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Varatha, the Eternal Spear is an Infernal Arm that can be unlocked for 4 Chthonic Keys.

Codex entry[]

'...It must have been a sight when Lord Hades wielded Varatha the Eternal Spear versus the Titans, driving back those fiends into the depths, together with the help of his Olympian brothers and sisters. The Master since has traded in that terrifying weapon for an even larger two-pronged fork he likes to brandish in threat, noting sometimes its superiority to the trident of Lord Poseidon, which he insists is a mere copy. Varatha, meanwhile, has seen better days -- but, it is a weapon built for war. And war shall always find it, I suspect. After all, it now lies in the hands of the Lord Hades' heir, in whose command it much resembles the two-pronged fork Lord Hades came to favor since that time. Father and son are much alike at least in this. Something troubles me about it, though, this Varatha. As I transported it, I felt as though it once were mine! Absurd, yet there it was: the touch of a familiar friend. The thought is barely worth making a note of, but it made me wonder whether there are aspects of the weapon well beyond my understanding.'

Fighting style[]

The spear delivers repeated long-range stab attacks that can be charged to unleash a spin attack dealing high damage in a wide radius. The special throws the spear, which will damage enemies along its path until it stops. Activating the special again recalls the spear, which will deal damage on the way back. It can also be picked up manually by running over it, and will automatically return if leaving the room.

Charging Spin Attack[]

The Spin Attack of the spear needs to be charged before released to deal damage. It has three stages of charges:

Stage Required charging time Damage Damage Radius Damage Radius with Aspect of Hades
First 0.26 sec. There are no visual indications. 30 210 309
Second 0.33 sec. When Zagreus flashes white light 50 350 481
Third (also max charge) 0.66 sec. When Zagreus flashes white light again, with the word MAX! appears on his head 100 500 637


Attack Description Damage Notes
Strike Press Attack button to Strike. 25 Damage None
Combo Press Attack > Attack > Attack for Combo. 1st Strike: 25 Damage

2nd / 3rd Strike: 30 Damage



Dash Attack Press Attack button quickly after dash Dash Attack: 20 Damage None
Spin Attack Hold Attack to charge; release to Spin Attack. 1st Charge: 30 Damage

2nd Charge: 50 Damage

Max Charge: 100 Damage

Throw Press Special to Throw. After thrown, press Special or Attack to recall. Throw: 25 Damage

Return: 25 Damage

  • Range of throw: 850
  • Zagreus cannot Attack before the spear is recalled


The Eternal Spear has 4 Aspects: Zagreus, Achilles, Hades, and Guan Yu. Like all other weapons, each Aspect has 5 levels that can be unlocked by spending Titan Blood. The higher the level of the Aspect, the more effective its improvement is. Reaching the highest level in all Aspects requires 51 Titan Blood. An Aspect will not only change the appearance of the Eternal Spear, but will also improve its attacks. The Aspect of Guan Yu has a unique move-set which changes the fighting style of the Eternal Spear.

Aspect Description Upgrade Cost Appearance
Zagreus Aspect Spear.png
Aspect of Zagreus
The form in which the eternal spear first revealed itself.

Its shape reflects its bearer's true self, hiding its own all the while.

Special Damage, Range, & Speed

(+10% / +14% / +18% / +22% / +25%)

1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1

Titan Blood

(Total: 5Titan Blood)

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Aspect of Achilles
After your Special, you can retrieve your Spear with Raging Rush.

The greatest of the Greeks was peerless in battle, up close and from afar.

Post-Rush Bonus Damage

(+50% / +75% / +100% / +125% / +150%)

for next 4 Attacks / Casts

  • Not listed: decrease Special range by 10%.
  • Special is charged now. The longer you hold it the farther it'll go.
1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Titan Blood

(Total: 15Titan Blood)

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Hades Aspect.png
Aspect of Hades
Your Spin Attack becomes Punishing Sweep.

The god of the dead discarded the eternal spear for a larger counterpart.

Punishing Bonus Damage

(+30% / +60% / +90% / +120% / +150%)

for Attack / Special for 10 Sec.

  • Also increases Spin Attack radius
  • Punishing Damage Bonus does NOT apply to Spin Attack
2 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Titan Blood

(Total: 16Titan Blood)

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Guan Yu Aspect.png

Aspect of Guan Yu

You have the Frost Fair Blade*, but your life and healing are reduced.

A mighty general shall battle with unmatched ferocity to unite his people.

Life Total & Life Gain

(-70% / -65% / -60% / -55% / -50%)

3 / 3 / 3 / 3 / 3

Titan Blood

(Total: 15Titan Blood)

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*See below for Frost Fair Blade's alternate moveset.

Revealing the Aspect of Guan Yu[]

Reveal the Aspect of Guan Yu by meeting the following requirements:

  • Purchase the Fated List of Minor Prophecies from the House Contractor
  • Reach the final boss (defeating the boss is not required)
  • Unlock any 5 non-Zagreus aspects for any weapon using Titan Blood
  • Talk to Achilles (with any weapon equipped) until he gives you the waking-phrase ("I see you through the eyes of the crimson phoenix")
  • Equip the Spear at the House and then interact with its placeholder to reveal the Aspect of Guan Yu

To meet the Titan Blood requirement while spending the minimal amount, invest 5 Titan Blood into 5 different weapons with 1 Titan Blood each in non-Zagreus aspects (eg. Nemesis Sword, Achilles Spear, Chaos Shield, Chiron Bow, and Talos Fists). It's also possible to reveal Guan Yu with 3 or 4 weapons but this involves spending more Titan Blood (minimum of 7 Titan Blood for 3 weapons or 6 Titan Blood for 4 weapons).

Why is Achilles taking so long to talk about Guan Yu?

Achilles has a "dialogue pool" containing the conversation about Guan Yu and everything else he has a comment about but you haven't heard yet. His dialogue about Guan Yu will happen randomly from that pool, so if you have large dialogue pool it could take a while for Guan Yu to come up. If you've exhausted his dialogue options (you visit him and he has no "!") before meeting Guan Yu's requirements, he will very likely talk to you about it after the very next run.

Is it possible to trigger this conversation faster?

If you don't mind doing suicide runs (letting yourself die in the first or second rooms and talking to Achilles afterwards), you can quickly cycle through his available dialogue options so Guan Yu comes up faster. To do this quickly, reset your mirror and in the Pact of Punishment put a point into Heightened Security and max Hard Labor.

If you play normally, keep in mind that you will add to his dialogue pool if you do things that he has something to say about (like beating the final boss and advancing the storyline).

Aspect of Guan Yu Moveset[]

Attack Description Damage Effects
Strike Press Attack button to strike. 40 Damage None
Combo Press Attack > Attack > Attack for Combo. There's a brief pause before each strike.

Pause before each 3rd strike is longer.

* Dashes can be performed between the Attack inputs without interrupting the combo

1st strike: 40 Damage

2nd strike: 60 Damage

3rd strike: 100 Damage



Dash Attack Press Attack button quickly after dash 30 Damage None
Serpent Slash Hold Attack to charge. Release Attack to send out a spinning blade that moves forward. 1st charge: 20 Damage / 0.5s

2nd charge: 30 Damage / 0.5s

Max charge: 50 Damage / 0.5s

  • Heals Zagreus 1 Health / hit
  • Spinning blade bounces off walls and pillars, pierce
Crackling Skewer Press Special button to throw an irretrievable firework in a straight line. 45 Damage Pierce


Upgrade Description Notes
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Extending Jab
Your Attack has more range and deals +40% damage to distant foes.
  • Increases attack range by 40% (430 => 602)
  • Increases damage to foes farther than 475 away
  • The damage bonus is additive.
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Chain Skewer
Your Special bounces to up to 7 foes, dealing +30% damage for each.
  • Cannot be combined with Exploding Launcher
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Guan Yu and Aspect of Achilles
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Breaching Skewer
Your Special deals +400% damage to Armor.
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Vicious Skewer
Your Special deals +50% damage; +50% Critical chance on recovery.
  • Cannot be combined with Exploding Launcher
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Guan Yu
  • The damage bonus is additive.
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Exploding Launcher
Your Special is replaced with a shot that deals 50 damage in an area.
  • Cannot be combined with Chain Skewer or Vicious Skewer
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Achilles and Aspect of Guan Yu
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Massive Spin
Your Spin Attack deals +125% damage and hits a larger area.
  • Increases damage radius of Spin Attack by 30%
  • Cannot be combined with Flurry Jab
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Quick Spin
Your Spin Attack charges and recovers much faster.
  • Cannot be combined with Flurry Jab
  • New charge timing:
    • 1st stage removed
    • 2nd stage: 0.15s
    • 3rd stage: 0.30s
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Flurry Jab
Hold Attack to strike rapidly, but you cannot Spin Attack.
  • Cannot be combined with Flaring Spin, Massive Spin or Quick Spin
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Hades and Aspect of Guan Yu
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Charged Skewer

Hold Special to charge your skewer for up to +200% base damage. Minimum range reduced*.
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Achilles
  • Causes the spear to stop at a much closer distance than usual when the Special button is simply tapped.
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Serrated Point

Your Dash-Strike hits 3 times, but your dash has -25% range.
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Flaring Spin

Charging your Spin Attack makes you Sturdy and pulse 40 damage.
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Triple Jab

Your Attack strikes 3 times in a spread pattern.
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Winged Serpent

Your Frost Fair Blade Spin Attack travels for +80% longer.
  • Guan Yu Exclusive