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Athena Season 4 Multi-Role Guide

September 22, 2017 by Jtrinidad
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Smite God: Athena

Item Purchase Order

Basic Build

Build Item Watcher's Gift
Build Item Shoes
Build Item Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion
Build Item Shoes of Focus
Build Item Jade Emperor's Crown
Build Item Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Emperor's Armor
Build Item Spirit Robe
Build Item Mantle of Discord

Need Physical Protection? Here ya go

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Build Item Midgardian Mail Build Item Spectral Armor Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Build Item Mystical Mail

Heavy Magical Presence?

Build Item Genji's Guard Build Item Void Stone Build Item Heartward Amulet Build Item Bulwark of Hope Build Item Pestilence

You should be Healthy

Build Item Winged Blade Build Item Mail of Renewal Build Item Relic Dagger

Careful these are Fragile

Build Item Heavenly Wings Build Item Belt of Frenzy Build Item Horrific Emblem Build Item Magic Shell

Never Lose Sight of Your Enemies

Build Item Chalice of the Oracle Build Item Sentry Ward

God Skill Order

Preemptive Strike

Preemptive Strike 2 15 16 18 19 key bind


Confound 3 8 11 12 14 key bind

Shield Wall

Shield Wall 1 4 6 7 10 key bind

Defender of Olympus

Defender of Olympus 5 9 13 17 20 key bind


This is a redone version of my Season 3 Athena build. It contains many of the same items, but has some new additions, which should help you. Athena is a very good goddess for beginners and experts. I hope that you learn a lot from this guide and use these builds next time you play Athena.

Special thanks to xZeroStrike and Branmuffin17 for giving me amazing feedback on this guide and making it the best it could possibly be.

For the "How to Jungle" or "How to Support" chapters, those are usually how I play Athena, they are by no means, the only way to play her.

Support Items

Why Watcher's Gift?

Watcher's Gift is very good for early game in the Duo Lane. Its passive is amazing as it provides a good amount of sustain (5 Gold, 12 Health, and 10 Mana per minion or camp kill you are within ***it range without dealing the killing blow). They really help Athena keep her health and mana high. Athena is pretty mana hungry early game, if you play her aggressive, which you should, so this will help her have enough mana to use her abilities.

Why Shoes of Focus?

Shoes of Focus is very good because CDR on Guardians is ridiculous. As previously mentioned, Athena is pretty mana hungry, so the 250 mana on these boots is perfect. They are the best boots for Guardians since Reinforced Shoes got majorly nerfed back in Season 3.

Why Spirit Robe?

Spirit Robe is a very good utility item with very good defensive stats and utility. The defenses on this item help Athena to take more damage while the CDR helps her to activate her abilities more often. The CCR helps Athena to absorb CC with ease and keep it away from her squishier teammates.

Support Counterbuilding

What is Counterbuilding?

Counterbuilding is building items that directly hurt the enemy team, whether it be debuffs or team buff items. Debuff Items: Void Stone, Void Shield, Jade Emperor's Crown, Pestilence, etc. Team Buff Items: Sovereignty, Heartward Amulet, Gauntlet of Thebes, etc.

How do I know what to build to Counterbuild?

Let's say that the opposing team consists of Hel, Sylvanus, Guan Yu, Ao Kuang, and Jing Wei. Just based on the team comp, you would want to build Pestilence because Hel, Guan Yu, and Sylvanus have a lot of healing. They have a Magical Jungler in the form of Ao Kuang so you would also want Heartward Amulet. This will help you and you entire team. Heartward is also a very good choice just based on the team comp, because the ratio is 3 Magical and 2 Physical.

Examples of Counterbuilding:

Any healing? Pestilence, Divine Ruin, Toxic Blade
Mostly Physical? Jade Emperor's Crown, Sovereignty, Gauntlet of Thebes
Mostly Magical? Heartward Amulet, Gauntlet of Thebes, Void Stone

What should I replace?

How to Support with Athena

What do you do as a Support?
To play a support you have to be a front liner. If your sole focus is getting kills, you shouldn't play a support. Supports are meant to soak up damage and protect their damage dealers. If this isn't your play style, I wouldn't recommend playing a support. If this is your play style, keep reading.

Early Game:
You are going to need to be careful. You don't have your items up yet, so you have to watch your health and mana. With Watcher's Gift, it should be a little easier, but you still have to be careful. Once you get your Breastplate of Valor, you should get a little more aggressive. With the CDR and Mana, you abilities will be up more often and you will be able to perform them. You can use your taunt to zone your enemies away from you and your carry.

Mid Game:
Assuming that you have gotten you ADC a little fed through some overextended enemies and by zoning your enemies away from them, yous hould be able to rotate to Mid Lane and pressure the opposing Support to follow you to Mid Lane. This should cause your slightly fed ADC to one v. one the opposing ADC and hopefully, give them a few extra kills. If anything, you can quickly rotate over there with your ult to make sure they can get the kill. If this does happen, the Support will have to rotate back to Duo Lane. Which if you have done even an alright job, you will have pushed up mid a little back, which will either cause the opposing Jungler to rotate or they let the Tier 1 tower fall, assuming that it already hasn't been taken.

Late Game:
Here you should be tanky and hard to kill. Assuming that you have a little bit of a level lead on your enemies through a few earlier kills. This is where you can easily end the game. By now you could have gotten a few towers or a few phoenixes down. This will help greatly. If the enemy team doesn't have a pusher, you should be able to take Fire Giant. Even if the opposing team is able to get to the Fire Giant, you and your jungler or mage should break away and zone them away from you, while you warrior soaks up the damage, ADC deals a lot of damage and your jungler or mage chips away.

Jungling Items

Why Bumba's Mask?

Although it may not be as good as it was last season, Bumba's Mask is the only for-sure jungling starter item. It has very good beginning stats, but not the best, unfortunately. The passive, however, makes up for this. When you last hit at jungle camp, you restore 25 mana and gain 4 extra gold. You also heal for 10% of the jungle monster's max health. Not only do you heal, get mana back, gain more gold, but you also do more damage to jungle monsters, so even if you don't clear as well, i.e. Guardians, you'll have a little easier time.


Why Sands of Time?

Now that you can build 2 starter items, you can start the game off strong. Sands of Time is perfect with Bumba's Mask as it gives power, MP5, and CDR. These stats have great synergy with Bumba's Mask's. The MP5 is perfect to help you whilst roaming the map looking to follow up on ganks. The CDR will make sure that you have your abilities up when you need them.

Why Shoes of Focus?

CDR is broken on Guardians PERIOD. But not only do these boots give you CDR, they give you mana, which really helps Athena as she is pretty mana hungry. They all culminate to make the perfect boot.

Why Dynasty Plate Helm?

Dynasty Plate Helm is a very good early game item with penetration, which is very useful as Guardians depend on penetration to deal a lot of damage. It also gives a good amount of Physical Protection which is good as most of the opposing Junglers will be physical.

Why Void Stone?

You already have a good amount of pen, some good defenses, what else could you need? Well, you could level out your defenses through Void Stone along with a powerful debuff. This debuff will really help you tank up Magical damage and make sure that your damage dealers don't get bursted by your opponent's.

Why Spear of Desolation?

Spear of Desolation got a major rework in Season 4. It went from being the most expensive item in the game with insane stats and an OP passive, to being a relatively worth its price item. With lots of power, pen, and some CDR, it checks all the boxes that a Guardian Jungler needs. You are going to replace Sands of Time with this item.

Why Rod of Tahuti?

It is the best source of raw power for Magicals in the game. It is very helpful even though she doesn't have very high scaling on her abilities. It helps her do some raw damage making sure that her enemies either back or try their luck with Athena. You are going to replace Dynasty Plate Helm with this item.

Jungle Counterbuilding

How do you Counterbuild in the Jungle?

Guardian Junglers counterbuild very differently on which Guardian you are playing. Athena is a very team based Guardian. She can utilize a lot of debuffs for her enemies and buffs for her allies. If you were to play Ymir, you would want a lot of damage and/or mitigation.

Why do I have to Counterbuild? I am the Jungler.

Usually, the Support does the majority of the counterbuilding, but everyone on the team should build at least one item that counters your opponent.

How should I counterbuild as the Jungler?

You should find items that, both help you and your team, like Sovereignty, Heartward Amulet, or Gauntlet of Thebes, or help you and hurt the other team, like Jade Emperor's Crown, Divine Ruin, or Witchblade.

Jungling with Guardians

Guardians can Jungle?
Only a few Guardians can jungle: Athena, Cabrakan, and Ymir. Guardians have very high base damage and low scaling. This means that they work well with penetration, but don't benefit from power.

Jungle Clear?
Athena has better jungle clear than most Guardians. Her 3-auto-1 combo is very good.

Should I Jungle with Athena?
If you are newer to the game, take some time to learn Athena before you play anything other than support. Once you feel comfortable with her abilities, you should practice in either Custom matches or Co-op vs. Ai matches.

What should I replace?
Here you want to replace Dynasty Plate Helm or Stone of Binding. I would recommend keeping Stone of Binding as it does give a very good stat when using hard CC, which could help a lot during a team fight.

How to Jungle with Athena

What should I do as a Jungler?
As a Jungler, you have to follow up of gank setups. You have to rotate quickly and get online quickly. As Athena you are kind of a frontliner, but also a damage dealer. Your relics should help your team, so a Magic Shell or Meditation Cloak is perfect.

Early Game:
Early Game you should stick to the jungle. You should farm up to level 5 where you have your ult. By level 5 you should have your Shoes of Focus by then, that combined with Sands of Time you would have 20% CDR, which will help you keep your ult online, which will greatly help your rotations.

Mid Game:
During the Mid Game, you should help take objectives with Hand of the Gods. You should get some good xp and gold. Your build is very cheap and you should be able to get online quickly. You should have gotten a few gank kills and objective captures.

Late Game:
You are a tanky Jungler, so you should start or at least agro major objectives i.e. Gold Fury or Fire Giant. You should also do the same with phoenixes and any standing towers. If your Support is nearby have them tank the shots for a little bit, but if they are not you should. This is the same for the Titan. You should also make sure to use your team based actives whenever you need to secure an objective or win the game.


This isn't too good of a Guardian passive, but it helps with poke. One thing that you can do with passive is objective steals. If you time this correctly, you can throw your passive through a wall and hopefully, capture the objective. It can also pass through an entire wave, so wave clear? Check!

This is your only form of quick escape. If you hit an enemy with this ability, you slow them and add an stacking block, which absorbs one basic attack per block.

This is one of the most powerful CC tools in a Guardian's kit. This and Ymir's Freeze are both very powerful, at interrupting people. Use this in combo with your 3 and you will deal a lot of damage.

This is very powerful throughout the game. It deals damage when it's set down and when it activates. It stands for 2 seconds which is long enough for you to taunt and bring them into the center and deal massive amounts of damage.

This is a very powerful and tactical ultimate. It allows you to travel to any teammate, dealing damage in a small circle when you land. It also mitigates some of the damage that your target takes. This really helps with rotations.

Pros / Cons


One of the best CC abilities in the game
Dash that slows
Very potent in the Duo Lane, Jungle, and Solo Lane
Easy to Pick Up
Very good for competitive games


Dash needs to charge
Ult can be blocked by teammates
Ult damage range is small
Pretty Mana hungry early


First, I would just like to tell you that Athena is best used with quick or instant casting.

Wave Clear? Check!


Everyone: Guardians can't Jungle Clear. Athena: Hold my Beer.


Get Back Here!


Are You Attacking my Friends?!


You think I am Scared?



Athena is one of the more versatile Guardians. She can play both Jungle and Support which makes her one of best competitive gods. I hope that you learn to love and respect Athena and Athena mains, like I have. Thanks for reading this far into the guide.

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