The last boss of Hades throws you skulls from time to time, just like your cast. And when he hits you with them, your screen has a turquoise broken glass effect on the edges of the screen.

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What is this effect? How does it affect you? I never had the time to stop and read it since, you know, I'm in a fight to the death with someone.

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The effect is called Boiling Blood - you can see this appear above Zagreus when you get hit with the attack. For the duration of the debuff you take double damage after which the skull will dislodge near where you stand. The dislodged skull will act just as if it landed without hitting you, starting a five second countdown before exploding in a large shockwave.


The last boss of hades throws you skulls from time to time, just like your cast.

This is entirely accurate, actually: the skulls are Hades' own cast, and cause the same effect that Zagreus's casts do on enemies.

Skull Cast: Similar to Zagreus' own bloodstone ability, he can shoot a skull-shaped cast at him with slight tracking. If it hits Zagreus, it will remain on him for several seconds before dislodging, giving him the Boiling Blood debuff, causing him to take +100% damage for the duration; if the skull is not destroyed within 5 seconds after missing or dislodging, it will detonate a damaging wave within a large radius across the arena.

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