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Hades 6.2 Conquest (Solo) Guide

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Smite God: Hades

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Starter Notes Talon trinket increases damage from your 3 by 250%, allowing you to oneshot whole creepwaves from lvl 2 and secure all early totems.

Build Item Talon Trinket Talon Trinket
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Teleport Glyph Teleport Glyph

Core (part 1) Notes Even after nerfs, bancroft's talon continues to be core item on many gods, because 200 power and 35% lifesteal for 2500 gold still gives good tempo. Since you will get spear of magus, you don't need shoes of the magi, let's cut cooldowns instead.

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus

SPL Notes Possible items after core (part 1). Only viable if you have to rotate a lot. Totally not your choice if the enemies are playing passive.

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone

ResidentSleeper Notes Possible item after core (part 1). Requires lots of gold and time to finish. Will pay off if enemies are playing passive and you don't rotate much.

Build Item Warlock's Staff Warlock's Staff

Core (part 2) Notes Apart from bancroft's talon, this is what makes hades an overpowered god, spear of magus makes your skills deal true damage and blink is just a god-tier relic that will help you to: escape, overtake escaping enemy, reach fg in time to steal it and much more.

Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune

Core (part 3) Notes Not much to say. Just god-tier damage item and god-tier defense item. Don't underestimate rod of tahuti, it deals wonders with your skills. Hades is more damage than defense after all.

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Endgame Notes Possible items to replace your shoes. Gem of Isolation is good Void Stone replacement, since it's too late to get Warlock's Staff.

Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation

Say no to consumerism Notes Costs like 8 wards, but you'll likely place twice or even thrice as much, your farming potential allows you to afford it without criplling your build.

Build Item Chalice of the Oracle Chalice of the Oracle

Example Build #1 (mid-game oriented)

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Example Build #2 (late-game oriented)

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Warlock's Staff Warlock's Staff
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Hades's Skill Order

Death From Below

Death From Below

1 X
2 15 16 18 19
Shroud of Darkness

Shroud of Darkness

2 A
3 8 11 12 14
Devour Souls

Devour Souls

3 B
1 4 6 7 10
Pillar of Agony

Pillar of Agony

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20
Array ( [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 53 [display_name] => Osiris [url] => osiris ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => There are no extreme threats for Hades, but that doesn't mean he can't be overthrown. One of such overthrow candidates is Osiris. He's totally not afraid of you, being both very tanky and sticky. You can't damage him much while he've got enough slow to give you a good beating. Don't expect to get much totem buffs when playing against him, better stay near your tower. His ulti completely disables your lifesteal so don't rely on it much when playing against him. ) ) [even] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 21 [display_name] => Vamana [url] => vamana ) [scoreVal] => 3 [notes] => Though Vamana's early poke can be mitigated by lifesteal from your 3, he can easily tank your tower on his jungler ganks and becomes a monster in a mid and late game. Not a real Hades' counter, just a powerful god overall. ) ) [minor] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 99 [display_name] => King Arthur [url] => king-arthur ) [scoreVal] => 4 [notes] => King Arthur is an opportunist, your main objective when playing against him is to don't let him dump all of his skills in you, always keep your 1 or 2 to interrupt or escape his 3 and you'll be fine. He also has lots of skills to escape from your ulti so try not to waste it. ) ) ) 1

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Guide is updated

Jormungandr patch features Void Stone and Spear of Magus nerfs, both used in this guide.
These nerfs doesn't decrease Hades impact much, because:

  • His huge farm potential doesn't make getting extra 150-250 gold a problem
  • Instant damage ticks from his 3 still allow him do true damage with spear of magus
Thus, there is no need to change build, though I'd pref late-game build over the mid-game now.

Hades pros and cons

  • Has easiest early game
  • Very powerful in late game
  • 3 of 4 his skills have CC
  • Both high damage and defense
  • Highly depends on mana buff in early
  • Weak on its own, target for sticky gods

Skills usage


I would call it the best leap in smite. Serves five purposes:

  • Applying blight on creepwaves before you hit lvl 3
  • Positioning (engaging in combat or escaping from it)
  • Damaging (it has good magical power scaling)
  • Evading (hades is invincible when travelling)
  • Slowing (better than gem of isolation)

Another great multifunctional skill. Serves four purposes:
  • Applying blight
  • Locking enemies in place
  • Preventing attacks and casts
  • Interrupting chanelled abilites

Very powerful nuke, yet short ranged. Serves three purposes:
  • Oneshotting blighted creepwaves
  • Damaging (especially fools near creepwaves)
  • Healing allies on mana camp or pyromancer

A skill that can change the game outcome. Serves three purposes:
  • Punishing enemies for wasting all of their escapes
  • Defending (cc immunity + heal from bancroft's talon)
  • Zoning (when the enemies are grouped near objective)

Creeping

Level 1: blight as many creeps as you can with your autoattacks, then detonate them with your 3. Quickly finish remaining creeps and help your jungler with mana camp (or at least witness death of big creep) to get level 2.

Further creeping will depend on who you're standing against.

If you stand against some sticky god that is not afraid of you (Osiris and King Arthur are good examples of such gods), make him busy with your creepwaves by oneshotting his ones with 1/2 + 3, then try to get totem buffs.

If you stand against some god that can't do much against you (Chang'e and Hel are good examples of such gods), you can lure him into his creepwave by staling it, then inflict some serious damage. Or you can oneshot his creepwaves as well, then destroy his tower on 3-4 minute, granting your team a nice gold bonus.

If enemy solo laner doesn't want to stand near his creeps much, apply blight on him with your autoattack then use 2, so he walks into the creepwave you'll be happy to detonate.

Don't forget that your 2 gives you unfair advantage against some gods, since you can interrupt skills they use as main clear. Bellona, Tyr, Guan Yu and Nike are the good example of such gods.

Teamplay

Golden rule of rotating as Hades is - the worse start you had, the more you should rotate.

If your start was so bad that continuous standing on solo would have resulted in further feeding and your team is too busy on its own lanes, don't stray yourself, gang up with your jungler, mid, supp or all of them and get some kills. Thanks to your kit, you can easily recover from the bad start, unlike other solo laners.

Despite Hades can be an initiator in some kind of teamfights (ex. stealing fg), he's a counter-initiator instead, don't make the first hit with him. All of his skills require coming too close to enemies and also easily counterable by escapes, beads, etc. So all you need is to track cooldowns of enemy beads and escapes, to know the right moment for going all in. Actually, most skill of playing Hades lies in deciding when to engage.

Summary

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xmysterionz (40) | March 25, 2019 5:51am
Seems solid to me, my +1.

I didn't see your guide but I did exactly the same build on my last Hades solo match (except for the blink, and I did miss it)
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Crazy Catastrophe | March 6, 2019 4:43am
Updated guide for 6.2
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boogiebass (34) | March 3, 2019 12:58am
I have another question. In your skill order, why prioritize the 2 over the 1? Leveling up the 2 only makes a slightly longer silence duration?
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Branmuffin17 (273) | March 3, 2019 1:16am
Longer silence/fear, lower CD (think 40% with Focus/BoV/mana buff), allowing for more counter-play. At level 14 based on his skill leveling, that's 2 seconds of silence/fear every 6 seconds. But it's a good question.
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Crazy Catastrophe | March 3, 2019 1:31am
Every level of 1 increases its damage by 50 and slow by 5%. Not very useful since most damage on hades' 1 comes from its magical power and initial 20% slow is already almost like gem of isolation.

Every level of 2 increases its cc duration by 0.25s and decreases cooldown by 1s. At first level of this skill this means 1s of silence every 13s, at last level it's 2s every 8s, which is quite a lot. And that's without cdr.
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boogiebass (34) | March 2, 2019 7:56am
Question on your guide:
Can you clarify this please?
"If you stand against some god that has nothing for you to offer (Chang'e and Hel are good examples of such gods), you can lure him into his creepwave by staling it,"
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Crazy Catastrophe | March 2, 2019 7:04pm
What to clarify? That chang'e and hel can't do anything against hades? Or that you can stale wave against them?
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Branmuffin17 (273) | March 2, 2019 9:48pm
In all honesty, I didn't understand that wording either. "Nothing for you to offer" is a weird choice of words.
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Draisaitl (5) | March 2, 2019 7:33pm
Pretty sure Hel counters Hades? She’s capable of clearing the wave from a distance with her 1, can cleanse out of his ult, and can match his sustain with healing.
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boogiebass (34) | March 2, 2019 7:06pm
lure him into his creepwave by staling it
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Kriega1 (72) | March 2, 2019 12:16am
So what spot exactly do you build warlock's staff? Because it shouldn't be built any later than third item or you're trolling.

Also spear of magus on Hades is situational as it's only really good for his ultimate, better to get obsidian shard instead, but again it depends on your targets.
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Crazy Catastrophe | March 2, 2019 6:55am
Only as third item. And obsidian on hades ... who is trolling again? It's not hades' job to kill tanks ... spear is only good for ultimate? do you know how his 3 works? Judging by what are you saying you're totally not familiar with this god
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Kriega1 (72) | March 2, 2019 11:04pm
Ok forget the Obsidian shard, I was thinking this was a mid lane build but nevermind.

But onto Spear of the magus, ok yes his 3 can get multiple procs of spear of the magus, but the problem with this? 1. He needs minion waves to get the most damage out of it, making it very situaitonal. and 2. Having your most damaging ability (outside the ultimate) be the one that needs to proc magus during it isn't ideal because you're missing out on damage with your 3 burst because you accumulate magus stacks from all the minion detonation damage (which means you're only gaining real benefit from magus on like 2 or 3 minion detonations), in which case it's just better to have flat pen items: void stone, pen boots, spear of desolation , divine ruin etc...
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boogiebass (34) | March 1, 2019 7:50am
Wow, you're able to do this well with Hades in platinum conquest? I thought Hades was a C tier pick.
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Crazy Catastrophe | March 1, 2019 3:39pm
Don't judge gods by pro matches with 5 man coordinated communications, you're not playing these after all.
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boogiebass (34) | March 1, 2019 3:42pm
Don't take it the wrong way. I just didn't know someone could do this well with hades. Good job on your matches.
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Cooldillan (2) | March 1, 2019 8:38am
C tier?
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Gulfwulf (55) | March 1, 2019 8:41am
Yep. C tier.
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Kriega1 (72) | March 1, 2019 8:00am
You can do well with anyone in Plat, heck maybe Diamond even. It becomes much harder above that though, but still possible.

But yeah if you're in plat you're much more likely to be matched with gold players and such.
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Kriega1 (72) | March 1, 2019 5:05am
"Hades is the best counter for current meta, and has no real counters"

The delusion is great with this one

Also you haven't listed a single example build
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Crazy Catastrophe | March 1, 2019 3:30pm
Hades is the best counter for Arachne, Ao Kuang and Pele, which are quite popular nowadays.
I listed few example builds, but they'll just be confusing IMO, item order is always situational.
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Kriega1 (72) | March 2, 2019 12:15am
Arachne popular? hahahaha maybe in gold/below Elo.
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Branmuffin17 (273) | March 1, 2019 12:56pm
Agree that a full example build or two would be nice to see, but this layout just means people serious about considering this build should read the notes and the writeup, which are IMO very solid. I like the simple breakdown of skill functions, as well as the briefing on creeps and counter-play strat.
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