I started playing Hades again after a bit of a break, as it's a decent way of waking up my brain when I have moderate fatigue fog.

The shield was my favorite weapon when I was learning, but I'm finding I favor the sword now more.
Similarly, I started off basically always using the Cerberus token for the extra health to the point that the other mementos felt like a waste. I think it was when I unlocked the Arthur sword (which also gives +HP) that I felt safe experimenting with the other trinkets.
Once I did, I started using the Olympian-summoning tokens to fish for particular boons, either to get a specific-ish build or to check off a prophecy/achievement.
Basically, when I was learning (and building up mirror talents) I over-valued defense, and now that I know what I'm doing and have a good base character I value more versatile offense.
I think my favorite weapon aspect right now is the Nemesis sword. I love pairing that with a lot of Artemis boons for extra critical damage/effects, and ideally Zeus attack plus Artemis support file plus Daedalus sword beams so every attack is just projectile spam.
Huh! I didn't realize that there was a canonical first contact. That's neat.

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