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Not to be confused with Percy Jackson and the Sword of Hades, a short story in The Demigod Files.

Hades' Sword (also known as the Sword of Hades) is Hades' current main weapon, made of Stygian Iron and contains one of the Keys of Hades. The sword allows the wielder to send anyone to or from the Underworld with the lightest touch. Because Hades already has a symbol of power, the Helm of Darkness, the power of the sword could potentially tip the balance of power in Hades' favor over Zeus' Master Bolt or Poseidon's Trident.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Demigod Files

The Sword of Hades

Hades, the owner of the sword

Persephone, the Queen of the Underworld and Goddess of Springtime, recruits Percy Jackson, Thalia Grace, and Nico di Angelo to help recover Hades' newly forged sword which has been stolen in the process. She locks the realm while they head out in search of the lost weapon. The trio of demigods face Melinoe, the Goddess of Ghosts, and encounter Ethan Nakamura and the Titan Iapetus who Ethan raised from Tartarus using the sword. Ethan drops the sword as the demigods fight Iapetus and is forced to flee without it by Thalia. The three then return it to Persephone. When Thalia protests about Hades' new weapon of power, Persephone silences her and thanks Percy and Thalia for making their uncle more powerful. However, Hades is angry as Persephone went behind his back and ordered the sword to be made to make Hades the most powerful of the Big Three. He swears an oath on the River Styx that he won't use this sword against the Olympians and sends the Furies to have it finished.

The Last Olympian

Hades is seen with a blade of Stygian Iron as he combats Kronos' army. It is unknown if this is the same sword mentioned in The Demigod Files, but since Hades didn't usually fight with a sword in the past as Nico mentioned his father uses a staff in battle, it is probably the same weapon. It appears that he has abandoned his staff for his now-finished blade.


Due to having a Key of Hades embedded in it, just touching the Sword of Hades against someone can send them to the Underworld, making it easy to defeat foes, as you don't even have to penetrate the skin to kill them. In addition, it can be used to raise the dead and release a Titan imprisoned in Tartarus.

It is likely that Hades can channel his power through it, using the Key.


  • Though it is only mentioned briefly, Hades is described as wielding a sword alongside his scepter in Greek mythology.

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Personal Weapons: Riptide | Annabeth's Knife | Backbiter | Frank's Spear | Hazel's Spatha | Katoptris | Nico's Sword | Thalia's Spear | Aegis | Hades' Sword | Kronos' Scythe | Ivlivs | Master Bolt | Poseidon's Trident | Reyna's Spear | Silver Bow | Hades' Staff | Juno's Gladius | Annabeth's Sword | Sumarbrander | Gungnir | Gjallar | Mjolnir | Thor's Staff | Khopesh | Mallory's Serrated Knives | Meg's Twin Imperial Gold siccae blades | Caduceus | Apollo's Golden Bow | Artemis' Knives | Ares' Sword | Ares' Shield | Thyrsus | Hecate's Torches | Minotaur's Axe | Leroy's Sword | Tyson's Javelin | Alex's Garrote Wire | Piper's Sword
Magical Items: Annabeth's Yankees Cap | Helm of Darkness | Keys of Hades | Flying Chariot | Golden Apple | Apples of Immortality | Greek Fire | Hermes' Multivitamins | Leo's Magical Toolbelt | Nectar and Ambrosia | Pandora's Pithos | Winged Shoes | Golden Fleece | Stygian Ice Whistle | Serapis' Staff | Magic 8 Ball | Arrow of Dodona | Pig Ball | Mechanical Spider | Angel Statues | Athena Parthenos | Chiron's Wheelchair | Diocletian's Scepter | Flaming Dodgeball | Gleipnir | Poseidon's Pearls | Queen Hippolyta's Belt | Mistletoe Arrow | Frank's Stick | Expand-o-Duck | Caligula's Caligae | Ran’s Net | Rune Stones | Nábrók
Spoils of War: Minotaur's Horn | Medusa's Head | Kampê's Scimitars | Nemean Lion's Pelt | Gorgon Blood | Cornucopia | Lydian Drakon Hide | Phineas' Robe and Slippers | Triptolemus's Almanac | Odysseus' Astrolabe
Items: Camp Necklace | Chameleon Armor | Daedalus' Laptop | Golden drachma | Denarius | Red Gold | Mark of Athena | Thalia's Shield | Video Shield | Wristwatch Shield | Golden Mango | Sibylline Books | Letter of Recommendation
Ships Amos' Boat | Argo II | CSS Birmingham | Egyptian Queen | Julia Drusilla Yachts | Pax | Queen Anne's Revenge | Reed Boat | Naglfar
Blessed Metals: Adamantine | Celestial Bronze | Imperial Gold | Stygian Iron | Bone Steel