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Neith the Ravager (Most Game Types)

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Smite God: Neith

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Purchase Order

Starter

Build Item Combat Boots Combat Boots
Build Item Light Blade Light Blade

Mid-Game

Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow

Late-Game

Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Wind Demon Wind Demon
Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer

Final Suggested Build

Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Wind Demon Wind Demon
Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer

Sustain Alternatives

Build Item Shifter's Shield Shifter's Shield
Build Item Asi Asi

Annoying Alternatives

Build Item Poisoned Star Poisoned Star
Build Item Toxic Blade Toxic Blade
Build Item Atalanta's Bow Atalanta's Bow
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Jotunn's Wrath

Optimal Relics

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

Neith's Skill Order

Spirit Arrow

Spirit Arrow

1 X
1 4 6 8 10
Unravel

Unravel

2 A
2 7 11 12 14
Back Flip

Back Flip

3 B
3 15 16 18 19
World Weaver

World Weaver

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20

My Experience

I have played Smite off and on since Beta. I used to main Ao Kuang before he was switched to Kukulkan, then I mained Kukulkan after a shock when my precious Ao Kuang had none of the abilities I remembered. I've also mained Neith for quite a while, always picking her when I didn't feel like playing my serpent. Now that Kukulkan is down in the dirt after being nerfed, I've been playing a lot of Neith. So after I went 19 - 3 - 13 in an arena match and being able to stroll on into a group of 3 or 4 enemies without dying, I figured I'd share the wealth with others.

That poor, poor Loki. He tried his darn diddly best to take me from behind, but he wasn't able to take 10 steps away from me before he hit the ground. Yes, he tried to run.

Item Explanations

STARTER ITEMS
Many people will buy the first tier boots and invest in other items, possibly a couple of potions. By investing your gold into the second tier boots and a Light Blade, you will have the advantage in maneuverability and wave clearing. Due to not being able to purchase potions or wards, you must stay vigilant in the first few minutes - though the game is fairly passive during this time, compared to later on.

MID-GAME
By this point you should have already upgraded your boots to Ninja Tabi, giving an even split between physical power and attack speed (and an acceptable boost to mana). Unlike many Neith builds, this one focuses on ramping your attack speed alongside your other stats so that on-hit effects trigger more often.

Executioner is a nice, cheap item to be bought after Ninja Tabi. It grants a decent chunk of power and attack speed, and helps to mitigate early defenses put up by the opposing gods. This will become especially useful later on, as the 12% decrease stacks 3 times. You may consider Asi in place of this or Odysseus' Bow (if there is another god along side you that is able to clear minions) if you find yourself in need of that sustain earlier than expected.

Odysseus' Bow is a straight (but immense) attack speed bonus to help jump-start the stat, with its passive being great for clearing waves. Of course it is nice to catch a god with the lightning, but our real focus is to help clear out the walls of minions so that you can get to pushing and poking (generally being more aggressive than sitting behind your minions holding your basic attack). If you are fighting alongside another god capable of clearing waves easily, consider one of the sustain alternatives.

LATE-GAME
Speaking of on-trigger effects, Qin's Sais should be your next target. It provides a large boost to physical power, the long-term goal of attack speed, and a nasty on-hit effect that will especially help with poking. At the point in the game at which this is bought, you are still likely to heavily rely on your abilities for damage rather than your basic attacks, unless it happens to be a more aggressive progression. You may also consider buying this later if the state of the game makes other choices more desirable. That being short on gold, or heavy counters.

Wind Demon is the snowball that pushes you off the cliff and down the mountain. It's where we first see critical strike chance, and a 1/5 chance with the attack speed you have now is no problem at all. Not only that, but it buffs your attack speed (and movement) even more when you pull off a crit. It seems somewhat unfair if you're shooting upwards of 2 shots per second, with an already great physical power.

Deathbringer is the cherry on top, it boosts your critical strike chance up to a 40%, grants you a nicely wrapped gift of physical power, and turns your critical hits into small explosives. It has a fairly high price, which is why it is last (the benefits of the others outweigh the time it takes to grab this).

SUSTAIN ALTERNATIVES
If the other team is all attack but no defense, Shifter's Shield is a solid alternative as well. It keeps your highs high, and your lows a bit higher. But with both you are sacrificing attack speed and critical strike chance and so I would recommend these only in dire situations.

An Asi is a fine choice for an early item, as it provides the desired attack speed, with a small boost to penetration and life steal. The additional 25% life steal can really help in a pinch as well - if you're short on gold, feel free to replace the Qin's Sais with an Asi.

ANNOYING ALTERNATIVES
I'm not going to cover all of the items on the Annoying Alternatives list, as none of them should be taken seriously (except Titan's Bane). These are all items that contribute to your goal of attack speed and on-hit effects, while making life difficult for the other team. I would strongly recommend purchasing the core build over these items - only consider some of these if you are very confident your team is going to win, and you can afford to have fun watching the tears build up. Oh, there is also some healing reduction in here, so if your other team has a lot of healing properties you should probably look into the Toxic Blade.

OPTIMAL RELICS
Relics are always situational, but 90% of the time your two relics will be from this short list. Aegis Amulet is a scape-goat from explosive team encounters, Purification Beads is a scape-goat from all those annoying stuns and grapples that you are bound to run into, Phantom Veil is especially great for escaping walls from Ymir and Odin (or any other gods with similar abilities), and Meditation Cloak is just a small piece of sustain to keep your guys out there and fighting a bit longer. From this list, you are likely to take Aegis Amulet and Purification Beads the most.

Skill Explanations

This is where a lot of controversy may arise. Originally I was going to start off with Unravel for the multi-targeted damage and healing, but Spirit Arrow is a much better choice - it can travel through enemy minions, meaning that even if you have a wall in front of you, you can still try to poke opponents. Unravel is taken second though, because the healing is very useful when you have no way of healing (other than teleporting back). Backflip is simply utility with Neith - I rarely find myself using it for damage. At your third level, take it so that you can become flexible with your movements and escapes. From here on upgrade Spirit Arrow every other level. Backflip is the last ability to be focused on, as again, it is largely just utility with this build.

The Overall Goal

Ultimately, the goal of this build is to be able to attack quickly to rapidly land your on-hit effects, in turn snowballing into critical hits and massive damage. Quite a few Neith builds focus solely on damage and critical chance, but that doesn't do much good if you are only shooting 2 to 3 arrows every 2 seconds.

Playing with upwards of 4 to 5 shots every 2 seconds is devastating, especially when you get to trigger lightning, extra crit chance and movement speed, and ruin physical protections - really just keep your target on lockdown.

Conclusion

Well, I hope you enjoy your newly found machine of death. Of course bad teammates will ruin it just as well as an over-powered opposing team. You can't win them all, so please feel free to try this half a dozen times or so - that way you can get a feel for a truly good game.

This is also my first guide, so please let me know how it is and how it has worked for you! Thank you to those who read through the entire thing before trying it!

(I'll continue to update this guide as I play and fine-tune the build.)

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Jona_Rivia (3) | July 28, 2017 1:43pm
Hi.
I have a doubt, the Hastened Katana I think can only be used by melee physical gods, right? Sorry, but I have played 0% with physical gods in this 4.13.

Greetings.
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Arxaion | July 28, 2017 3:30pm
Ah you're right, I remember a long time back having an item useable by hunters that had the ability to ignore the speed penalty by basic attacks. I assumed this was it under a different name.
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boogiebass (37) | July 28, 2017 4:19pm
The item Hastened Fatalis equivalent for hunters is now Atalanta's Bow, which you already have listed in your build.
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Branmuffin17 (280) | July 28, 2017 4:01pm
It was Hastened Fatalis, it was was available for all gods until about 1 month ago. With patch 4.13, it's been replaced with Hastened Katana, the physical form that is only usable by melee gods, and Hastened Ring, the magical form usable by all magical gods.
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Branmuffin17 (280) | July 28, 2017 2:21pm
You're absolutely right, Hastened Katana cannot be used by Neith.

Odysseus' Bow is really not a great item for her that early in the build (3rd item), and she'll get destroyed if you use this in some modes (e.g. Conquest) vs. average skill players.

She's not a basic attack focused god. Transcendence is commonly purchased for her due to the mana and high power. She has no attack speed steroids, so she'll work better with Qin's and pen items over crit items. You say that "quite a few Neith builds focus solely on damage and critical chance" but actually, I'd say the majority of Neith players with build knowledge don't even get crit items.

I'm not saying it can't work with her, but that's like saying crit items can work with any physical god, even Hercules. And it's just not quite optimal for her. Where you CAN make it work is if groups of enemies are leaving you alone, and someone tries to 1 v 1 you...a stun via Spirit Arrow followed by basics could net you a kill if RNG is working on your side. But in that type of situation, if the enemy is doing that, then you're not playing very strong competition.

I'm not being negative on the build for going crit, but this should NOT be advertised for "any" mode. My bigger problem is the early O-Bow, combining Qin's and crit before even considering optimizing her stronger focus (her abilities), and the fact that Soul Eater is even an option here is honestly awful. It's just NOT a good item for almost any god right now.

This is just, unfortunately, not a build I can recommend in its current state.
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boogiebass (37) | July 28, 2017 2:29pm
I don't have the best experience with hunters, but is an early Qin's Sais rush (for non arena game modes) a good idea considering how expensive it is? Wouldn't you benefit more from a cheaper item? If the author "focuses on ramping up your attack speed," wouldn't something like Asi be better since it gives you some sustain in lane and is much cheaper?
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