Who to give Nectar to in Hades

Who you can and should give Nectar to in Hades, as well as all the Keepsake rewards for doing so.

The nectar of the gods sounds pretty exclusive, but you’ll get plenty of the stuff to gift to people in Hades. If you’re wondering who to give Nectar to in Hades, we can help you out. It pays to be generous in Hades, so in this guide we’ll teach you who’s good to give Nectar to, and what you’ll get in return.

Who to give Nectar to in Hades

Who to give Nectar to in Hades
 
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The short answer to who to give Nectar to in Hades is, well, everyone. You can gift Nectar to almost all the NPCs you meet in Hades, and you’ll want to give at least one to basically everyone. Doing so will reward you with a Keepsake item that can prove very useful indeed. In fact, pretty much the only person you don’t want to give Nectar to is Hades, as the grumpy guy won’t give you anything in return. Probably due to all that escaping business.

If you’re just starting out in Hades, we recommend giving Nectar to Skelly and Cerberus early in the game. Their item rewards will give you increased health and an extra revive, which come in handy when learning the ropes. Keepsakes will level up as you complete their challenges, increasing their effectiveness.

Giving Nectar to a character will unlock new dialogue with then, letting you learn a little more about the world and the gods within it. Nectar is also the primary method to build up relationships or Affinity with a character. If you’re looking to pursue one of the romance options in Hades, you’ll always need to start with Nectar before you move on to Favors and Ambrosia. Handily, if you check your Codex, you can see your affinity and which characters are open to gifts.

All Keepsakes / Nectar rewards in Hades

All keepsakes and nectar rewards in Hades
 
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If you’re after a full list of characters you can give Nectar to and the Keepsakes or other rewards they’ll offer in return, we’ve rounded them up below. Each bonus is listed with forward slashes separating the different levels of the Keepsake.

  • Cerberus - Old Spiked Collar: 
    • +25/38/50 HP:
  • Achilles - Myrmidon Bracer
    • -20/25/30% frontal damage taken, +10% back damage
  • Nyx - Black Shawl: 
    • +10/15/20% damage to undamaged foes, or when attacking from behind
  • Charon - Bone Hourglass:
    • +4/6/8 encounter duration to all Well of Charon buffs
  • Thanatos - Pierced Butterfly:
    • +1/1.5/2% damage buff per encounter beaten without taking damage
  • Hypnos - Chthonic Coin Purse:
    • +100/125/150 coins per escape attempt
  • Megaera - Skull Earring:
    • Deal 120/130/140% when health is at or below 30%
  • Dusa - Harpy Feather Duster:
    • 2/3/4% chance to find healing items inside urns
  • Skelly - Lucky Tooth:
    • Survive one lethal blow per run with 50/100/150hp 
  • Sisyphus - Shattered Shackle:
    • Attacks, Specials and Casts deal +40/60/80% damage when not buffed by a Boon
  • Orpheus - Distant Memory:
    • +10/20/30% damage dealt to distant enemies
  • Eurydice - Evergreen Acorn:
    • Negates damage from the first 3/4/5 hits from bosses
  • Hermes - Lambent Pume:
    • Gain stacks of dodge chance and movement speed each time you beat an encounter quickly. Each stack grants a +1/1.1/1.2% boost.
  • Chaos - Cosmic Egg:
    • Enter Chaos Gates without losing health. Blessings from Chaos have a +20/30/40% chance to be Rare or better.
  • Patroclus - Broken Spearpoint:
    • Gain 0.5/1/1.5s of invulnerability after taking damage, on a 7s cooldown
  • Athena - Owl Pendant:
    • The next boon you find will be from Athena, with a +10/15/20% chance to be Rare or better
  • Zeus - Thunder Signet:
    • The next boon you find will be from Zeus, with a +10/15/20% chance to be Rare or better
  • Poseidon - Conch Shell:
    • The next boon you find will be from Poseidon, with a +10/15/20% chance to be Rare or better
  • Aphrodite - Eternal Rose:
    • The next boon you find will be from Aphrodite, with a +10/15/20% chance to be Rare or better
  • Artemis - Adamant Arrowhead:
    • The next boon you find will be from Artemis, with a +10/15/20% chance to be Rare or better
  • Ares - Blood-Filled Vial:
    • The next boon you find will be from Ares, with a +10/15/20% chance to be Rare or better
  • Dionysus - Overflowing Cup:
    • The next boon you find will be from Dionysus, with a +10/15/20% chance to be Rare or better
  • Bouldy - Heart of Stone Boon
    • Not a keepsake, but grants various buffs.
  • Hades - No reward because he’s a big grump

That’s everything you need to know about who to give Nectar to in Hades, and all the Keepsake rewards you’ll get for doing so! For more Hades guides, head over to our hub page for the game.

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Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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