Mirror of Night

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The Mirror of Night in Zagreus's room.
The Mirror of Night's interface, seen when interacting with it. No Darkness has been invested in any abilities, nor have any abilities been unlocked.

"The Only Certainty Is Death."

The Mirror of Night, located in Zagreus's room, was a gift from Nyx to Zagreus to aid him in his attempts to escape the underworld. It is one of the main meta progression systems in Hades.

Reflecting at the mirror gives Zagreus the ability to spend Darkness gathered from the Underworld to improve his own abilities. However, many of the abilities are locked at first, each requiring a varying number of Chthonic Keys to unlock. After several escape attempts, the ability to refund spent Darkness for use on other abilities is unlocked.

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Ability Description Ranks Cost
Shadow Presence Each rank gives you +10% damage when you strike foes from behind. 5
(+50% damage)
10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30
(Total: 100)
Chthonic Vitality Each rank restores 1 Health when you enter each chamber. 3
(+3 Health per chamber)
10 / 20 / 40
(Total: 70)
Death Defiance Each rank restores you for 50% Health 1 time when your Life Total is depleted. 3
(3 extra chances)
30 / 500 / 1000
(Total: 1530)
Greater Reflex Each rank lets you chain +1 Dash before briefly recovering. 1
(+1 dashes)
50
(Total: 50)
Boiling Blood
(3 Chthonic Keys)
Each rank gives you +10% Attack & Special damage to foes with Cast Ammo in them. 5
(+50% damage)
10 / 30 / 50 / 70 / 90

(Total: 250)

Infernal Soul

(3 Chthonic Keys)

Each rank gives you +1 Cast Ammo for your Cast. 2
(+2 Cast Ammo)
20 / 80
(Total: 100)
Deep Pockets
(6 Chthonic Keys)
Each rank grants you 10 Obols at the start of each escape from the House of Hades. 10
(+100 Obols)
30 / 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75
(Total: 525)
Thick Skin
(6 Chthonic Keys)
Each rank adds +5 Health to your Life Total. 10
(+50 Health)
40 / 45 / 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85
(Total: 625)
Privileged Status
(12 Chthonic Keys)
Each rank gives you +25% damage vs. foes afflicted by at least two Status Curse effects. 2
(+50% vs Status_Curse)
50 / 100
(Total: 150)
Olympian Favor
(12 Chthonic Keys)
Each rank adds a 1% bonus chance for a Boon to have Rare effects. 50
(+50% chance)
50 per rank
(Total: 2500)
God's Pride
(24 Chthonic Keys)
Each rank adds a 1% bonus chance for a Boon to have Epic effects. 25
(+25% chance)
100 per rank
(Total: 2500)
Fated Authority
(36 Chthonic Keys)
Each rank gives you 1 chance to randomly alter the reward for the next chamber. 10
(+10 rerolls)
1k / 2k / 3k / 4k / 5k / 10k / 20k / 30k / 40k / 50k
(Total: 165,000)

Totals[edit | edit source]

It takes a total of 102 Cthonic Keys to unlock all upgrades on the Mirror.

To unlock all non-Boon, non-Fated Authority upgrades requires 3400 Darkness; including the Boon upgrades takes this total to 8400 Darkness. Including Fated Authority, the current total required to max out the Mirror is 173,400 Darkness.

Fated Authority[edit | edit source]

One point of Fated Authority can be used to change a room's reward into any other item from its pool. Room rewards belong in two distinct item pools.

One pool consists of permanent resources, indicated by a golden halo surrounding the item, including:

  • Chthonic Keys
  • Gemstones
  • Darkness
  • Nectar

The other consists of temporary (run-specific) resources, indicated by the lack of the aforementioned halo. These items include:

  • All Boons (and Daedalus Hammers)
  • Charon's Obol
  • Centaur Hearts
  • Poms of Power

Some rooms cannot be altered, nor can they be acquired through Fated Authority. These include Charon's shops, friendly NPC encounters with Sisyphus, Eurydice and Patroclus, and boss rooms. Infernal Gate rewards may be changed.

The encounter itself is not altered, so you cannot use Fated Authority to change a miniboss room with a skull marker into a regular room.