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Release the Kraken! - Poseidon guide for mid laners (S6, 6.9)

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Smite God: Poseidon

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Standard Build Example Notes An standard build example for conquest mid. This build takes high advantage of true damage early game due the pen and high cooldown on mid game.

You may choose Shoes of the Magi for even more early aggressive (especially if you are fighting a tanky enemy early game like Zhong Kui).

Remember that you may sell your shoes late game and buy Elixir of Speed and replace it with another item (like Rod of Tahuti).

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Starter Notes
  • Magic Focus standard start to give you pen asap achieving True Damage early game.
Don't forget to get some Healing Potions and Mana Potions prioritizing mana pots, 'cause Poseidon REALLY DRINKS mana early game.

Build Item Mage's Blessing Mage's Blessing
Build Item Magic Focus Magic Focus
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion

Damage Options

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead
Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Situational Items

Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Demonic Grip Demonic Grip
Build Item Hastened Ring Hastened Ring
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Telkhines Ring Telkhines Ring
Build Item Bumba's Mask Bumba's Mask

Defensive Items

Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Stacking Build Notes Focusing in survive late game with the shield from book of the deads

Sell Shoes of Focus to buy Soul Reaver (or other situational/damage item) after you buy Elixir of Speed

Build Item Book of Thoth Book of Thoth
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Book of the Dead Book of the Dead
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Anti-healing build Notes Build to counter anti-healing.

Sell Shoes of Focus to buy Rod of Tahuti (or other situational/damage item) after you buy Elixir of Speed

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Anti-tank build Notes Against teams with 3 or more tanks/off tanks.

An alternative to Obsidian Shard can be Demonic Grip for those that like hit basic attacks with him.

Sell Shoes of Focus to buy Shaman's Ring (or other situational/damage item) after you buy Elixir of Speed

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Shaman's Ring Shaman's Ring

CDR Build Notes This build was made to use a lot of krakens!!!!!

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Poseidon's Skill Order

Tidal Surge

Tidal Surge

1 X
1 15 16 18 19
Trident

Trident

2 A
3 8 11 12 14
Whirlpool

Whirlpool

3 B
2 4 6 7 10
Release The Kraken!

Release The Kraken!

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20

Introduction




Art by G-CAT (R.I.P)
My name is x MysTeRioN z, an 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. I do love cute characters. My xbox gamertag is the same as here: x MysterioN z.


Today, I'm here to help you play with the god of seas (or seamen (hehehe)).



Art by Zennore via DeviantArt


"The Ocean calls my name!" - Poseidon


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.

So, Let's go!!!

Pros / Cons


"You're shark bait" - Poseidon

Pros:
  1. High damage
  2. Good CCs
  3. Very useful in teamfights
  4. Strong late game
  5. Good Basic attacks + Good Skills
  6. Easy to carry
  7. Sexy voice on Riptide skin
  8. Most memorable phrase in the game

Cons:
  1. Bad early game
  2. Doesn't have a true escape
  3. You need to hit exactly the center of Kraken
  4. Very annoying to fight against
  5. Too much Mid-Late Game
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Skills


"Hope you can swin!" - Poseidon


Changing Tides
Type: Passive

Extra damage: Up to +20% extra damage at max tide level
Extra movespeed: Up to +15% extra movespeed at max tide level

Poseidon basic attacks increases the tide marker, with higher tides, come higher damages and movespeed. Using his skills decrease the marker (except the Trident).

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Tidal Surge
Type: Line
Cooldown: 10 secs

Damage: 100/140/180/220/260 (+ 70% of your magical power)
Tidal Meter: -20%

Poseidon brings a wave to the battle field and it travels in a line, damaging all enemies it hits a knocking back them.

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Trident
Type: Buff
Cooldown: 20-12 secs

Extra shots damage: 30/40/50/60/70 (+ 20% of your magical power)
Extra Movespeed: 10/15/20/25/30%

Poseidon turns his trident allowing him fire extra 2 shots on each basic attack. Additionally, Poseidon gains movespeed to race around the map. All these buffs have a lifetime of 6secs.

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Whirlpool
Type: Ground Target
Cooldown: 15-11 secs

Total damage: 90/150/210/270/330 (+ 90% of your magical power)
Tide Meter: -20%

Poseidon creates a Whirlpool that cripples and bring enemies to the center of it.

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Release the Kraken!
Type: Ground Target (Ultimate)
Cooldown: 90 secs

Damage: 175/210/245/280/315 (+ 45% of your magical power) (Damage 2x in the center)
Tide Meter: -30%

Poseidon release the kraken, that damages and slow all enemies in the area after a short preparation time. People in the center of kraken take the damage twice and are also stunned and knocked up into the air.

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Skill Order



Standard Leveling Up Order (For Conquest)

  • Start with Tidal Surge due the lower cooldown and same damage of Whirlpool.


After that, follow this priority
  1. (For wave clear and high damage while cripples the enemy)
  2. (For movespeed and increase your passive)
  3. (For damage proposing only)

  • As soon as available to enhance the damage

Burst Damage Leveling Up Order

  1. (For wave clear and high damage while cripples the enemy)
  2. (For extra damage on your combo)
  3. (For movespeed and increase your passive)

  • As soon as available to enhance the damage

Skills Combos

Wave clear



More than enough to clear the wave. Put Whirlpool in the center of the wave to clear it and finish with Tidal Surge if you really feel you need it 'cause you will waste so much mana clearing the wave so I recommend finish with basic attacks whenever possible. With Book of Thoth full stacked you will have a lot of mana so then you can start casting this without think about your mana.

Poking your enemy



Whirlpool will force your enemy stop hitting you (mainly with basic attacks) and start to move out of it, then you upgrade your Trident and try to hit him with all three basics.

Killing your enemy



Whirlpool will cripple your enemy while does damage, then you RELEASE THE KRAKEN! and since your enemy are crippled you can put the center exactly on your enemy, then after the knockup you fire Tidal Surge and activates Trident to gain some movespeed to chase the enemy and some extra basic attacks.

How to play



Early Game


  • You are VERY WEAK and a easy target until level 2/3/4 and 5, SO AVOID FIGHT.
  • Try to clear the wave as soon as possible, and try to don't take damage from the wave. If the enemy cleared his wave first, retreat to your tower.
  • High recommend you take the damage buff. If you see that there is a chance of the enemy take your buff, then do it even before your jungler comes. If this chance is not possible, wait for him.
  • In teamfights try to participate from some distance and run for your life using Trident if someone focus you.
  • PUT WARDS ON THE MAP to avoid be Ganked!!
  • Poke your enemy as soon as possible (See the "poking combo" on Combos Section) and be careful doing it, he might call for help and put you in seriously trouble.
  • FOCUS ON FARMING, you need to get big as soon as possible so every farm you see, do it if possible (camps or minions waves), especially the camps on the right and left side of mid lane.
  • Be careful to don't die. IF THE ENEMY GETS BIGGER THAN YOU, YOU WILL SUFFER SO MUCH.
  • Ask for help every time you need, and don't do anything that can compromise yourself.
  • Remember that you have a low health pool and 0 defenses early game so "be smart"

Mid Game


  • Now you do a decent damage, probably you are killing a minions wave without problems using Whirlpool.
  • Now it's time to become a little aggressive. Your damage scales very well now (mainly with the build I did). You will see your basic attacks (with Trident) doing very good basic attacks and it surprises the most part of the enemy. Squishy target should be dying extremely easy for you if you hit your entire combo (including the center of kraken). Time to shine.
  • REMEMBER THAT OBJECTIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN KILLS, so it's time to start do rotate, taking down towers, and kill with your team jungle bosses such as gold fury and fire giant.
  • ALWAYS try to participate of teamfights now, 'cause your skills ARE VERY USEFUL to the team and do a VERY GOOD damage.
  • Now it's a nice moment to start rotate to surprise enemies and release some krakens!!!


Late Game


  • Time to group up.
  • Now you are stronger than ever so, time to keep shining.
  • Use wisely your skills now 'cause they are powerful and can change the games's destiny.
  • Stay with your team helping them and now, more than ever, participate in the team fights combining your skills with theirs.
  • Unfortunately, you are very squishy, so YOU DIE VERY FAST at late game, BUT, you can counter it by playing safe behind your teammates. So, as long as you don't try to be a front line and stay together with you team you will still being a killing machine.
  • As you should notice, a single Whirlpool combined with the center of the kraken can also kill a full health squishy target, so use it wisely.
  • Try to keep you passive always full or almost full 'cause if someone turn to you, you can active Ayrton Senna mode, I mean... Trident and just run away.

Builds and Itemization

How to Build

Now I will talk about of how you should build Poseidon properly, what your build must have to be decent and viable.



how to build

Builds

Builds

Final Considerations



"You are shark bait!" - Poseidon



My conclusion is that Poseidon is a good and easy god to play and is very welcome on mid lane and can be fun play with him as ADC. Building him right and playing with him right I'm almost sure you will always has a positive KD and will have a good match.

Following the guide I posted here you will do a nice job with him.

So let's go now, let's release a lot of krakens!


Special Thanks:

  • Zennore - The guy who did this amazing arts of Cute Poseidon on the headers

Check my other guides:



Art by Zennore via DeviantArt


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

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FootFetish (3) | August 5, 2019 5:53am
Hi mys, uhh overall your guide seems informative and cool B)
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xmysterionz (47) | August 5, 2019 5:56am
Thank you :3
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boogiebass (37) | May 18, 2019 10:02pm
Hey Myst, is polynomicon good on Poseidon in a book of thoth build?
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xmysterionz (47) | May 19, 2019 1:13pm
Well I wouldn't use it. You usually cast your 3 then kraken, then 1 or 2 (or both), so I really don't if it would be that useful since his combos are usually applied very quickly without a basic attack between the casts. I wouldn't recommend it, there are better options though it can work in some cases if you look for (even more) burst.
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boogiebass (37) | May 18, 2019 1:31pm
What's the start for alternative, book of thoth build?
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Kriega1 (85) | May 18, 2019 1:33pm
Book of Souls, 1 health pot, 2 mana pots.
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xmysterionz (47) | May 19, 2019 1:11pm
Answered
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ENK_92 | April 30, 2019 4:36pm
Hello
I've been playing Poseidon for a while now and I find this guide to be quite helpful.
Also it's done in quality manner so I upvoted it.
I personally i found out that for me getting as much Cool down reduction as fast as possible is essential to get as many Krakens released as possible.
I go for Shoes with CDR then Spear CDR then Chronos CDR. I take spear first due to the flat pen. Then i look what my opponent is building and what map I'm playing Joust Clash etc. I tend to go for Tahuti and/or lifesteal but really depends on situation and what I'm playing with and against.

Thank you for you're guide and I hope you will keep this updated since I and mostly others too find this guide helpful.
May the Tide always be on you're side!
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xmysterionz (47) | May 1, 2019 4:02am
Hello my friend,

First of all, thank you, it took me a good time to write it.

First of all a guide idea is: "Give some basic information about the character and how you should play with him". You should always adapt the builds and comments on a guide to your match.

Talking about the things you said, CDR is necessary on Poseidon, however, in my most matches I felt that not that early. Chronos' Pendant is an expensive item and as said, you rush to use Release The Kraken! often, but, doing it early on you will make yourself dependent of this skill like, oh I have kraken lets go or oh I don't have the kraken, I wont go.

I found Gem of Isolation much more helpful due its slow, very easy to apply keeping you closer/away for the enemies and it has more helpful early game stats than just CDR + Power. Poseidon isn't Discordia who needs CDR 'cause the skills has long timers and totally dependent of them.

About Rod of Tahuti, I wouldn't recommend you buy it so sooner.

Anyway, you should always adapt your build according to the match, and for most part of my matches, the build in this guide was the best option, so you should do the same ;)

I will always try keep it updated and every suggestion or comment you have feel free to come back here and tell me :3
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TangoDownY3k (1) | April 28, 2019 9:05pm
Congrats on winning the contest! Good build and great level of detail. You deserved it man! Spend the gems wisely ;)
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xmysterionz (47) | May 1, 2019 3:48am
Thank you :3
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boogiebass (37) | April 21, 2019 8:37pm
Myst, I maed dis for you

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xmysterionz (47) | April 22, 2019 4:24am
Wow thank you, I loved it.
Take this +Rep :)
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boogiebass (37) | April 22, 2019 4:28pm
I didn't actually make it. I just found it and wanted to share it with you.

Anyway, the reason for sharing on your Poseidon guide: i played a match with Poseidon. I was initially gonna do your book of thoth build, but did a variation of it. Kind of. Was wondering how soul gem would work on him. Maybe itd would help with his burst on the 3-4 combo.

So i understand the preferred lifesteal item is Bancroft but why isn't soul gem suggested on him?

Here's the match: https://smite.guru/match/926944507
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Kriega1 (85) | February 14, 2019 4:51am
Im gonna be honest, not sure what the thought process for some of these builds were, especially building book of thoth.

First build: Telkhines should straight up just be shaman's ring. Your build also caps cdr. Sell cdr boots and magus lategame for pen boots and obsidian shard, as the flat pen from magi boots and deso should be enough for squishies.

2nd build: Why get book of thoth and give yourself such a weak early game?

3rd build: Swap Telkhines for Shamans.

4th build: Getting Bancrofts in a tank shred build... I would Switch place of pendant and bancrofts around and trade bancrofts for tahuti if you want a "tank shred" build. Maybe even Reaver over tahuti but I don't know how much damage you still get from Reaver after nerfs.

5th build: Building warlocks staff on most mages is not a good option, that goes for poseidon too.

6th build: ADC build, but no bancrofts.... Here's what I would build: Pen boots, Bancrofts, Spear of Magus/Demonic Grip, Hastened, Telkhines, Chronos' Pendant.

For Speed elixir replacements for the mid builds consider obsidian, tahuti, hastened, mantle, magi's.
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xmysterionz (47) | February 14, 2019 5:35am
Kriega1 wrote:
Im gonna be honest, not sure what the thought process for some of these builds were.

Neither me :v
  1. Does Shaman worth as a late game item?

  2. Just trying to offer some different builds. Some times you can be ahead and want to stack book and make yourself even stronger late game.

  3. K

  4. Reaver is not doing a good amount of damage in mages that spam skills. I used to take around 300~400 damage from it and now in the same situations it is doing only 150~200. However mages that doesn't spam skill it still good.

  5. This build was made to hold some burst damage due the high HP you will have. Might be useful when there is a Loki on the match.

  6. K, I will change it.

Thanks for the feedback
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Kriega1 (85) | February 14, 2019 5:53am
5. Loki is easier to counter in season 6. He has much less burst. Build Mantle of Discord for him.
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xmysterionz (47) | February 13, 2019 9:02am
Comments below this are from Season 5 and above this from Season 6
(Itemization will be added later)
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Gulfwulf (64) | December 19, 2018 3:40pm
You can probably swap out Shoes of Focus for Shoes of the Magi so you get that early pen in your first build. I'd sell them for focus late game though.
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xmysterionz (47) | December 19, 2018 4:04pm
A nice point, as I said, I'm waiting season 6 to go in depth on item discuss. I like and prefer focus due the mana and cdr, 2 helpful things on him to have often Trident for escape/damage and his mana consumption that is high. Although, I can't deny that magi is a great option too for high early pressure. So the player can choose what he wants, early pressure and be more aggressive or survive and be more passive. I'll put a mention on notes about it.
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