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The Stygian Blade (also known as Stygius, the Blade of the Underworld) is one of the Infernal Arms and is Zagreus's starting weapon in Hades.

Codex entry[]

'...Stygius, the Blade of the Underworld, must have been among the finest weapons ever wielded, back when it was whole. Back when the six elder gods sealed the Titans in the deepest recesses of Tartarus, that blade evidently played no small role in their success. It must have been Lord Poseidon who brandished that blade before he opted for that trident he so likes. Now the blade lies broken, survived only by its burning soul. I knew that Master Hades would pay little heed if I provided all the shattered remnants of the thing to his own son, who naturally was able to reconstitute them into something more than functional, indeed. It has been long since last the blade had a partner, and as I transported it, I could sense its eagerness to return to battle; to relive its own memories. I am left to wonder, who else shall someday bear this blade? The Master's son, among his charitable qualities, isn't warlike enough to want to use it forever.'

Fighting style[]

Stygius is a longsword with a mixture of wide and directional swings. It balances speed and strength, with medium range attacks and an AoE special. The special creates a small burst but leaves Zagreus stationary for a short time.


Attack Description Damage Effects
Strike Press Attack button to Strike. 20 Damage None
Combo Press Attack > Attack > Attack for Combo. Strike: 20 Damage

Chop: 25 Damage

Thrust: 30 Damage

Thrust: Knockback
Dash-Strike Press Attack quickly after Dashing. Thrust: 30 Damage Thrust: Knockback
Nova Smash Press Special to Nova Smash. 50 Damage Cannot Backstab



The Stygian Blade has 4 Aspects: Zagreus, Nemesis, Poseidon, and Arthur. 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 Stygian Blade, but will also improve its attacks. The Aspect of Arthur has a unique move-set which changes the fighting style of the Stygian Blade.

Aspect Description Upgrade Cost Appearance
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Aspect of Zagreus
The form in which the blade of the underworld first revealed itself.

A blade such as this seeks not to remain idle for more than an aeon or two.

Bonus Attack Speed & Move Speed

(+3% / +6% / +9% / +12% / +15%)

1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1

Titan Blood

(Total: 5Titan Blood)

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Aspect of Nemesis
For 3 Sec. after you Special, your Attack may deal Critical damage.

One of Nyx's daughters once brandished the blade against the arrogant.

Bonus Critical Chance

(+15% / +19% / +22% / +26% / +30%)

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Titan Blood

(Total: 15Titan Blood)

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Poseidon Aspect.png
Aspect of Poseidon
Your Special dislodges Cast Ammo from foes.

Even before he ruled the seas, the blade's first bearer liked making a splash.

Cast Damage

(+10% / +20% / +30% / +40% / +50%)

2 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Titan Blood

(Total: 16Titan Blood)

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Aspect of Arthur
You have Holy Excalibur*, and +50 Health to your Life Total.

Peace and destruction await a kingdom governed by the rule of might.

Aura Damage Reduction

(+20% / +25% / +30% / +35% / +40%)

  • Not listed: aura significantly slows enemy projectiles,

disables floor and wall traps in or near the aura.

Aura has a 8 second duration.

3 / 3 / 3 / 3 / 3

Titan Blood

(Total: 15Titan Blood)

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*See below for Holy Excalibur's alternate moveset.

Revealing the Aspect of Arthur[]

Zagreus under the Aspect of Arthur's Special Hallowed Ground effect

Reveal the Aspect of Arthur by meeting the following requirements:

  • Reveal the Aspect of Guan Yu (does not need to be unlocked with Titan Blood)
  • Have a total of 5 Titan Blood or more invested into Blade aspects
  • Talk to Nyx until she gives you the waking-phrase ("I see your kingly pardon from a prison of stone")
  • Equip the Sword at the House and then interact with its placeholder to reveal the Aspect of Arthur

Aspect of Arthur Moveset[]

Attack Description Damage Effects
Heavy Slash Press Attack button to Strike. 60 Damage None
Combo Press Attack > Attack > Attack for Combo. Each subsequent strike has increased windup time.

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

60 / 80 / 200 Damage None
Dash-Strike Press Attack quickly after Dashing. 50 Damage None
Hallowed Ground Press Special button to use Hallowed Ground, creating a static aura that gives you damage reduction, disables traps, and slows the speed of enemy projectiles.

* Duration of aura is 8 seconds. A new Hallowed Ground cannot be created until previous one has expired.

70 Damage Cannot Backstab


Create aura

Nova Smash Press Special button during Hallowed Ground. 70 Damage Cannot Backstab



Upgrade Description Notes
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Breaching Slash
Your Attack deals +300% damage to Armor.
  • This upgrade also applies to Dash-Strike
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Cruel Thrust
Your Thrust deals +200% damage and has a +40% Critical chance.
  • Cannot be combined with World Splitter or Flurry Slash
  • Although Dash-Strike looks like a thrust, it does not benefit from Cruel Thrust
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Arthur
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Cursed Slash
Your Attack restores 2 Health, but you have -60% Health.
  • This upgrade affects all sources of Health, including Centaur Hearts and Old Spiked Collar, meaning that you'll receive -60% health from those too
  • Dash-Strike does not restore health.
  • Piercing Wave has no benefit from this upgrade; only melee strikes will restore health.
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Dash Nova
Your Special makes you lunge ahead, then become Sturdy for 0.8 Sec.
  • Lunges towards cursor, not in current direction of movement.
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Double Edge
Your Dash-Strike hits twice and deals +20% damage.
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Double Nova
Your Special hits twice but no longer knocks foes away.
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Flurry Slash
Hold Attack to strike rapidly, dealing 25 base damage per hit.
  • Cannot be combined with World Splitter or Cruel Thrust
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Arthur
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Hoarding Slash
Your Attack deals bonus damage equal to 5% of your current Obols.
  • This upgrade also applies to Dash-Strike
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Piercing Wave
Your Attack fires a wave that pierces foes, dealing 30 damage.
  • Piercing Waves cannot restore health if used with Cursed Slash.
  • This upgrade also applies to Dash-Strike
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Shadow Slash
Your Attack deals +200% damage when striking foes from behind.
  • The damage bonus is additive
  • This upgrade does not apply to Dash-Strike
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Super Nova
Your Special hits a wider area and deals +20% damage.
  • Increases damage radius by 20%
  • Does not impact Hallowed Ground aura size
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World Splitter
Your Attack is replaced with a big chop that deals 90 base damage.
  • Cannot be combined with Flurry Slash or Cruel Thrust
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Arthur
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Greater Consecration

Your Holy Excalibur aura is +45% larger; makes foes +10% slower
  • Aspect of Arthur exclusive