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How to Athena (S5)

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Smite God: Athena

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Support Jungle Solo

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Starter Notes Can replace pots with Baron's Brew or potion of healing

Build Item Guardian's Blessing Guardian's Blessing
Build Item Glowing Emerald Glowing Emerald
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
Build Item Ward Ward
Build Item Ward Ward

Core Notes Can replace Traveler's Shoes with Shoes of Focus
Build boots before finishing Gauntlet of Thebes

Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Traveler's Shoes Traveler's Shoes
Build Item Sovereignty Sovereignty

Protection Notes Go for a cloak for high protections (can go for phys or magic protection in different cases such as more phys/magi gods)
Would recommend Mantle of Discord
Void Stone if you have 2-3 magical damage dps

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Oni Hunter's Garb Oni Hunter's Garb
Build Item Bulwark of Hope Bulwark of Hope
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone

Situationals Notes Jade Emperor's Crown as an alternative to sovreignity
Emperor's Armor for tower problems
hide of the nemian lion if they are heavy Auto Attack based

Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm
Build Item Jade Emperor's Crown Jade Emperor's Crown
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Emperor's Armor Emperor's Armor
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion

Actives Notes if the enemy team has an Odin buy Phantom Veil

Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell
Build Item Horrific Emblem Horrific Emblem
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune

Athena's Skill Order

Preemptive Strike

Preemptive Strike

1 X
2 12 14 15 17


2 A
3 8 10 11 13
Shield Wall

Shield Wall

3 B
1 4 6 7 9
Defender of Olympus

Defender of Olympus

4 Y
5 16 18 19 20
Array ( [extreme] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 93 [display_name] => Cerberus [url] => cerberus ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => Very scary early His poke can kill avoid it at all costs ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 48 [display_name] => Geb [url] => geb ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => Geb's [[stone shield]] counters your [[confound]] So does his [[shock wave]] as well as cancelling your [[preemptive strike]] ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 12 [display_name] => Ymir [url] => ymir ) [scoreVal] => 1 [notes] => Freeze will leav you stunned/vulnerable His wall can stop your [[preemptive strike]] ) ) [major] => Array ( [0] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 23 [display_name] => Ares [url] => ares ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Deals alot of damage early game Chains stop you from dashing Can interrupt his flames with [[confound]] ) [1] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 90 [display_name] => Artio [url] => artio ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Extremely annoying having 6 abilities, [[artio]] is able to relentlessly chase She can cripple,stun, and root you to stop you in your tracks ) [2] => Array ( [god] => Array ( [god_id] => 79 [display_name] => Terra [url] => terra ) [scoreVal] => 2 [notes] => Ranged stun can be problematic Can also root And slow with ult However using [[confound]] you can stop her from using her root combo ) ) ) 1

Athena' Threats

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Athena' threats

"Wisdom Shall be My Shield"

Athena is a guardian typically played in the support role. Lately she's been a top pick for support. She has also been made more viable in the solo and jungle roles (not by much tho)

~~Your Abilites~~

When playing damage, Athena's passive Reach is one of the integral pieces to her kit. It allows you to throw down a ranged basic attack after each use of your abilities. It will deal an extra 15% of your magical power in addition to being a ranged basic that can pierce through enemies.

When combo-ed with items such as Polynomicon the basic attacks from Reach will be a force to be reckoned with!


Your 1st ability is a dash that deals damage and slows the 1st enemy god hit in your path. Keep in mind that when you hit an enemy god with your dash it will stop.

Also remember that this dash will be your only form of mobility outside of your ultimate ability ( Defender of Olympus), so use it with caution!


Your "Taunt" is arguably your most valuable ability. Use it to combo with your Shield Wall and in order to activate your passive Reach if you're chasing an enemy down or need to deal extra damage

When playing support, you taunt will help you setup many kills in the early game so try to combo it with teammates (ie your adc, ganking jungler)


Shield wall is going to be your main damage ability. Use it to clear your minion waves and to deal damage to enemy gods. Due to the nature of the ability the 2nd wave of damage will not hit an enemy god w/o the use of Confound or cc


Your Ultimate ability allows you to teleport to a teammate after charging up for 3.6 seconds.
This give you insane mobility and allows you to teleport from 1 side of the map to the other.


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You should always make sure the 2nd burst of your shield wall hits! Also try to hit as many of your Reach basics as you can in between!

Also, feel free to mix it up! You wont always have all your abilities up, so using Confound without Shield Wall can be beneficial, especially if you're with a teammate


Keep in mind that this is not the way Athena was designed to be played! If you want a normal/conventional way to play her i would recommend you play her in the support role! Playing gods well in roles they shouldn't be played in require quite a lot of experience!

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