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Hades II Update Patch Notes June 4





Early Access Patch 2 Notes June 4

Among the improvements in this patch, look for many new UI icons as well as weapon-related balance changes aimed at enhancing core combat and related choices. Your feedback and volunteered gameplay data help inspire our changes, so thank you for playing! Stay tuned for Boon updates in our next patch.
Note: 馃摙 indicates changes inspired by community feedback!


General Gameplay

路 You now can encounter up to one additional Olympian each night (as in the previous game)
路 You now are likely to find one more Boon or other major reward while in Erebus
馃摙 Increased invulnerability duration after your Death Defiance effects activate
馃摙 Improved rewards of Ash and Psyche can now be found in Oceanus and the Rift of Thessaly
馃摙 You now can press-and-hold to harvest repeatedly from Crescent Pick Outcroppings
馃摙 Toula should now stay closer to you in Encounters, especially in the Fields of Mourning
馃摙 Nemesis no longer offers Death Defiance items if you do not need to refill the effect
路 Reduced Gold cost of Selene's Boon and Path of Stars in Charon's Shop
路 Minor adjustments to the order in which Olympians may first appear early on
路 Normalized chances of finding Fishing Points in various regions


Nocturnal Arms & Abilities

馃摙 Witch's Staff: Special knocks foes away, but is slightly slower; Omega Special is faster
馃摙 Sister Blades: Special staggers standard foes longer; Attack visual FX better match the hitbox
馃摙 Umbral Flames: Attacks are stronger and faster; Omega Attack channels faster and uses less magick; Special gives a speed boost, but has reduced damage; Omega Special can be channeled while moving
馃摙 Moonstone Axe: reworked Special provides a lingering barrier; Omega Attack channels slightly faster; Omega Special channels faster
馃摙 Argent Skull: Omega Attack channels faster and hits a larger area


Aspects of the Nocturnal Arms

路 Witch's Staff (Circe): adjusted activation and duration of Serenity effect; Serenity now adds Omega bonus damage that scales with this Aspect's rank
路 Witch's Staff (Momus): reworked; each of your Omega Moves automatically fires several times in succession from where you use them
馃摙 Sister Blades (Artemis): you will Block again if the effect recharges while you are channeling; Block now takes priority over Dodge and similar effects
路 Umbral Flames (Eos): reworked; Omega Attack now fires a slow shot that occasionally creates damage blasts and also copies your Specials
路 Moonstone Axe (Melino毛): reworked; now adds Power and Max Life
路 Moonstone Axe (Thanatos): reworked; faster Attack adds Critical chance to Omega moves
路 Argent Skull (Medea): improved hit detection on foes near impassable obstacles
路 Argent Skull (Persephone): you now earn Glory much faster, but only by using your Omega Cast; improved control responsiveness during Omega Special



馃摙 Moon Beam (Selene): increased bonus to Path of Stars upgrades


Daedalus Hammer Upgrades

路 Marauder Wallop (Staff): cut from game; replaced with...
路 Rapid Thrasher (Staff): new! All your Attacks become faster
路 Double Wallop (Staff): cut from game; replaced with...
路 Wicked Thrasher (Staff): new! All your Attacks gain bonus Power
路 Double Cataclysm (Staff): cut from game; replaced with...
路 Mirrored Thrasher (Staff): new! All your Attacks hit twice, but you take more damage
路 Rapid Moonshot (Staff): also affects Omega Special
路 Dual Moonshot (Staff): also affects Omega Special; reduced range; renamed from Double Moonshot
路 Shimmering Moonshot (Staff): also affects Omega Special
路 Aetheric Moonburst (Staff): increased Magick restoration from Power Shots
路 Concentrated Flurry (Blades): cut from game; replaced with...
路 Melting Dart (Blades): new! Your Special destroys a large percentage of a foe's Armor
路 Flick Knives (Blades): new! Your Dash-Strike also fires several Special knives in a fan pattern
路 Rapid Onslaught (Blades): reworked to also affect Omega Attack; renamed from Marauder Slice
路 Hook Knives (Blades): removed damage bonus; slightly reduced speed of knives returning to you
路 Furious Fire (Flames): cut from game; replaced with...
路 Mega Spark (Flames): new! All your Attacks travel farther and deal more damage
路 Inverted Spark (Flames): new! Dash to make shots from Attacks reverse direction and hit foes again
路 Leaden Spark (Flames): new! Your Attacks knock foes away and have bonus Power
路 Sustained Spark (Flames): also increases move speed, instead of reducing; formerly Sustained Fire
路 Melting Coil (Flames): no longer fires straight; also affects Omega Special; formerly Melting Comet
路 Origin Coil (Flames): also affects Special
路 Rapid Slash (Axe): reworked to also affect Omega Attack; renamed from Marauder Slash
路 Giga Cleaver (Axe): removed two-stage channeling (it always double-fires but uses more Magick)
路 Dashing Heave (Axe): removed damage bonus; instead, it now hits twice
路 Sidelong Crash (Skull): cut from game; replaced with...
路 Mega Driver (Skull): new! Your Specials travel farther and deal more damage
路 Colossus Driver (Skull): also affects Omega Special


Hexes of Selene

路 Wolf Howl: reduced Magick-spend requirement
路 Twilight Curse: greatly reduced Magick-spend requirement; reduced foes afflicted; reduced cast time
路 Night Bloom: reduced Magick-spend requirement, effect duration, bonus damage, and cast time
路 Lunar Ray: greatly reduced Magick-spend requirement; reduced damage; reduced cast time
路 Moon Water: slightly increased Magick-spend requirement; slightly reduced healing
路 Dark Side: slightly increased Magick-spend requirement; slightly reduced cast time


Foes & Encounters

馃摙 Chronos: various fixes and adjustments; there should be fewer cases where he's patently unfair
路 Infernal Cerberus: minor adjustments to some attack patterns in the first phase
馃摙 Eris: grenade attacks no longer wildly bounce around
馃摙 Polyphemus: reduced effectiveness of Mutant Sheep
馃摙 Goldwrath: reduced accuracy and tracking of beam attack
路 Queen Lamia: slightly increased Armor; increased speed; other minor changes
路 Reed-Stalker: increased projectile speed and target distance; reduced rotation speed
路 Mourner: slightly increased rotation speed; slightly increased speed while attacking
路 Lamia: slightly increased life and Elite armor
馃摙 Dire Shambler: reduced tracking speed between attacks
馃摙 Hippo: self-destruct area should more closely match the visuals


Level Design & Environments

馃摙 Driftwood resources are more common in the Rift of Thessaly (a further increase since last patch)
馃摙 Burning Oil Slicks in the Rift of Thessaly will extinguish after Encounters, though may be reignited
馃摙 Adjusted Oil Slicks in some locations in the Rift of Thessaly
路 Minor fixes to several locations


Fated List of Minor Prophecies

路 Clearing Original Sins no longer requires choosing the very rare Barren curse from Chaos


Chaos Trials

馃摙 Trial of Heartache: reduced difficulty and adjusted based on Aspect changes
馃摙 Trial of Haste: reduced difficulty and adjusted based on Aspect changes


Oath of the Unseen

路 Vow of Forsaking: no longer helps ensure you quickly get Duo and Legendary Boons


Menus & UI

路 Added many new UI icons for Keepsakes, Weapons, Well of Charon offerings, and more
馃摙 Insight Into Offerings (Cauldron) now also lets you check each Olympian's list of offerings in the Book of Shadows while choosing their Boons (or the equivalent with other characters)
路 [/]With the prior change, adjusted default key binding for Rarify; some custom bindings have been reset
馃摙 Added a warning when you are down to your last use of Death Defiance
馃摙 Opening the Book of Shadows should show entries for nearby characters more reliably
馃摙 Removed the Unused Grasp notification when exiting the Altar of Ashes while at a high Grasp limit
路 Updated Pitch-Black Stone screen to use Aspect-specific icons
路 Adjusted input action bar layout at the bottom of the Boon Screen and similar
路 Added borders to icons for Selene Hexes on the Gifts of the Moon screen
路 Added informational pop-up when using F10 to report bugs
路 Other minor changes


Art & Visual FX

馃摙 Reduced some full-screen flashing or strobing, such as from time-slow effects


Music & SFX

路 Added SFX for when certain active abilities such as Serenity are ready to use
路 Updated placeholder SFX for various Keepsakes
路 Updated SFX for projectile collisions with Umbral Flames (Moros)


Voice & Narrative

路 Unique voice lines should play more reliably when certain incantations are revealed in the Cauldron
路 Added voice lines when using Phase Shift (Selene) vs. Chronos (or trying to...)
路 More voice lines should play when confiding in Frinos in certain contexts



馃摙 While brooding over the family portrait in the Crossroads, you may now snap out of it sooner
馃摙 You now can fully control the game using keyboard only if you rebind Attack and Special
馃摙 All timers now pause while in the presence of Charon
馃摙 An Anvil of Fates will no longer be offered in Tartarus if you have not found a Daedalus Hammer
馃摙 In the Hades Flashback, adjusted timing of hint for players who don't realize they are in control
路 Reduced requirements for the incantation Power to Pause and Reflect to be revealed
路 Melino毛 now respawns in the center of her magick circle near her tent (she was a bit off before...)
路 Improved compatibility with more types of controllers
路 Updated text for various upgrades and abilities


Bug Fixes

路 Fixed Double Up (Poseidon) sometimes doubling Mystery Boons; clarified description
路 Fixed Nightmare resources dropping unexpectedly in Chaos Trials
馃摙 Fixed Omega moves occasionally becoming unresponsive after being chomped on by Polyphemus
馃摙 Fixed deadliest attack of Chronos occasionally hitting when Melino毛 was in a supposedly safe point
馃摙 Fixed Umbral Flames Attack preventing Magick regeneration before channeling Omega Attack
馃摙 Fixed The Queen and Judgment (Arcana) appearing active while no others Arcana are active
馃摙 Fixed Hearth Gain (Hestia) no longer restoring Magick if chosen as a Sacrifice Boon
馃摙 Fixed certain later Oath Testaments for the Sister Blades sometimes not appearing as expected
馃摙 Fixed cases where you could go out of bounds using the Argent Skull in the battle vs. Chronos
馃摙 Fixed more cases of some visual effects vs. Chronos lingering between phases or after the fight
馃摙 Fixed Toula unceremoniously vanishing after you vanquish Chronos
馃摙 Fixed additional issues with Sun Worshiper (Apollo)
馃摙 Fixed additional issues with Dark Side (Selene)
馃摙 Fixed additional issues with Twilight Curse (Selene)
馃摙 Fixed a visual issue where Headmistress Hecate could appear to slide after snared by your Cast
馃摙 Fixed Spark of Ixion (Charon) causing a Chaos Gate to appear in Asphodel?
馃摙 Fixed Golden Boughs sometimes not marking all available rewards in the Fields of Mourning
馃摙 Fixed several narrative events that could play out of sequence
馃摙 Fixed Odysseus rather rudely walking away while in conversation with Nemesis
馃摙 Fixed Heracles sometimes leaping away forever
馃摙 Fixed Melino毛's voice reverting during her return sequence despite certain Circe enchantments
馃摙 Fixed incorrect Echo portrait in the Book of Shadows
馃摙 Fixed incorrect music playing in some Chaos Trials, or not playing as intended in some instances
馃摙 Fixed rare cases of a looping sound playing indefinitely
馃摙 Fixed a rare instance when objectives in the Training Grounds could overlap
馃摙 Fixed several minor issues on the Victory Screen that shows when you prevail
馃摙 Fixed additional miscellaneous issues when playing in ultrawide resolutions
馃摙 Fixed a rare crash in which the effect of Winter Harvest (Demeter) could repeat forever
馃摙 Fixed various other rare crashes
馃摙 Fixed several text errors
馃摙 Other minor fixes


Quote of the Patch

'Hecate was the Goddess of the Dark of the Moon, the black nights when the moon is hidden. She was associated with deeds of darkness, the Goddess of the Crossways, which were held to be ghostly places of evil magic.'

~Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes (E. Hamilton)



Early Access Patch 1 Notes May 16

Here's our first patch in Early Access!! We're very grateful for all the feedback so far, which inspired this first set of targeted improvements and fixes. Next, we'll be working on a patch with balance changes and additional improvements based on what we've observed. Thank you for playing!
Note: 馃摙 indicates a change inspired by community feedback! (Almost everything in this case...!)


General Gameplay

馃摙 Your Sprint is innately faster and turning is more responsive; re-scaled abilities that boost this
馃摙 You now can Dash out of many attack recovery animations more reliably
馃摙 You now can gather from any resource point once you have unlocked the corresponding Gathering Tool; you now can Prioritize any available Tool in the Training Grounds to make its resources appear as often as before, while resources for Tools you do not Prioritize will appear far less often


Altar of Ashes

馃摙 The Swift Runner: now also makes your Dash immediate (note the faster speed means you are invulnerable for very slightly less time); re-scaled Sprint speed bonus since Sprint is innately faster now


Level Design & Environments

馃摙 It is easier to Dash across chasms in Oceanus
馃摙 Driftwood resources are more common in the Rift of Thessaly


Menus & UI

馃摙 Using a Well of Charon displays your current Gold without the need to check your Boon Info
馃摙 The Grasp Upgrade Tutorial in the Altar of Ashes will repeat if ignored
馃摙 Added Patch Notes option to the Main Menu (where you can read this!)



馃摙 Early encounters with Eris are less likely to occur; she also drops something of value...
馃摙 Related, if this already occurred, look for a one-time bonus in the Crossroads while Eris is present
馃摙 Entries in the Book of Shadows are generally easier to reveal
馃摙 You can gift Echo without having to wait around as long after conversing
馃摙 Adjusted Animal Familiar upgrades invalidated by the Gathering Tool changes above
馃摙 In the Hades Flashback, a hint will eventually play for players who don't realize they are in control
馃摙 Improved mouse selection in various cases
馃摙 Improved support for some additional controllers
鈥 Abilities that boost Sprint speed display more-accurate numbers (generally lower than before)
鈥 Updates and fixes to translations in some languages


Bug Fixes

馃摙 Fixed several issues with Dark Side (Selene)
馃摙 Fixed Sun Worshiper (Apollo) sometimes preventing new foes from spawning
馃摙 Fixed Fire Extinguisher (Hestia) not dealing damage as expected
馃摙 Fixed Sister Blades Omega Attack not hitting Chronos reliably from certain angles
馃摙 Fixed Satyr Hoplites retaining the ability to block while afflicted with Twilight Curse (Selene)
馃摙 Fixed various cases of foes sometimes spawning out of bounds
馃摙 Fixed camera zoom-in getting stuck vs. Polyphemus in certain situations
馃摙 Fixed cases where you could Dash out of bounds in the Crossroads
馃摙 Fixed Fishing Pier events in the Crossroads not passing Whiles like other similar events
馃摙 Fixed autolock not clearing as expected while using mouse controls
馃摙 Fixed keyboard inputs sometimes getting stuck unexpectedly
馃摙 Fixed several input issues switching from gamepad to mouse-and-keyboard controls
馃摙 Fixed several issues playing in ultrawide resolutions
馃摙 Fixed some visual effects vs. Chronos lingering between phases or after the fight
馃摙 Fixed a Melino毛 voice line repeating unexpectedly around the City of Ephyra Bat Cages
馃摙 Fixed various rare crashes
馃摙 Fixed several text errors
馃摙 Other minor fixes


Quote of the Patch

' plain to the eye, now shadowy, now shining in the darkness鈥
all this in unnerving attacks in the gloom of night.'

~The Orphic Hymns, 71: To Melino毛 (Anonymous; A. Athanassakis translation)[/]


Those are the patch notes on June 4 for Hades II.

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