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Feel Ten Feet Tall: Vamana Guide (S6)

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Smite God: Vamana

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Purchase Order

Final Build

Build Item Warrior Tabi Warrior Tabi
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Hastened Katana Hastened Katana
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Void Shield Void Shield

Starter

Build Item Warrior's Blessing Warrior's Blessing
Build Item Chalice of Healing Chalice of Healing
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion

Relics

Build Item Teleport Glyph Teleport Glyph
Build Item Shield of Thorns Shield of Thorns
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell

Situational Items

Build Item Ancile Ancile
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion

Additional Items

Build Item Runic Shield Runic Shield
Build Item Masamune Masamune
Build Item Stone Cutting Sword Stone Cutting Sword
Build Item Mystical Mail Mystical Mail

Vamana's Skill Order

Clear The Path

Clear The Path

1 X
4 13 14 15 16
Armored Umbrella

Armored Umbrella

2 A
2 8 10 11 12
Umbrellarang

Umbrellarang

3 B
1 3 6 7 9
Colossal Fury

Colossal Fury

4 Y
5 17 18 19 20

My Introduction

Greetings fellow users of Smitefire, Stuke here with a new guide. In this new installment of my warrior series, I'll be looking at the most humble, underestimated, and smallest Avatar of Vishnu, Vamana.
Note: you don't have to follow this guide to the smallest detail, these are suggestions on how to play Vamana. I encourage you to look at the comment section below and see other suggestions.

Who is Vamana?


Vamana is a physical melee warrior that is great at being a counter to other physical gods thanks to his passive Sleeping Giant as a chunk of his power comes from his physical protection. Extremely well in the solo lane, Vamana is the most underrated warrior in Smite. As usual underrated doesn't mean bad, and Vamana can do some serious damage.

Pros and Cons


Pros
  • High Defense
  • Good Sustain
  • Decent Damage
  • The King of Stalemates

Cons
  • Slow in Colossal Form.
  • Problem against anti-heals, protection reduction, and penetration.
  • Only form of sustain comes from his ultimate.

Skills

This passive is unique as the more hits you take during your ultimate, the longer it last. Also, the more physical protection you get, the more powerful you become. When playing Vamana take full advantage of this passive and use it properly.
It's your standard dash and knock-up ability. Not much to this ability, but it can be used to catch up to your target, run away, or create confusion in a team fight.
Your standard cone-shaped attack; it might seem like his abilities are straight-forward, but when they are used in conjunction with his other abilities they can surely do some damage.
This is what puts Vamana in the solo, this ability is a great lane clear and since it has a double tap effect it can make clearing the lane when at higher levels a lot easier. this ability also has a slow effect when you hit an enemy with it.
This is where Vamana shines, his ultimate makes him a giant, and his protections and power increase for the duration. His basic attack also turns into AoE damage.

Tips, Tricks, & Combos

  • Build Dependency
    His passive, Sleeping Giant, gives him more power the more physical protections you have so you need to build him accordingly to not only get the passive to go off but to be able to take on any opponent whether they be physical or magical.
  • Get Big
    While Vamana has good ability damage, the best way to take care of an enemy god and or tower, use your ultimate Colossal Fury for your main form of aggression as you gain a significant boost in protection, power, and even get a Health per Second that is perfect for when you want to make a big push in your lane or team fight.
  • Slow Down or Speed Up
    While in his giant form, Vamana cannot use his abilities or relics. So, before you pop your ult, you need to find a way to either keep you fast or slow your target down to keep applying more and more damage. The best options are to either: hit them with your abilities to get close the gap or use your Heavenly Wings or Horrific Emblem relics.
  • Simplicity is the most Complex
    While Vamana’s abilities seem simple in design, his kit is very complex as you got to know which ability to use at the right time and combo them properly to get the most out of it.

Shadow of a Giant

Stages of the Game

Early Game
During this stage of the game, you need to wait it out as Vamana is a Late Game god and his abilities, protections, and basic damage are low at this point but is great at being a problem as his Stalemate Game is very strong throughout the game.
Middle Game
This isn't the part where Vamana is his best yet but now you can deal enough to take out an opponent or tower.
Late Game
Vamana shines the brightest in this stage as he is now a serious threat when he becomes a giant and can tank about everything the enemy team tries to throw at him.

Conclusion

To sum up it up, Vamana is a great god that not many even consider running mostly because not many know how to play him. Proven to be a great threat in the lane and in team fights, Vamana can be a deciding factor of winning or losing the game if he can pull off his kit and build correctly. Always remember to build up with your excellent stalemate potential, catch the opponent out when they get fed up with you, and finish them off with your ult. Playing Vamana takes patience, but it will all work out in the end with massive punishment to the enemy.

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metallicious | November 19, 2018 12:23pm
Hello,

Do you seriously recommend building Banana without 1 single penetration item?

I am confused. Is this by intention? How can you compete in solo or jungle without that?

Can someone please answer. I guess I am not seeing something here.
The rest of this guide is really nice, I enjoyed reading it.

Kind regards
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Branmuffin17 (271) | November 19, 2018 1:18pm
Hi metallicious,

One reference you might use is Smite Pro Builds. You can see what the pros have been building, and you can target individual gods, roles, etc.

In Solo, it's actually quite common to build full tank. Of course, you have the option of building pen items, from Brawler's Beat Stick to The Crusher, to more tanky options like Void Shield. That said, you can still remain quite effective with 0 pen items...in the case of a god like Vamana, your main function is to tank damage and be a disruption.

Of course, you can always go more offensive to some degree, if you're steamrolling. Hastened Katana (sticking power) and Stone Cutting Sword (there's your pen) are definitely options, though again...not core ones.

But yeah... Vamana isn't a high tier pick right now...barely picked in pro play...but take a look at some of these pro builds, and you'll see that pen of ANY type isn't always picked up.
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DrinksAdmirer | May 23, 2018 5:07am
Is this the way Vamana should be built-full defence?
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Kriega1 (71) | May 23, 2018 6:34am
Most of the time unless he is jungle and not solo. Could get Void Shield lategame if you need a little extra damage.
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Kriega1 (71) | May 12, 2018 3:18pm
No Vamana jungle build? He seems to currently have the most success there, especially as a good counter pick to certain ADCs I believe.
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Cooldillan (2) | February 18, 2017 2:25pm
Herc
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Cooldillan (2) | February 18, 2017 2:25pm
Stuke do here next
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The_Rapture_03 | February 13, 2017 1:06pm
I'm new to the Solo lane/ warriors...does Vamana's ultimate proc Frostbound or Fatalis?
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LuaPlaysSmite | April 26, 2019 1:52pm
I wouldn't recommend building frostbound, its not as effective as hastened katana.
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Cooldillan (2) | February 15, 2017 8:56pm
Yes it prods both
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TheOffic3r (1) | February 5, 2017 9:01am
Allways enjoy reading your guides very nice to look at and informative. One thing id think about though is building frostalis. Definetly know about each individual items upside, however building them together is in my personal opinion not recommended in most cases. Both items share the goal of sticking to your enemy and one of them should suffice in achieving that objective, especially with vamanas kit. Another defensive item could be built in to maximize his passive or when ahead something offensive. ImAlso not saying, that building the two together is inherently bad but definetly not recommendable for higher levels of play.
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Drakonasx | February 1, 2017 10:28am
Nice guide. Very comprehensive and it's also very appealing to the eyes. Thumbs up!

I am going to learn Vamana for real now because he got that great remodel, now he is the warrior avatar of Vishnu.

But one notice. You seem to have a tad bit less protections than Vamana requires. He is in the heat of battle. Sure, it's a Conquest guide, but how would it go in Arena? Would you give a good arena build or is this build just as good?
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