Ratatoskr comes with a rather fun set of abilities that work well together, he is a sneaky assassin who jumps onto a target, shreds them, then jumps to the next target and so on, until he needs to dash back to safety.
Acorn of Yggdrasil - This item is always on Ratatoskr in his first item slot no matter the game mode. It substitutes for boots, having higher movement speed than Warrior Tabi and higher damage. It also gives Ratatoskr a huge advantage in the Early Game as he does not have to pay for Tier 1 of the item. However, the acorn does cost more than the average boots.
Hydra's Lament - I always purchase this as Ratatoskr's second item as it provides a great boost to his kit in general. Since this God is torn between basic attacks and abilities, this item helps him use his kit more wisely. When Ratatoskr uses an ability such as Dart, his next basic attack will deal significantly more damage which really helps with his whole combo in general.
This also contributes to his cooldown reductions which are very important. Another advantage of this item is the MP5 it gives for missing mana which yet again helps his sustainability, definitely a must-pick for me.
Breastplate of Valor - This is a very important defensive item for Ratatoskr, especially in Conquest. If you're gonna do damage, you need to be able to take it, too and this item provides Ratatoskr with the protection he needs against the enemy jungler, especially if the majority of the enemy team is physical damage in any game modes.
Spirit Robe - Recently, I have started to use this way more often than Breastplate of Valor due to it resulting in a build that goes over the cooldown cap, it provides both physical and magical protection and therefore helps Ratatoskr balance out his protection against both damage types from opponents.
Bulkwark of Hope - If the enemy jungler is a magical type, get this instead of Breastplate of Valor as it provides the magical protections that you need to survive attacks from the enemy jungler or if the majority of the enemy are magical, this is a good buy.
The Crusher - The Crusher is a great item for Ratatoskr as a replacement for Jotunn's Wrath and generally fits his playstyle well, if you get an enemy low enough and wish to Dart away as using it on the enemy may leave you without an escape, The Crusher will take out the enemy with its bleeding passive.
Mantle of Discord - An item that not only provides amazing protection and the right amount of cooldown reduction to trade out with Spirit Robe, but it also has the power to give you that extra time to get away from enemies or take out that pesky low-health one and give you your Bloodforge shield to allow you to continue in the fight with its stunning passive.
Ancile - This item is great against Magical Gods and allows you to have the upper-paw on enemies with its stunning passive, it's great for annoying the enemy jungler if they're magical!
Jotunn's Wrath - A very basic item that is picked up to amplify your stats in general, primarily giving you higher damage output and lowering your cooldowns. It comes with many bonus effects and is definitely a core item to buy.
Masamune - A great item to use on Ratatoskr as team fights will certainly happen often, and you may even be near enough to enemies for the passive to help you when stalking above your prey whilst sitting in your little cosmic tree of death.
Bloodforge - I always purchase this on Ratatoskr as it really helps him survive the huge team fights that happen near the end of games, especially conquest. This allows Ratatoskr to gain a temporary shield upon killing an opponent which comes in all sorts of useful situations. Such as when you wish to dash from target to target and still be able to fight the next one, or if you are escaping and your shield manages to just keep you alive while you escape to the safety of Yggdrasil in Through the Cosmos. Bloodforge is definitely a must buy for me.
Heartseeker - I recently added this item to my general build as it really helps with the whole kit. You build up your next ability's damage with basic attacks and then unleash havoc. It's an easily understood item and works very well with kits such as Ratatoskr's who is split between basic attacks and abilities.
Deathbringer - This is a great item if you wish to lean towards the basic attack side of things, getting those huge critical attacks off will really shred the enemy. I have recently cut this out of my main build due to Heartseeker but I still use it from time to time.
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