Hades Tips: Best Boone, Builds and Other Upgrades

Hades Zagreus and Demeter

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Hades That’s excellent.. Latest from developer Supergiant Games (Transistor, Bastion, Paia) Is a roguelike game set in the relentless underworld of ancient Greece. Playing this game means you die — a lot. These tips should help ensure that those (many, many) deaths are not wasted.

[This post originally ran on 9/17/2020. We’ve since updated it with some additional advice, and are re-running it today for the game’s release PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.]

Brush up on the Greek gods.

Character Hades Even if you know squats about Greek mythology, it’s well realized and compelling, but a basic understanding of Greek mythology makes this game much more satisfying. The story is unleashed non-traditional: each time you run, you learn more about the characters from the legend and meet more.How to look at a supergiant Play with stories thousands of years ago Endlessly attractive.

Practical knowledge (what you can collect from a quick read of Wikipedia entries) serves as a good foundation. Helps to find out who the Olympians (Athena, Aphrodite, Dionysus, and other noble Pantheons) and the major mythical figures (Eurydice, Achilles, Sisyphus, etc.) are. You should also know the characters of Chthonic (Charon, Cerberus, Nyx, and of course Hades).

Talk to everyone.

In between executions, you will be returned to the court of Hades. Some characters have an exclamation point above their head. Talk to them all. There are practical reasons to do this (sometimes some of the previously locked games are opened, like the Mirror of Night), but in reality, the conversation is fun.As a colleague Nathan Grayson It pointed out, Chat with characters to bring out back stories and personality at an organic speed. You can know them just like people in the real world.

There are alternate skills.

As you play, you’ll earn Darkness, a form of in-game currency that’s used to level up your skills by gazing into the Mirror of Night. After a few escape attempts, if you take the time to speak to everyone, you’ll open up the option to shift how those skills work—and some alternate options are truly game-changing.

For instance, the Death Defiance ability will bring you back to life with half of your health restored when you die, but it has a limited number of uses, dependent on how high you rank it up. Its alternate, Stubborn Defiance, only restores you with 30 percent of your health, but you can use it once per chamber. Considering a complete run will take you through more than 50 chambers, Stubborn Defiance is an invaluable ability for newcomers.

Some alternate skills tweak your dash (maybe you’d prefer an extra use rather than a damage boost). Some dictate whether you start with more money or earn more money as you go. Some govern the variables necessary for a significant attack boost. Before you dump all of your Darkness into the skills initially available to you, wait until you’ve opened up the alternative options.

Prioritize finding Chthonic keys.

If you mess up how you want to allocate your skills, don’t worry: One Chthonic key will return all of your Darkness. But that’s not all these trinkets are used for. You can also use them to reveal more skills in the Mirror of Night—and you can use them to unlock more of the game’s weapons. Pretty good, right?

branching pathways in tartarus in hades

On the left, you’ll get a boon from Zeus. Go right, and you’ll be able to increase the level of one of your boons.
Screenshot: Supergiant Games / Kotaku

At the end of most chambers, you’ll face a crossroads. On the front of each door, in a clear bubble, you’ll see what reward awaits you in the next chamber. If it’s a coin, you’ll earn some gold for clearing the next room. If it’s a purple crystal, you’ll earn some Darkness. During your first few runs, go through the doors with key symbols on the front. In the early game, few items are more key than Chthonic keys. Opening up your whole suite of available weapons and abilities is roguelike 101. Do so as soon as you can.

Then focus on Daedalus hammers.

If Chthonic keys aren’t available, focus on various upgrades that buff Zagreus to pantheonic levels. The best of such are Daedalus hammers, which are indicated by a hammer-shaped icon. (Sorry to disappoint fans of Hephaestus, but the smithy god isn’t in this game, though his wife, Aphrodite, does make the occasional snide remark about his absence.)

When you find a Daedalus hammer, you’ll get a chance to tweak how your equipped weapon works, usually for the better. Each hammer offers up a choice of three potential upgrades. You might be able to expand the window for a critical shot with the bow, or extend the reach of the spear by 40 percent. Some change the weapon entirely. For instance, you could turn the Adamant Rail’s lob attack into a rocket-propelled missile. (Yes, Hades has “modern” firearms.)

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Skills later in the game can increase the rate at which hammers appear, but for all intents and purposes, Daedalus hammers are extremely rare. It turns out that most runs tend to appear in the first area, Tartarus. We also found that it usually pops up in the third area as well. I’ll refrain from naming this place because it’s something you’ll have to experience for yourself to reveal. Beyond that, you probably won’t find anything, so look for it when you find it.

Then you will benefit.

Next to the Daedalus Hammer, the benefits from the Olympian gods are the best you can go. These are represented by unique symbols of bright colors and give important buffs from a particular god. For example, if you see a green arrow, you will benefit from Artemis, the goddess of hunting. Zeus, on the other hand, is marked with a yellow thunder, and when he interacts with the blue Trident, the gorgeous bearded sea god Poseidon appears.

Hades Poseidon

The Olympian gods just love to cause trouble.
screenshot: Super Giant Game / Kotaku

In general, the more boons you have, the stronger you will be. Each Olympic athlete offers a different category of boons. For example, Athena tends to strengthen defense and give it the ability to bend. Ares — he’s the god of war, so look at the figure — provides an attack boost. Dionysus, the god of wine, provides a boon that gives a “hangover”, a stat effect that damages over time.

It’s all a matter of playstyle, and the more you play, the slower it crystallizes. However, there are some things that are always worth going, regardless of player or situation.

  • Cast Boone: Zagreus begins with the ability to “cast” a projectile that causes damage. It’s a relatively weak arrow at the base start, but if you boost it with a boon, you can turn the projectile into everything from a lightning ball (Zeus) with enemies jumping to a powerful wine smoke mass (Dionysus). You can only have one at a time. Finding one early in the game will make the first few rooms easier.
  • Duoboon: These are subject to having already had a boon from compatible Olympic athletes. For example, if you come across Boone of the Seasonal Goddess Demeter, you may be able to supercharge Poseidon’s Cast Boone. Even if you don’t know how it fits your build, it’s worth trying just for its rarity. You never know when fate will line up and may give you another chance.
  • Trials of the Gods: If you find a door with two boon icons, go through it. You are forced to choose one benefit. Anyone you choose will throw you a small army of enemies. Defeating them also gives you the second benefit. In the underworld, a two-to-one deal is as good as you get!

Don’t be afraid to sell boons.

If you clear each region of the underworld, you will come across a store where you can sell off some of the benefits. (These storefronts may pop up in a regular room, but you can’t count on it.) If loadouts don’t work-for example, you’re optimizing your build for speed, but Dionysus throws Suffering from Robcast — Make it like an old hero and wash away your bad benefits.

Each shop offers up to 3 boons. It’s not shameful to sell off what you don’t like and curate loadouts by region. Generally speaking, bosses and mini-bosses serve as a good indicator of whether a build is working. If you can barely pass through one of these chambers, you should consider switching.

Give your nectar to Skelly.

A variety of honey bottles can be found throughout the area of ​​Hades. These bottles can be given as gifts to most characters in the game. The first time they do so for each character, they give you a souvenir, which is an equipable item that gives you a small stat boost.

The Olympian gods offer you variety with souvenirs that ensure that the first benefits you find in a given practice are theirs. Hades court gods, on the other hand, tend to offer souvenirs with more specific effects, such as attacks and health promotion. Do what you do based on your own playstyle, but give your first bottle of honey to your talkative training dummy Skelly. His souvenir gives you extra life. The more you level up (you can level up your souvenir by clearing the chamber when equipped), the more health you can restore. By the time you reach the point where you can take on the last boss, you will want to get the most out of it.

Control fate.

Like most roguelike games, all run Hades It is randomly generated. But that doesn’t mean you can’t exercise some control. At the beginning of every run, the benefits of the Olympic Games will be given. By equipping a particular souvenir of the deity (if you have it, of course), you can decide who will give you the first one. Understanding which weapon best matches which boon is the key to starting a loadout with your right foot.

For example, I know that bows are often paired with impact capabilities. If you plan to run archery, start with Zeus artifacts equipped. Spears are great for keeping enemies away, so it’s best to pair them with Poseidon’s Boon, which tends to keep them away. Mix and match until you find a killer combo that works for your playstyle.

Rebuild Hades.

To the left of Hades’ flashy desk is the House Contractor. In exchange for resources, this Silent Ferrer can build various upgrades throughout the realm. Some are cosmetics. Don’t worry about them. What matters is designated as either an underworld renovation (“a constantly changing part of the underworld or an enhancement of an artifact”) or a special item (“an object that unleashes what you can’t do without it”).

Initially, the House contractor has very little work. Unlocking more will open up more work. The most important of these upgrades is the fate list of minor prophecies. Unleashing this unleashes the entire ectenia for various purposes. When you complete them, you will get more resources and you can use them to get more upgrades.

If the situation is harsh, turn on God mode.

Let’s say you’re tired of dying, unlike Zagreus. In the settings you can turn on God mode, which makes you tougher. Even better, its toughness gets worse enough to kill you, making you an unstoppable machine right away. God mode is an indispensable tool for those who can’t stand roguelike games and want to absorb the story of the game.

Or just check out Our (mild spoiler) guide to get it done-good, first time.

Is the text too small? Zoom in (on the switch).

Almost all text HadesFrom menus to subtitles to boon descriptions, you can generously describe it as “fine print.” It’s even worse if you’re playing handheld.At this time, there is no setting to increase the font size in the game, but it can be used. Switch built-in zoom function..

Go to system settings. Scroll down to the System submenu and toggle the Zoom setting on. When you do this, you can double-tap the home button to pull up some kind of digital magnifying glass. Press X to zoom in on a portion of the screen or Y to zoom out. (This feature doesn’t pause the game, so make sure there are no enemies before trying!)

Yes, you can stroke the dog.

Hades Cerberus

Oh, three little monsters that have a clear purpose of existence to keep the souls of the dead trapped in eternal punishment.
screenshot: Super Giant Game / Kotaku

Just play.

Hades It may seem as easy as any other dungeon crawl roguelike game. Move to one room, kill all enemies and move to the next room. But it’s only at the surface level. When you play and open this mysterious game, you slowly start to notice it. Hades It’s as deep as Hades itself.

In a dozen hours, you may meet a character that blows your heart to the top of Mt. Olympus. In 20 or 30 hours, you can open the previously hidden gameplay system and completely change the way you play. The end of execution is just the beginning. As the game often says, there is no escape route. You can also make the most of it.

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