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Harvester Of Souls, In-Depth Thanatos Guide (S5)

February 28, 2018 by Deezskills NL
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Haunting the Jungle (Conquest / Jungle)

Smite God: Thanatos

Item Purchase Order

Example Full Build

Build Item Warrior Tabi
Build Item Heartseeker
Build Item The Crusher
Build Item Masamune
Build Item Spirit Robe
Build Item Titan's Bane

Starter Items

Build Item Assassin's Blessing Build Item Boots Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Multi Potion Build Item Multi Potion

Core Items

Build Item Warrior Tabi Build Item Heartseeker

Third / Fourth Item

Build Item The Crusher Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Build Item Hydra's Lament Build Item Masamune

Fifth Item (Defence)

Build Item Spirit Robe Build Item Breastplate of Valor Build Item Genji's Guard Build Item Shield of Regrowth Build Item Void Shield Build Item Spectral Armor Build Item Midgardian Mail Build Item Ancile Build Item Magi's Cloak

Sixth Item

Build Item Titan's Bane Build Item Stone Cutting Sword

Relics (Blink if aggresive or fed)

Build Item Purification Beads Build Item Aegis Amulet Build Item Blink Rune

Sell Crusher or Heartseeker for 1 of these

Build Item Bloodforge Build Item Shifter's Shield

God Skill Order

Death Scythe

Death Scythe 1 3 6 7 9 key bind

Scent of Death

Scent of Death 4 8 11 12 14 key bind

Soul Reap

Soul Reap 2 15 16 18 19 key bind

Hovering Death

Hovering Death 5 10 13 17 20 key bind

Harvester Of Souls, In-Depth Thanatos Guide (S5)

Deezskills NL
February 28, 2018


Thanatos is an assassin with high single target damage and insane sustain. Thanatos is one of my favourite and most played assassins and I always play very well on him. Thanatos has alot of burst damage in his kit but it's reliant on his first ability Death Scythe, missing this feels awful since it will put you in a dangerous position. This is why Thanatos has a kit with High Risk High Reward, hitting his abilities gives you alot but missing is really dangerous. I love this part about Thanatos since you will only play good if you can hit your abilities.

Pros / Cons

Great Early Game
High burst damage
High movement speed
High Sustain
Penta kills

No Real Escape
Sanctuary can block execute
''Bad Lategame''


Harvestor of Souls

Enemy gods within his ultimate's execute Health threshold are revealed to Thanatos. Dealing the killing blow to enemies also empowers Thanatos, healing him based on the max HP of his target and reducing his active cooldowns.

Additionally, all of Thanatos' abilities cost Health and Mana to use.

Does not reveal gods that are stealthed(Invisible).


Death Scythe

Thanatos flings his scythe at an enemy, dealing damage and an additional 10% of the target's maximum Health against enemy gods. Enemies hit are slowed for 3s and heal Thanatos based on damage dealt. Stops at the first enemy hit.

My Thoughts

Scent of Death

Thanatos senses death, gaining immunity to Slow effects and additional move speed and Physical Penetration for 6s. His speed bonus increases up to double when moving toward an enemy god within the instant kill Health threshold of his ultimate.


Soul Reap

Thanatos swings his scythe, dealing Physical damage and Silencing enemies he hits. Thanatos moves at a reduced rate while swinging.


Hovering Death

Thanatos flaps his wings and ascends for 5s, unable to be hit. While airborne, he moves unimpeded at an increased speed before diving to his target location, dealing damage. Enemies below a Health threshold are instantly killed. All others are Stunned.



I am going over the combo's from Thanatos and it may seem simple but to get the full potential out of Thanatos you need to do basic attack cancels. Now this may be tricky at first and I recommend going into jungle practice to well practice! Press on the explanation to see what to do and how to do the combo with basic attack cancels. I recommend using Soul Reap first whenever you know the enemy is going to use his abilities to get away or CC you.

What are Basic attack cancels?

Fast Burst




Full Combo



In this section im gonna explain all the items that Thanatos can use best. Going from penetration to defence to attack speed and crit. Thanatos can be build many ways but there is always going to be a top build. I will be updating the example build to the best current Thanatos build that I can think of.

Starter Items


Power and Penetration Items

Defensive Items

Attackspeed/Crit Items



I am talking about Jungle because its the only role Thanatos can really play effectively. Now the things I am talking about work for most gamemodes besides Assault or Arena.

Early Game

At the beginning you want to pick up Assassin's Blessing, Boots, 2 Healing Potions and 2 Multi Potions for the extra sustain. I always get Assassin's Blessing because of the faster clear speed you are getting. At the start of the match you want to start at speed with your midlaner. Then go the exp camp near the blue. Dont really how this camp is called yet. After you cleared that you wanna go to the blue and clear it. Be careful at the blue because the enemy jungler might rotate over and steal it, if this happens then just run. After the blue is gone you want to rotate to the midharpies. There is a pretty high chance that the midlaner already cleared it so if it is go to the midwave.
At this point your speed and exp camps are already about to spawn. You can choose to gank or farm from this point. At the moment you buy Warrior Tabi you wanna be looking for ganks because you got alot of early damage.

Mid Game

At this point of the game you have around 3 to 4 items and you deal a good amount of damage. You might already be grouping with your team and if so you are looking at objectives such as Towers, Gold Fury and Fire Giant. Push together and whenever a teamfight breaks out try getting into the backline and kill the Mid or Adc. You can use Hovering Death for this or you can come from behind by using the jungle.

If your team isn't grouping yet try to pickup kills by ganking lanes and killing enemies in the jungle. I recommend getting Wards for in the jungle and waiting around a corner, when an enemy is coming do your Fast Burst Combo and get an easy kill. Now this won't work for the tanky characters so I recommend walking away from them.

Late Game

At this point you should be grouping with your team looking for objectives and teamfights. Thanatos Falls off lategame but can still do alot of damage. Try getting into the backline from a teamfight to take care of the damage dealers then focus on the tanks. If 3 people of their team are dead tell your team to push or get Fire Giant. Go for pushing when most of the towers and phoenixes are down because it will most likely guarantee into a win, Fire Giant will give you a higher chance at pushing the left over towers and Phoenixes because of the extra damage it provides. The enemy team can't win a teamfight when your team has Fire Giant unless something goes terribly wrong.

I cant perfectly describe on how to jungle and how conquest works so if you wanna know more then click here. This guide is made by Branmuffin17 and it really helps a ton.


Hard Gods



Sobek is a guardian with alot of CC and decent damage. His Sickening Strike has a antiheal of 50% that lasts for 4s making it hard for you to stay alive, in addition to this he can throw you around with Charge Prey and Tail Whip. Something really annoying is when you land with your ult and Sobek uses Charge Prey instantly when you land putting you in a dangerous spot.

Tips and Tricks

I recommend not going in with Hovering Death when Sobek is around and u should save it to kill Sobek in his ultimate, this is because he won't be able to use Charge Prey to get away allowing you to get an easy kill. Use Scent of Death to escape his slow on Lurking In The Water



Geb is a guardian that has a huge amount of CC and the ability to save teammates with Stone Shield. The shield won't stop your execute but it will save someone whenever you are dunking on someone with Hovering Death. Geb can keep you in 1 place for a decent amount of time by using Cataclysm and Shock Wave making it easy for his teammates to hit you.

Tips and Tricks

Again the Stone Shield won't stop your execute so make use of that. Geb has alot of CC so try to avoid him so you don't have to use Purification Beads. You can silence Geb out of his Roll Out making it hard for him to escape.


Serqet is an assassin with high burst damage and single target lockdown. Her Cobra's Kiss is a very strong CC and sets up all her combo's. She has a 100% antiheal on Last Breath making it hard for you to survive all her burst damage. Serqet is also a very fast god with her Deathbane and Ambush making it hard to hit your abilities.

Tips and Tricks

I recommend staying away from Serqet when Last Breath is up because this will put you in a dangerous position. I also recommend having Purification Beads to deny her taunt and giving you a chance at fighting her. You can silence her out of Deathbane and Ambush but this takes perfect timing and might be hard to pull off.

Medium Gods

Guan Yu

Guan Yu is a warrior with alot of sustain and a good amount of mobility. His heals are pretty high and can put him or his teammate out of the execute threshold. He can also dodge your execute with Warrior's Will and can escape you with Cavalry Charge.

Tips and Tricks

Try escaping the stun from Cavarly Charge with Scent of Death or Purification Beads. If you don't have Purification Beads up use Hovering Death to escape it. Your silence can cancel Taolu Assault which is Guan Yu's main damaging ability. I recommend getting Brawler's Beat Stick to counter the healing.


Kumbhakarna is a guardian with a huge amounts of CC, he can lockdown any target with just a couple of abilities. His CC is annoying but Sleepy is a straight counter to Hovering Death. The execute won't happen and you will have to finish it off with alot of basic attacks. Only do this when you are sure no enemies could kill you, also be sure you can do enough basic attacks. Be aware of his Mighty Yawn because he can use it in his passive!

Tips and Tricks

Try to avoid Kumbhakarna because his CC will put you in a dangerous spot. Only try to execute him when you are sure Sleepy is down or there are no enemies nearby to safe him. You can also trigger his passive and instantly run away so next time you can execute him.


Kali is a lategame assassin with an insane amount of damage. Destruction can be used to ignore Hovering Death but it also puts you in a dangerous position since Kali can use Incense to stun you and burst you down.

Tips and Tricks

Kali is a lategame god so take advantage of that since you are an early game god. Try to burst her with your standard combo so she will be dead or she is forced to back lowering her amount of farm. Try to execute when Destruction is down and save Purification Beads for her Incense.


Aphrodite is a mage with alot of sustain and utility. Her heals are shared with her soulmate making it hard to execute them, in addition to that Undying Love makes them both immune for everything! Even the stun won't affect the target. You won't be able to kill Aphrodite quickly since they mostly build tanky and getting close to her is tricky when her Back Off! is up.

Tips and Tricks

Aphrodite is most of time with a soulmate making it hard for you to engage on them. Let your team do the engaging forcing Undying Love and giving you the chance to execute them. You always want to get Brawler's Beat Stick since it will decrease her healing alot and making it hard for her to survive your burst damage.


Chang'e is a mage with good sustain and some utility. Her Moonlit Waltz can ignore Hovering Death making it hard for you to execute her or engage on her. The cooldown on it is pretty long so you can bait it out first and then try to engage. Moonflower Dance can put her out of the execute threshold making it even harder to execute her. Moonflower Dance also reduces the healing of enemies hit.

Tips and Tricks

Like I said above use the cooldown from Moonlit Waltz. Some Change's might even use it when you didn't even do an ability yet, make use of this! Get Brawler's Beat Stick to counter her healing, I also recommend getting 1 movement item such as Heartseeker or Stone Cutting Sword. This is so you can chase her because when she uses an ability her movement speed increases.

Easy Gods


Thor is an assassin with alot of mobility, damage and CC. His map presence is amazing and works great in the jungle. Thor is easy to handle because his Berserker Barrage can be canceled by your Soul Reap. But his Mjolnir's Attunement can also be canceled, for example he throws it and then you silence him now Thor can't teleport to his hammer leaving him with no escape.

Tips and Tricks

Thor has an amazing early game and a lategame teamfight presence, although his early game is good yours is way better. Try to find Thor in the jungle and hit him with your silence first because otherwise he will stun and combo you. Lategame try to silence him out of Berserker Barrage since this is his main area damaging ability. I recommend saving Purification Beads for his ult since he can oneshot you if he does his full combo.


Ares is a guardian with a high amount of CC but low mobility. Ares has his Shackles this slows and cripples targets making it kinda useless against Thanatos this is because he can become slow immune and he has no leap. His other CC is the pull and stun from No Escape which can be ignored by using Purification Beads or Hovering Death. Ares is slowed when using his ult making him a prime target for your team, try ulting him in this duration since you can't really miss it.

Tips and Tricks

The only really annoying part about Ares is that the Shackles stick to you when you use Hovering Death. This can kill you if you have a low amount of health. If No Escape is on you always use Hovering Death before Purification Beads since the cooldown is way lower and you might need it at some other moment. You also get the chance to execute Ares since everybody is going to focus him.


Thanatos is a great assassin when it comes to burst damage and sustain. His mobility is decent and gets amazing when an enemy is has low health. Very good early game but he falls off lategame because lack of damage and because teamfights are just hard for assassins. He can be build in alot of different ways and so Thanatos can be different every time you play as or play against him. Thanatos is easy to pickup but hard to fully master because of the AA cancels you have to know. Hope you learned something from my Thanatos Guide and please leave any questions or suggestions in the comments.

And always remember

Practice is the key to Vicory!


28-02-2018: Updated to update 5.3 (Only item changes)
22-02-2018: Updated the item section and fixed a couple mistakes
13-02-2018: Updated to update 5.2 (Only item changes)
09-02-2018: Updated the Guide to season 5
01-03-2017: Added Relics

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