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All Hades 2 Arcana Cards & How to Upgrade Them

Master the Arcana

In Hades 2, you collect Arcana Cards and equip them to give yourself various buffs. They replace the Mirror of Night system from the first game and let you choose from a variety of buffs. To get these cards, you need to visit the Altar of Ashes and then spend some Ash to unlock them. You can’t see all of them at the start, so let’s go over all the Arcana Cards in Hades 2.

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All Arcana Cards in Hades 2

Here is our list of all Arcan Cards in Hades 2, their effects, and unlock requirements:

Altar CardEffectUnlock Requirement
The SorceressWhile you channel your Ω moves, everything moves slower for a period of 2 seconds.1x Ash
The Wayward SonWhen you leave a place, you gain back 2 health, or double that if you have less than 30 % health.3x Ash
The HuntressWhile you have less than 100% Magick, your Attack and Special deal +30% more damage.10x Ash
DeathYour Ω Moves have 3% more chance to cause critical damage.15x Ash
The MessengerYou have 6% more chance to dodge. Awakening: Activate at least 3 cards that use the same amount of Grasp.No Ash Cost
The FuriesDeal 20% more damage to enemies in your Casts.3x Ash
The TitanGain +20 Life and +20 Magick.3x Ash.
The UnseenYou gain back 2 magic every second.20x Ash
NightYour Hex charges up automatically even if using 2 Magick every second.25x Ash
The LoversIn battles with guardians, you don’t take damage on the first hit.30x Ash
The Swift RunnerYour Sprint is 20% faster.10x Ash
EternityStart each night with 1 Death Defiance.20x Ash
The CentaurAfter every 5 Locations, you gain +3 Life and +3 Magick. Awakening: Activate cards that use 1 to 5 Grasp.25x Ash, 1x Cinder
The MoonYour Ω Cast gets 50 more power when it explodes.30x Ash
StrengthWhile you have less than 30% Life, you take 30% less damage and do 30% more damage.35x Ash
The FatesStart each night with +1 Change of Fate extra chance to change your fate. You can change the rewards at locations.15x Ash
The BoatmanStart each night with 200 more gold.25x Ash
OriginatorYou do 25% more damage to enemies that have at least 2 curse effects on them.30x Ashes
ExcellenceWhen you are offered any Boons, you have a +30% chance to improve them to Rare.35x Ash
The QueenIf you are offered any Boons, they have +6% chance to be a Duo (whenever possible). Awakening: Don’t use more than 2 cards with the same Grasp.40x Ash, 1x Tears
The SeerStart each night with +2 Change of Fate. Awakening: Activates all surrounding cards.20x Ash, 1x Wool
The ChampionsStart each night with +1 Change of Fate. You can change Boons and some other choices.30x Ash
The ArtificerStart each night with 1 chance to turn a Minor Find into a random Major one.35x Ash
DivinityWhen you are offered any Boons, there’s a 10% more chance to be improved to epic. Awakening: Use all 5 cards in any other row40x Ash, 1x G. Apple
JudgmentAfter you beat a Guardian, activate 3 random inactive Altar Cards. Awakening: Don’t use more than 3 cards50x Ash, 1x Z. Sand

How to Upgrade Arcana Cards

You can also upgrade these cards to boost their effects. But to do that, you first need to perform the Consecration of Ashes incantation. After this, you can purchase the Moon Dust from Wretched Broker. Moon Dust is a very crucial item in the game, as you need it to upgrade your cards. You can also collect Moon Dust through Charon’s Delivery Service.

Hades 2 arcana card moon dust upgrade
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When you have the Moon Dust, you just need to visit the Altar of Ashes to upgrade your desired Altar Card.

That’s all for this guide. Feel free to take a look at our other guides on Hades 2, such as all hexes and upgrades in Hades 2, how to get wool in Hades 2, and how to get Driftwood.


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