When it comes to playing Hades, players are going to want to make sure that they spend a good amount of time grinding out resources that make them stronger.
Though it’s easy to say “grind out resources that make you stronger” the reality is that many of these resources are left unexplained and may leave players confused as to what resources players should focus on, especially because players will often have to choose a single resource to obtain for every chamber.
On the flip side, although it’s nice to obtain resources to help boost up your passives, players are going to need to make decisions on when to select a resource that will give them a passive boost and when to choose a Boon that will empower them during that specific run.
There are essentially two different types of rewards players can obtain for completing a chamber, a Boon or an Artifact. That being said, Artifacts can be obtained in various other ways, including passively, and some Artifacts are weighed at being more important than others.
The following guide will take you through the 3 different types of Artifacts, their uses and my opinion when it’s important to grind each.
Currency Artifacts, at first, are the most important types of Artifacts a player can grind up.
Essentially currency Artifacts are going to be the way that a player upgrades their passive abilities and can be used in the Mirror of the Night, to unlock Infernal Arms/Weapons, used to renovate utilizing the House Contractor or for progressing a player’s relationship with other characters.
In the early game I would strongly recommend collecting as many Chthonic Keys you can get, simply because this is going to be the way you unlock different Weapons in the game.
Chthonic Keys are also going to be useful for unlocking a player’s passives permanently in the Mirror of Night.
The reality is that players will not need to collect too many Chthonic Keys in order to unlock all of the passives a player needs, though a player can continue collecting this resource at their leisure as they can still be used to cosmetic purchases at the House Contractor or for trading with the Wretched Broker, who will essentially be able to provide you with resources you prefer over the Chthonic Key.
HOW TO OBTAIN CHTONIC KEYS
🗝️ Clearing a Chamber
🗝️ Purchasing them from Charon’s shop while attempting an Escape
🗝️ Completing a task from the Fated List of Minor Prophecies
🗝️ Trading with the Wretched Broker
🗝️ Trading a Fish with the Chef
HOW TO USE CHTONIC KEYS
🗝️ Gaining a single reroll for their Boons as long as they have purchased Fated Keys from the House Contractor. This works for both Fated Authority or Fated Persuasion. Players will only be able to receive these rerolls if they have collected a Chthonic Key as a room reward and will reset after completing or failing an escape.
🗝️ Players can use 24 Chthonic Keys to purchase Infernal Arms/Weapons.
🗝️ Players can use 65 Chthonic Keys to unlock the passives at the Mirror of Night.
🗝️ Players can use a single Chthonic Key to reset their passives at the Mirror of Night, returning the player all of the Darkness they spent in upgrades, though players can also choose to obtain both versions of the passives if they are able to farm enough Darkness.
🗝️ Players can spend 200 Chthonic Keys to purchase the Chthonic Theme from the House Contractor, though this will not be available to players early on, meaning that players have a good amount of time to save Chthonic Keys if they would like the cosmetic.
🗝️ Players can use 100 Chthonic Keys to raise their ranks with the Resource Director, though not every tier will require Chthonic Keys. That being said, the ranking system does not do anything for a player and is simply just for bragging rights, so in my opinion this should be the last thing you focus on.
Players can make trades with the Wretched Broker. The following are the trades available to them, though will not always be available:
🗝️ 5 Chthonic Keys for 1 Nectar [Repeatable]
🗝️ 15 Chthonic Keys for 1 Titan Blood [Limited Time Offer]
🗝️ 2 Chthonic Keys for 20 Gemstones [Limited Time Offer]
Out of all of those trades, I usually wait until the 15 Chthonic Keys for 1 Titan Blood one as Titan Blood is one of the most important resources to get in the late game.
Darkness is going to be one of the most important resources players collect as it will be the way a player upgrades all of their passives, making focusing on collecting this resource as a room reward extremely important.
Players can quit focusing on this resource after they have unlocked enough passives to be able to carry them through a run of an escape, though I strongly recommend using your Darkness to power up all of your passives in the Mirror of Night before you quit collecting this resource. I’m personally of the methodology that you should put all of your Darkness into the Mirror of Night, including passives you may not think you’ll use as wasting a Chthonic Key in the late game to continuously change your passives is not as intriguing to me.
Essentially pick a path to max out first, then power up everything when you have the opportunity, always saving a bit of Darkness for other Trades with the Wretched Broker.
HOW TO OBTAIN DARKNESS
There are many ways to obtain Darkness, though not all methods are going to be as useful for players in the mid-to-late game. Essentially, players will shift their focus from gaining Darkness with room rewards and will gain Darkness in other ways.
The following are all the ways Darkness can be obtained and which I think are the most beneficial:
🖤 As a room clear reward. In the early game this is a good idea, however, if you can avoid it in the mid-to-late game, you’ll be better off. If players are looking to make collecting Darkness as a room reward worth it again, I would strongly recommend purchasing Pitch-Black Darkness from the House Contractor as this will make it so whenever you collect Darkness as a room reward it will also make your base health 5 Health higher.
🖤 As a reward for opening and clearing an Infernal Trove in its time constraint. This is one of the best ways to collect Darkness in the mid-to-late game and all Infernal Troves should be attempted as long as a player has good enough Health.
🖤 Players can receive 1000 Darkness total by completed their Fated List of Minor Prophecies.
🖤 Players can purchase Tinge of Erebus from Charon sometimes essentially costing Coins equal to 75% of the amount of Darkness provided. Tinge of Erebus will provide players between 12-26 Darkness before multipliers.
🖤 If players are lucky enough to find Sisyphus they will have the option to get Darkness from him. I strongly suggest taking Darkness in the early game, but then collecting Charon’s Obol in the late game so you can buy a Diamond or Titan Blood from the final Charon shop.
🖤 In the late-game, if players have the Companion Shady, it will drop 10 Darkness anytime it is summoned.
In the mid-to-late game, players will be able to gain a very healthy amount of Darkness by repeating escapes when their Heat bar isn’t full. Essentially if a player has already completed this tier and gained all the rewards they will get the following amounts of Darkness for completing the bosses again:
🖤 The Furies provide 50 Darkness
🖤 The Lernaean Bone Hydra provides 100 Darkness
🖤 The Elysian Heroes (Theseus and Asterius) provide 150 Darkness
🖤 Hades himself provides 250 Darkness
By far this is going to be the fastest and best method of collecting Darkness, especially if players have modifiers that boost the amount of Darkness they can collect. If you’re running low on resources, I would strongly recommend doing lower-tier runs over and over, avoiding taking extra Boons so you can focus on just getting Artifacts like Darkness.
Players can also obtain Darkness from trading with the Wretched Broker in the following methods:
🖤 50 Darkness for 1 Nectar [Limited Time Offer]
🖤 25 Darkness for 3 Chthonic Keys [Limited Time Offer]
I would strongly recommend against these trades as Darkness is a fairly easy reward to collect.
WHAT TO USE DARKNESS FOR
🖤 Players should save up their Darkness in the early-game for upgrades in the Mirror of Night. Players will need a total of 35,365 Darkness in order to unlock all of the upgrades in the Mirror of Night. This amount includes all alternate passives, which are not all required, though recommended.
🖤 Increasing favour with Nyx, requiring a total of 3,142
🖤 Purchasing the Infinite Theme from the House Contractor, which is completely cosmetic. Players will need 25,000 Darkness.
🖤 Players will need 325,000 Darkness total if they want to reach the highest rank with the Resource Director. Again, this is completely optional and does not change any gameplay aspects.
Players can use Darkness as a currency at the Wretched Broker. There are two purchases players can make being:
🖤 25 Darkness for 3 Chthonic Keys
🖤 300 Darkness for 50 Gemstones
I recommend always buying the Chthonic Keys, however, the Gems are not worth it at all.
WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR DARKNESS YIELD
🖤 In all cases where players are hunting for Darkness I strongly recommend choosing the Weapon that has Dark Thirst or Darker Thirst on it (the Weapon with particle effects) as this will provide players with 20% more Darkness, which will really add up, especially on a re-run.) The only time I would recommend against using Dark Thirst or Darker Thirst is if you are given a Weapon that takes you too long to clear an escape.
🖤 Avoid using Dark Foresight in the Mirror of Night if you’re trying to quickly farm Darkness as it lowers the chance that Darkness will appear.
🖤 Purchase Light of Ixion, Tinge of Erebus, Trove Tracker, Yarn of Ariadne or Night Spindle from the Wells of Chaos which can be scattered in Chambers or at the end of each tier.
Players can also gain a Bonus on their yields by choosing Poseidon as their main Boon god. Poseidon isn’t always a great support, though I strongly recommend choosing him every time you have the opportunity when you’re doing a low-tier resource run.
Poseidon has two Boons you should be looking for, being:
🖤 Oceans Bounty, which will provide you with 50-65% more Darkness anytime you pick Darkness up as a reward, including purchases from Charon.
🖤 Sunken Treasure, which drops between 50-220 Darkness, which can equal to even more if you have multipliers on Darkness.
If players are hoping to get a higher chance of getting Poseidon Boons they can do so with the Conch Shell which favours Poseidon and try to reroll for Chaos and Poseidon Boons with Fated Persuasion Dice. Players can do this with Gods’ Pride in the Mirror of Night. Players can also do this by using their Cosmic Egg to take all Chaos Gates without losing Health and having a higher rarity for Chaos Boons.
Gemstones are, in my opinion, one of the worse Artifacts for players to collect as their main purpose is to hire the House Contractor to renovate the House of Hades.
While players will want to ensure that they upgrade the House of Hades, the reality is that there is no real pressure to do so and players will want to make sure that they get other upgrades before they start working on collecting Gemstones. I’d say that they are a mid-to-late game resource to collect and realistically even if you passively collect these you’re not risking anything.
HOW TO OBTAIN GEMSTONES
💎 The most common way for players to collect Gemstones is by selecting them as a reward for completing a Chamber. In my opinion this is one of the worst ways to collect Gemstones as there are usually better rewards players can obtain, though with the Brilliant Gemstones upgrade from the House of Contractors, this isn’t as big of an issue as players will collect some 20 Charon’s Obol as well. Realistically I would still try to avoid these as players will only gain 5 Gemstones from normal difficulty rewards and 10 Gemstones for Hard Rooms.
💎 Infernal Troves are one of the best ways to farm Gemstones as they come with no cost to the player other than the risk of death. I would always try to complete an Infernal Trove if you have access to one with Gemstones, unless again you are low on Health. Depending on what tier the Infernal Trove is, players can receive 25, 50 or 75 Gemstones maximum for completing an Infernal Trove during it’s time limit.
Similar to Darkness, players can passively gain Gemstones by completing Bosses by purchasing Vanquisher’s Keep from the House Contractor for 4 Diamonds, making each Boss drop the following:
💎 The Furies provide 10 Gemstones
💎 The Lernaean Bone Hydra provides 20 Gemstones
💎 The Elysian Heroes (Theseus and Asterius) provide 30 Gemstones
💎 Hades himself provides 50 Gemstones
Players will not have to go back and redo lower Heats to do this as the Gemstones will still drop even if it is the first time you complete them on that difficulty.
💎Whenever players see a Fish I strongly recommend trying to catch it. Players can collect fish from Tartarus or Styx in order to gain Gemstones from selling them to the Head Chef. Players will receive the following rewards for catching Fish and can increase the chance of Fish spawning using Poseidon’s Boon, Huge Catch:
Tartarus: 5/20/30 Gemstones
Styx: 20/40/150 Gemstones
💎 Poseidon’s Boon Ocean’s Bounty will drop a random amount of Gemstones, though unless you are simply doing Gemstone or Darkness run, this is not a good idea.
💎 Players can receive a number of Gemstones from completing their Fated List of Minor Prophecies.
💎 Players can purchase Gemstones as a limited offer from the Wretched Broker, though this is not recommended.
WHAT TO USE GEMSTONES FOR
💎 Purchasing Cosmetics and Work Orders from the House Contractor. Prioritize Work Orders first as this will help a player more than Cosmetics.
Players will most commonly want to use Gemstones to “trade-up” at the Wretched Broker. Always be on the look-out for these purchases:
💎 10 Gemstones for Chthonic Key
💎 50 Gemstones for Nectar
💎 500 Gemstones for Diamond
💎 1,000 Gemstones for Ambrosia
💎 1,000 Gemstones for Titan Blood
Nectar is a very important resource to grind, though realistically I wouldn’t pass up on any offer to get them unless you already have a good amount saved up. I would commonly recommend that players have between 5-10 Nectar saved up at any time.
Essentially, Nectar is an Artifact that players can spend using to to increase a player’s affinity with with other characters, providing them with Keepsakes and their Companions.
Players will want to make sure that they spend the majority of their Nectar on characters that have more hearts as these are the ones that provide players with more rewards than those who have lower amounts of hearts.
That being said, it’s a good idea to get all the hearts on any character as this will provide the players with more to the story.
All characters will provide a player with a single Keepsake, making providing each character with a single Nectar the best way to start off with and then focus on those that will provide you with Companions.
The character that provide companions are as follows:
I will talk more about Companions in the future as some prove to be more useful than others and there’s going to be a good amount of planning that you take when trying to select a character to become friends with, back to Nectar for now.
HOW TO OBTAIN NECTAR
Nectar can be obtained in many ways, though unlike many of the other resources, the way a player chooses to get Nectar will be completely personal, simply because players will want to progress their relationships with characters at their own rate depending on their needs.
At one point, Nectar is going to become “useless” though at this point it might be good to keep some on hand for the Wretched Broker, which I will cover shortly.
The following are all the ways a player can collect Nectar:
🍯 Players can receive Nectar as a reward for completing a chamber. Players can purchase Vintage Nectar from the House Contractor in order to obtain a a Pom Slice that provides players with +1 Level on a random Boon anytime Nectar is received as a room reward. This makes farming Nectar in the late-game much more bearable if not a good tactic.
🍯 Players have a 5% chance to receive a Nectar as an extra reward for completing an Infernal Trove.
🍯 Players can receive 3 Nectar for completing one of the tasks on the Fated List of Minor Prophecies.
🍯 Players can receive Nectar when making Trades with the Wretched Broker. Players can purchase Nectar in the following way:
5 Chthonic Keys for 1 Nectar [Repeatable]
10 Gemstones for 1 Nectar [Limited Time]
I would strongly recommend taking the Limited Time Trade for Gemstones every time as this is a fantastic deal.
🍯 Poseidon’s Boon Sunken Treasure has a 10% chance to drop a single Nectar
🍯 Dionysus’ Boon Premium Vintage provides players with a single Nectar and will allow players to raise their permanent Health anytime they collect Nectar in the future.
🍯 The best way to passively obtain Nectar is through Fishing in Elysium, though players will only obtain this by RNG. Players will receive 1, 2, or 3 Nectar for turning in said Fish.
HOW TO USE NECTAR
There are a variety of ways to use Nectar, though as mentioned the best use for them are for getting Companions as they will help you in your battles.
All the uses for Nectar include:
🍯 Obtaining Keepsakes for the first (or second for Hades) gift a character receives.
🍯 Obtaining Heart of Stone Boons from Bouldy (Sisyphus’ Boulder), though this requires players to have a good relationship with Sisyphus, thus unlocking conversations with Bouldy. Bouldy provides Boons with stat increases and only has a single tier available to players (Common) though I will cover more on its Boons in the future.
🍯 Trading with the Wretched Broker for the following:
1 Diamond for 10 Nectar [Repeating]
1 Ambrosia for 10 Nectar [Limited Time]
50 Darkness for 1 Nectar [Limited Time]
These trades aren’t great, though if a player has an excess amount of Nectar and nothing to use it on, they can be a good idea.
🍯 Buying the Woodland Theme from the House Contractor (100 Nectar), though this is purely cosmetic.
🍯 Purchasing Ranks from the Resource Director. This will only cost 50 Nectar and again is merely a choice for a player if they want bragging rights.
Ambrosia is fairly similar to Nectar, though it can be looked at as the more powerful version of Nectar as it can only be given to characters that you have progressed with.
In general, it’s going to be a good idea to save your Ambrosia and not use it for Wretched Trades as players will need Ambrosia in the late-game. Saving your Ambrosia in the early game can be pivotal as not having enough Ambrosia in the end game can essentially make it so a player can’t progress their damage.
HOW TO OBTAIN AMBROSIA
While there are a variety of ways a players can obtain Ambrosia, the reality is that players are going to want to complete as many runs of Hades on as many difficulties they can complete in order to get a good amount.
While there are other methods to get it, they are not as reliable, however, these are all the ways a player can do so:
🍾 Ambrosia is always received from beating Theseus and the Minotaur when trying to escape Elysium as long as players are playing on a difficulty they have not completed. Players can do so with each Weapon and for each Heat difficulty they complete, having access to a maximum of 120 Ambrosia.
🍾 Ambrosia can be obtained by completing Fated Lists of Minor Prophecies, the maximum amount a player can receive this way is 68 Ambrosia.
🍾 Ambrosia can be traded for at the Wretched Broker, the following are the prices:
2 Diamonds for 1 Ambrosia [Repeatable]
10 Nectar for 1 Ambrosia [Limited Time Offer]
2 Titan Blood for 1 Ambrosia [Limited Time Offer]
In general it is a decent idea to trade 10 Nectar for 1 Ambrosia as if players are hoping to buy Ambrosia for Diamonds they’d be technically paying double.
HOW TO USE AMBROSIA
While Ambrosia doesn’t have many uses, players are going to want to be strategic about how they use it, simply because of how much of a limited resource it is. Players have the following options to use Ambrosia:
🍾 Raising the affinity with other characters, requiring players to use 56 Ambrosia in total to raise the affinity of all characters. Players have the option of maxing out a single character or can alternate between any characters they power up, though the method in which a player gains affinity with characters is personal. I would start thinking about who you want to max out first early on, though beyond collecting Chthonic Companions from a character, the rest of the Ambrosia given is simply for story.
🍾 The best use for Ambrosia is your Chthonic Companions. Players will have to reach the middle stage of affinity with a character in order to get a Chthonic Companion from them, essentially sing 1 Ambrosia. Beyond that players can upgrade their Chthonic Companions 5 times, which will cost them 10 Ambrosia each. In total players will need 60 Ambrosia to max out all Companions.
🍾 When players have acquired all of the rewards they can receive using Ambrosia, players can spend 15 Ambrosia on the Lovely Theme at the House Contractor or 10 Ambrosia for the Sonorous Theme. I again would recommend this as one of the final things you obtain because it’s simply cosmetic.
🍾 Players can use 10 Nectar to upgrade their ranks with the Resource Director, though this is simply for bragging rights.
Diamonds are a less important resource to obtain, though having a good amount of Diamonds on your hand, especially in the early game can be a game changer.
Essentially, Diamonds are a great resource at first and then fall off fairly quickly, similar to Darkness.
Diamonds act very similar to Gemstones, in the sense that their main use is for the House Contractor.
While not all upgrades from the House Contractor are actually important, some will boost a player’s earnings and ensure that they have enough resources for the harder Heats.
HOW TO OBTAIN DIAMONDS
Players will have a variety of ways to obtain Diamonds when playing Hades, though their method of farming will change a few different times depending on what tasks a player is going to want to complete in a run.
💎 The primary way players are going to collect Diamonds is by defeating the Bone Hydra on each difficulty using the various Weapons that are made available to them, this includes the various Heats.
💎 Players can receive a good portion of Diamonds from completing tasks for the Fated List of Minor Prophecies, equaling to 33 Diamonds in total.
💎 My favourite thing to do is save up Charon’s Obol in order to purchase a Diamond or Titan Blood in the final Charon’s Shop in the Temple of Styx. Essentially players will always have the option of buying either when they reach the third area of their escape, though these rewards are usually unattainable in the early game. Players will want to ensure that they have the Golden Touch upgrade from the Mirror of Night, which will provide players with a maximum of 15% of their total Charon’s Obol for each tier cleared of the Underworld. If you’re planning on buying either a Diamond (1,000 Charon’s Obol) or Titan Blood (1,200 Charon’s Obol) players should save their Charon’s Obol throughout their whole escape as players will collect between 1,000-2,000 Charon’s Obol on average while still focusing their priority on Boons along the way. Players can still repeat earlier versions of escapes to farm these resources.
💎 If players fish in Greece or the Final Boss area the reward for the Fish will be a Diamond.
💎 Although not recommended for Diamond farming, Poseidon’s Boon Sunken Treasure has a 0.3% chance to drop a Diamond.
💎 Players can make trades with the Wretched Broker in order to get more Diamonds, the following are the trades they can make:
10 Nectar for 1 Diamond [Repeatable]
100 Gemstones for 1 Diamond [Limited Time Offer]
1 Titan Blood for 1 Diamond [Limited Time Offer]
Out of these three trades, you will want to take the 100 Gemstones for 1 Diamond as this is a great saving. I would take this always as Gemstones aren’t an important resource in the long haul.
WHAT CAN YOU USE DIAMONDS ON?
Diamonds are mostly used for upgrades with the House Contractor, though players have a variety of things they can spend the Diamonds of with the House Contractor.
The following are all of the uses of Diamonds:
💎 Most importantly, Diamonds are used for purchasing Work Orders at the House Contractor. I would strongly recommend focusing on all of these purchases before anything else as many of them will help upgrade different utilities while escaping, which will provide players with higher chances to yield more resources. It should be noted that Work Orders are not always available as they will unlock as the story progresses, so once you’re done with all those available to you, begin spending your Diamonds or other resources elsewhere. A total of 52 Diamonds can be used on Work Orders.
💎 Players can purchase Decorations using Diamonds at the House Contractor. These are simply cosmetic, but they will cost you a total of 28 Diamonds.
💎 Players can purchase Music for the Music Stand, providing players with more hidden songs to listen to any time they are in the lobby. A player can purchase all songs for 67 Diamonds total.
💎 Players will have to use 10 Diamonds total when ranking up fully with the Resource Director. If you’re someone looking for bragging rights, this isn’t that steep of a cost.
💎 Players can spend Diamonds at the Wretched Broker in order to get other resources, the trade available to players is as follows:
2 Diamonds for 1 Ambrosia [Repeatable]
This trade, in my opinion, is not worth it unless you have countless Diamonds and nothing to use them on.
Titan Blood, in my opinion, is the most important Artifact players can grind in both the early-game and late-game, simply because players will be using it to upgrade the Weapon Aspects of their Infernal Arms/Weapons.
As players progress through the Heats of Hades, players will want to ensure that their Weapons are as strong as possible and the reality is that while the passives in the Mirror of Night are great, they aren’t going to carry you all the way through the difficult levels of Hades.
Realistically, players aren’t going to want all of the upgrades for their Weapons, so I strongly recommend that you look up the various Weapons to ensure that you aren’t wasting Titan Blood.
Players should be able to grind enough Titan Blood to power up all of their Weapons fully with all the various upgrades, though this will take a good amount of time to do, which is why planning is so important.
If players hope to upgrade all of their Weapons with all forms of upgrades, players will need 306 Titan Blood, further proving just how long this grind will be, though players can still take it pretty slow as many of the lower tier Aspects cost significantly less than the higher upgrades.
HOW TO OBTAIN TITAN BLOOD
🩸 One of the simplest ways to collect Titan Blood is by defeating the first and final bosses of an escape on every tier, using unique Weapons. The only issue with trying to obtain Titan Blood only through this way is the fact that difficulty significantly increases as players go through the different Heats available to them and while Titan Blood is the resource that players receive the most of in every escape, it’s not the fastest way to collect Titan Blood.
🩸 Players can receive a maximum of 43 Titan Blood for completing various tasks in the Fated List of Minor Prophecies. While not the fastest way to collect Titan Blood, it is a good idea to keep an eye on what tasks you’re getting close to completing so you can receive the Titan Blood rewards as quickly as possible, especially if you’re repeating lower-tier content.
🩸 The best way to farm Titan Blood is by farming Charon’s Obol in order to purchase the Titan Blood at the end of the run from Charon’s shop in the Temple of Styx. While not guaranteed, very similar to Diamonds players will want to ensure that they have the Golden Touch upgrade from the Mirror of Night, which will provide players with a maximum of 15% of their total Charon’s Obol for each tier cleared of the Underworld. If you’re planning on buying either a Diamond (1,000 Charon’s Obol) or Titan Blood (1,200 Charon’s Obol) players should save their Charon’s Obol throughout their whole escape as players will collect between 1,000-2,000 Charon’s Obol on average while still focusing their priority on Boons along the way. Players can still repeat earlier versions of escapes to farm these resources.
🩸 Also similar to Diamonds, if players fish in Greece or the final boss area, the Fish can be traded to 1 Titan Blood at the Head Chef.
🩸 Players can make trades with the Wretched Broker to obtain Titan Blood. The following are the trades they can make:
1 Ambrosia for 1 Titan Blood [Repeatable]
15 Chthonic Keys for 1 Titan Blood [Limited Time Offer]
Both trades are fairly good, though the 15 Chthonic Keys for 1 Titan Blood is much more efficient. I would also recommend saving up your Ambrosia for progressing your relationships with characters and upgrading your Companions, so keep a hold of those until you don’t need them anymore.
WHAT TO USE TITAN BLOOD ON
🩸 As mentioned, the main use for Titan Blood is to reveal and upgrade Aspects of the Infernal Arms. Players will have to play the following for each Weapon to fully upgrade:
5 Titan Blood total for the first Aspect
15 Titan Blood total for the second Aspect
16 Titan Blood total for the third Aspect
15 Titan Blood total for the fourth, hidden Aspect
In most cases players are going to want to use the hidden Aspect as they tend to be more powerful, though all upgrades can be useful depending on a player’s play style and needs.
Realistically, having any upgrade can make completing higher difficulties more accessible for players.
🩸 Players can purchase the Stygian Theme from the House Contractor for 10 Titan Blood, though this is purely cosmetic.
🩸 Players will need 10 Titan Blood for their ranks at the Resource Director, though this is again simply for bragging rights.
🩸 Players can make trades with the Wretched Broker for Titan blood, though these are rarely recommended. The trades players can make include:
1 Titan Blood for 200 Gemstones [Limited Time Offer]
2 Titan Blood for 1 Ambrosia [Limited Time Offer]
1 Titan Blood for 1 Diamond [Limited Time Offer]
At the end of these days, all of these trades essentially lose players money rather than gain them money.
The classification “Other Artifacts” is used to classify Artifacts that a player will lose upon dying in or completing a run of an Escape.
Other Artifacts are important to get to know well, as players will want to alternate between these and regular Boons to ensure that they are keeping their priorities straight.
ANVIL OF FATES
The Anvil of Fates is one of the best purchases players can make once they reach the Temple of Styx.
Essentially, players can use it to remove a single upgrade from the Daedalus Hammer and provide players with two new random upgrades.
If players have multiple Aspects from the Daedalus Hammer, players will remove a random Aspect when they gain two random Aspects.
The Anvil of Fates will always cost 275 Charon’s Obol and buying it will depend on if a player is already happy with their upgrades or if they want to take a risk at getting something better.
Admittedly, I don’t always take the Anvil of Fates. For me, my decision depends on if I’ve received one or two terrible Aspects. If I have two terrible Aspects, I always re-roll, if I have one terrible Aspect and one good Aspect, I weigh out how much it would bother me if I lost the good Aspect. If I only have a single Aspect, I typically re-roll.
Players will always lose these upgrades upon death or completing an escape.
The Centaur’s Heart is a hit and miss kind of Artifact players can collect. Essentially, collecting Centaur Hearts is great for newer players as it will provide players with 25 maximum Health, though if a player has good enough Boons, having Centaur Hearts is a bit of a waste of time. Players would want to collect other forms of Artifacts instead, especially if they are able to collect 5 Health from every reward of Darkness they receive.
Players will also be able to purchase Centaur Hearts from Charon’s Shop for 125 Charon’s Obol or from beating Thantos in a battle.
If players have access to Erebus, players can get 50 Health instead of 25 Health from the reward.
Charon’s Obol quickly becomes the most important Artifact for players to collect, though players will have to still balance the different types of rewards.
If players are farming for Diamonds or Titan Blood, Charon’s Obol is the most important, though I strongly recommend only focussing on one or two different types of Artifacts for your runs so you can collect Boons that provide you even more of that resource.
Players can receive Charon’s Obols in many ways, including the following:
💰 Completing an encounter with the room reward of Charon’s Obols
💰 Completing Infernal Troves in their time limit
💰 A rare chance to receive Charon’s Obol for killing enemies, not including those spawned by Infernal Troves.
💰 Selling unwanted Boons in the Pool of Purging.
💰 By purchasing the Urns of Value upgrade from the House Contract, making special urns appear in rooms dropping 5/10/15 Charon’s Obol. Special urns appear as gold urns and players should do their best to keep an eye out for these as they can be a bit tricky to see.
💰 Poseidon’s Boon Sunken Treasure.
💰 Players can also choose to use Poseidon’s Boon, Ocean Bounty, as it will provide players with more Charon’s Obols when they get them from room clears and Gemstone Rewards.
💰 If players are really struggling for Charon’s Obol they can use Chao’s Affluence Blessing to get more, though players should avoid the curse Pauper’s which will prevent a player from collecting Charon’s OBols for a few stages.
💰 One of the best ways to collect Charon’s Obols is by choosing Hermes’ Boon Side Hustle.
💰 Players will want to invest their Darkness into either Deep Pockets or Golden Touch in the Mirror of Night. Deep Pockets will provide players with 100 Gold when fully maxed out, though Golden Touch tends to be better as it will provide players with 15% of their currently held Charon’s Obols whenever a player clears the first 3 biomes. In my opinion, it’s a good idea to hold all of your Charon’s Obol until the end so you can purchase high tier Artifacts as buying Boons and other rewards from Charon along the way becomes less important.
💰 Players can obtain the keepsake Chthonic Coin Purse by providing Hypnos with Nectar a single time. I strongly recommend obtaining this and powering it up fully by completing chambers with it active. Players, at first will receive 100 Charon’s Obols, though when fully powered up it will provide players with 150 Charon’s Obol a single time per escape. I strongly recommend starting your runs with this active so you defeat Meg with it, but then switch it out to a better Boon for protection after defeating her so you can make it through the rest of the run. If players forget to utilize the Chthonic Coin Purse for Meg’s fight, they can also utilize it until the Hydra as the Heroes are a bit difficult to complete without a good Keepsake.
💰 Players can purchase the Price of Midas from the Well of Charon which allows players to trade their Health for Charon’s Obol. In my opinion, this is usually unnecessary.
💰 When players meet with Sisyphus they will be able to choose between Health, Darkness and Charon’s Obol. At first I would recommend you take as much Darkness as you can with him, though as soon as you finish off all the upgrades you need from the Mirror of Night you should simply focus on Charon’s Obol so you can get the highest tier reward in the Temple of Styx.
💰 If players make it far enough in their relationship with Sisyphus they will acquire Companion Shady. Companion Shady may not provide a whole lot of damage, but it will provide 10 Darkness, 30 Charon’s Obol or 40 Health every time it is summoned. Realistically, I think this is a terrible companion who should not be used, but it’s still a good way to grind out resources if a player is repeating lower-tier content.
The Daedalus Hammer is by far the most important Artifact that players can get in a run of an escape as it will help provide players with upgrades to their Weapons.
Players should always take the Daedalus Hammer whenever it appears as it is pretty rare to appear and the only other way to get these upgrades is by purchasing the Anvil of Fates, which isn’t guaranteed, in the Temple of Styx.
While the Daedalus Hammer only comes with Common upgrades, these upgrades tend to be more powerful than any Boon as they can change the playstyle of a Weapon completely, providing players with many new abilities they would not have access to otherwise.
The Loyalty Card is the rarest Artifact to obtain, though in my opinion isn’t an Artifact that players should be hunting for.
Essentially if players head into Charon’s Shop in Erebus they have a 22% chance for it to appear. Players will have to interact with the Loan (300 Charon’s Obol) which randomly appears behind him and will have to defeat him in order to obtain the Loyalty Card.
While the Loyalty Card is a great item, providing players with a 20% discount on any purchases with Charon, the battle between Charon is very difficult and will require players to have Deflect Dash from Athena or the Arthur’s upgrade with the Stygian Blade.
As mentioned, my opinion is to typically avoid this Artifact as it is not necessary and players will be able to collect the best rewards in the Temple of Styx typically without it.
POM OF POWER
The Pom of Power is a fairly strong Artifact to have on your side, though I must admit that I don’t always choose to obtain one, especially if there is a Boon from a god that I really want.
There are two different types of Poms of Power, one with a full pomegranate behind it, which will allow a player to choose what Boon they would like to power up with a single level and Pom Slices which will randomly level up a Boon.
It should be noted that Boons have diminishing returns, meaning that an upgrade from level 1 to 2 is bigger than one from 2 to 3, though players will want to make sure that they empower a good Boon rather than a useless one, making rerolls important for this aspect, especially if players have Heroic or Legendary Boons.
The Red Onion is a bit of a troll Artifact and will provide players with 1 Health whenever they fail a Perfect Clear of Erebus.
Because this reward is so measly, players should only head to Erebus if they are ready to clear a chamber without taking any damage or hits.
These should only be tried with ranged Weapons or when a player has Deflect because otherwise they are very challenging and only for extremely good players, otherwise you’re simply missing out on a reward.