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Janus, The 2-Faced Bastard [S5]

April 5, 2018 by Tlaloc1050
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Smite God: Janus

Item Purchase Order

Starting Off

Build Item Mage's Blessing
Build Item Spellbook
Build Item Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion

Book of Thoth and Shoes

Build Item Book of Thoth Build Item Shoes of the Magi

Pick a Lifesteal Item

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Build Item Book of the Dead

4th and 6th Item (Sell Vamp. Shroud for Tahuti)

Build Item Obsidian Shard Build Item Rod of Tahuti

Pick a 5th Item

Build Item Spear of Desolation Build Item Chronos' Pendant

Full Build

Build Item Rod of Tahuti Build Item Book of Thoth Build Item Shoes of Focus Build Item Bancroft's Talon Build Item Obsidian Shard Build Item Spear of Desolation


Build Item Purification Beads Build Item Aegis Amulet Build Item Phantom Veil


Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Mana Potion Build Item Ward Build Item Sentry Ward Build Item Potion of Magical Might

Alternative Items

Build Item Doom Orb Build Item Ethereal Staff Build Item Soul Reaver

God Skill Order


Portal 2 8 11 12 14 key bind

Unstable Vortex

Unstable Vortex 1 4 6 7 10 key bind


Threshold 3 15 16 18 19 key bind

Through Space and Time

Through Space and Time 5 9 13 17 20 key bind

Janus, The 2-Faced Bastard [S5]

April 5, 2018


I noticed there wasn't an updated guide for Janus so I decided to create one. Janus is a high utility Mage. With his portals, he can teleport the entire team across the map in a matter of seconds. He is often compared to Thoth. If you want different play styles or you didn't find what you wanted I suggest you check other guides.

Pros and Cons


High Utility
Can teleport the entire Team
Good Waveclear
Longest ultimate in the game
Can snipe enemies across the map
Can go through walls


No dash or leap
Portal and Unstable Vortex are hard to aim


Passive: Passages

Makes you deal a lot more damage than usual. If you want to activate it use Threshold. Save Portal for something else like escaping.


Use this to help allies escape through walls, set up kills, or escape. This skill is like Freya's Banish. This means if you place the Portal on the ground and go through it while someone tries to deal damage to you, it would be avoided. This takes timing and practice of course.

For example Poseidon's ultimate Release The Kraken! is easy to predict. You'll hear "RELEASE, THE KRAKEN". When you hear that 'K' his ultimate will hit. He will usually use it with Whirlpool. As soon as you hear the 'THE' end place a portal below you. It takes time for the portal to be placed and you to get in it.

Unstable Vortex

This is your wave clear and main source of damage. Its easy to miss due to it's curvature. Try to get both energy balls to hit the target. It'll deal a lot more damage.


Use this to slow the enemy. It'll make your abilities easier to hit and deal more damage. Also useful for escaping with your team and making lane minions go faster. Use this to activate your passive so you can save Portal for something more useful.

Through Space and Time

A great ultimate ability. Deals a lot of damage from a really far distance. Aiming and timing is hard. Use this to get your entire team across the entire map. Or, save an ally who's being chased by the enemy team. Beware though, there's a 1 second delay before the ultimate is fired.


Starting Off

Mage's Blessing
This starter item was built for mages, and works well for them. Helps with Janus' mana problems. The CDR is also quite useful. Gets replaced by Bancroft's Talon or Book of the Dead later.

spell book
Spell Book
A bit of mana early game. Will have to do until you get Book of Thoth.

Book of Thoth and Shoes

Book of Thoth
Gives 875 mana in total, the most any item can give. If you use your abilities wisely you probably won't run out of mana late game. At full stacks at lvl 20 it gives 172 magical power in total.

Shoes of the Magi

I prefer this over Shoes of Focus initially because the penetration is great early game for the damage. After you complete the build, sell this for Shoes of Focus. This is because after you sell Mage's Blessing the 10% CDR you're missing is awkward and you probably won't be used to the loss.


Bancroft's Talon
More lifesteal the lower your health gets. Always get this unless you're fed and ahead. Useful for extended team fights.

Book of the Dead

A luxury lifesteal item. Only get this if you're fed and ahead. Useful for taking unwanted damage. Build it up using Unstable Vortex on lane minions or jungle camps.

4th and 6th Items

Obsidian Shard

Percentage pen. You'll notice you'll start to deal more damage due to the penetration.

Rod of Tahuti

The ultimate power item. Sell Vampiric Shroud for this late game. Once you get this your damage will go up a lot.

5th Item

Spear of Desolation
Gives a decent amount of magical power, a lot of penetration, and cooldown reduction. Everything a Mage would want.

Chronos' Pendant
Good amount of power, MP5, and 20% cooldown reduction. Although more expensive than Spear of Desolation you can still get it. Buy it if you want to provide utility to your team more often than dealing damage.


Purification Beads
Useful for enemy teams with high CC. Always get this against Hades, who sometimes manages to make it past the bans.

Useful against high burst mages, such as Poseidon.

Phantom Veil
You should only get this if there's an Odin, due to his Ring of Spears. Remember, Phantom Veil has a longer cooldown than his Ring of Spears so use it wisely.


Healing Potions and Mana Potions
Buy this early game for longer sustain in lane.

Potion of Magical Might
Buy this only when you've finished your build. Use conservatively.

Always buy these when going back to the fountain. Ward on your left and right. Especially if the enemy jungler is Thanatos you probably won't survive without wards early game.

Sentry Wards
Place this on objectives like the Fire Giant.

Alternative Start

With this start, in the first few lvls you won't be mana hungry due to Sands of Time and Mana Potions. After that, you can choose to get either Book of Thoth or Doom Orb. If you choose this start get Spear of Desolation.

Sands of Time
Cooldown reduction and MPS makes this a decent start for Janus. Magical version of Hydra's Lament, without the extra damage on a basic.

Alternative Items

Doom Orb
A risky item considering you lose half of your stacks upon death. Does help with mana problems and gives a lot of power at full stacks. This replaces Book of Thoth.

Ethereal Staff
Gives Janus high burst damage and a bit more survivability. This replaces Book of Thoth or Bancroft's Talon.

If you replace Book of Thoth for this your purchase order should be: Starter Item, Shoes, Lifesteal, and Ethereal Staff. If you replace Bancroft's Talon for this your purchase order should be: Starter Item, Book of Thoth, Shoes, and Ethereal Staff.

Soul Reaver
Luxury damage item, gives Janus higher burst damage than Ethereal Staff due to the damage from Soul Reaver being true, while the damage from Ethereal Staff isn't. Also gives a lot of mana. I would recommended getting this only of ahead or its late game and you've got spare gold. This replaces Book of Thoth.

If you replace Book of Thoth for this get Soul Reaver last.


You might want to go over Threshold first to activate your passive. Place a Portal on a spot where you think the enemy will step into. When they fall back down from the portal use Unstable Vortex on them. Try to get both energy balls hit.

Gameplay Stages


In my opinion, Janus is decent through every stage of the game and doesn't really fall off anywhere.

Early Game

You should always leave base before the first wave of minions spawn. At level 2 after activating your passive through Portal, Unstable Vortex should deal around 35% of the enemy Mid Laner's health. Sometimes, your jungled may want to play aggressive. If so, try to adopt to his/her play style.

After clearing the first few waves of minions or so, your jungler may want to get the Speed or Damage buff. Go with them. Usually the enemy Mid and Jungler may also go to get a buff. On your second round back buy wards. It'll prevent early game kills.

Mid Game

This is when Mid Laners like Hades begin to blossom. Be careful of ganks from the enemy jungler. Counting to buy wards. Don't forget to look left and right. Why? If your Duo Laners or Solo Laner has weakened the enemy to low health, a well-aimed and well timed Through Space and Time will finish them off. At around 20% health is when they can be instantly killed. Quite satisfying.

If the enemy Mid Laner exits lane call MIA. If the enemy tower is at low health and they rotate take the chance at finish it off. With the help of minions of course. If the tower is at high health you can either choose to damage it more or help your allies.

Sometime, your teammates may want to secure objects and may need your help. You should go help them unless the enemy Mid Laner is putting pressure in your lane.

Late Game

Place a Sentry Ward on the Fire Giant if someone hasn't already done it. By now, your team should have a few towers down. If there are remaining towers or weak pheonixs group up to push the remaining towers/phoenixs.

If the enemy Titan is weak tell your teammates to group up. Use Through Space and Time and aim it at the enemy Titan. You should've traveled more than half the map. Ward behind you to warn you of anybody. There may be some players defending. Ward on the lanes as well so you can see if anyone is trying to backdoor the Titan.

Map for Warding

The spots marked green are where you should Ward Early to Mid game. Mid to Late game always have a Sentry Ward on the Fire Giant.


Thanks to Kriega1 for help with this guide!


Well, this is the end of the guide. I will update it. Personally, I prefer Janus over Thoth due to his utility.

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