There are no difficulty settings in Hades, but there is a way to make the game a little easier — and then even easier on subsequent runs.
In this Hades guide, we’ll introduce you to God Mode and explain its effects.
Hades’ God Mode doesn’t make you invulnerable or make enemies weaker. Instead, turning on God Mode reduces the damage you’ll take from enemies by 20%.
Further, every time you die and return to the House of Hades, that damage resistance increases by another 2%. The Damage Resistance will only increase if you have God Mode active when you die (meaning you don’t get credit for all the times you died before turning on God Mode). The damage resistance from God Mode maxes out at 80%.
Nothing else about the game changes with God Mode. You’ll still pick up the same items and currencies. You’ll deal the same amount of damage. You’ll hit all the same story beats. All that changes is the amount of damage you take when you get hit.
How to use God Mode
You can turn God Mode on and off at any time during a run — even in the middle of an encounter — by going to the Settings menu and clicking the God Mode button.
The increased percentage of resistance you’ve earned (by dying multiple times) is persistent, so you can turn it off and back on without losing anything. That means that if you die enough to increase the damage resistance to 30%, and then you turn off God Mode for a while, and then you decide to turn it back on, the damage resistance will still be 30%.
That means you can toggle God Mode on and off only as needed. If you need (or just want) a boost to help you through a difficult fight (looking at you, Bone Hydra), just turn it on. You won’t be penalized. When you inevitably die anyway, you’ll still bring back any rewards you collected along the way like Darkness or Nectar.