The various symbols on the doors in Hades give players a little more agency in an otherwise entirely random experience. By understanding what each symbol means, and picking the one that best suits your desired build, you might just be able to fight your way out of Hades.
Hades’ door symbols explained
There are a lot of symbols to digest and remember in Hades. As you’re making your way through the various rooms, picking the correct door to go through will depend entirely on whether you want what’s on the other side. For this reason, knowing what the symbols mean and what type of reward awaits you is critical. The following table includes the symbol names, what they look like, and what is on offer.
Credit to Hades Gamepedia for the following symbol icons.
|Darkness||The currency used to permanently upgrade Zagreus using the Mirror of Night in his bedroom|
|Charon's Obol||Currency used in Charon’s shop found within the realm of Hades|
|Centaur Heart||Heals Zagreus and increases maximum health by 25|
|Pom of Power||Upgrades a boon to its next power level|
|Daedalus Hammer||Upgrades your weapon during the attempt|
|Chthonic Key||Currency used to unlock weapons or traded in the lounge|
|Gemstones||Currency used at the Contractors for upgrades|
|Aphrodite||Focuses on Weak and Charmed effects and defensive stats|
|Ares||Focuses on Doom effect and offensive stats|
|Artemis||Increases Critical Hit status and improves Cast ability|
|Athena||Offers Deflect effects and increases defensive stats|
|Chaos||Different bonuses which last a few encounters|
|Demeter||Chill effect, debuff, and healing|
|Dionysus||Hangover effect and damage reduction|
|Hermes||Speed effect focusing on all things related to movement and cooldowns|
|Poseidon||Knockback effects and better rewards|
|Trial of the Gods||Two god boons together||Choose between the two boons on offer and fight enemies from the one you do not pick|
|Charon's Shop||Bag||This is Charon's shop where you can spend Charon's Obols|
|NPC encounter||White exclamation mark||An NPC unique to the area (Sisyphus, Eurdice, or Patroclus) whose storyline can be advanced by offering Nectar|
|Miniboss Room||Skull||A symbol with a skull on it denotes it will be a miniboss room with better rewards|
With a firm grasp on the door symbols in Hades, you should hopefully find your runs getting a bit longer and your builds becoming more refined. Stop by the Shacknews Hades page for more helpful guides and the latest news on this fantastic roguelike experience.