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Cernunnos (Y10, 10.7) Joust Build

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by ElLobezno updated August 9, 2023

Smite God: Cernunnos

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Cernunnos Build

Starter

Notes Gleaming Ear Cuffs it's a tier 2 item with great stats for the early game, but it's even better if you back quickly to buy the tier 3 Griffonwing Earrings

Leather Cowl it's another good option for a starter into Devourer's Gauntlet without wasting too much gold, but loosing some early pressure with Griffonwing Earrings on the process

Notes

Gleaming Ear Cuffs it's a tier 2 item with great stats for the early game, but it's even better if you back quickly to buy the tier 3 Griffonwing Earrings

Leather Cowl it's another good option for a starter into Devourer's Gauntlet without wasting too much gold, but loosing some early pressure with Griffonwing Earrings on the process

Build Item Gleaming Ear Cuffs Gleaming Ear Cuffs
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
Build Item Wing Shard Wing Shard
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads

Crits

Notes The only negative about this build it's the lack of attack speed with Cernunnos, but there's a way of not losing too much of it, replacing Rage with Bladed Boomerang

Notes

The only negative about this build it's the lack of attack speed with Cernunnos, but there's a way of not losing too much of it, replacing Rage with Bladed Boomerang

Build Item Griffonwing Earrings Griffonwing Earrings
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Rage Rage
Build Item Envenomed Deathbringer Envenomed Deathbringer
Build Item Dominance Dominance
Build Item Greater Purification Beads Greater Purification Beads
Build Item Greater Aegis Amulet Greater Aegis Amulet

Anti tank

Notes Can replace Griffonwing Earrings with Titan's Bane if the game extends too much

Notes

Can replace Griffonwing Earrings with Titan's Bane if the game extends too much

Build Item Griffonwing Earrings Griffonwing Earrings
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item Dominance Dominance
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item The Ferocious Executioner The Ferocious Executioner
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow
Build Item Greater Purification Beads Greater Purification Beads
Build Item Greater Aegis Amulet Greater Aegis Amulet

crits vs tanks

Notes Replace Griffonwing Earrings with Fail-Not or Deathbringer

Right now tanks can counter crits really easily with Spectral Armor so I would recommend to keep doing an anti tank build with Titan's Bane and Odysseus' Bow, but if you really want going crits, this build should help on balance crits, %pen and attack speed

Notes

Replace Griffonwing Earrings with Fail-Not or Deathbringer

Right now tanks can counter crits really easily with Spectral Armor so I would recommend to keep doing an anti tank build with Titan's Bane and Odysseus' Bow, but if you really want going crits, this build should help on balance crits, %pen and attack speed

Build Item Griffonwing Earrings Griffonwing Earrings
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item The Ferocious Executioner The Ferocious Executioner
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Demon Blade Demon Blade
Build Item Dominance Dominance
Build Item Greater Purification Beads Greater Purification Beads
Build Item Greater Aegis Amulet Greater Aegis Amulet

Relics

Build Item Temporal Beads Temporal Beads
Build Item Aegis of Judgement Aegis of Judgement

alternatives

Notes Leather Cowl Hunter's starters are not great but this one in particular it's really helpful on early instances of the game providing some extra life steal and 20% attack speed with the passive that can be activated easily on joust, can be upgraded

Asi it's a nice substitute of Devourer's Gauntlet but it lowers your output damage a bit without those +15 of flat pen, even so the extra 20% of attack speed it's really good

Bladed Boomerang Not the best but nice alternative for Rage if you're struggling with attack speed and %crit chance

Titan's Bane Strong antitank item, only recommended as last item if you are struggling a lot with them

Notes

Leather Cowl Hunter's starters are not great but this one in particular it's really helpful on early instances of the game providing some extra life steal and 20% attack speed with the passive that can be activated easily on joust, can be upgraded

Asi it's a nice substitute of Devourer's Gauntlet but it lowers your output damage a bit without those +15 of flat pen, even so the extra 20% of attack speed it's really good

Bladed Boomerang Not the best but nice alternative for Rage if you're struggling with attack speed and %crit chance

Titan's Bane Strong antitank item, only recommended as last item if you are struggling a lot with them

Build Item Leather Cowl Leather Cowl
Build Item Asi Asi
Build Item Bladed Boomerang Bladed Boomerang
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane

Cernunnos's Skill Order Notes Max your 2 Bramble Blast first and then your 3 Horn Charge should be prio, but you can max your 1 Shifter of Seasons if you like having extra life steal and damage on your basics

Notes

Max your 2 Bramble Blast first and then your 3 Horn Charge should be prio, but you can max your 1 Shifter of Seasons if you like having extra life steal and damage on your basics

Shifter of Seasons

1 X Y
Shifter of Seasons
4 13 14 15 16

Bramble Blast

2 A B
Bramble Blast
1 3 6 7 9

Horn Charge

3 B A
Horn Charge
2 8 10 11 12

The Wild Hunt

4 Y X
The Wild Hunt
5 17 18 19 20
Shifter of Seasons
4 13 14 15 16

Shifter of Seasons

1 X
Cernunnos imbues his glaive with the power of the 4 seasons. Activating this ability rotates him through 4 different bonuses to his basic attacks.

Spring Growth: Bonus Physical Lifesteal
Summer Heat: Bonus Damage
Autumn Decay: Debuff for 10s
Winter Chill: Slows for 1.4s

Ability Type: Buff
Spring Growth: 6 / 8.25 / 10.5 / 12.75 / 15% Physical Lifesteal
Summer Heat: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 (+8% of your Physical Power)
Autumn Decay: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 Reduced Physical Protections
Winter Chill: 9 / 10.5 / 12 / 13.5 / 15% Slow
Cost: None
Cooldown: 0s
Bramble Blast
1 3 6 7 9

Bramble Blast

2 A
Cernunnos fires a bramble forward in a line that roots and cripples a single enemy hit. Upon hitting an enemy, wall, or reaching max range it will explode dealing damage and spawning an area of brambles at the location. This area deals damage every .5s and persists for 5s.

Ability Type: Circle, Crowd Control, Damage
Damage: 55 / 90 / 125 / 160 / 195 (+75% of your Physical Power)
Root/Cripple Duration: 1s
Area Damage: 8 / 12 / 16 / 20 / 24 (+5% of your Physical Power)
Radius: 20
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 15s
Horn Charge
2 8 10 11 12

Horn Charge

3 B
Cernunnos charges forward, damaging and crashing through all types of enemies.

Ability Type: Dash, Damage
Damage: 70 / 125 / 180 / 235 / 290 (+80% of your Physical Power)
Range: 55
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 17 / 16 / 15 / 14 / 13s
The Wild Hunt
5 17 18 19 20

The Wild Hunt

4 Y
Cernunnos selects an area where The Wild Hunt will begin. After a 1s delay, enemies in the area will be damaged and Polymorphed into wild boars. Polymorphed targets are silenced, disarmed and slowed. Polymorph is not affected by diminishing returns.

Damage: 200 / 250 / 300 / 350 / 400 (+90% of your Physical Power)
Polymorph Duration: 1.5s
Slow: 20%
Radius: 25
Cost: 100
Cooldown: 90s

Cernunnos Threats

Tap each threat level to view Cernunnos’s threats

Max
3
Major
2
Even
1
Minor
0
Tiny
0

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1
Branmuffin17 (395) | July 26, 2023 9:39am
Hey ElLobezno,

This season I've mostly been playing Joust due to mostly being on when 2 of my friends are playing. That's pretty unfortunate, because I honestly hate this older map and wish they'd go back to the newest one.

Anyway, have had a lot more recent experience with Joust, especially with the change dropping the availability of starter items. Would like to toss in my thoughts.
  • If you're grabbing T2 Griffon (with its 15 MP5), I wouldn't go for a mana potion at the start. I'd probably just suggest 2 or 3 healing potions and maybe 1 multi. I guess if you're being super aggressive and using both your 2 and 3 offensively you might need more mana, but otherwise I'd forgo.

  • I've tried Asi and Devourer's Gauntlet, and also gone without lifesteal with various gods. Based on this...
    - Asi just doesn't feel that great.
    - Devo's is probably my pref. While the stacking takes a bit, the flat pen you get feels somewhat impactful.
    - No lifesteal can allow you to go into Exe / Qin's earlier, which isn't a bad thing, and with Cern's Spring, you can get a bit of lifesteal. I feel that's an option.

  • On the Crits build, I think I prefer a slightly different setup. I haven't tried Rage for a while but I really like higher AS on Cern. Even though the crit % is less, I would go Griffon -> Devo's -> Qin's -> Exe -> Demon -> DB. If I were to get Rage, I'd probably drop Exe (or Dom) in-between Rage and DB, but I think that might be preference more than anything.

  • On your Crit vs Tanks build, assuming this is a 2 tank 1 squishy enemy setup. I wouldn't drop DB here, and don't value CDR as much on a god like Cern, who's a fairly pure basic-attack ADC. I'd consider Fail on the gods a bit more reliant on abilities, like Medusa, Danza, etc...even on Hachi, as more ults and long range poke are very helpful. I'd just still go DB for Cern, and it will do more DPS IMO even against tanks than getting Dominance in that 6th spot.

  • I've been prioritizing Shifter 2nd over Horn Charge. I get the CDR in leveling Horn, and maybe I should see how that feels.
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ElLobezno (1) | July 26, 2023 12:49pm
Hey!

I'm in a similar situation with Joust right now, I'm not a real fan of this map, wish they make a new one or just remake the older one (s1) cuz I really miss it :c

With T2 Griffon I only stay 1 or 2 waves until I get enough gold to buy T3, the pot doesn't really matter, but it's right that a multi pot should be better if you trade too much

About the builds, I'm also tried Asi but it has no pen what makes it really bad in comparison of Devourer's Gauntlet that gives +15 flat pen, although it doesn't have any attack speed, feels much better once it's stacked.

On crits build I personally wouldn't recommend going Demon Blade over Rage I prefer having more physical power and crit chance in this case, however, Bladed Boomerang should work on keeping some crit chance and attack speed
Also, the reason I choose Dominance over The Executioner it's mostly for the passive that benefits direct hits and auto-cancels, that boost short trades with your crits just like Hydra's do with assassins'

On crit vs tanks build I choose Fail-Not over Deathbringer just for the extra %pen and stats. However, DB would be a lot better with it's glyph, but against tanks I would recommend buying Exe's glyph The Ferocious Executioner instead

For me Cernunnos it's the most aggressive adc of all, so maxing his 3 should be helpful in both ways, as a defensive dash or an aggressive one, but be wise, once you try it there's no way back...
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Branmuffin17 (395) | July 26, 2023 1:26pm
Man, I just don't like the requirement to pick up the drop from Boomerang...it bugs me so much that I just don't get it most of the time.

Typically I like > 50% crit chance but I also really like a mid-game Qin's so in the end, I'm mostly okay just going 50%. I'll try Rage out and see how it feels, but again, I typically like higher AS.

I've been playing mostly w/ 2 others, but here's an example where I was only w/ DV-8 and a solo queuer and I went Cern...my MMR at this point had dropped down below 1600 at this point (has been as high as > 2300) but I was still technically in Diamond. Since the 2 I play with are more East coast I usually play there, but this was one of those where I was able to play West (where my ping is like 30, which is way nicer than 90 and noticeable for me when I'm ADC). Went with the build direction I was talking about, and it does feel generally good though the spot between getting Exe and getting DB (with Demon in between) does feel a bit like a lull in DPS. Maybe your path feels smoother, again I will try it.

More often than not though, we're on East and I end up being tank. But I do like when I'm able to ADC. I also do like being aggressive with Cern when possible.
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