Hades might take you to the depths of the underworld, but that depth might also coincide with the gameplay. It has additional complex mechanics when figuring out your build. These include Heroic, Legendary, and Duo boons, the blessings from the Olympian gods. Most of the information has already been shared by contributors in Hades‘ community-driven wiki, so here’s our guide to help you out further.
Note: This guide is intended for Hades’ early access stage and certain mechanics may change in due course. For more information, check out our Hades guides and features hub.
Hades: Obtaining Heroic, Legendary, and Duo boons
It’s time to get heroic
Throughout your adventures in Hades, you’ve probably noticed how an Olympian is offering you a boon that would take the place of another. For example, if you already have Artemis’ True Shot (a casting skill), then one of Aphrodite’s selections later might offer to replace it with Crush Shot (also a casting skill). That’s all well and good, but you’ll have to remember that you can also get Heroic-type boons. These have a red outline to distinguish them from common (white), rare (blue), and epic (purple) quality skills.
Heroic boons are not unique, new skills. Instead, they’re the highest rarity for any given tier 1 skill due to higher base capabilities. If an epic rarity True Shot had 90 base damage, then the Heroic version will have 100 base damage.
In order to get Heroic boons, you’ll need to take note of the following:
- One of your tier 1 skills is already of epic rarity (purple). Only tier 1 skills can have Heroic versions.
- The next god you encounter will be able to offer a replacement for that skill.
- This is completely dependent on RNG though, so try to have perks that can help increase your chances. Examples include Keepsakes, the Yarn of Ariadne (from the Well of Charon), Eurydice’s Refreshing Nectar, or, even better, Poseidon’s and Dionysus’ Duo boon (Exclusive Access).
- Since a Heroic boon is a replacement from a different god, it’s possible that the skill you get isn’t the type you’d like to focus on or build towards during your Hades run.
I am Legend(ary)
Next up, let’s talk about Legendary boons in Hades. These are extremely unique skills (orange outline) that are considered as the top-tier blessings provided by a single god.
In order to get them, you need to have any tier 1 skill plus a tier 2 skill from one god. In some cases, it has to be a specific skill as well. Keep in mind that, just like Heroic boons, Legendaries are also dependent on RNG. They’re not always guaranteed to appear in the selection pool despite meeting the requirements.
Here’s a quick breakdown:
|Aphrodite||Unhealthy Fixation||+15% chance to charm enemies for 4 seconds when they’re debuffed by Weak effects.||(1) Heartbreak Strike, Heartbreak Flourish, Crush Shot, or Passion Dash|
|(2) Sweet Surrender, Empty Inside, or Broken Resolve|
|Ares||Vicious Cycle||Increases the damage of Blade Rift effects for each consecutive hit.||(1) Slicing Shot, Blade Dash, or Ares’ Aid|
|(2) Black Metal or Engulfing Vortex|
|Artemis||Fully Loaded||+3 casting ammo.||(1) Dual Shot|
|(2) Exit Wounds|
|Athena||Divine Protection||A barrier (20 second internal cooldown) negates all incoming damage.||(1) Divine Strike, Divine Flourish, Divine Dash, or Holy Shield|
|(2) Brilliant Reposte|
|Demeter||Winter Harvest||Enemies affected by Chill effects shatter (AoE explosion) at 10% health and Chill other nearby enemies.||(1) Frost Strike, Frost Flourish, Mistral Dash, Demeter’s Aid, or Snow Burst|
|(2) Killing Freeze or Arctic Blast|
|Dionysus||Black Out||Enemies affected by Hangover effects take +100% damage when in Festive Fog.||(1) Drunken Strike, Drunken Flourish, Dionysus’ Aid, Peer Pressure, Bad Influence, or Numbing Sensation|
|(2) Trippy Shot or High Tolerance|
|Hermes||Greater Recall||Casting ammo automatically return to you.||(1) “Infernal Soul” upgrade from Mirror of Night is active|
|(2) Flurry Cast or Quick Reload|
|Bad News||+50% cast skill damage for those unaffected by your casting ammo debuff.||(1) “Stygian Soul” upgrade from Mirror of Night is active|
|(2) Auto Reload|
|Poseidon||Second Wave||Knockback effects push enemies away for a second time.||(1) Tempest Strike, Tempest Flourish, Flood Shot, Tidal Dash, or Poseidon’s Aid|
|(2) Razor Shoals, Breaking Wave, or Typhoon’s Fury|
|Huge Catch||Increases the chance that a fishing point will appear in a region.||(1) Sunken Treasure|
|(2) Ocean’s Bounty|
|Zeus||Splitting Bolt||Lightning effects generate an additional burst of lightning.||(1) Storm Lightning|
|(2) High Voltage or Double Strike|
A combination of Ares’, Artemis’ and Hermes’ Legendary boons will turn Zagreus into a projectile-spamming machine. Poseidon and Zeus, meanwhile, would spam a lot of knockback effects and electric shocks respectively. As for Athena’s legendary boon (Divine Protection), you can see the barrier around Zagreus in the image below:
The Duo boons system
The Duo boons system in Hades also adds another layer of strategy. How does this work? Well, you’ll need to have specific boons from two different gods.
The most common instance is having a tier 1 skill from one god (ie. an attack skill), and then a tier 1 skill from another (ie. a special skill so that it doesn’t replace your current attack skill). However, there are a specifics that need to be considered since some Duo boons might require, say, a god’s casting skill rather than just anything from their tier 1 list.
Note: Hermes and Primordial Chaos aren’t part of Hades‘ Duo boons system since their buffs work independently from the other Olympians.
We’ve got a full breakdown for you in the next few pages for each god (and their counterparts):
- The Olympian gods are arranged in alphabetical order starting with Aphrodite and then the remaining gods in column 2.
- This is followed by the Duo boon, its effects, and the required skills from the two gods.
- The order in which you encounter the gods during your Hades playthrough wouldn’t matter.
- You’ll only need at least one skill even if several are listed.
- RNG still applies and you’re not guaranteed to find a Duo boon early on in your selection panel unless you’re very lucky during your Hades run.
- You’ll know that a Duo boon is part of a selection when two gods converse with you when you select a reward.
Refer to each page below for a specific Olympian’s Duo boons with other gods:
You can also head back to the main page of our Hades skills and boons guide.