hades ambrosia guide

Hades Ambrosia Guide

In this Hades Ambrosia guide, I will tell you everything you need to know about Ambrosia in Hades: what it is, who it is for, where and when to use it, and how to make the most of it.

Ambrosia is Greek Mythology’s equivalent to the modern avocado toast: it appeals to gods and mortals alike, and it grants immortality upon consumption. Okay, the last one might be a bit too far-fetched, but you get the point.

My point is that Greek Mythology really is fascinating. I mean, the amount of effort that these guys put into designing that amount of lore remains unparalleled. So it’s no surprise that so many games have drawn inspiration from this vast world of possibilities and used it for their own.

When I say games, of course, I mean the God of War and Age of Mythology franchise. However, up until the release of Hades, it didn’t feel like the absolute potential of Greek mythology had been fully exploited. I mean, it is the half-rogue-lite, half-Greek demigod dating sim we all were expecting after all.

For the past few months, I have spent several hours of my adult life trying to make my way out of the underworld as an angsty, rebel teenager.

But although I had an absolute blast hacking and slashing, what really takes the cake in this game is its side characters and thorough -oh, so thorough- dialogue. I mean, we are talking over 20,000 lines of dialogue. The characters are really worth getting to know, even if it takes some rare items to break through their walls.

If you’ve been playing Hades for several hours, chances are you’ve been wondering where to find Ambrosia, that exclusive golden-colored liquid. Needless to say, it is a necessary resource in the game if you want to max out your relationships with the underworld folk and get some exciting perks out of it.

Ambro-what?

Ambrosia is a sacred resource that will allow you to become best buddies with your fave Greeks and get some battle perks from them. It’s like friends with benefits, except the benefit helps you out on the battlefield.

Everything You Need to Know about Ambrosia

What are Those?

Hades Ambrosia

Ambrosia is one of Hades’ most precious resources (along with diamonds and titan blood). The main utility of this concoction is to serve as a gift to develop bonds with other characters. In some cases, deepening a relationship will allow you to get a companion, while in others, enough Ambrosia will allow you to enter into a romantic relationship.

You typically give Nectar to the characters and they increase the relationship level. However, there will come the point where Nectar will no longer do the trick. Usually, it happens when there’re only three hearts left.

That’s when you will have to turn to Ambrosia. In sum, once all the Nectar hearts are unlocked, you will need Ambrosia to improve the relationship altogether.

Getting Ambrosia

Getting Ambrosia is a bit harder than getting Nectar. The process is quite similar to what happens with Titan’s Blood and Diamonds. Here’s a couple of ways to get your hands on it:

Defeating Theseus and Minotaur in Elysium

You will get Ambrosia whenever you defeat Theseus and Minotaur in Elysium for the first time with every weapon in the game.

What? “first time” and “every time” in the same sentence? It’s not a typo, actually. You can beat them more than once and try with a new weapon. Each time you beat them with a new weapon for the first time, you’ll receive Ambrosia.

One more thing: each new heat level also grants Ambrosia. Just as with the Titan’s Blood, for each heat level the rewards renew, and therefore you can get the Ambrosia again.

Getting Robbed by the Wretched Broker

The Wretched Broker will sometimes barter with this item as well, but he usually asks for things that are too valuable and it’s simply not worth it.

Completing Fated List of Minor Prophecies Quests

Some quests in Fated List of Minor Prophecies will reward us with Ambrosia:

– Divine Duples: You will get 15 Ambrosia. Basically get (in different games) all the Dual Blessings.
– Close to the Heart: 2 Ambrosia. Get all the souvenirs.
– In the store of Charon of Styx (the last area of the game) but at an exorbitant price, so you better save. Diamonds and Titan’s Blood can also appear.

Fishing for Bass in Greece

For all of you fisher-lovers -and also desperate players who just need every last available Ambrosia the game-there is a fourth method to acquire this rare item in the game.

If you have made it to the final area in the game – Greece -you can look for a fishing spot, open a can of worms and wait until a couple of Bass takes the bait. Bass can be exchanged for 1 Ambrosia each by speaking to the Head Chef in the kitchen of the House of Hades.

Modus Operandi

ambrosia hades

So, you either went out of your way to get Ambrosia or you just happened to be lucky enough to have some in your pocket. How does this thingy work?

If you want to use Ambrosia to develop a bond with a character, what you have to do is quite simple. If you approach any important character with Ambrosia in your possession, you will see the usual dialogue button and also a new option with the drink icon. By selecting the second option, you will give it to that character.

Getting Close

The underworld folk are a lovely bunch. Supergiant games went out of their way to satisfy everybody’s secret fetish: from a cleaner with snakes in her head to the literal personification of death himself.

Whether your relationship remains platonic or not is up to you, but you will be exchanging some other items and sharing several conversations before getting to the Ambrosia bit. Here is a complete chart of Zagreus’ interactions with the NPCs and the benefits you’ll receive after each.

Please note that all relationships are maxed out at the level of affinity 10. It’s also worth pointing out that just because you unlock a romantic path doesn’t mean it is chosen or started automatically.

Related read: Hades Zagreus Guide.

Character: Megaera
Gift 1 Nectar 2 Nectar 3 Nectar 4 Nectar 5 Nectar 6 Nectar 1 Ambrosia 2 Ambrosia 3 Ambrosia 4 Ambrosia
Reward +1 affinity

 

Skull pendant

+2 affinity +3 affinity +4 affinity +5 affinity +6 affinity

 

Favor unlocked

+7 affinity

 

Companion unlocked

+8 affinity +9 affinity +10 affinity

 

Romance unlocked

Character: Thanatos
Gift 1 Nectar 2 Nectar 3 Nectar 4 Nectar 5 Nectar 6 Nectar 1 Ambrosia 2 Ambrosia 3 Ambrosia 4 Ambrosia
Reward +1 affinity

 

Pierced butterfly

+2 affinity +3 affinity +4 affinity +5 affinity +6 affinity

 

Favor unlocked

+7 affinity

 

Companion unlocked

+8 affinity +9 affinity +10 affinity

 

Romance unlocked

Character: Dusa
Gift 1 Nectar 2 Nectar 3 Nectar 4 Nectar 5 Nectar 6 Nectar 1 Ambrosia 2 Ambrosia 3 Ambrosia 4 Ambrosia
Reward +1 affinity

 

Harpy Feather Duster

+2 affinity +3 affinity +4 affinity +5 affinity +6 affinity

 

Favor unlocked

+7 affinity

 

Companion unlocked

+8 affinity +9 affinity +10 affinity

 

Romance unlocked

Character: Skelly
Gift 1 Nectar 2 Nectar 3 Nectar 4 Nectar 5 Nectar 6 Nectar 1 Ambrosia 2 Ambrosia 3 Ambrosia 4 Ambrosia
Reward +1 affinity

 

Lucky Tooth

+2 affinity +3 affinity +4 affinity +5 affinity +6 affinity

 

Favor unlocked

+7 affinity

 

Companion unlocked

+8 affinity +9 affinity +10 affinity

 

Romance unlocked

Character: Sisyphus
Gift 1 Nectar 2 Nectar 3 Nectar 4 Nectar 5 Nectar 6 Nectar 1 Ambrosia 2 Ambrosia 3 Ambrosia 4 Ambrosia
Reward +1 affinity

 

Shattered Shackle

+2 affinity +3 affinity +4 affinity +5 affinity +6 affinity

 

Favor unlocked

+7 affinity

 

Companion unlocked

+8 affinity +9 affinity +10 affinity

 

Romance unlocked

Character: Achilles
Gift 1 Nectar 2 Nectar 3 Nectar 4 Nectar 5 Nectar 6 Nectar 1 Ambrosia 2 Ambrosia 3 Ambrosia 4 Ambrosia
Reward +1 affinity

 

 

Myrmidon Bracer

+2 affinity +3 affinity +4 affinity +5 affinity +6 affinity

 

Favor unlocked

+7 affinity

 

Companion unlocked

+8 affinity +9 affinity +10 affinity

 

Romance unlocked

Your New +1

Hades Ambrosia and Nectar

I don’t mean this in a developing a romance kind of way. You can actually get interesting perks out of giving Ambrosia to the NPCs.

The first time you give them Ambrosia, they will gift you a trusty companion that will tag along in your adventures. In case you are wondering which character will gift you each companion, here is a handy chart that also includes the companion’s skill in battle.

NPC   Companion Skill
Dusa will give you Fidi deals 1500 damage to 2 foes one after another
Megaera Battie deals 2500 damage in an area near your closest foe
Thanatos Mort deals 3500 damage in an area in front of you
Skelly Rib creates a distraction with 250 health
Sisyphus Shady deals 1000 damage in an area and drops a smattering of health, darkness, and obols
Achilles Antos joins you for 30 sec, repeatedly firing shots that petrify foes and deal 70 damage

You may think you have reached the end of the line once you have unlocked your best buddy’s companion, especially since you have maxed out your affinity with them. Well, you are wrong! There is still more you can do with Ambrosia. Your companions can be upgraded using more bottles.

Freshly acquired companions can be summoned once per escape attempt. If you want to use them more than once, you just have to give them more Ambrosia. Though fully upgrading a companion will take ten bottles of Ambrosia, here is a quick chart so you can take it step by step:

Uses Necessary Ambrosia
1 0
2 1
3 2
4 3
5 4

In it for the Money?

hades ambrosia

Maybe you’re not interested in maxing out your relationships for the sake of character development or fully fleshing out the NPCs. Instead, you care about the loot and perks you can get out of these six fellas. In which case, how dare you?… annnnd I have you covered, too.

If you want to maximize your time, only get and upgrade the companion that suits your needs. This section is just for you. I will give out my opinion on each of them and which one is best for different types of players.

Companion Good for Explanation
Fidi Recovering and damaging simultaneously Fidi deals with constant damage and petrifies some enemies, which gives you time to recover. However, the petrified effect doesn’t work with champions and bosses.
Battie Speedrunning It can clear out any final bosses or champ enemies’ health or armor bar. In addition, its explosion hits multiple enemies in a line, which helps take out more than one enemy at once.
Mort Clearing an area It can wipe up a small area if used effectively. However, the “brief delay” feels way too long and can easily lead to failure.
Rib Tanking Rib will take damage for you like a champ, but it doesn’t last long enough and can also take damage from you.
Shady Dark regeneration players Shady is hands-down the most brutal companion to get just because Sisyphus’ questline is the longest in the game. If you have dark regeneration, you will get double healing.
Antos Dealing lots of damage Antos deals massive damage to two enemies, but you just can’t control who will get hit.

FAQs

Question: What to Do with Ambrosia in Hades?

Answer: Ambrosia can be gifted to some NPCs to maximize your relationship with them, unlock their romantic route, or get battle companions from them. After unlocking their companions, you can use Ambrosia to upgrade them and increase the number of times they can be used in battle.

Question: How to Use Ambrosia in Hades?

Answer: Once you give enough Nectar to each character, you will get a golden lock symbol over the next heart. At this point, you can gift them Ambrosia simply by walking up to them and starting a conversation.

Question: Which is the Best Companion in Hades?

Answer: I know this is annoying, but the best companion really just depends on your playstyle. There is, however, a common consensus among players that the best companion is Shady, as it just brings out way more benefits than the rest.

Hades Ambrosia Guide: Final Remarks

Hades’ Ambrosia will not make you immortal, but it will immortalize your relationship with your Greek friends and give you some of the game’s most amazing perks in battle. Sure, it’s not the most accessible item to come across.

It’s not like it gets dropped by the easiest, most frequently spawned enemies or like you can purchase them from the Wretched Broker in exchange for a couple of obols.

Acquiring Ambrosia will take a lot of time and effort, but there is merit in going the extra mile to get it. Whether you find satisfaction in fleshing out your relationship with the NPCs or getting and upgrading some battle companions, Hades makes it a rewarding experience for every kind of player.

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