Hades: Zeus Boon Guide

BY DREW

Drew

Writer and Storywriter

PUBLISHED 1 YEAR AGO

In Supergiant Games’ Hades, the gods of Olympus or Olympians will help Zagreus in his pursuit of escaping the Underworld. This is because they think that Zagreus wants to leave the Underworld in order to join them in Olympus. Spoiler alert: that’s not true at all but what they don’t know won’t hurt them. Besides, it would probably be impossible for Zagreus to escape the Underworld without their help.

Hades: Zeus Boon Guide

The Olympians help Zagreus by giving him boons which are upgrades that can make him stronger. Boons can be obtained by completing chambers as chamber rewards or by purchasing them from Charon’s Shop for 150 Obols. These boons, however, are only effective on the current escape attempt they were obtained and will disappear once Zagreus dies and goes back to the House of Hades.

One of the Olympians that helps Zagreus in his Underworld escape attempts is Zeus himself. Zeus, the god of the sky and thunder, is  Zagreus’ uncle and the ruler of the Olympian Gods. In this guide, you’ll get to know Zeus’ boons to help you in your Underworld escape attempts.

Boons

Zeus’ boons mostly have lightning bolts or chain lightning effects which can deal great damage to a group of enemies because the lightning bolts also deal damage in an area around the enemy it strikes and the chain lightning effects bounce to other enemies. Zeus’ Status Curse is Jolted. If an enemy is Jolted, it consumes the Curse by inflicting damage to itself when it attacks.

Here is a list of Zeus’ boons:

BoonDescriptionRarityBoon Requirement
Lightning StrikeZagreus’ attack emits chain-lightning when it damages an enemy.

Bounces: 4
Bounce Range: 520
Deals reduced damage per bounce.
Common: Lightning Damage: 10
Rare: Lightning Damage: 12.5
Epic: Lightning Damage: 15
Heroic: Lightning Damage: 20
None 
Thunder FlourishLightning strikes nearby enemies as part of Zagreus’ special.

Has an internal cooldown of .2 per target. (Bolt only triggers, at most, 5 times per second per enemy)

Damage Radius: 200
Common: Lightning Damage: 30
Rare: Lightning Damage: 38
Epic: Lightning Damage: 45
Heroic: Lightning Damage: 60
None
Electric ShotZagreus’ Cast is a burst of chain-lightning that bounces between foes.

Bounces: 5
Bounce Range: 720
Cannot be combined with Aspect of Beowulf
Common: Cast Damage: 60
Rare: Cast Damage: 70
Epic: Cast Damage: 81
Heroic: Cast Damage: 90
None
Thunder Flare Zagreus’ Cast causes a lightning bolt to strike nearby foes.Common: Cast Damage: 60
Rare: Cast Damage: 72
Epic: Cast Damage: 84
Heroic: Cast Damage: 96
Unique to Aspect of Beowulf
Thunder DashZagreus’ Dash causes a lightning bolt to strike nearby foes.

Range: 500
Damage Radius: 200
Common: Lightning Damage: 10
Rare: Lightning Damage: 15
Epic: Lightning Damage: 20
Heroic: Lightning Damage: 25
None
Zeus’ AidZagreus’ Call makes lightning strike nearby foes repeatedly for 1.5 Sec.

Max Gauge Bonus: 9 Sec. Duration
Common: Lightning Damage: 50
Rare: Lightning Damage: 55
Epic: Lightning Damage: 60
Heroic: Lightning Damage: 65
None
Heaven’s VengeanceAfter Zagreus’ takes damage, the enemy who attacked is struck by lightning.

Damage Radius: 120
Common: Revenge Damage: 80
Rare: Multiplier: 1.3–1.5
Epic: Multiplier: 1.8–2.0
Heroic: Multiplier: 2.3–2.5
None
Lightning ReflexesAfter Zagreus Dashes just before getting hit, a bolt strikes nearby enemies.Common: Lightning Damage: 20
Rare: Lightning Damage: 30
Epic: Lightning Damage: 40
Heroic: Lightning Damage: 50
None
Storm LightningZagreus’ chain-lightning effects bounce more times before expiring.

Electric Shot gains 3, 6 or 9 jumps from this boon instead.
Common: Lightning Bounces: +2
Rare: Multiplier: +4
Epic: Multiplier: +6
Heroic: Multiplier: +8
Lightning Strike or Electric Shot
High VoltageZagreus’ lightning bolt effects deal damage in a larger area.Common: Bolt Area of Effect: +60%
Rare: Multiplier: +72%
Epic: Multiplier: +84%
Heroic: Multiplier: +96%
Thunder Flourish, Thunder Dash, or Zeus’ Aid
Double Strike Zagreus’ lightning bolt effects have a chance to strike twice.Common: Strike Chance: 25%
Rare: Multiplier: 30%
Epic: Multiplier: 35%
Heroic: Multiplier: 40%
Thunder Flourish, Thunder Dash, or Zeus’ Aid
Static DischargeZagreus’ lightning effects also make foes Jolted.Common: Jolt Damage: 60
Rare: Multiplier: 1.3–1.5
Epic: Multiplier: 1.8–2.0
Heroic: Multiplier: 2.3–2.5
Lightning Strike, Thunder Flourish, Electric Shot, Thunder Dash, Zeus’ Aid, Heaven’s Vengeance, or Lightning Reflexes
Clouded JudgmentZagreus’ God Gauge charges faster when he deals or takes damage.Common: Faster Wrath Gain: +10%
Rare: Multiplier: +12%
Epic: Multiplier: +14%
Heroic: Multiplier: +16%
Aphrodite’s Aid, Ares’ Aid, Artemis’ Aid, Athena’s Aid, Demeter’s Aid, Dionysus’ Aid, Poseidon’s Aid, or Zeus’ Aid
Billowing StrengthAfter using Call, Zagreus deals more damage for 15 Sec.Common: Bonus Damage: +20%
Rare: Bonus Damage: +22%
Epic: Bonus Damage: +24%
Heroic: Bonus Damage: +30%
Aphrodite’s Aid, Ares’ Aid, Artemis’ Aid, Athena’s Aid, Demeter’s Aid, Dionysus’ Aid, Poseidon’s Aid, or Zeus’ Aid
Splitting BoltAll of Zagreus’ lightning effects create an additional burst.

Lightning Damage: 40

The additional burst is a slow-moving spark.
Spark Speed: 500
Bounces: 5
Bounce Range: 520
LegendaryStorm Lightning, High Voltage, or Double Strike
Smoldering Air
Zagreus’ Call charges up automatically but is capped at 25%.

Auto Gauge Gain: 1% every .2 seconds

Cannot be combined with Sigil of the Dead
Duo (Aphrodite)One of:
Zeus: Lightning Strike, Thunder Flourish, Electric Shot, Thunder Dash, or Zeus’ Aid
Aphrodite: Heartbreak Strike, Heartbreak Flourish, Crush Shot, Passion Dash, or Aphrodite’s Aid
Vengeful Mood Zagreus’ Revenge attacks sometimes occur without taking damage.

Auto-Revenge Rate: 3 Sec.
Duo (Ares)One of each:
Zeus: Lightning Strike, Thunder Flourish, Electric Shot, Thunder Dash, or Zeus’ Aid
Ares: Curse of Agony, Curse of Pain, Slicing Shot, Blade Dash, or Ares’ Aid,
Revenge boon: Wave of Despair (Aphrodite), Curse of Vengeance (Ares), Holy Shield (Athena), Frozen Touch (Demeter), or Heaven’s Vengeance (Zeus)
Lightning Rod
Zagreus’ collectible Cast Ammo strikes nearby foes with lightning every 1 Sec.

Lightning Damage: 70

Requires the Infernal Soul Mirror Ability.
Lowers the range at which you can pick up Cast Ammo.
Duo (Artemis)One of each:
Zeus: Lightning Strike, Thunder Flourish, Electric Shot, Thunder Dash, or Zeus’ Aid
Artemis: Deadly Strike, Deadly Flourish, True Shot, Hunter Dash, or Artemis’ Aid
Lightning PhalanxZagreus’ Phalanx Shot Cast bounces between nearby foes.

Max Bounces: 3

Cannot be combined with Aspect of Beowulf
Duo (Athena)One of each:
Zeus: Lightning Strike, Thunder Flourish, Thunder Dash, or Zeus’ Aid
Athena: Phalanx Shot
Cold Fusion Jolted status does not expire on the enemies’ attacks.

Jolted Duration: 10 Sec.
Duo (Demeter)One of each:
Zeus: Static Discharge
Demeter: Frost Strike, Frost Flourish, Mistral Dash, or Demeter’s Aid,
Scintillating Feast Zagreus’ Festive Fog effects also deal lightning damage periodically.

Lightning Damage: 60
Duo (Dionysus)One of each:
Zeus: Lightning Strike, Thunder Flourish, Electric Shot, Thunder Dash, or Zeus’ Aid
Dionysus: Trippy Shot or High Tolerance
Sea StormZagreus’ knock-away effects also cause foes to be struck by lightning.

Lightning Damage: 40
Duo (Poseidon)One of each:
Zeus: Lightning Strike, Thunder Flourish, Electric Shot, Thunder Dash, or Zeus’ Aid
Poseidon: Tempest Strike, Tempest Flourish, Flood Shot, or Poseidon’s Aid

Final Thoughts

If you plan on obtaining Zeus’ boons, use weapons that can attack enemies rapidly like the Twin Fists of Malphon and the Adamant Rail to stack up the damage on enemies (as Zeus’ boons’ damage are not that great). Setting your build-up to obtain Zeus’ Legendary boon Splitting Bolt is also definitely worth it as improves all of Zagreus’ lightning effects.

Zeus’ boons are great for an all-around type of playstyle. He may be a bit of a jerk according to Greek mythology, but his boons are great for escaping the Underworld.

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