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Heeey, there, Zag, man, how's it going? Look, you have got to get here with the rest of us already, we've been saving you a spot! Let me see what I can do, make life a little sweeter for you in the meantime!
~ Dionysus

Dionysus is the Olympian God of Wine and madness, and cousin to Zagreus. He offers boons to Zagreus revolving around his signature Status Curse, Hangover, slowing, and stunning enemies, as well as various drinking-themed Boons.

Dionysus offers strong damage over time abilities on nearly all his offensive boons. However, he can also give Zagreus strong utility abilities in the forms of stuns, slows, heals and health, damage reduction effects, and items.

His signature Status Curse is Hangover, which deals continuous damage to afflicted enemies every half second. Hangover can be stacked onto an enemy up to a base amount of 5 times, and stacks wear off one at a time after 4 seconds.

Dionysus does not currently appear in Hades II's Early Access and is only mentioned by the other Olympians as getting more drunk and refusing to participate in the war against Chronos.

Characteristics and Personality[ | ]

Dionysus is usually very receptive, fun-loving, and playful, and he joins in helping Zagreus because he finds him entertaining to watch while drinking a good wine. Even his speech tends to be a little slurred, as if he's always a little drunk.

Good-natured, Dionysus is probably the friendliest among his family, and he only cares about one thing: having fun. He uses informal terms to address his cousin, like "guy" or "Prince Z" while genuinely helping Zagreus while teaching him the art of playing pranks. Although some family members think that Dionysus is only participating because he considers it all a "festival," he genuinely thinks discovering a long-lost relative is cause for celebration.

Achilles notes that Dionysus is the only god on Olympus who genuinely seems to like mortals, possibly because he was once a demigod.

Physical description[ | ]

Dionysus appears as a dark-skinned man with a toned body and long dark blue hair with curls. His eyes are purple and sports a small stubble. In addition, his cheeks are flushed due to his constant drinking.

For clothing, he wears a short, wide, smoky purple chiton and wears gold bracelets on his wrists and thighs and adorns his shoulders with grape vines and animal skin. On his head he wears an ivy crown with grapes. On his right hand he carries his staff of fennel adorned with a pine cone, the so-called thyrsus—symbol of prosperity, fertility, and hedonism and on his left hand, he holds a drinking cup.

Hades[ | ]

Dionysus will eventually reach out to Zagreus and lend his help in the prince's escape attempts. Having grown in a very secluded place, Zagreus is surprised at first to experience revelry, even if minimal.

After Zagreus reachs the surface for the first time, Dionysus will comment how the gods in Olympus could feel his presence, but then suddenly ceased to do so. Nonetheless, the god doesn't let that stop him from trying to help his dear cousin.

Somehow, Dionysus came to know Orpheus hasn't been feeling in his best lately, and so, to cheer him up, he asks Zagreus to come up with a tale about how they're one and the same, hoping this will bring creativity and lift the spirits of the musician. In the end, the prank got out of hand, but Dionysus is satisfied nonetheless.

In the Epilogue, Dionysus shows up at the family reunion party completely drunk and emptied the whole stash of drinks the House had prepared. After the party, he continues to help Zagreus on his new job of testing the defences of the Underworld.

Hades II[ | ]

This character does not appear on the Early Access of Hades II. The following information is subject to change!

Dionysus refuses to participate in the war against Chronos and his fellow Olympians note that he has gotten more drunk than usual. Thus, he does not provide boons to Melinoë.

Affinity[ | ]

If given Nectar, Dionysus will give you the Overflowing Cup.

Dionysus's affinity gauge is maxed out at 7 hearts.

Favor[ | ]

Dionysus's favor requires forging bonds with at least 6 different characters, and gifting a minimum of 10 Ambrosia to any number of characters.

Codex entry[ | ]

'...Perhaps I ought to feel a kinship with this easygoing son of Zeus, for it is said that he has some mortal blood in him, not just divinity. This may explain why he, among Olympians, is so well-loved by mortal-kind; because he loves them back, bringing to them more joy than suffering, for the most part. Being rather unlike the other gods in this regard, he nonetheless maintains a careful distance from the Underworld, generally severing his ties with all his mortal followers upon the moment of their deaths. Why confront the woes of the dead when you can live in eternal feast?'

Trivia[ | ]

  • While Dionysus was formerly a demigod in Hades, not all versions of his birth myth portray him as such. Different reasons are also given to how he became a god.
  • Chaos mentions enjoying watching Dionysus because, much like Zagreus, they find entertainment in Dionysus's unpredictability.
  • The prank he and Zagreus pull on Orpheus is a reference to their Orphic myth, where Dionysus is seen as a reincarnation of Zagreus.
  • Dionysus avoiding the conflict in Hades II is ironic, seeing as he is the god of insanity and was also involved in the Indian War, in some versions said to be the war that later granted him a place among the gods.
  • In Greek Mythology, Dionysus is the son of Zeus and the demigoddess (or full human) Semele, but Semele is the daughter of Cadmus (founder of Thebes) and Harmonia (goddess of concord), a daughter of Ares and Aphrodite. Therefore Dionysus is the son and great-great-grandson of Zeus, the half-brother and great-granson of Ares and in some versions also of Aphrodite, the uncle and grandson of Harmonia, and the son and great-uncle of Semele. But as Supergiant Games changes the relationships between the characters, to completely avoid incest, it is possible that Dionysus's mother and maternal grandmother are two ordinary mortal women who have no biological relationship to either Ares, nor Aphrodite nor Zeus.

Additional notes[ | ]

For additional information on Dionysus that does not pertain to Hades, see Wikipedia's article: Dionysus