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Is Zagreus in Hades 2?

Everything you need to know about if Zagreus is in Hades 2, including any references to the first game's protagonist at the base camp.

Hades 2 Zagreus wields a sword and crown of leaves

Is Zagreus in Hades 2? The first-born son of Hades was the main character in the previous game, but in the sequel, we play as his sister Melinoe, a witch with an all-new set of powers. Many fans will appreciate the new protagonist, but it does raise the question of what happened to Zagreus.

With Hades 2 going into early access, it doesn’t look like we’re getting any answers to this riddle anytime soon. We do know, however, that some of the Hades 2 gods have been swapped around, with the likes of Dionysis and Ares seemingly absent, while new faces Hestia and Hephaestus make their debut. We’ve scoured every corner of the roguelike game so far to see if there are any clues about Zagreus’ whereabouts.

Hades 2 Zagreus: Melinoe is standing in her camp, brooding over the portrait of her family.

Is Zagreus in Hades 2?

Technically, Zagreus is not in Hades 2. His voice actor is not listed among the credited talent and the character makes no physical appearance in the early access build.

However, there’s one cameo appearance of the original Hades protagonist at Melinoe’s camp. If you approach the portrait and press the button to “brood,” you’ll see a zoomed-in version of the painting of Hades, Persephone, and Zagreus together as a happy family and holding a newborn child.

Hades 2 Zagreus: a painting of the son of Hades and Persephone stands with them, looking over a radiant newborn baby.

Weirdly, the existence of this painting and the events of Hades 2 go against a reference from the first game. If you managed to bring Persephone to the underworld and reunite the Olympians, there’s one post-credits scene where Zagreus talks to her about her current feelings about Hades. The conversation turns to whether she’s thinking of having more children, to which she replies, “Hahaha, no. You’re plenty.”

So, while Zagreus is not in the Hades 2 early access build, nor is his voice actor currently credited, perhaps some ties between the two remain undiscovered. We’ll update you as soon as we learn more. As we’ve had our hands on early access for some time, you should check out what we thought in our Hades 2 review. In the meantime, here are all the best Hades 2 boons you should pick up on your next run, as well as all the Hades 2 keepsakes to collect.