Hades 2 Arcana Cards and the best cards to use

With Hades 2 Arcana Cards you can power up Melinoe with new abilities and upgrades that massively increase your chances of success each night. These cards are unlocked gradually at the Altar of Ashes in the Crossroads, but the system isn’t as simple as just choosing the cards you want. In Hades 2, you’ll also need to balance Melinoe’s Grasp which limits your card options. To help you understand how it works, and which cards are best, I’ve explained the whole Hades 2 Arcana Card and Altar system below.

How to unlock and activate Hades 2 Arcana Cards

Hades 2 Arcana Cards Altar of Ashes in the Crossroads

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After finishing your very first run in Hades 2, you’ll be introduced to the Altar of Ashes and the Arcana Card system which is the main way of boosting Melinoe’s power with passive upgrades and new abilities of your choosing. You can unlock Arcana Cards from the grid on the Altar menu by spending the required number of Ashes, and sometimes other rare resources, listed with each card. When you unlock a card, it reveals other cards in the adjacent spaces below and to the right, gradually filling out the entire card grid.

Simply unlocking an Arcana Card is not enough to benefit from it, however, as it needs to be activated by clicking the card again. When you do this, you’ll notice that it fills Melinoe’s Grasp gauge on the right of the Altar menu. Each card has a number and the green hand Grasp icon in the top-right corner, which indicates how much Grasp the card uses. You can also freely activate and deactivate your owned Arcana Cards whenever you use the Altar to make adjust your selection or make room for other cards.

Hades 2 Arcana Cards Grasp upgrade

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