from the second world boss, or the Wretched Broker for various other endgame currencies.

What’s Inside the Administrative Chamber

The chamber holds innumerable scrolls and two large shelving units.

The green shelves are Zagreus’ Permanent Record, which catalogs the weapons, Boons, upgrades, and other equipment he’s used in all his escape attempts. You’ll see both a bar graph and a numerical value for each item, letting you know what builds you favor and which give you trouble.

The red shelves are the Security Log. The Log details every escape attempt’s result (death or escape) and what loadout you finished with — your weapon, Boons, and all of that. You’ll also see whatever modifiers you attached with the Pact of Punishment and the total time each run took.

The Administrative Chamber’s most important function is narrative-related. You need access to complete almost all of the House of Hades NPC questlines. Without the door unlocked, you won’t unlock NPC House Contractor contracts and thus complete their individual stories.

How to Unlock Hades' Bedroom and What’s In It

Unlocking the big doors to Hades’ bedroom will take you much longer than the Administrative chamber. For starters, you’ll need to beat the final boss eight times, then speak to Achilles. Zagreus will convince him to give up the key to get in.

You won’t have full access to the bedroom until you complete ten runs total, at which point the room is free to enter whenever you’d like. There’s even a resource sink waiting for you for endgame grinding, though using it serves no purpose beyond throwing your hard-earned Darkness away.

That’s it for the locked doors in Hades. Check out our guides hub for more!

Contributor

John Schutt has been playing games for almost 25 years, starting with Super Mario 64 and progressing to every genre under the sun. He spent almost 4 years writing for strategy and satire site TopTierTactics under the moniker Xiant, and somehow managed to find time to get an MFA in Creative Writing in between all the gaming. His specialty is action games, but his first love will always be the RPG. Oh, and his avatar is, was, and will always be a squirrel, a trend he's carried as long as he's had a Steam account, and for some time before that.

Published Aug. 18th 2021

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