Hades Keepsakes: Who to give Nectar to

By James Billcliffe, Monday, 21 September 2020 17:20 GMT

Like everything in Supergiant Games’ incredible catalogue, using Nectar to ingratiate Zagreus with the pantheon of Gods in Hades is an absolute mood. Blending eye-straining action, a huge suite of powers, and the most stylish interpretation of Greek mythology this side of the underworld, Hades lets you make friends as well as enemies.

Gifting the bottles of Nectar you find as you battle through the realms of Hades to your family, rivals, and various other characters grants you Keepsakes. These are special souvenirs of your friendship that give Zagreus powerful buffs as he makes his escape.

Hades Keepsakes – Who to give Nectar to

Unlike coins and Boons, Nectar is kept in Zagreus’ inventory even when he dies – so you can keep hold of as many bottles as you like before splurging on that special someone.

However, you don’t get a Keepsake every single time you give a character Nectar. You can see who’s about to cough up in Achilles’ codex.

The hearts displayed under a character’s name indicate their relationship with Zagreus. Filling up the heart with the pink bow inside will net you a Keepsake.

Often, especially when you’re offering tribute to the gods of Olympus, the resulting trinket will help you to find rarer Boons from a specific god out in the dungeons. This means you can focus on collecting the buffs from a single, complementary branch.

However, there are also plenty of Keepsakes with more general powers that are very useful.

These are great additions to your build, and can really help to push your runs to the next level.

As for who to give your Nectar to early on in the game: Cerberus is a brilliant first choice. His Keepsake increases your starting health and is a solid, basic, pick.

If you find yourself falling at the final hurdle, hit up your ol’ pal Skelly for an extra chance at victory. His Keepsake revives you just like your second chance ability.

Depending on your playstyle, Achilles could be another decent choice. His Keepsake greatly reduces the damage you take from the front, while making you take slightly more from the back.

From there, if there’s a god whose Boons you particularly enjoy, their keepsake is the best way to make them appear consistently.

Right at the start – until you’ve got some Keepsakes you like – don’t bother giving Nectar to daddy Hades, because he doesn’t give you one.

Upgrading Keepsakes

Each Keepsake can be upgraded twice into a 3-star Keepsake. Each time you upgrade a Keepsake, its power increases.

Generally, Keepsakes give a percentage buff to something beneficial happening. As you upgrade its star level, that percentage increases.

To upgrade Keepsakes, simply equip it and complete rooms in the dungeons of the underworld. Eventually, it’ll get better.

Hades – Full Keepsake list

Below is a full list of the Keepsakes you can find in Hades. As you try and fail to escape over and over again, more and more characters will start to appear at the House of Hades or in the dungeon.

If you don’t recognise the name of a character you who want the Keepsake of straight away, it’s likely you’ll meet them soon.

However – at the same time – be advised of a mild spoiler warning for character names.

The Keepsakes are listed in the order they appear in the cabinet.

Hades Keepsakes - Who to give Nectar to
Character Name:Keepsake Name:Keepsake Effect:
Cerberus Old Spiked CollarGain +25 to your starting health
Achilles Myrmidon BracerTake 20% less damage from the front, but 10% more from behind
NyxBlack ShawlDo 10% more damage to undamaged enemies and from behind
HypnosChthonic Coin PurseGet an extra 100 coins at the start of every run
CharonBone HourglassItems you buy from Wells of Charon last for an extra 4 enounters
MegaeraSkull EarringDeal 20% more damage when at 30% health and under
ThanatosPierced ButterflyGain +1% damage for every encounter you beat without taking damage
OrpheusDistant MemoryDeal up to 10% more damage to distant foes
DusaHarpy Feather DusterBroken Urns have a 3% chance to drop healing items
SkellyLucky ToothSurvive with 50 health when you die once per run
SisyphusShattered ShackleDeal 40% more damage while you have no Boons
EurydiceEvergreen AcornAvoid damage the first 3 times a boss hits you
PatroclusBroken SpearpointBecome immune to damage for 0.5 seconds when you get hit on a 7 second cooldown
Athena Owl PendantThe next Boon you find will be from Athena - it has a 10% chance to be rare or better
Zeus Thunder SignetThe next Boon you find will be from Zeus - it has a 10% chance to be rare or better
Poseidon Conch ShellThe next Boon you find will be from Poseidon - it has a 10% chance to be rare or better
AphroditeEternal RoseThe next Boon you find will be from Aphrodite - it has a 10% chance to be rare or better
ArtemisAdamant ArrowheadThe next Boon you find will be from Artemis - it has a 10% chance to be rare or better
AresBlood-filled VialThe next Boon you find will be from Ares - it has a 10% chance to be rare or better
DionysusOverflowing CupThe next Boon you find will be from Dionysus - it has a 10% chance to be rare or better
DemeterFrostbitten HornThe next Boon you find will be from Demeter - it has a 10% chance to be rare or better
HermesLambent PlumeGet 1% extra dodge chance and movement speed every time you beat an encounter quickly
ChaosCosmic EggVisit Chaos without offering health with a 20% chance their Boons will be Rare or higher

As well as being another fantastic game from Supergiant, Hades has also been a commercial success. It hit a million sales soon after the 1.0 release.

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