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Susano, Guerilla Soldier

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Smite God: Susano

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General Build (Arena/Joust/Clash/Siege)
General Build (Arena/Joust/Clash/Siege) Jungle/Mid (Conquest)

Purchase Order

Starting Items

Build Item Charged Morningstar Charged Morningstar
Build Item Shoes Shoes

Hit-n-Run Build

Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Bloodforge Bloodforge
Build Item Stone Cutting Sword Stone Cutting Sword
Build Item Heartseeker Heartseeker
Build Item Wind Demon Wind Demon

Blitzer Build (100-to-0)

Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Bloodforge Bloodforge
Build Item Stone Cutting Sword Stone Cutting Sword
Build Item Shifter's Shield Shifter's Shield
Build Item Deathbringer Deathbringer

Budget Build

Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Heartseeker Heartseeker
Build Item Masamune Masamune
Build Item Hydra's Lament Hydra's Lament

Relics

Build Item Meditation Cloak Meditation Cloak
Build Item Cursed Ankh Cursed Ankh

Introduction

Susano is a fast moving assassin, which makes him a quick and efficient killer. He has exceptional scaling on his first ability (Storm Katana; 90% Physical) and his ultimate (Typhoon; 110%). This scaling rewards item builds with high Physical Power, however these items generally lack a great deal of team fight utility.

Playing Susano effectively requires a good sense of timing, and hit-and-run tactics. As he grows in power he can quickly move in, secure a kill, and move out before anyone can even react or slow him down.

Video Guides

I'm working on cleaning up my existing guides on Susano. I've had a few on my YouTube Channel, and he makes regular appearances on my daily stream Dookie in the Morning.

Building in Realtime Guide


Dookie Jenkins Presents on YouTube

Strengths / Weaknesses

Strengths
Movement - His passive increases your movement for each ability on cooldown, and he has 2 very effective escapes in his first ability (Storm Katana) and third ability (Jet Stream).
Poke - His damaging abilities have great range, making him an excellent skirmisher, keeping Hunters and Mages on their toes.
Kill Secure - His ability to dash in and out of a fight makes him capable of rapidly securing a kill, and safely getting away.
Damage Scaling - His first ability is one of the highest scaling damaging abilities among Assassins, and capable of 100-to-0 kills in the mid-to-late game.

Weaknesses
Poor Defense - Like all Assassins, Susano is a glass cannon. He can dish it out, but cannot take it.
Poor Utility - To make full use of his potential, item utility is often at a lower priority to raw Physical Power.
Expensive Builds - Most builds will not be completed in Arena or Joust since they require high investment. This can leave Susano lagging behind in items, and having to frequently return to base to invest into partial item builds.
High Ban Priority - Susano will often be banned in draft matches due to his many strengths. This means you will not get much time in on him in ranked play.

Combos

Susano's Hit-n-Run capabilities mean that you will want to use his third ability (Jet Stream) to target an enemy, or pair of enemies, and either hit them with it, or place it in position behind them. Once in place, hit the ability again to teleport in behind your target (or on top of them) then use the first two hits of Storm Katana to deal heavy damage, and using the third part of the Storm Katana combo to dash away.

Another combination is to use his second ability to pull in one or more abilities to you, then use Typhoon to trap them in together. Once your opponents are in position, use Storm Katana to deal heavy damage as Typhoon spins up, and as it throws your opponents away (also dealing heavy damage) you use the final hit of Storm Katana to dash after anyone who survives. Use Jet Stream to escape should things go awry.

Tips

A Caution regarding Cooldown Reduction
In my many tests with Susano, I've found that Cooldown Reduction items (such as Jotunn's Wrath, and Hydra's Lament) can often work against him. His passive may not seem to be that vital to his success, however, when you build him as suggested, his movement speed makes him extremely difficult to catch. Even enemy Gods with dashes and leaps will often fall behind him after he runs through his kit. With all 4 abilities on cooldown he gets a 12% Movement Speed increase. With a full build, he is the fastest God in the game, and by the time anyone can catch up (via Sprint, or leaps/dashes) you will very likely have Jet Stream or Storm Katana off of cooldown - and then poof, you're gone.

Susano's speed is by far his most valuable asset. Working against this will undermine his efficiency, and effectiveness.

Pick your targets
Penetration builds are generally impractical for Susano. He does not do well in sustained fights, and he shines in securing kills. He can initiate ultimate chains, but it is important that you quickly back off, since a single enemy using Purification Beads or Sanctuary can turn a fight against you - and if you turn your Typhoon in the wrong direction, you can send the entire opposing team directly into your own team.

Let your Guardians and Warriors initiate, as a general rule. You can chase better than anyone, and escape just as well. Stick with your strengths. You don't have to do it all.

Skill Priority
This is simple: Max Storm Katana. After that, Jet Stream and your Ultimate. Wind Siphon is last because it doesn't pull any better at full rank than at rank one. Pretty simple.

Notes on Conquest

In Conquest Susano can play Jungle and Mid with equal effectiveness. With his exceptional movement speed, he will often be able to clear a camp and move on before anyone can even assist. By the Mid Game he is so efficient he can move lane-to-lane without stopping. He can quickly out level even competent mid/solo laners in the jungle, and will easily gank lanes faster than the other team can react to.

This makes him a very selfish God. That said, Bumba's Mask is not a very ideal starting item. This is a good thing if your team uses his self sufficiency to focus on their lanes. Additionally, this allows you Support to operate much like a Jungle2 rather than a Support. They can help secure contested objectives, while Susano invades or cleans up.

This is of course to taste.

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CJMighty (1) | May 31, 2016 5:55am
Personally as I've made my own guide for Susano, I found that building things like Mantle of Discord or any defensive item works better then things like Wind Demon or Masamune since his late game tends to fall off. So building him full damage would be more of death sentence. With Susano he has a decent early game and an amazing mid game which means that you should take advantage of that before late. By late game you shouldnt try to 3v1 or 2v1 anyways work with ur team. Thats my thoughts tho. But if u want you can test my build and see how you like it.
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Dookie Jenkins | May 31, 2016 12:11pm
My build works with the idea of using movement speed, and hit-n-run as your primary form of offense and defense. I have rarely had issues where I die in the late game since I tend to be in and out before I even take damage.

As a former hockey player, a coach once told me, "The best way to avoid being checked, it to not be there." The idea is to be agile, and move faster than your opponent. I've tried a number of defensive items on Susano, and haven't been happy with any. If anything, Winged Blade and Magi's Blessing work well, since they prevent him getting caught.

Again, for me, his best defensive stat is his movement. He can outrun anyone, and his escapes are great even in the late game.
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