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Breaking their hearts - An In-Depth Guide (S5, Patch 5.2)

February 19, 2018 by xmysterionz
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Conquest

Smite God: Cupid

Item Purchase Order

Start

Build Item Hunter's Blessing
Build Item Morningstar
Build Item Multi Potion
Build Item Multi Potion
Build Item Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion

Full Build (in order)

Build Item Transcendence Build Item Warrior Tabi Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Build Item The Crusher Build Item Poisoned Star Build Item Deathbringer

Core Items (to all builds)

Build Item Transcendence Build Item Jotunn's Wrath

Situational Items

Build Item Hide of the Urchin Build Item Shifter's Shield Build Item Magi's Cloak Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Build Item Titan's Bane Build Item Asi

Replacements Items

Build Item Bloodforge Build Item Qin's Sais Build Item Ninja Tabi Build Item Wind Demon Build Item Rage

Relics

Build Item Aegis Amulet Build Item Purification Beads Build Item Meditation Cloak Build Item Phantom Veil Build Item Heavenly Wings


God Skill Order

Heart Bomb

Heart Bomb 1 4 6 8 10 key bind

Share The Love

Share The Love 2 7 11 12 14 key bind

Flutter

Flutter 3 15 16 18 19 key bind

Fields Of Love

Fields Of Love 5 9 13 17 20 key bind

Introduction




Hi everyone, my name is x MysTeRioN z. I play this game on Xbox one.
I started playing Smite with Cupid and since this I haven't stopped.
I`m here to help you play with this little cute guy that can be very annoying and a really demon for the enemy team if used in the right way.




You can say a lot of things about him, but you can't deny he is cute. Also, looking to this picture, who can imagine he can be a killing machine?

I'm open to suggestions to make this guide even better.

Pros / Cons


Pros

  • Good individual damage
    (He can have both Attack speed and power, making him a Killing machine in late game)

  • Good cooldowns
    (They aren't low but aren't too high)

  • Good chaser
    (Can kill easily someone trying to escape since he have a skill that do a considerate dash and put, literally, a bomb that can't be remove on the target (Heart Bomb) and it can stun the target to finish him if he didn't die.

  • Very good teamwork
    (If you aren't the killing machine you are the assist machine providing A LOT OF kills to your team which is also good (except for your ego))

  • High sustain in battle
    (With the lifesteal, the skill Share the Love, a decent dash and some "play safe", only a really good gank or engage with more than 1 person can kill you and remember you can counter ganks with wards and the most part of enemy engages are predictable)

  • A big trouble if use in the right way
    (People usually underestimate Cupid's power, thinking he is only a farm. But the point is you can reach more than 400 basic attack damage, can fire more than 2 arrows per sec with a bomb that can't be removed and slows the enemy, also you can heal yourself from part of the damage you take and if the enemy tries to escape alive you can do dash on him and fire a large radius field that slows him and he can't use any escape while in it stopping him when explode. For any other character that isn't a Guardian or Warrior, this is more than enough to kill him easily.)

  • Heals the team and himself
    (It can be helpful to the team but for you is VERY HELPFUL 'cause since you play safe, you don't take a lot of damage and the damage you take can be easily restored with it. If you do max cooldown, you can regenerate 600 health every 7 secs and you have 1885 health at maximum level, so almost the 1/3 of all your health can be regenerated.)

  • Has a good escape
    (Your dash is fast and you travel a good distance)

  • Very cute and lovely
    (The cutest voice lines and a such adorable character. Also gives you love advices: "Love is a Battlefield")

Cons

  • Very squishy
    (Dies very fast to almost everyone in the game and absolutely, any debuff can be the sentence to death to him, such a simple 1s stun or some crowd control such as slow. That's the reason you should play safe)

  • Your heal is not powerful enough
    (For you it's ok, but for the team, any other healer do this job better than you)

  • Escape is on his attack speed skill
    (Almost every Hunter has a skill that buffs his attack speed and Cupid is not different, but here, it is on your escape forcing you choose kill faster or play safe. And in the early game is a such big cooldown (16s). Also everyone who plays against a Cupid (that knows how Cupid works) when see you used Flutter knows you are without escapes and go to attack).

  • Mesmerize effect in his ultimate is stopped if the enemy takes any kind of damage.
    (If it was a Stun will be very good, but I think it's gonna be OP, anyway, this is useful only if you are alone and trying to escape from someone so you slow the target and do mesmerize ffect gaining time to escape or if the target are far from you and you need to get near him to don't loose it(considerating the target don't take any damage to wake him up)).

  • The skills will be removed even when you miss it
    (You fired Fields of Love wrong or Heart Bomb or even someone stopped your dash, it goes ANYWAY)

  • Very hard to play alone
    (You need your team or at least a teammate with you to play very nice, preferentially the Support).

  • Too much Mid-Late Game
    (Cupid only shines in mid to late game when your stacks and cooldowns are done, before this, he needs a lot of game sense and you can only attack in the right moments or will be a farm bag to the enemy team)

Skills


Lovestruck


Type: Passive


Cupid stacks a heart with each basic attack (max 8 stacks). You have the following additional effects with the stacks:
  • Each heart stacked will increase in 2% your skills damage
  • Each heart stacked will increase in 2% your heal
    When all the 8 hearts are stacked you gain:
  • Mesmerized effect on his ultimate is doubled (1.5 secs to 3 secs).
  • Heart bomb when explode now will cause stun on all targets in the area.
    (This two skills will ALWAYS consume all stacks even when it's not at max.)

TIPS

  • Try always stay at maximum stacks 'cause it makes you stronger, so put in your mind that stacks the 8 hearts is the priority before you do anything else.
  • You will listen a lovely sound and a heart will follow you when you are fully stacked.


Heart Bomb


Type: Projectile


Cooldown: 12 secs

Cupid will fire an arrow with a heart. The target with the heart will loose 20% of movement speed. After 3 seconds, the heart will explode causing damage to the target and all enemies in the area. If your passive is fully stacked, the explosion will cause stun to all enemies in the area.

TIPS

  • I think this skill is the core of Cupid. To play nice you will need master this.
  • Heart Bomb gives to Cupid a big burst potenticial, since you can fire your basic attack, the heart bomb and the basic attack again very quick. So try to do this all the time
  • This skill is very powerful, you do almost the same damage from your ultimate but it returns in 12 secs or sooner if you do Cooldown Reductions Items.
  • Your damage is divided in 2 ticks: 1 when you hit the target and the other when the heart explode.
  • Use this to help you clear minions waves at the beginning of the match.
  • You can use this on a target that is running away from the battle to kill him but play safe, if you are not sure don`t chase the enemy.
  • Only shoot this if you are SURE you will hit the target. Remember even if you miss the skill will be removed.
  • Try to ALWAYS stack your passive before shooting this to have more damage and a stun effect, but don't let an enemy go away if it`s not fully stacked and you're sure you will kill him with the heart
  • Remember that this skill will ALWAYS consume all the stacks even when it`s not fully stacked.
  • The arrow has a slow speed and a range, so pay attention to learn how fire it, sometimes you will need do a predict to hit the target.

Share the Love


Type: Ground Target


Cooldown: 14 secs

Cupid will fire 3 hearts on the ground that heals allies or himself. If an ally get it, it will regenerate Cupid`s mana.

TIPS

  • Try always use this with your passive fully charged 'cause you heal more 2% by each heart stacked.
  • Always fire it where your teammates can see and get it.
  • In assault, this is very useful, you heal yourself and your teammates and when heals your teammates you get mana, so it sustains you very well.
  • Remember YOU ARE NOT A HEALER, so don`t trust too much on your heal, and say to your team don't do it too. You JUST HELP with this heal, but you are not a HEL or APHRODITE.
  • Use this to restore your mana when you need. Each heart restores 30 mana and the skill costs 50 so if your teammates get all hearts you will gain 90 mana. If you have stacks from your passive, you'll gain more mana.
  • This skill don't increase the cost by level uping.
  • This skill DO NOT consume your stacks from your passive, so use it free.

Flutter


Type: Dash


Cooldown: 16-12 secs

Cupid dashes forward leaving a trail that increases all allies movement speed when above and also increase Cupid attack speed when he is above it.

TIPS

  • Just saying, Cupid can be interrupted while doing the dash (it isn't like Agni's Dash).
  • Be careful using this 'cause Cupid WILL ALWAYS dashes forward even when you aren't moving forward.
  • This is your escape, so don't throw it like it's nothing, this skill is your only chance to survive if someone chases you.
  • Use this to gain attack speed if you need to kill something fast
  • Use this to help some teammate escape or the opposite, to help him get in the fight just like a taxi.
  • This is the only skill of Cupid that don't have any connection with the passive so use it without thinking in your hearts stacked.
  • You can use this to chase an enemy, just don't be suicide going into the enemy team just to kill one guy.
  • This skill don't increase the cost by level uping and you decrease the cooldown by 1s per level.

Fields of Love


Type: Ground Target (Ultimate)


Cooldown: 90 secs

Cupid fires arrows with hearts in a large radius circle in the ground, preventing enemies from use movement skills and slowing all the targets in 35%. After some seconds the arrows will explode causing damage and a mesmerize effect on the targets.

TIPS

  • This is the most powerful Cupid's Weapon 'cause everything in this skill is good (Damage, cooldown and the debuffs) so use it wisely, especially in the late game, where this skill can do/help in a Deicide (Kill the entire enemy team).
  • All enemies inside the range CAN'T use escapes so fire it when you are near the target so you can combo with Heart Bomb and basic attacks killing almost everything that doesn't have any protections.
  • Try to combo it with your heart bomb and you will kill almost everyone, 'cause you will slow the target in 55%, you did damage by hitting the Heart Bomb, you will do damage by the explode from the heart, will do damage by the field exploding and you will have stun from the heart (if you were fully stacked) and the mesmerized effect. If all of this don't kill, just fire some basic attacks and it's done. Using this combo there is a 85% chance of killing at least one enemy.
  • This skill is nice with Odin's Ultimate, Scylla Ultimate, Ares Ultimate and others. Combining with other players skills the chance of success increase to 90~96%.
  • Since this ultimate slows movement speed you could use when are getting away from an enemy chasing you.
  • Try always fire it at the center of the enemy making very hard to escape from it.
  • If you fire it too much near the limits of the map, the circle will loose a big part of it.
  • I will recommend you put the Cupid skills as "instantaneous" in settings but this skill I recommend you let it in the "default" 'cause you can see the Fields before firing.
  • This skill WILL ALWAYS consume your hearts stacked from the passive, even when it's not full.


Skills Combos


+

Flutter + Heart Bomb + Basic Attacks

  • Excellent to chase an enemy with low health that is trying to escape. You will do damage hitting the heart, some basic attacks to increase the damage and the explosion from the heart you stuck will kill the target.
  • Be careful using this 'cause you won't have any escape until Flutter comes back.
  • If you are trying to escape, you can invert the order to stun an enemy chasing you and use your dash to go away from him.

  • Excellent to chase more than one enemy that is trying to escape OR to go quickly into the fight. Hit many targets with Fields of Love and focus on 1 with the Heart bomb and your basic attacks. I STRONGLY recommend that you fire the Heart bomb first and then the Fields of Love 'cause if you are fully stacked, it's better the stun from heart bomb than the mesmerize effect doubled.
  • If you are focusing in Burst damage, this is a VERY HIGH POWERFUL BURST DAMAGE.
  • You have to fire the heart and next (very fast) the Fields. Be careful using this 'cause you won't have any escape until Flutter comes back.


+

Flutter + Fields of Love

  • Excellent to chase enemies that are going away and you are not sure if will hit the Heart bomb.
  • Also the mesmerize effect from the Ultimate will stop the target for you hit the Heart bomb.
  • If you are trying to escape and there is enemies chasing you, you can fire Fields of Love at your position and do a dash to escape, If the enemy don't have a skill to go forward, you'll have a safe escape.


+

Heart Bomb + Fields of Love + Basic Attacks

  • Excellent to kill someone that is near to you or try to escape of you after loose a fight.
  • Very good chance to kill someone if combined with some basic attacks.
  • Your most powerful burst damage. Use and abuse of this combo.
  • If you fail to kill the target, use the Flutter to go away. This combo is very powerful in the early game and mid game, in late game still powerful, but not so much as it was.

Strong/Weak against


Strong Against

  • Apolo
    Your Heart Bomb can easily kill an Apolo trying to escape with his Ultimate (When he calls his chariot to come and take him away). Since Heart Bomb can't be removed and Apollo can't move while calling for the chariot, you will hit him, he will waste his ultimate and you will get a easy kill and also it's very funny see him dies in the skies.

  • Ra
    Since Ra don't have a escape skill and only have 2 Skills that do heavy damage and both can be countered just by moving around, he is a very nice target. Just remember Ra become fast if he use his 3 skills so be careful to don't loose your target. Also, your power is much more strong than his heal.

  • Anubis
    Other mage that don't have a escape. Fire Fields of Love and Heart Bomb against him and some basic attacks and he is dead. Be careful, if you get too close he will destroy you, to you be strong against him, you will need BURST DAMAGE from your skills.

  • Zeus
    He also don't have a escape and same thing here as Anubis. Fire Fields and Heart Bomb some basic attacks and he died.

  • Scylla
    One of the most squishy mages that is totally dependent of her skills. If Scylla miss her skills it's almost a certain kill. Be careful at late game where you countered her and is countered by her since she will be VERY STRONG SO and you also are squishy.

Weak Against

  • Cernunnos
    Is someone that isn't weak against him? Cernunnos has a lifesteal in his skills also makes you become a pig, do a lot of damage, roots you and has a very good attack speed... Do I need to say anything more?

  • Loki
    Is someone that isn't weak against him? He just press a button and do A LOT OF DAMAGE on you and get behind you, can makes you take continuous damage by bleeding, becomes invisible so your ward is useless...Do I need to say anything more?

  • Ne Zha
    He just go hits you, if you try to escape he put a row on you going to your new position and have a very hard combo to kill that he need to press his ultimate button (Y on xbox). Basically, you can't escape and he kills you with just one button (even Loki is harder). And yes, it's HE, not SHE (At leats I thought that was She).

  • Scylla
    You kill she easy and she kills you easy too. You can stun her and she can root you. At end game you kill her with 3 basic attacks and she kills you with a single skill. A good fight, isn't? Just go carefully to kill her.

  • Kumbhakarna
    Stuns, stuns and stuns every minute and roots. The 2 things every Cupid hates to take. He won't kill you, but will open a big door for his team do it. Also he debuffs your attack speed if you awake from his stun early. (I know it's a mesmerize, but is so annoying that looks like a stun)

Combos

  • Ares
    Fire Fields of Love and then someone brings the enemies to it. That's is the combo. Also when your father (Ares) brings the enemies you can fire the Heart Bomb and the Fields of Love, doing stun and a lot of damage. This combo become less efective at mid and late game 'cause the enemies will not group up, but you can catch 2 or 3 people. Also pay attention if all the enemies used Purification Breeds or you will loose your ultimate. Fire the Fields of Love a little before Ares bring the enemies for maximum chances of success, but be careful, if you fire too early will loose the skill.

  • Odin
    Catch the enemy, lock in a circle and prevent him from escape, that is what will happen if Odin (Ring of Spears) combine with Cupid (Fields of Love). Plus the enemy will take a debuff in his attack speed.

  • Tyr
    Tyr brings someone, you put the Heart Bomb, stuns the target and if the target starts to run for his life you fire Fields of Love and...You got a Kill. I recommend you only use Fields of Love if the enemy start to escape or is someone full of protections, because it's not necessary in other cases.

  • Fenrir
    Same as Tyr. Bring the guy, fire the Heart Bomb, basic attacks, fire Fields of Love if still alive and is escaping.

  • Poseidon
    Slows everyone with Fields of Love when it explode Poseidon brings the Kraken dealing a lot of damage and if it stay alive, some basic attacks or Heart Bomb may solve it.

  • Aphrodite
    Pocket Healer. A beautiful duo for Siege or Joust. Your weakness is that you die fast, so if you have a powerful heal, you won't die and will be a killing machine. Of course Son and Mother will be a good duo.

  • Zeus
    Zeus will put the clouds firing lightings on the target (his ultimate) and you put the Fields of Love slowing them and making the enemies take more damage from Zeus. If Zeus don't kill, the Fields of Love exploding will.

  • Hades
    Basically, you lock the enemy on Hades ultimate, 'cause the enemy can't use escape skills while in your Fields of Love, so they will have a suffering death to Hades or/and anyone helping killing and if they stay alive, they die for the Fields of Love explosion.

  • Ganesha
    Ganesha's Ultimate deal damage and slows the enemies that try to escape walking, so you can fire Fields of Love in this enemies and they will be so slow that a Turtle is faster than them, perfect targets, and just some basic attacks and the Heart Bomb...That's a kill (or more).

  • Ymir
    He will freeze the enemy then you fire basic attacks and the Heart Bomb. If the enemy escapes alive, Fields of Love on him and it's a certain death to him.

  • Khepri
    Brings the enemy near where you can fire the Heart Bomb or He can root the enemies for you fire the Fields of Love, and also he can revive you if you died. Very nice combo.

  • Cerberus
    Same as Ares. Bring the enemies, fire Fields of Love, fire Heart Bomb, basic attacks and you get the kill. Just be careful 'cause Cerberus' ultimate is faster than Ares, so fire Fields of Love a little early.

I could put almost everyone in the game here because how I said, Cupid has a very good team work, and his skills works very well combined with almost every other character. I just chose the Gods that I think that's ALMOST a certain kill (or kills) doing the combo successfully.

How to play with Cupid


Cupid, God of Love, a very nice and funny God to play. Here I will help you saying how you should play with him. If you haven't read the Skills right above, I suggest you do it before stars here. I considerate Cupid an Hybrid ADC (Half of your skills is focused in do damage on the enemy), so your build must considerate your skills and also your basic attacks.

Early Game

  • You are VERY WEAK and can't heal yourself at beginning SO YOU MUST PLAY PASSIVE
  • Try to clear the wave as soon as possible
  • Do the jungle buff if your Jungler didn't or call "I need the jungle buff" to see if he understand. If he doesn't, CLEAR THE WAVE FIRST and then you go to Damage camp buff
  • If for some reason you need to rotate or walk through the jungle, DON'T GO ALONE.
  • Try to don't start unnecessary fights.
  • In teamfights try to do participate from some distance and run for your life if someone focus you
  • PUT WARDS ON THE MAP to avoid be Ganked (See "Warding" section)

DON'T CHASE AN ENEMY IF YOU ARE NOT SURE YOU'LL KILL, just go if you have the Heart Bomb and/or Fields of Love and you hit the target. DON'T GO IF THE ENEMY HAVE TEAMMATES NEAR HIM.

Prefer to don't try and stay alive instead of dying trying and feed the enemy. Don't forget to use your heal on your teammates to get mana.


Mid Game

  • Now you become sustainable with Share the Love and do a decent damage, probably you are killing a minions wave without problems.
  • I recommend you stay playing passive, but a little less passive than before.
  • REMEMBER THAT OBJECTIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN KILLS.
  • ALWAYS try to participate of your team's fight, 'cause your skills ARE VERY USEFUL to the team.
  • As soon as your first objective is done, start to rotate to help the rest of your team.

Late Game

  • With the full build you are stronger than ever, but the enemies too so stay with your friends and go to the finals objectives.
  • Now you can be a little less passive than the Mid but DON'T BE TOO AGGRESSIVE or will die faster.
  • Stay with your team helping them and now, more than ever, participate in the team fights combining their skills with yours.

So:

  • Play defensive with Cupid is always the better choice at least in early game.
  • Try to play with a teammate to better chances of success.
  • Heal your team to get mana and help them.
  • Heal yourself to stay in battle for more time.
  • Remember you die fast to almost everyone in the game so try to don't be suicide.
  • Only chases enemies that you are sure you'll kill and if there aren't other threads.
  • If the enemy didn't do any kind of physical protection, he is a nice target to be focused.

Obs.: Change the skills from "default" to "instantaneous" in settings to get better responses (except Fields of Love and the Heart Bomb).

Cupid on game modes


Here I will say how you should play depending what you're playing. The topic above was a general play and here is specific.

Conquest


- Priorize do penetration and damage.
  • In conquest, you should priorize penetration due the number of objectives (there are 6 towers and 3 phoenixes) so it will help you do them. If there is a powerful healer in the other team, considerate to do Brawler's Beat Stick to neutralize part of his heal.
  • If possible, ask to the Support do Shogun's Kusari as some mid-late game item, it increase all allies attack speed in 25% so it will helps you a lot.
  • I strongly recommend you don't stay alone in this mode in the mid/late game. Stay with someone to better chances of survive (when you start to rotate).
  • In late game, when you and your team are running to do the last objectives stay together and you behind them.
  • Always group up in the late game 'cause just one death can change everything.
    TOGETHER YOU ARE STRONGER.
    ALWAYS REMEBER: OBJECTIVES > KILLS. If you didn't kill a lot but helped a lot with the objectives, that is what matters.

Assault


- Priorize stop enemy team healing, healing yourself and your team.
  • It's unusual see a Cupid in Assault, but if it happens, priorize do items to counter the enemy healers (if there is) or if there is someone doing a lot of items to giving MP5 and HP5.
  • Don't go in fights that you are at disadvantage like 4 vs 5.
  • Go carefully to kill someone 'cause your team will miss you a lot in a team fight.
  • I already said it but I will repeat 'cause it's one of the keys to success to play Assault well with Cupid: Always throw your hearts to your team get because it will help them and you. They will regenerate their health and you will regenerate your mana, so it makes you high sustain in battle.
  • And seriously, don't throw the hearts near the enemy/where your team don't see or only will loose mana. Also be careful to don't make a bait to your teammates, remember that the enemy can see where your hearts are.
  • Remember that you CAN'T RETURN TO BASE AT ANY CIRCUNSTANCIES. You can only buy your items if you die and there is a large time to respawn.
  • ALSO REMEMBER, OBJECTIVES > KILLS

Arena, Joust


- Priorize do a lot of damage and, if necessary some protection.

Here I recommend you use the a lot of damage and critics 'cause in this games killing enemies helps a lot do the objective and there aren't so many objectives, so a killing machine is useful here.
AND REMEMBER, OBJECTIVES > KILLS (In Joust)

Clash, Siege


- Priorize do a lot of damage and penetration, if necessary some protection.

Here I recommend you do a mix of damage and penetration 'cause killing is as important as do the objectives and there are 2 towers and 2 phoenix in clash and 4 towers and 2 phoenix in Siege so a penetration is necessary here.
AND REMEMBER, OBJECTIVES > KILLS (In Joust)

Warding



To do this image, I CONSIDERATE I SPAWNED AS ORDER SIDE.

Blue: Early Game
  • Put these 2 Wards as soon as possible to don't be ganked. Also don't put they too near the route 'cause some stealth assassins can pass through it easily.

Yellow: Mid Game
  • Put these wards in mid game (10-20min) to don't be ganked and know the enemy movement near you and your objectives. You have to keep putting this wards in late game too.

Yellow with Dark Red border: Mid Game agressive
  • It's optional these Wards. They are riskier to put but you and your team will know the enemy movement in the jungle from this side. You can put one in Golden Fury if you want. You have to keep putting this wards in late game too.

Red: Late game
  • Put this in late game to know if some enemy is trying to gank or to help you defend your objectives. Remember that an enemy with GOOD DAMAGE on Basic attacks and GOOD PENETRATION CAN DESTROY THE PHOENIX EASILY.

Red with Green border: Late game and Sentry Ward
  • Here it's not a simple Ward, you MUST put a Sentry Ward to detect enemy Wards 'cause this objectives are so much valuable and can't be lost. If you put one simple ward on the Golden Fury, change it in a Sentry.

Red with Dark Red border: Late game aggressive
  • If the risk is bigger, the award will also be bigger. You can put theses to know when an enemy entered into the Jungle from base.

Remember your team will be also Warding so if someone put a Ward on "your" location, change it and put on other.

Pay attention on the minimap, it CAN save your life!!!!

Builds


Conquest Build


Arena, Joust, Clash, Siege Build


Assault Build


Replacements items


If don't like some item in my main build, you can change it in one of this. All items can work well on Cupid so take advantage from it.

Bloodforge


You gain a very nice power (75) and lifesteal (15%) will help you be sustainable in battle. The passive helps you stay alive 'cause when you kill an enemy god, you gain a shield and move 10% faster. Excellent to you go into the fight kill someone and retreat.

Atalanta's Bow


With the recent buffs this is a nice item to be considerated. Gives you movement speed when hitting something, good to get out of battle after a fight. Also gives you 30% of attack speed and 30 physical power for 2200 gold. Almost the same price of Odysseus' Bow but gives power and speed.

Rage


With the nerf on Deathbringer, this item comes back to builds. Gives you 20% critical strike chance that increase in 1% with each kill or assist. With 5 assists or kills, you gain an additional of 10% chances reaching 35% critical chance. Combined with Deathbringer you have 60% CRITICAL STRIKE CHANCE, doing critics in 3 of 5 arrows you fire. Also this item price is good.

Qin's Sais


You gain some attack speed and also a good power. This item passive will help with enemies with good amount of life making you do more damage on them. You do more damage based on the max HP of the God you are hitting. Even if the God don't have a lot of life this item gives you nice power with its passive, around 60 of extra power on basic attacks.

Poisoned Star


An alternative item to wind demon and a very good second critical item. Critical strikes make the target slow and reduce their damage. Useful against almost everyone with high damage such as the other ADC, or some Mages since you reduce damage and slow them making easier targets.

The Executioner


You gain a nice power and a nice attack speed. Also you gain some penetration with this item passive. Nice against Gods with a good amount of protections. This item passive doesn't affect objectives such as towers and phoenixes. Also, Pen is not that thing in this season, so use only if you really need penetrations (enemies with A LOT OF PROTECTIONS).

Warrior Tabi


Gives you more power than Ninja but you loose the attack speed and the extra mana.

Situational Items


It's recommend you read the description that contains the reason of the choose and maybe some tips or which item should be changed.

Understand the 4 steps and rush the right item:
    The 4 questions to be answered:
  1. What is the problem?
  2. What item won't help me or aren't helping me with this problem?
  3. What is the best item below that better solves my problem?
  4. Will I loose something very important to this match changing this item?
If you answer all this question in the right way, you will change the right item and the new one will helps you a lot. Choose wisely, you can do ONLY 1 PROTECTION ITEM.

Protections Items


Cupid dies very fast so it's nice do some protection if you are being focused.

Hide of the Urchin


Gives you some mana, health, magical and physical protection that increase by each God kill or assist you do (max 10) totalizing 50 protections to both, physical and magical. Cupid is easy to get assists so even when you are not being a serial killer will help you stay alive. Remember that your 3% of mana will be converted in power (If you did Transcendence) so you gain protections and gain a little power. Also you gain a shield when out of combat that will help you a little in a gank for example.

Shifter's Shield


Gives Cupid a nice protection when you are dying and also gives power when you are not.

Magi's Cloak


This item is very situational. Since you are squishy, one stun can open a chance to the enemy kill you without problems, so if taking to much stuns or other types of control, this item is for you. This item gives health, some physical and magical protection and absorbs a hard control on you giving you immunity for 1s after that with a reasonable cooldown. Recommended only if you are dying by enemies controls (stuns for example).


Considerate do other protections not suggested here if necessary!

Damage items



Brawler's Beat Stick


Gives you power and penetration and stop part of the enemy healing. A must item if there are Gods that heals in the enemy team.

Asi


Gives you attack speed and some penetration. But this item is good in lifesteal. Gives you 20% as an addition lifesteal and if you drop below 35% of your health you gain more 25% (45% in total). Makes you very high sustain than Bloodforge but you loose the power and the shield when you kill someone. If ou intend to do this item change Ninja Tabi into Warrior Tabi because the attack speed from Ninja is in this item.


Hydra's Lament


It may work on Cupid. You can combo the Flutter + Basic Attack + Heart Bomb + Basic Attack and you do a ridiculous burst damage taking an advantege in your enemy 'cause no one expect take a big burst damage from an ADC (Specially Cupid). This item passive is: after using a skill, for 8 secs, your next basic attack deal +40% damage (pay attention that is the NEXT basic attack you DO, and not the next basic attack you HIT). Also it have a little cooldown helping you with your skills. This item could be helpful in situations you have to burst your enemies and after that you couldn't fight much more such as fight against an Anubis, but this is very situational, use it wisely.


Devourer's Gauntlet


This item will gives you much more lifesteal than Bloodforge if you stack all the 70 stacks and you wont't loose so much power (gives you 65 power when fully stacked). You only need patience to stack 70 minions (remember that you have to stack Transcendence that is 50 stacks too). Very nice if the match is calm and you can farm without problems and you need more lifesteal.

Titan's Bane


Will gives you a nice penetration. If you are fighting against enemies with tons of protections, do this item as soon as possible.

Relics


These are items with large cooldown that can help you in the battle or even save you life, so don't forget to get it before go to the battle. Relics are free, but can be upgraded for 500g. Players unlock their first Relic at level 1, and their second Relic at level 12.

Heavenly Wings


This Relic will make you and allies within 55 units move 30% faster. Excellent to escape from some thread. Using Flutter and this item I'm almost sure you will escape alive.

Aegis Amulet


This Relic makes you don't take damages or debuffs by anything during 1.5 secs (not 2 secs anymore) but you can't do anything too except move. Excellent when someone goes on you or when there are bursts damages on enemy team. If flutter is reloading and the enemies are trying kill you, it's nice use this to try to stay alive while flutter aren't ready. (You can't be healed while in the effect of this). Use it wisely 'cause the cooldown is HUGE and the protection is very fast so you MUST USE it in the right moment or will waste it and die.

Purification Beads


This item makes you immune to Crowd Control Effects and makes you immune to new ones for 2s. Excellent against stuns and ultimates like Are's Ultimate.

Meditation Cloak


Using this item restores 75 Health + 12 Health per level and 30% Mana to all Allied gods within 35 units. A "must item" in Assault since you can't return to the base so it helps the entire team stay in battle. You can use this in other game modes, but in Assault you and your team NEED IT, don't waste it, try to use always near the team to help as many people you can.

Phantom Veil


Using this item allows you and allied gods within 35 units to pass through players and player made objects for 5s. Excellent if there is an Odin or Ymir. You are squishy so a simple wall blocking you can be the difference between the life and the death so use this in a intelligent way to stay alive.

Cursed Ankh


Using this item reduces the Healing received by all enemy gods within 55 units by 50% for 10s. Excellent to use against enemies healers or with someone that have selfhealing. Combine this with the Brawler's Beat Stick and you will almost cancel the entire heal. Very nice to use in Assault as a second relic.

Random Facts

  • Cupid is the Roman version of Eros (Greek God)

  • The difference between Cupid and Eros is that Eros is much more the Physical love (Body Desire) and Cupid is more related to the True Love.

  • Cupid means "Love".

  • Cupid is the son of Venus and Mars, corresponding in Greek version to Aphrodite and Ares. So we can say Aphrodite is his mother and Ares his father.

  • Cupid was turned into a magical god for a short period of time but was eventually changed into what he is today.

  • Cupid can says at Low Health "I keep bleeding love.. Ouch!". This is a reference to the song Bleeding Love.

  • Cupid when kills Sobek can say, "See you later, alligator!". This is a reference to the song See You Later, Alligator.

Final Considerations


So go ahead now
Let's break the enemy heart and share love to our team!!!!



I won't say Cupid is a hard God to play, but since he is squishy, is not that easy. My final considerations is that he is very funny to play and brings a big satisfaction feeling when you helps a lot the team (Killing or help to kill).

If you follow the tips and the builds here I'm sure you'll be EXCELENT as Cupid.

I intend update this Guide as soon as possible keeping it always updated, so check it with some frequency to see the new tips.

Special Thanks:
  • Jay R - The guy who did this amazing arts of minimal Cupid (Via ArtSation)

That's it, thank you for reading my guide.

Changelog


19/02/2018
  • Added a Navigation Bar at end of each topic combining with the Header color to a better navigation in this Big Guide.
  • Removed some itens that wasn't so effective.
  • Updated the preference to critics instead of penetration, because it's working better in this season.
  • Minors descreptions updated
  • Builds updated to the preference to critics.

12/02/2018
  • Updated items to the patch 5.2.
  • Adjustments in some descriptions.
  • Adjustments in Assault build description displaying different items from build.
  • Added a new item in Replacements items: Atalanta's Bow.
  • Added a new item in Replacements items: Rage.

08/02/2018
  • Added "CORE ITEMS".
  • Adjustments in some descriptions.
  • Removed "Skill-Based" build.
  • Added a new item in Situational items: Hydra Lament.
  • Added a new item in Replacement items: Poisoned Star.
  • Added a new tip about the Cupid burst damage on Skills: Heart Bomb.

07/02/2018
  • Healing potions changed into Multi potions because they worked better with Cupid
  • Add a new item in Replacement items: Runeforged Hammer
  • Add a new item in Replacement items: The Executioner
  • Titan's Bane is no longer a main item. Now it's a situational item due its recent nerf.
  • Adjusted some descriptions.

05/02/2018
  • Added an Art on Headers of each section (thanks to Jay R via ArtStation)
  • Unified Builds section. Now they are dived by Spoilers in one topic.
  • Solved the Start part on the Builds that don't follow the standard from the rest of build
  • Unified Situational items.
  • Added a new section: "Warding".
  • Replacements items now is separated from Situational items.
  • Adjustments on some descriptions.
  • Adjustments How to play section. Now it's divided in a list to have a better view.
  • Minor errors solved.

02/02/2018
  • Adjustments on items pictures size.
  • Adjustments on "Random Facts" topic. Now it is a list.
  • Adjustments on some items descriptions.
  • Adjustments on Aegis relic description.
  • Minor errors solved.
  • Added a Changelog section

01/02/2018
  • Added a test build "Skill-Based".
  • Adjustments on Skills, How to play, Combos, Strong/weak against, and Builds. Now they are all updated to Season 5.
  • Guide created based on "Share Love and Pain - An In-Depth Cupid Guide" from Season 4.

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