How to unlock new weapons in Hades

Learn how to unlock new weapons by exploring the Underworld of Hades.

In Hades, the first question most players ask is how to unlock new weapons. At the beginning of the game, Zagreus will use his Stygian Blade to vanquish foes. While exploring the Underworld, you’ll need to collect Skeleton Keys in order to unlock new weapons. To expand the information and viability of each weapon, you’ll need to slay a set number of foes and expand your Codex of the Underworld.

To view this information, hold C to open your Codex of the Underworld. There, you’ll find listings on each weapon available to you in Hades. Struggling to expand your arsenal of weapons? We’ve got you covered! Below, we’ve put together a quick guide on how to unlock new weapons in Hades!

How to Unlock New Weapons in Hades

All weapons in Hades
To unlock new weapons in Hades, you'll need to explore the Underworld and earn Skeleton Keys.
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To unlock new weapons in Hades, you’ll need to explore the Underworld and collect Skeleton Keys. As expected, you’ll want to pay attention to the door symbols that precede each area in Hades. By entering a door with a Skeleton Key symbol and vanquishing all enemies within that area, you’ll be able to earn a Skeleton Key.

After you die and respawn back in the House of Hades, you can take your Skeleton Keys over to the weapons area. There, you’ll notice different weapons lined up along the wall along with their Skeleton Key cost. As long as you have enough Skeleton Keys on hand, you can interact with the weapon and unlock it in exchange for Skeleton Keys.

Right now, we’ve unlocked four different weapons in Hades also known in the Codex of the Underworld as “Infernal Arms.” Below, you’ll find a list of all four Infernal Arms in Hades.

Codex of the Underworld in Hades
Hold C to open the Codex of the Underworld in Hades and view information on all four Infernal Arms.
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  • Stygian Blade: Basic attack (right-click) deals 10 damage. Special attack (Q), Nova Smash, deals 50 damage.
  • Eternal Spear: Basic attack (right-click) deals 15 damage. Special attack (Q), Throw, deals 15 damage. Spin Attack (hold right-click) deals 50 damage.
  • Heart-Seeking Bow: Basic attack (right-click) deals 15+ damage depending on how long you hold right-click. Special attack (Q), Volley Fire, deals 10 damage. Power Shot (hold right-click until flash) deals 30 damage.
  • Shield of Chaos: Basic attack (right-click) deals 20 damage. Special attack (Q), Throw, deals 20 damage. Bull Rush (hold right-click until flash) deals 50 damage.

Once you unlock all four Infernal Arms, you’ll want to switch between them and kill enemies in order to expand their entry in the Codex of the Underworld.

Now that you know how to unlock new weapons in Hades, which of the four weapons listed above is your favorite? Let us know down in the comments below! For more on Hades, be sure to read through some of our previous guides including how to upgrade attributes in Hades, how to save in Hades, and what happens when you die in Hades.

By reading through this guide, you should now know how to unlock new weapons in Hades.

Morgan is a writer, indie game lover, and socially awkward coffee addict. Need something? Morgan can be reached at morgan.shaver@allgamers.com or if you like, you can say hello using GIFs on Twitter.

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