Hades Mirror of Night guide

Learn all the available Mirror of Night upgrades, how much they'll cost, and which you should get first in Hades.

Thanks to the aid of Nyx, Zagreus can increase his chances of escaping the Underworld by unlocking upgrades at the Mirror of Night. You won’t have access to them all immediately, but as you earn Darkness and other house upgrades, you’ll grant Zagreus some seriously powerful new abilities. Below, we’ll break down all the Mirror of Night upgrades and prices, as well as giving our advice on which ones you should be grabbing first.

Hades Mirror of Night guide
The Mirror of Night is found in Zagreus' bedroom in the House of Hades. 
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How the Mirror of Night works

The Mirror of Night is found in Zagreus’ bedroom in the House of Hades. By interacting with it, you can spend Darkness collected during runs to upgrade Zagreus with increased powers. Only some powers will be unlocked at the start, and you’ll need to spend Chthonic Keys to unlock later powers.

Additionally, each Mirror of Night power comes with an alternate version you can invest in separately. Default powers are shown in red, while alternate powers are yellow. You’ll need to pick between activating a power or its alternative version, as only one can be used at a time. Eventually you’ll unlock the ability to refund your spent Darkness for the cost of a Chthonic Key, but choose carefully before then!

All Mirror of Night upgrades

Here are all the Mirror of Night upgrades, including price and requirements.

Shadow Presence

Power: Deal +10% damage per rank when hitting enemies from behind

Ranks: 5

Cost: 10/15/20/25/30 Darkness

Alternative Ability: Fiery Presence

Power: Deal +20% damage per rank when you strike undamaged foes 

Ranks: 5

Cost: 10/15/20/25/30 Darkness

Chthonic Vitality

Power: Gain +1 health per rank each time you enter a new chamber

Ranks: 3

Cost: 10/20/40 Darkness

Alternative Ability: Dark Regeneration

Power: Recover health by 30% of any Darkness collected

Ranks: 2

Cost: 30/60 Darkness

Death Defiance

Power: Resist death one time per rank, restoring 50% of life

Ranks: 3

Cost: 30/500/1000 Darkness

Alternative Ability: Stubborn Defiance

Power: Restore 30% of life once per chamber when life is depleted

Ranks: 1

Cost: 600 Darkness

All Mirror of Night upgrades and costs
 
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Greater Reflex

Power: Gain +1 Dash per rank

Ranks: 1

Cost: 50 Darkness

Alternative Ability: Ruthless Reflex

Power: Dash just before taking damage to gain +50% damage and a chance to dodge for two seconds.

Ranks: 1

Cost: 75 Darkness

Boiling Blood - 5 Chthonic Keys

Power: Gain +10% Attack and Special damage per rank to enemies with Casts within them

Ranks: 5

Cost: 10/30/50/70/90 Darkness

Alternative Ability: Abyssal Blood

Power: Reduce enemy speed and damage by 5% per rank for enemies with Casts within them.

Ranks: 5

Cost: 20/40/60/80/100 Darkness

Infernal Soul - 5 Chthonic Keys

Power: Gain +1 Cast per rank

Ranks: 2

Cost: 20/80 Darkness

Alternative Ability: Stygian Soul

Power: You Cast now recharges but doesn’t drop from enemies. Ranks reduce charge time by one second.

Ranks: 3

Cost: 0/60/120 Darkness

Deep Pockets - 10 Chthonic Keys

Power: Gain 10 Coins per rank at the start of each 

Ranks: 10

Cost: 40/45/50/55/60/65/70/75/80/85 Darkness

Alternative Ability: Golden Touch

Power: Gain +5% to your total coins per rank each time you clear an Underworld region.

Ranks: 3

Cost: 70/90/110 Darkness

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Thick Skin - 10 Chthonic Keys

Power: Gain +5 to max life per rank

Ranks: 10

Cost: 40/45/50/55/60/65/70/75/80 Darkness

Alternative Ability: High Confidence

Power: Gain +5% damage per rank while you have 80% health or more.

Ranks: 5

Cost: 50/100/150/200/250 Darkness

Privileged Status - 20 Chthonic Keys

Power: Gain +20% damage per rank vs enemies afflicted by Status Curse effects.

Ranks: 2

Cost: 50/500 Darkness

Alternative Ability: Family Favorite

Power: Gain +2.5% damage per rank per unique Boon you have.

Ranks: 2

Cost: 50/150 Darkness

Olympian Favor - 20 Chthonic Keys

Power: Gain +1% chance per rank for a Boon to be Rare

Ranks: 40

Cost: 50 Darkness per rank

Alternative Ability: Dark Foresight

Power: Gain +1% chance per rank to get Gold laurel rewards.

Ranks: 10

Cost: 250 Darkness per rank

God’s Pride - 30 Chthonic Keys

Power: Gain +1% chance per rank for a Boon to be Epic

Ranks: 20

Cost: 100 Darkness per rank

Alternative Ability: God’s Legacy

Power: Gain +1% chance per rank for a Boon to be Legendary or Duo.

Ranks: 10

Cost: 250 Darkness per rank

Fated Authority - 30 Chthonic Keys

Power: Gain 1 die per rank, used to randomly change the next chamber reward.

Ranks: 10

Cost: 500/750/1000/1500/1750/2000/2250 Darkness

Alternative Ability: Fated Persuasion

Power: Gain 1 die per rank, used to randomly alter Boon and Well of Charon options.

Ranks: 4

Cost: 1000/2000/3000/4000 Darkness

The best mirror of night upgrades to get first
 
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Which Mirror of Night upgrades to get first

While it’ll take a while to unlock all of the Mirror of Night’s powers, there are several well worth investing in as soon as you can. In our opinion, You’ll want to collect at least the first level of Death Defiance as soon as possible. The first level is cheap, but the later ones will require some saving. Next, unlock Dark Regeneration as quickly as you can to allow healing every time you collect Darkness. There aren’t many ways to heal in Hades, so take advantage of them.

With healing and death sorted, one of the main things that’ll help you progress is increasing your health bar, and that means investing in Thick Skin. Thankfully it’s a cheap power to invest in, which will reward your early runs greatly. Once you get used to the game, Golden Touch will massively increase your money income, meaning you can save up for the more valuable items available in later regions.

And that completes our Mirror of Night guide for Hades. Hopefully by reading this guide you’ll better understand what all of the powers offer, and have an idea of what you want to want to invest in early. For more Hades guides, click here to head to our hub page for the game.

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