Wondering which Hades Keepsakes are worth investing in and leveling up? This Top 5 Best Hades Keepsakes guide is the guide for you.
If you’re playing the wonderful new aRPG Hades, you might be wondering which of the accessories, called Keepsakes, are worth leveling up. There are several Hades Keepsakes available, gifted to you by the various NPCs throughout the game, and some are definitely better than others.
While most of the Hades Keepsakes have value in some situation or another, there are definitely 5 that are going to get a lot more mileage than all the rest.
This is the Top 5 Best Hades Keepsakes Guide.
5. Lucky Tooth
The Lucky Tooth, which you get from Skelly, is a situationally fantastic accessory. It basically gives you an extra charge of Death Defiance. The situation where you’ll want to use this is if you find yourself walking into Styx without enough Death Defiance charges. Typically, it’s not a great accessory to equip until that point.
What makes it useful is that it increases you chances of completing a run on a run that’s not going so well. By the time you reach Styx, most of the other Hades Keepsakes have already given all benefit they’re going to give. Your god-specific Keepsakes are not going to be producing any more value and your Pom Blossom is probably only going to reward 2-3 more Poms.
A lot of people swear by the Evergreen Acorn, which you use for a similar reason, but in my opinion the Lucky Tooth is a better option, because the Evergreen Acorn only applies to bosses. On top of that, 150 health from the Lucky Tooth is enough to survive 4 spin attacks from Hades which, assuming you didn’t need the Lucky Tooth on the way there, is almost as much survivability as what the Acorn gives.
You won’t find yourself using the Lucky Tooth too often, but make sure you level it up, because when the situation does arise, and you’re standing at the start of Styx with no Death Defiance charges, or just one charge, you may find swapping in that Lucky Tooth is the difference between finishing your run and dying right before the finish line.
When it comes to defensive Hades Keepsakes, the Broken Spearpoint is second to none. What this Keepsake does is it prevents enemies from hitting you multiple times in quick succession, essentially giving you time to dash away to a safer position.
Where this comes in handy the most is in random encounters, especially in Elysium and Asphodel, where ranged enemies can tag you with a volley of ranged attacks and, if you’re not careful, you usually take a couple of hits. With the Broken Spearpoint equipped, you’ll just take one.
It’s also insane useful for builds that need a good defensive bonus. For example, it doubles down on the extra tankiness provided by Aspect of Arthur.
If you’re using Guan Yu, it helps you get 1.5 seconds of uninterrupted healing that really helps keep you topped off from your lifesteal.
If you’re using the lifesteal hammer upgrade with any of the swords, it allows you to stay in enemies’ faces and keep whacking away at them to get your health back without any fear of taking additional hits.
Again, a lot of people swear by Evergreen Acorn when it comes to defensive accessories, but just as with the Lucky Tooth, the Broken Spearpoint will help you reach the boss encounter with full health and it will help with the boss encounter.
In practice, a lot of the Evergreen Acorn charges get wasted anyway, getting rapidly whittled away by boss’s faster, weaker attacks.
3. Pierced Butterfly
If you haven’t acquired the Pom Blossom yet, Pierced Butterfly is the way to go, especially if you’re using a ranged weapon like the Bow, the Rail, or the Spear’s special attack.
If you equip the Pierced Butterfly from the start, it’s not difficult to achieve a 30%-40% damage bonus by the time you reach Hades. Especially in Tartarus, it’s incredibly easy to finish encounters without taking damage. If you’re using a ranged weapon, even easier.
If you’re experienced with the game, you can usually get through most encounters in the game without taking damage except for the odd pot-shot when things start getting a little wacky in Elysium and Styx.
The damage provided by this Keepsake is nothing to sneeze at, either. If you get it to even 20%, which is not at all difficult, you’re going to notice a big difference, since it affects all of your damage.
In the endgame, it’s pretty much totally outclassed by the Pom Blossom, but up until that point it’s the best of all the damage boosting Hades Keepsakes.
2. God-Specific Keepsakes
When push comes to shove, let’s face it. The Hades Keepsakes that help you find specific gods in the wild are going to get the most mileage out of all the Keepsakes available in the game.
Many weapons favor specific gods and it’s not worth taking a chance crossing your fingers hoping for the one god you want to appear in the first 5 rooms of Tartarus. Using the Aspect of Chaos shield and not finding Ares or Dionysus sucks. Using the Aspect of Lucifer and never getting a Zeus node is pretty much a wasted run.
You will find that you equip the god-specific Hades Keepsakes far, far more often than any of Keepsakes, and for good reason. They’re incredibly useful.
That said, their utility does seem to diminish immediately after the first few rooms of Tartarus. Having one equipped for an entire run provides a miniscule increased chance for that god to continually appear, at best. It’s usually better to swap your god-specific Keepsake out for another Keepsake as soon as your reach Asphodel.
If you swap to another god-specific Keepsake, you tend to find the new god right away, so it can be good to help you find your primary benefactor in Tartarus and then your secondary god in Asphodel. But then, after that, still probably best to swap it out for Elysium and Styx.
Out of all the Hades Keepsakes, I guarantee you’re going to be using these more than any other Keepsake, so you might as well get started early and start leveling them up.
1. Pom Blossom
There’s a reason that the Pom Blossom doesn’t become available until you’ve completed the game enough times to see the end credits, and that’s because the Pom Blossom is far and away the best of all the Hades Keepsakes.
At maximum level, every 4 encounters a random one of your boons gets a free Pom upgrade. If you equip this from the very beginning, you can get 12+ Pom upgrades by the time you reach Hades. That’s game changing, especially if you limit how many boons you pick up to just the ones that you really want for your build.
Some Hades Keepsakes seem pretty good, giving 20-30% damage, but 12 Poms for a special flourish will end up being more like 60%+ damage. It really is quite something, and it’s extremely noticeable. If you wear the Pom Blossom, you will just feel more powerful throughout the game.
If you don’t have a specific reason to equip a different Keepsake, this is the Keepsake you’re going to want equipped by default.
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