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Hoy there, little Hades! You recognize your uncle, do you not? We've a lot of catching up to do, but first things first, you get yourself out of that dour Underworld! As for me, I'll see if I can stir things up a bit to cover your advance!
~ Poseidon

Poseidon is the Olympian God of the sea, earthquakes and horses, and is occasionally referred to by the epithet of "Earthshaker." He, like many of his fellow Olympians, offers boons to Zagreus that significantly increase the damage of his abilities, as well as cause his abilities to inflict Knockback.

Poseidon boons offers the 3rd highest raw percentage damage increase in Hades, as well as the ability to knock enemies around, dealing extra wall slam or trap damage.

Poseidon boons are among the only to offer Artifact currencies and increase their rate of acquisition. Only Dionysus shares this trait.

Poseidon's Cast boon, Flood Shot, is a frequent prerequisite for Duo Boons, making it a notable choice for those that are prioritizing their Cast.

His signature Status Curse is Ruptured, which rapidly deals damage to enemies as they move. Ruptured not only affects an enemy's movement, but also affects the movement from various other Knockback effects.

Poseidon is one of five Olympian gods (the other four being Demeter, Zeus, Hermes and Aphrodite) who will never appear in the very first run of a save.

Poseidon returns in Hades II and offer his boons to Melinoë in her fight against Chronos. His new Status Curse is Slip, which makes enemies take more damage and get knocked farther away.

Characteristics and Personality[ | ]

The Sea God, Poseidon, embodies a wild, laid-back, yet reasonable demeanor, occasionally referring to himself by the title of "Earthshaker." He assumes the role of a cool uncle to Zagreus and was among the first to offer support upon learning of his existence.

Despite his inviting and relaxed nature, Poseidon has the power to unleash tsunamis. His receptive and rustic aura sometimes leads Zagreus to wish his father were as easygoing as his beloved uncle. However, when things get stormy, Poseidon can exhibit the worst traits of both Zeus and Hades.

Lacking tact when interacting with others, yet still considering himself a "Gentleman of the Sea," Poseidon lacks subtlety and tends to barge in loudly. For instance, upon seeing Aphrodite and Zagreus alone, he casually remarks that he saw nothing, leaving them "to their own devices," implying that the goddess has ulterior motives. This, in turn, infuriates Aphrodite with his crude interpretations. Poseidon also possesses a certain level of irony, claiming to find Theseus inconvenient, which can be quite humorous, as everyone sees him in the same light.

Comments from other Olympians indicate that Poseidon is a kind of "friend that nobody likes." Most conversations about Poseidon imply that he is not taken seriously, with people mocking his "hippie" disposition and speaking ill of him behind his back. It is always evident, Poseidon always leaves a trace, and others will recognize his wild nature when they see that Zagreus has already received a favor from him.

As deep as the ocean, despite his positivity and carefree attitude, he seems to resent always being in second on the podium, suggesting that he is overshadowed by his younger brother, Zeus. However, despite his occasional bothersome, he possesses commendable qualities, he tries (exaggeratedly) to connect with his nieces and nephews, even Artemis, such as his efforts to be open and welcoming to Zagreus. His words are less arrogant and more straightforward among the Olympians. Athena comments on how Poseidon was the first to leap and pledge his power over the sea. He certainly has a soft spot for Zagreus and will not be pleased if anyone dares to harm his favorite nephew.

Physical description[ | ]

Poseidon is an older man, but still well-built. As the god of the oceans, Poseidon has a relaxed expression, tanned skin, a long goatee, and navy green hair that evokes waves and bubbles. He carries his verdant trident, which holds a purple pearl. Some body hair is noticeable. He wears a long scarf, and his attire consists of a turban adorned with marine imagery wrapped around his waist, with one leg prominently exposed. He wears bracelets on his arms and wrists. Poseidon wears a designer tiara adorned with seahorses, his symbolic creatures.

In Hades II, Poseidon's outfit changes, notably how frivolous almost every piece is now. His turban is a different one, though it maintains marine imagery, and it's held in place by a large golden belt with seahorses. His scarf has seemingly been changed for an armored one, or he has simply placed armor on top of it. He no longer uses a bracelet on his left wrist, and the one on his right is a more detailed one; the little bracelet on his forearm has also been changed to a simpler one. His crown of seahorses now has more details and he uses earings. His trident, previously clouded in shadow, can now be fully seen, but it would appear to be a different one. His trident now has a more detailed handle, the central purple pearl is gone, being traded for a small blue central pearl and two little red pearl on its sides, its tips are decorated with golden scales and have a gradient from blue to red.

History[ | ]

Before Hades[ | ]

Poseidon is the second son of Chronos and like his siblings he rebelled against The Titans. Poseidon fought alongside his brothers and foster sisters Hestia, Demeter and Hera, using his sword, ending their reign of terror. He would later trade his sword for a trident and asked Hades to teach him how to use it.

Poseidon was often at odds with his family. Be it with Demeter, Athena and even Zeus. They don't like him very much, but he nonetheless tries to socialize with them.

Hades[ | ]

Poseidon is one of the gods that comes to Zagreus' help. He's very excited to meet his nephew and actively lends his help. He portraits himself as someone very friendly and whom Zagreus would really like to meet, but the others will commonly call him out on his recklessness. He also loves to talk about fish, but mostly sticks to encourage his nephew.

Epilogue[ | ]

He'll attend the feast with the other Olympians, and afterwards keeps on lending his help to Zagreus.

Affinity[ | ]

If given Nectar, Poseidon will give you the Conch Shell.

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

Favor[ | ]

Poseidon's favor requires using the Rod of Fishing and successfully fishing up a minimum of 18 fish, and having at least 1 fish on your person. You can catch this fish in a previous run if you do not give the fish to the chef. [1]

Codex entry[ | ]

Codex
'...The Master of the Seas, the Earthshaker, Brother to Lord Hades and Lord Zeus... the Lord Poseidon. I am ever grateful that, while I was living, he was merciful to me. Down here, however, I must say I rarely feel his influence. All of us... we are beneath him, now. How many of my brethren did he drown during my mortal days? He comes across as affable, yet I've not forgiven him. Lord Hades seems to have no love for him, either, equating him to Zeus, and shunning both alike. It's all a business best avoided by my estimation.'

Book of Shadows Entry (Hades II)[ | ]

Codex
'Your boisterous uncle, sometimes called the Earthshaker, although he is best known for the seas which smother much of the surface. He is comfortable in adverse situations, and quite unable to hold still much like the seas themselves.'

Trivia[ | ]

  • Even though Athena says Poseidon was the first to rush to help Zagreus after she announced the situation, Poseidon never appears during the first run.
    • However, he serves as the tutorial for Call boons, since his Call is the obligatory boon Zagreus must take at the beginning of run 5.
  • According to classical writers, Poseidon is married to the goddess and Nereid (or Oceanid) Amphitrite. Together, they conceived Triton, Benthesikyme, Kymopoleia and Rhodos along with most kinds of sealife such as fish, shellfish, dolphins and seals.[2] It is unlikely he's already married his wife by the events of Hades II because a Duo Boon dialogue he has with Hera states that he has never been married. However, due to the presence of various sealife which should be their descendants, it is still possible the two have met and had children.
  • Theseus is the son of Aegeus and Aethra, with a godly intervention from Poseidon. In the Hades universe, Poseidon's connection to Theseus is shown, but Poseidon refuses to acknowledge it.
    • In certain versions of the myths Poseidon is portrayed as the father of Theseus, but in the Hades universe these are just rumors spread by Zeus.
  • Poseidon is Polyphemus' father in mythology but in the Hades universe this is instead changed to Poseidon playing a prank on him, making him believe he was his father. Any resemblence Polyphemus has to him is played up on Polyphemus' part.
  • All of Poseidon's elemental boon affinities are water given his status as God of the Sea.

Myth Facts[ | ]

  • Poseidon may have served as the king of the underworld in Mycenaean Greece before his role was superseded by Hades[3].

Gallery[ | ]


Additional notes[ | ]

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

References[ | ]

  1. Talk:Poseidon#Poseidon Favor
  2. AMPHITRITE - Greek Goddess & Nereid Queen of the Sea. (2017). Theoi.com.
  3. Nilsson, Martin Persson (1940). Greek Popular Religion. New York: Columbia University Press.



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