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Love, find your mark! - A (Lovely and) Complete Cupid Guide for all modes (S8, 8.2)

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by xmysterionz updated February 28, 2021

Smite God: Cupid

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Build Summary

Standard Start

Notes This is your default start for a conquest match as ADC focusing on sustain.

Notes

This is your default start for a conquest match as ADC focusing on sustain.

Build Item Death's Toll Death's Toll
Build Item Morningstar Morningstar
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
2
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion

Main build

Notes MY STANDARD BUILD for most games. I simply can't play Cupid without burst people and to burst people I need Transcendence.

At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Odysseus' Bow.

Notes

MY STANDARD BUILD for most games. I simply can't play Cupid without burst people and to burst people I need Transcendence.

At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Odysseus' Bow.

Build Item Death's Embrace Death's Embrace
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow

Cupid's Skill Order Notes When you reach level 8, you may wait until level 9 so you can upgrade both your 1 and ulti.

Notes

When you reach level 8, you may wait until level 9 so you can upgrade both your 1 and ulti.

Heart Bomb

1 X Y
Heart Bomb
1 4 6 7 8

Share The Love

2 A B
Share The Love
3 10 11 12 14

Flutter

3 B A
Flutter
2 15 16 18 19

Fields Of Love

4 Y X
Fields Of Love
5 9 13 17 20
Heart Bomb
1 4 6 7 8

Heart Bomb

1 X
Cupid fires an arrow of love at the target, causing damage when it hits and slowing them. After a short time, the targets heart explodes, dealing the damage again to the target and all enemies within the radius. If Cupid has Lovestruck fully stacked then all enemies in the explosion radius are Stunned for 1s. Minions take an additional 50% damage from the initial hit and the explosion.

Ability Type: Projectile
Damage: 50 / 80 / 110 / 140 / 170 (+75% of your Physical Power)
Damage (Both Hits): 100 / 160 / 220 / 280 / 340 (+150% of your Physical Power)
Slow: 20%
Time to Detonate: 3s
Radius: 25
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 12s
Share The Love
3 10 11 12 14

Share The Love

2 A
Cupid places 3 floating hearts at his ground target location that heal himself or allied gods when picked up. Cupid regenerates mana for each heart that is picked up by an ally.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Heal per Heart: 30 / 50 / 70 / 90 / 110 (+20% of your Physical Power)
Mana Regen per Heart: 30
Heart Lifetime: 8s
Cost: 50
Cooldown: 14s
Flutter
2 15 16 18 19

Flutter

3 B
Cupid flutters quickly forward, leaving a trail behind him that increases all allies' movement speed. Cupid also gains passive attack speed with this skill.

Ability Type: Dash
Movement Speed: 30%
Attack Speed (Passive) : 4 / 8 / 12 / 16 / 20%
Trail Lifetime: 6s
Cost: 70
Cooldown: 16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12s
Fields Of Love
5 9 13 17 20

Fields Of Love

4 Y
Cupid fires arrows of love at his ground target location slowing enemies in the area and crippling them, preventing movement abilities. The arrows grow and explode, dealing damage and mesmerizing enemies. Any damage done breaks the effect. If Cupid has 8 stacks of Lovestruck, he gets an extra Mesmerize time.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Damage: 220 / 300 / 380 / 460 / 540 (+100% of your Physical Power)
Slow: 35%
Mesmerize: 1.5 / 3s
Radius: 35
Cost: 80 / 90 / 100 / 110 / 120
Cooldown: 100s

Cupid Threats

Tap each threat level to view Cupid’s threats

Max
2
Major
0
Even
4
Minor
4
Tiny
1

Cupid Synergies

Tap each synergy level to view Cupid’s synergies

Ideal
1
Strong
3
OK
2
Low
1
None
1

Extended Build

Meta Build

Notes At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Silverbranch Bow.

Hunter's Cowl can replace Diamond Arrow for a stronger early-game but less DPS via basics late-game. Avoid Odysseus' Bow if you do this item.

This is the meta (most effective tactic available) build for cupid right, using Devourer's Gauntlet. I personally dislike it but if you get used this will be probably the best build you can do.

Notes

At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Silverbranch Bow.

Hunter's Cowl can replace Diamond Arrow for a stronger early-game but less DPS via basics late-game. Avoid Odysseus' Bow if you do this item.

This is the meta (most effective tactic available) build for cupid right, using Devourer's Gauntlet. I personally dislike it but if you get used this will be probably the best build you can do.

Build Item Diamond Arrow Diamond Arrow
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Silverbranch Bow Silverbranch Bow

Utility build

Notes Build made to offer a nice utility to the team with your healing and aura attack speed.

At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Bloodforge or Ichaival.

Notes

Build made to offer a nice utility to the team with your healing and aura attack speed.

At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Bloodforge or Ichaival.

Build Item Hunter's Cowl Hunter's Cowl
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Bloodforge Bloodforge

Burst Crit

Notes At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Deathbringer.

Build for burst power on your skills + stronger basics but less sustain via basics (but your healing probably will also be stronger).

Notes

At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Deathbringer.

Build for burst power on your skills + stronger basics but less sustain via basics (but your healing probably will also be stronger).

Build Item Death's Embrace Death's Embrace
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Fail-Not Fail-Not
Build Item Wind Demon Wind Demon
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer

Sustain Crit

Notes At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Deathbringer.

Notes

At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Deathbringer.

Build Item Hunter's Cowl Hunter's Cowl
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Fail-Not Fail-Not
Build Item Wind Demon Wind Demon
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer

Anti healing build

Notes At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Berserker's Shield.

Notes

At the late game, sell your boots, buy Elixir of Speed and buy Berserker's Shield.

Build Item Diamond Arrow Diamond Arrow
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Toxic Blade Toxic Blade
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield

Offensive options

Notes These are usually your options for most matches. All items here may fit well in almost any build for any situation.

Notes

These are usually your options for most matches. All items here may fit well in almost any build for any situation.

Build Item Asi Asi
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Death's Embrace Death's Embrace
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Hunter's Cowl Hunter's Cowl
Build Item Diamond Arrow Diamond Arrow

Crit options

Notes These are the options you may choose if looking for crits.

Notes

These are the options you may choose if looking for crits.

Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer
Build Item Fail-Not Fail-Not
Build Item Wind Demon Wind Demon
Build Item Shadowsteel Shuriken Shadowsteel Shuriken
Build Item Rage Rage
Build Item Poisoned Star Poisoned Star

Defensive Options

Notes If you being focused these may be interesting options.

Notes

If you being focused these may be interesting options.

Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak

Situational Items

Notes Items that might work in specific situations (choose it wisely)

Notes

Items that might work in specific situations (choose it wisely)

Build Item Toxic Blade Toxic Blade
Build Item Ichaival Ichaival
Build Item Silverbranch Bow Silverbranch Bow
Build Item Dominance Dominance
Build Item Warrior Tabi Warrior Tabi
Build Item Bloodforge Bloodforge

Relics

Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell
Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak
Build Item Phantom Veil Phantom Veil

Introduction




Art by Hadassa
My name is x MysTeRioN z, a majority Xbox Player but sometimes I play on PC too. I'm a Brazilian nice guy who likes to play FPS, Racing, Plataform and RPG games. I like to study and read when I'm not playing and I'm also studying to be a lawyer.
My Xbox Gamertag is the same as here: x MysterioN z.


Hello guys, today I'm bringing the most complete Cupid guide you will see on this site for now:v
My objective with this guide is to go into all possible details and describe almost any possible item/situation to you and explain what you should do and why and all tips possibles to play with him, no matter how much I will have to write to do so.


"Have you ever been so in love that you feel like
your heart will explode?...Do you wanna be?"

Best phrase in the entire game hahaha

Recently I have heard this God is the Teemo of Smite (Teemo is a character from League of Legends that is cute, small, annoying, and is only played by people that don't have souls). Yes, he is but who cares? :p
People that don't have a soul (and brain) play as He Bo, Ao Kuang (braindead as Master Yi)... (I'm just kidding). Anyway, let's go to what matters.

I'm open to suggestions to make this guide even better, so don't forget to like this guide (if you liked) and tell me what I should improve, what I should change, and if this guide was helpful for you.


Stats


"I'm so sweet" - Bee Cupid

General
Health: 445 (+72)
Mana: 230 (+39)
Speed: 365 (+0)
Range: 55 (+0)
Attack/Sec: 0.95 (+1.8%)
Regen
HP5: 8 (+0.67)
MP5: 4.6 (+0.35)
Protection
Magical: 30 (+0.9)
Physical: 11 (+3)
Basic Attack
Damage: 35 (+ 2.3) (+100% of your Physical Power)
Progression: None
.
.

Pros / Cons


"Can't touch this, honey" - Bee Cupid

Pros
  1. Easy to play
  2. Great Burst Potential
  3. Decent Cooldowns
  4. Permanent Attack Speed Buff
  5. High Sustain in the lane
  6. Has a good escape
  7. Utility God
  8. Very cute and Lovely
  9. Cutest cards of all
    the game
Art by vangel4e via DeviantArt
Cons
  1. Very Squishy
  2. Your healing isn't useful in team fights
  3. Good escape but not great
  4. Mesme effect on ulti is broke by damage
  5. Only 2 damage Skills
  6. Falls at late game
  7. Extremely annoying VP (The Default)

details


Skills


"Love is a battlefield!" - Cupid

Lovestruck


Type: Passive
Skill Type: Stacking Buff


Cupid fall in love with everything he hits, with more love, more powerful he becomes. He stacks a heart with each basic attack he hits (max 8 stacks). He will have the following additional effects with the stacks:
  • Each heart stacked will increase by 2% the damage of your skills
  • Each heart stacked will increase by 2% your healing
    When all the 8 hearts are stacked you also gain:
  • Mesmerized effect on his ultimate ( Fields Of Love) is doubled (from 1.5 secs to 3 secs).
  • Heart bomb when explode now will cause a 1s stun on all targets in the area.
    (These two skills will ALWAYS consume all stacks even when it's not at max.)

TIPS AND HOW TO USE


Heart Bomb


Type: Projectile


Cooldown: 12 secs
Hit Damage: 50/80/110/140/170 (+75% of your Physical Power) (Single Target)
Explosion Damage: 50/80/110/140/170 (+75% of your Physical Power) (In Area)

Cupid fires his famous arrow charged with a heart. The target hit with this arrow will lose 20% of movement speed and the heart will stick on him. After 3 seconds, the heart will explode causing damage to the target and all enemies in the area. If Cupid totally fell in love (your passive is fully stacked), the explosion will cause 1s stun to the target and all enemies in the area. Minions of all types take an additional 50% damage on both hits.

TIPS AND HOW TO USE

Example Video


Share the Love


Type: Ground Target


Cooldown: 14 secs
Heal: 30/50/70/90/110 (+20% of your Physical Power) per Heart

Cupid show to all teammates and himself the face of love throwing 3 hearts on the ground that heals allies or himself if picked up. If an ally gets it, it will regenerate Cupid's mana based on how much Cupid is feeling loved (how many stacks you have on your passive).

TIPS AND HOW TO USE

Example Video


Flutter


Type: Dash


Cooldown: 16-12 secs
Attack Speed increased: 4/8/12/16/20% (Passive)

Cupid dashes forward leaving a trail of love that increases in 30% all allies' movement speed and himself when above it. Also Cupid gain a permanent attack speed buff by upgrading this skill to help him spread the love.

TIPS AND HOW TO USE

Example Video


Fields of Love


Type: Ground Target (Ultimate)


Cooldown: 90 secs
Damage: 220/300/380/460/540 (+100% of your Physical Power)

Cupid quickly shoots all his love arrows into the air that quickly lands, forming a large radius circle in the ground, preventing enemies from use movement skills, keeping them close to his love, and also slowing all the targets in 35%. Then, after 2 seconds the hearts on the arrows will explode causing damage and a hypnotizing (mesmerizing effect) for all the targets affected by the explosion.

Tips and how to use

Example Video


Skills Order


"True love never dies!" - Cupid

Art by pushimaru via DeviantArt
On this section I'm going to help you choose what skill you should upgrade first and what are the priorities depending of your play style. You can have a: High damage leveling order, focusing on DPS and damage, a High Sustain leveling order
focusing on maximize your sustain in lane, or even be Hybrid. I will explain each skill order right below click on the spoilers to understand each one.

High Damage and Sustain (Standard Lvl Order)

High Damage and DPS (When you rush Lifesteal)

High Sustain (Exclusive to Assault)


Skills Combos


"This arrow is aimed at your heart!" - Cupid



Wave clear


Heart bomb + Basic Attacks (AA)

Take my love (Details)


Poking your enemy

+ +
Basic Attack + Heart bomb + Basic Attack

Quick kaboom (Details)


Chasing your enemy

+ +
Flutter + Heart bomb + Fields of Love

Are you running from my love? (Details)


Exploding your enemy

+
Heart bomb + Fields of Love

Explosive Love (Details)


Trying to RUNAAAWWWAAYYY

+
Fields of Love + Flutter

If you are the prey (Details)


How to play with Cupid


"Alright let's get it on, hahahahaha!" - Cupid


Art by ezpups via DeviantArt
Cupid, God of Love, a very nice and fun/funny God to play, and also a bit easy. Here I will help you by saying how you should play with him, the general gameplay.

If you haven't read the Skills sections right above, I suggest you do it before starts here.

I consider Cupid a Hybrid ADC, which means that you have 2 or all your 4 skills applying damage on the enemy, so the general recommendation is always to build something focusing a bit on power and pen for your skills but also a bit of Attack Speed and benefits from basic attacks so you can have the best of both worlds.



Early Game



Key parts of early gameplay: Farming, HP and Mana Care, Moderate Aggressive playstyle, Attacking the tower, Wards, Ganks, Positioning, Sustain, Fighting, and Poking.

early game in details


Mid Game




Key parts of mid gameplay: Keep the Farming, Staying alone at lane, Aggressive playstyle, Rotating, Wards, Objectives.

Mid gameplay in details


Late Game




Key parts of late gameplay: Farming Occasionally, Grouping Up, Self Peeling, Wards, Objectives, Late game Teamfights.

Late gameplay in details


Obs.: Change the skills from "default" to "instantaneous" in settings to get better responses (except Fields Of Love and the Heart Bomb if you have troubles aiming them).

Tips for Game Modes


"Don't be afraid of love! Nobody has ever been hurt by love!" - Cupid (that's a lie hahaha)


Here you will see specific tips to the game modes. Follow the conquest tips plus everything you find here.


Conquest


details


Assault


details

Arena


details

Joust, Clash, Siege


details

Warding


"Watch over me please!" - Cupid


To do theses images, I CONSIDERED I SPAWNED AS ORDER SIDE, the light blue team.

I will show you how to warding the DUO, usually, the place you will play with Cupid and some places additionally that may be useful. To see a complete section about warding check these two options:

Bran's The Overarching Conquest Guide

DON'T FORGET TO USE Vision Shard A (LIMITED BUT) FREE WARD!!!!



Early Game



These are the first minutes of the match (0:00 to 10~13:00) until you get your first items online (2 ~ 3 items).


details

Mid Game



This is when you get strong enough to take care of yourself, so your support goes rotate (something around 13:00 ~ 20:00 minutes), and is when you get your 3rd, 4th (sometimes even the 5th) item online. You may find something like this at your minimap (the first tower of each lane should be gone or is almost falling).


details


Late Game



This is when you finish your build (something from 20:00 until the end of the match). With all items online you and your team (and your enemies) are strong and teams usually group up here to do the remaining objectives. Wards here are used to know the enemies' movements and stop "split-pushes" or precious objectives such as the Fire Giant as well punish enemies walking alone. Here your towers have probably fallen and you need to protect your phoenixes, the last block to the titan.


details

Remember your team will be (or at least should be) also Warding, so if someone put a Ward on "your" location, change it and put it on another place.

Pay attention to the minimap, it CAN save your life!!!! When the beep plays and you see an enemy on the ward is recommended to retreat unless you know what you are doing!!!

Builds


"Something to spread the love!" - Cupid


There are important thing wrote on notes section, please, read it before read here!!!!!


How to Build

Now I will talk about how you should build the little chubby boy properly, what your build must have to be decent and viable on a Cupid.



how to build


Builds


Details

Relics


"I want it! I want it!" - Cupid






These are items with a large cooldown that can help you in the battle or even save your life, so don't forget to get them before going to the battle. Relics are free but can be upgraded for 500g. Players unlock their first Relic at
level 1, and their second Relic at level 12 over Vision Shard.

details about the relics



Random Facts


"What a scared bee calls? Boobees!!!" - Ghost Cupid
Best joke from the game hahahaha


about Cupid (the God)

About the Smite Cupid (the playable character)

cupid just want to ask...

Cupid after all the nerfs (again)


Final Considerations



"/laughs/ I see the potential for so much fun!"
(Spooky Nightmare Cupid)


My final considerations are that he is very funny to play and brings a big satisfaction feeling when you help a lot the team (Killing or help to kill).

If you follow the tips and the builds here I'm sure you'll be EXCELENT as Cupid.



Special Thanks:
  • Tlaloc - The guy who inspired me with his original cupid guide.
  • Zennore - The guy who did this amazing art of cute Cupid in the headers (Via DeviantArt).
  • branmuffin17- The big "brain", who helped me with some tips and builds to this Guide.
  • icecoldpappsi - Who helped me solving some errors.
  • Everyone else that put a feedback into comments section <3


Check my guides:



Art by Zennore via DeviantArt


This guide took me a lot of efforts to be made so let me know your opinion and if you liked it, don't forget to leave your comment and specially your uptove ;)


That's it, thank you for reading my guide.


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1
Branmuffin17 (336) | February 18, 2021 10:54am
Yo Myst.

So to be honest, I've barely used the Death's Toll starter. I've tried both Cowl and Arrow, and like both. I'll start with that top DT build, but it's on theory rather than experience.

On the DT build, I feel it doesn't have enough AS to fully utilize Qin's. Berserker's is very popular right now, and I think is often built in the 4th spot. I'd personally delay Exe until later, or option it with Dom. Like...DT -> Devo's -> Ninja -> Berserker's -> Qin's or Exe -> Exe or Qin's. That gets you 2.165 AS base at level 20 (without Berserker's passive in effect which will be 2.355), which is sufficient for Qin's. If you don't have Berserker's in there, you'll be just below 2.0.

When I look at your Cowl Utility build, all I see is empty mana. When I've run it, your Share The Love at level 3 is barely enough to keep you up, and once the Supp leaves, you've got zero mana sustain.

To solve that, you can be weird and continue picking up a mana potion or two on backs, but the main solution is to get mana or MP5 fairly early.

As such, I think Cowl is best paired with Trans over Devo's...or you can go for Dom 3rd (after boots), since it has MP5. Cowl -> Ninja -> Dom -> Asi etc.

On the Cowl Crit build, I 100% would go Ninja Tabi over Warrior Tabi. You have the same mana issues there, so you could option into Trans over Devo's. Significantly less lifesteal, but Cowl does have the lifesteal.

On the anti-heal build, I think Toxic should probably come later. If anything, get Qin's in there early so your DPS curve is a bit better. Also, I think I'd personally go Arrow over DT in that build.

On the farm build, you can option into either Qin's or crits. I've liked Gilded -> Devo's -> Ninja -> Fail -> Wind -> Exe or Dom, upgrade to Ornate.

Thoughts?
1
xmysterionz (63) | January 25, 2021 4:55pm
Comments below this are from Season 7 and the ones above from Season 8!
1
MegaMattEX | January 13, 2021 12:09am
If you want to be more effective, don't prioritise your 2. 3's passive 20% attack speed heavily outweigh's the Utility of 2. If you or your teammates need the 110 odd HP, they would just use Supp or hell, even a pot. Very valuable utility late game, but not your priority at all. You're better off buying health/multi's.
1
xmysterionz (63) | January 13, 2021 4:39pm
It is a very good healing if you pick all the 3 hearts plus you can outsustain your enemy if you have upgraded it. The AS is nice but honestly being 100% safe against pokes seems way more heavily on the balance
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xmysterionz (63) | March 23, 2020 2:16pm
Reworked the Entire "How to play" section. Feedback is appreciate.
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Branmuffin17 (336) | March 23, 2020 3:14pm
"I consider Cupid an Hybrid ADC (Half of your skills is focused on damages)"

You should switch the part in parentheses to (half of your damage is provided by your skills) or something to that effect. Although it's also basically true that 2 of your 4 abilities deal damage, what you're mostly doing is focusing on your 1 to significantly support your damage output.

One thing you could add to the early game if you want to be extremely detailed is how you prefer to use your heart bomb. Front minions, back minions, use for poke, etc.

On the "attack the enemy tower" portion, you might also mention higher safety if you know where the jungle is and your ult is up. Say you've forced the enemy to back. If you're then pushing lane and hitting tower, when the enemy comes back to lane (you can easily throw your ult down across the lane behind you to slow them down...that's of course if you're not going for kills and focusing on tower and farm at the time.

In the "sustain" section, note the misspelling of sustain firstly. Then, you say "you also gain mana every time an ally heals you" so you should correct that.

In your late game objectives section, you say you don't have the highest DPS...but all the times before, you were saying you DO have the highest DPS.

After the game sections, I feel Heart Bomb is easy to aim (it's just like a basic with the same range), so it's less of a candidate...probably mention Share The Love along with Fields Of Love as candidates for normal casting, with Flutter and Heart Bomb being instant cast.
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xmysterionz (63) | March 25, 2020 10:42am
Branmuffin17 wrote:
"I consider Cupid an Hybrid ADC (Half of your skills is focused on damages)"

You should switch the part in parentheses to (half of your damage is provided by your skills) or something to that effect. Although it's also basically true that 2 of your 4 abilities deal damage, what you're mostly doing is focusing on your 1 to significantly support your damage output.

I didn't edit this part but I rewrote it, I guess it's better to understand what I meant now.

Branmuffin17 wrote:
One thing you could add to the early game if you want to be extremely detailed is how you prefer to use your heart bomb. Front minions, back minions, use for poke, etc.

It is already on the tips for game modes on conquest spoiler.

Branmuffin17 wrote:
On the "attack the enemy tower" portion, you might also mention higher safety if you know where the jungle is and your ult is up. Say you've forced the enemy to back. If you're then pushing lane and hitting tower, when the enemy comes back to lane (you can easily throw your ult down across the lane behind you to slow them down...that's of course if you're not going for kills and focusing on tower and farm at the time.

Ok, done!

Branmuffin17 wrote:
In the "sustain" section, note the misspelling of sustain firstly. Then, you say "you also gain mana every time an ally heals you" so you should correct that.

Fixed!

Branmuffin17 wrote:
In your late game objectives section, you say you don't have the highest DPS...but all the times before, you were saying you DO have the highest DPS.
I said you don't have the highest DPS from the game (Smite) compared to other hunters nor have a decent escape to run away after trying to split push, anyway, I "fixed" that.

Branmuffin17 wrote:
After the game sections, I feel Heart Bomb is easy to aim (it's just like a basic with the same range), so it's less of a candidate...probably mention Share The Love along with Fields Of Love as candidates for normal casting, with Flutter and Heart Bomb being instant cast.

Nah, though all skills are not hard to hit the insta cast of Flutter and Share The Love doesn't change anything IMO. You might also want to see the ulti and Heart Bomb is just line which I don't think it's hard to hit, however, since it's your only ability damage source outside the ulti I think it's better to a newbie see where a line goes and don't miss it than miss it on insta :p

Any other thoughts? Or it's enough detailed? XD
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xmysterionz (63) | January 27, 2020 4:30pm
Comments below this are from Season 6 and the ones above from Season 7!
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FootFetish (4) | July 31, 2019 7:23am
that was cute!
i have nothing to say tbh, i'd only say Ichaival its only good when you're ahead. but anyway, i'm fine with that you wrote like a whole wikipedia article about him XD.
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Kriega1 (121) | July 31, 2019 7:33am
Ichaival is ok as a boots replacement if you're going like Devo's with crit, and you want it over say... Asi. But O-bow is a cheaper option too, and is better for teamfights, while ichaival is better for a 1vs1 scenario.

I guess it would depend if you're against tanks building AA speed-debuff items.
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Branmuffin17 (336) | July 31, 2019 10:15am
Ichaival is also good against other basic attackers...so facing Kali, Bakasura, Arachne, Erlang Shen, etc. is going to improve potential against those types of gods.
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xmysterionz (63) | July 31, 2019 7:30am
Thank you lol,

About Ichaival, what you said is true on other adcs, but Cupid really appreciate the Ichaival as whole item. Gives you so much power, which is good due your scaling, AS, something also good and the passive also helps you on boxing, something the god isn't that good by himself since you only has 1 damage skill besides the ulti and no active AS boost ;)
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FootFetish (4) | July 31, 2019 2:05pm
i'd personally take The Executioner instead of Ichaival, but you seem like a Cupid grandmaster, so i'd better not fight you lol
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Branmuffin17 (336) | May 15, 2019 1:04pm
Hey Myst,

Alright, some feedback on your "builds needing test."

Firstly, as discussed on Discord between you, me and Salad, Transcendence isn't 100% needed by Cupid. There are plenty of instances where people go the Devourer's Gauntlet route. I know that with the Asi buff, Trans builds have become more powerful again, but it's become something where you have a lot of flexibility.

Firstly, consider his kit only has 2 damaging abilities, Heart Bomb and Fields Of Love. Yes, Share The Love appreciates high power (75% scaling from all 3 hearts combined), and with a relative dependence (of sorts) on his Heart Bomb, CDR is appreciated. I think an ability-focused build is fine there, for Bombs, minor support, and ult spamming. But a full AA build should be explored as well, not just for your Conquest ADC Devo's crit build, but other directions too. There are a lot of options.

So I think in general you have Trans builds down, right? You have the one Devo's crit build, but a Devo's Qin's build is also a good one to propose. Something like Devourer's Gauntlet, Ninja Tabi, The Executioner, Qin's Sais, Ichaival. Very similar in ways to your Trans-Qin's build, but worth nothing.

THEN...we should also consider some non-stacking builds. Cupid has a bit of early mana sustain and/or self healing via Share The Love. So if you bypass Devo's/Trans and just supplement with some potions, it can still work out well.

In that case, I know the earlier game is a bit on the expensive side, and we're lacking a bit of pen, perhaps, but here would be one non-stacking proposed build.

Hunter's Blessing (obviously), Warrior Tabi, Asi / Ichaival (order as preferred), The Executioner as base. Then you can go Qin's Sais and a final item and replacements as preferred, or go into crits. Either should be functional.
  • Warrior Tabi is sort of needed early for the damage, and because the rest of your build is going to be mostly AS.

  • Ichaival would actually be a preferred 2nd main item. Will really help your early clear...get 3 hits on minions to power stack and then use a Heart Bomb for the stronger clear. The other thing is, if you can box early, and hit with a fully stacked Heart Bomb, you can try to be aggressive as soon as you confirm the Bomb hits the enemy, dash behind them to prevent easy escape (and know that you'll get that stun), and outbox them with Ich.

  • Going the Qin's route with these base items, your AS at rank 5 Flutter will be 2.383, meaning you don't need any more AS (unless maybe you want to get Silverbranch Bow or something). That last spot or two are open to whatever.

Another option would be to do the early Odysseus' Bow thingj, but don't use Trans, do the pro SPL thing with: Devourer's Gauntlet, Warrior Tabi, Odysseus' Bow, The Executioner, Qin's Sais, whatever. I still don't really like the early O-Bow, but I do see the purpose, and you might consider this route. This will help stack passive pretty quickly, and help you save your Bomb for god damage rather than wave. That's functional. FYI, those 5 items give you an AS of 2.24 (at rank 5 Flutter), so you do have room for another AS item.

Don't personally like the full anti-heal build. If you're going to build that much AS, I think Qin's is needed. I would consider dropping Trans in this build too...

Anyway, thoughts?
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xmysterionz (63) | May 20, 2019 7:24am
Tests completed. Let's talk

Tbh, I REALLY didn't like Devourer's Gauntlet on Cupid. He lost a big power he could have at the end of early/beginning of mid game. So I decided, or stack Transcendence or don't stack ( Soul Eater can be an exception).

That said, I tried some "no stack" builds. I had an giant success with the new crit build you can check on conquest page. In all the cases I tested I was put behind (due bad supports, you know, "ksing" me or just watching me die.), and in this case I was 0/5/0 and ended, as you can see, top stats. So this will be my new crit build for him.

I updated the testing builds again and when I have time I'll comeback here and say how my tests ended.

Obs.: All the descriptions were updated as well.
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Branmuffin17 (336) | May 20, 2019 1:03pm
Ahhh excellent...didn't that no-stack build feel good? I did almost the same thing in a recent match that I'd linked you on Discord...I just got Exe first, and was going to build into Rage, though I probably should have switched that around, as you have it in your build example.

Yeah, I don't think I like Devo's on him either, but it IS a functional direction so figured you might want to include.

One other thing...might suggest delaying your 2nd point in the ult at level 9...it adds damage, but that's it, and you might thus just max Heart Bomb at 9 instead.
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Estidien (30) | March 6, 2019 1:05pm
Just popping in to say nice work! +1 from me
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xmysterionz (63) | March 6, 2019 1:39pm
Ty :3 <3
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ThePerfectPrism (54) | January 28, 2019 4:33pm
Hey Mysterio! I can't wait to try out Cupid again! (He was my favorite hunter during the entirety of Beta and S1). When the patch comes out, I'll try it out and comment about my thoughts here! But, until them, I wanna come here and say I'm oficially sad because you still haven't written about Athena support synergy! I don't care if you have a warning about it, I'm sad! (:p).

But seriously, the build (besides all the points Bran already pointed out) sounds solid! Nice job!
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xmysterionz (63) | January 29, 2019 3:57am
Thanks ThePerfectPrism!

I'm little busy lately with my guides but asap I'll talk about Athena support synergy (that is high).

I'm also love Cupid, seriously, I play ADC ONLY IF I CAN GET HIM. He is not the best hunter in the game but is the best in my <3
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Branmuffin17 (336) | January 28, 2019 4:43pm
Agreed. In terms of the "feel" of a hunter, I actually like his arrows the best. He may not be the most deadly, but I've always enjoyed playing him.
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Kriega1 (121) | January 28, 2019 11:52am
You shouldn't be buying Elixir of speed unless the game is getting to like 50+ minutes. It's better to keep boots and get a 3k potion. The current price of speed elixir is too much.
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Branmuffin17 (336) | January 28, 2019 12:38pm
All depends on how much cash you have.
  • As an FYI, in your main build example, you've committed pretty heavily into ability damage, with both Trans and Jotunn's, and you also built Heartseeker, which has no AS. Without Ninja, IMO, you don't have enough AS to justify Qin's with only Exe providing any other AS. In that respect, I feel you should probably back off on The Executioner and Qin's Sais, and go Titan's Bane and maybe just get Odysseus' Bow if you want enough AS for some DPS function. Also, as an alternative to Bloodforge, you can consider Soul Eater.

  • For the alt build example, probably still suggest not getting The Crusher due to it interrupting the passive mez. If you want that AS, you might be better off getting Ninja Tabi, and just move Exe up for the needed pen function. Bloodforge at that position (after Exe and before Qin's) also seems a bit weird, and I'm curious as to your explanation for that.

  • When going crit, and you choose to get Rage, I think the 2nd crit item should be Deathbringer, since Rage gives you tons of crit chance. Might just be my preference, but feel it's going to be the better choice.

  • For your start, you're listing Hunter's Blessing...but where's the Trans T2 rush?

  • Don't think you need to list the Tabis in the ADC items listing. And Jotunn's / HS are NOT ADC items, so I'd put it in situational, based on your available categories. And why aren't Devourer's Gauntlet, O-Bow, and Atalanta's in there? You might want to determine your definitions for ADC and situational. It's honestly a mess.

  • Personal skill leveling preference...at level 9, you only get an 80 damage boost for your ult. I'd much much rather get the last point in Heart Bomb, since it's got (obviously) a much lower CD and will help you a lot more for laning/clear.

  • Arena build: Same thing applies for your Arena etc. build...first build commits 3 items with 0 attack speed, and with a pretty heavy emphasis on ability use. That's fine, but maybe don't get Qin's, and get more use out of your abilities with TB.

  • If you choose the alternative start by getting Attacker's Blessing, you probably shouldn't go into Trans, or you should get boots first. That's a pretty big delay by purchasing that...and in all honesty, I probably wouldn't even consider Attacker's for him. One main ability + ult that deals damage isn't a lot of good early aggression.

  • Question (and this goes for the Conquest build too): If you're willing to get Genji's Guard to counter extreme magical threats, why wouldn't you also consider Ancile? Sure it has a bit less prot/health, but it's got power, and it's not like you'll be starved for mana that you need the MP5.

  • Especially in Assault (but even in the other modes), I don't know what your love is for Heartseeker. Yes, it aligns nicely with your passive stacks, but still...it just doesn't seem to bring enough to the table to be a strong pick, let alone "core." Also, any and all previous and upcoming comments pretty much apply across the board.

  • For Duel, is Qin's really core? Again you're getting multiple items that don't have AS, and Qin's is really best for high health gods, and it's situational if you'll even be facing that. Instead, I'd probably be considering Jotunn's to make sure your ult greatly outworks the enemy's Beads or whatever. Not that Jotunn's is core either.
In my mind, lots of question marks with your S6 config. Definitely want to hear your thoughts.
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xmysterionz (63) | January 29, 2019 4:55am
Ok, where do I start? There's a lot of things to talk.
  1. First about the main build. Yes, I know I start with ability based and finish with AA items, I think that it is pretty normal on Cupid. Pure ability hunters tend to fall at late game, so my idea is trying to make something B A L A N C E D, I'm trying to make things works in both ways. The attack speed late game without Ninja Tabi is 1.83, that I agree it's not soo much, however, testing your suggestion (TB n O-bow) I had no differences (besides that you don't have to hit the enemy to get the "pen"). The AS is the same and the extra damage qin's applies are compensate in tanks by the O-bow passive. So, you can change it if you want but both cases has almost the same results.

  2. This was made to be an alternative build, focusing less in skills and more in basic attacks but again, it still trying to balance things. The Crusher early game provides very nice stats and a decent passive that helps on your combos early game with some extra damage before moving into true pen with exec. Also, since you will have AS from crusher, Warrior Tabi can be a decent option for extra power from your skills. So, you start early tanking advantage of your skills (but considering also your basics) and finish it with a true ADC that has some skills to help you (the other build it's the opposite, you have your skills and then your basics to help). (This build is very similar to what the Brazilian Streamer Zurigui builds, a very good smite streamer).

  3. About crits I don't think they even worth unless you have a full squishy enemy team or something similar, so I don't even use crits anymore on him, but I may consider it.

  4. By this comment I recognize that T2 Transcendence is a good start, HOWEVER, I'm too busy to put it in the guide now (moving all content that comes after to new tab to put this start right after the start with the blessing), so it may took a little time to you see it.

  5. Renamed the list from ADC Items do "High viable items" and added some description to it. I hope that it is more clear now.

  6. That's personal. If my ulti is on cooldown, I upgrade Heart Bomb, if it isn't, I upgrade the ulti, but unfortunately, I can't make these comments on skill level, so I may add it on the section on my guide.

  7. Same applies from the previous comments. You start focusing on your skills, main source of damage early game, then you try to balance things late to avoid fall. Qin's is reasonable on this build since the AS stay in 2.01

  8. Attacker's Blessing start is exactly for this. Rush boots then return to trans. This can be useful against some specific match-ups on non-conquest mode such as joust, match-ups where the movespeed and power from boots can make you take some advantage.

  9. The reason I don't list on-see-lay is that the passive is almost useless since you keep distance of your targets most part of time. The viability is low on him from my view point and I'm not going to put low viability items on my guide now (unless they are very common to see on Cupid)

  10. I have the same love for Heartseeker that you have for Soul Eater on him :v, as you should have noticed I like the item, this item mid/late game helps you take away half or more health from enemies using only Heart Bomb. Plus in assault, when you have this item you can freely heal yourself with Share The Love and you will never be in-need of mana.

  11. In duel there is just 2 builds examples and none of the items there are core. I don't play duel (serious, just for fun) so I'm not able to talk what would work or not, plus, duel is a match-up mode, all dependes the match-up you pick and the build the enemy does so the builds may vary a lot. May I start playing duel then I will update the section, but, for now, there are only examples to give a north to people looking for some duel builds.
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ThePerfectPrism (54) | January 28, 2019 4:29pm
I've actually seen a lot of ADCs do Hunter's Blessing into Morningstar, but I don't know, I also think the rush into Charged Morningstar is better
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Kriega1 (121) | January 28, 2019 12:50pm
Branmuffin17 wrote:


For the alt build example, probably still suggest not getting The Crusher due to it interrupting the passive mez.



Crusher is good on Cupid. Just because it breaks the ult Mez doesen't mean it's bad. Besides it's a mez after all that breaks on first contact with damage.

And qins isn't core in duel no. It depends on the matchup. Some matches you might want Toxic blade for example instead. Also I don't really recommend Heartseeker in duel either.
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xmysterionz (63) | January 28, 2019 11:21am
Comments below this are from Season 5 and above it from Season 6
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Kriega1 (121) | October 18, 2018 10:17am
I think in your alternative non-crit build you get heartseeker way too early, and it doesen't really belong in a build without Transcendence, same for Jotunns. Im thinking: Devourer's Gauntlet, Warrior Tabi, The Executioner, Qin's Sais, Titan's Bane and Odysseus' Bow.

For the crit build there is a bit of a problem, you have no lifesteal in a crit build and you're building a weird crit/ability build. Rather: Devourer's Gauntlet, Ninja Tabi, The Executioner, Poisoned Star, Wind Demon, Deathbringer.
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xmysterionz (63) | October 19, 2018 7:56am
Alternative non-crit build I created it's a mix of Skill and Basic Attacks trying to balance both sides. Heartseeker is used as a 3rd item due the mana regen (as said in the explanation topic about this build), since the extra damage is not so much, but the mana regen is REALLY helpful when you don't have Trans. Also I hate Odysseus' Bow (I hate this item) and The Crusher (mesmerized effect ;P) on Cupid. With the build you listed your cupid will be a almost a pure basic attack hunter and I personally think cupid doesn't have potencial to act like this.

In crit build, Devo is an option, as listed in situational items. I don't think Cupid need pure basic attacks crits just like Rama since he has a burst combo with Heart Bomb and Fields Of Love, so, two crits is enough for me. Plus Jotunn's Wrath and Transcendence is almost core items on him since they really combine each other.

So, there's nothing wrong getting trans and crits and no lifesteal on him, since you have Share The Love that is enough when played right with cupid (with jotunns and trans cdr). You basic will destroy the squishies and you also have you burst combo to help, making necessary only 2 or 3 basic attacks to finish.
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Branmuffin17 (336) | October 18, 2018 11:19am
I think DukeSloth had a video talking about HS, and suggesting it was best 3rd or 4th for select ADCs...
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Kriega1 (121) | October 18, 2018 11:23am
3rd no. Don't get it third item. 4th item or after is ideal. Crusher is a much better third item.
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