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Title Death Incarnate
Relations Nyx (Mother)

Hypnos (Brother)
Charon (Brother)
Megaera (Foster sister)
Tisiphone (Foster sister)
Alecto (Foster 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 foster 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 Zagreus 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 either kills more enemies than Thanatos does or ties his total, 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. After a run in which he was encountered, he has a high (but not 100%) chance of appearing in the House. If he is given nectar during the run right before appearing in the House, he won't be able to be gifted.

Affinity[edit | edit source]

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

After 6 bottles of Nectar, further gifts will be locked until you complete his favor.

After completing his favor, giving Thanatos Ambrosia will give you Companion Mort in exchange.

Favor[edit | edit source]

Thanatos' favor is not mentioned, and acts more as a narrative event between Zagreus and Thanatos.

Beating Thanatos after giving him 6 Nectar will randomly prompt a discussion between the two about Zagreus being powerful enough to escape the Underworld without Thanatos' help. Once Zagreus proves his strength to Thanatos, Thanatos can be given Ambrosia the next time he is encountered in the House of Hades.

Romance[edit | edit source]

Reaching maximum affinity with Thanatos will unlock a scene in Zagreus's Room, where Zagreus can either begin a romantic relationship with him or continue as friends. Thanatos, and Megaera can be romanced at the same time with no negative repercussions.

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. Thanatos ranks high even among those of such authority and power. Although it is my Master 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 came, by Ares' and Apollo's design. As death is swift and unavoidable to mortals, so is Thanatos devoted without question to his work. Fatherless, he honors always his mother, the goddess Nyx. He tirelessly serves his foreign Master, whose son at least he adores, despite their opposing manner and outlook. Thanatos would never speak of this, but it is clear, to me. Whence came the bond they share? My thought is that the Master's son must be the god of blood; of life. Thus, they are inexorably drawn.'

Encounters[edit | edit source]

Except for Temple of Styx and Trial of the Gods, Thanatos has a chance to appear at the beginning of an encounter after Zagreus has lost some health in a run. This initiates a contest where they compete to slay more shades than the other, for that encounter. The spawn rate of foes is noticeably higher and may come in more waves. If Zagreus either kills more enemies than Thanatos does or ties his total, he will award Zagreus a Centaur Heart. Zagreus and Thanatos are immune from each other's attacks.

Thanatos has two types of attacks that can instantly kill foes, even those with armor, during the contest:

  • He spawns a large purple circle which, after a delay, instantly kills foes inside the area of effect.
  • He marks an enemy with a purple scythe on their head, which kills it after a delay.

Thanatos's attacks are slow and delayed, which gives Zagreus a chance to kill the enemies and claim more points.

In Elysium, Flame Wheels that commit kamikaze are not counted as points. Exalted warriors count as two points, once when they are wielding weapons, and another time when they are in their weapon-less soul form. A viable strategy is to let Thanatos kill the weapon form, and then Zagreus can kill the soul to even the score.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Additional notes[edit | edit source]

  • Thanatos has no requirements which must be unlocked before he returns to the Underworld.

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