- Estimated achievement difficulty: 5/10 with God Mode activated and proper planning; 7/10 without both [Achievement Difficulty Rating]
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- Approximate amount of time to 1000: 50-70 hours [highly RNG dependent] [Estimated Time to 100%]
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: Approximately 50-60 full runs, technically, but plan on 80-100 due to RNG
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No - can turn on God Mode from the start and unlock all achievements
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
Welcome to Hades, the extremely fun and addictive roguelike where you play as Zagreus, Prince of Death, who is on a mission to try to fight his way out of Tartarus and back to the surface of Earth. Olympian Gods provide help in the form of boons that give you random benefits, making you stronger as you fight off underworld bosses to get to the surface. Be prepared for many, many runs of the game as you die, learn, get stronger, and perfect your playstyle. The achievements in this game largely take place after "beating" the game for the first time (i.e. escaping for the first time), and many of them will take tons and tons of runs to complete some of the prophecies (side quests), so be prepared for a decently long (but fun) haul. Let's get started.
This completion can take significantly longer and be significantly more difficult if you don't prepare properly. Here are some important things to be aware of before and as you start the game for the first time.
- Don't hesitate to turn on God Mode. It doesn't void any achievements and it makes the game easier every time you die: you start with a 20% damage reduction, and this increases by 2% every time you die, up to a maximum of 80%. You could theoretically kill yourself over and over at the start of your save file to up this damage reduction as much as you'd like, although I don't find that necessary. You will end up dying many times along the way anyway.
- Of the two longest term achievement types, the first is for completing side quests for a handful of people (Nyx and Achilles, especially). You can work on progressing these quests as soon as you start playing by ensuring that you always talk to every character you see between/during each playthrough. Whenever you see a character with an exclamation point above their head, talk to them. It means they have new dialogue to hear. This is especially important for both Achilles and Nyx in the House of Hades, because they both have a ridiculous amount of dialogue to hear, and their two side quests will end up being two of your last achievements in the game. Talk to everyone.
- Along similar lines to the above is increasing your bond with many characters. This is done by giving them Nectar (orange liquid in a glass bulb). You will need to give almost every character in the game the maximum amount of Nectar for various side quests and achievements. However, because Nyx and Achilles have such long side quests, prioritize them when you have extra Nectar, to max out their bond as quickly as possible.
- The second type of longest term achievement is to max out all of the Keepsakes in the game. There are 25 Keepsakes, and each one will take approximately two full playthroughs to level it up to max, meaning a minimum of 50 full playthroughs of the game. As a result, you should absolutely be unlocking Keepsakes as early as possible (done by giving one Nectar to each and every single character in the game), equipping one, and as soon as it reaches max level, swap it out for a new one. If you make it a point to do this continually as you play, you won't be stuck grinding out Keepsake levels to finish off this completion.
Step 1: Practice, Mirror, and First Successful Escape
As strange as it may sound, your first step is going to be beating the game (i.e. escaping for the first time). This won't be easy, so expect to die a lot before you succeed for the first time. Thankfully, even if you die, no run is a waste. You will be getting experience with the different types of enemies and their attack patterns, learning what to expect from different rooms and bosses, and getting more experience with using weapon(s). For your early runs, prioritize chambers that reward Darkness (purple gem), Keys, and Gemstones (green gems) in that order. Darkness is especially important in the beginning because it is the currency used to rank up talents in the Mirror in your bedroom between runs. These Mirror talents are persistent benefits, so all of the Darkness you collect can be spent here to make you stronger for each subsequent run. Focus on unlocking more talents with Keys, and leveling them up with Darkness. The Gemstones can be spent with the House Contractor next to Hades' desk, and the first tab (Work Orders) lets you build things that will benefit you during your runs, so don't forget to pay for these between runs whenever you have enough Gemstones.
How long this step takes will vary tremendously. I personally escaped for the first time on my ninth attempt, but I know I'm in the minority - most people take 15-25 attempts to finally escape. But don't be discouraged. Keep at it, keep leveling up the Mirror talents, and try varying your weapon. You can use Keys to unlock more weapons, so try each one out until you find one that clicks for you. You may find yourself struggling immensely, and then you switch weapons and suddenly you're plowing through fights and bosses because that weapon just better suits your playstyle. Lastly, don't forgot to use Nectar to unlock Keepsakes from the various characters. These will also help you on your playthroughs. Specifically, the one you get from Cerberus boosts your health significantly early on, and this can really help during your first runs.
Refer to Is There No Escape? (50G) for more advice and guidance for successfully escaping. Once you finally escape successfully, you now can work on the majority of the game's achievements.
Step 2: Heat Runs, and Heat 16 with 10th Successful Escape
Escaping successfully for the first time unlocks access to the Pact of Punishment. Now whenever you go to start a run, you will be shown a list of conditions you can enable that make your playthrough more difficult - each one you enable increases your Heat level (the higher the Heat, the more difficult the playthrough). I know you probably just barely survived your first successful escape, but now it's time to make things more difficult! Your next milestone is going to be your tenth successful escape, as that technically completes the story. Because of story reasons, your tenth successful escape is shorter and easier than all other escapes. As a result, you can make things worlds easier on you by pairing your tenth successful escape with the hardest achievement in the game: Skelly's Last Lamentations (75G) requires you to successfully escape with a Heat of 16. You will need to enable many conditions to up your Heat to 16, making this the most difficult playthrough of your completion, but pairing it with your tenth successful escape removes a significant amount of the difficulty. So if you want to lower this game from a 7/10 in difficulty down to 5/10, make absolutely sure to track your successful escapes so that when you're starting your first run after your ninth successful escape (i.e. the run where you expect to successfully escape for the tenth time), you turn up your Heat to 16. Much more information about this can be found in Skelly's Last Lamentations (75G), so refer to it for more information.
Going from potentially barely surviving your first escape to doing a run with Heat 16 can sound intimidating, but my recommendation is that, assuming your first escape was with a weapon you enjoy and are good with, that you gradually increase the Heat with that weapon to get yourself ready for your tenth escape. For example, after escaping for the first time, I started with something easy - on the Pact of Punishment, bump Convenience Fee up one level to give you Heat 1. This condition just makes items in the purple Wells of Charon a little more expensive, so it doesn't impact your overall playthrough at all. Play through and successfully escape at Heat 1, and then bump it up again for Heat 2. Then, I suggest bumping up Extreme Measures once. This changes the first boss fight a bit. After successfully escaping, bump up Extreme Measures a second time to change up the first and second boss fights. These two aren't too bad because all of the regular chambers and encounters don't change at all, only the two boss fights, so you should still be able to manage. If you follow like this, you can keep increasing your Heat by one each escape so that you're playing up to at least Heat 8 before you bump it up to 16 for your tenth escape. Try out different conditions to see what you have the easiest time with to get yourself ready for Heat 16.
During this step, you will also have the opportunity for many other tasks and achievements.
- Purchase the 'Fated List of Minor Prophecies' from the House Contractor ASAP, if you haven't already. This enables the ability to track and complete all of the side quests (called prophecies in this game), many of which are very long term, and also get rewards for completing them.
- You should encounter Thanatos for the first time, if you haven't already. Once you do, you can finally start attempting Death Dealer (10G).
- You will now have the ability to attempt to earn To Charon's Credit (30G) after your first escape. Read through that to see how.
- Purchase the Rod of Fishing from the House Contractor, if you haven't already, and you can check out River Denizens (10G) for more information on how fishing works so you can work on that achievement. After buying the Rod of Fishing is also the first and by far easiest opportunity on your entire save file to unlock Thanks, But No Thanks (10G), so be sure to read through that quick so you don't miss that easy opportunity.
- Depending on how many attempts it takes for you to successfully escape ten times, you may experience the flashback (when you enter your room, you're given an objective to go to sleep) of you going to work in the Administrative Chamber. This is random, and typically shows up somewhere in the 20-30 attempt range. Once you get this flashback, you can purchase access to the Administrative Chamber from the House Contractor. Make sure to do this as soon as possible, because you'll need access for a few other achievements.
Step 3: Pacts, Mirror Options, and Weapon Aspects
By now, you should have experience with many different conditions from the Pact of Punishment, you should have unlocked access to the second side of the Mirror in your bedroom, and you've assuredly unlocked all six weapons. For this step, I recommend now focusing on these three things:
- You will need to successfully escape with each of the different Pact condifions enabled for Harsh Conditions (30G). They don't need to be all done at once, so you can do many different escapes, each with one different condition enabled, until you've used them all. No need to make this harder on yourself by combining a ton of them, as you'll need the runs to work on Keepsake leveling and conversations for prophecies.
- Likewise, you will need to successfully escape with each of the different Mirror talents for Dark Reflections (10G). You've most likely escaped with all of the standard "dark side" talents unlocked and at least ranked up once, but by now you should also have access to each talent's "light side." Most light side talents are "worse" than the dark side ones, although not too bad. But just like above, you can enable one light side talent at a time, and complete each run with a single light side talent, rather than combining a ton and making things more difficult on yourself. This can be done concurrent with the above point.
- Lastly, you should definitely have unlocked all six weapons by now, and this grants you access to see the Weapon Aspects of each weapon. You should have gotten a decent amount of Titan Blood from gradually increasing Heat in Step 2 above, and if you followed my advice in that step, you actually shouldn't need to grind out any Titan Blood to unlock all Weapon Aspects. Refer to Infernal Arms (40G) for a detailed rundown on how to easily obtain enough Titan Blood to unlock all Weapon Aspects. This is also the best time to unlock all Hidden Aspects, which are also detailed in that same achievement solution.
At this point you should be done with a large portion of the achievements, but likely still need to level up many Keepsakes and still have a handful of prophecies to complete, as well as complete the epilogue of the story. The most important thing for this step is that by now you've almost certainly finished all of the Work Orders from the Contractor that require Gemstones (the remaining ones can only be purchased with Diamonds). At this point, there is nothing to spend Gemstones on, so you should be trading all of your Gemstones to the Broker in the Lounge for Keys. You shouldn't have anything to spend Keys on either (all weapons and Mirror talents should be long unlocked by now), so Keys should be traded for Nectar. You will need to use a massive amount of Nectar now - you will need to max out your bond with:
- At least five of the Olympian Gods (the ones who give you boons during runs) so you can access the epilogue
- Almost everyone in the House of Hades: Achilles, Nyx, Hades, Persephone, Megaera, Dusa, Skelly, Orpheus, and Thanatos (basically everyone except Hypnos and Cerberus) for various achievements
- Chaos (found randomly during runs)
- The three characters found randomly in each of the three regions (Sisyphus, Eurydice and Patroclus)
Hades is, to put it simply, a fantastic game. The gameplay is very fun and addictive, with enough variety with weapons and the RNG from boons to mean that every playthrough is unique and fun in its own way. There is a ton to do, and many ways to give you different challenges as you progress through the completion. If you managed the full gamerscore, there are still some other things you can do: try to complete a run on Heat 32 to unlock Skelly's third prize for bragging rights, or try to speedrun the game to see how fast of a clear you can obtain. The world record is currently 5 minutes! Hopefully you enjoyed this game as much as I did, and congrats on the completion!