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

Poseidon (Uncle)

Hades (Uncle)

Ares (Brother)

Artemis (Sister)

Dionysus (Brother)

Hermes (Brother)

Zagreus (Cousin)

Aphrodite

Affiliation Mount Olympus
Voice Marianne Miller

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.

Ambrosia[edit | edit source]

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

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
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
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
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
Divine Dash.png
Divine Dash
Your Dash deals damage and can Deflect.
Common:
  • Dash Damage: 15
Rare:
  • Multiplier: 1.3–1.5
Epic:
  • Multiplier: 1.8–2.0
Heroic:
  • Multiplier: 2.3–2.5
Tier 1
Brilliant Riposte.png
Brilliant Riposte
When you Deflect attacks, they deal more damage.
Common:
  • Deflect Damage: +20%
Rare:
  • Multiplier: 1.3–1.5
Epic:
  • Multiplier: 2.0–2.5
Heroic:
  • N/A
Tier 2
Sure Footing.png
Sure Footing
Resist damage from Traps.
Common:
  • Reduced Trap Damage: 40%
Rare:
  • Reduced Trap Damage: 50%
Epic:
  • Reduced Trap Damage: 60%
Heroic:
  • N/A
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.
Bronze Skin.png
Bronze Skin
Resist damage from foes' attacks.
Common:
  • Reduced Damage from Foes: 5%–10%
Rare:
  • Multiplier: 1.3–1.5
Epic:
  • Multiplier: 1.8–2.0
Heroic:
  • N/A
Tier 1
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:
  • N/A
Tier 1
  • Damage Radius: 225
Deathless Stand.png
Deathless Stand
Death Defiance makes you Impervious longer. Gain 1 charge now.
Common:
  • Effect Duration: +2 Sec.
Rare:
  • Effect Duration: +2.5 Sec.
Epic:
  • Effect Duration: +3 Sec.
Heroic:
  • N/A
Tier 2 Consumable
Last Stand.png
Last Stand
Death Defiance restores more Health than usual. Gain 1 charge now.
Common:
  • Improved Restoration: +10%
Rare:
  • Improved Restoration: +15%
Epic:
  • Improved Restoration: +20%
Heroic:
  • N/A
Tier 2 Consumable
Blinding Flash.png
Blinding Flash
Your attacks that Deflect also make foes Exposed for 5 Sec.
Common:
  • Bonus Backstab Damage: +50%
Rare:
  • Multiplier: 1.3–1.5
Epic:
  • Multiplier: 1.8–2.0
Heroic:
  • N/A
Tier 2
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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:
  • N/A
Tier 1
Athena's Aid.png
Athena's Aid
Your Call briefly makes you Invulnerable and Deflect all attacks.
Common:
  • Effect Duration: 1 Sec.
  • Max Gauge Bonus: x10 Duration
Rare:
  • Effect Duration: 1.2 Sec.
Epic:
  • Effect Duration: 1.4 Sec.
Heroic:
  • Effect Duration: 1.6 Sec.
Tier 1
Merciful End.png
Merciful End
Your attacks that can Deflect immediately activate Doom effects.
  • Doom Combo Damage: 90
Duo Tier 3
Deadly Reversal.png
Deadly Reversal
After you Deflect, briefly gain +35% chance to deal Critical damage.
  • Critical Duration: 2 Sec.
Duo Tier 3
Lightning Phalanx.png
Lightning Phalanx
Your Phalanx Shot Cast bounces between nearby foes.
  • Max Bounces: 5
Duo Tier 3
Spent Spirit.png
Spent Spirit
Your foes' ranged-attack projectiles are slower.
  • Foe Projectile Speed Reduced: 40%
Duo Tier 3
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.

Boon Progression[edit | edit source]

Tier Boon Required Boons
3 Divine Protection Brilliant Riposte
2 Brilliant Riposte Divine Strike, Divine Flourish, Divine Dash or Holy Shield
2 Blinding Flash Divine Strike, Divine Flourish, Divine Dash or Holy Shield
2 Deathless Stand Any other Athena boon
2 Last Stand Any other Athena boon

Duo Boons[edit | edit source]

Duo God Boon Required Boons
Ares Merciful End Athena: Divine Strike, Divine Flourish, or Divine Dash

Ares: Curse of Agony or Curse of Pain

Artemis Deadly Reversal Artemis: Deadly Strike, Deadly Flourish, True Shot or Hunter Dash

Athena: Divine Strike, Divine Flourish, or Divine Dash

Zeus Lightning Phalanx Zeus: Lightning Strike, Thunder Flourish, Electric Shot, Thunder Dash, or Zeus' Aid

Athena: Phalanx Shot

Aphrodite Spent Spirit Aphrodite: Heartbreak Strike, Heartbreak Flourish, Shatter Shot, Passion Dash or Aphrodite's Aid

Athena: Divine Strike, Divine Flourish, Phalanx Shot, Divine Dash, or Athena's Aid

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