Hermes
Hermes.png
Info
Title God of Swiftness
Relations Zeus (Father)

Hades (Uncle)
Poseidon (Uncle)
Demeter (Foster aunt)
Athena (Older Half-Sister)
Ares (Older Half-Brother)
Artemis (Older Half-Sister)
Apollo (Older Half-Brother)
Dionysus (Younger Half-Brother)
Zagreus (Cousin)
Charon (Fellow Psychopomp)
Thanatos (Fellow Psychopomp)
Skelly ("Peer Relationship")

Affiliation Mount Olympus
Voice Andrew Marks
Hey boss, found you, good. Hermes, at your service. Pleasure! You are the talk of Olympus! Normally I wouldn't get mixed up, but for you, I will be making an exception. Now, come on, we both got places to be!
~ Hermes

Hermes is the Olympian God of commerce, trickery, and travel, as well as the messenger of the gods. He works with Charon to guide souls to their proper place in the Underworld, with Hermes delivering the souls to Charon, for him to ferry them down the Styx the rest of the way (giving Hermes the title of psychopomp, or someone who guides souls to the afterlife, which he and Charon share). He offers boons that enhance Zagreus's speed in various ways. His boons can also improve Zagreus's dash and cast recovery.

Hermes is one of five Olympian gods (the other four being Demeter, Zeus, Poseidon and Aphrodite) who will not appear in the very first run of a save.

Affinity

If given Nectar, Hermes will give you the Lambent Plume.

Hermes' affinity gauge is maxed out at 8 hearts.

Favor

Hermes' favor requires speaking with him while having the Lambent Plume equipped and max leveled to 3*. It does not matter how many stacks of its bonus you have.

Codex entry

'...One of the free-spirited sons of Zeus, he is patron to travelers, traders, even tricksters. Youthful in spirit and appearance, he could be mistaken for a common lad, if not for his extraordinary swiftness. None whom I know approach his agility or athleticism. He puts this peerless skill to a specific use, serving as the messenger of Olympus. Vast distances are nothing to him. Yet, there is something more to Hermes: He is the only god upon Olympus who dutifully serves the Underworld, in addition to his Olympian affairs. The Underworld is an orderly place, but the souls of the dead must first be brought to its brink. He has much to do with this. He seems to have ingratiated himself to the boatman, Charon -- notoriously unapproachable even by the Underworld's own. Thus, it is my belief that Hermes, besides his many talents, is the god of more than he appears.'

Quotes

For quotes and dialogue regarding Hermes, please refer to Hermes/Quotes.

HermesUpgradeSolo.png
Hermes' boon flowchart

Boons

Boons from Hermes function slightly differently to other Olympians. None of his boons occupy Attack, Special, Cast, Dash, or Call slots, as they are designed to be mixed with and support other gods' boons. In addition, none of Hermes' boons can be enhanced with a Pom of Power.

His boons are in a different item pool than other Olympian boons for the purposes of Fated Authority and Charon's shop. His boon can take priority in appearance even if one equips other gods' keepsake. Additionally, his boons will never spawn as the first chamber's reward or in mini-boss encounters.

While Hermes rooms can be offered more than twice in a run, you can only obtain two Hermes boons as room rewards regardless of whether or not you purge any prior selections. There is also a flat 50% chance for an additional Hermes boon to appear in the Temple of Styx shop even if you already have two. He never appears in a Trial of the Gods.

Boon Description Rarity Notes Prerequisites
Swift Strike.png

Swift Strike
Your Attack is +X% faster.
Common:
  • Attack Speed: +10%
Rare:
  • Attack Speed: +20%
Epic:
  • Attack Speed: +30%
Heroic:
  • Attack Speed: +40%
Tier 1
  • Works in decreasing weapon attack charge time by X%
None
Swift Flourish.png

Swift Flourish
Your Special is +X% faster.
Common:
  • Special Speed: +10%
Rare:
  • Special Speed: +20%
Epic:
  • Special Speed: +30%
Heroic:
  • Special Speed: +40%
Tier 1
  • Works in decreasing weapon special charge time by X%
None
Flurry Cast.png

Flurry Cast
Your Cast is +X% faster and fully automatic.
Common:
  • Cast Speed: +20%
Rare:
  • Cast Speed: +40%
Epic:
  • Cast Speed: +60%
Heroic:
  • Cast Speed: +80%
Tier 1
  • Cannot be combined with Aspect of Beowulf or Aspect of Hera
  • Requires the Infernal Soul Mirror Ability
None
Quick Favor.png

Quick Favor
Your Call charges up automatically.
Common:
  • Auto Gauge Gain: +1% (every 2 sec.)
Rare:
  • Auto Gauge Gain: +1% (every 1.5 sec.)
Epic:
  • Auto Gauge Gain: +1% (every 1 sec.)
Heroic:
  • Auto Gauge Gain: +1% (every 0.5 sec.)
Tier 1 Aphrodite's Aid, Ares' Aid, Artemis' Aid, Athena's Aid, Demeter's Aid, Dionysus' Aid, Hades' Aid, Poseidon's Aid, or Zeus' Aid
Hyper Sprint.png

Hyper Sprint
For X seconds after you Dash, become Sturdy and run +100% faster.
Common:
  • Duration: 0.5 sec.
Rare:
  • Duration: 0.6 sec.
Epic:
  • Duration: 0.7 sec.
Heroic:
  • Duration: 0.9 sec.
Tier 1 None
Greater Haste.png

Greater Haste
You move X% faster.
Common:
  • Movement Speed: +20%
Rare:
  • Movement Speed: +30%
Epic:
  • Movement Speed: +40%
Heroic:
  • Movement Speed: +50%
Tier 1 None
Quick Recovery.png

Quick Recovery
After you take damage, quickly Dash to recover up to X% Heart.png lost.
Common:
  • 30% Heart.png lost
Rare:
  • 40% Heart.png lost
Epic:
  • 50% Heart.png lost
Heroic:
  • 60% Heart.png lost
Tier 1 None
Greater Evasion.png

Greater Evasion
You have +X% chance to Dodge.
Common:
  • Dodge Chance: +10%
Rare:
  • Dodge Chance: +15%
Epic:
  • Dodge Chance: +20%
Heroic:
  • Dodge Chance: +25%
Tier 1 None
Greatest Reflex.png

Greatest Reflex
You can Dash +X more time(s) in a row.
Common:
  • Extra Dashes: +1
Rare:
  • Extra Dashes: +2
Epic:
  • Extra Dashes: +3
Heroic:
  • Extra Dashes: +4
Tier 1 None
Second Wind.png

Second Wind
After using Call, gain Dodge chance and move speed for 10 Sec.
Common:
  • Bonus Dodge Chance & Move Speed: +30%
Rare:
  • Bonus Dodge Chance & Move Speed: +33%
Epic:
  • Bonus Dodge Chance & Move Speed: +36%
Heroic:
  • Bonus Dodge Chance & Move Speed: +39%
Tier 1 Aphrodite's Aid, Ares' Aid, Artemis' Aid, Athena's Aid, Demeter's Aid, Dionysus' Aid, Hades' Aid, Poseidon's Aid, or Zeus' Aid
Quick Reload.png

Quick Reload
Foes drop Ammo.png stuck in them faster.
Common:
Drop Time: 5 Sec
Rare:
Drop Time: 3.75 Sec
Epic:
Drop Time: 2.5 Sec
Heroic:
Drop Time: 2 Sec
Tier 1
  • Cannot be combined with Aspect of Beowulf
  • Cannot be combined with Crystal Beam, Curse of Drowning, Slicing Shot, or Trippy Shot
  • Requires the Infernal Soul Mirror Ability
None
Side Hustle.png

Side Hustle
Each time you enter a Chamber, gain a bit wealth.
Common:
  • Bonus Wealth per Chamber: +10 Obol.png
Rare:
  • Bonus Wealth per Chamber: +13 Obol.png
Epic:
  • Bonus Wealth per Chamber: +16 Obol.png
Heroic:
  • Bonus Wealth per Chamber: +19 Obol.png
Tier 1
  • Not affected by boons that modify wealth gain
  • Applies to Temple of Styx mini-chambers
None
Rush Delivery.png

Rush Delivery
You deal bonus damage based on any bonus move speed.
Common:
  • Bonus Damage from Bonus Speed: 50%
Rare:
  • Bonus Damage from Bonus Speed: 75%
Epic:
  • Bonus Damage from Bonus Speed: 100%
Heroic:
  • Bonus Damage from Bonus Speed: 125%
Tier 1 Greater Haste, Hyper Sprint, or Lambent Plume (Keepsake Ability)
Auto Reload.png

Auto Reload
You regenerate Ammo.png faster.
Common:
  • Regeneration Time: 2.75 seconds
Rare:
  • Regeneration Time: 2.5 seconds
Epic:
  • Regeneration Time: 2.25 seconds
Heroic:
  • Regeneration Time: 2 seconds
Tier 1 None
Greater Recall.png

Greater Recall
Your Ammo.png automatically return to you. Legendary Tier 3 Flurry Cast, Quick Reload, or Lambent Plume (Keepsake Ability)
Bad News.png

Bad News
Your cast deals more damage to foes without Ammo.png on them.
  • First shot damage: +50%
Legendary Tier 3
  • Requires the Stygian Soul Mirror Ability
  • Due to a glitch, this Boon instead provides a global 50% boost to all damage dealt to enemies without Ammo.png on them, not just Cast
Auto Reload or Lambent Plume (Keepsake Ability)

Additional notes

Hermes seems to be the only Olympian God that Zagreus actively interacts with that knows that Zagreus is continually "failing" to get out of the Underworld. How he attained this information is unknown, but could be attributed to his speed and access to Charon on a normal basis. He also states that he is fine with keeping the information secret, possibly due to his "God of Trickery" nature.

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A conversation with Skelly will reveal that both he and Hermes are aiding Zagreus' escape attempts at Charon's behest.

Hermes is also privy to the information that Persephone returns to the House of Hades. He asks Zagreus for permission to spread this information as well, keeping the ruse a secret to the remaining Olympians.

For additional information on Hermes that does not pertain to Hades, see Wikipedia's article: Hermes



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