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Ratatoskr Jungle and Solo (Tanky and Burst Squirrel)

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Smite God: Ratatoskr

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Tanky and Burst Jungle Ratatoskr Solo

Purchase Order


Build Item Bluestone Pendant Bluestone Pendant
Build Item Bumba's Mask Bumba's Mask
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune


Build Item Acorn of Yggdrasil Acorn of Yggdrasil
Build Item Gladiator's Shield Gladiator's Shield

3rd Item options

Build Item Mystical Mail Mystical Mail
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion

4th item options

Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence

5th item

Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane

6th item

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Relic options

Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Shield of Thorns Shield of Thorns
Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell

Full Build

Build Item Acorn of Yggdrasil Acorn of Yggdrasil
Build Item Gladiator's Shield Gladiator's Shield
Build Item Mystical Mail Mystical Mail
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Pen and burst focused build

Build Item Acorn of Yggdrasil Acorn of Yggdrasil
Build Item Hydra's Lament Hydra's Lament
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Jotunn's Wrath
Build Item Masamune Masamune
Build Item Void Shield Void Shield

Sell gladiator's shield for situational late game

Build Item Ancile Ancile
Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Brawler's Beat Stick
Build Item Masamune Masamune
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane


Hi! I'm a Platinum Ratatoskr almost to diamond with him on the leaderboards. I love ratatoskr in solo and jungle and that's all you should know about my experience with rat.

Items (Jungle)

Some of you might be rather confused at my choice in items as i seem to build ratatoskr tanky, for those of you that wanted a burst risky get in-get out build i still added one for you. Some of you are likely confused at my choice of items for solo and some of my items for jungle's tanky build and i intend to clear those up and show exactly why i built those items.

Obvious core on him, no reason not to build this and i'm not even sure why i should explain why.

This is what some of you might get confused at but alot of you should understand, the reason i build this is because of rat's inbuilt healing, although it is minimal by itself, glad's shield increases the healing and potential to dive the enemy backline and survive much higher as you can sustain through most damage. This item gives rat some prety good sustain combined with his pasive which is why i build it on both jungle and solo.

This is something you may also raise an eyebrow at, the reason i build it is because health and better camp clear as thos build lack's damage to take out jungle monsters quickly. Health is a very important stat and this build lacks it as an adc can penetrate hrough almost all physical defense with the meta adc build whereas health can be shredded but with Qin's Sais but the reason health is important is because you need good health with good prots to be tanky, if you have 2000 health with exteemely high protections, that doesn't mean a titan's bane or obsidian shard won't shred through you like your defense is paper.

Cooldown reduction, Magical Protections. It's pretty much the magical breastplate of valor so a bit of CDR with some Magical defense is nice and the extra health is good too.

30% penetration does not mean it adds penetration from 30% of your flat pen in your build, it means that it completely penetrates through 30% of the enemy protections with some damage with it, really no reason not to build it because it's so useful for a jungler.

Mantle of discord is manadatory because of the massive protections boost snd cdr with it's passive, very useful item in my opinion.


What you're wondering about the solo build is probably the stone of gaia, the reason i build it is encause the sustain is massive paired with rat's passive and gladiator's shield making him tanky as all hell.

The reason to get Hide of the nemean instead of mystical is because Stone fo gaia makes up for lost health potential and you can make enemy adc's kill themselves with this and shield of thorns.

Ratatoskr in solo

An unorthodox pick indeed. You should only go ratatoskr solo if you have a warrior jungle or a guardin jungle as assassins have lower base health and protections than warriors and guardians. Full defense ratatoskr really does work but you can take the jungle tanky build if you prefer, it depends really.

Pros / Cons


Good early game
High mobility
Is thor 2.0
Has a built in protection shred
Enough crowd control to chase
High sustain
Decent damage without focusing on power in builds


Squishy if built as a burst assassin
No option to go Talaria's Boots due to passive
Minimal sustain without gladiator's shield
Has less base damage than some junglers such as thor
Is thor 2.0

Tank Rat Vs. Burst Squishy Rat

There really is no right or wrong here in your average gold-plat ranked game, matters in your diamond-masters games slightly as it depends on the enemy's team comp or your own. Will i be peeled off too easily due to the enemy having a nox mid or high cc? Will i need more survivablity in a teamfight with gladiator's shield for survivablity? In my honest opinion for jungle, the tanky build is just simply my preference since he has enough base damage to handle himself with titan's bane and his passive, too risky togo a full burst build as a squishy little squirrel, your whole combo will easily kill a squishy as the tanky build and you want to focus on your early game rotations, getting a kill on the enemy jungle gives you a ****ing field day snowballing and ganking mid and stealing speed buff. Being tanky combined with snowballing is not fun to play against, it's definitely is fun to play as though.

The end

I will add more to this guide when i have time. I hope you liked it.

Oh you'll be fine!

As an endnote, anyone who disagrees that rat does not have the best vp in the game and is cute af is WRONG. That's fact.

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Tlaloc1050 (17) | January 1, 2018 10:19pm
+1, good guide. What do you think about Titan's Bane on him in solo?
ArtioIsABalancedMilf | January 2, 2018 4:50am
I would recommend that item in solo yes. With titan's bane you can still do some damage to tanks and with that item you can do enough damage to kill an adc by yourself without thorns. Don't get me wrong on the guide, bruiser rat still works in solo but only if you have a guardian or warrior jungle.
Branmuffin17 (311) | January 2, 2018 5:37pm
Actually, there's one reason (albeit minor) why you might consider not building Titan's Bane.

Flurry reduces protections (up to 6 per hit, 4 stacks, for a total of 24 protections reduced at max rank). This will cut a bit into the effectiveness of TB's % pen. Note I'm not saying it's not still a good item, but I think you can get along without it depending on comp and how you're doing (and what is needed). TB is a pure damage item, with a bonus that it also helps a lot with objective damage, if you're looking to take down towers ASAP at the point you build it (and usually not built until a bit later in a build, when more protections are have it as item #3 in your Pen and Burst Focused build).

Rather, some consideration should be given to Void Shield, which works very well for bruiser needs when expecting some physical damage, as the passive works hand in hand with Flurry. Additionally, he works well with Brawler's Beat Stick, if you want a damage item with anti-heal utility.

It's pretty much a given that Rat needs to be a bruiser (rather than a glass cannon). In the Jungle (the mighty Jungle), it's also really important for him to get his CDR up ASAP. Jotunn's Wrath is often an early item (often right after completing the Acorn).

Gladiator's Shield can be a good item for him, but it's not core, at least not in the Jungle. Also have to consider the gods you're targeting or are giving you trouble. If those gods are magical, then the Shield isn't very helpful. Thus, you need flexibility in the build (and also to note that Shield is a bridge item that should be replaced late-game, which is not mentioned as far as I can see).

For the Solo build, again, Glad shield is great (and again, a bridge item) if facing a physical Solo / physical Jungler. But normally, he's going to be a bit all over the place, and the next item should often be either a balanced protection item (like Spirit Robe) or a magical defense item (like Genji's Guard or Pestilence, depending on need).

I don't personally like Hide of the Nemean Lion on a god like Rat. It's a nice counter to basics, but doesn't have any health, and is really meant for gods that can take a lot of hits and/or draw hits to them due to abilities (e.g. Athena's taunt). If you DO pick it up (on any god) it's usually better against critical builds, whose items usually are built later, so build it as a late-game counter. Also don't think he needs Mystical Mail, but that's my opinion.

Really, though, that Solo build does need some offensive items and more CDR. He's not a normal tank with crazy base damage that can get away with a pure tank build. He needs to use abilities a lot, and he needs some power and pen.

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