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Sylvanus the grappling master (Basic Support Guide)

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by GreedyRepresentative updated June 5, 2021

Smite God: Sylvanus

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Sylvanus Build

Starter

Notes Mana shouldn't be too much of a problem if you place down some seeds ( Verdant Growth) before waves start. If you find mana control a problem use Mana Potion instead of Multi Potion.

Notes

Mana shouldn't be too much of a problem if you place down some seeds ( Verdant Growth) before waves start. If you find mana control a problem use Mana Potion instead of Multi Potion.

Build Item Sentinel's Gift Sentinel's Gift
Build Item Boots Boots
Build Item Chalice of Healing Chalice of Healing
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
2

Relics

Build Item Magic Shell Magic Shell
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Heavenly Wings Heavenly Wings

Shoes

Notes Traveler's Shoes These can be useful for keeping up with your team to provide those protections and heals. I don't recommend you pick them due to the other options being more effective. If movement speed is needed use another item.

Shoes of Focus Provides a some mana and useful 10% CDR.

Reinforced Shoes Take these if you are struggling to stay alive in lane.

Notes

Traveler's Shoes These can be useful for keeping up with your team to provide those protections and heals. I don't recommend you pick them due to the other options being more effective. If movement speed is needed use another item.

Shoes of Focus Provides a some mana and useful 10% CDR.

Reinforced Shoes Take these if you are struggling to stay alive in lane.

Build Item Reinforced Shoes Reinforced Shoes
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus

Example Build (Balanced Comp)

Notes Sentinel's Embrace My preferred option with sylvanus, this in combination with Lotus Crown provides a large boost to the defensive of your team.

Gauntlet of Thebes can be taken before Lotus Crown but personally I like to go Lotus Crown before hand this is due to the increase lane pressure it can provide from the shared prots+dmg. It is a much riskier move due to delaying the stacking of thebes.

Notes

Sentinel's Embrace My preferred option with sylvanus, this in combination with Lotus Crown provides a large boost to the defensive of your team.

Gauntlet of Thebes can be taken before Lotus Crown but personally I like to go Lotus Crown before hand this is due to the increase lane pressure it can provide from the shared prots+dmg. It is a much riskier move due to delaying the stacking of thebes.

Build Item Sentinel's Embrace Sentinel's Embrace
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Lotus Crown Lotus Crown
Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Pridwen Pridwen

Example Build (Selfless version)

Notes Alone you are overcapping on physical protections.

Notes

Alone you are overcapping on physical protections.

Build Item Sentinel's Embrace Sentinel's Embrace
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Lotus Crown Lotus Crown
Build Item Sovereignty Sovereignty
Build Item Heartward Amulet Heartward Amulet

Items for melee AA

Notes Few Examples: Mercury, Nemesis, Bellona or Da Ji.

Notes

Few Examples: Mercury, Nemesis, Bellona or Da Ji.

Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Witchblade Witchblade
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Horrific Emblem Horrific Emblem

Example Build (Against 3 AA)

Build Item Sentinel's Embrace Sentinel's Embrace
Build Item Shoes of Focus Shoes of Focus
Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Lotus Crown Lotus Crown
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation

Example Build (Movement)

Notes Build focused on putting yourself in deep and setting up kills easier. Selfish in build but selfless in playstyle.

Use this if you are a risk taker, not the best build can be utilized effectively. Pridwen isn't an amazing item, it just fits in with providing extra security in escapes and the CDR.

Notes

Build focused on putting yourself in deep and setting up kills easier. Selfish in build but selfless in playstyle.

Use this if you are a risk taker, not the best build can be utilized effectively. Pridwen isn't an amazing item, it just fits in with providing extra security in escapes and the CDR.

Build Item Sentinel's Embrace Sentinel's Embrace
Build Item Traveler's Shoes Traveler's Shoes
Build Item Gauntlet of Thebes Gauntlet of Thebes
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe
Build Item Relic Dagger Relic Dagger
Build Item Pridwen Pridwen

Situational Items

Notes Spectral Armor is a must take if against crit heavy, e.g Jing Wei and Mercury.

Spirit Robe I have found to be very effective against medium to heavy CC comps, it gives you a decent amount of protections and CDR whilst providing that damage mitigation.

Notes

Spectral Armor is a must take if against crit heavy, e.g Jing Wei and Mercury.

Spirit Robe I have found to be very effective against medium to heavy CC comps, it gives you a decent amount of protections and CDR whilst providing that damage mitigation.

Build Item Shogun's Kusari Shogun's Kusari
Build Item Oni Hunter's Garb Oni Hunter's Garb
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Witchblade Witchblade
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Contagion Contagion
Build Item Sovereignty Sovereignty
Build Item Spectral Armor Spectral Armor
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Gem of Isolation Gem of Isolation
Build Item Ethereal Staff Ethereal Staff
Build Item Relic Dagger Relic Dagger
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item Staff of Myrddin Staff of Myrddin
Build Item Spirit Robe Spirit Robe

Sylvanus's Skill Order

Verdant Growth

1 X Y
Verdant Growth
1 13 14 15 16

Wisps

2 A B
Wisps
2 4 6 7 9

Nature's Grasp

3 B A
Nature's Grasp
3 8 10 11 12

Wrath of Terra

4 Y X
Wrath of Terra
5 17 18 19 20
Verdant Growth
1 13 14 15 16

Verdant Growth

1 X
Sylvanus throws a seed to a target location. If it hits an enemy they will take damage and become rooted. If the seed lands on the ground, after 5s it will grow into a flower providing MP5 to nearby allies. The pod can be destroyed by 1 basic attack, exploding and releasing poisonous spores that reduce protections of nearby enemies.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Damage: 80 / 120 / 160 / 200 / 240 (+50% of your Magical Power)
MP5 Increase: 20
Protections Reduced: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25
Protection Reduction Duration: 5s
Root Duration: 1.25s
Radius: 10
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 16 / 15 / 14 / 13 / 12s
Wisps
2 4 6 7 9

Wisps

2 A
Sylvanus releases wisps that seek out nearby ally and enemy gods. Allies are healed and protected while enemies take damage over time, every 1s for 5s.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Damage (per Tick): 14 / 20 / 26 / 32 / 38 (+10% of your Magical Power)
Damage (Total): 84 / 120 / 156 / 192 / 228 (+60% of your Magical Power)
Healing (per Tick): 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 (+10% of your Magical Power)
Healing (Total): 90 / 120 / 150 / 180 / 210 (+60% of your Magical Power)
Protections Gained: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30
Protection Duration: 5s
Radius: 30
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 16s
Nature's Grasp
3 8 10 11 12

Nature's Grasp

3 B
Sylvanus's treant launches his rooty hand out in front of him. The hand stops at the first enemy god hit, stunning them and pulling them back towards Sylvanus.

Ability Type: Projectile
Stun Duration: 1s
Range: 60
Cost: 70 / 65 / 60 / 55 / 50
Cooldown: 18 / 17 / 16 / 15 / 14s
Wrath of Terra
5 17 18 19 20

Wrath of Terra

4 Y
Sylvanus's treant slams his large trunks into the ground causing large thorny roots to break out of the ground around him. Enemies hit are knocked up and poisoned, taking damage every 1s for 5s.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Damage: 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 / 120 (+25% of your Magical Power)
Damage (Total): 300 / 375 / 450 / 525 / 600 (+125% of your Magical Power)
Radius: 35
Cost: 100
Cooldown: 90s

Sylvanus Threats

Tap each threat level to view Sylvanus’s threats

Max
2
Major
0
Even
0
Minor
0
Tiny
0

Introduction

Welcome to my guide for Sylvanus, Keeper of the wild

NOTE: This is guide which I am currently working on bringing up-to-date again. Originally was made back in 2019 has been updated for Season 8.

Combos


Combos


Pull and Root

3
1
2
Harder to hit than Verdant Growth then Nature's Grasp but personally find it better putting the debuff and root after the pull.

Root and Pull

1
3
2
Easier version of Pull and Root.

A Thorny Suprise

Relic
4
2
1
3
This is the main reason you have the blink, you can knock up a group of enemies to completely turn a teamfight while providing protections and heals to your team (while dealing a reasonable amount of damage yourself).

Seed Placements


Please note: this is with t1 boots.

Why can this affect a lane?
Verdant Growth flowers provide 20 MP5 which is the same amount provided by the mana buff, this means if your mid/solo laner is a mana eater (such as Hel) they can avoid having to let minions go under tower and allowing the enemy to have control of a lane.

Can you do all three lanes?
Yes. I have timed it multiple times and you have around 10 seconds to buy your starter items. You want to run straight to the solo lane throw down a seed under tower and start running directly towards the duo lane, whilst doing so also throw down a seed under mid lanes tower and you will make it back to lane before the minions reach the t1 tower.

(checked as of 24/05/2021, assuming you leave within 8 seconds, you can go to solo then to mid and get to purple with around 10 seconds to spare)

Build Stats

Without boot replacement:
(including 40 prots from Sentinel's Embrace)

Example Build (Balanced Comp) (lvl 20)


Spectral Armor isn't in the main build but if they are heavy crit this is a must get item now. Heavy crit example is Jing Wei and Mercury.

MP5: 73
CDR: 40%
Physical Prots: 299
Magical Prots: 268
Health: 2810
CCR: 20%

Example Build (Selfless version) (lvl 20)


(including 40 prots from Sentinel's Embrace)

MP5: 83
CDR: 10%
Physical Prots: 325
Magical Prots: 253
Health: 3310
CCR: 0%

Example Build (Against 3 AA) (lvl 20)


(including 40 prots from Sentinel's Embrace)

MP5: 53
CDR: 20% (10% if Reinforced Shoes)
Physical Prots: 309
Magical Prots: 218
Health: 3010
CCR: 40% (overcapping if you choose Reinforced Shoes)

In this build I do build Sylvanus "weak" against magical gods to allow to make more use of his healing even when there is anti-heal, so pay attention to the enemy team to see if its suitable to follow this build.

If you would like a more "tanky" you can pretty much build generic support with Lotus Crown.

Example Build (Movement) (lvl 20)


Weaker defence with a heavier focus on movement.

MP5: 48
CDR: 40%
Physical Prots: 279
Magical Prots: 248
Health: 3160
CCR: 30%

Tips and Tricks

Sylvanus Start
Sylvanus you want to follow the seed placement shown above, but I recommend just doing mid-lane unless you instantly buy your items as you may get to the purple buff late. As implied, you want to be doing the purple buff (known as the attack speed buff) and giving it to your carry, unlike the previous season where either could take it.

Once you get to your lane, throw down a seed or two behind your archers as quickly as you can to make sure you can safely get MP5. I personally find this pretty important as you will be eating a lot of mana early.

Be passive-aggressive, commonly I see people on Sylvanus play way too passive early on and losing lane pressure. An easy way to get safe pressure is to get your Wisps at level two and push up to use it aggressively against the enemy carry. This can help scare back the enemy duo, bringing in space for your carry to push the wave easier. You should feel safe doing this as you only need to get in range with your Wisps to then back off and heal.

Sometimes the enemy may be already pushed back, you have to make sure you are not over-extending and only actually being aggressive when need be. I personally pay attention to the wave more than how the carries are positioning, as your carry could be playing seemingly scared although having complete wave control.

General Abilities
Your pull ( Nature's Grasp) can go through walls, which means warding becomes even more important.

Don't forget your Verdant Growth provides MP5!

Whilst Nature's Grasp into Verdant Growth is the better combo, doing Verdant Growth into Nature's Grasp is much easier and safer.

Team fights
Don't be afraid to engage, if you need to, use your healing Wisps just before you blink so you heal while you ult. Doing this while having the Pridwen shield up will mean you have a much higher chance of staying alive.

While you don't need to be afraid to engage, you also don't need to be afraid to sit back in the team fights and keep your carries alive. Keeping your main damage dealers alive is important and Wisps are not the only way to do it, pulling enemies away from the backline can completely change a team fight. For example, Mercury may blink or ult onto your backline, he uses his dash+spin ( Special Delivery) and as this happens you pull him off performing a CC chain allowing your team to wipe him off the face of the earth.

Updates

15/09/2019 - Added tips and tricks.
16/09/2019 - Added proper introduction.
20/09/2019 - Updated cooldown times to recent patch (around 1-1.5s off ability 2+3)
16/11/2019 - Started adding threats and changed notes slightly.
11/12/2019 - Removed rod for iso, as in reality rod kind of sucks in 90% of comps/builds, if you have a tanky solo isolation can help team fights with your Wisps.
14/12/2019 - Added item and extra note on build.
11/02/2020 - Updated for new season
1/03/2020 - Forgot multi pots and added more detail to tips+tricks.
24/05/2021 - Slowly updating to new season

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1
Branmuffin17 (349) | February 18, 2020 1:42am
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GreedyRepresentative | March 1, 2020 12:58pm
Oh totally forgot changing that, thx for the reminder.
1
Devampi (105) | February 18, 2020 2:23am
you can still build them right? only using them both at the same time cancels each other out?
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Branmuffin17 (349) | February 18, 2020 3:36am
Yeah, you can use them as long as it's not at the same time, but the whole OP function of this combo was to use them at the same time for massive early game sustain. Now you can't stack them, there's significantly less reason to build both, and it's just not suggested.
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Kriega1 (125) | February 18, 2020 2:30am
Yes, but buying them now is just stupidity. Get multi pots instead of health pots.
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Kriega1 (125) | February 18, 2020 2:18am
Yeah you go Chalice and Multi pots now.
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kell90 | February 15, 2020 8:33pm
He's so OP in Joust. Loving this build guide. Sylvanus is my new favourite god.
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Gulfwulf (80) | February 12, 2020 8:56pm
Hello, Greedy.

As the judge for the guardian category of the contest I can say that you have a good start, but I'm looking for more detailed guides with more information. Example are the two winners of last year's contest, Supportable's Vamana guide and Vini's Nike guide. Other examples are Bran's Bacchus guide and my Kuzenbo one. Now you don't have to put in quite that much detail, but I'm looking for guides that assume I may not know everything there is to know about a god and, thusly, goes into detail as to what their skills do, how to use their combos, and explanations as to why certain items are picked over other ones. I do like that you included notes, but I think those should be expanded upon in the guide itself. I have no problem giving you my vote, but I'm not quite sure this is $50 worth of effort just yet. The guardian entries have been rather sparse, so don't feel as if you have to put in a whole day's worth, just give me some more information to chew on and think about while I'm reading your guide. :) Good luck.
2
Kriega1 (125) | December 11, 2019 12:49pm
Add Estaff as an option.
1
NobleNeal | September 19, 2019 12:37pm
Is there a reason you don't level the ultimate?
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GreedyRepresentative | September 20, 2019 11:27am
The only real use for leveling the ultimate is for extra damage, since it doesn't lower the cooldown or anything else meaning its much more useful to level the other abilities which lower the cooldowns or provide more healing etc.
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Kriega1 (125) | September 13, 2019 12:14pm
You should consider Pridwen as your main cdr item instead of Breastplate of Valor as well as add more situational items like Relic Dagger, Pestilence, etc...
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GreedyRepresentative | September 13, 2019 12:21pm
Is Pridwen still worth getting? I haven't been getting it as I thought it wasn't worth getting now.

edit - Actually just thought for a solid minute and realized I should probably start picking it up since it will work well with the blink.
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Gulfwulf (80) | September 13, 2019 5:07pm
Supports generally don't get "selfish" items like breastplate and genjis; they usually either get aura items like Sovereignty or items like Relic Dagger that have an indirect benefit for their team. Another example of the latter is Spirit Robe because of its CDR, CCR, and passive. I'd trade magi's cloak for it since its passive is on a shorter cooldown.
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Kriega1 (125) | September 13, 2019 1:15pm
Pridwen is still good for supports, for solo laners it’s less of a priority item (though can still be picked up late in the build). Otherwise, maybe ask EmilZy or Polarbearmike on their twitch/YouTube or check smiteprobuilds to see if it’s still being built.
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