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[Skadi In-Depth S4 Build] "Feel the power of a true jotunn!"

August 29, 2017 by Skapeek
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Conquest ADC Build

Smite God: Skadi

Item Purchase Order

Starter 1

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

Starter 2

Build Item Bluestone Pendant Build Item Boots Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Mana Potion Build Item Mana Potion Build Item Mana Potion

Starter 3

Build Item Charged Morningstar Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Healing Potion Build Item Mana Potion Build Item Mana Potion

Generic Build

Build Item Warrior Tabi Build Item Transcendence Build Item Asi Build Item Qin's Sais Build Item Titan's Bane

Core Items

Build Item Warrior Tabi Build Item Transcendence

3rd Item Options

Build Item Asi Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Build Item Jotunn's Wrath

4th Item Options

Build Item Qin's Sais Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Build Item Winged Blade Build Item The Crusher

Usual 5th Item

Build Item Titan's Bane Build Item The Crusher Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick

Last Item Options

Build Item Bloodforge Build Item Magi's Cloak Build Item Spirit Robe Build Item Winged Blade Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Build Item Shifter's Shield Build Item The Crusher


Build Item Purification Beads Build Item Aegis Amulet Build Item Heavenly Wings Build Item Bracer of Undoing

God Skill Order

Piercing Cold

Piercing Cold 1 3 6 7 9 key bind

Rune Of The Hunt

Rune Of The Hunt 4 13 14 15 16 key bind


Permafrost 2 8 10 11 12 key bind

Winter's Grasp

Winter's Grasp 5 17 18 19 20 key bind

[Skadi In-Depth S4 Build] "Feel the power of a true jotunn!"

August 29, 2017


Okay welcome to my Skadi build for S4, conquest. I've been playing Skadi since her release and I think it was actually love at first sight. The concept of the character and her unique kit makes her really special to me. Im an actual rank X Skadi 3k worshippers, I know it's not much, but I can kinda help if you're struggling with this character. In this guide I'll talk about the build, relics, playstile, matchups, abilites, etc...
So feel free to take a seat and let's begin! <3

(Also its the first guide I make so have some mercy on me <3)

"Feel the power of a true Jotunn!"

Skadi's God Reveal

Pros and Cons

- Really high damage output lategame.
- Great at 1v1'ing other hunters.
- Good pusher.
- Great against towers.
- Has a cool doggo <3

- No reliable escape.
- Struggles a bit early game.
- Struggles against attack speed characters.
- Can be shut down easily if not paying attention.

The Build

To build Skadi you dont wanna go crit builds like some other people do, as crit is literally useless for Kaldr. you want to go an ability based build with high damage and pen, and I'll explain it now:

For starting, you can decide between a variety of starts, that just adjusts to your playstyle, just pick whatever you feel better with.

Note: You can tweak the build order to your own taste!
Core Items

- Warrior Tabi: Warrior Tabi is obviously a must have. It is a better pick over Ninja Tabi as Rune Of The Hunt is less relevant now since her ult Winter's Grasp got changed so Kaldr doesn't get the inmunity anymore.

- Transcendence: This is a must have in Skadi, however your build is going to be you must have Transcendence, she is an ability-based hunter, and every ability-based hunter needs Transcendence for the mana sustain and ability power it provides. Really good item overall.
Generic Build

- Asi: No, Kaldr does not benefit from lifesteal, but he does benefit from the rest attributes of Asi. Asi is a really good item pick on Skadi as it gives Kaldr more damage through attack speed and some pen to increase the damage input for both him and your abilities.

- Qin's Sais: And no, Kaldr also does not benefit from the Qin's Sais passive. Not long ago Skadi got some nerfs to her buddy, so this item is really one of your most sources of damage, gives you some good power for your abilities and some attack speed for both you and doggo, also althought Kaldr does not benefit from the passive you still get a lot out of it. Overall a high damage item.

- Titan's Bane: This item is just to finish up the build by adding the last bit of penetration you needed to shred those tanky targets and towers down. Keep in mind that pen affects both you and Kaldr, so Skadi as an ability-based hunter benefits a lot from this.
Optional Items

- Brawler's Beat Stick: Get this item if they have any healers for example like Hel or Chang'e. You can take it either last item or sooner if you feel you need the antihealing ASAP.

- The Executioner: Be really careful about this item, as its not a really good option with Titan's Bane as the passives together dont work really well. A good variation from Titan's Bane and if you have more than one physical damage dealers in your team.

- Jotunn's Wrath: Good item overall, gives the pen you need for Skadi and provides a good amount of physical power and CDR to have your abilities up more often.

- Winged Blade: A good defensive item if you're looking for one. Provides good defensive stats and its passive, the ability to run over slows, helps Skadi by giving her more survivability.

- Bloodforge: Good damage item. Usually take this if you feel you're really ahead. Do not go for this item really early as it is relatively expensive. You could change it for Asi later in the build if the match exceeds for too long.

-Magi's Blessing: One of the best defensive items with Skadi that helps her get out of tricky situations. If you feel you need this early to survive ganks, go ahead.

- Spirit Robe: Standard defensive item, should get it if you feel you need a lot more protections.

- Shifter's Shield: Really good item, one of my favourites to go indeed. Offers good defense and great damage depending on your health.

- Runeforged Hammer: Not one of the best options, but offers some good team damage if your team has a lot of Crowd Control. Kinda a really situational item as it relies a lot on Crowd Control, but you can still get a lot out of it as Piercing Cold, Permafrost and Winter's Grasp benefits from it.

- The Crusher: Power, pen and attack speed, all good stats, a good item if the enemy team still has tanky targets and you still feel you don't have all the pen you need.


So Skadi benefits from a lot of Relics in general, the decision you make upon taking these Relics depends really on the enemy team (Or even on yours.)

- Purification Beads
Beads is really useful on Skadi as she is a non-escape hunter, you can have Purification Beads so you can get out of those scary situations you get yourself in.

- Heavenly Wings
Sprint and Beads is a really good relic combo on Skadi, it will get you out of most situations, also Heavenly Wings could be used offensive rather than defensive as Kaldr benefits from it too, so you can use it to chase someone down.

- Aegis Amulet
Not much to say here really, if you feel you dont really need Purification Beads, or that you're going to get shut down a lot, just get Aegis Amulet.

- Bracer of Undoing
Well, everyone to its own taste, if you prefer Undoing rather than one of the actives above, its up to you. Definetly not a bad relic on her.


Kaldr, the Winter Wolf(Passive)

Skadi has a pet dog called Kaldr. Kaldr can attack all enemies, from enemy gods to lane minions on buff camps. Kaldr has up to 5 hit points. 5 lane minions hit reduce 1 Kaldr hit point while normal monsters like buff camps reduce 1 Kaldr hp on hit.
Attack Speed: 50% of Skadi's
Movement Speed: 110% of Skadi's

Piercing Cold

Skadi's most useful clear ability. A straight up line skill shot that deals a moderate amount of damage and slows enemies.
Damage: 90 / 140 / 190 / 240 / 290 (+80% of your Physical Power)
Slow: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40%
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 15s

Rune of the hunt

This ability is used to control Kaldr and send him to attack the target you decide.
Note: Can be used without having to level it up.
Attack Damage: 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80 % of Skadi's basic attack damage.
Rank 1: Kaldr gains a dash attack.
Rank 3: Kaldr kills heal him.
Rank 5: Kaldr basic attacks give skadi 10% movement speed
Cost: None
Cooldown: 0.5s


A big area in the floor with hard CC that makes enemies slide while slowing them and gives Skadi a moderate movement speed boost.
Initial damage: 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 / 190 (+60% of your Physical Power)
Damage per tick: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 (+5% of your Physical Power)
Slow: 15%
Movement Speed: 40%
Radius: 16 / 18 / 20 / 22 / 24
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 18s

Winter's Grasp
A blizzard appears upon Kaldr and Skadi for 4s, rooting the enemies in place, healing Kaldr to max hp and dealing damage every tick to enemies within the range of the blizzard.
Damage per hit: 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 (+5% of your Physical Power)
Max damage: 80 / 160 / 240 / 320 / 400 (+40% of your Physical Power)
Root duration: 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2s
Radius: 20
Cost: 80 / 90 / 100 / 110 / 120
Cooldown: 90s

Level Order
Option 1:
Usually you want to max your Piercing Cold first, and then proceed to get your Permafrost over Rune Of The Hunt. The reason being is that since Skadi's ultimate does no longer make Kaldr inmune to damage, now it is not as relevant as before. Then get Rune Of The Hunt even before Winter's Grasp, it is not really worh leveling up the ultimate until last levels.

Option 2:
Still level up first your Piercing Cold and your Winter's Grasp last. But in this case you can level up Rune Of The Hunt before Permafrost. This is if you want to use Permafrost more of an escape tool rather than a hard poking/damage ability. If you stil want to level up Permafrost you can put 3 points first in Rune Of The Hunt so Kaldr gets the ability to heal after killing minions or so.


Be smart when playing with Skadi.


Laning Phase
-In laning fase you normally want to start with your Piercing Cold at level 1.
-You can use Kaldr to poke the enemy hunter while clearing as you wont necessarily need him for fighting this early on.
-Be careful not to overextend as at early levels Skadi is really vulnerable to ganks.
-You can use your Permafrost to poke enemies too so you move them away from their wave to screw their push.

Not Laning Phase
-Normally you wanna start a fight with your Piercing Cold to slow down the enemy, and after that send Kaldr to attack.
- Do NOT use your Permafrost unless you're sure you'll be safe after getting the kill or else it will result in you getting killed.
-When using Permafrost play with the enemy, if they fall for it, they are on your territory, try and make them go to one direction as you escape in the other.
-You can always use Permafrost as an initator for the fights, but be aware not to use it if you don't know enemies actual positioning, it could result in you getting killed!
-Be aware not to send Kaldr too early or else he is probably going to be eliminated quickly.
-For using your Winter's Grasp wait til Kaldr is at 1 hit point, but be careful not to wait too long or else he will return to you resulting less effectiveness.
-Try not to use Winter's Grasp to chase an enemy instead of healing Kaldr if the enemy has an escape. Keep in mind that Winter's Grasp is a root, not a cripple. Winter's Grasp can also be a way of burning the beads of the adversary.
-When running away from someone, keep in mind that Rune Of The Hunt grants you movement speed when Kaldr hits enemies, its just a 10% buff but can really help run away from death.

Keep in mind that you're a hunter with no escape, people will tend to target you in teamfights. You have to play mindful and be aware of your positioning, if for some reason you get out of position and you get caught by one or more players, try and use your Permafrost to get out of that situation, use the movement speed in your favor, as soon as the start sliding in your Permafrost, they are on your territory, you have control over the situation , play around that.


Skadi has easy matchups against most hunters as she has Kaldr with her so that gives her the huge advantage of attacking and using abilities while blocking basic attacks. Although she has kind of a bad time against high attack speed characters, because her doggo dies faster, and without Rune Of The Hunt feels really vulnerable.

Skadi's hard matchups!
- Cernunnos ***
- Kali
- Mercury
- Artemis
- Rama ***
- Erlang Shen ***

Mostly any good with a high attack speed build, keep in mind not all of them are in this list.

Skadi's real counters!
- Rama
- Erlang Shen
- Cernunnos
For the way their abilites work, Erlang Shen, Rama and Cernunnos have a really great advantage on Skadi as one hit from their basic attacks count for 2 Kaldr's health points, be really careful!.

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