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SMITEFire Community Guide to Hades (Solo)

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Smite God: Hades

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Starting Items (Bancroft Rush) Notes This is the preferGo with this start if you plan to play aggressively early-game. You'll pick up T2 of Bancroft's Talon + a couple of Healing Potions (or one each of Healing Potion and Multi Potion).

Build Item Talon Trinket Talon Trinket
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion

Starting Items (w/ Blessing) Notes This start is helpful if you're learning the god or need to play a more conservative early game due to unfavorable matchups. Besides a bit of early sustain and damage mitigation, getting Tiny Trinket also allows you to choose whether you want to build into Bancroft's Talon or Pythagorem's Piece.

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

Core (Choose One of Shoes & Lifesteal) Notes Shoes of Focus is great for early CDR and more aggression.

Traveler's Shoes is very helpful for mana sustain, and provides a lot of utility. Due to the higher speed and passive speed boost, it can allow you to choose an alternate starting relic to Teleport Glyph, and gives you higher-than-average MS for chase and escape.

Bancroft's Talon is great for early aggression and survivability, especially when in your ult. Pythagorem's Piece is useful mid and late-game when you group with teammates.

Void Stone is basically core for the damage potential it provides to you and any other magical teammates.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Traveler's Shoes Traveler's Shoes
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone

Situational Item Options

Build Item Hide of the Urchin Hide of the Urchin
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Jade Emperor's Crown Jade Emperor's Crown
Build Item Tyrannical Plate Helm Tyrannical Plate Helm
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Contagion Contagion
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Oni Hunter's Garb Oni Hunter's Garb
Build Item Pridwen Pridwen
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver

Relic Options

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

Build Example (Early Aggression) Notes This build utilizes Bancroft's Talon, which is historically very popular for Hades. The passive encourages you to play aggressively, as your lifesteal and power increase as you take damage. It also helps counteract damage you expect to take when you're immobile in your ult.

This build employs the use of Jade Emperor's Crown, which counters a physical lane opponent. Alternate options include Breastplate of Valor (for high CDR) and Tyrannical Plate Helm (for aggressive lane pushing). If you've got a magical lane opponent, you'll want to build Void Stone before a physical protection item.

Ethereal Staff is a good offensive utility item in the 5th slot, as it steals health and mana. If you want to go more defensive, you can go for Hide of the Urchin, or consider a CDR boost with Pridwen.

Replace Shoes late with Elixir of Speed and another item of your choice.

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Jade Emperor's Crown Jade Emperor's Crown
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Build Example (Defensive / Utility) Notes In this build example, we see a variety of different items.

Traveler's Shoes provides higher mobility and good mana sustain.

Pythagorem's Piece is chosen over Bancroft's Talon as the build concept is more utility, and you won't be looking to mix it up as much in the early game. Pythagorem's translates very well to late-game teamfights.

Breastplate of Valor and Void Stone should be purchased in the order to counter your lane opponent and higher damage threat.

Divine Ruin is a strong counter to healing, while providing some added offensive function. Alternatively, if you feel the need for more protections but still need anti-heal, Contagion or Pestilence are good defensive options. Of course, if no anti-heal is needed, choose another item as preferred.

Replace Shoes late with Elixir of Speed and another item of your choice.

Build Item Traveler's Shoes Traveler's Shoes
Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Hades's Skill Order

Death From Below

Death From Below

1 X
2 15 16 18 19
Shroud of Darkness

Shroud of Darkness

2 A
3 8 10 11 13
Devour Souls

Devour Souls

3 B
1 4 6 7 9
Pillar of Agony

Pillar of Agony

4 Y
5 12 14 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

3 2 4 1

Devour Souls is your main burst damage source and health sustain. This is always your first priority.

Depending on preference, you may prioritize Shroud of Darkness or Pillar of Agony. The argument for Shroud is to get the CD down to the same level as Devour to more easily use it as your main combo, and the higher silence duration is extremely helpful CC. Alternatively, for enemies that have no mobility and are easily caught in your ult, Pillar provides significant damage and protections.

Death From Below is helpful for damage, but sometimes may be used for escape, making this the lowest priority ability.

Ability Combos

Safe Combo


This combo is considered "safe" as it saves Death From Below for potential escape (or chase).

Use Shroud of Darkness to apply Blight, then Devour Souls for the burst damage and heal. Easy to use on a full minion wave for quick clear.

Since this uses Shroud, it's best to use if you don't have to counter any channeled enemy abilities.


Initiation Combo


This combo is more risky, as you start with your only mobility ability. However, it can close ranks with the enemy quickly, applies Blight, and makes for an easy combo with Devour Souls.

Best used if you know you're safe, and is also great when looking to secure a kill on a retreating enemy. It saves Shroud of Darkness in case you need to apply CC after the combo.


Blink Ultimate Combo


Use this combo to initiate on an enemy or group of enemies in a teamfight. It's best if you can hit multiple enemies with the ult, and also best when you know enemies have already used Purification Beads and any mobility abilities they have.

Start with Blink Rune to close the gap quickly; timing and location is key here. Apply Blight with Shroud of Darkness to apply the protection debuff, then immediately go into Pillar of Agony.

If enemies are still alive and close after this, you can either use a basic attack to reapply Blight, then use Devour Souls for more damage, or just quickly use Devour without the basic. Save Death From Below to chase escaping enemies or escape as needed.

Typical Items

Build Example (Early Aggression)



Damage with defenses. Aggressive early with Bancroft's Talon, while following up with protection items to allow him to be a frontliner. Recommended build for players comfortable with Hades.

When full build, sell shoes for Elixir of Speed and buy another item of your choice. You may also consider replacing Jade Emperor's Crown late.


Build Example (Defensive / Utility)



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

Breastplate of Valor is helpful for the CDR as the build doesn't contain any earlier CDR, but you can substitute another item for this if preferred.

Divine Ruin is shown as an aggressive anti-heal option. Defensive alternatives include Contagion and Pestilence. If anti-heal isn’t needed, swap for another item as needed.

Sell shoes for Elixir of Speed and buy another item of your choice.


Starting Items



The Talon Trinket + 2x Healing Potion start is for rushing Bancroft's Talon for aggressive early play.

The alternate start uses Warrior's Blessing, the standard item for Solo-lane use. It is helpful if you're learning the god or need to play a more conservative early game due to unfavorable matchups. Besides a bit of early sustain and damage mitigation, getting Tiny Trinket also allows you to choose whether you want to build into Bancroft's Talon or Pythagorem's Piece.


Core Items


Shoes of Focus is the typical Shoes option for the mana and CDR. Alternatively, Traveler's Shoes is very helpful for mana sustain, and provides a lot of utility. Due to the higher speed and passive speed boost, it can allow you to choose an alternate starting relic to Teleport Glyph, and gives you higher-than-average MS for chase and escape.

Bancroft's Talon provides early pressure and high sustain, while also working well with his ult. Alternatively, Pythagorem's Piece provides high steady lifesteal, and comes with some health for more defensive function. It translates very well to late-game teamfights. Void Stone 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.

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.

An alternative to Spirit Robe, it also provides equal protections and CDR, but with a focus of stunning enemies once you hit a certain health threshold. Great especially when fighting in close.

Great late-game hybrid function that steals health and mana from enemies. More helpful when targeting tanky enemies with high health.

Functional early anti-physical counter while providing some offensive function due to the power.

Build to provide protection against physical lane opponents, with a bonus of enhancing friendly minions to more effectively win your lane.

Not always suggested, but when physical enemies are a significantly higher threat and you also want CDR, this item fits the bill. Having strong CC in a silence / fear with a CD under 10 seconds can be game-changing.

Counters physical basic attackers by reflecting a portion of the damage they output back to them.

Also counters basic attackers, but has a bit more universal function as it provides health to help with magical damage. When hit by basics, it provides some control by slowing the movement and attack speed of the attacking enemies.

Physical protection and anti-heal to counter enemies with significant healing.

Magical protection and anti-heal to counter enemies with significant healing.

As a front-liner, you'll be expected to fight in the midst of multiple enemies. Provides good magical protection, while also providing mitigation against all incoming damage.

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

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

Strong lifesteal enhancement and offensive function due to the % penetration. Great pairing with Bancroft's Talon, and can help partially counteract anti-heal from the enemy.

Adds burst damage potential to your abilities, and deals more damage to tanks.

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.

At level 1, hit multiple enemies with your basic attack to apply Blight before using Devour Souls in the middle of the minions for clear function.

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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Branmuffin17 (311) | May 18, 2020 12:21pm
Added an ability combo chapter.
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xmysterionz (57) | May 18, 2020 4:22pm
For some reason I'm not "feeling good" with that color on the tiles. Is it only happening with me?
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Branmuffin17 (311) | May 18, 2020 5:00pm
Eh, what do you mean? Tiles?
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Branmuffin17 (311) | May 18, 2020 11:21am
Made some build and skill leveling changes. Let me know your opinions, thanks!
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Kriega1 (107) | May 18, 2020 11:26am
2nd build i'd swap contagion for divine maybe but thats about it.

Also maybe add Typhon's, Reaver and deso as situational damage options.
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Branmuffin17 (311) | May 18, 2020 11:39am
Acknowledged and thank you for the feedback. I'm not as comfortable adding Spear of Desolation as an option. I did add the others.

If others also feel Deso is a good option, I'll add that too.
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WhiteWolfx71 | May 17, 2020 4:52pm
What do you guys think about Jade Emperor's Crown as an early item in solo, possibly even before Bancroft's or Pythag's? The low cost (2100) and flat 20 power reduction makes it less effective as the game goes on, but if you rush it quick you should be able to negate the majority of your enemy's damage for the first few levels, no?

(also could someone teach me how to link the items so they pop up in my comments lol)
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Kriega1 (107) | May 17, 2020 5:07pm
I would rush bancrofts. Also that item is getting nerfed next patch. E.g. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_cXSfamwGIU

To link items use double [ and ] e.g. [Jade Emperor's Crown] but with double brackets. Jade Emperor's Crown.
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WhiteWolfx71 | May 17, 2020 5:29pm
Cool thanks for the info. Lately I've been using Pythagorem's Piece due to the cheaper cost, +200 health, and the consistent 24% lifesteal (compared to Bancroft's Talon's 15% that scales up). Seems like the extra power from Bancroft's is somewhat offset by the 10% pen from Pythag's as well, and allows you to fit Typhon's Fang into the build later without fear of overcapping lifesteal. Would also argue that Pythag's has more utility late game when Hades's damage falls off, so by already having Pythag's built you don't have to sell Bancroft's to switch & lose some gold-efficiency. What are your thoughts about these ideas? (edited for phrasing & accuracy)
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Kriega1 (107) | May 17, 2020 5:39am
Tyrannical Helm isn't good
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WhiteWolfx71 | May 17, 2020 4:47pm
So I'm somewhat new & still learning the game, but I've recently been playing a lot of Hades Solo. This is an item I've been messing with because I want it to be good, but I think I agree with you that there are just better items to take.

Do you think the item can still be effective in certain situations? I'm thinking maybe if you're playing against a god with good wave clear, this item will help you hang onto your advantage in that area?
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Kriega1 (107) | May 17, 2020 5:05pm
WhiteWolfx71 wrote:

Do you think the item can still be effective in certain situations? I'm thinking maybe if you're playing against a god with good wave clear, this item will help you hang onto your advantage in that area?

No. Hades outclears most Solo laners im pretty sure.
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Branmuffin17 (311) | February 25, 2020 9:33pm
Hey everyone, builds and item options have been updated. Looking for feedback.
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Kriega1 (107) | 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 (311) | 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 (107) | 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 (57) | 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 (7) | November 20, 2019 3:17am
Pridwen gives you the shield after the ult, I've tested it.
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