In this section I will go over what items are strong on Artio
, why they are useful and when to purchase them
Shoes of Focus
style of play heavily revolves around spamming your abilities in a coordinated manner, therefore of the early game boot choices Shoes of Focus
is the top pick, giving you a higher mana pool and CDR to get those abilities off more often and power to give them the extra kick of damage. This should go with out saying but getting these first or second should always be essential on your build.
Gauntlet of Thebes
A common but noteworthy item, that nonetheless needs to be mentioned here. Hands down, Gauntlet of Thebes
is a high contender for strongest single defence item in the game, only being challenged by Mantle of Discord
, and with good reason. You will need to get this either first item before boots or second item after boots to make the most of this due to the need for stacks. 50 protections, 300HP and 15HP5 with an aura of 10 protections bringing it to 60 is as useful as it sounds.
Breastplate of Valor
Another item powering Artios'
need for mana and CDR, there are very few builds where I would not consider this a viable item. Breastplate of Valor
can be purchased at any point in the game, but considering it's usefulness to Artio
and other essential items needed earlier, I would say in the Support role around 4th or 5th item, however in Solo and Joust you can grab this as one of your first items after boots without a problem.
In the same boat as Breastplate of Valor
but as a Magical Defence instead, Shogun's Kusari
is incredibly useful for helping your ADC especially but also the rest of your team getting more DPS with an attack speed buff. This is also very useful on objectives such as the Fire Giant or Bull Demon King. Then there is also the CDR and MP5 which Artio
really appreciates. Another note is that Genji's Guard
can do the same job but better if you're not playing a Support role or if none of your team really uses Auto Attacks. This can be purchased at any time in any role, as it is not only a strong Support item but a decent general defence item.
Here is a bit of an oddball, but for aggressive play that Artio
is suited to, you will get a lot of damage off with this, not only because you are always going to be in range when fighting with your abilities for the damage to tick, but because each of your abilities reduce their protections by a percentage you will be doing more than you even expected. I would very rarely suggest this in the Support role, it could work if your team was heavily snowballing, but for Solo and Joust you can pick this up any time after your core items, so that you have the CDR, MP% and tankiness to put this item to good use.
The longer that Artio
stays in a fight with someone, the more damage they will take through reduced percentage protections due to Decompose
. So being able to stack it on top of a 10% reduced protection aura is very powerful. This is also why in my Solo build and some of my Joust builds Soul Reaver
for the additional 10% pen, although not utilised by the team unfortunately. On another note of items, a team mate with Void Shield
can also stack with this passive, reducing protections even further in a team fight. Void Stone
can be picked up any time after your core items, and personally I would build in the mid-late game, around 4th item onwards.
Talisman of Energy
A strange pick, but synergises with the passive on Artios'
ult. although not very strong in the current meta (as of Smite 7.4), however it is a fun "fill" item that is helpful for Artios'
need for MP5 to stay in the fight and movement speed to keep sticking to targets, as the passive in shapeshifter gives the same stats, having an item to stack it higher is always useful. Due to this being a fill item it's placement in a build order is not very important, so once your essential items are out of the way purchase as you see fit.
I have covered in the previous items fairly consistently that Artio
has percentage penetration that her team can all use against targets that she hits. So a reasonable item for Artio
to use is a damage tank item, that can fit well in all working roles for her, Ethereal Staff
. Gaining stacks by hitting enemies with abilities the same as her 2 passives, stealing additional health and mana will keep you in the fight longer and do more damage, on top of that having 90 power to hit a little harder with your percentage pen is always appreciated.