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Support Ares Non-Conquest Build (5.17)

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Smite God: Ares

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Standard Start Notes Guardian's Blessing is your go-to starter for support Ares. Early protections and increased gold for assists are great.

Mage's Blessing is a more aggressive, damage oriented starter if you want to play more of a bruiser role. Added ability damage and cooldown reduction can be useful for heavy aggression but you miss out on tankiness.

Pots and wards are your choice.

Build Item Guardian's Blessing Guardian's Blessing
Build Item Shoes Shoes
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
Build Item Baron's Brew Baron's Brew
Build Item Ward Ward

Example Build (Blessing sold last) Notes This is a pretty basic build that can fit most situations. Three aura items to give you that sweet damage. Pestilence to counter that pesky Baron Samedi or Aphrodite . Spirit Robe for the CCR and CDR. Relic Dagger for the non stop blink-ults.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Sovereignty Sovereignty
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Relic Dagger Relic Dagger

Boots Options Notes Shoes of Focus : My go-to boots. You get a larger mana pool and CDR. MORE CHAINS.

Reinforced Shoes : Get these if you're being bullied early. Ares is by default a pretty squishy guardian, so these may help you out.

Traveler's Shoes : An option for larger maps where you want to zoom back to lane. In Joust or Arena, not the best option.

Shoes of the Magi : Your damage option. Sometimes fun in arena where you're just memeing, but I think Shoes of Focus are simply the better overall option.

Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Reinforced Shoes Reinforced Shoes
Build Item Traveler's Shoes Traveler's Shoes
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi

Standard Aura Protections Notes Sovereignty : Physical protections for you and your team. Added HP5 as well. A pretty standard support item.

Heartward Amulet : Magic protections and MP5 for your team. Against magic heavy teams, this is a must.

Gauntlet of Thebes : Balanced protections that come online after you finish your stacks. Are you confident you can get those stacks quickly? Get this after boots. Are you and your teammates getting destroyed early? Buy other protections instead, or wait and buy this later in the game.

Build Item Sovereignty Sovereignty
Build Item Heartward Amulet Heartward Amulet
Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes

Offensive Auras Notes Void Stone : Really nice on Ares. Some magic protections and power, but the aura helps you and your mages punch harder. Another option to buy right after boots if you want more aggression.

Pythagorem's Piece : Interesting late game aura item. Shared lifesteal and power to bolster your teamfights, and CDR for you because you've been a good boy.

Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece

Cooldown/Protections Notes Breastplate of Valor : Physical protections and 20% CDR mean MORE CHAINS.

Genji's Guard : Magical protections with a nice CDR passive

Spirit Robe : Fantastic all-around item for any support. Balanced protections, CDR, CCR, and damage mitigation. You're gonna be a tanky boy.

Mantle of Discord : Balanced protections, CDR, and a passive that's great if you're taking lots of damage in teamfights. Great if the enemy team throws all their stuff at you while you're trying to ult.

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord

Anti ADC Notes Midgardian Mail : Slows enemies that hit you with autos. Only get this if the enemy team has multiple basic attackers.

Witchblade : A better option against AA heavy gods. This is an aura item as well so you're passive will thank you. Good pairing with Midgardian Mail * The attack speed this item provides lets you weave 2 autos between your chain combos ;)

Hide of the Nemean Lion : More AA hate. Not an item I buy often, but against a bunch of AA gods it's a consideration.

Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Witchblade Witchblade
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion

More Helpful Auras Notes Shogun's Kusari : Do you have multiple basic attackers on your team? Get this item. Magic protection, CDR, and CCR also a plus.

Pestilence : Anti heal and magic protection. I find myself buying this more often than Heartward Amulet because of all the healers that are in the meta. It offers enough protections that alongside Void Stone you should be fine against balanced teams.

Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence

Other Counters/Utility Notes Jade Emperor's Crown : Calm down your enemy's physical damage. You have to be pretty close to your opponent for this to work, so be sure your teammates are on board here.

Winged Blade : I'm a big fan of getting this late game. The passive helps you get out of annoying Poseidon pools, Cerberus breath, etc..

Relic Dagger : BLINK/ULT BABY. If you buy this item with Winged Blade or any other movement speed item, you should consider selling your boots. You'll have enough speed to get around, I promise

Build Item Jade Emperor's Crown Jade Emperor's Crown
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item Relic Dagger Relic Dagger

Memes? Notes I wouldn't really recommend these items unless your team is running away with the game. Sometimes you just gotta meme.

Spear of the Magus : Here's some more damage. Stack it with more chains. Make your opponents sad.

Mystical Mail : Here's some math: Increased Ares passive + Chain DOT + Mystical DOT + Flames DOT = sad opponent. Add some CCR to the mix and you have a cool win-more item.

Gem of Isolation : More damage and an additional slow is great when you just want to flex on your opponent. Overkill, but funny.

Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus
Build Item Mystical Mail Mystical Mail
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation

Recommended Relics Notes Blink Rune : Ares' best friend. Lets you jump into the enemy team and ult quickly. Classic combo. Usually the first relic I grab if I don't need an immediate counter.

Magic Shell : This shield has great use in teamfights. Perfect for when you want save your Loki before he decides to keep fighting and die.

Heavenly Wings : Counters enemy slows and lets your team escape or chase.

Horrific Emblem : Cool option for after you get a bunch of enemies in your ult. Counters AA based gods. Also helps escapes and chases.

Meditation Cloak : Not something I'll usually buy, especially in arena. BUT this can help you counter Thanatos or Achilles executes.

Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings
Build Item Horrific Emblem Horrific Emblem
Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak

Ares's Skill Order



1 X
1 3 6 7 9
Bolster Defenses

Bolster Defenses

2 A
4 15 16 18 19
Searing Flesh

Searing Flesh

3 B
2 8 10 11 13
No Escape

No Escape

4 Y
5 12 14 17 20


A couple things on building Ares:

-In general, I don't like to give a single build for any guardian. The support role is all about adapting to your team and the enemy team. Take a look at all the options and choose items that fit the situation you're in.

-We all know Ares' passive adds power with completed aura items. This does not mean that you want to build 5-6 aura items every game. Like I said before, you're playing support. You need to think about your team before you start going ham with auras. Some games you'll have 4-5 auras, in others you may only have 2-3. Don't get too caught up looking for that extra 30 power, because it won't matter when you and your team are getting spit roasted by the enemy team. Luckily there are lots of viable aura items right now so it shouldn't be too hard to get value out of your passive

Thanks for checking out my build guide. It's my first one so any help/advice would be appreciated.

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Branmuffin17 (285) | September 28, 2018 3:05pm
Hiya gucci,

I like your summary, about build adaptation, not necessarily wanting/needing 5 aura items, etc. I've become pretty familiar with Ares over the years, and this all is definitely true.

As for your build, let's see.
  • I would drop Wards from your starting options. If you're not playing Conquest, I wouldn't waste the gold. I can maybe see in Joust for an aggressive start looking to steal a jungle camp (OhHolyDuck had a video on that strat), but in almost any other case, it wouldn't be something I would get to start.

  • Also non-Conquest, I wouldn't consider Traveler's Shoes. The other 3 all have good function, but I don't feel Traveler's fits. Focus for CDR since you often don't get them in other common early Ares support items, Magi for early aggression, Reinforced for extra early tankiness. Those are definitely all reasonable options.

  • Good writeup on the aura protection items.

  • Good options on the offensive auras. I like and commonly use both of those.

  • Good writeup on the CDR/prot items. Often suggestion either BoV or Genji, not both, because it's a bit of mana overkill. I know a lot of the reason to get them are for the CDR and specified prots, but I feel other items balance his kit better when you choose one of these.

  • You cover all anti-ADC items well, though I might suggest mentioning that you probably should only get Nemean if you don't get Midgardian/Witch. You cover the other "helpful" auras well.

  • You're probably making sure you just cover all options well, but I personally never get Jade Emperor's Crown on him...I'm curious how often you pick it up yourself. I like how you talk about if you get Relic + another MS, you should consider selling shoes.

  • I love SotM on him, at least when there's at least one more reliable tank on the team. I also think Gem of Isolation is functional...even if you miss Shackles, you can still easily apply the slow with Searing Flesh, making it very nice for teammates to secure kills.

  • In teamfight modes, I feel, even though it's selfish, Aegis Amulet is a functional thing for the same reason you have Meditation Cloak, and think it should be an option as well.
All in all, solid list of item options, a good example build, etc. +1
guccilini | September 29, 2018 12:34pm
Thanks for the response Bran,

-I put Traveler's Shoes in there mainly for Seige. I agree that CDR boots are better 90% of the time.

-Like you said, some of my picks were simply covering all bases. I do actually get Jade Emperor's Crown on occasion, maybe in a joust against a warrior, hunter, and assassin. But those games are so few and far between that there are usually better options.

I'll keep editing the build, thanks for the input
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