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Boons are upgrades given by the gods to help Zagreus in his attempts to escape the underworld. They can be obtained as rewards for clearing a room marked with the respective god's symbol or purchased for 150 Obols from Charon's shop. Boons only last for the duration of a run; they disappear when Zagreus dies and is sent back to the House of Hades.

Gods[ | ]

  • Aphrodite rewardAphrodite gives boons that inflict Weak and Charmed on opponents, as well as improve survivability.
  • Ares rewardAres gives boons that inflict Doom, create Blade Rifts, or increase the damage of your attacks.
  • Artemis RewardArtemis gives boons that grant Critical hits and improve Cast abilities.
  • Athena rewardAthena gives boons that allow abilities to Deflect projectiles and improve Calls and defensive options.
  • Chaos rewardChaos gives boons that grant a variety of bonuses after inflicting a debuff for multiple encounters.
  • Demeter rewardDemeter gives boons that add Chill to abilities, improve healing, and various debuffs.
  • Dionysus rewardDionysus gives boons that inflict Hangover, create Festive Fog, and improve survivability.
  • Hermes rewardHermes gives boons that increase your mobility, ability speed, evasion and dash capability.
  • Poseidon rewardPoseidon gives boons that add Knockback to abilities and improve room rewards.
  • Zeus rewardZeus gives boons that add chain lightning to abilities, or cause lightning to strike nearby enemies.

More information on specific boons from each god can be found on their respective pages.

Equipping a keepsake given by one of the gods (except Hermes or Chaos) ensures that the next time a boon is offered, it will be from that specific god. It does not guarantee that the very next reward will be a god boon - only that, the first time one appears, it will be from that god. Chaos and Hermes boons can appear before any other god boon regardless of the keepsake you are using.

Slots[ | ]

Zagreus' Attack, Special, Cast, Dash, and Call abilities have one boon slot, and cannot hold multiple ability boons.

For example, you cannot have both Cast from Aphrodite (Crush Shot) and Dionysus (Trippy Shot). However, a god may offer to replace another god's exclusive Boon slot with their own. Exchanges increase rarity of the slot by one, keeping the level the same. In the above example, Dionysus may offer to replace your Epic Crush Shot (Rank 2) with Heroic Trippy Shot (Rank 2).

This core ability slots follow the same nomenclature:

  • "Strike" for the Attack boons.
  • "Flourish" for the Special boons.
  • "Shot" for the Cast boons.
  • "Dash" for the Dash boons.
  • "Aid" for the Call boons.

Here follow the Boons design for all gods that offer Attack, Special, Cast, Dash, and Call Boons.

Zeus Lightning Strike I Thunder Flourish I Electric Shot I Thunder Dash I Zeus' Aid I
Poseidon Tempest Strike I Tempest Flourish I Flood Shot I Tidal Dash I Poseidon's Aid I
Athena Divine Strike I Divine Flourish I Phalanx Shot I Divine Dash I Athena's Aid I
Aphrodite Heartbreak Strike I Heartbreak Flourish I Crush Shot I Passion Dash I Aphrodite's Aid I
Artemis Deadly Strike I Deadly Flourish I True Shot I Hunter Dash I Artemis' Aid I
Ares Curse of Agony I Curse of Pain I Slicing Shot I Blade Dash I Ares' Aid I
Dionysus Drunken Strike I Drunken Flourish I Trippy Shot I Drunken Dash I Dionysus' Aid I
Demeter Frost Strike I Frost Flourish I Crystal Beam I Mistral Dash I Demeter's Aid I

Boon Rarity[ | ]

There are four 'standard' rarities of boon available, each more powerful than the last:

  • Common
  • Rare
  • Epic
  • Heroic

"More powerful" has a similar meaning as leveling the boon up (i.e. the same numbers get bigger), but +1 rarity and +1 level will have different results. The exact formula is currently unsolved.

Heroic rarity is available through exchanging an Epic-rarity boon, choosing Ambrosia Delight from Eurydice, or from cultivating boons with Rare Crop from Demeter. Note that the Yarn of Ariadne from the Well of Charon, and the Refreshing Nectar from Eurydice, cannot offer a heroic boon, even with the Exclusive Access duo boon from Poseidon and Dionysus, which makes every future boon to be at least an Epic-rarity boon.

Boons that are rewarded from Erebus encounters, mini-boss encounters (both types are denoted with a small skull on the chamber preview) or bought at a higher price from Charon in the Temple of Styx are more likely to have higher rarities.

Gods' Boons[ | ]

Aphrodite Boons Aphrodite symbol
Boon Effect
Heartbreak Strike I

Heartbreak Strike

Your Attack deals more damage and inflicts Weak.
Heartbreak Flourish I

Heartbreak Flourish

Your Special deals more damage and inflicts Weak.
Crush Shot I

Crush Shot

Your Cast is a wide, short-range blast that inflicts Weak.
Crush Shot I

Passion Flare

Your Cast damages foes around you and inflicts Weak.
Passion Dash I

Passion Dash

Your Dash inflicts damage where you end up, inflicting Weak.
Aphrodite's Aid I

Aphrodite's Aid

Your Call fires a seeking projectile that inflicts Charm.
Dying Lament I

Dying Lament

When foes are slain, they damage nearby foes and inflict Weak.
Wave of Despair I

Wave of Despair

After you take damage, damage nearby foes and inflict Weak.
Different League I

Different League

Resist some damage from nearby foes' attacks.
Life Affirmation I

Life Affirmation

Any HealthUp chamber rewards are worth more.
Empty Inside I

Empty Inside

Your Weak effects have a longer duration.
Sweet Surrender I

Sweet Surrender

Weak-afflicted foes are also more susceptible to damage.
Broken Resolve I

Broken Resolve

Your Weak effects are more potent.
Blown Kiss I

Blown Kiss

Your Cast shoots farther and is stronger against undamaged foes.
Unhealthy Fixation I

Unhealthy Fixation

Your Weak effects also have a chance to Charm foes.
Ares Boons Ares symbol
Boon Effect
Curse of Agony I

Curse of Agony

Your Attack inflicts Doom.
Curse of Pain I

Curse of Pain

Your Special inflicts Doom.
Slicing Shot I

Slicing Shot

Your Cast sends a Blade Rift hurling ahead.
Slicing Shot I

Slicing Flare

Your Cast sends a large Blade Rift hurling ahead for a brief time.
Blade Dash I

Blade Dash

Your Dash creates a Blade Rift where you started.
Ares' Aid I

Ares' Aid

Your Call turns you into an Impervious Blade Rift for a short time.
Curse of Vengeance I

Curse of Vengeance

After you take damage, inflict Doom on surrounding foes.
Urge to Kill I

Urge to Kill

Your Attack, Special, and Cast deal more damage.
Battle Rage I

Battle Rage

After slaying a foe, your next Attack or Special deals more damage.
Blood Frenzy I

Blood Frenzy

After using Death Defiance, deal more damage that encounter.
Black Metal I

Black Metal

Your Blade Rift powers deal damage in a wider area.
Engulfing Vortex I

Engulfing Vortex

Your Blade Rift effects last longer and pull foes in.
Dire Misfortune I

Dire Misfortune

Your Doom effects deal more damage when applied multiple times.
Impending Doom I

Impending Doom

Your Doom effects deal more damage, after a slightly longer time.
Vicious Cycle I

Vicious Cycle

Your Blade Rift effects deal more damage for each consecutive hit.
Artemis BoonsArtemis symbol
Boon Effect
Deadly Strike I

Deadly Strike

Your Attack is stronger, with a chance to deal Critical damage.
Deadly Flourish I

Deadly Flourish

Your Special is stronger, with a chance to deal Critical Damage.
True Shot I

True Shot

Your Cast seeks foes, with a chance to deal Critical damage.
True Shot I

Hunter's Flare

Your Cast damages foes around you, with a bonus Critical chance.
Hunter Dash I

Hunter Dash

Your Dash-Strike deals more damage.
Artemis' Aid I

Artemis' Aid

Your Call fires a seeking arrow with a large Critical chance.
Pressure Points I

Pressure Points

Any damage you deal has a chance to be Critical.
Exit Wounds I

Exit Wounds

Your foes take damage when your Ammo stuck in them is dislodged.
Hide Breaker I

Hide Breaker

Your Critical effects deal even more damage to Armor.
Clean Kill I

Clean Kill

Your Critical effects deal even more damage.
Hunter Instinct I

Hunter Instinct

Your God Gauge charges faster when you deal Critical damage.
Hunter's Mark I

Hunter's Mark

After you deal Critical damage to a foe, a foe near it is Marked.
Support Fire I

Support Fire

After you Cast, or hit with an Attack or Special, fire a seeking arrow.
Fully Loaded I

Fully Loaded

Gain extra Ammo for your Cast.
Athena Boons Athena symbol
Boon Effect
Divine Strike I

Divine Strike

Your Attack is stronger, and can Deflect.
Divine Flourish I

Divine Flourish

Your Special is stronger, and can Deflect.
Phalanx Shot I

Phalanx Shot

Your Cast damages foes in a small area, and can Deflect.
Phalanx Shot I

Phalanx Flare

Your Cast damages foes around you, and can Deflect.
Divine Dash I

Divine Dash

Your Dash deals damage and can Deflect.
Athena's Aid I

Athena's Aid

Your Call briefly makes you Invulnerable and Deflect all attacks.
Holy Shield I

Holy Shield

After you take damage, damage nearby foes and briefly Deflect.
Bronze Skin I

Bronze Skin

Resist damage from foes' attacks.
Sure Footing I

Sure Footing

Resist damage from Traps.
Proud Bearing I

Proud Bearing

You begin each Encounter with your God Gauge partly full.
Blinding Flash I

Blinding Flash

Your abilities that can Deflect also make foes Exposed.
Brilliant Riposte I

Brilliant Riposte

When you Deflect attacks, they deal more damage.
Deathless Stand I

Deathless Stand

Death Defiance makes you Impervious longer. Replenish a charge immediately.
Last Stand I

Last Stand

Death Defiance restores more Health than usual. Replenish a charge immediately.
Divine Protection I

Divine Protection

You have a barrier that negates incoming damage.
Demeter Boons Demeter symbol
Boon Effect
Frost Strike I

Frost Strike

Your Attack is stronger and inflicts Chill.
Frost Flourish I

Frost Flourish

Your Special is stronger and inflicts Chill.
Crystal Beam I

Crystal Beam

Your Cast drops a crystal that fires a beam straight ahead for a few seconds.
Crystal Beam I

Icy Flare

Your Cast damages foes around you and inflicts Chill.
Mistral Dash I

Mistral Dash

Your Dash shoots a gust ahead that inflicts Chill.
Demeter's Aid I

Demeter's Aid

Your Call creates a winter vortex for a few seconds that deals damage and inflicts Chill.
Frozen Touch I

Frozen Touch

After you take damage, damage and completely Chill your foe.
Rare Crop I

Rare Crop

Your Boons become Common, then gain Rarity every few Encounters.
Ravenous Will I

Ravenous Will

While you have no Cast Ammo , take less damage and deal more.
Nourished Soul I

Nourished Soul

Any Health effects are more potent. Restore some health now.
Snow Burst I

Snow Burst

Whenever you Cast, damage nearby foes and inflict Chill.
Arctic Blast I

Arctic Blast

Applying 10 stacks of Chill causes a blast, clearing the effect.
Killing Freeze I

Killing Freeze

When all foes are Chill afflicted, they become Slow and Decay.
Glacial Glare I

Glacial Glare

Your Cast fires longer and inflicts Chill.
Winter Harvest I

Winter Harvest

Chill-affected foes shatter at low hp, inflicting Chill nearby.
Dionysus Boons Dionysus symbol
Boon Effect
Drunken Strike I

Drunken Strike

Your Attack inflicts Hangover.
Drunken Flourish I

Drunken Flourish

Your Special inflicts Hangover.
Trippy Shot I

Trippy Shot

Your Cast lobs a projectile that bursts into Festive Fog.
Trippy Shot I

Trippy Flare

Your Cast damages foes around you, leaving behind Festive Fog.
Drunken Dash I

Drunken Dash

Your Dash inflicts foes near you with Hangover.
Dionysus' Aid I

Dionysus' Aid

Your Call inflicts Hangover to foes all around you for a few seconds.
After Party I

After Party

If your Health is low after Encounters, restore to the threshold.
Positive Outlook I

Positive Outlook

Take less damage while at low Health.
Premium Vintage I

Premium Vintage

Gain Health when you pick up Nectar. Receive a Nectar now.
Strong Drink I

Strong Drink

Using a Fountain restores all Health and gives you bonus damage.
Bad Influence I

Bad Influence

Deal more damage while multiple foes are Hangover-afflicted.
Numbing Sensation I

Numbing Sensation

Your Hangover effects also make foes move slower.
Peer Pressure I

Peer Pressure

Hangover-afflicted foes contaminate other nearby foes.
High Tolerance I

High Tolerance

Take less damage while standing in Festive Fog.
Black Out I

Black Out

Hangover-afflicted foes take bonus damage in Festive Fog.
Poseidon Boons Poseidon symbol
Boon Effect
Tempest Strike I

Tempest Strike

Your Attack deals more damage and knocks foes away.
Tempest Flourish I

Tempest Flourish

Your Special deals more damage and knocks foes away.
Flood Shot I

Flood Shot

Your Cast damages foes in an area and knocks them away.
Flood Shot I

Flood Flare

Your Cast damages foes around you and knocks them away.
Tidal Dash I

Tidal Dash

Your Dash damages foes in an area and knocks them away.
Poseidon's Aid I

Poseidon's Aid

Your Call makes you surge into foes while Impervious for a few seconds.
Typhoon's Fury I

Typhoon's Fury

You deal more damage when slamming foes into barriers.
Hydraulic Might I

Hydraulic Might

Your Attack and Special are stronger the first few seconds of an Encounter.
Ocean's Bounty I

Ocean's Bounty

Any Gemstone, Darkness or Obols chamber rewards are worth more.
Sunken Treasure I

Sunken Treasure

Gain an assortment of Gemstone, Darkness, Obols and Health.
Razor Shoals I

Razor Shoals

Using knock-away effects also Rupture foes.
Boiling Point I

Boiling Point

Your God Gauge charges faster when you take damage.
Breaking Wave I

Breaking Wave

Slamming foes into walls or corners creates a watery blast in the area.
Wave Pounding I

Wave Pounding

Your boons with Knock-Away effects deal bonus damage to bosses.
Rip Current I

Rip Current

Your Call pulls in foes and the effect lasts longer.
Huge Catch I

Huge Catch

You have a greater chance to find Fishing Point in each Chamber.
Second Wave I

Second Wave

Your knock-away effects shove foes a second time after the first.
Zeus Boons Zeus symbol
Boon Effect
Lightning Strike I

Lightning Strike

Your Attack emits chain-lightning when you damage a foe.
Thunder Flourish I

Thunder Flourish

Your Special causes a lightning bolt to strike nearby foes.
Electric Shot I

Electric Shot

Your Cast is a burst of chain-lightning that bounces between foes.
Electric Shot I

Thunder Flare

Your Cast causes a lightning bolt to strike nearby foes.
Thunder Dash I

Thunder Dash

Your Dash causes a lightning bolt to strike nearby foes.
Zeus' Aid I

Zeus' Aid

Your Call makes lightning strike nearby foes repeatedly for a few seconds.
Heaven's Vengeance I

Heaven's Vengance

After you take damage, your foe is struck by lightning.
Lightning Reflexes I

Lightning Reflexes

After you Dash just before getting hit, a bolt strikes a nearby foes.
Storm Lightning I

Storm Lightning

Your chain-lightning effects bounce more times before expiring.
High Voltage I

High Voltage

Your lightning bolt effects deal damage in a larger area.
Double Strike I

Double Strike

Your lightning bolt effects have a chance to strike twice.
Static Discharge I

Static Discharge

Your lightning effects also make foes Jolted.
Clouded Judgment I

Clouded Judgement

Your God Gauge charges faster when you deal or take damage.
Billowing Strength I

Billowing Strength

After using Call, you deal more damage for a short time.
Splitting Bolt I

Splitting Bolt

All your lightning effects create an additional burst.

Special Boons[ | ]

There are four types of special boons that are only offered after meeting certain requirements:

  • Duo
  • Legendary
  • Chaos
  • Bouldy

Special boon requirements include clearing a curse or acquiring specific standard boons. Special boons cannot be upgraded with Pom of Power.

  • Duo Boons combine the powers of a pair of gods, and require Zagreus possess certain boons from both gods. They can be offered by either god, and trigger dialogue between the pair when obtained. These cannot be obtained in a Trial of the Gods room, even if the requirements have been met, though one god may offer to exchange already obtained boons from the other god.
  • Legendary Boons are top-tier blessings offering unique skills, and require Zagreus possess certain boons from one god. Each god has at least one.
  • Chaos Boons require the player enter a Chaos Gate and overcome a curse before the boon activates. Unlike other boons, Chaos blessings can be taken more than once in a run, and effects stack. Chaos boons cannot be sold.
  • Bouldy Boons require the player to converse with Sisyphus a number of times until he can 'speak' with Bouldy and gift him Nectar. Bouldy boons cannot be sold.

Notes[ | ]

  • Before Patch 037, the price for a boon in Charon's shop was 200 Obols.