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The New (Old) Loki - Masters PvE Mercury Guide

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by DiscoFerry updated November 19, 2020

Smite God: Mercury

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Mercury Build

Jungle Start

Build Item Assassin's Blessing Assassin's Blessing
Build Item Katana Katana
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
Build Item Hand of the Gods Hand of the Gods

Solo Start

Build Item Thousand Fold Blade Thousand Fold Blade
Build Item Chalice of Healing Chalice of Healing

Finished Build

Notes Sell boots for speed potion and silverbranch


Sell boots for speed potion and silverbranch

Build Item Golden Blade Golden Blade
Build Item Ninja Tabi Ninja Tabi
Build Item Stone Cutting Sword Stone Cutting Sword
Build Item The Crusher The Crusher
Build Item Atalanta's Bow Atalanta's Bow
Build Item Berserker's Shield Berserker's Shield
Build Item Silverbranch Bow Silverbranch Bow

Alt Items (Check Notes)

Notes golden blade can be sold for these two items lategame if you don't feel like you need it anymore. normally I keep it though.


golden blade can be sold for these two items lategame if you don't feel like you need it anymore. normally I keep it though.

Build Item Hastened Katana Hastened Katana
Build Item Toxic Blade Toxic Blade
Build Item Serrated Edge Serrated Edge

Relics (Yes, Frenzy)

Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Belt of Frenzy Belt of Frenzy

Mercury's Skill Order Notes Basically just max 1>2>4>3


Basically just max 1>2>4>3

Made You Look

1 X Y
Made You Look
1 3 6 7 9

Maximum Velocity

2 A B
Maximum Velocity
4 8 10 11 12

Special Delivery

3 B A
Special Delivery
2 15 16 18 19

Sonic Boom

4 Y X
Sonic Boom
5 13 14 17 20
Made You Look
1 3 6 7 9

Made You Look

1 X
Mercury moves in the blink of an eye, dealing one melee attack to every enemy within the target area. This ability can Critically Hit, and triggers Ability related Item effects, not Basic Attack related Item effects.

Ability Type: Ground Target
Damage: 80 / 115 / 150 / 185 / 220 (+60% of your Basic Attack Power)
Radius: 7.5 / 9 / 10.5 / 12 / 13.5
Cost: 50
Cooldown: 8s
Maximum Velocity
4 8 10 11 12

Maximum Velocity

2 A
Mercury passively gains movement speed. When this ability is activated, Mercury increases his attack speed and is immune to slows for the duration.

Ability Type: Buff
Movement Speed: 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 10%
Attack Speed: 30 / 40 / 50 / 60 / 70%
Duration: 5s
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 18 / 17 / 16 / 15 / 14s
Special Delivery
2 15 16 18 19

Special Delivery

3 B
Mercury dashes forward, knocking aside minions, grabbing the first enemy god he encounters and spinning them. The enemy god takes damage until the effect ends, and Mercury throws the god in the direction of his choice.

Ability Type: Dash
Minion Damage: 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250 (+80% of your Physical Power)
Damage per Tick: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30 (+20% of your Physical Power) every 0.25s
Damage (Total): 40 / 60 / 80 / 100 / 120 (+80% of your Physical Power)
Duration: 1s
Cost: 60 / 65 / 70 / 75 / 80
Cooldown: 15s
Sonic Boom
5 13 14 17 20

Sonic Boom

4 Y
Mercury gathers energy for a powerful dash, with the range extending as he does so. He travels the distance faster than the speed of sound, dealing damage to all enemies, stunning them and spinning them around in a random direction.

Ability Type: Dash
Damage: 200 / 275 / 350 / 425 / 500 (100% of your Physical Power)
Disorient Duration: 1.5s
Cost: 80 / 90 / 100 / 110 / 120
Cooldown: 100s

Is this a joke? Am i bronze?

Guide updated for patch 7.11. (added serrated to selling boots, switched to ninja tabi, changed some text)


Is this a joke?

No (sadly). This is, at least in my opinion, a totally legitimate way of playing Mercury that I find at least more enjoyable, if maybe not as effective, as the normal crit style build. Yes, I know this is not how most people play Mercury. No, I don't think that that makes this trolling.

You may well catch some flak from teammates for doing this, but if you do it right, you'll get less bm after you win the game for them. (assuming they don't give up and troll or surrender I guess)

Ok, so how does it work?

In short, the process is:

    - Farm early game
    - Push towers while your team baits fights around objectives like Gold Fury or Fire Giant
    - Push phoenixes when you get a chance to, if you get Enhanced Fire Giant you can easily push them with no minions
    - Ult away when you get collapsed on
    - Ult the titan and win

Sounds simple enough, because it is, really. The complicated part is trying to find your way to a phoenix to push it, but the most fun part about this playstyle is figuring that bit out.

Alright, then explain the build, it looks dumb

Well, does look pretty dumb, but there's plenty of thought process behind it. The basic goal of the build is simple: (almost) the most tower dps you can get out of 6 physical items. The only item that is not true of is Golden Blade, but that is needed to get the farm necessary to get the rest of the build.

Once you sell Ninja Tabi (no power potions or fire giant), this build has:

    - 254 power
    - 2.5 attack speed
    - 530 movement speed
    - 40 percent penetration

Use Maximum Velocity and that increases to 333 power.

Once you get to hyper late game, if you sell Golden Blade for Hastened Katana, Serrated Edge, or Toxic Blade, pop a 500 and a 3k potion, and get enhanced fire giant, you reach around 450 power, or 539 with Maximum Velocity activated due to Silverbranch Bow passive.

At this stage, a tier 2 tower dies in 5 auto attacks, or exactly 2 seconds, with no minions. Add a red buff and Belt of Frenzy, and it dies in four.
A phoenix dies in 6 auto attacks, or just over 2 seconds, also with no minions. No one can get to you in time to stop you if you get to the phoenix first.

As for relics, Purification Beads is just necessary on any squishy character, and the Belt of Frenzy pickup is for the same reason as everything else, tower dps (or fire giant dps)

Isnt this Loki's job?

Update since patch 7.10: Not anymore! Now you're stuck with this.

Previous text:

Well, normally, yes. Does it have to be Loki's job? Think about it, Mercury kills the towers/phoenixes faster, and, at least in my opinion and experience, is safer while doing so. Plus you probably wont get BM'd for picking Mercury.

Maybe you're thinking "Yes, ok, so Mercury kills phoenixes really fast, but Loki one-shots mages and hunters too!". To which my response would be "Alright, but if a tower with 2500 health dies in four auto attacks, how many do you think it takes to kill a Zeus?"

Hell, with 539 power, 2.5 attack speed, and 40% pen, I don't think your tank is going to last very long either, especially since they cant build Spectral Armor against this build. But I didn't want to focus on the PvP aspect of this build since, well, it's not really the point, is it?

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DongerErin (2) | October 16, 2020 3:58pm
as a loki main dissappointed with the rework, thank you for this gift. Mercury to Masters rank here I come.
S7evin424 (2) | September 15, 2020 3:50am
xmysterionz (65) | September 8, 2020 7:07am
Am I wrong if I'm starting to think this could be a great idea for general plays :v ?
DiscoFerry (3) | September 8, 2020 11:03am
nothing wrong with having a go
Gulfwulf (81) | September 8, 2020 7:14am
Kriega1 (134) | September 7, 2020 9:55am
This sounds fun to play against...
DiscoFerry (3) | September 7, 2020 10:23am
not my problem :D
Branmuffin17 (374) | September 7, 2020 2:23pm
Actually pretty funny vid, and although absolutely trollish feeling, probably wins you a bunch of games at the expense of general popularity =P
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