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Medusa - Stoning the Field (S4, All Modes, Patch 4.21)

November 2, 2017 by Branmuffin17
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Build 1
Build 2
Build 3

The Fatal Snake (Conquest / Standard ADC)

Smite God: Medusa

Item Purchase Order

Standard Crit Example Build (Replace Warrior w/ Ninja Late, Last Item Situational)

Build Item Warrior Tabi
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item The Executioner
Build Item Rage
Build Item Deathbringer
Build Item The Crusher

Starting Items (Bumba's Mask Optional)

Build Item Death's Toll Build Item Boots Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Mana Potion Build Item Mana Potion Build Item Mana Potion

Items #1 & 2

Build Item Warrior Tabi Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet

Item #2.5 (Optional Bridge)

Build Item Ichaival Build Item Silverbranch Bow

Item #3

Build Item The Executioner

Item #4 (Choose One)

Build Item Rage Build Item Poisoned Star

Item #5

Build Item Deathbringer

Item #6 (Situational)

Build Item The Crusher Build Item Titan's Bane Build Item Poisoned Star Build Item Wind Demon

Relics to Consider

Build Item Purification Beads Build Item Aegis Amulet Build Item Bracer of Undoing Build Item Heavenly Wings Build Item Phantom Veil

Triple-Crit Example Build (In Order, Replace Warrior w/ Ninja Late)

Build Item Warrior Tabi Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Build Item The Executioner Build Item Poisoned Star Build Item Deathbringer Build Item Wind Demon

God Skill Order

Viper Shot

Viper Shot 4 8 11 12 14 key bind

Acid Spray

Acid Spray 1 3 6 7 10 key bind


Lacerate 2 15 16 18 19 key bind


Petrify 5 9 13 17 20 key bind


Recent updates:

2017/11/2: Guide is current as of Patch 4.21, "Shadows over Hercopolis."

Revision History

Duuuuude. W***suuuup? I'm Branmuffin17 (ign Muffinman17), a SmiteFire moderator and casual SMITE player on PC and PS4. Come check out my 420th fifth major recreational venture outside of my original project, The Overarching Assault Guide. I've created this guide specifically because I was jonesing to make my first hunter guide, and I saw some potential in her, as long as I could get her off the couch.

I'll assume you know the basic gist of gameplay in the various modes, so I won't be teaching or talking much about tickets, rotating, minions, ganja, etc., except in the direct context of Medusa's dank gameplay. If you want the deets on general info, I invite you to cruise on over to my other guides:

Conquest Guide
Arena Guide

This is a work in progress, as it should be. Not saying anything about these being her only build options...this is just, like, my opinion, man. I'm always open to new ideas and different approaches.

Although Medusa is a Hunter whose arrows are definitely not blunt, she's a bit less reliant on basic attacks than some, and can be built with emphasis on either abilities or basic attacks.

As such, I'm offering multiple builds for various modes. My Devourer's Gauntlet builds focus on late-game basic attack DPS as a standard ADC / Carry. My Transcendence builds look for earlier and easier waveclear, with options for either higher objective damage (pen build) or a hybrid ability / basic attack function, and can be used for either ADC or Mid roles.

...... Strengths ......

+ Solid mid/late game damage
+ Sweet early minion wave clear
+ High teamfight potential
+ Can blitz enemies
+ High mobility
... Weaknesses ...

- Gets the mana munchies
- Needs good aim
- Escape can be blocked
- Squishy
- Lazy

Medusa is a strong pick for multiple game modes. I'm offering two builds for Conquest / Siege as ADC, and 1 for the teamfight modes. Ready to go? Let's light it up!



No movement penalty when side-strafing, and half of the movement penalty when moving backward.

Overview: A passive that requires no direct thought, but lends itself to making Medusa a more effective hotboxer. This will not see much benefit except when building increased movespeed, such as through Wind Demon.
Skill #1:

Viper Shot
Medusa shoots out 3 vipers in rapid succession that poison the targets hit, dealing damage over time. CD 10 seconds. 10% scaling.

Max this 2nd.

Overview: Her only built-in steroid, the damage scaling on this item is poor, so don't look to added items to increase its damage. However, it inherently adds a strong burst of damage when targeting an individual. Best to use earlier in the fight (due to ticking damage), and when you're able to confirm hits more easily (enemy is stunned from Lacerate, stoned from Petrify, or otherwise CCd from teammates' abilities).

Tip: Remember that you can trigger it early, and it won't activate until you start attacking. You can use it in the fountain for a free charge!

Chronic Viper
Skill #2:

Acid Spray
Medusa spits out acid that damages the first enemy hit, and sprays out acid in a cone behind them. It explodes on statues Medusa has created. CD 14 seconds. 70% scaling.

Max this 1st.

Overview: This is your main source of damage against minion waves, allowing you to hit the entire line if you target the front minion in a wave. Provides good poke potential, as you can hit the minions and do equal damage to enemy gods from the cone spray if they are close and trying to shield themselves from other attacks.

Tip: If you want to be safe (location-wise), if you poke the enemy at the same time you hit the minion wave, you can backpedal while basic attacking, drawing some of the minions toward you for a short time, allowing you to clear the melee minions nearer your tower.

Acid Flashbacks
Skill #3:

Medusa quickly slithers forward, grabbing and slashing the first enemy god she encounters. The slash leaves the enemy god reeling in pain, reducing their healing by 50% for a short time. CD 15 seconds. 80% scaling.

Max this 3rd.

Overview: Offensively, you can use this to initiate and close the gap, or to catch a damaged, fleeing enemy...and you can do this through the minion wave.

Defensively, use it as an escape, but make sure you're not being blocked by an enemy god, or you'll be stopped.

Tip: Activate Viper Shot before initiating with Lacerate. After you connect, your shots will be significantly easier to confirm, adding extra damage with Viper's poison effect.

Laced Fangs

Medusa removes her mask, delivering a powerful blast. Enemies take damage and are stunned for 2 seconds if they are looking at her. Enemies not looking at her take 75% damage and are slowed (20/25/30/35/40%) for 3 seconds. Enemies that are killed by her gaze will turn into a stone statue and remain behind. 90 second CD. 100% scaling.

Level this as it becomes available.

Overview: Devastating if you catch enemies looking at you when it hits. Somewhat mediocre otherwise. Best to use in combo with your other abilities during a teamfight for burst function, or while being chased to freeze them and make an escape.

Secondary, emergency function against anticipated CC. The charge-up makes her immune for a short time, so it can be used (with perfect timing) to counter an ult like Ares' No Escape.

Tip: If you know enemies are approaching around a corner, you can preemptively charge Petrify. If you time it correctly, you'll pop into their view just as it activates, giving them very little time to react.


Ability Combos

Some hunters just look to get as many basic hits in as possible, especially when they pack a complete build. This Mary Jane has abilities that enhance or otherwise complement her hotboxing capability.

Her simplest all-in combo with nothing else considered is Viper Shot activation, followed by Lacerate, and then bursting with the actual Viper Shot hits. Late-game when Viper Shot and attack speed is high (and especially with crit items), the burst potential is amazing.

Below are some more in-depth combos.

With Petrify Up

With Petrify Down

Conquest / Standard ADC (Build & Gameplay + Relics)

These ADC builds aim to make Medusa a strong mid-to-late-game ADC in the vein of standard Hunters. Her early game will be a bit lacking, so you'll need to focus mostly on waveclear and safe poke damage. Her late game utilizes crit items, especially when comboing with abilities, to provide huge burst potential against squishy targets.

Standard Crit Build

Standard Crit Build (Details & Discussion)

Triple-Crit Build

Triple-Crit Build (Details & Discussion)


Relic Options

ADC Starting Process & Early Game

ADC Mid to Late Game

Warding Locations

Conquest / Standard ADC (Synergies & Matchups)

Support Synergies

ADC Matchups

Conquest / Mid-Lane Burst (Build & Gameplay)

The use of Transcendence is common for ability-reliant Hunters, focusing on high power and mana to fortify ability use. This can work well if you choose to play Medusa in the Mid-lane and focus on ability use and burst (similar to a burst mage). Of course, this can also be used as an ADC, if preferred, especially if you want early to mid-game wave-clear pressure.

The biggest issue with a Transcendence build is that, as a stacking item, it usually needs to be built fairly early...compared to other common ADC builds, Trans is an expensive early item, and delays any lifesteal / sustain you might get til at least the 3rd item, making health sustain in-lane a challenge. However, you make up for this with strong wave-clear and a very healthy mana pool, meaning you usually won't have any mana issues.

Below are discussions on 2 build variations based on the use of Transcendence. The Pen build is great against objectives and tanks, while the Crit build has hybrid capabilities with better basic attack DPS

Pen Build

Pen Build (Details & Discussion)

Crit Build

Crit Build (Details & Discussion)

Mid-Lane Starting Process & Early Game

Mid to Late Game

Warding Locations

Arena Builds & Gameplay

In an Arena setting, you don't have to worry about winning lane, taking down objectives, etc. As such, builds that might otherwise be considered out-of-order or unconventional can work, if you play to the build's strengths.

2 builds are offered below, depending on your preferred style of play.

The Critical Viper (Basic-Attack Build)

The Critical Viper (Details & Discussion)

The Spitting Viper (Ability Build)

The Spitting Viper (Details & Discussion)

Game Start & First Waves

Jungle Camps/Early Game


Starting to really tie things together


Kick Them Out Of This Joint!

Gameplay Videos

Aggressive Anaconda (Arena: S2)

Heartseeker Works (Arena: S3)

Some Of My Guides

If you liked this guide, check out my other ones below!

The Overarching Series

Arena Guide

Assault Guide

Conquest Guide

Individual God Guides

An Alcoholic's Chugging Guide

Pulsing to the Beat

Shifu Guan Yu:
The Battle

The Tricky Arena Assassin

Stoning the Field

Downsizing the Arena


So that's it! If you like what I've done and how I try to improve the guide, anyone is welcome to suggest a god for me to work on next...and of course, I have to own them and/or want to play them =P but I'll let you know...

Thanks for reading, and I appreciate any and all comments, suggestions, etc. Feel free to add me/invite me if you want to play!

Brandon / PC IGN: Muffinman17 / PS4 IGN: Branmuffin17

p.s. No, I'm not a stoner. That's Medusa. And maybe Swagni...but seriously, I'm not (not really), so if you have any suggestions where I can put in more funny references, let me know!!! And you know this.....maaannnnnn!!!


Thanks to the following people:

Thanks to my friend Duotem for help with the S4 ADC build!

For helping with Conquest builds and some tips.

For so much discussion and help on maximizing the effectiveness of my builds.

For multiple suggestions for better presentation!

For aesthetic ideas and templates to make the guide prettier

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