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Assassin Scylla [5.13]

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Smite God: Scylla

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Purchase Order


Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti


Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Polynomicon Polynomicon
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti


Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Array ( [extreme] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 37 [display_name] => Athena [url] => athena ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => Due to her Taunts (and ability to absorb basic attacks) Athena can make it very difficult when attempting to Assassinate a target. Be sure to keep your distance from her when blinking on an enemy. ) ) [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 52 [display_name] => Kumbhakarna [url] => kumbhakarna ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Kumbhakarna is incredibly well at CC so be very careful when attacking near him as he can quickly shut you down. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 25 [display_name] => Loki [url] => loki ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => With his capability of sneaking up on you and bursting you down, it is recommended to get 1 or 2 defensive items for survivability. ) ) [even] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 88 [display_name] => Da Ji [url] => da-ji ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Da Ji is mostly just a threat as she has the potential of quickly bursting Scylla down. As such be cautious when playing against her. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 87 [display_name] => Ganesha [url] => ganesha ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Be weary when attacking near Ganesha as his silence can quickly shut down your combo. ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 59 [display_name] => Nox [url] => nox ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Due to Nox's silence be very careful when attacking on or near her. Preferably only doing so when her silence is down. ) [3] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 12 [display_name] => Ymir [url] => ymir ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Ymir has some decent CC with his freeze and wall so be careful when attacking near him. ) [4] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 4 [display_name] => Zeus [url] => zeus ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Zeus has a lot of burst potential and due to how his abilities work it can be quiet easy for him to kill if you aren't careful. ) ) [minor] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 15 [display_name] => He Bo [url] => he-bo ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => He Bo is mostly just a threat due to his burst potential. As long as you get the jump on him you should be okay, but if he has the chance to counter-attack, it could quickly spell disaster. ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 34 [display_name] => Ne Zha [url] => ne-zha ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => Ne Zha, like other assassin's can quickly burst Scylla down if you aren't careful so air on the side of caution when dealing with such characters. ) ) [tiny] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 56 [display_name] => Serqet [url] => serqet ) [scoreVal] => 5 [notes] => Serqet has some disruption potential so be careful when attacking near her. ) ) ) 1

Scylla' Threats

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Scylla' threats


If you have any questions, comments, corrections, or suggestions about this build please feel free to post a comment or send me a message! I'm always looking for constructive criticisms and ways that I can improve this build. Anything to help you become the best Scylla that you can be!


Salutations fellow Smiters! My name is AlyciaFear and I've decided that it is finally time for me to pass on my knowledge of my favorite god in this game, Scylla. I have decided to also share various videos of my past games which were typically recorded to just show off to my friends, but now I figure they can serve a more educational purpose. While I do have a lot of experience with Scylla, I do not in any way claim to be the greatest Scylla player. That being said, I am always open to suggestions and constructive criticisms so please feel free to offer me any feedback you may have!

I am approaching the point where I think I might actually branch off from Scylla and start expanding my god pool to begin playing more competitively. and for that reason I feel like now is as good a time as any to pass on my Scylla knowledge to the masses.

For those of you curious about my experience with her feel free to check the About Me chapter towards the end of this guide, otherwise just trust me when I say that I have a good amount of time with her.

How This Guide got its Name


Please note that this guide is not perfect and will not cover every possible situation but I will try and give you as much information as possible to get the most out of it. There is A LOT of information in this guide and if you are legitimately considering using my strategies to their fullest potential I strongly recommend that you read through everything. It will not only give you insight into HOW to use my build and tactics but also some insight into WHY I built it this why and WHEN you should use this build.

Are you new to Smite and interested in Scylla? Are you a regular Smite player but never really played Scylla? Do you just need a refresher on what all this demon child is capable of? Feel free to jump to my School of Scylla chapter towards the end of this guide to teach you everything you need to know!

Should I Use This Build?

Skill Leveling

For this build I typically run the most common skill sequence for Scylla. Due to SmiteFire not being able to allow for Point Skipping (something crucial for Scylla) I will instead note it here to avoid confusion.




















Why This Skill Order?


I will start this section by just giving you a general table of the common builds and then I will give some further in-depth explanations as well as some possible variations for those who are interested.

Remember, these builds are general guidelines so you may need to make changes to them depending on the situation of your current game. This is part of the reason I only recommend this build for more seasoned players as less experienced players may not know when or how they should be adjusting the build.

*Note: If you are playing in Conquest then Item #1 should technically be Mage's Blessing after which you will sell it once you are ready to build your 6th item. The listed items are only of the FINAL build, not the exact item purchase order.

Item #1 Item #2 Item #3 Item #4 Item #5 Item #6

*Note: The builds listed in the table above are only the average builds that will be used against any given team comp. However, you should always be flexible with your builds and make adaptions as needed. Whether you change the order in which you build or change the items of the build, it is ultimately up to your best judgement.

Standard Build Breakdown

Anti-Tank Build Breakdown

Survivability Build Breakdown

Hybridization of Builds

Relics & Consumables



Why Polynomicon?

As of today's date (07/19/2018) I checked on Smite.Guru's most popular items for Scylla and Polynomicon is not listed for any of the game modes. So why on earth is this item in almost all of my builds?

To start this off, let's look through all of the pros and cons of this item.

Pro #1: Combining with Book of Thoth
The first Pro of this item is that the extra mana pairs well with Book of Thoth's passive. Giving you +300 Mana combined with the 5% Mana to Power conversion from Book of Thoth (as of 5.13) gives you a total of +15 Power. This means that this item will effectively give you a total of +90 Power. This is definitely nice, but it's nothing to write home about.

Pro #2: Lifesteal?
The second benefit to this item is the Lifesteal... well sort of. As most of you may know Lifesteal typically isn't the best for Scylla. Not to mention this is the the only Lifesteal item in this build so with all that said this benefit is nice but again, nothing to write home about.

Pro #3: The Passive
The real reason to build this item on Scylla is its passive. As most of you already know Scylla is a god who, in the late game, can have some of the highest Magical Power of any god in Smite (mostly because of the free +100 Magical Power she gets from Quick Learner). And guess what Polynomicon's passive is based on? That's right, Magical Power.

Just how good is Polynomicon's Passive?

The power of Polynomicon

What if I told you...

So what is the major con of this item? It requires aim. If you miss the basic attack then tough luck. But, for those of you with bad aim there is an upside. Scylla's first ability Sic 'Em is a root and at max rank can root up to three targets. Who needs to aim when your target can't move?

Polynomicon is probably the defining item of the Assassin Scylla build (next to Blink Rune). But, if this argument wasn't enough to sway you, then there's one more hidden benefit that a lot of people don't take into consideration.

Pro #4: Camps & Towers
Polynomicon can be used against Jungle Camps and Towers. This means later on Scylla becomes that much more effective against the Gold Fury and Fire Giant (as well as Buff camps I guess). Which is nice, but now Scylla is also capable of sieging towers and phoenixes; something she typically doesn't excel at. My typical strategy goes something like this:

Sic 'Em + Poly-Auto + (2 basics) + Crush + Poly-Auto + (2 basics).
Rinse and repeat. When you're ready to go you can lead out your Sentinel and throw one last Poly-Auto at the structure (but only do so if it is safe). Where possible be sure to use Sic 'Em and Crush on minions (or enemy gods if the tower is already aggro'd to an ally).

I will note that while this does enable her to better bring down structures, it does come with some risks. For one, she has to use an ability each time she wants to proc' Polynomicon. If there are no targets, then you effectively have to waste an ability which can leave you vulnerable so be careful and use your best judgement when sieging structures and boss camps.

Gameplay & How to Assassinate

By now you should be familiar with my build, why I built it the way have, and all of the various ways you can tweak it depending on your game, so now it's time to get to the fun. Using this build to Assassinate your opponents. While it may sound intimidating at first, it is actually an extremely simple combo, and isn't anything that I would claim is 'new' to Smite.

However, I will say that in my almost 3 years of Smite I have yet to see another Scylla player use a similar build or playstyle (though let's be honest Scylla isn't exactly a god you see in every game). I will say that there have been several Scylla players who have faced me as I used this build/technique and they were thoroughly impressed with it. They have even followed up with me and told me of their successes with it so hopefully you'll get some good use out of it as well!

The Technique

Demonstration Video

Demonstration Video

Assassin Scylla in Practice

*Note: These videos are just of past recorded kills with this build and were mostly to just show off to my friends. As such you do not necessarily need to watch them. I will however, post them to serve as examples of what this build is capable of (specifically Polynomicon on Scylla) for any who are interested.

End of Arena Match

Build Used Defensively

The Old Switcharoo

An Unexpected Assassination

Another Unexpected Assassination

Why you shouldn't lazy back

3 Examples of Polynomicon at Work

School of Scylla

Scylla 101 will cover the basics of what type of god Scylla is, her abilities and some tips on how to play her. I wouldn't consider this a 'comprehensive' guide of her but should be enough information for beginning players to get started with practicing her.

Scylla 101

Scylla 201 is for players who are relatively familiar with Scylla (at least having played against her, but maybe not played her themselves) and will primarily cover all the effects her passive Quick Learner has to offer.

Scylla 201

About Me

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tokarev | July 24, 2018 9:35am

Just wanted to say great guide, it was very intriguing to read, I even read the "About me" section believe it or not :D I loved the videos you included with regard to combos and the different build breakdowns. Will definitely have this guide pinned!


AlyciaFear | July 24, 2018 1:21pm
<3 glad you liked it. I'll be sure to keep updated if I ever do come across ways to improve it!
Branmuffin17 (252) | July 23, 2018 12:01pm

Looks like you archived your old guide and made a new one? (why didn't you just update the old one?)
  • General builds still look good without the mask. (RIP mask's < 1 week lifespan, lol)

  • Awesome that you added the skill leveling detail with point-skipping. Looks great there.

  • For the anti-tank build, I agree with the other comments that Obsidian Shard should be built late, due to how the passive works.

  • Great, great info in the rest of your guide. Her Sentinel's name is Zoey? LOL never knew that.

  • (spell check on "quite" in the first sentence in Scylla 201)

  • One thing you might consider emphasizing just a bit more is the CC immunity of her ult. You DO mention it, but talking about using it as an alt to blowing your Purification Beads and how you can use that to your advantage in some situations (like Ares' ult, where he becomes an easy target) would be nice.

  • That is a great autobiography. Very entertaining, and great info. Very solid stats. But you can tell that you're very familiar with her, even without the stats. Holy lots of stars, BTW.
AlyciaFear | July 23, 2018 1:34pm
Much appreciated for your help! I'll probably be updating the guide later today with everyone's feedback and will of course provide credit where credit is due <3
Kriega1 (55) | July 23, 2018 3:02am
Im not 100% sure about new Soul Reaver on Scylla but you can keep it I guess. (Though I would think seeing it on someone like Thoth or Agni with high CDR would be better).

For the first build I would get Spear of Desolation and then Polynomicon as getting it third is not worth it.

For the second build get Soul Reaver third then Polynomicon fourth then Obsidian Shard fifth.
AlyciaFear | July 23, 2018 1:36pm
I'll bear that stuff in mind. I only ever build new Soul Reaver against tanky comps because of its passive, synergy with Book of Thoth and massive Power, but against standard comps I probably won't build it. And yeah, I've been getting some good feedback on when Pen items should be built so I'll keep those suggestions in mind as I do some further testing <3
Kriega1 (55) | July 24, 2018 9:37am
Book of the Dead isn't too bad either. Could try it out on Scylla in place of Soul Reaver.
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Gary169 (7) | July 21, 2018 1:29pm
Hey Alycia.
Guide is looking good. Good use of coding and examples.

Just some feedback on items:
I know you've given plenty of examples in your "Hybridization of builds" under "Items". However, consider moving those examples to the top of your guide, in the purchase orders.
I'm under the impression people will just look at the builds without bothering to read the guide.

I definitely see the appeal of Polynomicon, and you've given some good examples to defend it on Scylla. I know this is an assassin Scylla build rather than a standard build. However, if I'm using my ult on grouped up enemies, I think I'd benefit from more penetration than Polynomicon, in that particular instance. So for optional items, explicitly say that more penetration can be a substitution for Polynomicon.

For the anti tank example build, your Obsidian Shard is in there way too early. Enemies, even tanks, simply haven't built up enough magical defense for Obsidian Shard to be of use. I'd move it to 5th or 6th item. This is also what I was talking about earlier - Move your item hybridizations to your examples build so people can see them when they open this guide.

But other than that, guide is looking nice and clean. Good effort.
AlyciaFear | July 21, 2018 2:20pm
Much appreciated! This guide is basically centered around using Polynomicon but I do see the validity in mentioning the potential drawbacks to it in terms of lost pen, as well as some alternatives that could be used. I will for sure make mention that this build is geared more around empowering Scylla outside of her ultimate as opposed to maximizing her ult potential.

I'll also be sure to note some of the Hybrids towards the top as well. I don't know why I didn't think of that.

As for the Anti-Tank build I wasn't entirely sure whether or not to have Obsidian Shard that soon but I can definitely see your point in building it later.

I'll be sure to update the guide with these changes at a later point when I have time to sit down with it again and really think them through. I really appreciate it! :3
Gary169 (7) | July 21, 2018 2:24pm
Any time!
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