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Smite God: Artio

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Purchase Order


Build Item Guardian's Blessing Guardian's Blessing
Build Item Ward Ward
Build Item Ward Ward
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Base Items

Build Item Stone of Gaia Stone of Gaia
Build Item Reinforced Shoes Reinforced Shoes
Build Item Stone of Binding Stone of Binding
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor

Defensive Items

Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Mystical Mail Mystical Mail
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe


Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation


Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell
Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak
Build Item Belt of Frenzy Belt of Frenzy
Build Item Shield of Thorns Shield of Thorns

Artio's Skill Order

Energy Surge / Maul Prey

Energy Surge / Maul Prey

1 X
1 6 12 15 18
Entangling Vines / Ferocious Roar

Entangling Vines / Ferocious Roar

2 A
2 10 14 16 19
Life Tap / Heavy Charge

Life Tap / Heavy Charge

3 B
3 4 7 8 11


4 Y
5 9 13 17 20


Well, if a Bear surrounded by a bunch of writhing, wiggling vines coming toward you with the intent to eat you isn't bad news, i'm not sure what is.

That being said, this build is an absolute bear to get around, giving you plenty of HP and the ability to annoy the enemy team to no end. Speaking from experience, it takes a while to kill Artio with this build, and all her healing on top means she can, for the most part, safely throw herself into the fray and give her team all the time it needs to secure kills or objectives.


Tanky as all get out
You can turn into a freakin' BEAR
Bear puns for days


Hard not to tunnel vision on kills
Anti-heal can be a pain
Her dance from her win screen isn't an Emote </3


Stone of BindingIs personally one of my favorites to get on Artio, with all of her CC abilities, shes basically a pulsing green beacon for team-wide penetration. On top of that it gives her 30 magical and physical protections, which is great for early game.

Stone of Gaia Gives that MP5 you need, as well as all the HP5 and Health you're gonna need for early to mid game. Knock ups aren't as much of an issue for you now, and you can almost always outlast any opponent as long as your team is there to put the hurtin' on em'.

Gem of Isolation This is more of an "I'm already playing a pain in the butt god, why not add more pain?" It helps secure the root on your 3 in druid form, increases the slow from your 3 in bear form and is an all around keeper in my opinion. It also procs your Stone of Binding on abilities that usually wouldn't proc it, like your slash. Oh, did I mention it also adds to your health pool and CC reduction?

As always, your item choice depends on how you can counter the enemy team.
I personally prefer building up lots of Artio's health then giving her items that have equal physical and magical defense, but sometimes you have to get those aura items, or other things to help you watch over your little bear cubs.

Team Work

Team Work

Artio can be played in two ways, depending on your team set up.

Initiation; This involves you being a general pain in the butt, landing your roots, slows, and stun while letting your team charge in behind you. You have to be aware of what the other team is doing though. Personally I find it to be a problem that I tunnel vision with Artio, and my teammates suffer for it. So you have to know when to drop back and give that assassin or warrior attacking your squishes the boot.

Defensive; Say you have a lovely assassin, or Warrior that is more prone to taking the initiation than you are. At this point it is your job to tie up any loose ends they may have missed. Is that Bastet getting ready to jump on your squish, or land the finishing blow on your initiate? Nope, because you and your big bear butt just stunned them.

Observe, predict, decide, and execute your plan of action. Be the reaction for their action.

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