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Smite God: Chronos

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Arena/Joust/Clash/Siege Notes The aim of this build is to get full cool down along with massive ability based damage.

Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Horrific Emblem Horrific Emblem
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings

Chronos's Skill Order

Time Rift

Time Rift

1 X
2 8 10 11 12
Accelerate

Accelerate

2 A
4 13 14 18
Stop Time

Stop Time

3 B
1 3 6 7 9
Rewind

Rewind

4 Y
5 15 16 17 19 20

Full Cooldown ability based Chronos (aka - I can't hit autos to save my life)

I love playing Chronos and am a diamond plus player with him but I am absolutely terrible at hitting my basic attacks. I have seen really good players build Chronos with basic attack shred builds and do extremely well. I try it and fail miserably. This build is one I have been using a lot lately and it has been extremely effective.

Early game is all about patience. When farming use the 2nd section of the watch your 2 skill that gives you a 100% refund on your mana when using abilities. Your sustain is great. I find a lot of the kills that I take part in are me stunning with my 3 and hitting my 1 and others getting the kills. No worries...we are patient and our passive is making us ever more powerful (every 2 minutes we get a stack that gives us 5 more power up to 25 permanent stacks = 125 POWER!!)

The attack pattern I find most effective as we get our items and are powerful is - 2 (using section three on the watch...25% more magical power) then 3 followed by an auto attack (that misses usually) and then 1. When the build is complete it destroys squishies and tanks either run away or I fire auto attacks (hitting 20% of the time-ugh!) until the full cooldown of the build allows me to cycle the attack pattern again.

The beauty of Chronos is his ult lets him rewind and go back to where he was 8 seconds ago so I like to charge in run my attack pattern and if things are dicey ultimate out to full health and recharged ability bar. If you run in from safety you are good to set up another attack.

This is obviously not a conquest build. Also with all due respect to Kreiga I have tried his builds and failed miserably. Every other God has worked great when using the Kreiga suggestions etc for my gameplay but just not Chronos for some reason. Most likely due to lack of skill :) PLEASE make suggestions to improve this if you have time Bran and Kreiga and anyone else who loves Chronos and likes to build based on doing massive ability damage. Thanks all!

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Kriega1 (52) | February 4, 2019 1:12am
Allright, the current build is fine but swap deso for obsidian shard for most games, and for games with no tanky gods/defense Items you can swap cdr boots for pen boots (even if it’s just lategame). Book of the dead can be swapped in some cases for Tahuti, divine ruin, Telkhines etc... After encountering another Chronos main he told me his mid lane build is cdr boots, chronos’ Pendant, Poly, Obsidian Shard, Tahuti, situational (e.g Divine Ruin or other damage/hybrid item). I think we can agree that ability based Chronos is meh without at least 20% cdr. Just fix the levelling order though, you max the 1 then the 3 the 2, and you still use section IV because if you can’t at least hit setup poly shots then you probably shouldn’t be playing Chronos.

And change the relics to beads and purification only (and maybe blink). All the other ones are troll in the game modes you listed.
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Tlaloc1050 (14) | February 4, 2019 1:56am
Hm

You seem oddly nice today
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Kriega1 (52) | February 4, 2019 2:51am
Yeah it can happen when a build doesen't make me want to regurgitate.
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Kriega1 (52) | January 18, 2019 11:59am
Ok firstly im gonna say, this build is fine for siege, arena, and clash, but usually not (not always) in joust. There is almost always going to be someone else stacking, so you will instead want Bancroft's Talon, which also gives more sustain through lifesteal. (This goes for arena too but is less important).



Ok now onto the build:

1. You need a start listed: e.g. Book of Souls, 1 Healing Potion, 2 x Mana Potion.

2. Your build caps CDR. Why is that bad? Because lategame you can get 10% from either Potion of Magical Might or blue buff.

3. No Obsidian Shard. You have a full ability based build but no Obsidian Shard for tanks. That isn't good at all.

4. No counter items listed. No Winged Blade, Mantle of Discord etc...

5. No alternative/situational items listed, e.g. Divine Ruin, Warlock's Staff.

6. Incorrect ability levelling. For non-conquest you either want 1, 2 and 3 at level 3 or 1, 1, 3 at level 3 depending on how quickly you need the wave cleared. With no mana sustain start you want 1,2,3. Last 4 points should be in the ult at the end. You can use the ability levelling from my guide: https://www.smitefire.com/smite/guide/rifts-of-chaos-season-5-conquest-builds-5-20-17266

7. Odd relic choies:

Usual must buy relics on Chronos: Beads, Aegis.

Niche situational: Heavenly Wings, Blink, Bracer of Undoing, Phantom Veil.

For duel there is more but duel isn't listed.

8. Chronos can be built tanky/hybrid in non-conquest modes too and you don't cover that.

9. Get better with auto attacks. It will increase your flexibility due to the multiple ways chronos can be played (AA, AA hybrid, high burst ability based, tanky full cdr hybrid, full cdr ability based).

10. In Season 6 this build isn't going to be as good. In season 6 you're going to want to move to auto-attack based Chronos.

11. Do not use Section III on Accelerate. It is not worth it at all. Especially considering you're using Polynomicon on Chronos. Always use Section IV for damage. Even if you miss autos, you're still going to hit some, especially the ones basically given for free if you get a stun off from Stop Time. 90% of situations you want to use Section IV.



Ok. Now that we have that out of the way im going to give several build revisions:

Build 1 (closest to original): Book of Thoth, Shoes of the Magi (or CDR boots if you get Deso over Pendant), Polynomicon, Obsidian Shard, Book of the Dead, Chronos' Pendant (Or Deso if you get CDR boots over pen boots).

Build 2 (anti-heal): Book of Thoth, Shoes of the Magi, Divine Ruin, Polynomicon, Obsidian Shard, Book of the Dead.

Build 3 (hybrid joust build, try in other modes): Bancroft's Talon, Shoes of Focus (Sell for magi shoes late), Breastplate of Valor, Winged Blade, Genji's Guard, Obsidian Shard. This build is an utter nuisance with full cdr you can ability spam, but you will need to use autos too to get as much damage out as possible. This build can be used in joust if against the double tank comp (warrior, guardian, mage/hunter).

Build 4: Bancroft's Talon, Shoes of the Magi, Warlock's Staff, Obsidian Shard, Soul Reaver (or Tahuti), Hastened Ring. (Ok, you said you don't like AA-based chronos, but, with Hastened Ring you will be able to hit autos much easier). Alternatively for this build, scrap bancrofts, get warlocks first, and get Chronos' Pendant last instead.

Build 6 (Tank Chronos): Shoes of Focus, Warlock's Staff, Breastplate of Valor, Genji's Guard, Winged Blade , Obsidian Shard. Get Shoes of the Magi lategame.

Alternative items: Celestial Legion Helm, Typhon's Fang, Soul Gem (not too bad), Ethereal Staff, Magi's Cloak, Mantle of Discord, Spear of Desolation, Rod of Tahuti, Shaman's Ring (meh, but an option), Demonic Grip, Telkhines Ring, Hunter's Blessing, Mage's Blessing, maybe Guardian's Blessing/ Warrior's Blessing.



Hybrid Auto-attack Chronos build: Book of Thoth, Shoes of the Magi, Polynomicon, Obsidian Shard, Demonic Grip, Book of the Dead. This remains mostly ability based, but with a demonic thrown in there so the low attack speed doesen't feel too clunky. You can substitute demonic for Telkhines Ring as well.
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TinyVManly | January 24, 2019 4:37pm
Had some computer issues but back testing again. I have tried most of the suggested builds and have found that the builds, based on my playstyle and not saying they are bad, without at least 30% cooldown do not work well for me. I have subbed out spear of deso for obs shard and it has been VERY effective. Still testing :)
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Kriega1 (52) | January 24, 2019 7:31pm
Nah you only need 20% if that 20% is Chronos' Pendant.
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TinyVManly | January 18, 2019 8:02pm
I am testing your suggestions and will reply shortly with my thoughts. I will be honest...I was really hoping to get replies from you and others to keep testing things. THANK YOU ALL for your suggestions!!! TESTING NOW
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Branmuffin17 (244) | January 18, 2019 9:37pm
Kriega's definitely the one to listen to here. Nice explanations, Kriega.
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Kriega1 (52) | January 18, 2019 8:15pm
I’m the only one that plays Chronos from the more active users so that’s why it’s mainly me giving suggestions.
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boogiebass (21) | January 18, 2019 9:47am
I know you mention it in your guide, but also mention in your title this isn't for conquest.

Also, not sure about the slow relic. You should also consider phantom relic in case of Odin.
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Kriega1 (52) | January 18, 2019 9:49am
Usual must buy relics on Chronos: Beads, Aegis.

Niche situational: Heavenly Wings, Blink, Bracer of Undoing, Phantom Veil.

For duel there is more but duel isn't listed.
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boogiebass (21) | January 18, 2019 9:38am
Consider other items in your build as well. As of now, you're missing any sort of major penetration. Only 15 from Spear of Desolation likely won't cut it.

Consider Shoes of the Magi and Obsidian Shard also.
40% cooldown allows for a lot of abiltiy spamming, but you can make it work with 30% cdr. Just buy a Potion of Magical Might.

Anyway, let me know what you think.
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Kriega1 (52) | January 18, 2019 9:48am
Im gonna make a comment soon. Judging by the build type, he's going for a mana book build which doesen't really need flat pen, as long as you get obs shard for tanks. Chronos has auto attacks as well.
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boogiebass (21) | January 18, 2019 9:49am
Agreed that Obsidian Shard should be considered.
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