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SMITEFire Community Guide to Hades (Solo)

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Smite God: Hades

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Purchase Order

Starting Items Notes Buy as many of each potion type as you prefer.

Build Item Warrior's Blessing Warrior's Blessing
Build Item Tiny Trinket Tiny Trinket
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion

Core

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone

Situational

Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Obsidian Shard Obsidian Shard
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Pridwen Pridwen
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe

Relics

Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Teleport Glyph Teleport Glyph
Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Shield of Thorns Shield of Thorns

Aggressive Build

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Defensive Build

Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Contagion Contagion
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Late Game (Sell Shoes)

Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff

Hades's Skill Order

Death From Below

Death From Below

1 X
3 15 16 18 19
Shroud of Darkness

Shroud of Darkness

2 A
2 8 11 12 14
Devour Souls

Devour Souls

3 B
1 4 6 7 10
Pillar of Agony

Pillar of Agony

4 Y
5 9 13 17 20

Introduction & Credits

Hey everyone, welcome to the SMITEFire Community guide to Hades. In this guide, we'll be going over all the essential info you'll need to get started with Hades.

This guide was written by community members like you! Thank you to the following SMITEFire members for contributing to this guide:


Please feel free to leave any comments or suggestions if you have feedback on the guide. Without further ado, let's get started!

Abilities

Blight
  • Blight is applied not only by Death From Below and Shroud of Darkness, but also from basic attacks.
  • If you have limited abilities currently available, try to hit the enemy with a basic attack so you can still get the Blight effect from other abilities you use.
  • If an enemy is chasing you and you’re looking to escape, they should be heading straight for you. This makes it easy to hit them with a basic attack, and then you can use Shroud of Darkness to fear them and create further space.


Death From Below
  • This is the first part of the main god damage combo (1-3). Use of this skill to clear the wave is not recommended; instead, use Shroud of Darkness. Use 1 for initiation to close distance with enemies and create a stack of Blight. You can also save it to use as a chase ability to catch up to a fleeing enemy.
  • This is your only mobility ability. If the situation is unclear, save it for a potential escape because it can go over (under) walls.
  • When targeting an enemy with this, try to land behind them. This is harder to react to, forcing them to turn around, while you can follow up with Devour Souls without turning around yourself (it applies in a radius around you).
  • Although this skill provides damage, it’s your last priority. The longer CC from Shroud of Darkness is helpful, and your main damage / heal of Devour Souls is more important. Also, upgrading this early means you might kill minions before you can heal.
  • This ability has a delay, so lead any targets to have a better chance of connecting.
  • Warning: This skill is considered a leap, which means Awilix’s ultimate CAN pull you, even below ground.


Shroud of Darkness
  • Can be used as silence or as a fear if you have hit the enemy with a basic attack or Death From Below.
  • Usually your second upgrade due the CC time and because you can use this + Devour Souls to kill a minion wave, healing yourself entirely.
  • Can be used to break the bubbles easily ( Magi's Cloak).


Devour Souls
  • Your first priority is to hit all minions with a basic attack (or Shroud of Darkness) to apply Blight, and cast Devour Souls in the midst of the wave to get a significant heal.
  • Increase this combo by hitting the enemy god to draw all of the minions to you. Even at level 1, you can clear the wave almost instantly this way.


Pillar of Agony
  • Excellent initiation that creates teamfight chaos when paired with Blink Rune or Death From Below. Can be used to force relic use from the enemy.
  • Best used if you are aware of enemy ability use. This ability can be easily escaped if the enemy has a mobility ability available for use. If you’re targeting a specific enemy, wait until they’ve used the ability, so you can be sure to keep them in the ult's radius.
  • The safest combo is to either use Blink Rune, or walk into range of the enemy before using. This saves Death From Below for follow-up damage, or to escape if things turn sour.

Leveling Order

4 3 2 1

Pillar has high damage and provides high protections, allowing you stay alive even while immobile. Devour Souls is your main source of damage and sustain (when combined with proper Blight use). Shroud of Darkness is useful for longer CC. Death From Below is helpful for damage, but sometimes may be used for escape, making additional levels useless in those cases.

Typical Items

Aggressive Build



Damage with defenses. You are a tank, and still able to damage the enemies as usual. Recommended for aggressive play.

When full build, sell shoes for Elixir of Speed and buy Ethereal Staff for the added health, power, and health and mana steal.


Defensive Build



Less damage with more defenses. You are a true tank and will be able to damage the enemies a bit. Recommended for defensive plays.

If anti-heal isn’t needed, swap Contagion for another item as needed. Sell shoes for Elixir of Speed and buy Ethereal Staff. If you want to be a bit aggressive, get Obsidian Shard instead.


Starting Items



Warrior's Blessing is the standard item for Solo-lane use, providing damage mitigation and sustain. Tiny Trinket also provides some sustain, and will eventually be built into Bancroft's Talon. Purchase as many of each potion type as preferred.


Core Items


Shoes of the Magi for early power and pen if you want to be aggressive, or Shoes of Focus for CDR and mana if you’re playing safer. Bancroft's Talon fits well with Magi for that early pressure and high sustain. Since all of Hades skills are short-ranged, it helps with survivability and power - the lower you are, the more damage you do. Void Stone also offers good stats for the price and magical protection reduction for your team as long as you stay close to the target; it also applies when you have enemies in your ult.

Situational Items

A great item that adds health, mana, and good protections of both kinds when fully stacked. Get this 3rd or 4th if you’re able to consistently get kills and/or assists.

A great anti-heal item that also has power and flat penetration.

This item is for when enemies can easily escape your pillar of agony and you’re dealing with 2 or more tanks on the enemy team. It doesn’t provide as much pen as magus, but it also doesn’t need to be stacked to be effective.

Recommended when you already have power and some defense on your build (Bancroft + 1 defense) letting you be very aggressive with your ultimate.

High CDR and very good synergy with this item's passive giving you a shield when you use your ultimate.

You will be a tank but you are still vulnerable to CC. If you're against hard CC comps, this item may help you tank extra damage after you get CCed.

Relics

This relic is Core to Hades. Hades only has Death From Below for mobility and this skill can be avoided. Blink lets you instantly be in front of your enemy and hit him with your skills and if he tries to escape you can use your jump, or if things get too hot you also can jump out.

Other Relic Options

Gameplay

Early Game

Play aggressively when possible. Hades has strong wave clear and insane poke damage early game, so use and abuse it, especially if the enemy walks into the minion wave.

Hades is a secret counter to King Arthur because Shroud of Darkness can stop his spins. Strong early damage and sustain means a well-played Hades can snowball an Arthur.


Mid Game

This is the point of the game you are strongest. If you’re equal/ahead, play aggressively when possible to put the enemy on their heels.

Start to rotate and help your team with objectives.


Late Game

Your strength falls off late-game. Your damage isn’t as strong because you usually will fight without minions around the enemy. Since you’ll be at least partially tanky, you’ll turn into more of a secondary tank. You can tank objectives, initiate teamfights to a degree, and force enemy relic use with your ult and Shroud of Darkness.

Conclusion

Thank you for reading this community guide to Hades! If you'd like to contribute regularly to guides like this, just send me a Private Message. Everyone who contributes to one of these Community Guides will be credited in the guide.

If you liked the guide, don't forget to vote and leave a comment with your thoughts! If you have any suggestions, criticism or other feedback, comments of all sorts are appreciated. Good luck in your Hades games!

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Kriega1 (87) | November 20, 2019 3:10am
Doesen't Pridwen only give the shield when the ult finishes casting? You say you get the shield while you're using the ult. Unless you tested it and in fact does so.

More situational item suggestions: Pythagorem's Piece, Breastplate of Valor, Oni Hunter's Garb, Magi's Cloak, Relic Dagger, Witchblade, Cursed Ankh, Breastplate of Valor, Genji's Guard.

Also with Pythags being a thing I don't see how Bancrofts is "Core". Both can be considered.

And both builds only have 10% CDR, I'd at least make it 20% or 30% (40% not being necessary due to power pot).
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Branmuffin17 (291) | November 20, 2019 12:43pm
I'm in general agreement with most of these suggestions. In talking with Myst, he feels Prid still has some potential merit. Yes, the shield only activates after the ult is finished, but you're hopefully ulting at a time when you want to control a situation, not when you're dying and want to try to kill before you're killed.

As such, if you use it when you've got decent health, your follow-up after the ult ends with the potential of the shield means you can keep contributing to the fight, even if you DID get relatively hurt during the ult. And this also solves the lack of CDR in the rest of the build, at least as ONE CDR item option.

What are your thoughts on this? (and others' thoughts would also be appreciated)

I can also agree that Bancroft's is probably not core, at least not in a Solo build...I contributed mostly in this case to some of the ability tips. So let's discuss further and see if we can agree to a couple of build examples, identify which items might be core (if we need to identify core to begin), etc.
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Kriega1 (87) | November 20, 2019 1:54pm
There’s a place for Pridwen late in the build if you want to fit it in. But with Hades’ ult rooting him in place (and how the item passive procs), the low protective stats (especially after nerf) from Pridwen means it’s not really a great choice on Hades.
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xmysterionz (49) | November 20, 2019 1:03pm
I consider bancroft core on Hades because especially on solo lane you tend to fight several times and bancrofts not only helps you when you are low life providng more power and more lifesteal but also allow you be extremely aggressive without being punished hard for it. Also it makes junglers think twice before gank tou since you will regen the entire health on next wave and can even kill them if they don't take enough care.

Not that Pythag isn't a good option, I just can't see it being better than Bancrofts for early game (we all know hades is early/mid right?).
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UPLAR (6) | November 20, 2019 3:17am
Pridwen gives you the shield after the ult, I've tested it.
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