Hades is a Summon Materia in Final Fantasy VII. It summons Hades, who performs the attack Black Cauldron that deals non-elemental damage to all targets. More notably, it has 100% chance to inflict Sleep, Poison, Confusion, Silence, Frog, Small, Slow, and Paralyzed, to all enemies that are not immune.
The Hades Materia also has all of the statuses its attack inflicts. This means it can be linked with the Added Effect Support Materia on weapons or armor to have a chance to inflict, or provide immunity to, all of the statuses.
Hades is also one of the available summons in the "Battle Square" demo version of the PC port.
The Hades Materia is found in the sunken Gelnika.
|Black Cauldron||150||90||Non-elemental damage to all enemies, 100% chance of inflicting Sleep, Poison, Confusion, Silence, Frog, Small, Slow, and Paralyzed to those not immune.|
Hades costs 150 MP to summon, and performs Black Cauldron. This attack first deals non-elemental damage to all enemies at 5.625x the base magic damage, and then inflicts a variety of statuses: Sleep, Poison, Confusion, Silence, Frog, Small, Slow, and Paralyzed.
The status effects inflicted are the main component of the attack, and the non-elemental damage is merely an added bonus. Black Cauldron can cripple a lot of enemies with the status ailments, and unlike similar Magic spells, it has 100% chance of working, providing the enemies are not immune.
Hades can be paired with the Added Effect Materia, to either provide immunity to all the status effects, or a chance to inflict the ailments with physical attacks. The drawback is that the Hades Materia with considerable stat changes, of -10% HP, but +15% MP, +4 Magic, and +4 Magic def. The only penalty is to HP, but the stat changes are only useful for magical attackers. This means it may be best given to characters with a high Magic stat, such as Cloud, Red XIII, Yuffie, Cait Sith, and Vincent. Barret can also be a great choice, as Hades can hold a large amount of AP, which Barret's Missing Score ultimate weapon benefits from.
Hades is the Greek god of the Underworld, as well as the name of the Underworld itself. Despite many modern portrayals, in Ancient Greek mythology, Hades was not represented as evil. Later Christians used the name as being synonymous with the Devil, which seems to be the inspiration for the forms that the monsters with this name take.