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Bacchus - An Alcoholic's Chugging Guide (S5, All Modes, Patch 5.15)

August 14, 2018 by Branmuffin17
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Build 2
Build 3

The Keg Stand (Conquest / Standard Support Build)

Smite God: Bacchus

Item Purchase Order

Example Standard Build (switch Travelers to Focus Late)
?Standard build progression against 3 physical / 2 magical, with the ADC being physical.

Gauntlet of Thebes is an okay pickup in the 4th slot for high balanced protections. You will have good protections at that point, making it so you don't require the stacks to be able to take some damage, and it should stack easily and quickly. It can be subbed out for other items as preferred.

Build Item Traveler's Shoes
Build Item Sovereignty
Build Item Void Stone
Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Spirit Robe
Build Item Midgardian Mail

Suggested Starting Items (Can rush Shoes with Guardian's + Shoes + Potions)

Build Item Guardian's Blessing Build Item Chalice of Healing Build Item Multi Potion Build Item Multi Potion Build Item Multi Potion

Item #1 (Choose One)

Build Item Traveler's Shoes Build Item Shoes of Focus Build Item Reinforced Shoes Build Item Shoes of the Magi

Early Protection Aura Items
?Against a standard 3 physical / 2 magical enemy comp, Sovereignty is the safest choice. It provides good health sustain and good physical protection without the need for stacking.

If you're playing a more passive game and are biding your time, Gauntlet of Thebes is an acceptable first protection item, and can allow you to move into specific utility items earlier in your build.

Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Build Item Sovereignty Build Item Heartward Amulet

CDR + Protections

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Build Item Genji's Guard Build Item Spirit Robe Build Item Mantle of Discord Build Item Shogun's Kusari

Counter Items

Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Build Item Midgardian Mail Build Item Pestilence Build Item Spectral Armor Build Item Witchblade

Utility Items

Build Item Void Stone Build Item Spear of the Magus Build Item Gem of Isolation Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Build Item Relic Dagger Build Item Stone of Binding

Relics to Consider

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

Example CDR / Utility Build (replace Shoes late)
?In this build, bide your time early to build stacks of Gauntlet of Thebes. Sovereignty is a solid item but can easily be subbed out.

To take advantage of relic use from Relic Dagger, make sure to get good team-based relics such as Belt of Frenzy.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Build Item Sovereignty Build Item Void Stone Build Item Spirit Robe Build Item Witchblade Build Item Relic Dagger

Example Aggressive Build (Replace Binding Late)
?This is a build meant for early aggression. Best paired with a strong early-game ADC. You may consider picking up extra Mana Potions to supplement your lack of early mana.

Stone of Binding is cheap, provides some balanced protections, and the passive can be applied easily via Belly Flop. You'll replace it late-game.

With that somewhat low base of balanced protections, I do suggest something a bit more tanky next. Gauntlet of Thebes may seem counter-intuitive to an aggressive build, but it's less risky for stacking since you do get a decent protection base from Binding.

The last 3 items are situational. I do recommend getting your CDR up for more ability use, and Breastplate of Valor is great for that purpose.

For universal function, Pythagorem's Piece and Gem of Isolation both provide added health (you are still a Support), while provide great offensive stats in power/lifesteal aura and easily applied slows.

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Build Item Stone of Binding Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Build Item Void Stone Build Item Breastplate of Valor Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Build Item Gem of Isolation

God Skill Order


Chug 3 15 16 18 19 key bind

Belly Flop

Belly Flop 1 4 6 7 10 key bind

Belch of the Gods

Belch of the Gods 2 8 11 12 14 key bind


Intoxicate 5 9 13 17 20 key bind

Introduction (~A Taster~)

Recent updates:

2018/8/14: Guide is current as of Patch 5.15, "Royal Champion." Builds revised.

Revision History

Hello everyone! My name is Branmuffin17 (PC IGN: Muffinman17, PS4 IGN: Branmuffin17), and I'm a SMITEFire moderator and casual SMITE player on PC and PS4. Welcome to my sixth venture outside of my original project, The Overarching Assault Guide.

Bacchus and I share a common love...alcohol. That's why I've paired up with him to create this, my first Guardian guide. Well, that, and my last guide, Medusa - Stoning the Field, is infused with, um...references, and I guess alcohol is just natural progression. So...cheers.

I'll assume you know the basic gist of gameplay in the various modes, so I won't be teaching or talking much about rotating, minions, tickets, proof, IBU, etc., except in the direct context of Bacchus' gameplay. If you want details on general info, I invite you to check out my other guides:

Conquest Guide
Arena Guide

This is a work in progress, as it should be. I'm always open to new ideas and different approaches.

This picture is WAAAAY better than one of Bacchus, amirite?

Bacchus is a drunkard guardian. Although he shares some traits with other Guardians (namely being inherently tanky with good CC abilities), he has greater damage potential than most, which makes him extremely entertaining to play, as well as annoying to play against.

.... Strengths ....

+ Inherently tanky
+ Great AOE CC abilities
+ Good escape
+ Good damage potential
. Weaknesses .

- Drinks mana like alcohol
- Watered down wave clear
- Initiation is also escape
- is easily interrupted

As a Guardian, you'll usually find yourself building tanky to support your teammates. However, depending on game mode, you may find yourself able to build with a greater focus on damage. No worries; I'm providing you with multiple build types. Let's get our drink on! I mean...would you like a cheese tray with that?

Abilities (~I Can Drink Wine Through My Nose~)


As Bacchus Chugs, he gains buffs. Tipsy: Take 7% less damage and gain 10 magical power. Smashed: Take 14% less damage and gain 30 magical power.

Always Chug to keep your meter in the "Smashed" zone, at least before using any of your other abilities. It's a delicate balance, much like fine wine, but you want to be aware of your mana consumption and timing for the additional 6 second protections you gain from Chug.
Skill #1:

Bacchus drinks from his jug, giving him additional buffs. Also, he celebrates when he kills an enemy god, giving him 10% on his meter. 15/20/25/30/35 protections, 40/45/50/55/60 mana. CD 10 seconds.

Max this last.

The additional protections this provides are helpful, and at max rank fairly significant. Always make sure your breathalyzer Drunk-O-Meter is telling you you're "Smashed" to be assured of the added benefits from all of your other abilities. Drink right before or right after initiating with enemies to utilize the additional protections.

Don't forget to use it every time you're in base for a free refill.

Drinking On The Job
Skill #2:

Belly Flop
Bacchus jumps into the air and slams to the ground, knocking all enemies into the air and dealing damage. If "Tipsy," all enemies are also slowed (20% for 2 seconds) after they land. CD 16 seconds. 70% scaling.

Max this first.

Fairly quick jump speed and moderate AOE radius with a nice knockup effect. Max this first, due to the easy confirmation of full burst damage.

If you can safely be the aggressor, use this to initiate a fight, and follow with Belch, ult, etc. However, if you're not sure of the situation, or there are enemy minions present, save it as an escape or for mid-fight disruption.

Doing This In Real Life Hurts
Skill #3:

Belch of the Gods
Bacchus lets out an obnoxiously loud belch, doing damage every 0.5 seconds for 2 seconds (4 ticks). If "Tipsy," enemies are stunned for 1 second ON THE FINAL TICK and their healing is debuffed (50%). Bacchus is immune to knockups (but pretty much not anything else, dammit) while channeling this ability. CD 14 seconds. 60% scaling (15% per tick).

Max this second.

This is Bacchus' trademark bodily function. Huge audible and visible notification, and probably smells like a mix of chicken and vinegar. Generously-sized cone AOE to possibly hit multiple enemies. If the enemies don't have hard CC in their kit, or you're looking just to help damage minions, initiate with this ability for some damage and a possible stun. Remember that only the final tick stuns, so you can choose a specific end target as you're channeling the ability. Just watch out, because this move is easily interrupted by freezes, stuns, etc.

Whenever possible, target healers for the end stun. If you're tipsy (you should always be), the 3 second healing debuff will seriously hinder their sustain.

If you pick up Spear of the Magus as your penetration item, initiating with this will help max your stacks before you follow up with Belly Flop or Intoxicate for increased damage.

A Belch For The Ages

Bacchus smashes his jug on the ground, intoxicating all nearby enemies (6 seconds) and doing damage. If he is "Smashed," he gains a magical power buff (20-60 power). CD 90 seconds. 70% scaling.

Level this when available.

Pretty good damage in a fairly large radius, and the "intoxication" debuff, which makes enemy gods stagger slowly, lasts a long time. Great to use in a large teamfight to make it harder for enemies to hit their skill shots or escape.

Share Your Drink

Ability Combos (~Perfect Pairings~)

Making an entrance to a scene requires knowledge and awareness of the situation and the disposition of the audience. Here are some tips to make sure you're the life of the party (and don't end up dead in a ditch).

Simple Tastes

Without going into crazy detail, the two key abilities are his Belly Flop and Belch of the Gods. Chug can be used either before or after the combo as needed for damage mitigation.
  • Use Belly Flop first for a strong, surprising and quick initiation and knockup, followed immediately by Belch of the Gods. This is a good 1-2 if you are setting up enemies for your teammates, as the knockup will give your team extra time to get in range.

  • Use Belch of the Gods first, and once the last tick stuns the enemy, you can easily confirm contact with Belly Flop. This is best used if you know you're not going to get interrupted with hard CC (e.g. stunned / frozen / knocked up). The last tick of Belch is key, as it's the only tick that stuns.

A Round, On Me!

(Cautious of CC) Ensure protections before initiation
Initiation/gap closer + CC/slow
AOE damage + CC/intoxicate
(Elongated Fight) Add protections to stay in the fight
AOE damage + CC/stun

This is an "all-in" combo, as you'll be using your only escape option ( Belly Flop) as the initiator. Chug right before initiating if you anticipate some major CC after going in (or need to use it to get back to "Smashed" status). Chug after your ult if you think you'll get hits in before getting damaged.

Timed well, this will allow you to hit multiple enemies with multiple abilities, and create havoc right at the start of a teamfight. Make sure your teammates are all there to support you, as you can be burst down quickly if focused.

Duck Out Before The Cops Get There

(Cautious of CC) Ensure protections before initiation
AOE damage + CC/stun
AOE damage + CC/intoxicate
(Elongated Fight) Add protections to stay in the fight
Escape or finisher CC/slow

This is the safer option, as it saves Belly Flop as either a finisher or escape. Can be more difficult to hit multiple enemies, as they'll probably watch your beerwine belly swagger in. Can be effective when targeting a specific enemy, or if your enemies are already distracted by your teammates.

Conquest / Standard Support (Build & Gameplay)

The Keg Stand (with options)

The Keg Stand (Details & Discussion)


Starting Process & Early Game

Mid to Late Game

Warding Locations

Non-Conquest Tanky Bruiser (Builds & Gameplay)

Core Items

Counter Items

Offensive Utility Items


The Dump Bucket: Dunk Squad Damage Build Example & Discussion

Early Game



Gameplay Videos

Double B Tag Team (Arena, S3)

Securing The Kill (Clash, S3)

Dunk Squad (Siege, S3)

Don't Fool Around! (Conquest, S3)

Lore & References

Nevercake's SMITE Lore Ep. 15: Who is Bacchus?

Smite Builder: If you haven't seen or used it before, check out this site by EliteOwnage. Similar in purpose to KrettCalc, but with an easy-to-use interface, you can theory-build to your heart's content, and set up head-to-heads to see how your build will fare against different enemies and builds.

Wine References (~Thank Me Later~)

Firstly, if you've never seen it before, check out the movie Sideways. Entertaining, witty, funny. Filmed in and around California's Santa Ynez valley (a bit north of Santa Barbara), which is chock full of great wineries/vineyards.

Some places where they filmed: Kalyra Winery, Los Olivos Cafe, Foxen Winery, The Hitching Post II.

If you love wine and find yourself in south/central California, I highly suggest visiting some of these wineries, for great ambiance and delicious alcoholic beverages.
  • Gainey Vineyard: My wife's and my favorite. We've been wine members for years. Sprawling location, and they have a beautiful member's lounge (set up a time in advance) where you can kick back on a couch or at the bar and converse with the sommelier, order a cheese platter, etc. They also host a yearly wine crush all-day party with live music, where they serve food, pour endless wine (their limited selections), allow you to walk through the vineyards, taste grapes, squeeze juice, stomp, etc. Highly suggest their Limited Selection Syrah and Pinot Noir.

  • Evan's Ranch: Sister winery to Gainey. They actually pour some in the member's lounge, but also have their own tasting room in nearby Los Olivos. Much more limited in harvest and variety, they have 2 types each of 3 different varietals: C******nay, Syrah, and Pinot Noir. All 6 are amazing.

  • Coquelicot (ko-klee-ko): The name is actually the coolest part, but their wines are quite tasty too. No official vineyard to visit, but their tasting room is practially next door to the Evan's Ranch tasting room. Cool peeps generally work there, too.

  • Demetria Estate: By appointment only. BEAUTIFUL location, sit outside under trees while the sommelier walks around with different wines. The last time we went here, my wife cried because she was pregnant and wanted to drink from here so badly. We wouldn't have even gone, but we had set the trip up well in advance...designated driver, says me!!! LOL

  • Sunstone: They usually have some cool stuff going. Beautiful grounds, and beautiful tasting room areas inside the building. My wife still remembers the sweet, late-harvest Sauvignon Blanc they served us 7+ years ago.

  • Roblar Winery: BEAUTIFUL building...but perhaps a bit too designed to be that way, if that makes sense. Nevertheless, they have some delicious wines (Syrahhhhhh), and if you're a member, they have a cool upstairs tasting room.

A couple random things:
  • Looking for a place to stay during your wine trip? Try The Ballard Inn.
  • Drinking at home and don't want to wait an hour or more decanting? Use a Vinturi or other similar aerator. Don't know if they work? Do a side-by-side comparison yourself.
  • Don't forget to go through Solvang, the Danish Capitol of California. Beautiful city with a lot of quaint shops. I actually sat down at a piano and played some of The Smashing Pumpkins' Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness in one of the shops. Fun!

Hope some of you get to visit! Let me know if you do!!!

Beer References (~You're Welcome~)

Ever since I switched over from roller to ice hockey, I've gotten into beer (common after-game refreshment). I hadn't ever really had them before (yeah, I know...but I purposefully avoided them), moved quickly through standard beers (Coors Light was the standard after-game choice for the team)...landed solidly on Newcastle, Blue Moon w/ oranges, Corona Extra w/ limes, Stella Artois, and the occassional Guinness. Only took me around 6 months to move over to real beer...IPA is where it's at! Mostly standard IPA, though I like some double IPAs, stouts, and others also.

If you're of legal drinking age, and are in the US, you might be able to find some of the following recommendations, though most are probably easier to find in Southern California, since many are local here.

  • Karl Strauss: Mosaic Session IPA - Delicious...bold citrus flavor, easy on the palette, and on the low end of ABV (5.5%), means you can have a couple back-to-back and not fall asleep (like I do when I've had too much alcohol). This is my current go-to.

  • Russian River Brewing Company: Pliny the Elder - Only had this once...it can be a bit on the difficult side to find this, but oh, it's worth it. Bursting with herbal flavors, and one of the highest rated craft beers anywhere.

  • Ballast Point: Sculpin, Pineapple Sculpin, Grapefruit Sculpin, Unfiltered Sculpin, Aloha Sculpin, Dorado, Watermelon Dorado - These are all delicious. Can't go wrong.

  • Firestone Walker: I dunno...pretty much EVERYTHING? They have standards (Lion & Bear) like Pale 31, Union Jack, Easy Jack, Luponic Distortion...but oh, their Vintage series...Sucaba, Helldorado, Parabola, Stickee Monkee...delicious (and powerful).

  • Noble Ale Works: Tongue Tickles DIPA - OOF...one of my favorites. So, so good.

  • Beachwood Brewing: - If you can ever find it...Amalgamator. Anything else they make is also great, but this...this takes the cake.

The list goes on, of course, but these represent a good place to start.

Coffee References (~Sober Up~)

Alright, so you don't really "sober up" by drinking coffee. Doesn't mean it's not nice to drink after you've had too much! (or haven't had any and you're starting your day)

The above is my current setup.

  • Espresso Machine: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II - Prosumer grade dual boiler system...extremely solid machine, powerful steam wand, etc. Highly recommended. If I was rich? Oh...no question...it would be THIS.

  • Grinder: Baratza Vario - Versatile grinder, can handle anything from extremely coarse (e.g. French Press) to extremely fine (espresso). Am actually looking to upgrade this eventually. This is what I have in mind...

  • Beans: Klatch Coffee - Belle Espresso - After trying a variety, I've stuck mostly with this. The Belle is a beautiful bean...medium-dark, the way my tongue prefers. Extremely consistent, and I get the beans 1-2 days after roast...freshness is absolutely key, and I use the beans around 3-17 days after roast. Great as a standalone shot, and mixes beautifully with milk. Whole only, please.

  • Knock Box: Dreamfarm Grindenstein - Basic, does what it's supposed to. There are some fancier ones out there though...

  • Cups: Intelligentsia Black Cat Project, by NotNeutral - NotNeutral makes some beautiful cups, and these fit perfectly on the top of my machine...2x Large Latte, 2x Cappuccino, 2x Demit***e (espresso), plus 1 Rattleware 3oz Shot Glass Pitcher for when I'm measuring my shots.

  • Tamper: Espro Calibrated Tamper - Takes the variability out of one of the steps in making a great espresso shot! Highly recommended.

  • Coffee Storage: Coffeevac - Does what it's supposed to...seems to keep the beans fresh.

  • Weigh Scale: American Weigh Scales Black Blade - Does what it's supposed to...buy a 500 gram calibration weight as well.

  • Lighting: IKEA Dioder Multicolor - Custom-installed these, ran the cabling through the machine and out the bottom. Gives it a great look.

  • Syrups: Monin brand - For when you or your guests want a flavored latte. Their syrups seem to be higher quality, and better tasting, than other popular brands like Torani. My personal favorite is their French Vanilla, though their Gingerbread and Pumpkin Pie are also good.

I did a lot of research before I bought this, and there was a lot of trial and error in learning how to make a "good" espresso shot. It's not nearly as simple as you might think.

If you find you have some interest, and want to chat, let me know! I can offer suggestions based on different budgets, and possibly help you work through issues you might be experiencing.

Oh, and here's a great book if you're super into coffee: The World Atlas of Coffee

Some Of My Guides

If you liked this guide, check out my other ones below!

The Overarching Series

Arena Guide

Assault Guide

Conquest Guide

Individual God Guides

An Alcoholic's Chugging Guide

Pulsing to
the Beat

Gifting Kills

Shifu Guan Yu:
The Battle

Loki: The Backstabbing Bastard

Medusa: Getting Everyone Stoned


So thatsh it! If you, erm, like what I've done (hic!) and how I try to make it bettererrr, anyone can suggest a god for me to get drunk with work on next ...and of coursh, I have to own him and/or wanna play him =P but I'll letcha know...

Thanks for reading, and I appreciate any and all comments, suggestions, etc. Feel free to add me/invite me if you want to play! Also, I'm up for virtually drinking with you while we play...if you don't expect much from me, I won't expect much from you...Cheers!

Brandon / PC IGN: Muffinman17 / PS4 IGN: Branmuffin17


Thanks to the following people:

For general Arena knowledge and in-depth help with builds / calculations

For general knowledge

For aesthetic ideas and templates to make the guide prettier (just like Bacchus)

For experienced build help and discussion

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