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Hades: The Blood Price Update Patch Notes

By Supergiant Games March 1st, 2020

Hades is in Early Access, which means we're actively working on it based on our plans and your feedback. We expect to keep adding features, powers, visual enhancements, music, and more, while expanding the story and fine-tuning all aspects of the experience.

Note: 📢 indicates a change inspired by community feedback! Our latest patch notes are below:
Early Access Patch 044: The BLOOD PRICE Update - June 23, 2020

Our third Major Update of the year has officially arrived, and it's our biggest ever, chock-full of new content across the board!! Thank you for playing, and special thanks to our beta testers for helping us get here. Expect a follow-up patch soon to address any lingering issues, and then... onward to our v1.0 Launch!


Highlights

New Boss Fight: see if you can find this dangerous new encounter, and reap the rewards
New Legendary Aspects: discover the hidden forms of the Bow, Shield, and Rail
New Foes and Mini-bosses: face the Wretched Sneak, Dracon, Doomstone, and more
New Boons & Upgrades: gain dozens of new powers, including Duo Boons for each Olympian pairing
New Goods in Stock: look for many new items from Charon and the House Contractor
New Art & Visual Effects: bask in the atmosphere, with newly added character models and animations
Expanded Story: experience new narrative events for nearly every single character in the game
Updated Code Base: our newly optimized game engine offers smoother performance for many players


Engine & Tech

Updated our code base for improved performance and compatibility. The game should now run on more PCs above the minimum system requirement, and run faster for most players.

Note: Please make sure to update your graphics drivers to the latest version to take advantage of these improvements! If you cannot start the game, or experience worsened performance relative to past versions, please reach out to us at discord.gg/Supergiant and we will work with you to get it resolved.


General Gameplay

📢 Upgraded Chthonic Key rewards grant Fated Authority even while using Routine Inspection (Pact)
📢 Hell Mode no longer forces you to play at escalating Heat levels
Slightly reduced base chance Olympians offering Duo Boons (now that there are many more of them)


Infernal Arms, Aspects, & Abilities

Heart-Seeking Bow (Rama Aspect): new! Seek Artemis to reveal it (unlock Guan Yu and Bow aspects first)
Shield of Chaos (Beowulf Aspect): new! Seek Chaos to reveal it (unlock Guan Yu and Shield aspects first)
Adamant Rail (L------ Aspect): new! Seek Zeus to reveal it (unlock Guan Yu and Rail aspects first)
📢 Stygian Blade (Arthur Aspect): improved hit box on second swing in the Attack sequence
Eternal Spear (Guan Yu Aspect): slightly reduced Throw special width and damage


Boons & Blessings

Each Olympian now offers a new, alternate Cast Boon while you have Aspect of Beowulf (Shield)
Lightning Reflexes (Zeus): new! Dash just before being hit to counter-attack with a lightning bolt
Smoldering Air (Zeus x Aphrodite): new! Your God Gauge charges up automatically, but caps at 25%
Rip Current (Poseidon): new! Makes Poseidon's Aid last longer and pull foes in
Hydraulic Might (Poseidon): new! Your Attack and Special are briefly stronger at the start of Encounters
Unshakable Mettle (Poseidon x Athena): new! You can't be stunned, and resist damage from bosses
Curse of Drowning (Poseidon x Ares): new! Your Cast is a pulse that deals damage to foes around you
Parting Shot (Athena x Aphrodite): new! Your Cast deals backstab damage and gains related bonuses
Spent Spirit (Athena x Aphrodite): now from Athena x Dionysus, called Calculated Risk
Stubborn Roots (Athena x Demeter): new! While you have no Death Defiance, your health regenerates
Blood Frenzy (Ares): new! After using Death Defiance, deal more damage in that Encounter
Dire Misfortune (Ares): increased power level
Ares' Aid: reduced duration; increased damage to compensate
Curse of Nausea (Ares x Dionysus): new! Your Hangover effects deal damage faster
Freezing Vortex (Ares x Demeter): new! Your Cast inflicts Chill, but is smaller and slower
Blown Kiss (Aphrodite): new! Your Cast shoots farther and is stronger against undamaged foes
Cold Embrace (Aphrodite x Demeter): new! Your Cast beam fires at your position, dealing more damage
Curse of Longing (Aphrodite x Ares): increased damage
Dual Shot (Artemis): now a Duo, called Mirage Shot (Poseidon x Artemis)
Support Fire (Artemis): reduced scaling from Poms
📢 Fully Loaded (Artemis): reduced bonus Cast ammo; adjusted requirements for this to be offered
Splitting Headache (Artemis x Dionysus): new! Hangover-afflicted foes more likely to take Critical damage
Strong Drink (Dionysus): new! Using Fountains restores all your health and gives you bonus damage
Glacial Glare (Demeter): new! Your Cast fires for a longer duration and inflicts Chill
Frozen Touch (Demeter): new! after taking damage, damage and completely Chill your foe
Arctic Blast (Demeter): reduced effectiveness
📢 Winter's Harvest (Demeter): adjusted requirements for this to be offered
Quick Favor (Hermes): new! Your God Gauge slowly charges up automatically
Side Hustle (Hermes): new! Gain some money each time you enter a chamber
Rush Delivery (Hermes): new! Deal bonus damage based on any bonus move speed
Halting (Chaos): new! Your Dash has reduced range
Brilliance (Chaos): new! Any Gemstones you find are worth more
Assault (Chaos): new! Deal bonus damage striking undamaged foes
Ambush (Chaos): new! Deal bonus damage striking foes from behind
Ruin (Chaos): new! Traps deal bonus damage to foes


Daedalus Hammer Upgrades

Hoarding Slash (Blade): new! Your Attack deals more damage the more money you have
Snap Nova (Blade): new! You lunge forward when you use your Special; use again to lunge back
Greater Consecration (Blade - Arthur Aspect): new! Your Special aura is larger and makes foes slower
Concentrated Volley (Bow): new! Your Special deals bonus damage for each consecutive hit to a foe
Point-Blank Shot (Bow): Added back to the game; makes your Attack deal bonus damage to nearby foes
Repulse Shot (Bow - Rama Aspect): new! Your Attack creates a Blast Wave that knocks away nearby foes
Flaring Spin (Spear): new! While charging your Spin Attack, you pulse damage and cannot be stunned
Triple Jab (Spear): new! Your Attack strikes 3 times in a spread pattern
Winged Serpent (Spear - Guan Yu Aspect): new! Your Serpent Slash ability travels longer
World Smasher (Shield): cut from game
Empowering Flight (Shield): new! After your Special hits, your next 3 attacks deal bonus damage
Ferocious Guard (Shield): new! After blocking a foe, briefly gain bonus damage and move speed
Dashing Flight (Shield): new! While you Dash, your Throw special is faster and deals more damage
Unyielding Defense (Shield - Beowulf Aspect): new! After using your Cast, you briefly cannot be stunned
Kinetic Launcher (Fists): new! Your Cutter special becomes a charged ranged attack
Heavy Knuckle (Fists): new! Your Attack becomes a stronger, slower 3-hit sequence
Colossus Knuckle (Fists): new! You cannot be stunned while using your Attack or Special
Consecutive Fire (Rail): cut from game
Spread Fire (Rail): now has a penalty to max. ammo again; reduced damage and area of effect
Inescapable Blast (Rail): now also causes foes to take more damage; now called Targeting System
Seeking Fire (Rail): new! Your Attack seeks the nearest foe and deals bonus damage
Concentrated Fire (Rail): new! Successive shots against the same foe deal more damage
...Plus 4 new Daedalus Hammer Upgrades unique to the Rail's new L------ Aspect


Foes & Encounters

Thanatos: increased rate of attack for his single-target Death Sentence
'Trial of the Gods': increased frequency and tracking of Artemis attacks; increased frequency and quantity of Dionysus attacks
Wringer: new! This Tartarus foe grabs and briefly stuns you
Wretched Sneak: new! This Tartarus mini-boss is elusive and deadly
Doomstone: new! This Tartarus mini-boss is what Brimstones want to be when they grow up
Bloodless Slam-Dancers, Wave-Makers, and Burn-Flingers no longer appear as Tartarus mini-bosses
Megaera: ground blast attacks detonate slightly faster
The Fury Sisters: increased health and attack speed under Extreme Measures (Pact)
📢 The Bloodless: improved leaping behavior for all varieties
Wave-Maker: reduced Elite health and armor
Bloodless Bone-Raker: new! This Asphodel foe attacks with consecutive swipes
Dracon: new! This Asphodel foe burrows and uses ranged attacks
Witches Circle: new! This Asphodel mini-boss encounter pits you against elite Spreaders
Gorgon: increased Elite armor and firing sequence
Skull-Crusher: slightly increased the duration the Elite version stays on the ground
Bone Hydra: reworked; the main head now has 4 new variants you may encounter instead of the original, each with their own attacks (based on what the smaller heads can do)
Elysian Spear Trap: now link their attacks whenever one is activated
The Exalted: increased damage for Brightswords, Greatshields, and Strongbows
📢 The Minotaur: slightly reduced turn speed on Bull Rush attack; updated various other attacks
📢 Theseus: reduced damage of explosive attack under Extreme Measures (Pact)
📢 Fixed Styx Poison effects sometimes not clearing after an Encounter


Mirror of Night

Family Favorite: slightly reduced effectiveness; you now can see your current bonus from it in Boon Info
Olympian Legacy: moved to be the counterpart to Gods' Pride; now called Gods' Legacy; reduced the max. benefit this could provide (now that there are many more Duos; invested Darkness will be refunded)
Dark Regeneration: slightly reduced max. benefit


Keepsakes

Companion Antos ( ? ? ? ): new Legendary Keepsake! Summons ? ? ? to skewer your foes
📢 Companion Rib (Skelly): summoned companion no longer auto-locked using Aim Assist
Shattered Shackle (Sisyphus): reworked; your basic moves are stronger while not empowered by Boons


Well of Charon & Other Items

Anvil of Fates: new! Removes one random Daedalus Hammer enchantment, then gives you two
Mystery Boon: new! Gives you a Boon from a random Olympian; costs less than a Boon
Pom Slice: new! Gives a random Boon 1 Lv.; costs less than Pom
Gaea's Treasure: new! Provides some Gemstones.
Centaur Soul: new! Raises life total (without healing).
Price of Midas: new! Provides some money, in exchange for some life.
Chimaera Jerky: new! Your Special deals more damage.
Fateful Twist: new! You gain a random item from the Well of Charon.
Nemesis Crest: new! You deal more damage striking foes from behind.
Eris Bangle: new! You deal more damage to undamaged foes.
Nail of Talos: new! You deal more damage against armor.
Aether Net: new! You start Encounters with your God Gauge partly full.
Stygian Shard: new! Traps deal significantly more damage to your foes.
Skeletal Lure: new! Guarantee a Fishing Point at the next possible location
Night Spindle: new! Gain 1 use of your Chthonic Companion
📢 Flame Wheels Release: new! Guarantee Flame Wheels will not appear
📢 Kiss of Styx: now only offered if you are missing a Death Defiance charge
📢 Charon sometimes sells Gemstones (only when he would have offered Darkness, Chthonic Keys, or Nectar)


Pact of Punishment

📢 Routine Inspection: no longer prevents getting Fated Authority charges during an escape attempt
📢 Forced Overtime: added foe-specific limitations in cases where this was particularly unfair...
📢 Benefits Package: reduced how much bonus Armor could be provided by the Bruiser Perk


House Contractor

Added dozens of new jobs to order with your hard-earned Gemstones and Diamonds, such as...
Bat Cage, All-Seeing: survey the entire House with these specially-trained reconnaissance bats
Aquarium, Cubical: since all those river-denizens you're procuring out there do need a place to live...
Sundial, Imported: surely this will settle the mystery of whether it is day or night at any given point...
Gallery Paintings, Landscapes, and Portraits: revamped gallery space with bigger, bolder images
Darker Thirst: speaking of hard-earned Gemstones, this new upgrade lets you hard-earn them faster
Downgraded the poor House Contractor's work desk, even after all that (though you can upgrade it)


Fated List of Minor Prophecies

Divided by Death: new! Help settle a difficult matter between Achilles and the Fallen Warrior
The Preserver's Avatar: new! Bring the Aspect of Rama to the surface
The Dragon's Rival: new! Bring the Aspect of Beowulf to the surface
The Dawn Bringer: new! Bring the Aspect of L------ to the surface
Amusing Chaos: new! Vanquish the Final Boss bearing the Cosmic Egg
Sea-God's Spite: new! Vanquish Theseus using Extreme Measures (Pact) for Poseidon
War-God's Bloodlust: new! Slay how many foes for Ares?
Customer Loyalty: new! Purchase each of Charon's goods
A Friendly Wager: new! Prevail in a certain battle twice without failing for Hermes
Updated requirements to fulfill several other Prophecies (won't affect you if you've already fulfilled them)


Permanent Record & Security Log

📢 The Security Log now shows your Mirror and Pact configuration per escape attempt


Level Design & Environments

Added new chambers to Tartarus, Asphodel, Elysium, and the Temple of Styx
Updated the layout of Charon's shops to make room for a certain item that appears from time to time...
Other minor fixes and improvements to various chambers


Art & Visual FX

Updated main menu based on new Major Update
Added new portrait and character model for Charon
Added new portrait variant for the Fallen Warrior
Added new portrait variant for Zagreus
Added new character models for Achilles, Orpheus, Sisyphus, and Skelly
Added new animations for Achilles, Sisyphus, Hypnos, Nyx, and more
Updated Bone Hydra look and animations; each type of head is more distinct
Updated artwork and visual effects in various chambers
Updated visual presentation making contact with Olympians
Updated visual presentation initiating Trials of the Gods
Updated the Tartarus Overlook in the House Courtyard
Updated various other assets in the House of Hades, such as the Prince's Wall-Scrolls
Added visual effects dashing from the Pool of Styx in the House of Hades
Added a unique chamber preview icon for the transitional chambers between regions
Added visual effect for the appearance of Duo and Legendary Boons
Added new look variations for some types of information panels (e.g. forging bonds with characters)
Updated visual effect for enhanced rewards
Updated Skelly's animations using Companion Rib
Updated visual effects for equippable Infernal Arms in the Courtyard
Updated the look of the Mirror of Night object in the Prince's Bedchambers
Updated the look of the Underworld Map
Updated the look of Chaos' Boon
Updated the look of Inspect Points
Updated the look of selection indicator in some menu screens
Improved visual effects when striking armored foes
Improved some visual effects on the Fury Sisters
Improved presentation fulfilling Prophecies about bringing Legendary Aspects to the surface
Improved presentation buying out Sealed Documents from the House Contractor
Improved look of going through chamber exits in the Temple of Styx
Many other visual fixes and improvements


Menus & UI

📢 Improved messaging and feedback in the Pause menu when choosing between Quit and Give Up
Updated some formatting on the Keepsake Screen
📢 Some powers with range-specific bonuses show an indicator on their aim previews
Fixed Underworld Map showing mystery rewards after clearing the highest Heat level for rewards
Improved feedback on successful Backstab attacks
Updated feedback activating Ruthless Reflex (Mirror) (enhanced the visual, removed the text)
Added Info button on the Pact screen for a reminder about how it works
Updated presentation when new Boons and other powers are added to the sidebar
Updated some tooltips on the Mirror of Night
Added improved error messaging if auto-save fails for any reason
Other minor fixes, changes, and improvements


Music & SFX

Added a new music track for a certain new encounter...
Added many new sound effects to various contexts (such as the new foes and Legendary Aspects)
Updated sound effects for Theseus and The Minotaur
Updated sound effects for the Final Boss
Updated sound effects using the barges in Asphodel
Updated impact sounds on foes (so they are distinct from impact sounds on the player)
Updated interact sounds for each Olympian Boon and some other rewards
Updated some sound effects while using the Rod of Fishing
Updated audio presentation for Olympian Aid effects
Fixed some Asphodel obstacles missing impact sounds
Minor improvements to Eurydice song scripting after completing her subplot with Orpheus
Other minor changes, fixes, and mix improvements


Voice & Narrative

Added many new narrative events, some for nearly every character (with roughly 3,500 new voice lines!)
Extended Affinity Gauges for Achilles, Cerberus, Charon, Poseidon, Hypnos, Hermes, Athena, Ares, Dionysus, and the Fallen Warrior (you can give them more gifts)
Added Duo Boon interactions for all Olympian pairings that didn't already have them
Added many, many new Zagreus voice lines to various contexts for additional variety
Added Codex entries for various new Perilous Foes and Artifacts, plus a new Fable
Added a number of new Inspect Points to new chambers and some House Contractor items
Updated dozens of older Zagreus voice lines for performance consistency
Updated Codex entries for Achilles and the Fallen Warrior
📢 Added still another new Early Access Ending variant
Spurned Olympians will speak over the death presentation if you perish during a Trial of the Gods
Chaos will speak over the death presentation if you perish after taking damage from a curse
Added emote animations and other minor improvements to various narrative events
Updated requirements and other minor changes to various narrative events
Fixes and tuning to various contextual voice events


New Settings

📢 Added Bright Cursor setting to Settings menu; it can make the mouse cursor easier to spot
Added VSync setting to Display menu; toggling can help improve performance in some cases


Miscellaneous

Updated Development Roadmap to reflect our plans for our next v1.0 Launch, slated for later this year
Added more translated text content in supported languages (translations are ongoing for newer content)
Cloud Saves now supported for the Epic Games Store version of the game
Added Community Translators to Credits (Thank you for all your efforts!!)
Added more Community Contributors to Credits (We really appreciate your support!!)
Reduced minimum system requirement to DirectX 10 (was DirectX 10.1)
📢 After Thanatos encounters, he will sometimes teleport toward the chamber exit to get there faster
Thanatos now shows an invulnerable effect when struck
Reduced requirements to unlock Perilous Foes entries in the Codex
Infernal Trove pedestals should interact with projectile attacks more consistently
📢 Sisyphus gives more Darkness
📢 Added more contextual tips when learning to use the Rod of Fishing
📢 The gameplay timer now stops during Thanatos encounters
📢 You now can pet Cerberus without having to give him Nectar
📢 The Keepsake Screen has unique messages for each character with whom you forge a bond
The crowd has more dynamic reactions in the final chamber in Elysium
The Head Chef in the House of Hades now cuts onions ceaselessly
You now can interact with the Featured House-Servant Wall in the Lounge; more characters eligible
You now can interact with the Motivational Wall-scrolls in the Administrative Chamber
You now can irritate caged shades in Tartarus
Tuned interact distances on some characters and House of Hades objects
Removed the shimmering halo on the portrait of Lord Hades (the Olympians can have it)
Shades in the House of Hades have more to say
Improved presentation confronting the Tiny Vermin in the Temple of Styx
Improved presentation exiting the Administrative Chamber in the House of Hades
Updated flavor text on various screens
Updated boss nameplates in some encounters
📢 Various text fixes, updates, and clarifications


Bug Fixes

📢 Fixed Aphrodite's Affinity Gauge sometimes not unlocking as intended
Fixed an issue where Black Out (Dionysus) would sometimes not apply its damage bonus
Fixed unintended interactions using Aspect of Hera with Auto Reload (Hermes)
Fixed an issue where Boon icons could remain stuck onscreen
Fixed incorrect icon for Exit Wounds (Artemis)
Fixed presentation issues with Boon upgrade feedback while using Rare Crop (Demeter)
Fixed an issue preventing situational Chthonic Companion Summon voice lines from playing
Fixed minor animation issues with Hypnos and Dusa
📢 Many, many, many other minor fixes


Bug Additions

Hopefully not too many, thanks to our diligent Beta Testers!


Quote of the Patch

'Never, never again shall I return from Hades once you have given me the soothing rites of fire. Never again will you and I, alive and breathing, huddle side-by-side, apart from loyal comrades, making plans together--never...'
~The Iliad (Homer; R. Fagles translation)

Patch Notes Archive

For patch notes from the previous Major Update, check out The Nighty Night Update Patch Notes (March, 2020).