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The Most Under Rated Hunter Mid (Skadi 8.7)

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by Dashedscroll updated July 24, 2021

Smite God: Skadi

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Main Mid build Off Meta Jungler build Skadi Adc (this is skadi's worst role)
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Build Summary

The Mandatory Mid Lane Start

Notes Bluestone Pendant is Skadi's best starter item, it gives 3/4 of her abilities some extra damage which in mid is usually enough to kill the enemy mid lanner, this start also has deccent sustain from bluestone to allow you to stay out longer and allowing you to ignore any poke from a mage.

Notes

Bluestone Pendant is Skadi's best starter item, it gives 3/4 of her abilities some extra damage which in mid is usually enough to kill the enemy mid lanner, this start also has deccent sustain from bluestone to allow you to stay out longer and allowing you to ignore any poke from a mage.

Build Item Bluestone Pendant Bluestone Pendant
Build Item Morningstar Morningstar
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion

High power/pen build

Notes This is what you should normally go for skadi mid, it gives you enough flat pen to deal with squishies through Jotunn's Wrath and The Crusher and a lot of percent pen to deal with tanks through Heartseaker and Titan's Bane.
Bluestone Pendant can be sold at full build instead of Bluestone Brooch but both options are fine
Sell The Crusher late for an alternative item]]

Notes

This is what you should normally go for skadi mid, it gives you enough flat pen to deal with squishies through Jotunn's Wrath and The Crusher and a lot of percent pen to deal with tanks through Heartseaker and Titan's Bane.
Bluestone Pendant can be sold at full build instead of Bluestone Brooch but both options are fine
Sell The Crusher late for an alternative item]]

Build Item Bluestone Brooch Bluestone Brooch
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item The Crusher The Crusher
Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Jotunn's Wrath
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item Heartseeker Heartseeker

Skadi's Skill Order Notes Skadi's ult is mainly used for the utility it provides though the root and full restoration of kaldr, putting points into this increases the damage by 40 and the root duration by 1 second which isn't too significant, especially compared to Permafrost which increases the initial damage by 120, the radius of the ability and the movement speed you gain from standing on the ice. this is the same for every role.

Notes

Skadi's ult is mainly used for the utility it provides though the root and full restoration of kaldr, putting points into this increases the damage by 40 and the root duration by 1 second which isn't too significant, especially compared to Permafrost which increases the initial damage by 120, the radius of the ability and the movement speed you gain from standing on the ice. this is the same for every role.

Piercing Cold

1 X Y
Piercing Cold
1 3 6 7 9

Rune Of The Hunt

2 A B
Rune Of The Hunt
4 8 10 11 13

Permafrost

3 B A
Permafrost
2 12 14 15 16

Winter's Grasp

4 Y X
Winter's Grasp
5 17 18 19 20
Piercing Cold
1 3 6 7 9

Piercing Cold

1 X
Skadi throws an icy spear forward, dealing damage to enemies and Slowing them for 3s. Kaldr's basic attacks deal double damage to targets afflicted by Piercing Cold.

Ability Type: Projectile
Damage: 90 / 140 / 190 / 240 / 290 (+80% of your Physical Power)
Slow: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40%
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 14s
Rune Of The Hunt
4 8 10 11 13

Rune Of The Hunt

2 A
Toggle: Skadi marks a target for Kaldr to hunt. While toggled on, Kaldr assumes Beast form, chasing and attacking the marked enemy. If a marked enemy dies Kaldr attacks other enemies nearby. When toggled off, Kaldr stops attacking and returns to Skadi, reverting to his Elemental form on the way. This ability can be activated at rank 0 and Kaldr gains new skills as it ranks up.

Ability Type: Pet Command
Basic Attack Damage: 40 / 50 / 60 / 70 / 80% of Skadi's
Rank 1: Kaldr gains a dash attack dealing 70 / 85 / 100 / 115 / 130% Basic Attack Damage
Rank 3: Kaldr's kills heal him
Rank 5: Kaldr's attacks give Skadi 10% increased movement speed
Cost: None
Cooldown: 0.5s
Permafrost
2 12 14 15 16

Permafrost

3 B
Skadi freezes the ground for 5s at a target location. The icy area deals damage to enemies that touch it and continues to deal additional damage every .5s they stay on it. Gods who step on the ice are slowed and lose control of their movement while sliding across. Also, Skadi's movement speed increases while standing on the area and persists for 3s after it fades or she leaves.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Initial Damage: 70 / 100 / 130 / 160 / 190 (+50% of your Physical Power)
Damage Per Tick: 5 / 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 (+5% of your Physical Power)
Movement Speed: 20 / 25 / 30 / 35 / 40%
Slow: 15%
Radius: 16 / 16 / 18 / 18 / 20
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 18s
Winter's Grasp
5 17 18 19 20

Winter's Grasp

4 Y
A snowstorm surrounds Skadi as she chooses a location for Kaldr to attack. If Kaldr is too far he will leap there.

Upon reaching the location a snowstorm also surrounds Kaldr. The initial hit of either snowstorm Roots enemies in the area and Kaldr is restored to full health. The storms persist for 4s while dealing damage to enemies every .5s.

Ability Type: Stim
Damage Per Tick: 10 / 20 / 30 / 40 / 50 (+5% of your Physical Power)
Root Duration: 1 / 1.25 / 1.5 / 1.75 / 2s
Radius: 20
Cost: 80 / 90 / 100 / 110 / 120
Cooldown: 90s

Extended Build

antiheal build

Notes This is your standard build against healers, it gives you slightly less damage than the previous 2, however it allows you to reduce enemy healing significantly and deal with gods who have heavy sustain like Hel, Anubis or Aphrodite

Notes

This is your standard build against healers, it gives you slightly less damage than the previous 2, however it allows you to reduce enemy healing significantly and deal with gods who have heavy sustain like Hel, Anubis or Aphrodite

Build Item Bluestone Brooch Bluestone Brooch
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Brawler's Beat Stick Brawler's Beat Stick
Build Item Jotunn's Wrath Jotunn's Wrath
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item Heartseeker Heartseeker

Alternate items

Notes Mantle of Discord and Magi's Cloak are both helpful for stoping you from being blown up instantly by either hard cc or just general high damage abilities due to their passives and defencive stats.
Titan's Bane and The Executioner are both helpful at dealing with tanks.
Odysseus' Bow is helpful if you need a god with high attack speed on your team
Bloodforge is good if you are consistantly getting kills in team fights as the passive will allow you to just steam role the enemy team if you get a kill.
Spectral Armor is only helpful if they have two players going crit on the enemy team, the mana on the item also gives you power when you use it with the item transendence

Notes

Mantle of Discord and Magi's Cloak are both helpful for stoping you from being blown up instantly by either hard cc or just general high damage abilities due to their passives and defencive stats.
Titan's Bane and The Executioner are both helpful at dealing with tanks.
Odysseus' Bow is helpful if you need a god with high attack speed on your team
Bloodforge is good if you are consistantly getting kills in team fights as the passive will allow you to just steam role the enemy team if you get a kill.
Spectral Armor is only helpful if they have two players going crit on the enemy team, the mana on the item also gives you power when you use it with the item transendence

Build Item Mantle of Discord Mantle of Discord
Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item The Executioner The Executioner
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow
Build Item Bloodforge Bloodforge
Build Item Spectral Armor Spectral Armor

relics

Notes Purification Beads is a mandatory relic
Aegis Amulet is nice against teams with heavy burst
Blink Rune is a nice relic if you get ahead in mid and will allow you to play more like an assassin from the mid lane

Notes

Purification Beads is a mandatory relic
Aegis Amulet is nice against teams with heavy burst
Blink Rune is a nice relic if you get ahead in mid and will allow you to play more like an assassin from the mid lane

Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Blink Rune Blink Rune

Why you shouldn't play skadi in ADC

I firmly believe skadi's potential in carry is so poor compared to her potential in mid/jungle that there is no point in plaing her there, this is becuase of multiple reasons:

Reason 1:
Skadi's main strength is in a 1v1 scenario where she is face to face against a squishy, in mid she instantly starts off in a 1v1 against a mage (who will most likely have lower base health, protections and auto attack damage than you) allowing you to have instant pressure on that mage, in adc however, you will start off in a 2v2, against a god who has higher base health and protections than you, who will also be with a god who has auto attack damage that is even to yours, this will make it harder for you to gain pressure on the enemy adc, and you will most likely struggle till you both supports rotate.

Reason 2:
Skadi has more access to farm and easier rotations from mid and jungle, this helps skadi as she requires a lead to have a prescence in the late game, in mid she can easily invade farm from the enemy mid lanner and will have the ability to rotate on duo lane or solo in order to push that lead in further, skadi adc is simply unable to gank due to the placement of the lane.

Reason 3:
Skadi doesn't use crit as effectively as most hunters, skadi is incredibally ability based and as of such crit is innefective on her, she also has no attack speed stim or auto attack amplifier to help further aid her crit damage, skadi also does poorly into hunters who buy devourers gauntlet as she won't be able to burst them down due to their sustain.

Tips and tricks for skadi

Your second ability Rune Of The Hunt can body block any ability that won't pass through minions like Scylla sic'cem or Sobek pluck, it also blocks auto attacks

Skadi's first ability only boosts kaldr's normal attacks, it doesn't boost his dash damage, however it also sets him up for multiple bassic attacks on any enemies who you hit with Piercing Cold

Kaldr does not allow the enemy to lifesteal off of him as he has no health value

Abilities that do their damage over time like Anubis Plague of Locusts will only damage kaldr once for the initial hit, however this is not true for jormungundr and Izanami basic attacks which will damage kaldr for every instance of damage that they deal.

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X8Commando8X | July 21, 2021 4:55pm
Is there a reason that titans bane and heartseeker's orders are swapped in the anti heal build and the mid build?
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Dashedscroll (1) | July 22, 2021 6:10am
I just forgot to swap them in the antiheal build, my bad and thanks for bringing this to my attention (however you can build heartseaker and titans bane in either order, just titans bane is a little more effective in that spot than heartseaker)
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