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Aphrodite Support Builds - All Modes (S6)

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Smite God: Aphrodite

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Recommended Build Notes Replace Shoes of Focus with Shield of Regrowth after you bought Elixir of Speed.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Lotus Crown Lotus Crown
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Relic Dagger Relic Dagger
Build Item Rod of Asclepius Rod of Asclepius
Build Item Shield of Regrowth Shield of Regrowth

Starter #1 (Recommended) Notes The start you'll be using 90% of the time. Buy Shoes for early MS and to rush Shoes of Focus.

Build Item Guardian's Blessing Guardian's Blessing
Build Item Shoes Shoes
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Starter #2 (Against High Physical Threat) Notes Against double physical enemy duo or if the enemy team have 4+ physical gods.

Build Item Guardian's Blessing Guardian's Blessing
Build Item Imperial Helmet Imperial Helmet
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Starter #3 (Against High Magical Threat) Notes Against double magical enemy duo or if the enemy team have 4+ magical gods.

Build Item Guardian's Blessing Guardian's Blessing
Build Item Enchanted Kusari Enchanted Kusari
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Starter #4 (Early Vision Notes If you're expecting early ganks in duo.

Build Item Guardian's Blessing Guardian's Blessing
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Chalice of the Oracle Chalice of the Oracle

Core Items Notes You'll pretty much always build these 3 items first, because this combo will give you a lot of MP5 (something that Aphrodite desperately needs) along with 20% CDR.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Lotus Crown Lotus Crown
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard

Offensive Options Notes Pythagorem's Piece for CDR and lifesteal/power to nearby allies.

Rod of Tahuti to boost your healing for allies bellow 50% health.

Gem of Isolation to slow enemies with Love Birds and Back Off!, provinding you more crowd control.

Divine Ruin for anti-heal.

Stone of Binding for early aggression in lane.

Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Stone of Binding Stone of Binding

Defensive Options Notes Gauntlet of Thebes for protections, health and auras for allies.

Rod of Asclepius will boost your healing, while giving movement speed and health.

Shield of Regrowth and Relic Dagger for movement speed, health and CDR.

Shogun's Kusari to empower AA allies (build this instead of Genji's Guard).

Spirit Robe and Mantle of Discord for protections and CDR, but the former against heavy-CC comps and the latter against burst comps.

Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Rod of Asclepius Rod of Asclepius
Build Item Shield of Regrowth Shield of Regrowth
Build Item Relic Dagger Relic Dagger
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Counter Items Notes Witchblade and Midgardian Mail against AA gods.

Pestilence for anti-heal.

Emperor's Armor to siege objectives.

Spectral Armor against crit comps.

Winged Blade against slows.

Build Item Witchblade Witchblade
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Emperor's Armor Emperor's Armor
Build Item Spectral Armor Spectral Armor
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade

Relics

Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Horrific Emblem Horrific Emblem
Build Item Phantom Veil Phantom Veil
Build Item Cursed Ankh Cursed Ankh

Aphrodite's Skill Order

Kiss

Kiss

1 X
2 8 11 12 14
Back Off!

Back Off!

2 A
3 15 16 18 19
Love Birds

Love Birds

3 B
1 4 6 7 10
Undying Love

Undying Love

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20

Aphrodite Support Builds - All Modes

Aphrodite Support builds for all game modes.

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Vini_sds (8) | June 18, 2019 7:37am
Builds are updated for Patch 6.6, "Ruler of the Heavens". Builds now take into account Aphrodite's buffs, which made some items more useful and other items irrelevant.
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Gulfwulf (60) | June 17, 2019 1:20pm
Vini, you should update this and remove chronos from your support build.
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Vini_sds (8) | June 17, 2019 7:32pm
You mean to update due to Aphro’s latest buffs, or only to remove Chronos’?
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Gulfwulf (60) | June 17, 2019 9:58pm
Remove Chronos from your support build. It's fine in mid and solo, but not support.
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xmysterionz (43) | June 17, 2019 1:36pm
He contradicts himself saying "Conquest Support" and then on Chronos' Pendant notes "not recommended for conquest". So why chronos is listed?
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Vini_sds (8) | June 17, 2019 7:38pm
The fact that I don’t recommend and don’t build this item in 90% of the cases doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t at least be mentioned as an item option.

Let’s imagine a scenario where your team is dominating the match and you already built your core items. Is there any reason not to build Chronos?

If I made a mistake, it was to not include Breastplate as an option as well. I’ll revisit this build soon.
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Vini_sds (8) | February 26, 2019 7:03pm
Just wanted to share this match where I played Aphrodite support with pretty much the same build I suggested here (I only swapped Pythagorem's Piece for Winged Blade). I had 60k damage mitigated, almost 30k healing and 32 assists. By far my best Aphro match and one of my best support matches ever.

Let’s not mention the fact that the enemy team doesn’t know that Pestilence doesn’t stack and move on.
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Kriega1 (77) | March 8, 2019 10:02am
Double pestilence isn't necessarily a bad thing, it depends on the positioning of the enemies that have it. If they're close together, then obviously the passive is wasted.
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | February 26, 2019 10:41am
I'm kind of in a rush 'cause of my first weeks of College but I'll just point out some points here then I'll edit/add more info while waiting for my class to start:

- You need Chronos' Pendant on the final build.
- Destroy the existence of Relic Dagger
- Rod of Asclepius is always better than Lotus Crown on Aphrodite
- Shield of Regrowth is a cool item, but it doesn't bring enough benefits for Aphrodite Sup
- Today, I'd build Shoes of Focus, Gauntlet of Thebes, Gem of Isolation, Spirit Robe/ Mantle of Discord/ Hide of the Urchin (Depending on the lead/enemy team), Chronos' Pendant, A Situational Item (Most likely Rod of Asclepius, but maybe another Double Defense or Winged Blade/ Witchblade) and I'd Sell boots probably for more power ( Rod of Tahuti or Book of the Dead) or Winged Blade if I didn't get that earlier.
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Kriega1 (77) | February 26, 2019 2:58pm
Supports don't build Chronos' pendant. Solo Aphro fine, not support.
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boogiebass (37) | February 26, 2019 4:32pm
Yea, thought the same.
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Vini_sds (8) | February 26, 2019 11:35am
Hey Prism.

I’ll answer each of the points you presented.

- I cannot recommend a support build that lists Chronos' Pendant as a core/mandatory item. I listed it as an extremely situational offensive option, but I definitely don’t recommend bulding it in conquest. Funny thing is, if we were having this conversation 2 months ago, I’d agree 100% with you on this topic. But if you compare Aphrodite with other guardians like Sylvanus or Athena, you’ll see that Aphro’s cooldowns are shorter by a long margin ( Sylvanus has 18 seconds cooldown on Wisps, for example). So I believe she’s pretty viable with only 30% CDR and without the need of a 20% CDR item (BoV or CP).

- Why the hate for Relic Dagger? It’s not my favorite item, but it’s definitely not a bad choice. Emilzy built this item on Hel support.

- Lotus and Asclepius aren’t competing for the same spot on the build. One provides physical protections + situational aura and the other boosts her heals, health and MS. They’re not comparable to each other.

- I agree that Shield of Regrowth might not be the best choice for the 6th slot (this one was a shot in the dark, tbh), but I think the situational 40% MS might be useful to escape if something goes wrong in the teamfights, or simple for quicker rotations.

- Tahuti is an item I can get behind, but only if you’re ahead. I consider Witchblade/Winged Blade too situational to list on an example build. And I’d never build Book of the Dead as a support.
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ThePerfectPrism (49) | February 26, 2019 2:04pm
- Chronos' Pendant, for me, is a core item on Aphrodite, doesn't matter the season. It's as mandatory as it was on S0 as it is now. So maybe it's jsut me clinging to the past/reliable item, but I do find it core.

- Relic Dagger doesn't offer you nearly enough to justify it's purchase. 30 seconds is pretty much nothing. Compare it to Winged Blade or Witchblade and you'll see both offer more for pretty much the same price.

- Rod of Asclepius gives Aphrodite what she lacks: An escape. Since she doesn't have a movement ability, she's quite vulnerable, so getting an item that allows her to be places faster and stuff like that, ends up making her more viable and have some sort of surviveability.

- Shield of Regrowth doesn't help you while the enemy is rushing you down, but Winged Blade does. Tbh I only see Shield of Regrowth viable on Guan Yu but idk.

- Witchblade and Winged Blade aren't too situational to mention. If you're saying one should build Shield of Regrowth, which is WAAAAAAY more situational than both blades, you should definetly mention them.
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Branmuffin17 (279) | February 26, 2019 11:41am
Agreed on Chronos. In Solo, when you're not the main "support" type character, then I can get behind Chronos' Pendant a bit more. In Support, I probably wouldn't get it.

Relic is definitely extremely situational, and to be honest, I'd probably never build it on Aphro. I did see that EmilZy built it on Hel, but at his rank in ranked games, there's a bit more synergy and teamwork potential, which is more important for getting the most out of team-based relics.
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Branmuffin17 (279) | February 25, 2019 10:34am
Builds look generally fine to me.

I do think some consideration to Mage's Blessing could also be considered, in place of Guardian's. Before you even back a first time, you'll have 10% CDR. This gives you flexibility in next item choices. If you prefer, you can get some early tankiness with Reinforced Shoes...or you can double up on early CDR. Not sure if I'm the only one that thinks Reinforced should be an option.

I continue to disagree with Lotus Crown as a core item. I'd tend toward Rod of Asclepius between the two. Aphro just can't get as much out of Lotus as most other healers, since she can only affect 2 people at once (herself included).

I also don't know if I'd consider Genji's Guard as core...is it core because of the high MP5? Otherwise, it's likely a situational (but high use situational) depending on comp and what else you build. There are other items with enough MP5 to cover you (e.g. Shogun's Kusari, Shield of Regrowth), along with Breastplate of Valor (where is that, BTW?) or giving you a chunk for your mana pool.

I'd also consider Asclep as either "utility" or defensive, rather than offensive, since the main draw is healing, with secondary function to MS (utility) and health (defense). The power isn't so much there for offensive use, as it is for increased healing from the scaling. Just my own categorization.

Shogun's Kusari should also probably be in the defensive category...it's not a counter item.

Finally, you can consider delaying a second point in Undying Love to max Love Birds at 9.
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Vini_sds (8) | February 26, 2019 8:18am
Hey Bran.

I'll give some insight on my thought process when making this build.

A "standard" build order for a support would be like this:
starter > shoes > defense against primary threat (almost always physical) > defense against secondary threat (almost always magical) > double defense item > situational > situational.

For the starter item, we can only consider Guardian's Blessing and Mage's Blessing.

For boots, we have 3 main options: Reinforced Shoes (for tankiness), Shoes of Focus (cooldown) and Shoes of the Magi (offensive). I don't consider Traveler's Shoes a viable option.

For the first physical defense, I think about 4 items: Sovereignty (aura), Celestial Legion Helm (offensive), Breastplate of Valor (cooldown, but selfish) and Lotus Crown (for healers).

For the first magical defense, I think about 4 items: Heartward Amulet (aura), Void Stone (offensive), Oni Hunter's Garb (tankiness, but selfish) and Genji's Guard (cooldown).

Finally, for the double defense slot, I consider 3 items: Gauntlet of Thebes (aura), Spirit Robe (cooldown) and Hide of the Urchin (tankiness, but selfish).

Aphrodite needs to choose her core items prioritizing 5 things:
1. Cooldowns;
2. Protections;
3. Mana/MP5;
4. Power (her heals scale with power);
5. Health.

Now, for why I chose the items I did:

Starter: Mage's Blessing can be an option, for sure, but the sustain that Guardian's Blessing provides in lane is far more useful. Besides, Aphrodite is a god that can't fall behind when it comes to gold and exp, and Mage's won't help with that.

Shoes: The only option that provides what Aphrodite needs in Shoes of Focus; cooldown, mana and power.

Physical defense: Sovereignty doesn't provide what Aphrodite needs (only health, but no CDR or mana/MP5), and Celestial Legion Helm provides no benefit for the team and less protections than the other items, so I wouldn't consider those.
This leaves us with Breastplate of Valor and Lotus Crown. The first provides CDR and mana/MP5, while the second provides power, MP5 and situational aditional protections.
Honestly, any of these options would be viable, but I think Breastplate of Valor is way too selfish of an item. I barely see it being built by supports, and I consider it more of a Solo item.
Lotus Crown, on the other hand, is already built in healing Guardians ( Sylvanus, Terra and Artio) and in Mages ( Baron Samedi and Hel). Surely, all the gods I listed have AOE heals, so they can proc Lotus's passive on all of their teammates. But Aphrodite have a DoT heal, so she can keep Lotus' passive active for a longer time (with 30% CDR, Aphro can keep the passive up 100% of the time). That's the main reason I chose Lotus over the other options. Surely, it isn't as effective on her as other gods, but it's still better than the other options we can consider.

Magical defense: Aphrodite isn't a "in your face" kind of support (like Athena, for example), so I would remove Void Stone of the list. Heartward Amulet is only viable if the enemy team have 3 or more magical gods, so I'd also remove it.
That leaves us with Oni Hunter's Garb and Genji's Guard. Again, any of these would be viable, and I'd build Oni Hunter's without any problems (even because it goes very well with Aphro's passive), but I chose Genji's Guard because of CDR and a little bit more health, protections and MP5.

Double defense: Spirit Robe grants 40 of each protection and 10% CDR, but it doesn't provide any health, while Gauntlet of Thebes and Hide of the Urchin provide 10 more protections than SR and some health on top of it, but no CDR. In this case, I considered health to be more important than CDR, especially because with the core items I chose I already have 20% CDR.
So, I chose Gauntlet of Thebes over Hide of the Urchin because it's less selfish and the stacks are easier to get.



I'll change the categories of the items you mentioned.

Build updated.
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Branmuffin17 (279) | February 26, 2019 11:35am
Holy huge explanation. Thanks for taking the time.

Your explanations and reasoning are solid and make sense. I'll add some further thought, not necessarily to convince you of something different, but just to give some additional consideration.
  • Everything depends on item choices as you continue to build, but you might open up the standard build order a bit. You definitely covered standard build orders / starts against both physical (most common) and magical ADCs. In your general concept of starter > shoes > defense against primary threat (usually phys) > defense against secondary threat (usually mag), that last one there could be opened to something that DOES cover secondary, while also giving additional function to primary. What I'm talking about here is, of course, dependent on enemy makeup and what you'll need to counter. Without beating around the bush any more, I'm saying you can consider dual protections in that slot...as you already consider Gauntlet of Thebes as an optional item, this can slot in that magical defense slot. Just keep that slot flexible. It can work the same if facing a magical ADC/higher magical threat.

  • Acknowledged about Guardian being typically the better choice, and it's the one I'd choose 90% of the time. Mage's will put you behind $$$-wise, and was only a consideration based on the cooldown. But I have a better idea, combined with opening up the concept of an item a bit more.

  • Both Reinforced Shoes and Shoes of Focus can work as the shoes of choice here. I honestly do like Reinforced a lot. Keep in mind it provides dual protections (situationally), as does her passive, and it provides some health. And I'm mostly talking Reinforced as an option due to the next suggestion I'm going to add here.

  • And here's where I think we often shoehorn the item into a specific category, but it doesn't exactly apply here. Breastplate of Valor, we always say "selfish selfish selfish." It's typically true. It gives you higher utility due to ability use, but doesn't outwardly provide anything for teammates (like auras, or an enemy debuff, etc.). However, we're already talking about a god that's typically not suggested in the Support role (and has general kit issues, if you ask me, but that's a different topic). It's way, way less selfish when what you're doing with CDR is keeping your teammate's health up, allowing them to be more aggressive and take damage to also DEAL more damage, and allowing you to Kiss the enemy more for a good damage boost, more stuns, more aggression overall. Now, by 2nd main item (not including starter), you have 20% CDR instead of 10%. It will carry your CDR needs for a longer time, especially if the next item or two that you might want don't have any CDR.

  • Speaking of shoehorning, I tend to do this with Lotus. I love the item for Terra, Sylvanus, Hel, Chang'e, or Ra. I just don't like it as much for Aphro. But you make a point that I think I keep getting stuck on historical considerations. I don't remember when it was changed...maybe S3 or S4? But it used to have an activation limit, meaning it would only go for the 5 seconds every X seconds. That ticking heal wouldn't extend the time. So, yeah, good point on Lotus.

  • Void Stone is in fact functional, depending on how active and aggressive you're going to be. Keep in mind you're building tanky, so it's not like you can't wade into a fight a bit. And although the Kiss connection extends pretty far, you're often going to be more effective when you're in the midst, and able to get some Love Birds damage ticks off (not just for healing), and some Back Off! hits from both you and your soulmate. Likely you're not the only mage, since you're taking the place of what would normally be a Guardian, so you'll help their damage as well.
Anyway, those are my further thoughts. What do you think?
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xmysterionz (43) | February 25, 2019 9:36am
Although I hate Aphro supp I have to +1 this one ;p
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Vini_sds (8) | February 25, 2019 9:39am
You just hate Aphro support because you haven’t played with me :p
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xmysterionz (43) | February 25, 2019 9:40am
Probably you are right :v
We could make that beautiful mother and son duo ( Cupid and Aphrodite)
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boogiebass (37) | February 25, 2019 9:25am
Upvoted
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Vini_sds (8) | February 25, 2019 9:26am
That was fast.
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boogiebass (37) | February 25, 2019 9:28am
I guess i was online at just the right time then
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