The Hades Cup is the most grueling, time-intensive tournament that the Olympus Coliseum has to offer, featuring an overwhelming 49 Seeds! To make matters worse, most of the opponents you’ll be fighting are actually Bosses from previous parts of the game, which means that this tournament is not for the feint of heart. If you can manage to beat it though, there are so many prizes to be collected. It is definitely worth the time and effort you’ll need to put into it! The best part is, if you don’t make it through all 49 Seeds in a single run, you can reenter from the last check point you reached. Every ten rounds completed earns you another check point.

Your first run through the Hades Cup earns you so much! Defeat Yuffie in the 44th Seed to receive the Genji Shield for Goofy. Take out another Behemoth in the 40th Seed to earn the Blizzaga Magic Spell. Win against Cerberus in the 30th Seed and you’ll get the Thundaga Magic Spell. If you can manage to beat both Cloud and Leon at the same time in the 20th Seed, you’ll obtain the Lionheart for Sora. Taking down Hades in the 10th Seed rewards you with the Graviga Magic Spell and Ansem’s Report 8. And finally, besting the Rock Titan in the 1st Seed clears the tournament and earns you the Trinity Limit ability, the most powerful offensive ability in the entire game!

Once you’ve completed the Hades Cup, you can compete in the Hades Cup Time Trial and Solo Hades Cup. If you complete the Time Trial in under 20 minutes, you’ll earn the Save the King for Goofy (his best weapon). If you can manage to tackle the tournament alone in the Solo Hades Cup, you’ll win the Save the Queen for Donald (his best weapon).

  1. Shadow Brothers
    • Soldier x3
    • Shadow x7
  2. Wild Dance
    • Wight Knight x3
    • Powerwild x4
  3. Terrible Feet
    • Hammerlegs x1
    • Pirate x4
    • Shadow x2
  4. Dirty Claws
    • Powerwild x1
    • Pot Spider x8
  5. Mad Truffle
    • Rare Truffle x1

Seed 44: Yuffie

HP: 450 / EXP: 600

Yuffie is really not that difficult of an opponent. She’s more or less the same as when you fought her in the Pegasus Cup with Leon, but this time you only have to worry about her. Cast Aerora to block her smaller shurikens automatically and bounce them back at her. She’ll keep moving, so you’ll need to keep following her to land hits. Just keep nailing her and don’t give her an inch and she’ll go down in no time.

Victory Reward: Genji Shield for Goofy

  1. Outlaws
    • Bandit x3
    • Pirate x4
  2. Dark Garrison
    • Defender x1
    • Wight Knight x3
    • Soldier x2
  3. Bad Union
    • Bandit x1
    • Powerwild x2
    • Large Body x1
    • Fat Bandit x1
    • Soldier x1

Seed 40: Behemoth

HP: 1500 / EXP: 600

Taking out the Behemoth is just a simple as before, except this time it has much more HP. Use the same strategy as when you fought it during your second visit to Hollow Bastion, making sure to keep your Aerora shield cast at all times.

Victory Reward: Blizzaga Magic

  1. Red Legion
    • Search Ghost x1
    • Red Nocturne x8
  2. Blue Legion
    • Gargoyle x2
    • Blue Rhapsody x7
  3. Sorcerous Armor
    • Guard Armor x1
    • Blue Rhapsody x2
    • Red Nocturne x2
  4. Mad Fungus
    • Black Fungus x1
    • Green Requiem x4
  5. Spiders & Magic
    • Red Nocturne x3
    • Yellow Opera x3
    • Pot Spider x2
  6. Optical Trick
    • Stealth Sneak x1
    • Blue Rhapsody x2
    • Green Requiem x4
  7. Magic Force
    • Wizard x1
    • Red Nocturne x2
    • Yellow Opera x2
    • Blue Rhapsody x2
  8. Shadow Summoners
    • Wizard x3
    • Shadow x6
  9. Mystic Mages
    • Angel Star x1
    • Wizard x4

Seed 30: Cerberus

HP: 1200 / EXP: 1000

This is basically the same fight as when you fought Cerberus way back in the Preliminaries during your first visit to Olympus Coliseum, except he now has a lot more HP and a lot more bark to his bite. Take him down using the same pattern as before. Jump up on Cerberus’s back to wait out his more devastating attacks, then hop down to attack the heads directly.

Victory Reward: Thundaga Magic

  1. Sky Raiders
    • Air Soldier x4
    • Pirate x3
  2. Spookies
    • Search Ghost x6
  3. Terrible Fists
    • Gauntlets x1
    • Gargoyle x6
  4. Shadow Storm
    • Shadow x?
  5. Avengers
    1. Bandit x1
    2. Wight Knight x1
    3. Pirate x1
    4. Soldier x1
    5. Powerwild x1
  6. Dark Knights
    • Opposite Armor x1
    • Darkball x6
  7. Black Flap
    • Gargoyle x2
    • Air Soldier x3
    • Air Pirate x2
  8. Night Soarers
    • Wyvern x3
    • Search Ghost x2
    • Wight Knight x2
  9. Air Corsairs
    • Battleship x1
    • Wyvern x2
    • Darkball x4

Seed 20: Cloud & Leon

Cloud – HP: 600 / EXP: 1000
Leon – HP: 750 / EXP: 800

Defeating Cloud and Leon at the same time can be a real daunting challenge. Focus on taking Cloud out first, as he will be the most offensive opponent during this match. Take him down the same way you have in the past, and don’t forget that Aeroga also eats away at your enemies’ HP a little bit at a time while defending you.

Once Cloud is out of the way, it’s time to fight Leon, who will be just as difficult as he was in the Pegasus Cup once you took out Yuffie (he’ll be a bit more powerful this time though). Use the same strategy you did in your last fight and he’ll be down in no time.

Victory Reward: Lionheart Keyblade for Sora

  1. The Large Trio
    • Large Body x3
    • Wight Knight x2
  2. Blaze Bandits
    • Fat Bandit x3
    • Red Nocturne x4
  3. False Angels
    • Angel Star x2
    • Wyvern x2
    • Large Body x2
  4. Dark Storm
    • Darkball x?
  5. Air Brigade
    • Wyvern x1
    • Air Pirate x1
    • Air Soldier x1
    • Gargoyle x1
    • Search Ghost x1
  6. Violent Bunch
    • Fat Bandit x2
    • Invisible x1
    • Wizard x2
  7. Heavy Warriors
    • Fat Bandit x2
    • Defender x1
    • Large Body x2
  8. Interceptors
    • Defender x3
  9. Elder Force
    • Invisible x3
    • Angel Star x2

Seed 10: Hades

HP: 800 / EXP: 3000

Hades is a very annoying opponent to take on. Most of the battle, he’ll be bombarding you with relentless assaults that are often difficult to get away from given the fact that he hovers right behind you for most of the fight. The best way to land some hits of your own is to strike when an opening presents itself and then don’t let up.

If Hades ever turns red and starts making his way to the center of the arena, get to the very edge of the ring and stay there until his incredible rotating fire attack is over. It’s best to get to the side of the arena that is the opposite of the side Hades approaches the center from, as this will give the largest gap between you and him. This attack will rotate in two full circles and then Hades will cool down again, leaving him open for attack.

The massive fire balls that Hades lobs at you every now and then can be deflected and reversed back at him by using the Guard ability at the right time. Aeroga is key to bracing yourself against some of Hades’ advances, and it’ll also give you a little extra help in taking down his HP. You should also note that Hades is extremely vulnerable to Ice Magic, and now that you’ve claimed the Blizzaga spell for defeating the Behemoth several Seeds ago, you can really deal some good damage from a distance.

Victory Reward: Graviga Magic, Ansem’s Report 8

  1. Night Rave
    • Shadow x5
    • Darkball x3
    • Invisible x1
  2. The Requiem
    • Red Nocturne x2
    • Blue Rhapsody x2
    • Yellow Opera x2
    • Wizard x2
    • Angel Star x1
  3. Invisible Fear
    • Stealth Sneak x1
    • Invisible x3
  4. Mad Mushroom
    • White Mushroom x3
  5. Black Storm
    • Shadow x?
    • Darkball x?
  6. Twin Mirage
    • Stealth Sneak x2
  7. Shadow Troopers
    • Wyvern x?
    • Wizard x?
    • Defender x?
  8. Final Battalion
    1. Darkball x?
    2. Angel Star x?
    3. Invisible x?

Seed 1: Rock Titan

HP: 2100 / EXP: 4000

The Rock Titan has the most HP, Strength, and Defense out of any foe you will take on in the entire game! That said, he’s also this biggest pushover you will take on in the entire game!

The Rock Titan is enormous, so to start, you’ll have to attack his feet. Equip Aeroga at the very beginning of the fight and make sure it never runs out by recasting it when it wears off. This will not only eat away at the Rock Titan’s ridiculous HP, but will also give you an incredible amount of EXP. The Rock Titan awards 1 EXP for every single time you land a hit on it, including the hits generated by your Aeroga shield, in addition to the whopping 4000 EXP it rewards you with for beating it. This fight is definitely the ultimate way to gain massive amounts of EXP with relative ease.

If it seems like you’re not getting anywhere with the Rock Titan’s HP at first, don’t get discouraged. It actually has three whole invisible health bars on top of the four that are visible. Your attacks are doing damage, you just can’t see any progress on his health bar until you’ve already taken out 900 of its HP!

While you’re attack one of the legs, listen for any loud sounds that the Rock Titan might be making. These are the sounds of its movements and when you hear a really loud one, it means he’s winding back to slam his fists into the ground to create a massive shockwave. Don’t worry though, as you will have plenty of warning to simply jump over this attack when the time comes. His feet will also stomp up and down every now and then while you’re attacking them. Just back off for a little while to avoid being squished, then continue hacking away.

When the feet can’t take it anymore, the Rock Titan falls. The rocks in its body almost form stairs that you can jump up to reach its heads. Pick one of the heads and continue the assault with standard combos. Occasionally, the head you’re attacking might bob up and down to shake you off. This will most likely deal a small amount of damage (if you’re shielded with Aeroga), and in some cases, it might knock you down to the ground. If that happens, climb back up to the head and continue as you were before. Eventually, the Rock Titan will stand back up and start the pattern all over again.

Victory Reward: Trinity Limit Ability for Sora