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A Short Guide To Khepri, The Morning Sun

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Start and Consumables upon Return Notes Guardian's Blessing is simply too valuable to not have for a support like Khepri, due to its stats.

Glowing Emerald combined with the Chalice of Mana gives you high sustain in-lane. You can either upgrade this to Gauntlet of Thebes or gaia's stone.

Chalice of the Oracle is quite useful for supports because you always have to ward to increase map awareness and prevent ganks. After 4 uses you will start to profit. ALWAYS WARD.

Build Item Guardian's Blessing Guardian's Blessing
Build Item Glowing Emerald Glowing Emerald
Build Item Chalice of Mana Chalice of Mana
Build Item Chalice of the Oracle Chalice of the Oracle
Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak

Shoes Notes The cooldown reduction on Shoes of Focus is invaluable for Khepri's literally life-saving ultimate, Scarab's Blessing.
However if you build plan on Witchblade as your counter against the dark arts enemy ADC you should always choose Reinforced Shoes due to the fact that building Witchblade will then overreach the CDR cap.

As Bran has suggested, this is good for tanking damage taken when using Abduct because of the stacks. Also, any CC you'll be hit with would be reduced.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Reinforced Shoes Reinforced Shoes

Magical And Physical Protections Notes Breastplate of Valor's MP5 and large mana increase combined with the 20% CDR makes this a really useful item for Khepri.

The attack speed aura that comes with Shogun's Kusari is great for your AA based teammates. Great for pushing towers with teammates. By now your CDR would be maxed and you ultimate's cooldown reduced by 44 seconds. If you feel you need more protections Genji's Guard is useful because it also has magical protections and CDR, along with double the MP5 and more protections along with some health.

Build either one first depending on if there are more physical or magical based-enemy gods.

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard

Counters Against The Enemy ADC Notes Hide of the Nemean Lion is great against enemy AA based gods, punishes them for hurting a god so innocent. Useful against gods building crit. Reflects damage based on this raw damage dealt first (thanks Bran!).

For an example of effectiveness, here's an example:

Let's say Artemis just hit you, initial damage is 400.

400/100*25=100.

100*100/72+100
=58.13 physical damage.

Midgardian Mail also punishes enemies for hurting you, but in a different way. This slows them instead.

Witchblade is great if you plan on going up close to engage the enemy. Decreases their DPS.

Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Witchblade Witchblade

Situational Items Notes Wow I feel exhausted after writing that, dont know how Bran does it.

Anyway, Pestilence is should be built if there's an enemy god who has team healing, or high self sustain.

Magi's Cloak is useful if you're really being focused hard.

Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak

Relics Notes meditation is useful for early sustain, mostly for your carry.

Magic Shell is useful in teamfights to absorb AOE ability damage that could severely hurt your squishy teammates

Heavenly Wings is great for chasing runaway enemies with your teammates, or fleeing a bad situation.

Phantom Veil is a must have relic if there's an enemy Odin,

Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak
Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Phantom Veil Phantom Veil

Full Build Example #1

Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Stone of Gaia Stone of Gaia
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail

Full Build Example #2

Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak

Khepri's Skill Order

Abduct

Abduct

1 X
3 8 11 12 14
Rising Dawn

Rising Dawn

2 A
1 4 6 7 10
Solar Flare

Solar Flare

3 B
2 15 16 18 19
Scarab's Blessing

Scarab's Blessing

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20

Introduction




Khepri like a few of my other guardians is probably my favorite support to play. I only have him at rank V because I've spent my time on other guardians as well like Bacchus, Sylvanus, Terra, and Ganesha. I didn't include an items section because it's all in the notes. This is a short guide mostly.


When Do you Pick Khepri?

First, you'd have to look at what Khepri provides to his team. This will give you an indication of when you should pick him. For example, if your carry is Artemis who has no escape and is fairly easy to kill, would benefit from Scarab's Blessing because of this. Along with that, Artemis has bad clear; something Khepri can help with.

Pros and Cons


Pros

  • High CC
  • Literally life-saving ultimate
  • Team shield
  • Least hated god
  • Percentage-based damage mitigation
  • Naturally tanky

Cons

  • Slow casting abilities
  • Executes ignore Scarab's Blessing
  • No self-sustain
  • High-cooldown abilities

Abilities



Passive: Fortitude

Useful to tank early game damage from minions and the enemy carry. Going near allies so they'll benefit from the shield is advised. This is especially useful in early game.



Abduct

A risky ability, as you're vulnerable to attacks while casting this. Use this for grabbing low health targets and setting up kills. Can also be used to drag enemies into your tower. Can pull enemies away who are chasing your carry; thereby most likely sacrificing your life :(. Don't forget that this is a channeled ability.




Rising Dawn

This is your wave clear and tool to protect allies in battle while reducing enemy protections. Fairly easy to land, but moves slowly. When deploying hit the first front allied minions first so they benefit from the buff, and will therefore take less damage from the enemy carry. This will probably deal more damage than your carry's wave clear ability.



Solar Flare

Can be used to poke and harass the enemy. Use it to set up kills with your other abilities to stop fleeing enemies. However, just like Rising Dawn it lands slowly so try to predict where the enemy will be.



Scarab's Blessing

One of the strongest ultimate abilities in the game, commonly used to save enemies. Once you target someone, retreat so they'll be revived somewhere safe. Sometimes enemies may intentionally not attack the ally you chose. You should then run to help them escape. You can you meditation on them after if you're feeling paranoid. Timing is key. It's usually best to wait nearby an ally who's just about to die before ulting.

Usually in the heat of battle this is difficult to land on the right ally. Do not use this on yourself unless necessary. Be warned that enemy executes will still kill an enemy and Scarab's Blessing is useless against them. Not to mention that Achilles is in the meta with an execute ult. If he does come after you use Abduct to try and avoid it.

Ability Combos





Purpose






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Purpose


Gameplay Stages


Early Game

Please inform me if this section is out of date, as the meta changes faster than Earth's seasons.

After buying your items from the fountain, head to duo lane; also know as the lane in which the distance between the two towers are longer. Always arrive in-lane before the minions arrive so you can get ready to help your ADC clear wave. Begin warding in the jungle transverse to the duo lane.

Deploy Rising Dawn in such a way that it hits the first three front-line minions. This way they benefit from the protections buff and the enemy minions all get a protection debuff and magical damage. It's a win-win kind of situation. Help damage minions, but don't last them. That's reserved for your ADC. This is because last hitting minions gives your ADC more gold and EXP (they need it), while you assisting with that builds stacks on Guardian's Blessing; stacks you won't get if you last hit the minions. You see? Another win-win situation!

Depending on your ADC's play style he/she may decide to play aggressively, in which case you follow your ADC's lead unless you have a high chance of dying. Your ADC may also want to clear the Void Camp for the EXP and gold. You take that buff, not them. Continue laning.


Mid Game
By now you should have completed your stacks on Guardian's Blessing. The gold will come in handy. Soon, at around 12-minutes, rotate to the middle lane. However there's a very blurred line as to when supports should rotate. The general consensus is early-middle game. If you rotate the enemy support will tacitly follow. You should always do the same. Mainly focus your rotations on mid and duo lane. Solo lane rarely needs help. If it does, help but don't overstay your welcome. When in mid lane, if your mid hasn't already warded, do it for your mid. There is a bilateral area shortly North-East and North-West of your tier 2 middle tower. Ward there.

By now you can tank a tower's brunt for a few seconds before having to have to retreat. You should help push towers when possible, as the reward is a weaker enemy Titan and a few hundred gold for everyone.


Late Game
At this point tanking towers and phoenixes shouldn't hurt you too much, as long as gaia's stone does its work. Work with your ADC to push any remaining towers. Now you can sell your Chalice of the Oracle so you can start buying sentry wards. Place these on the Fire Giant. Its buff can make or break a team fight. When pushing all the way to the enemy Titan, go as a group. A deicide late game with 70 second cooldowns is a definite win. Your team will most likely go for the Fire Giant. However don't forget to keep an eye on your phoenixes as sometimes enemy gods will backdoor your titan.

If you however are the ones that were pushed back play defensively until everyone respawns, then you may attempt a counter attack. You should try to defend your phoenixes while they're respawning as they gain health over time and are your last line of defense before the titan. Remember to stick together.

Ending

Feedback is appreciated.

P.S, if you're wondering why the Ability Combo chapter is so short is because Khepri by himself barely has any. However, when paired with his ADC, is a different story.

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Tlaloc1050 (14) | August 14, 2018 8:28am
Finally updated this. Now I can work on other stuff
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Time2medicate (4) | August 9, 2018 5:01pm
Are you too cool to play smite with me ?
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Tlaloc1050 (14) | August 9, 2018 10:36pm
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Gulfwulf (29) | August 9, 2018 11:31pm
Tlaloc's too cool for school.
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Gulfwulf (29) | August 9, 2018 5:18pm
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BestMinionEver (69) | May 3, 2018 4:02am
I'm bored with my own projects now, a lot more fun to look at other people's work.

Skills:


Most of the time I like Abduct at level 2 or even level 1 if we got kill potential. If not the 3 at level 2 is fine.
I also like to max Abduct before the Rising Dawn for better kill potential (burst damage > tick damage). Both are totally fine though.
But I do think that Scarab's Blessing could be prioritised last as long as you get the revive -> Abduct combo off the target should be safe with just 25% (maybe max it vs Thanatos).

I think the root duration is more valuable in most situations (especially when the next patch hits).

Items:


Normally I like to start simular to you, with Glowing Emerald but I don't like Chalice of Mana or Chalice of the Oracle that early. Normally would just go with some pots (health and multi). I actually think Meditation Cloak is fine, combos nicely with Scarab's Blessing. But if you got good kill potential in lane Ullr or something. Then I would probably go upgraded Heavenly Wings and pots instead of Glowing Emerald.

I think you undervaluate Travelers Shoes, I would definetly go for those 9/10 times as support. CDR is very good of course but just 10% is only 11 seconds reduced CD. Get Chalice of the Oracle after boots, and supplement with Sentry Wards when ever you back and got money for it.

I am freak for aura items, and therefore I would go Gauntlet of Thebes -> Sovereignty -> Heartward Amulet most of the time. Then build some CDR with either Breastplate of Valor or Genji's Guard then finish with a Mantle of Discord or Midgardian Mail.

Switch out Heartward Amulet with Pestilence when needed and Sovereignty with hide of the Nemian lion if needed.

I do like to have at least 30% CDR though.
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Tlaloc1050 (14) | May 3, 2018 4:49am
Interesting...

Usually for skills I'd max Rising Dawn first because of the % based damage reduction which is awesome in teamfights for my squishy mage friends. Upgrading Abduct first does sound like a good idea for playing aggressively. But then the problem is I don't know my carry's playstyle until after a minute or so, but then by that time due to me not helping much with clearing minions could possibly set us behind.

And as for items I'll add travelers shoes as an option, along with an aura build. I hope you don't mind me naming the aura build after you


I do like to have at least 30% CDR though

Ah, I see you are a man of culture as well
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BestMinionEver (69) | May 3, 2018 5:09am
Yeah the damage reduction on Rising Dawn is definitely strong. And the protection debuff is also great.
Killing an enemy reduces his/her damage by 100% though :p
I guess Rising Dawn is the correct ability to max first TBH.

Abduct does scales more by putting points in it than Rising Dawn whrn it comes to damage though and protections is really good vs tick damage. Some times risky to use the dash for clear though ofc.

And feel free to name it after me ^_<

Also totally forgot about Emperor's Armor that item is so so nice. Though I never seem to get room for it :(
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Tlaloc1050 (14) | May 3, 2018 1:18am
Needs more feedback, send help thanks
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Gulfwulf (29) | May 3, 2018 2:33am
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Tlaloc1050 (14) | May 3, 2018 4:39am
I thought it fell out of the meta and was replaced by other items? Not sure anymore
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Branmuffin17 (235) | May 2, 2018 3:13pm
Yo, interesting start that I'd say is a bit non-conventional, but you know what, it makes sense. The added health and MP5 from emerald will partially make up for the normal Chalice of Healing, and the health works decently with his passive.

In your writeup of the start, you say Oracle (misspelled btw) starts to pay off after 4 uses...it's nitpicky, but that could be interpreted as 4 wards OR 4 full uses of both wards.

I think my initial preferred relic would be Heavenly Wings rather than Meditation. The health it provides isn't all that much, and you've got plenty of mana sustain since you choose to go with Chalice of Mana...but it's personal preference.

So what do you build Glowing Emerald into? Or do you just keep it as the T1 item? Should I assume it's Gauntlet of Thebes?

Generally agreed on shoes, but you MIGHT consider getting Reinforced Shoes as an alternative option...since you'll be a sitting duck anytime you Abduct anyone, a bit more tankiness is appreciated. If you consider BoV and Shogun's core, then I think 30% CDR is plenty for any guardian. 40% is nicer, but not necessarily needed.

Regarding Shogun's Kusari, btw, the buff helps it be a better item, but you might consider other options as well. Depending on what you built Emerald into, you might opt for something with more health (like Genji's Guard, which also is nice for the passive CDR boost), or if there are 2 other magical gods on your team and they don't pick Void Stone up, you might consider that as well.

As for Hide of the Nemean Lion, the damage reflect that Art would see is based on the raw damage she deals to you. If I assume Emerald turned into Thebes, you have 274 physical protection, but the point you're trying to make isn't about your protections and the amount of damage you absorb. Instead, you look at Art herself. At level 20, she has 72 inherent physical protection. If she dealt 400 damage and she didn't build any protection items, the initial damage coming back to her would be 25% of that, or 100 damage. Then, she mitigates a portion of that. The damage coming back to her would be 58 damage.

(Also, LOL about the situational item comment)

I do feel that Midgardian Mail and Witchblade are very strong anti-basic attack options as well. Nemean is great, but usually better against crit, and the other two items provide some great health addition as well.

And I guess you might even consider Emperor's Armor as an option too, for objective push and defense.

Late game in your gameplay stages, you say you can sell your Chalice of the Oracle. Personally, I'd sell Chalice of Mana (you'll have plenty of mana if you got BoV/Nemean/Shogun/Focus as in your build), and keep Oracle. Oracle allows you to get at least one regular ward out, with the other being Sentry. If any of those are taken down by enemies, you have at least another regular ward you can throw down before you back and get more.

Thoughts?
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Tlaloc1050 (14) | May 2, 2018 5:17pm
My plan is that I normally upgrade Glowing Emerald into gaia's stone or Gauntlet of Thebes. I'd usually choose gaia's stone due to the strong HP5 regeneration.

As for my relic choices Heavenly Wings is pretty interesting, I've been buying it as my 2nd relic. Still experimenting with it tbh. The med is mostly for my carry.

For shoes, pretty interesting; I'm going to add it as options

shosun's kusari usually greatly benefits my adc and jung. Plus I usually get bm'd for not buying it lol.

Also wow, didn't know Hide of the Nemean Lion worked that way...

I'll add midgardian and Witchblade as options as well, along with Emperor's Armor.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Branmuffin17 (235) | May 2, 2018 7:17pm
Word
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