What is a witch without a familiar animal? Although Melinoe does just fine solo without such a companion in Hades 2, there is nothing better than a faithful pet by your side!

Hades 2 is still in early access, so there aren’t many familiars to choose from, but that may change in the near future. Wondering what it takes to get a cute animal companion? Follow these steps!

How to unlock Animal Familiars?

Unfortunately, the game doesn’t say much about how to get an animal buddy. It also doesn’t enable this option early in the game, so you’ll need to play for some time to gain access to this stage. Once you are there, complete these steps:

  1. Start by performing a Woodsy Lifespring incantation costing one Moly and three Silver to create Hidden Glade in Erebus.
  2. Find Hidden Glade and greet the cat sitting right next to the exit. Interact with it once in a while until Melinoe starts wondering if the cat is hungry.
  3. Find and battle Headmistress Hecate in Erebus. Keep fighting her until she mentions Animal Familiars and then win the confrontation to receive the Faith of Familiar Spirits incantation.
  4. Now head to the Cauldron at the Crossroads and cast a new incantation using two Nectar and one Lotus (you can get these when completing the previous steps).
  5. The incantation gives you one Witch’s Delight – a treat for turning animals into your familiars. Now it’s time to find yourself a new companion!

Hades II
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Familiars in Hades 2

Since the video game is still in Early Access, there are only two familiars to choose from – both incredibly charming! Offer Witch’s Delight to an animal of your choice, and it should immediately become your new familiar.

  • Frinos the Frog – You can find it at the Crossroads, as it resides in Melinoe’s safe haven. This choice grants you some neat bonuses like 10 bonus max life, blocking enemy shots, and one extra use of the Tablet of Peace.
  • Toula the Cat – If it is not in Hidden Glade, you can find it in Rift of Thessaly. The cat grants extra bonuses like 1 bonus death defiance, occasional attacks for 99 damage, and one additional use of the Rod of Fishing.

Animal Upgrades

The more Witch’s Delights you offer to your familiar, the more likely it will upgrade. After giving the treat to your pet, enter the Familiar Bonds menu and upgrade one of three available abilities.

After some time, you will unlock Attending a Faithful Beast incantation, boosting your pet’s harvest skill.


Although the game doesn’t explain how to get a familiar pet, the process is fairly easy once you remember all these steps.

If they don’t work, play more until new options unlock. It may take up to 20 hours to gain access to familiars, but it is definitely worth the effort!