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Mr. Than Shall Eat Your Soul

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Smite God: Thanatos

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Crit - Jungle
Crit - Jungle Regular Jungle Movement Speed - Jungle

Purchase Order


Build Item Assassin's Blessing Assassin's Blessing
Build Item Katana Katana
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion

Final Build

Build Item Hastened Katana Hastened Katana
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Wind Demon Wind Demon
Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Jotunn's Wrath

Late Game Considerations Notes Sell Ninja Tabi late game for a Speed Pot and The Crusher

Build Item The Crusher The Crusher
Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed

Additional Defense

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Gladiator's Shield Gladiator's Shield
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield

Additional Offense

Build Item Bloodforge Bloodforge
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Stone Cutting Sword Stone Cutting Sword
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane

Thanatos's Skill Order

Death Scythe

Death Scythe

1 X
1 4 6 7 10
Scent of Death

Scent of Death

2 A
3 13 16 17 19
Soul Reap

Soul Reap

3 B
2 8 11 12 15
Hovering Death

Hovering Death

4 Y
5 9 14 18 20

Hey there guys, Ye Haw here, just a casual SMITE player. Thought I'd share these builds with you, they are my favorites to play with Thanatos in the Jungle, though you can use it anywhere. It's my first guide so I don't really know what exactly to do, but just take these builds and have fun I guess. I'll try to explain each build best I can.

Build 1 - Crit

This build is a Auto Attack Build for Thanatos. This may come to a surprise for you since Thanatos is known to be a Ability based God. If you're a new player I suggest you go ahead and skip this build, because it may be a bit difficult to play with.

First we have Hastened Katana. This item is to help you stick to the enemy God and keep hitting them with the crits. The movement and attack speed it provides is also helpful.

Ninja Tabi is in this build instead of Warrior Tabi because of again, the attack speed. It helps you to hit faster and harder and coupled with Hastened Katana and Wind Demon it makes a devastating impact.

Deathbringer makes your crits hit a lot harder, and with Wind Demon you have a 40% crit chance. Add in all the attack speed this build provides and you're hitting a lot of crits.

Hide of the Urchin is here to make you love longer. Nothing else to say really.

I've been talking about Wind Demon a lot, and this is because of its passive mainly. In a fight, if you manage to get 2-3 crits off, and the enemy God is still so.ehow alive, you'll be hitting really fast at this point.

Jotunn's Wrath provides the much needed pen and cool down.

If the game goes long enough and you decide to buy a Elixir of Speed and The Crusher you'll be getting the extra pen and attack speed.

Again this build is not something I'd recommend for ranked games, it's just something I use for fun in casual conquest, which is what I mainly play. I wouldn't recommend this to new Than players either as it requires some skill and the inner workings of the god. But by all means, go ahead and try it out if you wish.

Build 2 - Basic Thanatos

Here we get into the more common and more used items on Thanatos. This is a build I use if I ever end up playing Thanatos in jungle in ranked.

Jotunn's Wrath, Warrior Tabi, and The Crusher are all common items used on Thanatos. These items provide pen, cool down (which helps Than greatly) and the power.

Heartseeker is something that is similar to The Crusher, where it does extra damage to the enemy God if a ability is used, though I find Heartseeker to be more effective. I would recommend stacking Heartseeker before initiating a fight.

Gladiator's Shield isn't something that is commonly built on Than, though I find it to be effective. Coupled with his Death Scythe it can heal you for quite a bit. It also provides some nice protections.

Again, Ancile isn't a common item for Thanatos, but I find that it balances his protections nicely while providing a good amount of power. The passive is a added benefit.

If you get late into the game and decide to buy a Elixir of Speed, getting a Bloodforge to replace Warrior Tabi is something I find to be the best. It provides a massive amount of power and the passive also helps with diving someone.

In the end, I like to believe this is the best build to use for beginners and is the most commonly used items on Thanatos, with the exception of a few of them.

Build 3 - Move Speed

This is another build I use for fun, again I don't recommend this one to beginners either but you can use it if you want. This build provides a ridiculous amount of movement not including Than's Scent of Death and it's passive. I won't go into the details of each item, but I will give a warning, you should be really careful and choose your fights. Bumba's Mask, though providing a lot of movement speed, makes you take a lot more damage as well.

The End

Well that's all for me I guess. I've given you three build to use in the jungle, though once again they can be used anywhere and not only in jungle. I would recommend the second build to new Thanatos users and new SMITE players. The first and third builds are basically troll builds, something that the enemy team wouldn't expect, well more so for the first build. This can help with getting kills, but I'm not sure how well it would work in Ranked as I haven't tried them out yet there. That's it I guess. Have fun and go ea-reap some souls!

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Gulfwulf (65) | July 10, 2019 11:56pm
Thanatos is more of an ability based assassin, so items with attack speed like Hastened Katana, Deathbringer, The Executioner, Wind Demon, Ninja Tabi, and Qin's Sais aren't recommended on him. Gladiator's Shield and Berserker's Shield are mostly solo lane options and Than doesn't need either due to the healing in his kit. Plus they don't provide enough utility for him to justify the cost.

His attack chain is 1x/0.75x/1.75x, which makes crit not really worthwhile because you're only doing 75% of your normal basic attack damage on your 2nd swing, which means your crit damage is also reduced by 25%. Crit is better on gods that either have a skill that can crit (e.g. Mercury) or that don't have an attack chain and have a steroid (e.g. Artemis). Gods like Than and Kali shouldn't be building crit, though the later usually builds attack speed.

Items that are, in no particular order:

I'm sure I'm missing a few items, but the above will make your abilities hit like a freight train, especially when you weave basic attacks in-between them and process hydra's passive.

Your start should be Assassin's Blessing, Mace, and 1x Healing Potion and Multi Potion. Build warrior tabi, then finish crusher. After that, build as needed (brawler's for anti-heal, void for extra pen and protection, etc.).
YeHaw | July 11, 2019 8:22am
Haha, you're totally right, this is just something that I use for fun in casual games. I tend to not play jungle with Than in ranked.

Like you said, the crit isn't too good on Than because of his attack progression. But with all the attack speed in this build, getting that third hit off is pretty easy. You've got a 45% crit chance (I'm pretty sure at least), and wind demon enhances your attack speed with each crit.

The Hastened Katana there is just to stick with the enemy God if they try to run. I know tht he's meant to be a Ability based God, but like you mentioned, this basically is a troll build.

Anyways thanks for the feedback!
boogiebass (38) | July 11, 2019 10:02am
Hi YeHaw. I can understand your intentions. But I do want to inform you that Smitefire has a bad reputation due to people posting troll builds (intentional and accidental). Builds like these end up misleading newer players who are still trying to learn the game.
To prevent this confusion to newer players, Please consider replacing your troll build with what you actually use, since you know he's ability based.
Branmuffin17 (289) | July 11, 2019 8:09am
Minor correction on the progression. Firstly, it's 1 / 0.75 / 1.5x.

As for damage reference on the 2nd hit, the 0.75 damage compared to a 1x progression would drop the crit damage from 200% of a basic to 150%.

That said, not that I'm advocating crits on Thana, but in a casual setting, well...only the 2nd hit of 0.75 makes the crit weaker, while if you'd be able to get the last hit off, that would be greatly enhanced. Honestly, devastating if they get a crit on the 3rd would be 3x the damage of a regular 1x basic.

And also, if you keep in mind attack canceling, most of his initial basics would be the more worthwhile 1x hits.

In any case, this is what I would deem a more "fun" build based on basic attack function (and not for use in more serious settings), but currently with inefficient build order and missing some potential items, such as those you've listed. Hastened Katana can be fun on Thana for these types of situations, but I would probably get Rage as a first crit item, and Deathbringer as a 2nd. I'd probably drop Ninja Tabi since he's going Katana first, and get Stone Cutting Sword 2nd. I'd also try to fit Hydra's Lament in there somewhere for attack canceling.

My initiation combo without the ult as the initiator in this case would be basic, basic, Soul Reap, basic (full SCS stacks now), Scent of Death, basic, Death Scythe, basic.

@YeHaw, Deathbringer as first crit item isn't usually great because of the price. You also probably want to build more penetration/protection reduction.

Also, typically in Conquest, if you consider The Crusher, it's usually more of an early-game item if you're not going into the katana tree, not a late game one.

With the Mid-Season patch, with the increased cost to Hastened Katana, you may find that you get behind quickly. For Thana to be an effective bully, he usually needs to be ahead.

In any case, this type of build is usually not recommended due to many of the points Gulf indicated, and although he can be fun trolling with a basic attack build, your build order is inefficient and lacking in enough pen/protection reduction (protection reduction preferred due to his Scent of Death temporarily providing up to 35 flat pen at max rank).
xmysterionz (47) | July 11, 2019 6:20am
I read this title and thought that it was made by same guy who did your favorite guide: "the incredible washing machine fucboi" lol
Devampi (89) | July 11, 2019 12:29am
You're forgetting thana's Scent of Death making any extra flat pen from items after the 1st unnecessary. In most cases you will only pick up one of the flat pen get Hydra's Lament and then end up going bruiser late game, however a Qin's Sais still stays something you see sometimes for staying relevant late game damage wise. (in most cases if early jungle went bad). full ability damage thana is also a thing however this falls of hard late game

bruiser thana
Warrior Tabi
pen (depending on situation (antiheal) or what you like (cdr (aka jotun) crusher)
Hydra's Lament
Bloodforge (if going double protection item otherwise Void Shield & Ancile)
Mantle of Discord
Titan's Bane
assuming you hit 7th any of the 4th or 5th items you don't have most common dual prot or Bloodforge or Void Shield.

AA focused thanatos:
Warrior Tabi
The Crusher (although you can go jotun's if you prefer the cdr or beatstick cause anti heal)
Hydra's Lament
The Executioner
Qin's Sais
finish up with dual prot or Bloodforge or Void Shield

full damage thanny
Warrior Tabi
Jotunn's Wrath to have as many scythes up
Hydra's Lament
finish with Titan's Bane & Bloodforge for 5th 6th dependign on when you want the pen.
7th item idk really can be a protection item or even something like Heartseeker or another flat pen item for the power
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