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The Black Death: Hades Solo and Mid (S8.5)

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by Big Damage updated May 23, 2021

Smite God: Hades

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Hades Build

Main Build

Notes This is your standard Hades Solo build.

Swap Shoes of the Magi late game for Sacrificial Shroud or an alternative, such as Pythagorem's Piece or Rod of Asclepius.

An alternative to Rod of Tahuti could be Divine Ruin or Ethereal Staff.

Notes

This is your standard Hades Solo build.

Swap Shoes of the Magi late game for Sacrificial Shroud or an alternative, such as Pythagorem's Piece or Rod of Asclepius.

An alternative to Rod of Tahuti could be Divine Ruin or Ethereal Staff.

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Pridwen Pridwen
Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Sacrificial Shroud Sacrificial Shroud

Start 1

Notes Standard start for an upgraded starter item at level 20. Multi Potions help stack sustain on chalice when you have no protections.

Notes

Standard start for an upgraded starter item at level 20. Multi Potions help stack sustain on chalice when you have no protections.

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

Start 2

Notes Standard Vampiric Shroud start.

You could swap Shoes for Tiny Trinket for extra early power and sustain and then either finish Bancroft's Talon or build into Shoes of the Magi.

Notes

Standard Vampiric Shroud start.

You could swap Shoes for Tiny Trinket for extra early power and sustain and then either finish Bancroft's Talon or build into Shoes of the Magi.

Build Item Vampiric Shroud Vampiric Shroud
Build Item Shoes Shoes
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
2
Build Item Mana Potion Mana Potion
2

Build 1A (Physical Defence)

Notes Swap Shoes of the Magi late game for Sacrificial Shroud or an alternative, such as Pythagorem's Piece, Rod of Tahuti or Rod of Asclepius.

Notes

Swap Shoes of the Magi late game for Sacrificial Shroud or an alternative, such as Pythagorem's Piece, Rod of Tahuti or Rod of Asclepius.

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm
Build Item Pridwen Pridwen
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Sacrificial Shroud Sacrificial Shroud

Build 1B (Magical Defence)

Notes Swap Shoes of the Magi late game and purchase Sacrificial Shroud or an alternative, such as Pythagorem's Piece, Rod of Tahuti or Rod of Asclepius.

Notes

Swap Shoes of the Magi late game and purchase Sacrificial Shroud or an alternative, such as Pythagorem's Piece, Rod of Tahuti or Rod of Asclepius.

Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Typhon's Fang Typhon's Fang
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Pridwen Pridwen
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Sacrificial Shroud Sacrificial Shroud

Build 2A (Safe)

Notes Upgrade Sacrificial Shroud from Vampiric Shroud at level 20.

Swap Shoes of the Magi late game for Pythagorem's Piece or an alternative, such as Typhon's Fang, Rod of Tahuti or Rod of Asclepius.

Notes

Upgrade Sacrificial Shroud from Vampiric Shroud at level 20.

Swap Shoes of the Magi late game for Pythagorem's Piece or an alternative, such as Typhon's Fang, Rod of Tahuti or Rod of Asclepius.

Build Item Sacrificial Shroud Sacrificial Shroud
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Void Stone Void Stone
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece

Build 2B (Antiheal)

Notes Swap Shoes of the Magi late game for Pythagorem's Piece or an alternative, such as Typhon's Fang, Rod of Tahuti or Rod of Asclepius.

Notes

Swap Shoes of the Magi late game for Pythagorem's Piece or an alternative, such as Typhon's Fang, Rod of Tahuti or Rod of Asclepius.

Build Item Sacrificial Shroud Sacrificial Shroud
Build Item Shoes of the Magi Shoes of the Magi
Build Item Bancroft's Talon Bancroft's Talon
Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Pridwen Pridwen
Build Item Elixir of Speed Elixir of Speed
Build Item Pythagorem's Piece Pythagorem's Piece

Defence Options

Notes These are all alternative or situational defence items that can work on Hades to counter the enemy team or not feel as weak into certain comps/items.

They do NOT need to be built every single game.

Notes

These are all alternative or situational defence items that can work on Hades to counter the enemy team or not feel as weak into certain comps/items.

They do NOT need to be built every single game.

Build Item Breastplate of Valor Breastplate of Valor
Build Item Bulwark of Hope Bulwark of Hope
Build Item Celestial Legion Helm Celestial Legion Helm
Build Item Contagion Contagion
Build Item Genji's Guard Genji's Guard
Build Item Hide of the Nemean Lion Hide of the Nemean Lion
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Midgardian Mail Midgardian Mail
Build Item Oni Hunter's Garb Oni Hunter's Garb
Build Item Pestilence Pestilence
Build Item Spectral Armor Spectral Armor
Build Item Talisman of Energy Talisman of Energy
Build Item Winged Blade Winged Blade
Build Item Witchblade Witchblade
Build Item Warrior's Axe Warrior's Axe
Build Item Warding Sigil Warding Sigil

Offence Options

Notes These are all alternative or situational damage items that can work on Hades to counter the enemy team or not feel as weak into certain comps/items.

They do NOT need to be built every single game.

Notes

These are all alternative or situational damage items that can work on Hades to counter the enemy team or not feel as weak into certain comps/items.

They do NOT need to be built every single game.

Build Item Divine Ruin Divine Ruin
Build Item Rod of Asclepius Rod of Asclepius
Build Item Rod of Tahuti Rod of Tahuti
Build Item Soul Gem Soul Gem
Build Item Soul Reaver Soul Reaver
Build Item Spear of Desolation Spear of Desolation
Build Item Spear of the Magus Spear of the Magus

Relic Options

Notes These are all of the relics that can work on Hades to counter the enemy team or not feel as weak into certain comps/items.

Blink Rune and Purification Beads are the main two that you will be picking up, the others do NOT need to be built every single game.

Notes

These are all of the relics that can work on Hades to counter the enemy team or not feel as weak into certain comps/items.

Blink Rune and Purification Beads are the main two that you will be picking up, the others do NOT need to be built every single game.

Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Sundering Spear Sundering Spear
Build Item Teleport Glyph Teleport Glyph

Hades's Skill Order Notes Skill leveling priority is - 3 > 4 > 2 > 1

It's better to level the 2 than the 1 because with the lower cooldowns you can clear waves better and still have your escape.

Notes

Skill leveling priority is - 3 > 4 > 2 > 1

It's better to level the 2 than the 1 because with the lower cooldowns you can clear waves better and still have your escape.

Death From Below

1 X Y
Death From Below
2 15 16 18 19

Shroud of Darkness

2 A B
Shroud of Darkness
3 8 11 12 14

Devour Souls

3 B A
Devour Souls
1 4 6 7 9

Pillar of Agony

4 Y X
Pillar of Agony
5 10 13 17 20
Death From Below
2 15 16 18 19

Death From Below

1 X
Hades descends into the ground and erupts from below at his ground location, doing damage to all enemies in the area. If the enemy is Blighted, they are also slowed. Applies Blight.

Ability Type: Leap
Damage: 70 / 120 / 170 / 220 / 270 (+60% of your Magical Power)
Slow: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40%
Slow Duration: 2s
Radius: 20
Cost: 50 / 55 / 60 / 65 / 70
Cooldown: 14s
Shroud of Darkness
3 8 11 12 14

Shroud of Darkness

2 A
Hades silences all enemies in a cone in front of him. If the enemy is Blighted, they are also Feared. Applies Blight.

Ability Type: Cone
Silence: 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2s
Cost: 60
Cooldown: 14 / 13 / 12 / 11 / 10s
Devour Souls
1 4 6 7 9

Devour Souls

3 B
Hades devours the souls of his enemies, dealing damage in a radius around him. Blighted hit by this ability are Detonated, dealing damage to enemies and healing your allies around the Detonated targets. Enemy gods only take 50% of the damage from Detonating Blights.

Ability Type: Area
Damage: 75 / 115 / 155 / 195 / 235 (+70% of your Magical Power)
Detonated Damage: 20 / 27 / 34 / 41 / 48 (+50% of your Magical Power)
Detonated Healing: 25 / 35 / 45 / 55 / 65 (+10% of your Magical Power)
Detonation Radius: 20
Radius: 20
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 11s
Pillar of Agony
5 10 13 17 20

Pillar of Agony

4 Y
Hades calls to all enemy souls nearby, creating a Vortex which drags targets toward him, dealing damage every .5s for 4s. If the enemy is Blighted, their Protections are reduced. Hades also gains Protections and 10% damage mitigation for the duration.

Ability Type: Area
Damage per Tick: 45 / 60 / 75 / 90 / 105 (+30% of your Magical Power)
Damage (Max): 360 / 480 / 600 / 720 / 840 (+240% of your Magical Power)
Protections: 60 / 85 / 110 / 135 / 160
Protections Debuff: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30
Protections Debuff Lifetime: 4s
Radius: 30
Cost: 100
Cooldown: 90s

INTRODUCTION

Welcome to my guide for Hades, King of the Underworld

My name is Big Damage. I am a dedicated Smite player and spend most of my time playing Ranked Conquest, Ranked Joust and some Assault. In Conquest I mostly enjoy playing Solo and Support, however this build is just for Hades in Solo.

This is my 3rd SmiteFire guide, and constructive criticism is always welcome. Before I start I would like to add credits to Branmuffin17, Zilby and Mowen for the templates and notes on how to implement bbcode, this guide would not be possible without it!

Without further ado, onto the guide!


PROS AND CONS

..... Strengths .....

+ Strong early game
+ Huge sustain in lane
+ Great hard for CC dive
+ Decent snowball potential
.. Weaknesses ..

- Falls off late game
- Relies on lifesteal
- Close quarters mage
+ Easily focused without beads

HOW TO PLAY + TIPS AND TRICKS


This part of the guide will provide you with information needed to play Hades throughout the different stages of the game.

Early Game / Laning Phase

Hades full clears waves with ease in the early game, use this pressure to farm side/back camps, invade enemy camps if you have wards out or maybe make early rotations to surprise the enemy. The amount of pressure you can put out in the first 10-15 minutes with Hades generally dictates how the rest of your game will go.

Mid Game / "Skirmish" Fighting

If you have managed to put some good work in the early game, the mid game should be a breeze for you. Just keep doing what you have been doing but make more rotations and invade. If you didn't manage to get a lead this is where things start to go downhill, just keep farming play safe and wait for the enemy to make a mistake and take advantage of it to try and get you back in the game.

Late Game / Team fighting

Hades really falls off late in terms of damage and also because of his close quarters abilities he can be locked down in a teamfight really easily. Just be patient and look for an opening to dive their backline with Pillar of Agony which can open them up to your jungler finishing them off.

Tips + Tricks
  • If an enemy is getting aggressive in the laning phase, try to Blight them along with nearby minions before using Devour Souls. The burst of blight on the minions as well as the enemy will increase the damage potential. Using this near minions will give you a crazy amount of healing too.

  • If your target has beads or an escape, try to get your target to use either of them with the 'fear' from Shroud of Darkness on a blighted target. Once they have used beads/escape you can lock them down with Pillar of Agony.

  • Try not to use Death From Below to initiate, because once your kit is down a fight can easily be turned on you and you wont have an escape.

WHICH RELICS?

Core Relics

  • Blink is just super strong for anyone looking to dive and aggress the enemy team. Blink can help you close the distance on their team so they use their escapes and then you can chase them down with your Death From Below if it's safe to do so.

  • Sometimes you can get beads before blink for safety but it lowers your early snowball potential significantly. It's always a good option as a second relic due to how easily Hades can be killed without the safety of beads.
Situational Relics

  • Shell can be really good into comps with crits like Mercury jungle and Jing Wei adc. You can pop the shell with it's block stacks before you ult so that you have a bit more survivability when you're just standing there.

  • If you don't feel the need for any other relics, sunder is a great aggressive option. If you've locked your target hit them with the upgraded version of this before you ult and you can shred through them with ease.

  • Don't be afraid to grab teleport if you're not too confident in yourself. It works well early for winning or losing lane.

WHAT TO BUY, WHY AND WHEN

In this section I will go over strong core items for Hades, why they are useful and when to purchase them

Item 1
Bancroft's Talon

Too good to be passed up on Hades, this gives him the mana, power and lifesteal he needs to sustain in lane, especially Solo. If you have several minions applied with Blight and hit them with your Devour Souls combined with Bancroft's Talon you can easily regain hundreds of HP. You should always pick this up 1st or 2nd to get the most benefit out of it.

Item 2
Typhon's Fang

What's better on a god that loves lifesteal? More lifesteal! This item combined Bancroft's Talon and any other lifesteal you get in your build such as Pythagorem's Piece or Sacrificial Shroud. There are very few situations where you shouldn't build this item, definitely get it around 3rd or 4th but only if you already have Bancroft's Talon.

Item 3
Mantle of Discord

Mantle is just strong on a lot of gods because of its beefy tank stats with some CDR, however it's an essential item for Hades in Solo and Mid because the passive has great application when he ults because if the enemies stuck in his ultimate try to turn on him will get stunned in his ult if they get his health low enough making him much harder to lockdown. Usually you would buy Mantle towards the end of a build but because Hades doesn't use many other defence items well you can get this anywhere from 4th item onwards.

ABILITIES AND COMBOS


Passive - Blight

The key component in what makes the mediocre abilities of Hades more of a hassle to deal with in the laning phase. Applying Blight will reduce the enemies (and minions) physical or magical power by 5%, which in itself is not overpowered, but nice. The real deal is the effects that it gives to each abilities which I will cover with said abilities below. The best tactic for using this passive is to apply from range with your auto attacks, and then follow up with the abilities that also apply blight before using the ones that remove blight which will also be covered lightly in the combos.


1 - Death From Below

As the name suggests, although classed as a "leap" (which I will add can be taken advantage of by Awilix ult), will bring you up through the ground dealing AOE damage to nearby targets. If the enemy is already applied by blight, which would by through your auto attacks or your 2 the enemy will be slowed, however whether the enemy is already blighted or not this will apply blight again allowing you to get the extra ability effects again. This should only be used for initiation or securing a kill if you think that you can also get back out without it, otherwise save it as an escape.


2 - Shroud of Darkness

The notorious CC that Hades holds in his kit, silencing in a similar cone to the Athena taunt, this will also apply blight similarly to Death From Below but also the unique effect that it gives when an enemy is blighted is that they are feared instead, forcing them to run in a direction. At max rank this ability lasts 2 seconds so the potential for setting up kills or burning beads is extremely potent with blight and this CC. It can be used when attacking to initiate, or defensively if an enemy is getting too close and you need to silence/fear them from using abilities.


3 - Devour Souls

Without the appliance of Blight I must admit that this ability is almost useless, however with the ease of applying Blight it is definitely far from useless. When nearby enemies are blighted Devour Souls will detonate the Blight applied and deal extra damage while also healing you per target. For best results in lane, try to blight the enemy laner but also the minion wave and detonate it all together with Devour Souls and you will get more damage off than expected.


4 / Ultimate - Pillar of Agony

If you can catch someone in this ultimate and they don't have a Purification Beads or an escape they are in trouble, dealing high damage every half a second for 6 seconds, and not being able to walk out so that you are a target is not a good time, and to top it off if the enemy is blighted their magical protections are reduced for the duration of the ability. To help protect Hades from being too easy of a target while he is in there he gains 160 dual protections and 10% damage mitigation for the duration and is granted CC immunity.

Combos


This is your standard combo. You never want to dash in unless there is real pay off for that risk or it is clearly safe to do so, therefore using the 2 and 3 together is great confirmable damage to an enemy and clearing wave and you can use the 1 to escape or chase.



Here you will leap in with the 1, applying blight, then use the 2 which will now fear them because they are blighted. For maximum damage we use the ultimate next to get the reduced protections on the enemy because they are blighted and finish them off with a burst from the 3. This is a riskier combo because if you use your leap to go in they might have an escape/beads and get away and leave you out of position.



When you blink in you want to immediately use your 2 on the enemy to silence them and apply blight and quickly follow up with the the 3 to confirm a burst of damage. The enemy will try to escape but you will still have your leap up that can apply blight and if you hit them with the 1 they will have blight to maximise the damage from your ult. This is the safest hard hitting combo against targets with escapes.



Similar to the previous combo, however in this one you will use your first blight hit with your ult and then as they try to escape, reapply blight with the leap and burst them with the your 3 last. This combo works better against gods with no instant mobility.

CONCLUSION // SUMMARY

Hades has always been one of my favourite gods and although he's not in a great spot in the current meta you can still have plenty of fun with him and be a force to be reckoned with, I hope this build was useful, thank you for reading!

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1
smitebrasil (1) | June 5, 2021 2:53pm
Nice build!
1
Big Damage (32) | June 5, 2021 3:46pm
Thank you! :)
1
The6thEspada | March 28, 2021 5:57pm
What would one build for hades support in casuals?
1
Big Damage (32) | March 29, 2021 1:39am
He shouldn't really be played in support even in casuals. Neither you or your team will have fun whatsoever.
1
Branmuffin17 (349) | March 29, 2021 10:08am
That said, if you're insistent on playing him there, I would probably suggest mostly supporty items, but with items that also emphasize his effectiveness.

We know that in other roles he'll build a lot of lifesteal, e.g. Bancroft's Talon + Typhon's Fang. In this role, I wouldn't suggest doing that, but you might still want to get some lifesteal, and Pythagorem's Piece's aura will also help your nearby teammates.

I think a bit of CDR would be good, and while it won't proc until you've finished the ult, Pridwen would also be functional; if you're in really big trouble, you could cancel early and get that shield to help you survive a bit longer.

I would stick with the standard Supp starters...either Sentinel's Gift -> Sentinel's Embrace or War Flag -> Spartan Flag would be good.

Here's a general build you might try (many variants possible, just proposing one):
You could switch the positions of the Pythag's/Ethereal and Spirit/Mantle/Counter depending on your pref.
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Kriega1 (125) | April 15, 2020 2:59pm
For the (bancrofts start) mid build, why not consider Typhon's and Reaver for your main percentage pen? Swapping Charon's for Typhon's, Tahuti for Reaver and sell boots for shard or pythags?
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Big Damage (32) | April 17, 2020 5:25am
I'll be honest, I haven't played much with Hades in the midlane since Season 7 and have only tested similar builds to how I played him in Season 6, my only thought process behind the lack of extra lifesteal items is not getting any MP5 in the build, and at the moment I think Rod of Tahuti does a lot more damage than Soul Reaver. The extra lifesteal items I will have to look into building and testing though, best of both worlds I'll end up adding a third build for more lifesteal similar to how you have described.
1
Kriega1 (125) | April 1, 2020 1:59pm
The Charon's coin start (building into it after finishing boots) is Restored Artifact, 1 health and 1 mana pot.
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Big Damage (32) | April 1, 2020 6:40pm
Thanks for letting me know I forgot to update that
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