Stygian Blade

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The Stygian Blade (Stygius, Blade of the Underworld) is the first weapon unlocked in Hades.

Codex entry[edit | edit source]

Codex.png '...Stygius, the Blade of the Underworld, must have been among the finest weapons ever wielded, back when it was whole. Back when the six elder gods sealed the Titans in the deepest recesses of Tartarus, that blade evidently played no small role in their success. It must have been Lord Poseidon who brandished that blade before he opted for that trident he so likes. Now the blade lies broken, survived only by its burning soul. I knew that Master Hades would pay little heed if I provided all the shattered remnants of the thing to his own son, who naturally was able to reconstitute them into something more than functional, indeed. It has been long since last the blade had a partner, and as I transported it, I could sense its eagerness to return to battle; to relive its own memories. I am left to wonder, who else shall someday bear this blade? The Master's son, among his charitable qualities, isn't warlike enough to want to use it forever.'

Fighting style[edit | edit source]

Stygius is a longsword with a mixture of wide and directional swings. It balances speed and strength, with medium range attacks and an AoE special. The special creates a small burst but leaves Zagreus stationary for a short time.

Statistics[edit | edit source]

Attack Description Damage Effects
Strike Press Attack button to Strike. 20 Damage None
Combo Press Attack > Attack > Attack for Combo. Strike: 20 Damage

Chop: 25 Damage

Thrust: 30 Damage

Thrust: Knockback
Dash-Strike Press Attack quickly after Dashing. Thrust: 30 Damage Thrust: Knockback
Nova Smash Press Special to Nova Smash. 50 Damage Cannot Backstab

Knockback

Aspects[edit | edit source]

Aspect Description Upgrade Cost
Zagreus Aspect Sword.png
Aspect of Zagreus
The form in which the blade of the underworld first revealed itself.

A blade such as this seeks not to remain idle for more than an aeon or two.

Bonus Move Speed & Dash Distance

(+10% / +14% / +17% / +23% / +25%)

1 / 1 / 1 / 1 / 1

Titan Blood

(Total: 5)

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Aspect of Nemesis
For 3 Sec. after you Special, your Attack may deal Critical damage.

One of Nyx's daughters once brandished the blade against the arrogant.

Bonus Critical Chance

(+15% / +19% / +22% / +26% / +30%)

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Titan Blood

(Total: 15)

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Aspect of Poseidon
Your Special dislodges Cast Ammo from foes.

Even before he ruled the seas, the blade's first bearer liked making a splash.

Cast Damage

(+10% / +20% / +30% / +40% / +50%)

2 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5

Titan Blood

(Total: 16)

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Aspect of Arthur
You have Holy Excalibur*, and +50 Health to your Life Total .

Peace and destruction await a kingdom governed by the rule of might.

Aura Damage Reduction

(+20% / +25% / +30% / +35% / +40%)

3 / 3 / 3 / 3 / 3

Titan Blood

(Total: 15)

*See below for Holy Excalibur's alternate moveset.

Holy Excalibur Moveset[edit | edit source]

Attack Description Damage Effects
Strike Press Attack button to Strike. 60 Damage
Combo Press Attack > Attack > Attack for Combo. Each subsequent strike has increased windup time. 60 / 80 / 200 Damage
Dash-Strike Press Attack quickly after Dashing. 50 Damage
Nova Smash Press Special to Nova Smash. 70 Damage Cannot Backstab

Knockback

Create aura

Upgrades[edit | edit source]

Upgrade Description Notes
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World Splitter
Your Attack is replaced with a big chop that deals 90 base damage.
  • Cannot be combined with Flurry Slash or Cruel Thrust
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Arthur
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Flurry Slash
Hold Attack to strike rapidly, dealing 25 base damage per hit.
  • Cannot be combined with World Splitter or Cruel Thrust
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Arthur
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Super Nova
Your Special hits a wider area and deals +20% damage.
  • Increases damage radius by 20%
  • Does not impact Holy Excalibur aura size.
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Double Nova
Your Special hits twice in a smaller area; no longer knocks foes away.
  • Decreases damage radius to 85%
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Double Edge
Your Dash-Strike hits twice and deals +30% damage.
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Breaching Slash
Your Attack deals +300% damage to Armor.
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Cruel Thrust
Your Thrust deals +200% damage and has a +40% Critical chance.
  • Cannot be combined with World Splitter or Flurry Slash
  • Although the dash strike looks like a thrust, it does not benefit from Cruel Thrust.
  • Incompatible with Aspect of Arthur
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Piercing Wave
Your Attack fires a wave that pierces foes, dealing 25 damage.
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Cursed Slash
Your Attack restores 2 Health, but you have -60% Health.
  • This upgrade affects Centaur Hearts and Old Spiked Collar, meaning that you'll receive -60% health from those too.
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Shadow Slash
Your Attack deals +200% damage when striking foes from behind.