Hades features several Olympians with each god providing Zagreus with boons and blessings. However, there comes a time when you must choose between two deities in the Trial of the Gods. Here’s our mini-guide to help you out.
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: Encountering the Trial of the Gods
The Trial of the Gods is a very special encounter in Hades. It’s one of the most sought-after instances in the game as it allows you to pick up two Olympian boons in a single chamber.
You’ll first need to have done three escape attempts (success or failure won’t matter) and, on your next run, you should try to encounter two Olympian gods already (picking up their skills in the process). Sadly, this type of encounter won’t be possible once you reach the Temple of Styx region.
Anyway, the rooms with these encounters will be marked by two symbols (one for each god as you can see above). You can still reroll the reward to something else prior to entering, but the reward could just be one boon, some gold, or an HP boost.
In any case, if you wish to partake in Hades‘ Trial of the Gods, you’ll find a peaceful room with the two symbols for the deities. However, you can only side with one of them by selecting the boon you want. That god will thank you, but you’ll incur the wrath of the one you spurned.
The gods are angry
Multiple elite/armored enemies will then spawn, and you’ll face an additional challenge due to an angry god that’s eager for some smiting:
- Zeus will call down lightning strikes all over the room.
- Ares will have blood-red circles spinning around to damage you.
- Poseidon will summon a rogue wave to chase you down.
- Artemis’ circles will erupt in a green flare.
You’ll find more examples below:
- Aphrodite has a heart following you around that does damage and stuns you for a couple of seconds.
- Dionysus will have “wine/hangover” pools.
- Athena can shield enemies to make them invulnerable for a time.
- Demeter, surprisingly enough, presents the toughest challenge in my opinion. She’ll end up conjuring a gigantic vortex wherever enemies are standing. It won’t damage them, but you’ll get shredded if you get too close.
If you’re successful, the wrathful god will end up forgiving you, so no worries. You’ll even get to choose from the Olympian boons that they have.
The only downside is that Hades‘ Trial of the Gods won’t automatically offer you the “Duo” boon of the two rival gods. Still, on the bright side, the rewards here have a chance of having higher rarity compared to regular encounters. You could end up getting Heroic or Legendary boons easily.