Hades Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Hades Guides RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network How to Beat Theseus and the Minotaur in Hades https://www.gameskinny.com/fppcw/how-to-beat-theseus-and-the-minotaur-in-hades https://www.gameskinny.com/fppcw/how-to-beat-theseus-and-the-minotaur-in-hades Thu, 19 Aug 2021 09:12:14 -0400 John Schutt

Hades' third boss encounter is actually a duo fight against King Theseus and the Minotaur Asterius, the bull of Minos. Unlike the Fury sisters or the Hydra, the Champions of Elysium can be a significant roadblock to reaching the fourth and final level of Hades.

Like all the bosses in Hades, knowing how to beat Theseus and the Minotaur optimally makes the fight almost free, even with Extreme Measures active.

Zagreus facing Theseus and the Minotaur in the boss arena.

If you meet Asterius on the way to Theseus (he appears as a possible challenge arena behind a skull door), use that time to practice fighting him in isolation and as a barometer for your damage output. If you happen to fight him early, he’ll have less health and won’t have a Damage Control marker during the boss encounter.

Once you make it to the boss room to face Theseus and the Minotaur, your first goal should be to defeat Asterius. Focus on the bull because both he and Theseus have a second phase once they reach half health. The minotaur becomes a little more aggressive but doesn’t change too much. It’s Theseus you need to watch out for.

When Theseus hits half health, he’ll call upon the Olympians for aid, usually blocking off the entire arena with damaging effects that can stack up quickly. Dodge the king’s spear throws by sticking to the outer edges of the arena and using the pillars for cover.

Listen for Theseus to call out to his companion. If Asterius runs back to the king and Theseus calls “Delta Strike,” be prepared to dodge the expanding circle the bosses create. It hits for 20 damage and the hitbox is deceptively large. The bull will then throw Theseus at you for additional damage, but you can avoid the attack by dodging perpendicular to the bosses’ position.

How to Beat the Minotaur

Asterius the Minotaur holding an axe over their shoulder, talking to Zagreus.


  • One or two-swing: Asterius swings his ax in a wide arc in front of him, adjusting to your position if there’s a second swing. There’s a small area directly behind him the attack doesn’t reach, so if you can’t get away from it, get behind him.

  • Two-swing into slam: Asterius swings his ax in a wide arc in front of him, then jumps at you, dealing damage both on the way to and on impact. The ax swing will track if you time your dodge behind him poorly. When Asterius lands after jumping, he releases four projectiles in front of him and to the side. In Extreme Measures 3, the slam attack creates a large shockwave on impact, and Asterius does it up to three times.

  • Charge: Asterius charges at you with strong tracking. If he hits a wall or a pillar, he stops and is stunned for a moment. Stick to the pillars and the arena’s edge, dodging at an angle to ensure the bull can’t hit you.

  • Spin-to-win (Extreme Measures 3 only): After a brief windup, the Minotaur begins spinning his ax in incredibly wide circles while tracking you around the arena. These do around 30 damage per hit without protections. Dodge away from the minotaur when this attack comes out, as the hitbox tends to linger and if you’re inside the attack smear, you will take damage

Dodge his wide swings and go underneath his jumping attack. Keep your eyes on the targeting reticle; when it glows bright pink, Theseus will throw his spear that hits for 20 damage.

Kite the minotaur for as long as it takes to beat him, being mindful of any area of effect attacks that might also be whittling Theseus down. Both bosses have enough health to keep a few errant attacks from doing much harm, but you don’t want to test fate and have both the minotaur and the Olympians attacking you at the same time.

How to Beat Theseus


  • Spear Throw: His main attack in the first phase, Theseus will target you for about five seconds before throwing his spear. It covers about half the arena in distance before returning to him. The targeting reticle will glow bright pink just before a throw, so use that as your guide to dodge.

  • 360-swing: After a brief windup, Theseus spins a full 360 degrees and moves forward in your direction. This attack’s hitbox also tends to linger, so dodge behind the king and to the side to avoid it.

  • Olympian effects (2nd phase only): Theseus is also blessed by Olympus, and at half health or without his chariot, calls on the gods for aid. A good portion of the floor becomes a damage zone that either covers the arena or follows you. 

  • Bombing Run (Extreme Measures 3 only): With Extreme Measures active, Theseus runs around the arena in a golden chariot. There are two bombing runs types: around the edges and through the middle. As the king travels, he will send large bombs into the air that detonate shortly after. The red circle denotes how far the damage extends. One hit from a bomb is 50 damage. In most cases, Theseus will travel around the arena twice, then make his way through the middle, sending bombs as he goes.

  • Gatling Gun (Extreme Measures 3 only): Theseus rides through the middle of the arena shooting his twin Gatling guns as he goes. Dodge to either side to avoid this attack.

  • Overrun (Extreme measures 3 only): Standing in front of Theseus’ chariot will deal around 20 damage each time he runs you over. This will happen whether you dodge in front of him or were already in his way; stick behind him even as you spam away at his backside.

In his first phase, get in close to turn him around. You can also use area of effect Boons like Blade Rift to damage him despite his shield. He’ll alternate between throwing his spear and a spin attack. If you’re too close to him after either, he’ll turn around and walk a short distance away. Damage him as much as possible during these moments.

First phase Extreme Measures Theseus has bombs that detonate long after he’s left their damage radius, meaning you can stay behind him and wail on his backside without much fear of reprisal. The main threat is if he suddenly changes direction and you aren’t ready for it.

The real challenge of first-phase Theseus is positioning. If you’re ever in front of him, he will deal about 20 damage again and again until you’re out of his chariot's hitbox. If you’re a dodging freak temper your mobility, as it’s liable to get you killed.

There are points where Theseus will stop and taunt you for totally free damage in the first phase. Take full advantage of these moments.

To reach second-phase Extreme Measures 3, you need to deal a full 3/4 of Theseus’s health, at which point his chariot explodes. Second-phase then becomes the same as the unmodified fight.

These tips should give you a leg up and help you beat Theseus and the Minotaur. Check out our Hades guides hub for more tips and tricks.

How to Unlock Hades' Locked Doors https://www.gameskinny.com/8xdf7/how-to-unlock-hades-locked-doors https://www.gameskinny.com/8xdf7/how-to-unlock-hades-locked-doors Wed, 18 Aug 2021 12:07:06 -0400 John Schutt

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!

Does Hades God Mode Disable Achievements, Trophies? https://www.gameskinny.com/6lr1s/does-hades-god-mode-disable-achievements-trophies https://www.gameskinny.com/6lr1s/does-hades-god-mode-disable-achievements-trophies Mon, 16 Aug 2021 17:52:28 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Hades can be a very punishing roguelike. Though there are plenty of Boons and Talents that make escaping the Underworld more manageable, some of the bosses are no joke, and escaping can be tough. That's where God Mode comes in, and you may be wondering if it disables achievements or trophies, or if it carries a penalty. 

The short answer is no: Hades' God Mode does not disable achievements or trophies, nor does it carry any sort of penalty. Instead, it makes the game easier in some respects, adding an increasing buff that lasts across playthroughs.

Since there are technically no difficulty settings in Hades, God Mode acts as a sort of difficulty modifier. It confers a 20% defense buff on your first run, the very first time you select it. For each subsequent run, that buff increases by 2%, making you more resistant to enemy attacks after every return to the House of Hades.

It maxes out at 80% damage reduction, and it persists on your save file whether you have the mode active or not. Essentially, you'll never lose the percentage you've accrued.

God Mode can be toggled on and off in the "Settings" menu. To access it, pause the game, and choose "Settings." Scroll down to "Subtitles," then scroll right to highlight the GM check box under in the middle.

When you exit the menu for the first time, Zagreus will get a 20% damage reduction buff, denoted by text that appears above his head. When you turn GM off, you'll see in-game text saying the percentage buff has been removed, including a minus sign and the number for whatever percentage you've acquired so far.

Again, this doesn't mean you've lost the percentage you've accrued; it just means that GM is turned off. 

That's essentially what you need to know about God Mode in Hades, how to use it, and whether it disables achievements or trophies (it doesn't!). For more on Hades, consider checking out our other help articles, which cover things like best weapons, the Pact of Punishment, and door symbols. 

How to Reset the Mirror of Night in Hades https://www.gameskinny.com/ayaln/how-to-reset-the-mirror-of-night-in-hades https://www.gameskinny.com/ayaln/how-to-reset-the-mirror-of-night-in-hades Mon, 16 Aug 2021 17:50:05 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Depending on how much Darkness you've farmed from your Hades runs, you may want to reset the Mirror of Darkness to spend gems on different Talents. Perhaps you'd like to have another level of Death Defiance or more supply for your Cast. Either way, you may need to start over and reallocate to get the upper hand. 

To reset the Mirror of Night in Hades, go to the mirror in Zagreus' bed-chamber, and interact with it. Scroll down to the very bottom on the right side. You'll see a white looped-arrow icon next to a Chthontic Key symbol and the number 1. 

Click this icon/button to spend 1 Chthontic Key to "reclaim any Darkness spent on Talents," as the game says. Once you do so, you're free to reallocate Darkness as you see fit.

Outside of losing a single Key, there's no other penalty for resetting your Talents and effectively performing a character respec. A Mirror of Night reset might just be what you need to get past a particularly pesky section or boss, such as Theseus in Elysium. For more on Hades, such as how to get Ambrosia, how to heal, or how to activate Dark Thirst, consider heading over to our other guides on Supergiant's roguelike

Hades Dark Thirst Guide: How to Get 20% More Darkness on Every Run https://www.gameskinny.com/v5qhx/hades-dark-thirst-guide-how-to-get-20-more-darkness-on-every-run https://www.gameskinny.com/v5qhx/hades-dark-thirst-guide-how-to-get-20-more-darkness-on-every-run Mon, 16 Aug 2021 17:46:52 -0400 Jonathan Moore

To make the most of your Hades runs, you'll need to level up the Mirror of Night upgrades. To do that, you'll need lots of Darkness, which you can get in a number of ways, from entering doors with Darkness symbols and unlocking Infernal Troves to completing Pact of Punishment bounties and speaking with NPCs like Sisyphus. One passive way is by using weapons with Dark Thirst. 

But how do you know which Hades' weapons has Dark Thirst? When you enter the training area beyond Zagreus' bed-chamber, you'll see weapons in the back left corner of the area. At first, you only have access to several of these, but your armory will expand the longer you play. 

One random weapon will be surrounded by purple energy. This is the weapon imbued with Dark Thirst for that specific run. Which weapon has Dark Thirst is left up to RNG, so it is likely to be a different one for every run (it has been for me, anyway).

If you're farming Darkness, you'll want to choose whichever weapon is imbued to make the most of your efforts. As we mention elsewhere, if you've not cleared one of Hades' four areas/bosses with a particular weapon you'll also get Titan Blood and other important items for your efforts, as well.

Dark Thirst increases the amount of Darkness you pick up by 20%, so it's a useful little buff for farming the purple gems. 

That's basically all you need to know about Dark Thirst in Hades. It's really that simple. For more tips on Supergiant's roguelike, consider clicking the links throughout the article above or head over to our dedicated guides hub where we talk about the game's best weapons, Ambrosia, and more.

Hades: How to Heal Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/yjwlj/hades-how-to-heal-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/yjwlj/hades-how-to-heal-guide Mon, 16 Aug 2021 12:24:47 -0400 John Schutt

Hades can be incredibly unforgiving, especially early on. The game offers no equippable healing items. You start with a weapon and your skills, but you’ll need to find heals throughout your run in the Underworld.

Thankfully, there are many ways to get your health back if you know what to look for, which upgrades to take, and how to strategize your way through a run. If Hades feels generous — a rare thing — you’ll be gifted one or more free heals. Don’t count on them because the next run isn’t likely to be so friendly.

How to Heal in Hades

Even though you don’t start a run with any way to heal, there are more than a dozen ways to get your health back while making your way through the Underworld. You won’t have easy access to all of them early on, so expect your first few runs to end violently.

Healing Shop Items

Most rooms in the Underworld can spawn a shop fountain filled with the purple water of the Styx. There are several different types of healing offered at these small shops, the most common being: flat amounts of health back, the ability to spawn healing items on kill, and increased healing on entering a new room.


Charon, Boatman of the Styx, sometimes sells healing tacos and with a side of fries. Don’t ask. Buying it for 50 Obol provides a percentage of your health back once purchased. There are buyable upgrades that make breakable pots also have a chance to drop the healing tacos, though these will only regenerate ten health per meal.

Centaur Hearts

Centaur Hearts will permanently increase your health by 25 points and heal you by the same amount. You can find these as room rewards or purchase them from Charon.


Every time you visit the dead king Sisyphus, you have the option of receiving healing items once your conversation ends.

Healing Fountains

Initially, the only healing fountain you’ll find sitting in the room just after a boss fight. These heal you for 50% of your maximum. By visiting the House Contractor, you’ll eventually be able to add healing well rooms to each level of the Underworld, though these are expensive and not guaranteed to spawn.

Dark Regeneration or Chthonic Vitality (requires upgrade)

The Mirror of Night offers two healing abilities. You’ll only have access to one of them, Dark Regeneration, at the beginning of the game. This initial power grants you up to 3 health whenever you enter a new room, regardless of the dangers in the room or lack thereof.

Once you spend 300 Darkness at the Mirror, you’ll unlock a special conversation with Nyx in the House of Hades, and she’ll unlock a second set of upgrades.

Chthonic Vitality is the alternate to Dark Regeneration and gives you the ability to heal every time you pick up crystals of Darkness. You can upgrade the power to give back up to 60% of the Darkness’s value in health. Put another way, pick up a 10 Darkness crystal, get six health back, and so on.

HydraLite Gold

In Elysium, you have a slight chance of coming across an NPC named Patroclus. One of the items he offers is Hydralite Gold, which restores 30% of your health every time you enter a new chamber, up through five total chambers visited.

God-Granted Boons

Many of the gods’ boons give you ways of regaining health or increasing the effectiveness of your Death Defiance.

Infernal Troves

On the same platform you find Charon Wells, you might run across a large treasure chest. Using these Infernal Troves activates a time trial. You'll need to kill all the enemies that spawn, and the faster you do it, the higher the Trove's reward. One reward can be up to 150 health, though your likely to get around 100 or so at best.

Death Defiance

This MIrror of Night ability instantly revives you with base 50% health when your HP reaches zero, up to three times when fully upgraded. There are ways to restore uses of Death Defiance throughout a run, either at shops, Patroclus, or through god boons.

That's it for all the ways to heal in Hades, as you can see there are plenty of methods.. provided you know what they are. If you found this guide helpful, take a look at some of our other Hades guides here on GameSkinny.

Hades Door Symbol Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/5tlb9/hades-door-symbol-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/5tlb9/hades-door-symbol-guide Mon, 16 Aug 2021 09:37:54 -0400 John Schutt

Whenever you clear a room in Hades, you see one or two doors with symbols above them. This symbol dictates the reward you’ll fight for in the arena beyond the door. There are two categories: Artifacts and Boons.

Boons come from the various Greek gods assisting Zagreus during his escape attempts. Artifacts are either currencies, weapon upgrades, or ability improvements. Which you choose will depend on the strategy and build you’re going for in our current run.

Artifacts in Hades

There are eleven artifacts in Hades, but you’ll only be seeing nine of them frequently. Diamonds, Ambrosia, and Titan’s Blood are exclusively boss/endgame rewards during an Underworld run. There are ways to get them in larger quantities, as we go over in our Titan’s Blood and Ambrosia guides, but you won’t be finding them in large amounts otherwise.

We’ve detailed the remaining eight artifacts below, in the same order as they're shown above:

  • Darkness: The base currency for the Mirror of Night, you’ll want as much Darkness as you can get your hands on early in the game. It’s usable for House Contractor and NPC mission progression as well.

  • Centaur Hearts: These items increase your total health by 25 points and heal you by that much, for a net healing amount of 0.

  • Chthonic Keys: You’ll use these items initially to unlock new abilities at the Mirror of Night. You’ll also spend them at the House Contractor and the Merchant in the House. Late game, they’re used to reroll Boons during a run.

  • Daedalus Hammer: These hammers offer a choice of three upgrades to your current weapon. Almost all of them are upgrades to the weapon’s capabilities but may not immediately jive with the build or playstyle you’re going for.

  • Gemstones: These jewels are used exclusively for upgrading the House of Hades at the House Contractor.

  • Nectar: This delicious beverage’s primary purpose is to improve your relationship with NPCs. An upgrade also causes picking a bottle up to increase one random Boon you currently have equipped.

  • Charon’s Obol: Coins usable only at Wells of Charon (the purple basin’s randomly spawning in rooms) and at Charon’s Shop rooms.

  • Pom of Power: These zesty fruits upgrade the effectiveness of one of three of your equipped Boons.

Boons in Hades

Whenever you come across a door with one of the Olympian god symbols, you’ll be able to get your hands on a Boon; powerful abilities keyed to that god’s portfolio.

Each god and their keyed ability types are below, in the same order as shown above:

  • Zeus: A damage-dealing set of powers themed around electricity.

  • Poseidon: Primarily damage-focused abilities based around the pushing of enemies around a map.

  • Athena: Defensive abilities themed around reflecting damage at enemies or straight-up reducing it.

  • Aphrodite: A mix of damage and debuff powers that increase your abilities and lower enemy defenses.

  • Artemis: Abilities focused on critical and burst damage.

  • Ares: Pure damage potential through saw blades or delayed burst.

  • Dionysus: Damage-over-time and confusion abilities that rely on stacks to function to their full potential.

  • Hermes: Upgrades that improve Zagreus’s speed and movement or the rate at which you accumulate money.

  • Demeter: Damage-over-time and slowing powers keyed to Ice and frost stacks.

  • Chaos: Straight upgrades to core character abilities like Attack/Special damage, Cast count, and other improvements. You must survive a set number of rooms with a random debuff to get the upgrade.

That's it for what you need to know about doors in Hades. Check out our other Hades guides here on GameSkinny.

Hades Pact of Punishment: Conditions, Bounties, & Heat Explained https://www.gameskinny.com/6h5k4/hades-pact-of-punishment-conditions-bounties-heat-explained https://www.gameskinny.com/6h5k4/hades-pact-of-punishment-conditions-bounties-heat-explained Wed, 30 Sep 2020 10:33:41 -0400 John Schutt

Finishing your first run in Hades is only the beginning. Just as the narrative keeps building, so too does the difficulty and rewards you receive. It's all possible through the Pact of Punishment.

We mentioned the Pact of Punishment in our Ambrosia and Titan Blood guides, but here, we're going to examine it in depth. 

Simply put, the Pact of Punishment makes it possible to reap additional rewards for conquering the game's boss encounters, but you'll need to work harder to do so. 

Once you return to the House of Hades after your first clear, you'll find a glowing orange door in the Courtyard that has a scroll above it. This is the Pact of Punishment, a set of difficulty modifiers called "Conditions," that you can use to reset Hades' rewards, called "Bounties," for a run. 

Applying any modifier adds 1 point of "Heat" to your Heat Gauge. Exceeding the Heat Gauge does nothing except add more modifiers, so having 5 Heat when your maximum is 1 Heat doesn't give you anything extra.

It doesn't reset your progress, either, so if you want to jump into something more challenging early, you can. Bounties are weapon-specific, so your 10 Heat Shield run doesn't affect the rewards for your 1 heat sword, etc.

Each Condition has multiple grades. For instance, the "Lasting Consequences" Condition reduces the amount of health you recover from healing items in increments of 20%.

At its maximum, Lasting Consequences causes a 100% reduction in healing from items in the world. This means all healing items: food, fountains, anything. Ability regen and health increasing items like Centaur Hearts still apply, but there is no way to regain health through outside means when you max out Lasting Consequences.

The various Condition grades have different Heat values, as well. Extreme Measures revamps Hades' boss fights with new mechanics or complications, beginning with the Furies in Tartarus. Each additional grade adds a Heat point, so if you max out this Condition to its fullest, Extreme Conditions alone grants 10 points of Heat.

You have to purchase the fourth and final grade from the House Contractor, and Hades himself will comment on your audacity.

Max out everything in the Pact of Punishment, and you'll get more than 60 Heat for your troubles, plus a lot of pain. If you're spendthrift with your endgame materials, you'll need the Pact to replenish your stock.

Best Pact of Punishment Conditions

Full heat Pact of Punishment.

Ultimately, the Conditions you apply through the Pact of Punishment come down to what you're most comfortable with. The first time you try a run with Heat attached, you won't have any reason to use almost half of the Conditions on offer, as some have a base Heat value of two or more. 

Early Endgame Pact of Punishment Conditions

For that 1 Heat run, I recommend either Convenience Fee, Lasting Consequences, or if you're feeling bold, Damage Control.

Here's why:

Convenience Fee

Convenience Fee increases the price of all of Charon's items by 40%. Boons now cost 210 gold, Poms of Power 140, and so on. You'll feel the increase here.

But if you've depended on Charon's shop for a lot of your power, adding this Condition will wean you off of it. If you do decide to visit the Boatman, it will force you to make more measured choices than just buying everything in stock.

Lasting Consequences

Lasting Consequences lowers the amount of health you receive from healing items across the game in increments of 20%. One rank is noticeable, but it won't completely stall any run.

You'll need to be more conservative with your play, or at least kill everything much quicker than you had previously. In either case, you'll become a better player without causing too much trouble.

Jury Summons

Jury Summons is a flat 20% increase to enemies, to a maximum of 60%. You should have a good handle on what builds and weapons work best for you by this point in your Hades career, so it's just a matter of learning how to move through enemies efficiently.

Defense is just as valuable as offense, and Jury Summons will teach you both.

Middle Endgame Pact of Punishment Conditions

Exceeding heat Pact of Punishment.

Once you've got a few runs with Heat under your belt and upgraded your relationships, gear, and skills, you can add the following Conditions to your repertoire.

Benefits Package

Benefits Package adds a Perk to armored encounters behind Skull doors. Perks are dangerous traits that make each encounter more difficult. The rewards for such encounters don't get any better, but this can shake up what were previously easy fights into something more interesting.

Extreme Measures

Extreme Measures complicates boss fights with additional mechanics or hazards. You can safely apply two ranks of this Condition without adding much difficulty.

You'll only really feel the Heat at grades three and four, as the final sets of bosses receive a more significant buff to their attack patterns and health bars. The bosses of Tartarus and Asphodel, while more difficult, are far more manageable.

Late Endgame Pact of Punishment Conditions

Approval Process

Approval Process forces you to give up a single Boon before entering a new region of the Underworld. You're given a choice of three random Boons, so you have some control over what you give up.

You're stacked with more than 20 different boons by the end of any run by this point, so listing three isn't the end of the world.

Tight Deadline

Tight Deadline puts an actual timer on your runs, to a minimum of five minutes per floor. Run out, and you'll take damage every second until you die.

Thankfully, leftover time carries over, so if you complete a floor with time to spare, it's added to your time limit. It's still dangerous, and you need to be at the top of your game to finish, but it's essentially a time-attack modifier. 

Zagreus picking up a green Artemis Boon in a dungeon.

The best weapon and build for your Pact of Punishment runs will ultimately come down to preference. If you don't mind losing a few to bad RNG or carelessness, going all out with something like the Fists of Malphon or the Stygius Sword is a good way to get runs done quickly and with tons of excitement. 

If you're looking for more assured victory, something like a spear or bow run could be more up your alley. The Rail of Adamant machine gun also makes for some interesting, and slightly safer, playstyles, as you can keep away from your foes.

The Shield is probably the safest option, as if you aim it right, you can block almost any attack in the game, including big boss attacks. The only things you won't avoid are traps and Olympian effects, though both are simple enough to keep out of.

The abilities you choose are again up to your preferred style. For defense, Athena and Aphrodite could make your life easier. For quicker fights, Dionysis, Ares, and Zeus are good options, as well. For critical damage, add a little of Artemis.

Remember, there are thousands of viable builds in Hades, and played correctly, melting bosses is possible with even the strangest builds. Hades is cool like that.

With all that information in tow, you should be able to make the most of your Pact of Punishment runs in Hades. If this guide helped you become an unstoppable force, consider checking out our other Hades guides for more tips, including which keepsakes are the best

Hades Ambrosia: Where to Get It & How to Use It https://www.gameskinny.com/t726o/hades-ambrosia-where-to-get-it-how-to-use-it https://www.gameskinny.com/t726o/hades-ambrosia-where-to-get-it-how-to-use-it Tue, 29 Sep 2020 13:47:37 -0400 John Schutt

You can spend hundreds of hours uncovering the backstories of your favorite Hades characters, but to dig into who they are and what makes the game's story really tick, you'll need a rare consumable called Ambrosia. You'll use the drink of the gods to form close bonds with your most treasured friends and discover their deepest secrets.

Ambrosia has more practical uses, as well. It's tradeable at the Wretched Broker. If you have an excess of Ambrosia, you can always trade it for Titan Blood or some other rare material if it's on the daily special.

No matter what you use it for, this guide will tell you where to get Ambrosia and where to use it. 

Defeat the Bosses of Elysium

Zagreus standing in front of an ornate dungeon door leading to Elysium.

Early on, the only reliable way to acquire Ambrosia is by defeating the bosses of Elysium. You'll have access to six bottles by the time you complete the main campaign, provided you get through Elysium with all six weapons before beating the final boss

Visit the Wretched Broker

The Wretched Broker shop menu.

As mentioned, you can also purchase Ambrosia through the Wretched Broker by trading them two Diamonds. You could, in turn, trade 10 bottles of Nectar for a Diamond, then trade an additional 50 keys for another 10 bottles, and then gemstones, and around and around.

Not economical or efficient, but if you have a surplus of materials, the Wretched Broker will provide the means to get Ambrosia. 

Fulfill Prophecies

Divine Pairings list.

Like with Titan Blood, completing the objectives in the Fated List of Minor Prophecies can reward you with Ambrosia.

As of writing, I've come across seven, though there are likely double that number. They come in a few varieties, the last of which will get their section below.

Reach the Surface with Hidden Aspects

Each of the Infernal Arms has a hidden Aspect you'll unlock as you play. There is a prophecy for each of them, worth two bottles of Ambrosia. The nice thing is, you don't have to complete a run to fulfill it: just make it to the final boss arena.

Doing so is more difficult than it sounds, as each hidden Aspect changes how the weapon works in some key way, and you'll need to relearn how to use the weapon if you want to make it all the way.

Complete Hidden Story Objectives

Throughout the game, you'll meet many NPCs to whom you can give bottles of Nectar. After a while, you won't be able to provide any more, and your progress with that NPC will be locked behind a hidden objective. 

Accomplishing these greater deeds will take you multiple runs and several special actions. Short of going over each of them in detail, be sure to talk to anyone and everyone who could or does interact with the NPCs and give those characters Nectar. You'll also see new work orders at the House Contractor that might seem out of place. 

Go out of your way to buy these and interact with whatever it asks you to buy. The "Gift of Song" prophecy, for instance, has you learning to play the lyre, and you'll need to make Zagreus practice in his room. Once he gets good at it, you'll be rewarded with a single bottle of Ambrosia.

Other Objectives

Fated List objectives presented as a scroll.

Several additional objectives don't require significant effort beyond a hefty time investment. The two I've found so far are "Close at Heart" and "Divine Pairings."

Close at Heart

"Close at Heart" asks you to equip each of the Keepsakes from your allies. All you need to do is have them equipped for a single floor of the Underworld, then switch to another Keepsake. Do that enough times, as there are more than 20 Keepsakes, and you'll receive two Ambrosia bottles.

Divine Pairings

"Divine Pairings" has you finding and equipping every single Duo Boon the Olympian gods can offer. You'll receive 15 bottles of Ambrosia for doing so.

Duos are a special type of Boon that combines the powers of two gods. Ares/Demeter, for instance, adds the Chill effect to your Blade Rift Cast.

Achieving a Duo Boon requires you to have specific standard Boons already equipped. You can technically do a lot of runs and have this happen naturally, but you can also somewhat curate your selection. 

Open the Codex and head to the section on Olympian gods. There is a prompt in the lower right-hand corner of the screen that will take you to a page listing all of the available Boons for any of the gods.

Their Legendary and Duo options, as well as the requirements for each, are at the bottom. Combine this knowledge with one of the god's Keepsakes, and you increase your chances at efficient Duo farming.

How to Use Ambrosia

Zagreus giving Skelly Ambrosia as a gift.

Beyond trading Ambrosia for other materials, its primary use is deepening Zagreus' bond with his allies. You'll also use it to get items called Companions. 

Deepen Character Bonds

Once you completely exhaust an NPC's desire for Nectar, and after you complete a hidden objective to advance their relationship, you can continue growing your relationship through Ambrosia

Each hidden objective requires time and significant effort. Unlocking Ambrosia use for Megaera, for instance, has you using the Pact of Punishment modifier called Extreme Measures at Level 1. Then you'll need to talk with Meg herself at the House of Hades, and you should be able to give them Ambrosia. 

Get Companion Items

You'll also receive an item from certain allies called a Companion. These are the locked doors at the bottom of your Keepsakes screen. With a Companion, you can summon that NPC to help you in a fight, and each has a powerful effect that can and will get you out of a bind.  

That's about everything you need to know about Ambrosia in Hades, from how to get it to how to use it. For more on this very good roguelike for PC and Nintendo Switch, check out our other tips guides!

Hades Titan Blood and How to Upgrade Weapons https://www.gameskinny.com/u93b5/hades-titan-blood-and-how-to-upgrade-weapons https://www.gameskinny.com/u93b5/hades-titan-blood-and-how-to-upgrade-weapons Mon, 28 Sep 2020 11:22:18 -0400 John Schutt

You won’t find any bad weapons or Aspects in Hades, though some can be more effective than others. You can, however, make every one of the Infernal Arms even better through the application of Titan Blood.

You’ll need a lot of Titan Blood if you want to upgrade all your weapons to their maximum. Some farming methods are better than others.

There are five primary sources of Titan Blood in Hades. Three are always available. The main difference is cost, but here's how to get more:

  1. Area bosses: The first and final boss of each run rewards Titan Blood, as long as you haven’t beaten the boss with your current weapon.
  2. The Wretched Broker in the House of Hades Lounge sells Titan Blood for Ambrosia, which you’ll acquire for defeating the bosses of Elysium, the third area.
  3. The Fated Scroll of Minor Prophecies awards multiple Titan Bloods for completing various objectives.
  4. The final area of the game has a Charon shop that sometimes sells Titan Blood for 1,200 gold. 

Lastly, once you’ve completed a run, you’ll have the ability to replay the game with various modifiers that reset level rewards. We’ll talk more about this final method in our Pact of Punishment guide.

Titan’s Blood Source 1: Level Bosses

Zagreus standing in Charon's shop by two purple statues looking at a dungeon door.

Defeat Furies

The first level, Tartarus, ends with a fight against one of the Furies. You’ll face one of three possible Furies at the top of Tartarus: Megaera, Alecto, or Tisiphone. Each has their own attack patterns and usable strategies, but regardless of which you defeat, Titan Blood is your reward. 

Defeat the final boss

The final boss also rewards Blood, but to say the fight is challenging would be an understatement. Once you complete your first run, you’ll unlock the Pact of Punishment, which allows you to reset runs, opening you up to fight the final boss again for additional Blood rewards.

Titan’s Blood Source 2: The Wretched Broker

Wretched Broker shop screen, showing Titan Blood, Ambrosia, Nectar, and more.

Just to the south of the entrance to Zagreus’ room lies the Lounge of the House of Hades. A rotund, green shade known as the Wretched Broker runs a shop filled with useful wares. One of them is Titan Blood, but the price is steep: a single bottle of Ambrosia.

How to get Ambrosia

The drink of the gods is almost harder to come by than the blood of their parents, as its primary source is the bosses of Elysium, the third level of Hades.

You can also purchase Ambrosia with two Diamonds, which you can buy for 10 bottles of Nectar, which are themselves purchasable one at a time for five Keys. 

Buying Ambrosia for Titan Blood is not the most efficient way of getting the resource until late into the endgame when you’re swimming in materials. You could still make the trade if you needed the extra blood. 

Titan Blood Source 3: Prophecies

House Contractor screen, showing various projects and how many gems they cost.

Next to Hades (the god) sits the House Contractor and their table of wonders and renovation jobs. Early on, they’ll have an item called the Fated List of Minor Prophecies, which you can access from Zagreus’ room. 

The Fated List lists a growing number of challenges for you to complete as you play. As of writing, I know of four that reward Titan Blood. 

The Master of Arms Challenge

The “easier” of the four is called “Master of Arms.” To complete this challenge, you need to beat the final boss with every weapon in the game. Which Aspect you use doesn’t matter.

There are six weapon types in Hades, each with its strengths and weaknesses, and you’ll need to evolve your playstyle to get the most out of them. No matter how you do it, "Master of Arms" rewards 10 Titan’s Blood.

The Dark Reflections Challenge

Another prophecy I’ve come across is “Dark Reflections,” which asks you to complete a run using every Talent available from the Mirror of Nyx.

Unlocking this takes a long time because you'll need to: 

  • Get 60 Keys to open up every Talent
  • Unlock them with Darkness
  • Complete a run using each of them equipped

When you finally complete everything, you’ll get 8 Titan Blood

The Harsh Conditions Challenge

The third prophecy is "Harsh Conditions," which forces you to use every Pact of Punishment modifiers at some point. There are no clear strategies for this one. You'll just need time and experience.

Once complete, you receive 15 Titan Blood.

The Wanton Ransacking Challenge

The fourth prophecy is called "Wanton Ransacking," and though it's the easiest overall, it's also the most laborious.

All you need to do is defeat all of the various minibosses in the Underworld. There's a chance of any one of them appearing when you see a chamber marked with a Skull, and these Wardens exist on every level, including the one just before the final boss.

Completing this prophecy rewards 3 Titan Blood.

Titan’s Blood Source 4: Charon’s Shop

Charon has a huge shop located in the final dungeon before the final boss. Five of the six items are upgrades of some kind, and the sixth is either a Diamond or a glob of Titan Blood. Just be sure you’re saving gold throughout your run because you’ll need 1,200 coins to buy the stuff. 

The Pact of Punishment

Pact of Punishment bounties screen.

Once you beat the final boss once, you'll unlock the ability to modify runs for Bounties, which reset the rewards for each boss until you defeat them again.

These modifiers increase what’s called “Heat,” and each level resets the rewards again, so you can get a full set of rewards at 1 Heat, 2 Heat, and so on. Bounties and Heat requirements are weapon-specific, so a Heat 1 Stygian Blade gives the same rewards as a Heat 5 Adamant Rail.

That's about everything you need to know about Titan Blood in Hades. If you're looking for more tips on the popular roguelike, we've got more Hades guides here, including best keepsakes and best weapons

Hades Game Guide: Best Weapons Tier List https://www.gameskinny.com/vt3ka/hades-game-guide-best-weapons-tier-list https://www.gameskinny.com/vt3ka/hades-game-guide-best-weapons-tier-list Fri, 25 Sep 2020 13:44:41 -0400 Sergey_3847

Hades has six basic weapon types called Infernal Arms. Each arm has four aspects, which together makes up for a rather impressive amount of weapons. This tier guide will help you choose the best weapons in Hades for your personal build.

The overall power of each weapon is very dependent on the upgrades that you choose during your playthrough, so do keep them in mind when choosing the best aspect for your character.

S-Tier Weapons

Aspect of Arthur

  • Infernal Arm: Stygian Blade
  • Titan Blood: 15
  • Aura Damage Reduction: +40%

This weapon is also called the Holy Excalibur, a unique type of sword that has its own alternate moveset. Additionally, you also get a bonus 50 HP to your life total, which is significant.

The sword's aura effect significantly slows down enemy projectiles and automatically disables floor and wall traps that are affected by the aura.

It's most destructive attack is Hallowed Ground, which deals 70 points of damage at once. The two best upgrades for Aspect of Arthur are Super Nova, which increases your damage by 20%, and Greater Consecration, which increases your aura by 45%.

Aspect of Hades

  • Infernal Arm: Eternal Spear
  • Titan Blood: 16
  • Punishing Bonus Damage: +150%

This spear has a massive spin attack radius and absolutely devastating damage bonus. The Punishing Sweep special attack may last up to 10 seconds, which deals up to 250 points of damage at maximum charge.

With the help of the Massive Spin upgrade the radius increases by another 30%, and the overall damage increases by 125%.

Spear of Hades can also deal with targets that are far away using the Extending Jab upgrade that increases the damage by 40% for all distant enemies.

A-Tier Weapons

Aspect of Chaos

  • Infernal Arm: Shield of Chaos
  • Titan Blood: 15
  • Bonus Shields Thrown: +5

Not long ago Aspect of Chaos was the top-tier weapon in Hades. However, the weapon got nerfed and the pattern for extra shields was changed. It now has a much more narrow area of effect than before.

Now players need to get much closer to the enemy to make sure that it hits right where you want it to connect. This, of course, makes things more dangerous.

But other than that, Aspect of Chaos is till an amazing weapon, and with the help of the Charged Shot upgrade your Bull Rush attacks will not only deal exactly 80 points of damage, but also become unblockable.

Aspect of Chiron

  • Infernal Arm: Heart-Seeking Bow
  • Titan Blood: 15
  • Max Shots per Special: 7

Although there are various aspects to the bow weapon, the Chiron Bow still remains the most powerful ranged weapon in Hades.

This aspect seeks enemies struck by the first hit automatically, which gives you the freedom to focus on other enemies while spamming the attack button and hitting your previous target at the same time.

The Sniper Shot upgrade is a must in this case, as it increases all your damage output by 200% to all distant targets. But the best one is probably Piercing Volley, which increases all damage to armor by 400% and makes your Special attack unblockable.

B-Tier Weapons

Aspect of Talos

  • Infernal Arm: Twin Fists
  • Titan Blood: 15
  • Magnetic Attack & Cast Bonus: +40%

Gloves aren't a terribly popular type of weapon in Hades. They can be really clunky and they fit only a very specific type of playstyle.

You need to be able to combo successfully each time in order to pull off some serious damage. If that's your thing, then consider Rolling Knuckle and Heavy Knuckle upgrades for your Talos Fists, which are currently the best in the game.

The first one performs Dash-Strike and allows you to switch from one combo to another without interruption. The second upgrade adds 30 points of damage to each strike, while your Magnetic Cutter deals an additional 20 at each pull.

Aspect of Lucifer

  • Infernal Arm: Adamant Rail
  • Titan Blood: 15
  • Hellfire Blast Damage: 100

Igneus Eden or Aspect of Lucifer is the newest railgun in Hades, which has its own unique moveset. The best one is called Hellfire, which serves as a Special attack that bombards enemies with a detonation damage of 50-100 on a radius of 400.

That is a rather powerful railgun, but it is extremely inflexible and can become a nuisance in close range combat.

The best upgrade for your railgun would be Infinity Chamber, which literally gives your weapon an infinite amount of ammo. That's basically god-mode without the cheats.

These are the best weapons in Hades, and if you were looking for the best keepsakes, then check out this guide. For more Hades guides, please visit our hub page.

Hades Keepsakes Guide: How to Get the Best Ones https://www.gameskinny.com/i236h/hades-keepsakes-guide-how-to-get-the-best-ones https://www.gameskinny.com/i236h/hades-keepsakes-guide-how-to-get-the-best-ones Wed, 23 Sep 2020 11:25:55 -0400 John Schutt

Hades has some of the deepest and most varied mechanics and systems in the entire roguelite genre, and there's almost no incorrect way to build your character for each run. You can make things easier on yourself early on, though, with the addition of Keepsakes, special items keyed to important NPCs throughout the game. 

Many Hades Keepsakes are usable regardless of how far into the game you are, but there are a few standouts you'll want to make sure you get your hands on. These are the best.

How to Get Keepsakes

Zagreus giving Nyx Nectar in the House of Hades.

Before you can get a Keepsake, you need Nectar. Nectar is a special, rare currency found in the Underworld. It is sometimes for sale at the Broker in the lounge in the House of Hades, but you'll mostly be picking it up in the world.

Nectar looks like a golden liquid in a spherical jar; you'll see this as the reward for some rooms as the room's door symbol. Once you have it, you can give Nectar to many of the named NPCs you meet. These NPCs are divided into two main groups:

  • NPCs in the House of Hades and the Underworld
  • Olympian Gods whose boons you require to make your way out

Who to Give Nectar to for Keepsakes

No matter which group an NPC falls into, you must give them the Nectar before speaking to them normally.

When you approach them, a secondary prompt will appear if the NPC in can receive the item, and once you give it to them, a single Nectar will be subtracted from your inventory.

A separate dialogue will play the first time you give them Nectar, and you'll receive a Keepsake in return. Further uses of Nectar progress character storylines, but have no additional reward.

Note: If a Keepsake is marked as part of a Special Encounter, you'll find their accompanying NPC in the Underworld behind a door with a gem-encrusted exclamation point above it.

Zagreus standing next to the skeleton Skelly in the training area.

These are the best Keepsakes in Hades, what they do, and who you need to give Nectar to in order to get them.

  • The Lucky Tooth
    • From Skelly in House of Hades

You'll eventually gain an ability called Death Defiance, which allows you to revive a limited number of times when killed. Skelly's Keepsake, the Lucky Tooth, gives you another chance for free, so long as it's equipped. It rewards up to 100 health when you die, once per escape attempt.

  • The Harpy Feather Duster
    • From Dusa

The Underworld is filled with Urns, and the Harpy Feather Duster Keepsake from Dusa gives you a small chance to find a healing item in any one of them. These tasty snacks immediately reward 10 Health, which will come in handy no matter how far you've made it through your journey.

  • The Broken Spearpoint
    • From Patroclus in Elysium
    • (Special Encounter)

With the Broken Spearpoint Keepsake, every time you take damage, you'll become invulnerable for a brief period. After that period, you must wait seven seconds to reactivate the ability. It's straight damage reduction. Can't get much better than that.

  • The Old Spike Collar
    • From Cerberus

Until you upgrade Nyx's mirror past a certain point, the only buff to your initial HP will come from the Old Spike Collar. It is a flat upgrade to your health, from a bonus of 25HP at Level 1 to an additional 50HP at Level 3.

  • Evergreen Acorn From
    • Eurydice in Asphodel
    • (Special Encounter)

As you continue learning Hades' bosses, the Evergreen Acorn gives you a small safety net. It saves you from damage for up to five hits each time you face a boss.

  • Pierced Butterfly
    • From Thanatos in the Underworld/House of Hades
    • (Special Encounter)

Thanatos is a very rare spawn in Elysium, and rarer still in the House of Hades. But his Keepsake is worth it. If you're good enough to clear entire rooms without taking a hit, your damage will increase by up to 2%. That's it: a straight buff. No muss, no fuss.

Zagreus picking up a purple Boon orb in Olympia.

All Olympian Keepsakes ensure the next boon you receive is from that particular god and will have upgraded Boon rarity. 

  • Aphrodite's Keepsake: The Eternal Rose 
    • Debuffs and Allegiance Change

Aphrodite makes your enemies do less damage and fight each other, and later upgrades allow you to stack additional damage on debuffed or charmed enemies. She pairs well with Demeter and Dionysus. 

  • Ares' Keepsake: The Blood-Filled Vial 
    • Sustained Damage

Ares increases your damage output, and he does it with style. There isn't much subtlety here: if you want to maximize your DPS, go with Ares. He pairs well with Zeus and Artemis.

  • Artemis' Keepsake: The Adamantine Arrowhead
    • Critical Damage at Distance

Artemis' Boons upgrade your damage and your Cast abilities, making your builds more well-rounded and powerful. She pairs well with Ares and Zeus.

  • Chaos' Keepsake: The Cosmic Egg 
    • How to be OP

Chaos' Boons make some part of your build more powerful, and it doesn't just have to be your abilities. Health, material acquisition, damage reduction, you name it, Chaos can improve it. They pair well with any other Boon. This item also lets you use Chaos gates without taking damage. Handy.

  • Demeter's Keepsake: The Frostbitten Horn 
    • Slow Down and Die

Demeter's abilities inflict the Chill condition, which slows enemies and can link with damage increasing abilities in her tree. They also help with healing and various debuffs. She pairs well with Athena and Poseidon.

  • Dionysis' Keepsake: The Overflowing Cup
    • Dot Damage and Confusion

Dionysis' primary ability is Hangover, which applies Damage Over Time to stack with itself and other skills. Festive Fog is his other primary point of interest, which confuses mobs and deals burst damage. He pairs well with Demeter and Zeus.

  • Hermes' Keepsake: The Lambent Plume
    • Gotta Go Fast

Hermes' abilities improve the speed and mobility of your attacks. All of them, though not all at once. Hermes is never a bad choice. He pairs well with any other god.

  • Poseidon's Keepsake: The Conch Shell 
    • Go Back, Get Paid

Poseidon's main ability grants knockback and damages enemies by throwing them against walls. He can also improve rewards. He pairs well with Zeus and Ares.

  • Zeus' Keepsake: The Thunder Signet 
    • Burst Damage Monster

Zeus is all about burst damage, and lots of it. His abilities are primarily offensive and good for melting bosses, stunlocking enemies, and emptying rooms quickly. He pairs well with Poseidon and Dionysus.

And those are the best Hades Keepsakes. Now you know who to give Nectar to, and you're prepared for any encounter and every boss. Check out our other Hades guides for more tips.