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Smite God: Vulcan

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Purchase Order

Starter Build

Build Item Soul Stone Soul Stone
Build Item Lost Artifact Lost Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Final Build

Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

If you die during the late game, sell doom orb for:

Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant

Alternative Items

Build Item Warlock's Staff Warlock's Staff
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Dynasty Plate Helm Dynasty Plate Helm
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring

Relics (Choose two)

Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Bracer of Undoing Bracer of Undoing

Vulcan's Skill Order



1 X
1 3 6 7 9
Inferno Cannon

Inferno Cannon

2 A
4 8 16 18 19
Magma Bomb

Magma Bomb

3 B
2 11 12 13 15


4 Y
5 10 14 17 20


Hello, first of all (and as you can see / read), my English is very bad, so advice about my English or the guide (the first one I do), are welcome.
I am a vulcan player (he is my favorite god, followed closely by Thoth, Janus and Bellona), I have some experience with him, so I hope to help in something. What I like about him is his consistency compared to other mages throughout the game (good early game, good mid game, good late game), somewhere I read that the vulcan players did not care about the goal .. All the reason
I center myself in Conquest mode, even so, it can serve in the other modes (although it would not be the most efficient).
Let's go there!

Pros / Cons


Great consistency in all stages of the game (early, mid and late game).

Ability to take jungle camps and buffs alone with the help of Inferno Cannon.

Good poke with Backfire and Magma Bomb.

Destructive damage if you manage to connect Earthshaker (even at minimum range), this ability can change a team fight completely.

It is relatively easy to connect skills.

Inferno Cannon is very annoying for enemies (at maximum range it is very difficult to destroy).

Your passive can help you out of a dangerous situation.


It is very squishy (like practically all magicians).

Little escape (no dash or anything like that), so it is difficult to survive a gank of gods like Thor or Susano if you are advanced, your jungle / support are not close and you do not have relics ready.

It is quite constant throughout the game, so it does not get to excel in any stage (for example, Thoth excels in the late game).

You should play something passive if you take the option of the Build with Doom Orb.

Earthshaker can be difficult to connect.


As you can see, the order in which I recommend boosting the abilities of vulcan does not vary much in the two builds, only in the build of the life steal, I prefer to boost the turret in level two because I usually play a little more passive . Many will see it strange to boost the Inferno Cannon only to level 2 and from there to concentrate on boosting the Magma Bomb, I do it because at that level is more than enough to position it in some jungle camp, use the Backfire, Magma Bomb And let the turret finish the job. We could boost it before the Magma Bomb, but we would be losing that poke so beast that gives us this.

: This skill is a priority to boost it, with it we clean the line faster (very important thing in the early game during this season) and is our most constant gross damage. It can also help us to flee using it with a 360 turn taking advantage of that momentum (and if we connect it, we will activate our passive :D), and in the build with the Bancroft's Talon, it helps us to get the maximum lifesteal.

Inferno Cannon
: Now explain one of its uses a few lines behind (position it in a camp, use our 1 and 3, and let it finish the job). You can also serve during our retreats, use it to make a body block or take a 360 turn and apply the damage. At maximum rank is a little complicated that the enemy destroys it (seems to have more life than several gods haha).

Magma Bomb: It's so fun to hit an enemy with it several times in a row and see how annoying it is (or do I just get annoyed when they do it with me?), Just having this ability in your kit causes Vulcan to be considered by many And I include myself) the king of poke.
It helps a lot to easily connect your Backfire.
It is also used to flee, the strips above you to apply a knock up to the enemy that is following you.

: My favorite skill of the whole game, there is no better feeling than connecting it to several enemies at maximum rank, as well as stealing a gold or a fire with it. In late game you can end a blow to an enemy with it.
It can also be used to block escape lines or use it on top of you to move enemies away.
It is quite combeable with other ultimates ( Ares, Odin, Sylvanus and Geb, especially).



This is my favorite build, I choose her 75% of my games.

Soul Stone: I like the aggressiveness in the early game; Offers great damage at the beginning, a great push and the ability to take jungle camps / bufs to you alone quickly.

Doom Orb: This item gives you great chances of getting an early kill as it gives brutal damage the moment you acquire it (even often, I buy it before the boots, depends on how well I go in the game); The problem is the risk you run once you acquire it, it is very likely that the enemy jungle begins to focus on you; So you must play safe, do not enter places where you do not have wards and try to always be grouped with your jungle or support, or stay to play the middle line always.

Shoes of the Magi: I'm much fan of these boots than of cooldown; It seems to me that the damage in early you get is non-negotiable (I guess this is the only item I would see viable change in my build).

Book of Thoth: The imprecindible in my builds of magicians (along with the tahuti); Gives you brutal damage and mana needed to be useful in the game. Just buy it haha

Obsidian Shard: The penetration item par excellence. If you want to hurt him and do not tickle the tanks, you have to buy it. I tend to buy it before the Spear of Desolation because it is cheaper.

Spear of Desolation: Normally the wizard build does not change much season after season, patch after patch ... until season 4 comes with changes to this item. Personally, I think it's an OP item: Cooldown + Penetration + A lot of power + Affordable price = Shut up and take my money!

Rod of Tahuti: Not much to say, you have to buy this item if you really want to do damage in the late game. I have seen that many buy it from the fourth item, I do not see it viable because of its high price. I always buy it as my last item, but this is a personal taste, it can vary when you buy it, as long as you do.

Chronos' Pendant: An excellent item for cooldown, that 20% is really useful, plus what gives you the passive. I tend to change the doom orb for this item in the late game, if I am dying a lot, since you will not focus on completing the 25 missing stacks, you will focus on team fights.


This build I use 24% of my games (the other 1% use some of the alternatives I added), I use mostly when I am against gods that can apply damage very easily (Change, Ne Zha, etc.). Although I use it to play something defensive, the damage that gives Bancroft's Talon in the early game, is no joke.

Sands of Time: It is probably the most complete item starter of the entire game. It does not give the raw damage that Soul Stone provides, but it compensates it by using the abilities more often (for cooldown and mana sustain). I do not sell it until I have the gold for the Rod of Tahuti, it's too good.

Bancroft's Talon: The lifesteal you provide is a crazy thing. Do you have 20% health? No problem, use your Backfire twice against the minions and you're full. In addition to those 100 magic damage it gives once finished, it is too much to have only two items purchased (it is finished after the boots).

Thank you

Thank you for being my guide, I hope it was to your liking. I repeat that my development of guides is not the best and much less my English (I preferred to do it in English to do it in Spanish, due to the community of Smitefire); So any constructive criticism is more than welcome.

There are still things I would like to add and others that I should improve, but I do not have much time and I would like to see the reception of it.

Greetings. GGWP.

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Branmuffin17 (285) | July 14, 2017 11:46am
Hey Jona,

I tend to prefer not going double-stacking, and I basically never buy Doom Orb. That said, I can see the function of your build, and you do make it clear that Orb is very risky so you need to play passively. As such, you're the expert here, if it works for you, awesome...I just know I'd die. That's almost my trademark. And having that Orb make a glowing target on my back, hahaha. So I'd probably go the early Bancroft's Talon first...but that's me.

Anyway, I like your explanations for the abilities and the item choices. I think the only thing I'd personally prefer, regarding order, would be to switch Spear of Desolation and Obsidian Shard. % penetration is more functional the more protections enemies have, and for squishier gods that may not build any protections, the 20 flat from Spear, combined with Shoes of the Magi, will often have you doing true damage. The rest of the stats seem more helpful at that point of the build also. So I'd get Spear first, then, depending on the builds of the enemy team, either go straight into Rod of Tahuti (mostly squishy), or then get Obsidian.

Also like that you indicate that when you die (later game I assume) you would want to replace Doom Orb with Chronos' Pendant.

Anyway, pretty nice there. I also notice you commented on the Shaman's Ring rework for 4.13. That might be another late-game option, but I'm not sure how effective it will be. I agree his build probably won't change too much.

*edit* actually one more thing...your strategy for Orb is really dependent on teammates. I see this being better with teammates you know and rely solo queue...definitely more risky. But if you've got good teammates, then sure, absolutely, with them covering, along with Wards.
Jona_Rivia (3) | July 14, 2017 2:13pm
Hi, Mr. Muffin, first of all, thank you for the advice and for being my guide.

In the case of the double stack, obviously the Book of Thoth is not debatable, being Vulcan a God of Poke, you will be using your skills every moment, you must have plenty of mana for it. The Doom Orb seems quite feasible this season, although there is a lot of people flowing in the middle line, this causes you to be pretty much backed by your jungle and your support.
Yes, enemies will make you more focused, but you will never be on the front line, if they want to get in for you, your jungle and your support should tear them apart before they reach you.
It is not as dangerous to buy the orb as it seems haha

As for the Spear of Desolation and the Obsidian Shard, and for your commentary on Bancroft's Talon, I guess you much prefer Build 2 (Lifesteal). In my Build 1 put that order by the enemy support, being in the front line, it is not bad to make a bestial poke even the tank, in addition that those 300 gold cheaper are no small thing. And the order of Build 2, I put it for Cooldown rather than penetration.

Although these points are already more personal, you can vary the order of these two items without any problem (what I do not see viable is the Rod of Tahuti so soon, I think the cost for those moments of the game seems too high, I prefer to finish an item and have A Tier 1 or 2 of another).

I will change the Chronos' Pendant annotation in the build, thanks for the advice.

I plan to keep improving things in my guide (images, better presentation, how to play in certain stages of the game or situations, etc), if you are interested, you go through it from time to time.

Branmuffin17 (285) | July 14, 2017 2:33pm
Hey Jona,

Thanks for the response and explanation. I'll only go in depth on one thing.

If, as I was talking about, you have both Shoes of the Magi and Spear of Desolation, that 30 flat pen is taking away all, or almost all of the magical protection of a squishy god that doesn't build any protections (not including added protections from an aura like Heartward Amulet). At THAT point, spending the $$$ on Obsidian Shard is only functioning, against those squishies, for the added power, because the % pen is more effective against gods with high protection. As such, rather than spend $2300 for 60 power (and higher damage against tanks which isn't bad but shouldn't be your main target), delaying for the full Rod of Tahuti is, in the end, more worthwhile. Yes, there's a dip in power curve due to delayed completion, but it has a much bigger payoff in the end...between Orb, Thoth, Spear, and Magi, you've got an extremely solid base of power for Tahuti's passive to boost. At least in those specific situations I've described.

Against gods mostly building at least some protections, then yes, Obsidian first is good.

I'll definitely look forward to updates and added information.
Jona_Rivia (3) | July 14, 2017 11:18am
With the new pass of the Shaman's Ring that will be introduced with the changes of the patch 4.13, I do not know how viable it will be for Vulcan (they name it as a viable item for him), I really do not think it will change much Vulcan build with the new changes, I guess these depend on the new builds of certain gods.
Jona_Rivia (3) | July 28, 2017 1:32pm
Well, I've been testing Shaman's Ring lately ... I have to say that I find it quite good, but not indispensable. It gives good damage, it's passive seems good (not excellent) especially against enemies without armor, what fascinates me is the movement speed it provides, in a god that doesn't have an escape as such (such as Vulcan and some other mages), is quite useful.
I add it in the alternative items group, since I still look better the other items of my two main builds.
Jona_Rivia (3) | September 7, 2017 8:41am
Added the section of Duel in the Builds, lately I have been playing a lot in leagues, and I have done very well with my Vulcan (I am 5-0 at the moment in the qualifiers, I hope to achieve a 10-0 but I see something complicated). Soon I will add a section of gameplay, I think it will be very useful especially as far as the Duel is concerned.

EDIT: RIP the dream... 9-1 :(
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