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Janus Damage Penetration Cooldown Build S2 And S3

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Smite God: Janus

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S2 (Physical Defence)
S2 (Physical Defence) S2 (Magical Defence) S2 (No Defence) S2 (Physical and Magical Defence) S3 3.8 (No Defence) S3 3.11 (No defence) S3 3.17 (No defence)

Purchase Order


Build Item Vampiric Shroud Vampiric Shroud
Build Item Lost Artifact Lost Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Buy Boots then Finish Chronos Pendant

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant

Finishing Items

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Mail of Renewal Mail of Renewal
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Situational Actives

Build Item Greater Aegis Greater Aegis
Build Item Aegis Pendant Aegis Pendant
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Girdle of Support Girdle of Support
Build Item Shield of the Underworld Shield of the Underworld
Build Item Cursed Ankh Cursed Ankh

Janus's Skill Order



1 X
2 8 11 12 14
Unstable Vortex

Unstable Vortex

2 A
1 3 6 7 10


3 B
4 15 16 18 19
Through Space and Time

Through Space and Time

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20

S3/S2 Situational Relics

Normally you will make most use of Sanctuary and Purification however, others can be useful situationally for example sprint is useful against jugglers or ultimates, which stick to you/ slow you. For example Kali or Basset cats.

S3 Selling Dynasty Plate Helm

When you have finished your build, you want to sell Dynasty Plate Helm because, it is a cheaper item, which is worse in later stages of the game. You can either sell it for damage or defence. If you want Defence you usualy want to buy Mantle of Discord as, it maxes your cooldowns, which is good on Janus and gives you a large amount of both physical and magical Defence. However, other items can be better situationaly such as pestalence if they have a lot of healing and magical damage. If you want damage Spear of Desolation is usually good however, other items can be better situationly such as, divine ruin against healing.

S3/S2 When to Sell Your starter Item

You should be selling your starter item as, you are transitioning into late game. This is usually around finishing your 4th item. You usually should be selling your starter to finish obsidian shard as your starter sells for 533 gold and obsidian shard costs 550 gold. However if you already back with enough gold to buy obsidian shard you shouldn't sell your starter until finishes your 5th item.

S3/S2 Ability Levelling

With Janus there are 2 main ways of levelling your abilities: one where you up your portal first to max your damage by using it on the god and keeping the threshold to give your team and you mobility when moving. The other where you use your threshold in order to gain extra scaling on your unstable vortex and although you don't do as much damage you can escape with your portal easier as it will be up more often. I use the first on where you up your portal more often but you should build depending on how you play and the game you're in.

S3 3.8 Soul Reaver or Spear of Desolation

I usually go Soul Reaver as Spear of Desolation isn't as useful as it is on other mages as you build some CDR on Janus, Which makes the passive less useful because you don't have to wait as long for your abilities. However, if the other team is building protections more than health Spear of Desolation can be useful too.


I currently main Janus and have done though out season 2 these are the builds i have being using generally though out playing him. They have all been testes for a lot of games and have proven to be good.

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