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How to build your favorite Hades 2 characters in DnD

I thought Hades 2 characters like Melinoë and Hecate could be great Dungeons and Dragons character builds - so I made them, with full stats.

Want to build a Hades 2 DnD character? I certainly did – on seeing Hades 2’s awesome cast, I was immediately inspired to turn them into distinctive Dungeons and Dragons character builds, so I’ve cooked up six complete options for you to try. From gutsy protagonist Melinoë to the catchy-yet-deadly tunes of Scylla, these will put a mythic twist on your next campaign.

At Wargamer, we really love coming up with weird and wonderful new DnD character builds. Creating a new DnD character is one of the most creative and rewarding parts of the Dungeons and Dragons experience, and theming your builds around your favorite videogame heroes and villains is a splendid way to marry up your beloved hobbies.

Supergiant Games’ hit roguelike sequel Hades 2 came out in Early Access in May 2024, and its big names translate perfectly to DnD – so I’ve created six complete character builds you can play, complete with DnD classes, appropriate DnD races or Lineages to pick, and your starting DnD stats.

I’ve calculated the starting stats using the Points Buy system (check our DnD character creator for details on how that works) and factored in racial stat increases. For each build, your priority stats for each DnD level up are shown in bold. With that, let’s meet the team!

Hades 2 DnD character builds - Hades 2 screenshot showing Melinoe and magic symbols

Melinoë – Hexblade Warlock + Shadow Sorcerer

Build details

Starting Class and subclass Warlock – Hexblade
Secondary class and subclass Sorcerer – Shadow
Race/Lineage Aasimar
Proficiencies Acrobatics, Arcana, Perception, Persuasion
Feats Lucky, Metamagic Adept

Starting Stats

Strength 8
Dexterity  14
Constitution  14
Intelligence  10
Wisdom 12
Charisma  17

In sharp contrast to the first game’s headstrong leading man Zagreus, Hades 2’s main character Melinoë is a cautious and methodical witch. The Aasimar lineage fits the divine parentage of Melinoë and gives her some thematically nice features like Necrotic Shroud or Radiant Soul.

Start with the DnD Warlock class and Hexblade subclass up to level three, to cover the witchy part of Melinoë’s kit, as well as her proficiency with weapons and medium DnD armor. Pick up Pact of the Chain to recreate Melinoë’s familiars. For your Eldritch Invocations choices, Agonizing Blast is a staple of any Warlock build, and Gift of the Everliving Ones gives Melinoë some solid survivability with enhanced heals.

From there, fill out the rest of your build by multiclassing into DnD Sorcerer levels, specifically the Shadow Sorcerer subclass. Strength of the Grave fits perfectly as a ‘Death’s Defiance’ for Melinoe, while Hound of Ill Omen can be re-flavored as Melinoë’s familiar, Toula the Cat. Shadow Walk is easily represented in DnD as one of Selene’s blessings (particularly Wolf Howl). Once you’ve maxed out Charisma, opt for the ever-useful DnD feat Lucky to get better rolls, or Metamagic Adept for more sorcery points.

Hades 2 DnD character builds - Hades 2 screenshot showing Hecate in artwork and in game sprite

Hecate – Trickery Cleric

Build details

Starting Class and subclass  Cleric – Trickery Domain
Secondary class and subclass  None
Race/Lineage Eladrin
Proficiencies Insight, Arcana, Medicine, Perception (Lineage), History
Feats Fey Touched, War Caster

Starting stats

Strength  10
Dexterity  14
Constitution 14
Intelligence 10
Wisdom 17
Charisma 10

Hecate is the witchy goddess of magic. Illusions, polymorphs, summoning wraiths, and good old-fashioned fire projectiles make up most of Hecate’s kit. The Eladrin lineage fits Hecate’s magical and ancient roots perfectly.

Take the DnD Cleric class, and focus fully on the Trickery Domain Cleric subclass. The Invoke Duplicity feature easily recreates Hecate’s penchant for illusory magic. Cloak of Shadows is yet another way for Hecate to confuse opponents and works well when paired with her plethora of teleportation abilities.

For combat D&D spells, Polymorph and Spirit Guardians are a must. Once you max out Wisdom, there are two Feats to take: pick up Fey Touched for access to Misty Step, and War Caster to channel Hecate’s impressive ‘constitution’ (her abs).

Hades 2 DnD character builds - Hades 2 screenshot showing Nemesis in artwork and in game sprite form

Nemesis – Battlemaster Fighter + Vengeance Paladin

Build details

Starting Class and subclass Fighter – Battlemaster
Secondary class and subclass Paladin – Oath of Vengeance
Race/Lineage Shadar-Kai
Proficiencies  Athletics, Intimidation, Perception (Lineage), Acrobatics, History
Feats Martial Adept, Great Weapon Master

Starting stats

Strength 17
Dexterity  14
Constitution  15
Intelligence  8
Wisdom  12
Charisma  8

In contrast to the slender sorceress Melinoe, the muscular manifestation of pure retribution Nemesis prefers to destroy opponents with the Stygian Blade. The Shadar-Kai lineage of Dungeons and Dragons’ Shadowfell setting works perfectly to represent the Cthonic blood of Nyx’s children.

Begin with the DnD Fighter class and Battlemaster subclass, to reflect Nemesis’ martial prowess, and so you can don heavy armor. Nemesis may be brutally honest, but her skills with the Stygian blade are a sharp contrast to her bluntness. Menacing Attack, Pushing Attack, and Trip Attack fit well for Nemesis. For Fighting Styles, opt for Great Weapon Fighting with your Fighter level, then Defense with your Paladin levels later on.

After the third Fighter level, fill out the build with levels as a DnD Paladin, choosing the Oath of Vengeance Paladin subclass. Thematically, it’s perfect, but mechanically, Divine Smite levels are stronger with more spell slots to play with. The single-target fury wrought by Channel Divinity Features like Abjure Enemy, Vow of Enmity, and Soul of Vengeance is more than fitting for the goddess of revenge. Meanwhile, Relentless Avenger mimics Nemesis’ stubborn determination to exact vengeance.

After you fill out Strength, you could either fill out Constitution, or pick up the Martial Adept feat for more Battle Master maneuvers, and Great Weapon Master for hard-hitting two-handed attacks.

Hades 2 DnD character builds - Hades 2 screenshot showing the Hades 2 boss Scylla in artwork and in game sprite form

Scylla – Fathomless Warlock + Glamor Bard

Build details

Starting Class and subclass Warlock – Fathomless
Secondary class and subclass Bard – College of Glamor
Race/Lineage Sea Elf
Proficiencies Deception, Intimidation, Insight, Persuasion, Perception (Lineage), Performance (Bard)
Feats Actor

Starting stats

Strength 8
Dexterity 14
Constitution 15
Intelligence 8
Wisdom  12
Charisma 17

The sultry siren Scylla is one of the breakout stars among the Hades 2 bosses, thanks to her catchy tunes and deadly vocals. DnD’s Sea Elf lineage is ideal, granting Scylla the beauty of the sea and, more importantly, the ability to swim and breathe in it.

Class-wise, the dip into Fathomless Warlock gives Scylla enhanced swim speed and a thematically fitting tentacle attack. For Eldritch Invocations, pick up Agonizing Blast and Repelling Blast, so you can match her thunderous vocals in the Scylla boss fight. Speaking of which, pick up Booming Blade as a melee cantrip, in addition to Eldritch Blast.

From there, fill out the build with DnD Bard levels in the College of Glamor Bard subclass, to reflect her musical talents. Scylla can inspire her groupies (you should call your party this when roleplaying as Scylla) with Mantle of Inspiration. Meanwhile, features like Enthralling Performance, Mantle of Majesty, and Unbreakable Majesty showcase the terrifyingly catchy power of an arch siren’s song.

Once you reach 19 Charisma, get it up to 20 with the Actor feat to gain an advantage on Performance and Deception checks, and the ability to mimic other people’s voices.

Hades 2 DnD character builds - Hades 2 screenshot showing Hades 2's Heracles in artworrk and in game sprite form

Heracles – Zealot Barbarian

Build details

Starting Class and subclass Barbarian – Zealot
Secondary class and subclass  None
Race/Lineage Variant Human
Proficiencies Athletics (Lineage), Acrobatics, Intimidation, Perception, Survival
Feats Tavern Brawler (from Variant Human), Great Weapon Master, Grappler, Tough

Starting stats

Strength  16
Dexterity  14
Constitution 16
Intelligence  8
Wisdom  10
Charisma  8

Unlike the happy-go-lucky portrayal from Disney, Hades 2’s Heracles is a bitter warrior whose stoicism hides a burning fury. Unlike the rest of the Olympians, Heracles is an extraordinary human who attained godhood through his feats, so Variant Human fits him perfectly. Tavern Brawler lets Heracles grapple and break bones with whatever’s closest to him.

The Barbarian 5e class and Zealot Barbarian subclass are all you need to recreate Heracles’ godlike strength and unrelenting resilience. Divine Fury makes his blows even mightier, while Warrior of the Gods, Fanatical Focus, and Rage Beyond Death ensure Heracles can keep on swinging.

Once you’ve maxed out Strength, pick up the Great Weapon Master feat, to make Heracles’ club hit even harder. Other feats to consider are Grappler and Tough, especially if you intend on recreating feats like strangling Nemean lions.

Hades 2 DnD character builds - Hades 2 artwork showing the characters Eris and Icarus

Eris / Icarus – War Wizard + Artillerist Artificer

Build details

Starting Class and subclass  Wizard – War Magic
Secondary class and subclass Artificer – Artillerist
Race/Lineage Winged Tiefling
Proficiencies (Eris) Acrobatics, Perception, Intimidation, Insight
Proficiencies (Icarus) Acrobatics, Investigation, Perception, Arcana
 Feats Sharpshooter

Starting stats

Dexterity  14
Constitution 14 
Intelligence 16 
Wisdom 13 
Charisma  10

Personality-wise, Eris and Icarus have nothing in common. Eris is Strife Incarnate, a chaotic force who exists only to please her whims. Meanwhile, Icarus is a shy yet friendly shade who helps out Melinoe with upgrades. For roleplay, just shift some of the proficiencies and backgrounds depending on who you prefer.

Mechanically, however, they are remarkably similar.

These winged menaces lay waste on the battlefield with a barrage of bullets and bombs. Since Eris’ wings are natural, and Icarus’ are glued fast to his back, Winged Tiefling is the mechanical choice here for ease of flight. A dip into the DnD Wizard class and War Magic Wizard subclass gives them access to Arcane Deflection and Tactical Wit, powerful features that give them enhanced protection and initiative on the battlefield.

Hades 2 DnD character builds - Hades 2 screenshot showing Hades 2's Eris in artwork and in game sprite form

From there, finish the build with levels of DnD Artificer, choosing the Artillerist subclass for extra gunnery goodness. The Eldritch Cannon is an excellent stand-in for Eris’ Adamant Rail, while Icarus likely wields one of his creations. For Artificer Infusions, some good ones to pick up are Boots of the Winding Path, Enhanced Arcane Focus, and Repeating Shot.

Opt for Evocation spells like Firebolt, Fireball, and Scorching Ray for more firepower. Once you’ve maxed out Intelligence, pick up the Sharpshooter feat, then max out Dexterity to maximize the gun aspect of the build.

Hades 2 DnD character builds - Hades 2 screenshot showing Hades in chains

Any one of these builds should give you a satisfying Dungeons and Dragons character to take through an entire DnD campaign, roleplaying the talents, abilities, and personality of your favorite Hades 2 character or boss.

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