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Title Death Incarnate
Relations Nyx (Mother)

Hypnos (Brother)
Megaera (Sister)
Tisiphone (Sister)
Alecto (Sister)

Affiliation House of Hades
Voice Chris Saphire

Thanatos is the personification of death. He is one of Nyx's many children and the twin brother of Hypnos, as well as the brother of the three Furies (Megaera, Alecto, and Tisiphone).

As the embodiment of death, Thanatos has many duties requiring him to venture up into the mortal realm. His most recent such venture took longer than usual - speculated by Hypnos and Zagreus to be related to the ongoing war - but returns some time after the game's opening. He apparently dislikes the mortal realm, in particular how bright it can get.

Thanatos occasionally appears at the beginning of regular encounters and challenges Zag to see which of them can slay more shades. He is immune to damage during the contest, but will not retaliate if struck (he'll just complain). If Zagreus kills more enemies than Thanatos does, he will award Zagreus a Centaur Heart in addition to the regular room-clear reward.

Within the House of Hades, Thanatos can be found in the same hallway where Achilles keeps guard. He will only appear after a run in which he was encountered, but can be given Ambrosia while in the House or in the field.

Ambrosia[edit | edit source]

If given Ambrosia, Thanatos will give you the Pierced Butterfly.

Codex entry[edit | edit source]

Codex.png '...Few gods traverse the boundary that divides the realm of surface realm where dwell the living, and this one, where dwell the dead, and Thanatos, embodiment of death, is one among the few. Although it is my Master, the Lord Hades, who presides over the Underworld, Thanatos is death itself, brother of Sleep, an instrument in sending mortals on their way into the Underworld; more peacefully than violently, mind you, as I did not encounter him myself when my time abruptly arrived at Ares' and Apollo's hands. As death is swift and unavoidable to mortals, so is Thanatos devoted without question to his work, under the Master's supervision -- it is a wonder he had time to make acquaintance with the Master's heir, especially given their differences in manner and outlook.'

Additional notes[edit | edit source]

  • There are specific requirements for Thanatos to appear, but none based on narrative events - that is, Thanatos will return to the Underworld regardless of which conversations the player does or does not see.
    • Cannot appear in consecutive runs, non-combat chambers, or boss encounters.
    • Must have 23 escape attempts so far, and have taken damage within the past 5 chambers
    • Must be at least 10 chambers into Tartarus, 2 chambers into Asphodel, or 3 chambers into Elysium

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