Athena

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Athena
Athena.png
Info
Title Goddess of Wisdom
Relations Zeus (Father)

Poseidon (Uncle)

Hades (Uncle)

Demeter (Foster aunt)

Artemis (Half-Sister)

Ares (Half-Brother)

Dionysus (Half-Brother)

Hermes (Half-Brother)

Zagreus (Cousin)

Affiliation Mount Olympus
Voice Marianne Miller
Hail, noble Cousin. Now let's get you from that miserable place. I'll see that all of us upon Olympus do our part, beginning here with me.
~ Athena

Athena is the Olympian Goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare. She offers boons to Zagreus that cause his abilities to Deflect enemy attacks. In addition, she also offers boons that reduce damage or increase other defensive options.

Athena offers excellent defensive options with her boons, protecting you from damage with the ability to deflect enemy projectiles and melee attacks, as well as reduce the damage you will take in a run.

Her signature Status Curse is Exposed, which causes enemies to take additional damage from behind. This stacks with Backstab bonuses offered by the Mirror of Night.

As her boon is the reward for clearing the very first room in a fresh save, she will always be the first of the Olympian gods to be encountered.

Affinity[edit | edit source]

If given Nectar, Athena will give you the Owl Pendant.

Favor[edit | edit source]

Athena's favor requires seeing all three of Athena's remarks after successfully clearing a run, acknowledging Zagreus' strength.

Codex entry[edit | edit source]

Codex.png '...Of some things I am certain, and one of them is this: That there were many times, during my mortal life, when my spear found its mark thanks to Pallas Athena. She favors those of dispositions such as mine, and I would like to think her efforts keep the violent lusting of Ares, her half-brother, well in check. If anybody on Olympus might have the capacity to mend the rift between my Master and themselves, it must be her; though, even in all her wisdom, I remain unsure if she can sway my Master's obstinance.'

Mechanics[edit | edit source]

Many of Athena's boons add Deflect to your abilities. Deflect is a mechanic unique to Athena boons which allows an ability to repel projectiles and damage back at the attacker. A projectile hit with a Deflecting ability will be sent back towards the enemy who cast it, and deals a portion of the enemy's health instead of its base damage. A well timed Deflecting ability can also negate a melee attack, dealing damage to the attacker instead.

(Note: Portion of damage not known. It doesn't appear to be eight times the base damage at least in every case. Needs verifying.)

Boons[edit | edit source]

Boon Description Rarity Notes Prerequisites
Divine Strike.png
Divine Strike
Your Attack is stronger, and can Deflect.
Common:
  • Attack Damage: +40%
Rare:
  • Multiplier: 1.3–1.5
Epic:
  • Multiplier: 1.8–2.0
Heroic:
  • Multiplier: 2.3–2.5
Tier 1 None
Divine Flourish.png
Divine Flourish
Your Special is stronger, and can Deflect.
Common:
  • Special Damage: +60%
Rare:
  • Multiplier: 1.3–1.5
Epic:
  • Multiplier: 1.8–2.0
Heroic:
  • Multiplier: 2.3–2.5
Tier 1 None
Phalanx Shot.png
Phalanx Shot
Your Cast damages foes in a small area, and can Deflect.
Common:
  • Cast Damage: 85
Rare:
  • Cast Damage: 102
Epic:
  • Cast Damage: 119
Heroic:
  • Cast Damage: 136
Tier 1
  • Damage Radius: 250
None
Divine Dash.png
Divine Dash
Your Dash deals damage and can Deflect.
Common:
  • Dash Damage: 10
Rare:
  • Dash Damage: 12
Epic:
  • Dash Damage: 14
Heroic:
  • Dash Damage: 16
Tier 1 None
Athena's Aid.png
Athena's Aid
Your Call briefly makes you Invulnerable and Deflect all attacks.
Common:
  • Effect Duration: 1.5 Sec.
  • Max Gauge Bonus: x6 Duration
Rare:
  • Effect Duration: 1.65 Sec.
Epic:
  • Effect Duration: 1.8 Sec.
Heroic:
  • Effect Duration: 1.95 Sec.
Tier 1 None
Holy Shield.png
Holy Shield
After you take damage, damage nearby foes and briefly Deflect.
Common:
  • Revenge Damage: 30
Rare:
  • Multiplier: 1.3–1.5
Epic:
  • Multiplier: 1.8–2.0
Heroic:
  • Multiplier: 2.3–2.5
Tier 1
  • Damage Radius: 225
None
Bronze Skin.png
Bronze Skin
Resist damage from foes' attacks.
Common:
  • Reduced Damage from Foes: 5%
Rare:
  • Reduced Damage from Foes: 7.5%
Epic:
  • Reduced Damage from Foes: 10%
Heroic:
  • Reduced Damage from Foes: 12.5%
Tier 1 None
Sure Footing.png
Sure Footing
Resist damage from Traps.
Common:
  • Reduced Trap Damage: 60%
Rare:
  • Reduced Trap Damage: 75%
Epic:
  • Reduced Trap Damage: 90%
Heroic:
  • Reduced Trap Damage: 95%
Tier 1
  • Allows the player to walk in Asphodel's lava without taking damage for a short amount of time.
  • Does not protect against puddles of lava created by fireballs.
  • This boon cannot be upgraded via poms.
None
Proud Bearing.png
Proud Bearing
You begin each Encounter with your God Gauge partly full.
Common:
  • Starting Gauge: 20%
Rare:
  • Starting Gauge: 25%
Epic:
  • Starting Gauge: 30%
Heroic:
  • Starting Gauge: 40%
Tier 2 Aphrodite's Aid, Ares' Aid, Artemis' Aid, Athena's Aid, Demeter's Aid, Dionysus' Aid, Poseidon's Aid, or Zeus' Aid
Blinding Flash.png
Blinding Flash
Your attacks that Deflect also make foes Exposed for 5 Sec.
Common:
  • Bonus Backstab Damage: +50%
Rare:
  • Bonus Backstab Damage: +62.5%
Epic:
  • Bonus Backstab Damage: +75%
Heroic:
  • Bonus Backstab Damage: +87.5%
Tier 2 Divine Dash, Divine Flourish, Divine Strike, Phalanx Flare, or Phalanx Shot
Brilliant Riposte.png
Brilliant Riposte
When you Deflect attacks, they deal more damage.
Common:
  • Deflect Damage: +80%
Rare:
  • Multiplier: 1.3–1.5
Epic:
  • Multiplier: 2.0–2.5
Heroic:
  • N/A
Tier 2 Divine Dash, Divine Flourish, Divine Strike, or Holy Shield
Deathless Stand.png
Deathless Stand
Death Defiance makes you Impervious longer. Replenish 1 charge now.
Common:
  • Effect Duration: +2 Sec.
Rare:
  • Effect Duration: +2.5 Sec.
Epic:
  • Effect Duration: +3 Sec.
Heroic:
  • Effect Duration: +3.5 Sec.
Tier 2
  • Unsellable
Divine Dash, Divine Flourish, Divine Strike, or Phalanx Shot
Last Stand.png
Last Stand
Death Defiance restores more Health than usual. Replenish 1 charge now.
Common:
  • Improved Restoration: +10%
Rare:
  • Improved Restoration: +12%
Epic:
  • Improved Restoration: +14%
Heroic:
  • Improved Restoration: +16%
Tier 2
  • Unsellable
Divine Dash, Divine Flourish, Divine Strike, or Phalanx Shot
Divine Protection.png
Divine Protection
You have a barrier that negates incoming damage.
  • Barrier Cooldown: 20 Sec.
Legendary Tier 3
  • Attacks that are successfully blocked do not remove the barrier.
Brilliant Riposte
Parting Shot.png
Parting Shot
Your Cast gains any bonuses you have for striking foes from behind.
  • Bonus Backstab Damage: +25%
Duo (Aphrodite) One of each:
  • Athena: Athena's Aid, Divine Dash, Divine Flourish, Divine Strike, Phalanx Flare, or Phalanx Shot
  • Aphrodite: Aphrodite's Aid, Crush Shot, Heartbreak Flourish, Heartbreak Strike, Passion Dash, or Passion Flare
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Merciful End
Your attacks that can Deflect immediately activate Doom effects.
  • Doom Combo Damage: 50
Duo (Ares) One of each:
  • Athena: Divine Dash, Divine Flourish, or Divine Strike
  • Ares: Curse of Agony or Curse of Pain
Deadly Reversal.png
Deadly Reversal
After you Deflect, briefly gain +20% chance to deal Critical damage.
  • Critical Duration: 2 Sec.
Duo (Artemis) One of each:
  • Athena: Divine Dash, Divine Flourish, or Divine Strike
  • Artemis: Artemis' Aid, Deadly Flourish, Deadly Strike, Hunter Dash, Hunter's Flare, or True Shot
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Stubborn Roots
While you have no Death/Stubborn Defiance your Health slowly recovers.
  • Life Regeneration: 1 Health (every 0.8 Sec.)
Duo (Demeter) One of each:
  • Athena: Athena's Aid, Divine Dash, Divine Flourish, Divine Strike, Phalanx Flare, or Phalanx Shot
  • Demeter: Crystal Beam, Demeter's Aid, Frost Flourish, Frost Strike, Icy Flare, or Mistral Dash
Calculated Risk.png
Calculated Risk
Your foes' ranged-attack projectiles are slower.
  • Foe Projectile Speed Reduction: +40%
Duo (Dionysus) One of each:
  • Athena: Athena's Aid, Divine Dash, Divine Flourish, or Divine Strike
  • Dionysus: Dionysus' Aid, Drunken Dash, Drunken Flourish, or Drunken Strike
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Unshakable Mettle
You cannot be stunned, and resist some damage from Bosses.
  • Boss Damage Reduction: +5%
Duo (Poseidon) Bosses include the Furies, the Bone Hydra, the Heroes of Elysium, the Secret Boss, and Final Boss. One of each:
  • Athena: Athena's Aid, Divine Dash, Divine Flourish, Divine Strike, Phalanx Flare, or Phalanx Shot
  • Poseidon: Flood Shot, Poseidon's Aid, Tempest Flourish, Tempest Strike, or Tidal Dash
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Lightning Phalanx
Your Phalanx Shot Cast bounces between nearby foes.
  • Max Bounces: 5
Duo (Zeus) One of each:
  • Athena: Phalanx Shot
  • Zeus: Electric Flare, Electric Shot, Lightning Strike, Thunder Dash, Thunder Flourish, or Zeus' Aid

Boon Progression[edit | edit source]

Graphic which displays what boons are required for other boons to appear from Athena rewards. Image by HeartfulPeach.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Additional notes[edit | edit source]

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