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Freya - Pulsing to the Beat (S5, All Modes, Patch 5.4)

March 12, 2018 by Branmuffin17
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Build 1
Build 2
Build 3

'Carry'ing a Tune (Conquest / Standard ADC)

Smite God: Freya

Item Purchase Order

Example Build Progression (Early Boots, Replace Late)

Build Item Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Hastened Ring
Build Item Demonic Grip
Build Item Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Spear of the Magus
Build Item Telkhines Ring

Starting Items

Build Item Hunter's Blessing Build Item Shoes Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Mana Potion Build Item Mana Potion Build Item Mana Potion

Item #1 (Choose One)

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Build Item Shoes of Focus

Items #2-3 (Any Order)

Build Item Hastened Ring Build Item Demonic Grip

Item #4: Lifesteal (Choose One)

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Build Item Pythagorem's Piece

Items #5-6

Build Item Spear of the Magus Build Item Telkhines Ring

Late-Game Shoes Replacement Options

Build Item Rod of Tahuti Build Item Soul Gem Build Item Typhon's Fang Build Item Gem of Isolation Build Item Spirit Robe Build Item Mantle of Discord

Relics to Consider

Build Item Purification Beads Build Item Aegis Amulet Build Item Heavenly Wings

God Skill Order


Irradiate 4 8 10 12 14 key bind


Pulse 1 3 6 7 11 key bind


Banish 2 15 16 18 19 key bind

Valkyrie's Discretion

Valkyrie's Discretion 5 9 13 17 20 key bind


Recent Updates:

2018/3/12: Guide is current as of Patch 5.4, "SMITE Birthday."

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 fourth venture outside of my original project, The Overarching Assault Guide.

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, etc., except in the direct context of Freya's 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.

Although she's a mage, Freya's gameplay style is similar to a standard ADC Hunter, but with more roving, due to her high move speed and initiation/chase potential. With Hastened Ring and other core items providing high movespeed combined with extremely powerful DPS, this also gives her relevance in a Jungler's role.

..... Strengths .....

+ High single target damage
+ Built-in AOE for wave-clear
+ High mobility/juke capabilities
+ Good sustain via lifesteal
+ Comes online fairly quickly
... Weaknesses ...

- Squishy
- Needs good aim
- Escape ability is also her ult
- Pulse can turn minions on you
- Can be easily outpushed early

These builds focus on getting her mobility and damage online ASAP...these are mostly glass cannon builds, so you'll be relying on Hastened Ring's passive along with lifesteal to make you an effective boxer. Let's get our groove on.


Quick note on skill leveling: Getting Pulse up in level (but not necessarily maxed) first is suggested, specifically for minion wave-clear and all-around function, except for the Jungler role, who can use the extra damage Irradiate provides to secure kills. See skill leveling at the top of the guide for specific suggestions for each role.


Brisingamen's Blessing
Grants 5% + 0.5% magical lifesteal per level (max 15%).

This is a passive you don't ever have to think about. Built in lifesteal = built in sustain. You can use Pulse on minions to help keep your health up.
Skill #1:

Upon activation, her basic attacks do additional magical damage for 5 seconds. CD 11 seconds. 25% scaling.

Max this 2nd (1st for the Jungler), unless other teammates' wave-clear is superior.

Pure single target damage boost. Reliant on Pulse for ranged potential, but can be used without it if an enemy is close and isolated. Low scaling means power items have lesser effect...attack speed items have a huge effect on its damage output.

Radiation Sickness
Skill #2:

Upon activation, makes her basic attacks ranged, dealing additional magical damage for 6 seconds and slowing the target (25%) and nearby enemies. Area effect and slow is lost when Irradiate is active. CD 11 seconds. 15% scaling.

Max this 1st (2nd for the Jungler) for minion wave-clear and its multi-function capabilities.

Use by itself against a minion wave for an AOE effect and good clear. Use by itself against an enemy god to slow their retreat or to help a teammate escape. Use in combination with Irradiate for max damage potential at range. Attack speed items have a huge effect on its damage output.

Pulsing to the Beat
Skill #3:

At her ground target location, Freya "banishes" her enemies into the air for 1.5 seconds. Enemies can't be hit or take action while in the air. CD 19/18/17/16/15 seconds.

Max this last.

This can be used as an initiation, continued attack, or escape tool. The small affected area means it's slightly difficult to land consistently, but when it does, it allows you and/or teammates to close the gap or run to safety. You can use more aggressively to initiate when your main "escape" tool, Valkyrie's Discretion, is up.

The Banisher

Valkyrie's Discretion
Freya flies above the battlefield, where she fires down AOE magical damage blasts up to 4 times. She can't be targeted or hit while at full ascension, and can cancel anytime. CD 90 seconds. 30% scaling.

Level this as it becomes available.

Many players will just consider this for its offensive capabilities, which are impressive...the large AOE blasts can hit multiple enemies for good damage. However, Freya doesn't have a low CD teleport or jump, so this is the only ability she has that can get her out of some dangerous situations. It provides her with CC immunity and escape from player-made obstacles, making it a great, easy counter to abilities such as Ares' No Escape or Odin's Ring of Spears. Use in a variety of situations.

Not So Discrete

Ability Combos

With regard to ability combos, there's really only one combo for Freya.

Regarding her other abilities, Banish is a tool used for initiation or to prevent the enemy from escaping after an initial barrage, allowing you time to re-position and engage a second time with your other abilities.

Valkyrie's Discretion is an ability that is more for finishing a kill or escaping damage.

So, this section will be talking about when and how to use...

Irradiate and Pulse

Arena Clip: Ability Combo Examples

Arena Clip: What a Sequence! (Quadra)

Conquest / Standard ADC (Build & Gameplay + Relics)

'Carry'ing a Tune

Standard Shoes Build Progression (Sell Shoes Late)

+ Situational Item

Carrying a Tune (Details & Discussion)


Relic Options

ADC Starting Process & Early Game

ADC Mid to Late Game

ADC Warding Locations

Support Synergies & Matchups

ADC Matchups

Conquest / Jungler Alt (Build & Gameplay)

In The Jungle, The Mighty Jungle

+ Situational Item

In The Jungle (Details & Discussion)

Jungler Starting Process & Early Game

Jungler Mid to Late Game

Jungler Warding Locations

Non-Conquest Teamfight Modes (Builds & Gameplay)

Movin' To The Groove

+ Situational Item

Movin' To The Groove (Details & Discussion)

Game Start & First Waves

Do The Minion Mambo


Threatening Tango

Late Game

Demolishing Disco

Gameplay Videos

New Season, Same Destruction (Arena: S3)

Buddies are Best (Arena: S3)

Scared for Nothing (Conquest ADC: S3)

Lore & References

Who is Freya? (aka Lore for Dummies)

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.

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

Shifu Guan Yu:
The Battle

Loki: The Backstabbing Bastard

Medusa: Getting Everyone Stoned

Downsizing the Arena


So that's it! If you like what I've done and how I try to improve the guide, anyone is welcome to suggest a god for me to work on next...preferably a god without a solid guide...and of course, I have to own him and/or want to play him =P but I'll let you 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!

Brandon / PC IGN: Muffinman17 / PS4 IGN: Branmuffin17


Thanks to the following people:

For helping with Conquest builds and some tips

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

For multiple suggestions for better presentation!

For aesthetic ideas and templates to make the guide prettier

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