Hades is a game where choosing the correct weapon for your run is very important. Each weapon in Hades gives different bonuses and has totally different mechanics than the rest. That is why choosing a weapon that perfectly fits your gameplay and style can be a bit difficult.
So, to make things easier for both experienced and newcomers, we’ve prepared a list that explains which weapon in Hades is better than others in a tier-based guide.
Hades Weapon Tier List
There are six main weapons in Hades, and all of them have four different aspects. These aspects give them unique behavior and determine how you play the game. Each aspect also has five levels of upgrades that need titan blood for its upgrade. Here is a full list that will explain the rankings of these aspects.
Aspect of Eris (Exagryph, the Adamant Rail)
When you look at this weapon from the damage perspective, it deals massive amounts of damage in a short period of time. The damage becomes significantly better when you upgrade it fully.
The bonus damage you get from this weapon is also global, so it is the best weapon overall in this game. It is a very powerful weapon that will carry you throughout the end game.
Aspect of Chiron (Coronacht, the Heart-Seeking Bow)
Aspect of Chiron is a powerful weapon that deals massive damage to a single enemy. It places a lock on the last target you attacked, and when you use your Special, that target will receive all the damage.
It is an important weapon if you want to beat some of the bosses in this game, and it only gets better with each level.
Aspect of Beowulf (Aegis, the Shield of Chaos)
Aspect of Beowulf is another powerful weapon that can crush all your enemies with ease. It lets you imbue casts into it, and when you use the Bull Rush, it creates an AoE that will damage enemies nearby.
The best thing about this weapon is that you can practically imbue any cast into it, and they will all deal massive damage. It is a highly versatile weapon that can carry you through the late game with ease. The only downside is you take more damage when using it.
Aspect of Chaos (Aegis, the Shield of Chaos)
This aspect is actually one of the best weapons in Hades. The weapon doesn’t really start off as a powerful one, but as you keep leveling it up, it will eventually start to show results.
Level 4/5 of this weapon can be a really powerful DPS when you pair it up with boons that debuff your enemies. It is also surprisingly easy to use.
Aspect of Lucifer (Exagryph, the Adamant Rail)
Aspect of Lucifer isn’t an overpowered weapon, but it also isn’t weak. It gives you a special attack called Hellfire which deals high damage to its surroundings. The good thing about this weapon is that you don’t necessarily need to upgrade it fully to take advantage.
Even at lower levels, the weapon is pretty good and reliable. It also works very well with boons that give you bonus damage.
Aspect of Hera (Coronacht, the Heart-Seeking Bow)
Aspect of Hera lets you load your cast your attack, and activates upon impact. It is one of the best weapons of this tier. It does require a lot of skill and precision to use, but it is well worth it.
It also works well with most of the cast boons and has a very high DPS. Fighting through the end game won’t be a problem when you have this weapon.
Aspect of Zagreus (Coronacht, the Heart-Seeking Bow)
Aspect of Zagreus for Heart-Seeking Bow is probably the best aspect of Zagreus in all of the weapons in Hades. Critical damage is a very important factor in roguelike games, and if you can get increased critical rates just for having a weapon, you should definitely go for it.
Although it requires levels to be effective, spending five titan blood shouldn’t be much of a problem. It also works very well with upgrades.
Aspect of Zeus (Aegis, the Shield of Chaos)
Aspect of Zeus is a very dynamic weapon when it comes to overall performance. It replaces your Special with something called Blitz Disc, which, when used, will fly to your desired location and damage enemies in the area.
In the meantime, you can use your normal attacks and shields to fight against enemies near you. So, you’re actually doing two instances of damage simultaneously. It also works surprisingly well with many different upgrades in the game.
Aspect of Achilles (Varatha, the Eternal Spear)
The Eternal Spear is one of my favorite weapons in Hades, and this aspect is the reason why. It increases your attack/cast damage significantly for the next four seconds after using your Special.
It costs a bit of titan blood to upgrade it fully, but it is well worth it. Especially if you have a good boon and upgrades to go with it, you can easily clear groups of enemies with ease and even slay dangerous bosses.
Aspect of Nemesis (Stygius, the Blade of the Underworld)
Aspect of Nemesis gives you the much-needed critical chance to finish off your enemies quickly for 3 seconds after using your Special. Critical damage is very important in Hades as it deals triple the normal damage, which is more than enough to melt strong enemies or even bosses.
When combined with the dash attacks and your Special, you can pretty much keep your critical chance for the full duration of your battles. The only downside of this aspect is that you have to fight in a melee range which makes you very vulnerable during fights.
Aspect of Hestia (Exagryph, the Adamant Rail)
Aspect of Hestia Is almost as powerful as Eris, but it is very tedious to use. To make full use of this weapon and get bonus damage, you’ll need to manually reload your weapon every single time, which becomes boring as you keep using it.
Other than that, the weapon is actually very good. If you can overcome its shortcomings, you can actually clear the game with this weapon.
Aspect of Rama (Coronacht, the Heart-Seeking Bow)
One thing that stands out with Aspect of Rama is that it is very hard to use. It does have pretty cool effects that, when used properly, can be very effective, but a lot of time, it just backfires.
It also costs a lot of titan blood to upgrade it, which can be a bummer if you can’t use it well.
Aspect of Arthur (Stygius, the Blade of the Underworld)
When equipped with Aspect of Arthur, the Stygius does deal big damage. However, your attacks are very slow, which is kind of difficult to get used to. If you’re a beginner in this game, it is not recommended that you use this weapon until you spend some time in it.
If you, however, equip this item, it will increase your total HP, and whenever you use your Special, it will give you an AoE that decreases incoming damage, slows enemy projectiles as well as disable traps within the area. If paired with boons that give you attack speed or damage, it can be a pretty good weapon for your run.
Aspect of Poseidon (Stygius, the Blade of the Underworld)
Aspect of Poseidon gives you increased cast damage depending on the level of the aspect. It also dislodges cast from your enemies each time you use your Special. It does a lot of damage if you’re going for a cast build.
It is also a good enough sword to carry you through early to the mid-game, but as you encounter stronger bosses, it becomes much harder to push forward with this aspect. However, the cast build does feel pretty good, especially if you combine it with cast boons from Artemis.
Aspect of Zagreus (Exagryph, the Adamant Rail)
Aspect of Zagreus for the Adamant Rail works really well with some boons, such as Zeus, and will carry you through the later stages of the game. It also costs a very small amount of titan blood to upgrade it.
But as you reach the end game, you will start to have damage issues which make it fall off to this tier. It is also weaker in comparison to other aspects of this weapon.
Aspect of Demeter (Twin Fists of Malphon)
Aspect of Demeter is a cool weapon that can do a lot of damage. However, the damage is very insignificant until you upgrade it fully. You can dish out a lot of raw damage when its ability is charged.
It also works very well with some of the upgrades, such as Quack Cutter or Kinetic Launcher.
Aspect of Zagreus (Twin Fists of Malphon)
Aspect of Zagreus is a good weapon choice if you want more survivability while also dealing decent damage. It gives you a good dodge chance and is also a pretty good damage dealer, especially when you upgrade it with Rolling Knuckle or Concentrated Knuckle. It doesn’t feel overpowered but it also doesn’t let you die easily.
Aspect of Zagreus (Aegis, the Shield of Chaos)
Aspect of Zagreus for the Shield of Chaos increases your damage on regular attacks and dash strikes. But unlike percentage-based damage, it is flat damage, so it is significantly better than other Aspects of Zagreus.
You can actually do a lot of damage with this weapon, and when you combine it with powerful boons and upgrades, this weapon becomes even more potent.
Aspect of Guan Yu (Varatha, the Eternal Spear)
The Guan Yu spear is an interesting weapon. For the price of wielding this weapon, your healing factor and total HP are severely reduced. And upgrading this weapon doesn’t make it more powerful, either.
Instead, it just reduces the amount of HP and healing factor you’re losing. However, it is a powerful weapon with certain upgrades and boons.
Aspect of Gilgamesh (Twin Fists of Malphon)
Aspect of Gilgamesh is powerful, but a lot of times you’ll regret choosing this weapon. Not only is this weapon hard to use and handle, but it also feels disappointing in most cases.
This is because most of the attacks with this weapon are slow, and the game will punish you heavily for using slow attacks. The damage is also significantly weaker than other aspects of its counterparts.
Aspect of Talos (Twin Fists of Malphon)
Aspect of Talos is pretty fun and easy to use, so a lot of new players like it very much. It also has some cool effects that you can use for weird builds. However, it isn’t very powerful when compared to aspects of other weapons.
It does a decent amount of damage with its cast/attack bonus, but the weapon falls off once you reach the later stages of the game.
Aspect of Hades (Varatha, the Eternal Spear)
You might be tempted to use this weapon when you first see its description. But don’t be foolish to actually go for it. This is because it is exceptionally hard to make use of this weapon, and while it may seem it does a lot of damage, it isn’t good enough to actually carry you.
The Punishing Sweep debuff isn’t a good thing, but the fact that it only applies to your normal and Special attacks is very underwhelming.
Aspect of Zagreus (Varatha, the Eternal Spear)
Aspect of Zagreus for the Eternal Spear increases your Special damage along with range and speed. Like other weapons of this tier, this weapon is very situational, and most of the time, it won’t take you very far into the game.
However, it is a pretty fun weapon, and if you combine it with some upgrades such as Flurry Jab or Exploding Launcher, it has decent damage output as well. It is also not a good enough weapon to carry you to the late game.
Aspect of Zagreus (Stygius, the Blade of the Underworld)
Aspect of Zagreus for Stygian Sword gives you more attack speed and movement speed depending on the level of the weapon. It can be a great choice for early games as it costs a total of only five titan blood to upgrade it fully. But as you progress through the game, this aspect starts to fall off and becomes pretty much useless when you reach the later stages of the game.
This aspect still feels fun with upgrades such as Flurry Slash or Cured Slash, but not good enough to carry you through tough bosses and enemies.