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Hades Boons: the best Boons and Gods to choose

Learn which Gods bestow the best Boons in Hades

Boons in Hades are one of the most common and powerful types of upgrades you'll come across. Offered by the Olympian Gods themselves, these Boons are the genetic makeup of your build for each run, which means picking the right Boon in the right moment is extremely important if you want to beat the game and escape the Underworld.

Our Hades Boons guide will offer an overview on how Boons actually work, before delving into the strongest Boons in the game and finishing off with a full list of every Boon offered by every God. So, let's jump in!


In this Hades Boons guide:

Hades Boons overview - how do they work?

Throughout a Hades run, you will be offered various Boons from the Olympians - Zeus, Poseidon, Ares, Artemis, and so on. After conversing with a God, you will be offered a choice of three Boons, and must accept just one. Each God has a multitude of Boons which they can offer you, and each Boon can be one of four different rarities. The higher the rarity, the stronger the effect:

  • Common (White)
  • Rare (Blue)
  • Epic (Purple)
  • Heroic (Red)

There are also special Boons which only appear under very specific circumstances:

  • Duo Boons - require you to have already taken certain Boons from two different Gods, and combine the powers and styles of both Gods into a single Boon.
  • Legendary Boons - powerful Boons which require you to have favoured a certain God during a run. Each God has one Legendary Boon to offer.
  • Chaos Boons - Boons offered by Chaos, which require you to overcome a curse for a certain number of rooms before the effect activates.
  • Bouldy Boons - offered by Bouldy, Sisyphus's Boulder. You must converse with Sisyphus throughout various different runs before the ability to "speak" with Bouldy and offer it Nectar is unlocked.

Upgrading Boons with Poms of Power

Regardless of their rarity, each regular Boon can be upgraded to the next level using a Pom of Power. Like Boons themselves, picking up a Pom of Power will offer you a choice of up to three Boons to level up, and you must select which one you want to upgrade.

Once you get to the shop in the Styx (the fourth realm of the Underworld), you'll find special Poms of Power which upgrade a Boon by two levels instead of just one. And aside from Poms, you can also upgrade existing Boons by speaking with Euridyce in Asphodel.


Hades best Boons

So, what are the most powerful Boons in Hades? The answer is complex, because not only are there an awful lot of Boons in the game, but each one can be offered at various strengths, making their benefits variable.

Overall though, there are certain Gods and Boons which I always gravitate towards when given the option. And thus: here are the very best Boons in Hades:

Aphrodite - Heartbreak Strike

Aphrodite doesn't offer the best Boons on the whole, but Heartbreak Strike still holds a place in my heart for its application of Weakness with each hit. This gives you great control during fights where it's almost impossible to avoid being hit (for instance, in Elysium or Styx). Plus the damage boost is as strong as any other God's "strike" Boon.

Ares - Battle Rage

Ares's Battle Rage Boon is an extremely strong damage bonus for all future encounters. All you need to do is kill one foe in the room, and you'll gain a huge damage bonus for your next attack or Special. Often this leads to powerful builds which allow you to one-shot-kill most enemies.

Artemis - Support Fire

I tend to steer clear from Artemis, because her Boons rely far too heavily on the RNG of critical hits. But one Boon I can definitely get on board with is Support Fire, which fires a 10-16 damage arrow at a nearby enemy every time you attack or use your Cast or Special. That adds up to a lot of extra damage, especially with a fast-firing weapon.

Athena - Divine Strike & Divine Dash

Athena has possibly the strongest Boons of all, because they allow you to deflect attacks, negating all damage from the attack and returning it to its sender. Divine Strike gives the ability to deflect on each attack, and - even better - Divine Dash deflects in all directions each time you dash. It's overpowered.

Demeter - Frost Strike & Frost Flourish

Demeter's Frost Strike is enormously powerful. Not only does it add a chunk of damage to your main attack, but it inflicts Chill, slowing down any enemy you hit. The same goes for Frost Flourish, which is better for weapons and builds where you're using your Special a lot - like Varatha or Stygius.

Dionysus - Strong Drink & After Party

Dionysus's health-oriented Boons are really quite excellent. Once you've unlocked Fountains in each realm, Strong Drink can be an absolute life-saver; and After Party allows you to heal back up to a threshold after each encounter, which again can make all the difference during a difficult run.

Hermes - Quick Recovery

If you read my Hades guide you'll know that I spend all my time dash-striking. Which means whenever I'm hit, I tend to dash straight away anyway. This is what makes Quick Recovery from Hermes so powerful: it's essentially a huge reduction in your damage taken for the rest of the run.

Poseidon - Poseidon's Aid & Hydraulic Might

Poseidon probably has the best "Call" ability in the game with Poseidon's Aid, which turns you into an invulnerable, high-damage battering ram. But his strongest boon has got to be Hydraulic Might, which dramatically increases your damage for the first few seconds of each encounter - enough to often end the fight before the effect even expires.

Zeus - Lightning Strike & Static Discharge

Zeus's Boons are great for dealing flat damage. His Lightning Strike is probably the best flat damage bonus for an attack, seeing as the bonus also chains to nearby foes. And with a high fire-rate weapon like Malphon or Exagryph, your DPS will soar. Static Discharge is another excellent Boon, but only when you already have another Zeus Boon or two which applies lightning damage. The Jolted effect applied upon each lightning strike adds a heap of extra damage to your build.

Official art of Demeter, one of the Olympians who offers you their Boons throughout each run of Hades.

Hades Boons - full list of every God's Boons

Now let's end with a full list of every Boon in the game, organised by Olympian. Be sure to use the search box at the top of each table to quickly find a specific Boon:

Aphrodite Boons

Aphrodite BoonsTypeEffect
Heartbreak StrikeNormalYour Attack deals more damage and inflicts Weak.
Heartbreak FlourishNormalYour Special deals more damage and inflicts Weak.
Crush ShotNormalYour Cast is a wide, short-range blast that inflicts Weak.
Passion DashNormalYour Dash inflicts damage where you end up, inflicting Weak.
Aphrodite's AidNormalYour Call fires a seeking projectile that inflicts Charm.
Dying LamentNormalWhen foes are slain, they damage nearby foes and inflict Weak.
Wave of DespairNormalAfter you take damage, damage nearby foes and inflict Weak.
Different LeagueNormalResist some damage from nearby foes' attacks.
Life AffirmationNormalAny Health chamber rewards are worth more.
Empty InsideNormalYour Weak effects have a longer duration.
Sweet SurrenderNormalWeak-afflicted foes are also more susceptible to damage.
Broken ResolveNormalYour Weak effects are more potent.
Blown KissNormalYour Cast shoots farther and is stronger vs undamaged foes.
Unhealthy FixationLegendaryYour Weak effects also have a 15% chance to Charm foes.
Curse of LongingDuo (Ares)Your Doom effects continuously strike Weak foes.
Heart RendDuo (Artemis)Your Critical effects deal even more damage to Weak foes.
Parting ShotDuo (Athena)Your Cast gains any existing backstab bonuses you have.
Cold EmbraceDuo (Demeter)Your Cast crystal fires its beam directly at you for 4 seconds.
Low ToleranceDuo (Dionysus)Your Hangover effects stack even more times against Weak foes.
Sweet NectarDuo (Poseidon)Any Poms of Power you find are more effective.
Smoldering AirDuo (Zeus)Your Call charges up automatically, but is capped at 25%.

Ares Boons

Ares BoonsTypeEffect
Curse of AgonyNormalYour Attack inflicts Doom.
Curse of PainNormalYour Special inflicts Doom.
Slicing ShotNormalYour Cast sends a Blade Rift hurling ahead.
Blade DashNormalYour Dash creates a Blade Rift where you started.
Ares' AidNormalYour Call turns you into an Impervious Blade Rift for 1.2 Sec.
Curse of VengeanceNormalAfter you take damage, inflict Doom on surrounding foes.
Urge to KillNormalYour Attack and Cast deal more damage.
Battle RageNormalAfter slaying a foe, your next Attack/Special deals more damage.
Blood FrenzyNormalAfter using Death Defiance, deal more damage that encounter.
Black MetalNormalYour Blade Rift powers deal damage in a wider area.
Engulfing VortexNormalYour Blade Rift effects last longer and pull foes in.
Dire MisfortuneNormalYour Doom effects deal more damage when stacked.
Impending DoomNormalYour Doom effects deal more damage, after +0.5 Sec.
Vicious CycleLegendaryYour Blade Rifts deal more damage for each consecutive hit.
Curse of LongingDuo (Aphrodite)Your Doom effects continuously strike Weak foes.
Hunting BladesDuo (Artemis)Your Cast creates a faster Blade Rift that seeks the nearest foe.
Merciful EndDuo (Athena)Your attacks that can Deflect immediately activate Doom effects.
Freezing VortexDuo (Demeter)Your Cast inflicts Chill, but is smaller and moves slower.
Curse of NauseaDuo (Dionysus)Your Poison effects deal damage faster.
Curse of DrowningDuo (Poseidon)Your Cast is a pulse that deals damage to foes around you.
Vengeful MoodDuo (Zeus)Your Revenge attacks sometimes occur without taking damage.

Artemis Boons

Artemis BoonsTypeEffect
Deadly StrikeNormalYour Attack is stronger, with +15% Critical chance.
Deadly FlourishNormalYour Special is stronger, with +20% Critical chance.
True ShotNormalYour Cast seeks foes, with a 10% Critical chance.
Hunter's DashNormalYour Dash-Strike deals more damage.
Artemis' AidNormalYour Call fires a seeking arrow with +35% Critical chance.
Pressure PointsNormalAny damage you deal has a chance to be Critical.
Exit WoundsNormalYour foes take damage when your Cast is dislodged.
Hide BreakerNormalYour Critical effects deal even more damage to Armor.
Clean KillNormalYour Critical effects deal even more damage.
Hunter InstinctNormalYour God Gauge charges faster when you deal Critical damage.
Hunter's MarkNormalAfter you deal Critical damage to a foe, a foe near it is Marked.
Support FireNormalAfter you hit with an Attack, Cast or Special, fire a seeking arrow.
Fully LoadedLegendaryGain extra Cast Ammo for your Cast.
Heart RendDuo (Aphrodite)Your Critical effects deal even more damage to Weak foes.
Hunting BladesDuo (Ares)Your Cast creates a faster Blade Rift that seeks the nearest foe.
Deadly ReversalDuo (Athena)After you Deflect, briefly gain +20% chance to deal Critical damage.
Crystal ClarityDuo (Demeter)Your Cast is stronger and tracks foes more effectively.
Splitting HeadacheDuo (Dionysus)Hangover-afflicted foes are more likely to take Critical damage.
Mirage ShotDuo (Poseidon)Your Cast fires a second projectile, though it has reduced damage.
Lightning RodDuo (Zeus)Your collectible Cast Ammo strike nearby foes with lightning every 1.5 Sec.

Athena Boons

Athena BoonsTypeEffect
Divine StrikeNormalYour Attack is stronger, and can Deflect.
Divine FlourishNormalYour Special is stronger, and can Deflect.
Phalanx ShotNormalYour Cast damages foes in a small area, and can Deflect.
Divine DashNormalYour Dash deals damage and can Deflect.
Athena's AidNormalYour Call briefly makes you Invulnerable and Deflect all attacks.
Holy ShieldNormalAfter you take damage, damage nearby foes and briefly Deflect.
Bronze SkinNormalResist damage from foes' attacks.
Sure FootingNormalResist damage from Traps.
Proud BearingNormalYou begin each Encounter with your God Gauge partly full.
Blinding FlashNormalYour abilities that can Deflect also make foes Exposed for 5 Sec.
Brilliant RiposteNormalWhen you Deflect attacks, they deal more damage.
Deathless StandNormalDeath Defiance makes you Impervious longer. Replenish 1 charge now.
Last StandNormalDeath Defiance restores more Health than usual. Replenish 1 charge now.
Divine ProtectionLegendaryYou have a barrier that negates incoming damage.
Parting ShotDuo (Aphrodite)Your Cast gains any existing backstab bonuses you have.
Merciful EndDuo (Ares)Your attacks that can Deflect immediately activate Doom effects.
Deadly ReversalDuo (Artemis)After you Deflect, briefly gain +20% chance to deal Critical damage.
Stubborn RootsDuo (Demeter)While you have no Death/Stubborn Defiance your Health slowly recovers.
Calculated RiskDuo (Dionysus)Your foes' ranged-attack projectiles are slower.
Unshakeable MettleDuo (Poseidon)You cannot be stunned, and resist some damage from Bosses.
Lightning PhalanxDuo (Zeus)Your Phalanx Shot Cast bounces between nearby foes.

Demeter Boons

Demeter BoonsTypeEffect
Frost StrikeNormalYour Attack is stronger and inflicts Chill.
Frost FlourishNormalYour Special is stronger and inflicts Chill.
Crystal BeamNormalYour Cast drops a crystal that fires a beam straight ahead.
Mistral DashNormalYour Dash shoots a gust ahead that inflicts Chill.
Demeter's AidNormalYour Call creates a winter vortex which deals damage every 0.25s inflicting Chill.
Frozen TouchNormalAfter you take damage, damage and completely Chill your foe.
Rare CropNormalYour Boons become Common, then gain Rarity every 3 Encounter(s).
Ravenous WillNormalWhile you have no Cast Ammo, take 10% less damage and deal more.
Nourished SoulNormalAny Health effects are more potent. Restore +30% now.
Snow BurstNormalWhenever you Cast, damage nearby foes and inflict Chill.
Arctic BlastNormalApplying 10 stacks of Chill causes a blast, clearing the effect.
Killing FreezeNormalApplying Chill to all enemies causes them to Slow and Decay.
Glacial GlareNormalYour Cast fires longer and inflicts Chill.
Winter HarvestLegendaryChill-affected foes shatter at 10% hp, inflicting Chill nearby.
Cold EmbraceDuo (Aphrodite)Your Cast crystal fires its beam directly at you for 4 seconds.
Freezing VortexDuo (Ares)Your Cast inflicts Chill, but is smaller and moves slower.
Crystal ClarityDuo (Artemis)Your Cast is stronger and tracks foes more effectively.
Stubborn RootsDuo (Athena)While you have no Death/Stubborn Defiance your Health slowly recovers.
Ice WineDuo (Dionysus)Your Cast blasts an area with freezing Festive Fog that inflicts Chill.
Blizzard ShotDuo (Poseidon)Your Cast moves slowly, piercing foes and firing shards around it.
Cold FusionDuo (Zeus)Jolted status does not expire on your enemies' attacks.

Dionysus Boons

Dionysus BoonsTypeEffect
Drunken StrikeNormalYour Attack inflicts Hangover.
Drunken FlourishNormalYour Special inflicts Hangover.
Trippy ShotNormalYour Cast lobs a projectile that bursts into Festive Fog.
Drunken DashNormalYour Dash inflicts foes near you with Hangover.
Dionysus' AidNormalYour Call inflicts Hangover to foes all around you for 1.5 Sec.
After PartyNormalIf your Health is low after Encounters, restore to the threshold.
Positive OutlookNormalTake less damage while at 40% Health or below.
Premium VintageNormalGain Health when you pick up Nectar. Receive 1 Nectar now.
Strong DrinkNormalUsing a Fountain restores all Health and gives you bonus damage.
Bad InfluenceNormalDeal more damage while 3 foes are Hangover-afflicted.
Numbing SensationNormalYour Hangover effects also make foes move slower.
Peer PressureNormalHangover-afflicted foes contaminate other nearby foes.
High ToleranceNormalTake less damage while standing in Festive Fog.
Black OutLegendaryHangover-afflicted foes take bonus damage in Festive Fog.
Low ToleranceDuo (Aphrodite)Your Hangover effects stack even more times against Weak foes.
Curse of NauseaDuo (Ares)Your Hangover effects deal damage faster.
Splitting HeadacheDuo (Artemis)Hangover-afflicted foes are more likely to take Critical damage.
Calculated RiskDuo (Athena)Your foes' ranged-attack projectiles are slower.
Ice WineDuo (Demeter)Your Cast blasts an area with Festive Fog that inflicts Chill.
Exclusive AccessDuo (Poseidon)Any Boons you find have superior effects.
Scintillating FeastDuo (Zeus)Your Festive Fog effects also deal lightning damage periodically.

Hermes Boons

Hermes BoonsTypeEffect
Swift StrikeNormalYour Attack is faster.
Swift FlourishNormalYour Special is faster.
Flurry CastNormalYour Cast is faster and fully automatic.
Quick FavorNormalYour Call charges up automatically.
Hyper SprintNormalAfter you Dash, become Sturdy and run 2x faster for a short time.
Greater HasteNormalYou move faster.
Quick RecoveryNormalAfter taking damage, quickly Dash to partially recover lost Health.
Greater EvasionNormalYou have +X% chance to Dodge.
Greatest ReflexNormalYou can Dash more times in a row.
Second WindNormalAfter using Call, gain Dodge chance and move speed for 6 Sec.
Quick ReloadNormalFoes drop Cast stuck in them faster.
Side HustleNormalEach time you enter a Chamber, gain a bit wealth.
Rush DeliveryNormalYou deal bonus damage based on any bonus move speed.
Auto ReloadNormalYou regenerate Cast Ammo faster.
Greater RecallLegendaryYour Cast Ammo automatically return to you.
Bad NewsLegendaryYour Cast deals more damage to foes without Cast on them.

Poseidon Boons

Poseidon BoonsTypeEffect
Tempest StrikeNormalYour Attack deals more damage and knocks foes away.
Tempest FlourishNormalYour Special deals more damage and knocks foes away.
Flood ShotNormalYour Cast damages foes in an area and knocks them away.
Tidal DashNormalYour Dash damages foes in an area and knocks them away.
Poseidon's AidNormalYour Call makes you surge into foes while Impervious for 1.2 Sec.
Typhoon's FuryNormalYou deal more damage when slamming foes into barriers.
Hydraulic MightNormalYour Attack and Special are stronger the first 5 Sec. in Encounter(s).
Ocean's BountyNormalAny Gemstone, Darkness or Coin chamber rewards are worth more.
Sunken TreasureNormalGain an assortment of Gemstone, Darkness, Coin and Health.
Razor ShoalsNormalUsing knock-away effects also Rupture foes.
Boiling PointNormalYour God Gauge charges faster when you take damage.
Breaking WaveNormalSlamming foes into walls or corners creates a watery blast in the area.
Wave PoundingNormalYour boons with Knock-Away effects deal bonus damage to bosses.
Rip CurrentNormalYour Call pulls in foes and the effect lasts longer.
Huge CatchLegendaryYou have a greater chance to find Fishing Point in each Chamber.
Second WaveLegendaryYour knock-away effects shove foes a second time after the first.
Sweet NectarDuo (Aphrodite)Any Poms of Power you find are more effective.
Curse of DrowningDuo (Ares)Your Cast is a pulse that deals damage to foes around you.
Mirage ShotDuo (Artemis)Your Cast fires a second projectile, though it has reduced damage.
Unshakeable MettleDuo (Athena)You cannot be stunned, and resist some damage from Bosses.
Blizzard ShotDuo (Demeter)Your Cast moves slowly, piercing foes and firing shards around it.
Exclusive AccessDuo (Dionysus)Any Boons you find have superior effects.
Sea StormDuo (Zeus)Your knock-away effects also cause foes to be struck by lightning.

Zeus Boons

Zeus BoonsTypeEffect
Lightning StrikeNormalYour Attack emits chain-lightning when you damage a foe.
Thunder FlourishNormalYour Special causes a lightning bolt to strike nearby foes.
Electric ShotNormalYour Cast is a burst of chain-lightning that bounces between foes.
Thunder DashNormalYour Dash causes a lightning bolt to strike nearby foes.
Zeus' AidNormalYour Call makes lightning strike nearby foes repeatedly.
Heaven's VengeanceNormalAfter you take damage, your foe is struck by lightning.
Lightning ReflexesNormalAfter you Dash just before getting hit, a bolt strikes a nearby foes.
Storm LightningNormalYour chain-lightning effects bounce more times before expiring.
High VoltageNormalYour lightning bolt effects deal damage in a larger area.
Double StrikeNormalYour lightning bolt effects have a chance to strike twice.
Static DischargeNormalYour lightning effects also make foes Jolted.
Clouded JudgementNormalYour God Gauge charges faster when you deal or take damage.
Billowing StrengthNormalAfter using Call, you deal more damage for 15 Sec.
Splitting BoltLegendaryAll your lightning effects create an additional burst.
Smoldering AirDuo (Aphrodite)Your Call charges up automatically, but is capped at 25%.
Vengeful MoodDuo (Ares)Your Revenge attacks sometimes occur without taking damage.
Lightning RodDuo (Artemis)Your collectible Casts strike nearby foes with lightning every 1.5 Sec.
Lightning PhalanxDuo (Athena)Your Phalanx Shot Cast bounces between nearby foes.
Cold FusionDuo (Demeter)Jolted status does not expire on your enemies' attacks.
Scintillating FeastDuo (Dionysus)Your Festive Fog effects also deal lightning damage periodically.
Sea StormDuo (Poseidon)Your knock-away effects also cause foes to be struck by lightning.


Congratulations! You've reached the end of our Boons guide for Hades, which means you now know just about everything there is to know about the Boons that each Olympian can offer. But keep an eye out for future Hades guides on other aspects of Supergiant's excellent roguelite. In the meantime, why not check out our Hades review?

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