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Release the Kraken! - Poseidon guide for mid laners (S8, 8.8, BP)

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by xmysterionz updated September 10, 2021

Smite God: Poseidon

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Build Summary

Standard Start

Build Item Conduit Gem Conduit Gem
Build Item Lost Artifact Lost Artifact
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
2
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
2

Gem Build

Notes You may stack Charon's Coin earlier.

Notes

You may stack Charon's Coin earlier.

Build Item Gem of Focus Gem of Focus
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti

Poseidon's Skill Order Notes When you reach level 8, wait until level 9 to upgrade both Release The Kraken! and Whirlpool.

Notes

When you reach level 8, wait until level 9 to upgrade both Release The Kraken! and Whirlpool.

Tidal Surge

1 X Y
Tidal Surge
1 15 16 18 19

Trident

2 A B
Trident
3 10 11 12 14

Whirlpool

3 B A
Whirlpool
2 4 6 7 8

Release The Kraken!

4 Y X
Release The Kraken!
5 9 13 17 20
Tidal Surge
1 15 16 18 19

Tidal Surge

1 X
Poseidon summons forth a wave that travels in a line, dealing damage and pushing back all enemies in its path.

Ability Type: Line
Damage: 100 / 140 / 180 / 220 / 260 (+70% of your Magical Power)
Tidal Meter: -20% Tide
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 10s
Trident
3 10 11 12 14

Trident

2 A
Poseidon activates his Trident, granting Move speed and making his Basic Attacks fire 2 additional shots in a spread for 6s. The shots deal Magical damage plus 20% of Poseidon's Magical Power. All shots increase Poseidon's Tide on successful hit.

Ability Type: Buff
Base Damager Per Hit: 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 / 70
Movement Speed: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30%
Lifetime: 6s
Cost: 65 / 70 / 75 / 80 / 85
Cooldown: 20 / 18 / 16 / 14 / 12s
Whirlpool
2 4 6 7 8

Whirlpool

3 B
Poseidon summons a whirlpool at his ground target location that Cripples targets, preventing movement abilities, and creating a Vortex which drags targets toward the center dealing damage every .5s for 3s.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Damage: 15 / 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 (+15% of your Magical Power)
Damage (Total): 90 / 150 / 210 / 270 / 330 (+90% of your Magical Power)
Tidal Meter: -20% Tide
Radius: 20
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 15 / 14 / 13 / 12 / 11s
Release The Kraken!
5 9 13 17 20

Release The Kraken!

4 Y
Poseidon releases the Kraken, damaging and Slowing targets in its radius. Enemies in the center of the effect when it spawns take additional damage, are bounced into the air and Stunned.

Ability: Ground Target
Damage: 175 / 210 / 245 / 280 / 315 (+45% of your Magical Power)
Damage (Center): 175 / 210 / 245 / 280 / 315 (+45% of your Magical Power)
Slow: 30%
Stun (Center): 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2s
Tidal Meter: -30% Tide
Radius: 30
Cost: 100 / 110 / 120 / 130 / 140
Cooldown: 90s

Extended Build

Sands of time build

Notes Start with Sands of Time + Lost Artifact + potions

Notes

Start with Sands of Time + Lost Artifact + potions

Build Item Pendulum of Ages Pendulum of Ages
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Sustain Build

Build Item Sacrificial Shroud Sacrificial Shroud
Build Item Chronos' Pendant Chronos' Pendant
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Charon's Coin Charon's Coin
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang

Situational Items

Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Doom Orb Doom Orb
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin

Relics

Notes Aegis Amulet - Pick this whenever you want to block massive burst damage like Vulcan's ulti.

Purification Beads - Pick this relic if the enemy team has a lot of Hard CC's like stuns, taunts...

Notes

Aegis Amulet - Pick this whenever you want to block massive burst damage like Vulcan's ulti.

Purification Beads - Pick this relic if the enemy team has a lot of Hard CC's like stuns, taunts...

Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads

Introduction



Art by Hadassa
My name is x MysTeRioN z, a majority Xbox Player, but sometimes I play on PC too. I'm a Brazilian nice guy who likes to play FPS, Racing, Platform and RPG games. I like to study and read when I'm not playing, and I'm also studying to be a lawyer. 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!!!

You are reading a CERTIFIED GUIDE!!!

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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. Very predictable
  2. Extremely mana hungry
  3. Doesn't have a true escape
  4. You need to hit exactly the center of Kraken
  5. Very annoying to fight against
  6. Too much Mid-Late Game
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details about pros/cons

Skills


"Hope you can swim!" - 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 increase 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 battlefield, 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 to fire extra 2 shots on each basic attack. Additionally, Poseidon gains movespeed to race around the map. All these buffs have a lifetime of 6 secs.

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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 brings enemies to the center of it.

details


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 releases 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 finishing 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 thinking about your mana.

Poking your enemy



Whirlpool will force your enemy to 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 is 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 WEAK and an easy target until level 3/4 and 5, SO AVOID FIGHT, unless it's inevitable.
  • 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 (if he takes too long to do it, do it by yourself).
  • In teamfights try to participate from some distance and run for your life using Trident if someone focuses on you.
  • PUT WARDS ON THE MAP to avoid be Ganked!!. Now you have a FREE WARD, no excuses.
  • 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 serious 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 it, 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 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 of the enemy. The squishy target should be dying extremely easy for you if you hit your entire combo (including the center of Kraken). Time to shine.
  • Don't hold krakens, if Kraken is ready then use it. Go for ganks to use it or if you see an enemy in a bad spot, go for it.
  • REMEMBER THAT OBJECTIVES ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN KILLS, so it's time to start to rotate, taking down towers, and kill with your team jungle bosses such as gold fury and fire giant.
  • ALWAYS try to participate in teamfights now, 'cause your skills ARE VERY USEFUL to the team and do VERY GOOD damage.
  • Now it's a nice moment to start rotating to surprise enemies and release some Kraken!!!


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' 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 your team, you will still be 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 turns to you, you can activate Ayrton Senna mode, I mean... Trident and just run away.

Builds and Itemization

How to Build

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



how to build

Builds

Builds


Situational Items


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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 to play with him as ADC. Building him right and playing with him right, I'm almost sure you will always have a positive KD and will have a good match. He is probably the easiest mid to carry a game, once fed, there's no coming back to the enemy due to your insane pressure with ulti + whirlpool.

Follow 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 art of Cute Poseidon on the headers.

Check my guides:



Art by Zennore via DeviantArt
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1
BasedBerzerk | March 28, 2021 3:16am
Leveling the 1 is 10x better than the 3
1
Big Damage (33) | September 17, 2020 5:39pm
Doom orb should definitely be listed.
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xmysterionz (64) | September 23, 2020 5:41am
It's been a long time since the last time I saw this item in a build. Does it even worth?
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Kriega1 (126) | September 23, 2020 6:33am
Uhm, yes? 2850 gold for 145 power? (165 stacked). 6% movement speed (11% stacked) great for rotations/farming, MP5 makes it hard to go OOM, mage flat pen got nerfed, why wouldn't you build it? Especially on Pos?

Like, how can you recommend Book which hasn't been meta on Pos for a while now, but wouldn't suggest Doom Orb, especially after recent buff?
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Hadeyan (2) | April 10, 2020 8:44am
That guide looks awesome visualy also its easy to track and learn.

And ı dont have any major opposition too. Well done.
1
xmysterionz (64) | May 19, 2020 11:23am
Thank you :3
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DV-8 (29) | April 3, 2020 5:10pm
Do you feel that the ADC build could use some adjustments or do you still like how it is?
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xmysterionz (64) | April 3, 2020 5:59pm
Tbh I didn't even remember that this build exist LOL!!!

I think the new lifesteal ring can be a decent option but I wouldn't trade Brancroft for it, Pos, after lvl 5, with bancroft, has a giant kill potential with his ulti. Do you have something in mind that wants to share DV?
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DV-8 (29) | April 4, 2020 8:20am
I was just looking for build ideas for Mage ADCs. Just seeing what builds you like.
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Revenant7755 (1) | February 17, 2020 8:21am
Seamen-thats nasty!

Still good guide tho. +1
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xmysterionz (64) | February 17, 2020 8:29am
hahaha thx
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xmysterionz (64) | February 2, 2020 5:37pm
Comments below this are from Season 6 and above it from Season 7.
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Farthus (4) | January 12, 2020 7:17am
It is a pretty nice build. However, a big downside is the lack of mana sunstainment pretty much throughout the whole game. You might want to swap out Spear of Desolation for Chronos' Pendant and get Shoes of the Magi
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xmysterionz (64) | February 2, 2020 5:37pm
Yeah, that was a flaw from the old build, but these builds to Season 7 are more optimized than S6
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silentshell (5) | September 27, 2019 6:12am
So, I was looking over your guide and it made a lot of sense to try out the fast attack speed build to keep the tide built up for escapes but I had a horrible match. After how bad I did on my initial try in arena I tried the other build but did not do so well either.

Someone in my team suggested that I build gem of isolation earlier to get the slows going sooner and then I also got to thinking that to sort of mitigate his squishiness that I would build more health with power for him there. The last two games I have done pretty well with this setup just learning him. Magic Shoes Tiny Trinket at the start of the match and then build full Shoes of Focus Gem of Isolation Spear of the Magus Shaman's Ring Ethereal Staff Soul Gem

I get a bit of lifesteal early and a good chunk of extra health and then for first relic I take Purification Beads and then Heavenly Wings because he can get bursted down so fast I've been doing better just to pop that and run if I can't get away with the 3, the 3 and the ult and/or having high tide. it is a small sample size but the two matches with this build were 3/0/12(win with 25 totat team kills) and 6/0/8(18 total team kills) both wins. Was tentative first match and low damage but more assertive but not overly aggressive and got second place damage with 43k second game. Even though I am using a different build you have my +1 because of all of your good information in the guide. If you have any input for me that would be great as well.
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xmysterionz (64) | September 28, 2019 2:26pm
Hellow Silent,

Thank you for your +1 :3
Just pointing this build wasn't made for arena, it is for "Mid Laners" which means it was thought exclusively for Conquest. You may use the build in other modes and it also may work but you will have to make some adjustments like the one you did with Gem of Isolation.

Thanks for the feedback.
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silentshell (5) | September 29, 2019 1:50am
xmysterionz wrote:
Hellow Silent,

Thank you for your +1 :3
Just pointing this build wasn't made for arena, it is for "Mid Laners" which means it was thought exclusively for Conquest. You may use the build in other modes and it also may work but you will have to make some adjustments like the one you did with Gem of Isolation.

Thanks for the feedback.

yeah, i know, but you gave a lot of good general information for him that has helped me, so still deserving of the +1, despite not for my preferred game mode :)
1
Kriega1 (126) | September 27, 2019 6:53am
I'd swap soul gem for tahuti in your build, especially considering you got shaman's, since tahuti passive buffs shaman's passive.

An ideal Pos build is something like: Shoes of Focus , Spear of the Magus, Shaman's Ring, Ethereal Staff (or gem of iso against low moblity teams), Soul Reaver, Rod of Tahuti.

If u need obs shard swap tahuti for it, or if u need divine ruin then swap magus for divine and lategame get obs shard instead of tahuti, or go something like: CDR boots > magus > divine > shaman's > reaver > obs shard.
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silentshell (5) | September 27, 2019 7:38am
Yeah was thinking the same thing with ruin and then obs for soul if needed. I went with soul at the end for even more health/the burst/lifesteal because I was thinking all that health with those benefits from soul and the borrowed health from ethereal would really help arena survivability. The 30% cooldown for the build is nice too although from what I have seen 20% would probably be fine. I don't need much convincing to try out Tahuti. I try to fit that in if possible in any magical based god I can that i play. I will probably do that at times after I get more work in with him. I didn't realize Shaman's synergized with Tahuti like that. Thanks for the input.
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FootFetish (4) | August 5, 2019 5:53am
Hi mys, uhh overall your guide seems informative and cool B)
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xmysterionz (64) | August 5, 2019 5:56am
Thank you :3
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boogiebass (46) | May 18, 2019 10:02pm
Hey Myst, is polynomicon good on Poseidon in a book of thoth build?
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xmysterionz (64) | 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 (46) | May 18, 2019 1:31pm
What's the start for alternative, book of thoth build?
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Kriega1 (126) | May 18, 2019 1:33pm
Book of Souls, 1 health pot, 2 mana pots.
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xmysterionz (64) | 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 (64) | 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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