|Final Fantasy IX Enemy|
- "Who dares disturb my sleep? Leave at once, or you will die."
Hades, originally introduced to the player as a Mysterious Voice, is an optional boss in Final Fantasy IX. He is encountered in Memoria in the ocean room by walking right and examining the area behind the large rock and choosing not to leave when asked.
Hades's Judgment Sword attack saps a party member to a single HP. Hades uses both Freeze and Mustard Bomb. His Curse attack deals random damage and afflicts Confuse, Poison, Mini, Darkness, and Slow on all party members. When Hades powers up his sword, he will countdown to casting Doomsday, dealing heavy Shadow-elemental damage to the entire party while healing himself.
If the party has defeated Ozma before encountering Hades, Hades will comment on the feat.
Equipping the proper abilities (Body Temp, Antibody, Bright Eyes, etc.) will help immensely. It is highly recommended the player defeats him before Hades casts Doomsday. To avoid being devastated by Doomsday the party should equip Shadow-absorbing items, such as Egoist's Armlet and a Pumice Piece.
If the party defeats Hades, he will provide a Synthesis Shop, enabling the party to synthesize a Pumice from two Pumice Pieces. This Add-on can teach Dagger the summon Ark. He can also synthesize other rare and powerful items, including Phoenix Pinions, the Robe of Lords, and Protect Rings.
Tin Armor, Steiner's best armor, can be synthesized with an Ore and a Hammer (the reward for completing the Stellazio sidequest), but if the player synthesizes the Tin Armor, they miss out on an extra scene in the game's ending. Hades can also synthesize Beatrix's Save the Queen, but nobody can equip it as a weapon. It is, however, quite useful when thrown by Amarant.
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- Location: Memoria
- Hades does not use the normal boss music, instead, "Hunter's Chance" is played during the fight.
- If the player has defeated Ozma before facing Hades, he will comment on the feat.
- Hades was originally planned to be the final boss of Final Fantasy IX, but was changed to an optional boss later in development. The concept artwork at right of the final battlefield shows the party fighting Hades instead of Necron.