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The Overarching Conquest Guide (S7, Patch 7.12, "The Legendary Tanuki")

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by Branmuffin17 updated December 16, 2020

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Recent Guide Updates:

2020/11/19: Guide is current as of Patch 7.12, "The Legendary Tanuki.". Danzaburou added. Tier lists updated.

Revision History

Recent Patches:


Season 7 hit on January 28, 2020. There have been some adjustments to how Conquest is played compared to Season 6. Here are some of the key changes:
  • New Jungle Camps: Jungle Shrine added near the Speed Buff, one side of the mid-Harpy camps split in 2, new Alpha Harpy camps added near the Reduction (Void) Buff near the Duo lane
  • Jungle Buff Adjustments: Jungle Buff stats have been revised.
  • Jungle Minion Behavior: As of Patch 7.7, jungle minion behavior has changed, with buff holders gaining new abilities, and various camps becoming "aggressive" when gods are in leash range.
  • Chalices and their respective potions no longer stack: No more stacking the healing from Chalice of Healing by also using Health Potions at the same time. (Same goes for Mana stacking)
  • Gameplay Adjustments: Major concept push to slow down the early game and force roles into their respective lanes for a time, including increased XP split bonus. Multiple adjustments to discourage an "invade meta," including a debuff of invading enemies near the Jungle buff for the first minute of play. Health and protections of Jungle minions have been adjusted to take a bit longer to kill.
  • New Items: Vision Shard relic (free Ward), Hand of the Gods brought back as a consumable, Tyrannical Plate Helm, Ring of Hecate, Charon's Coin, Caduceus Shield, Serrated Edge, Shadowsteel Shuriken, and The Sledge.
  • Bridge Shield Reworks: Gladiator's Shield and Berserker's Shield have seen major reworks, no longer providing sustain but becoming full T3 items.
  • Item Retirement: Bye-bye to Masamune and Ratatoskr's old Acorn of Yggdrasil.
  • Existing Item Adjustments: significant changes to physical and magical item flat pen / % pen, Power Potion now combined into one item and is now available for both physical and magical gods (including 10% CDR).
  • Bastet / Odin / Ratatoskr / Loki Reworks: Bastet, Odin and Ratatoskr see some reworks to parts of their kits.

Art by Getsukeii via DeviantArt

Welcome! This is a guide for SMITE's Conquest mode, designed to apply on a high level to general gameplay and tips, rather than focusing on individual gods or builds.

The most competitive and complex mode in SMITE, Conquest can be played in both casual and ranked modes, and is the mode played by the pros. It provides the ultimate conglomeration of all aspects of SMITE gameplay and strategy, including 1 v 1, jungling, build efficiency, counter-building, teamfighting, communication, and taking objectives.

This guide targets the following players:
  • New players looking for general information on the most competitive and comprehensive mode in SMITE

  • Regulars looking for a refresher or to possibly learn a helpful tip or two

  • Regulars that enjoy providing feedback, suggestions, and thoughts (thanks!)

Conquest topics that will be covered:
  • General rules and technical details

  • Overview and gameplay for each role, including popular starting items and starting processes

  • Coverage of strategic gameplay elements, including warding, awareness, and communication

This guide is NOT designed to cover all of the intricacies and in-depth information required to be an extremely successful ranked player, though the basics contained herein can help you prepare. As such, it will not cover topics such as picks and bans, or individual god strategies. With the exception of the ADC / Carry, I will also not be discussing complete builds, as there are many variations for building and counter-building for each role.


If you're a true beginner, and you've stumbled upon this guide, it might be better if you start at the very beginning. That beginning is:

Keep in mind that it IS outdated, but the core information still applies.


SMITE is a MOBA. As such (unfortunately), you can expect to encounter toxicity in some of your matches. The easiest suggestion is to group with like-minded individuals / friends that are okay with you not being perfect (or anywhere close to...). Unfortunately, you won't always be able to do this.

If you're able to brush nasty comments off, more power to you. Another GREAT option is the in-game MUTE button!

However, you might find the following links helpful:

As a final thought before we begin, understand that I am not a pro by any means. This project is a love letter to a game I've thoroughly enjoyed for years, and I've gathered as much information as I could from various sources and my own experience. You will not agree with everything contained herein, and with the plethora of information, there are likely to be mistakes (let me know if you catch any!). The following contains information obtained through time and experience, and I hope you get something of quality out of this guide. So let's start, shall we?

Quick Tags

Conquest Overview

  • Duo Lane (longer lane)

  • Mid Lane

  • Solo Lane (shorter lane)

  • Harpy (XP) Camps

  • Gold Fury,Fire Giant,
    Oracle Harpies,Pyromancer
    Totem of Ku,Jungle Shrine

  • Damage Buff,Mana Buff,
    Speed Buff, Reduction (Void) Buff

  • +Towers

  • +Phoenixes

  • +Titans

General Conquest Details

  • This is a 5 v 5 match with 3 lanes and a jungle section in-between lanes. All unlocked/free rotation gods are available.

  • Roles are requested before queue (2 preferred roles per player). Roles are officially assigned by the system upon entering into the lobby. Roles are: ADC (Carry), Support, Jungle, Mid, Solo

  • Everyone starts at level 1 with 1,500 gold. Setup time (before match starts) is 1 minute. Once the match officially starts, everyone gains 3 gold per second.

  • *NOTE* All minions, structures and the Titan deal physical damage (exception being the Fire Giant, who deals both physical AND magical damage depending on attack).

Special features:
  • AOE Jungle Shrine Enemy Debuff: During the first 5 minutes of a match, the Jungle Shrines emit a large protective debuff aura around themselves, called the "Invader's Curse". Enemies that enter the aura's radius will have their healing, movement speed and attack speed reduced by 30%. This debuff persists for five seconds after leaving the area.

  • Minion Behavior: With Patch 7.7, some jungle minions now act aggressively, attacking when any player is in their leash range. These include Manticores (Damage Buff), Chimaeras (Void Buff), Gold Fury, Fire Giant, and all types of harpies.

Main buff camps:

These buff camps first spawn at varying times. Buffs last for 2 minutes, camps respawn in 2 minutes after ALL minions are killed).

Chimera / Void Buff
  • First spawn: 00:20
  • Typically taken by: ADC (Carry)
  • Chimera ability (debuff): Void Sludge. The chimera fires a projectile attack at its target, applying a debuff to the first target it aggros, decreasing protections by 20% for 20 seconds. With this debuff applied, enemy minions will prioritize you less, even if you deal damage to an enemy God.
  • Void buff: If an enemy is within 55 units, applies a debuff of 5% protection reduction and 10 flat protection, and provides a 10% attack speed buff.
Manticore / Damage Buff
  • First spawn: 00:30
  • Typically taken by: Mid-Laner
  • Manticore ability (damage): Berserk. Triggers when Manticore goes below 45% health. This attack has increased Attack Speed, causing players to take more damage over time.
  • Damage buff: 10% damage + 10 mag power / 5 phys power.
Centaur / Speed Buff
  • First spawn: 00:20
  • Typically taken by: Jungler
  • Centaur ability (damage): Spear Thrust. Winds up for a powerful thrust, damaging all enemies in a line. Deals 3x its basic attack damage to enemies within range.
  • Speed buff: 5% move speed + 10% CC reduction. Applies additional stacks of 2% move speed on each jungle camp kill/assist. Stacks up to 3 times, stacks last 15 seconds.
Satyr / Mana Buff
  • First spawn: 00:30
  • Typically taken by: Solo Laner
  • Satyr ability (summon): Summon Spirits. Up to 4 Spirit Satyrs will be summoned in to help the Satyr shortly after he enters combat. These have very low HP but can deal a lot of damage if left unchecked.
  • Mana buff: Grants 20 mana healed every 5 seconds and 10% cooldown reduction. Each time you hit an enemy god with an ability you regain 2% of your missing mana.

Special camps / buffs:
  • Fire Giant's Might Buff: 70 magical power, 50 physical power, 4% HP5 and 2% MP5, +25% damage increase to structures, 4 minute duration. Obtained by the entire team that defeats the Fire Giant. Spawns at 10:00, respawns in 5 minutes. At the 30 minute mark, the Enhanced Fire Giant replaces the regular version, providing 100 magical power, 65 physical power, and 30% increased bonus damage to structures, in addition to the other stats. Also allows players to ignore 50% of a tower's backdoor protection.

  • Oracle Harpies (across from the Gold Fury): If a team kills BOTH Oracle Harpies, that team is given vision of the Fury pit for 90 seconds. Spawns at 0:30, respawns in 3 minutes.

  • Oni Fury (random spawn in place of base Gold Fury): Lane minion buff. After its defeat, the next round of minions spawned in all 3 lanes are granted 75% bonus damage, 30% bonus health, increased Physical protections by 50, and Magical protections by 60.

  • Primal Fury (random spawn in place of base Gold Fury): Provides permanent increased damage against jungle monsters. After its defeat, grants every player on the killer's team a stacking 7% damage buff towards and 7% reduced damage from jungle camps and jungle bosses (stacks 3 times).

  • Pyromancer (across from the Fire Giant): When defeated, provides a buff for players leaving the fountain. Players gain +40% move speed for 15 seconds (entering combat immediately removes the buff). 90 second duration.

  • Totem of Ku (behind the Fire Giant next to the Solo lane): for the first 15 minutes of the match, a Totem will appear near the Solo lane. Players can attack this Totem, and after enough damage is dealt the totem will favor a team. Towers for that team will provide 20 gold to each team member, as well as an empowering aura in all allied tower areas that boost movement speed (5%) and mana regeneration (varying amounts at different times of the match) for 1 minute. While the aura is active, players leaving the tower areas retain the MS and MP5 buff for 10 seconds. It is refreshed if they re-enter the area if the aura is still active.

  • Jungle Shrine (next to the Speed Buff): The Shrine gains a stack for every 3 jungle camp monsters your team kills, up to 7 stacks. Each stack provides all teammates with 5 gold. Attacking the Shrine consumes all stacks. Each team’s Shrine cannot be attacked by enemy players. Clearing camps in the enemy jungle will contribute towards your Shrine’s stacks, but at half the rate.

Game Phases:

A Conquest match consists of 3 conceptual phases: Early, Mid, and Late-Game. These are loosely defined by a combination of the following: match time, build and level progress, objective/structure status.
  • Early Game: AKA the "Laning Phase." Beginning at the start of the match, through the timepoint is roughly around 10-15 minutes. Player levels reach around 10, and builds consist of up to around 2 full items. The majority of roles (ADC (Carry) / Mid / Solo) stay in their lanes to farm for XP / gold. The Support will often begin to rotate through the jungle before the laning phase ends, and the Jungler will roam throughout. The Gold Fury and Oracle Harpies may be targeted at any time, especially if one team gains a temporary advantage (early kills).

  • Mid-Game: From the transition through the early game to around 20-25 minutes. Player levels are approaching 20, and builds are nearing completion (4-5 completed items). Players will rotate between lanes much more to support teammates either push or defend objectives. All mid-map objectives have increased importance. The Pyromancer and Fire Giant spawn at 10 minutes and should be watched closely.

  • Late-Game: From the transition through the mid-game to the end of the match. Players reach level 20, and builds are completed. Players will often roam in groups to destroy and defend objectives. Many fights are in groups, and if a team gains a huge advantage of numbers through successful teamfighting, the Titan is targeted to end the game.

Lane Minions & General Lane Strategies

Spawn every 30 seconds in each lane starting at time 0, consisting of 3 ranged-attack Archers (in the back) and a total of 3 of Swordsmen / Brutes (in the front).

Penetration stats have no effect.

The lane minions are the main source of gold and XP for the ADC, Mid, and Solo-Laners. They provide +50% gold on last-hit, but still provide gold on assist / proximity.

Since archers deal higher damage from distance, and have lower health, they should be the priority targets if you can't hit the entire wave.

Minions generally attack the closest target to them. However, they will switch targets to the enemy god if that god does damage to an allied god within their vicinity.

Key minion stats:
  • Lane minions deal 40% less damage to gods.
  • Minions prioritize towers, phoenixes, and Titans over enemy minions, deployables, and pets.
  • Minions reward additional XP and gold every 3 minutes, capping at 21 minutes.
  • Although minions do not have protections, per se, they take reduced damage
    as follows: 10% + 1% per minute since the start of the match.
  • Flaming Minions: a special form of minion that spawn while an enemy phoenix is down in the opposite lane. These minions deal twice as much damage and have 200 more health than their non-flaming counterparts. Their damage reduction remains the same.
If your tower hits the minion at least once, you still get XP but receive ONLY 25% GOLD. It's this aspect of gameplay that shapes strategies for winning your lane against your lane enemy. Let's go over some of the strategies that can help you win your lane (or allow you to stop the bleeding, re: Playing From Behind):

Hard Pushing

Lane Freezing & Bullying


Playing From Behind

Camps, Objectives & Structures

Camp, Objective, and Structure Details

Quick Tags

Roles: Duo Lane ADC (Carry)

Commonly Used Gods In The ADC (Carry) Role

The Hunters

The Others

Typical ADC Qualities:

Strengths Weaknesses

+ High single target damage
+ Strong late-game
+ Highest potential sustained damage output

- Squishy
- CC abilities may be limited
- Reliant on Support early for protection/initiation

ADC (Carry) 101

  • Who (typically plays as an ADC): Hunters are the common choice for the ADC role due to their reliance on ranged basic attacks, though there are some mages whose basic attacks are strengthened within their kits, giving them some potential as well. Some assassins may also do well in this role, such as Kali, but they are not considered "common" picks.

  • What (does the ADC do): The ADC (Attack Damage Carry) is aptly named. Due to their extremely high late-game damage via their basic attacks, it is possible for them to blow through enemies and objectives, and "carry" their team to victory.

  • When (is the ADC most relevant): Many ADCs start out a bit weak, and they are dependent on items. Almost all are powerhouses in the late game, with builds based around stats such as power, lifesteal, attack speed, penetration, and (for physical gods) crit items and/or Qin's Sais.

  • Where (should they be): The ADC will usually stay in the Duo Lane with the Support for the first few minutes. In the mid-game, they'll often find themselves alone more often with the enemy ADC, as their focus will be to continue farming resources, though their scope will increase to nearby skirmishes and objective control. In the later stages of a match, they need to bring their high damage to a teamfight, and focus on taking down the rest of the objectives taking out objectives.

  • Why (would you want to play as an ADC): If you have the patience to wait for the late game, and like the opportunity to absolutely blast enemies down, this role is for you.

  • How (should you play them): ADCs generally want to build a bit of sustain (e.g. lifesteal) to help them with laning and 1 v 1 boxing, but focus mainly on building up attack speed, penetration, and enhanced damage. They want to clear waves quickly and efficiently, and poke the enemy (or outbox them) when possible.

  • Main Responsibilities: farm minions and camps efficiently to build and level up quickly, maintain constant pressure with poke damage, be opportunistic with god kills, destroy objectives, and above all, DON'T DIE.

Hunter Builds

*NOTE ON PROVIDED BUILDS* The ADC (Carry) will be the only group in this guide with full build discussion. Only Hunters are covered, as Mages can be built in a few ways with good but different effect.

As of Patch 7.7, many items that hunters typically built had significant reworks, and the meta for these builds are still in a bit of flux. Provided below are some general builds that should work well and cover all general bases. There are many other build variants than these, and many can work well.

+ Situational / Tabi Replacement

Devourer's / Crit Build

+ Situational / Tabi Replacement

Devourers / Qins Build

+ Situationals / Tabi Replacement

Transcendence / Qin's Build

+ Situational / Tabi Replacement
Insert lifesteal
as preferred

Hybrid / Ability Builds

Gameplay Stages & Strategies

Starting Items

Starting Process

Early Gameplay Elements

Mid to Late Game Considerations & Strategies

Key Gameplay Strategies (Objectives & Split-Pushing)

Misc. Info (Relics)


Quick Tags
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Roles: Duo Lane Support

Commonly Used Gods In The Support Role

Typical Support Qualities:

Strengths Weaknesses

+ Usually high protections/health
+ Some have great healing/sustain
+ Strong CC abilities
+ Great in teamfights
- Early game can be difficult
- Struggle to make gold
- Usually low damage
- Underappreciated

Support 101

  • Who (typically plays in the Support role): The most common class used in the Support role is the Guardian, for their strong CC abilities and tankiness. However, there is more than one way to support. Some Warriors have great potential, and some mages (healing such as Hel, or control such as Nox) can work as an alternative Support type. In the current S6 meta, select Assassins are also seeing good efficacy in the role, such as Fenrir, Ne Zha, and Serqet.

  • What (does the Support do): The tanky Support is an early companion to the ADC, protecting them and helping set up kills. Later, they are expected to roam more, warding areas to give their team better vision, using their CC to initiate and/or tank in teamfight situations, and protect the other, more squishy classes. Other Supports that are more offense-oriented will use aggressive play to gain an early advantage.

  • When (is the Support most relevant): The Support role can generally remain relevant even when under-leveled, due to the nature of their kits providing support function rather than needing to focus on damage. Guardian's Blessing greatly helps early sustain and gold income to help with their build progress.

  • Where (should they be): The Support will assist the ADC in the Duo Lane in the early game. In the mid-game, they will rotate into the jungle to clear camps, protect teammates, and provide opportunities for ganks. Later, they will be relied upon for defense and protection of squishier teammates, and should always be in the middle of a teamfight.

  • Why (would you want to play as a Support): If you don't like being appreciated love being the backbone of your team, helping others to personal glory, this role was made for you.

  • How (should you play them: Supports generally focus on building protections, so they can bear the brunt of the enemy's attack. CDR (so they can use their abilities more often) and extra mobility (so they can get to where they're needed more quickly) are also helpful. Late-game, counter-building is extremely important.

  • Main Responsibilities: Watch the Duo-side jungle, protect the ADC in the early game, initiate and/or secure kills with CC abilities, rotate between lanes to support teammates and be in the front-line for all teamfights.

Gameplay Stages

Starting Items

Starting Process

Early Gameplay Elements

Mid to Late Game Considerations & Strategies

Misc. Info (Relics & Key Support Items)


Important Early Support Items

Important Counter Items

Quick Tags
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Roles: Jungler

Commonly Used Gods in the Jungler Role:

The Assassins:

The Others:

Typical Jungler Qualities:

Strengths Weaknesses

+ Great mobility
+ High damage or gank ability
+ Element of surprise
- Usually squishy
- Requires gameplay adaptation
- Often weak teamfight presence

Jungler 101

  • Who (typically plays in the Jungle): Assassins form the majority of common Jungler choices, as they typically have high mobility and damage potential. A select few Mages, Warriors, and Guardians can also fill this role, depending on how they're built.

  • What (does the Jungler do): The Jungler is a wandering role, constantly on the move in the jungle and supporting multiple lanes. Rather than assigned a set position, their roving nature makes this a complex role, and their presence can shift the balance of a fight or set up an easy gank.

  • When (is the Jungler most relevant): The Jungler needs to be a potential threat for ganking the entire match. Early-game gods should try to get as many early kills and objectives for their team as possible, to put them ahead. Late-game gods should try to maintain pressure until they come into their power, at which point they should go where the enemy is weakest to take down objectives and create havoc.

  • Where (should they be): The Jungler will often start out by securing their Speed Buff. Their main functions after that are clearing their own jungle camps efficiently when they respawn, looking to steal resources from the enemy, providing extra pressure in the various lanes to help push, and watching closely for ganking opportunities.

  • Why (would you want to play as a Jungler): If you like being sneaky and get a thrill hiding in the fog and stalking your prey, sign up here.

  • How (should you play them): Junglers should focus on mobility and damage first, to help with roving efficiency and kill potential. Depending on their kits, power, penetration, and either attack speed or CDR are all stats that help them clear camps and gank quickly. Some can even build a protection item or two and remain dangerous threats.

  • Main Responsibilities: clear jungle camps, ward, gank lanes when opportunity knocks, and counter-jungle the enemy Jungler.

Gameplay Stages

Starting Items

Starting Process

Early Gameplay Elements

Mid To Late Game Considerations & Strategies

Early & Late-Game Junglers

Strong Early-Game Junglers

Strong Mid / Late-Game Junglers

Misc. Info (Relics)


Quick Tags
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Roles: Mid-Lane

Commonly Used Gods In The Mid-Lane

The Mages:

Typical Mid-Laner Qualities:

Strengths Weaknesses

+ Strong late-game damage
+ Generally strong wave clear
+ Strong teamfight presence
- Squishy
- Can lack escape / mobility
- Usually ability-reliant

Mid-Laner 101

  • Who (typically plays in the Mid-Lane): almost all standard Mid-Laners are Mages. This is not only in magical / physical balance to natural preferences for other roles, but also because Mages have great ranged damage potential, many of which are AOE. Some ability-reliant hunters (e.g. Medusa, Neith) can also do well in this role.

  • What (does the Mid do): Mid-Laners often want to have strong wave-clear potential. This helps them clear quickly and allow them to focus more on damaging the enemy. If they are weak in the early game but can force a stalemate until their power spikes, they can shift the balance of power in a teamfight, allowing their team to secure objectives.

  • When (is the Mid most relevant): with the wide range of abilities, strengths and weaknesses, some gods will find themselves more effective at certain times, though most Mid-Laners are item-reliant and are at their strongest late-game. It's important for them to take advantage of their strengths and push when they are able, without overextending themselves.

  • Where (should they be): they are mainly in charge of controlling the Mid-Lane and surrounding areas in the early game. They will venture outside their lane here and there (read: Mid-Camps, central objectives, gank attempts), but until the mid to late game when they group up to split-push and teamfight, they need to cement the center of the map.

  • Why (would you want to play in Mid): like magical things. You like blowing things (gods) up. You want to be Harry Potter or Gandalf.

  • How (should you play them): Mid-Laners need to balance mana consumption while always applying pressure to the enemy Mid-Laner. Focus is often on items that provide a deep mana pool, along with high power and penetration to maximize damage. CDR for more ability use is also popular. However, some mages (e.g. Zhong Kui) can do well when built a bit more tanky, and can be effective when itemizing into some health and protections.

  • Main Responsibilities: clear the minion waves, apply pressure with poke damage and by pushing towers without overextending, work with the Jungler to set up ganks, avoid ganks by the enemy Support and Jungler.

Gameplay Stages

Starting Items

Starting Process

Early Gameplay Elements

Mid to Late Game Considerations & Strategies

Misc. Info (Relics)


Quick Tags
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Roles: Solo Lane

Commonly Used Gods In The Solo Lane

The Others:

Typical Solo-Laner Qualities:

Strengths Weaknesses

+ Versatile gameplay
+ Balanced damage and protections
+ Generally strong teamfight presence
- Vulnerable to ganks
- More of a 1 v 1 than any other position

Solo Laner 101

  • Who (typically plays in the Solo Lane): Warriors are often chosen for the Solo role, as they generally have a good balance of damage and survivability to hold their own. More than any other lane, however, a wide variety of gods/classes can be chosen with a good chance for success. It's more about how the individual gods match up. Gods that have sustain via self healing can have an advantage.

  • What (does the Solo do): More than any other lane, the Solo lane generally plays the closest to a 1 v 1 match. Threat from the Jungler is always a possibility, but the main objective is to out-play the enemy Solo, win their lane, and start rotating as soon as possible to help other lanes. Most Solo-laners are a tank for their team, to help absorb damage and provide disruption for their team. They may be a second source of CC for their team to help peel, or may look to dive the back-line of the enemy and disrupt their focus.

  • When (is the Solo most relevant): Solo-laners may be stronger early or late. Early-game gods should try to take advantage and pressure the enemy to win lane more quickly while they have the advantage. Late-game gods want to force an early stalemate, allowing them time to get their strength online to more effectively help their team.

  • Where (should they be): In the early game, they start the game in the Solo lane. They usually won't stray from the lane until mid-game, when the teams start fighting more in groups. In the mid-game, they will start rotating, covering / helping other teammates secure objectives or gank. In the late-game, they should be in the middle of teamfights, helping tank, shut down damage dealers, or whatever else their individual god strengths allow them to do.

  • Why (would you want to play in Solo): If you like 1 v 1 battles, this role is calling your name.

  • How (should you play them): Most Solo-laners will build tanky, though some of the more aggressive picks may build more into damage. Counter-building the enemy Solo god - as well as the Jungler - is key.

  • Main Responsibilities: Clear minion waves, protect your tower, secure the Totem of Ku, out-farm the enemy, work with your Jungler to secure kills in the early game. Be in the middle of teamfights in the late game.

Gameplay Stages

Starting Items

Starting Process

Early Gameplay Elements

Mid To Late Game Considerations & Strategies

Misc. Info (Relics)


Quick Tags
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Wards are your extra set(s) of eyes. A necessity for pros, but whose use and placement is an enigma for new players. That's why we're going to cover some warding basics.

Regulars: you can skip this section if you feel solid on this, or you can pretend you're young and innocent and continue reading.

First, some general info:

  • Wards are consumable items that cost 50 gold, and allow you to see normal enemy movement within 45 units. It respects line of sight and can't see through walls or stealth. Remains for 3 minutes or until destroyed (3 basic attacks). It is invisible to enemies and cannot be targeted unless Sentry Wards are used nearby. Can only carry 2 at one time, and only 2 wards of any kind can be active at one time from any one player.

  • Sentry Wards cost 120 gold, and do all of the things regular wards do, but ALSO allow you to see enemy wards, which additionally allows you to target and destroy them (via 3 basic attacks). Can only carry / place 1 at one time, and only 2 wards of any kind can be active at one time from any single player.

  • Chalice of the Oracle costs 400 gold, and provides you with a stack of 2 standard wards that are refilled EVERY TIME YOU BACK. If you value vision and use a ton of wards every game, this is a reasonably-priced consumable that everyone should consider purchasing.

  • Vision Shard: Season 7 gives all players this free, temporary relic at the start of the match. It functions as a shorter-range version of a regular Ward that gives no gold reward for destroying it, and has a short 60 second duration. However, it has a cooldown of 120 seconds and is free, so can really help with early-game vision. Since it acts like a regular Ward, players with Teleport Glyph can teleport to it. At level 12, it can be kept or replaced as preferred.

  • When enemies enter the range of a friendly Ward, an audible *ping* can be heard, and a visual effect can be seen on the mini-map. Train your mind you react to this sound and glance at the mini-map every time you hear it.

  • Wards are commonly used in most areas of the jungle, and even in front of enemy towers. Sentry Wards are often used close to the Gold Fury and Fire Giant, and are also used to counter-ward commonly used areas.

Warding 101

  • Who (should ward): The correct answer is EVERYONE. In casual games, the reality is that you can't really depend on all teammates to ward properly, or even at all. Depending on team comps and skill levels, you might be able to get by with just the Support and Jungler warding, but that's asking for trouble. So, the more people that ward, the better off you'll be.

  • What (items do we consider): Ward, Sentry Ward, Chalice of the Oracle.

  • When (should you ward): Against a really strong/aggressive early-game Jungler, your team might want to place a couple of wards at the very beginning of a match. However, the time when things become more dangerous is usually when gods hit level 5 and their ults become active, and this is the point when wards become more essential. But ganks aren't the only concern...there are multiple strategic objectives that should also be watched and warded when possible.

  • Where (should you ward): Good question. We'll go over it in detail below.

  • Why (should you ward): Because you like spotting vulnerable enemies. Because you don't like to be ganked. Because you don't want the enemy team to get key objectives. Because you want to be a good teammate. Awww, how sweet.

  • How (do you ward properly): Well, for starters, buy them at the fountain. You can learn how best to place them, given the situation, in significant detail below.

Keep in mind, locations in the maps below are based on you being on the Order side, and the enemy being on the Chaos side. It may be obvious, but these locations should be generally reversed if you start in Chaos.

These locations are going to generally be very simple, and don't specifically involve counter-warding concepts...just looking to give you good vision of general areas.

For higher level Warding concepts (though outdated), check out this Warding 101 Season 5 video, by EmilZy, as it provides some in-depth thinking on warding at all stages (even pre-start via Chalice of the Oracle), counter-warding, etc.

Game-Start Warding (w/ Vision Shard)

The Vision Shard relic means everyone can ward at the beginning of a match without having to spend gold. Below are color-coded locations for optimal placement for all players.

Game Start Warding (w/ Vision Shard)

Early & Mid-Game Warding

After your first back or two, you'll probably want to buy some Wards, since they last longer and have slightly longer range than the Vision Shard. More importantly, they allow you to place 2 wards at a time, expanding your vision of the map. Below are color-coded locations for pairs of wards depending on your aggressiveness in-lane.

Duo / Solo Lane Warding

Mid Lane Warding

Jungler / Objective Warding

Late-Game Warding

As objectives start to crumble, the distance between safe areas becomes further and further away as you travel further from your base, opening up the game to more varied situations. Players will be less likely to be found in their starting lanes, and there will be teamfights aplenty. Warding during this time really helps your team coordinate attacks, or retreat in out-numbered situations.

Late-Game Warding

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Awareness & Communication

A Conquest match can be very complex. Just considering yourself, you have to clear minion waves / camps, utilize abilities and mana in an efficient way, monitor gold to determine when to back, know build orders and how to counter-build, battle the enemy, watch out for other invaders trying to gank, etc. On top of all this, you have to realize that this is a map-wide struggle, and each of your teammates are going through the same thing!


Maintaining general awareness of the various things going on in the game at any one time is thus a key aspect of gameplay. How can you expand your awareness beyond your own vicinity?

Besides relying on nearby wards pinging to notify you of enemy locations in the jungle, it's also important for you to use that nifty little mini-map in the top right corner of your screen...OFTEN. In fact, the general suggestion is:

Look at your minimap EVERY 5 SECONDS!

A quick glance can provide map awareness from your team's perspective, depending on the situation:
  • where your teammates are
  • where the minions are
  • timing for jungle / buff respawns
  • if enemies are contesting the same lane as a teammate
  • if enemies are alone or grouped up
  • if enemies are pushing an objective
However, if the enemy is out of the visual range of teammates, wards, and friendly minions/objectives, you won't know exactly where they are, making you and your teammates vulnerable to ganks and outnumbered situations. This is where team communication comes into play.

PC Communication Options

Typing to your team (start by pressing ENTER) can provide very specific details, but precious seconds are wasted while you stand still. There are two alternatives to typing.

The first communication option is using a chat program. SMITE has its own embedded system (which you can enable by going into Settings\Audio Tab and enabling in-game chat). Any people you're grouped with in a party (or if you're playing a ranked game) can use this feature.

You can also use a 3rd party program when playing with friends, including Discord, Twitch, Teamspeak, and Mumble.

Of course, talking isn't always preferred. Sometimes it's a language barrier. Perhaps it's sleeping roommates/parents/children/significant others. Maybe you've run into one too many toxic players. Whatever the case, your communication options don't end there.

The second option is built directly into SMITE, and doesn't require any talking or lengthy typing. In fact, it can be the quickest, most efficient way to communicate with your team. This is where VGS (Voice Guided System) comes into play.

PC VGS System

For full details, check out the Wiki page: VGS: Smite Wiki

Pressing "V" initiates the VGS system. When the full command is inputted, not only does it list the command in chat for reading, but a preset voice audibly issues the statement, making it an immediately useful notification for teammates.

The various codes take some time to memorize, and even further time to become instinctual, but learning this system is key to effective teamwork. Not only can it gather teammates to efficiently take down objectives, but it can counter enemy strategies

The following are examples of extremely helpful commands in various situations...not all commands are covered here:

Common VGS Notifications

Console Communication Options & VGS

Microphones are generally very easy to obtain and set up, and it is highly, highly recommended to use them. Even if teammates aren't talking, it's very likely they can hear you.

XBox players also have an additional option to use a keyboard for chat. See Kitten of Doom's video below for a short tutorial.

XBox Keyboard Chat

As for the VGS system, as of Patch 5.3, it now has full VGS capabilities. Below are helpful visuals for both consoles for some of the main commands.

The full cheat-sheet for all consoles can be found HERE.

XBox VGS Commands

PlayStation VGS Commands

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Tier Lists

Understand that tier lists are subjective. At the Pro level, god abilities and builds can be considered and analyzed almost to a science, but even at that level, things follow a trend. Trends (and the people that follow them!) can be fickle beasts, and each new game patch can alter the effectiveness of each god, item, build, etc.

The best way to consider a tier list may be as a general consideration of potential. Potential, though, depends not only on the god, but also on each player's skill level, the compositions of each team, and how well the teams work together.

At the casual level, then, there is a lot more leeway in everything. So, consult any tier list with discretion, but don't take it as gospel. Have fun, discuss with friends, and argue merits to your heart's content. That's part of what makes this game so fun!

2020/12/7: DukeSloth's Final RANKED SMITE Tier List For Season 7 / 2020!

2020/11/24: El Leon's WHAT ARE THE BEST GODS RIGHT NOW?! SMITE God Tier List


2020/10/27: Inters3ct's Top 3 Gods for Every Role in Patch 7.10!

2020/11/13: Weak3n's Jungle Tier List for Patch 7.11!
2020/11/18: Weak3n's Mid Lane Tier List for Patch 7.11!

2020/11/20: Weak3n's Solo Tier List for Patch 7.11!

2020/8/6: Wraithyn's SMITE Tierlist for the Average Player (Patch 7.7)

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References & Definitions

YouTube Channels, References & Tools

Here are some helpful YouTube channels of various players/streamers, as well as general references and tools:

YouTube Channels

General References & Tools

Abbreviations & Terms

Here is a list of some of the abbreviations / terms that are used in this guide:

Abbreviations & Terms

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So that's it! Thanks for reading! I hope it's been helpful and enjoyable. Please feel free to provide feedback...let me know if you think any information is incorrect (objectively, not subjectively), or if I've missed some key information or topics (though, keep in mind that this is meant mostly as an overview, rather than providing very specific gameplay elements). I update this guide regularly, so you're welcome to check back frequently!



The Overarching Series

Arena Guide

Assault Guide

Conquest Guide


The original release was a collaborative project with input provided by multiple sources, including:

Post-Publishing Thanks

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BronzeBeard21 | January 15, 2021 4:27pm
great guide!!!
Branmuffin17 (331) | January 15, 2021 7:34pm
Thanks Bronze!
LordTJester | October 8, 2020 8:09am
This has saved me and my friends from the invade meta! Thankyou! <3
Kriega1 (120) | October 8, 2020 8:46am
What invade meta?
Draisaitl (7) | October 8, 2020 9:12am
Please god let's not talk about invade meta. The bad memories are flooding back. I still have the sound of Hercules dash stealing the speed buff ringing in my ears.
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S7evin424 (1) | October 3, 2020 5:51am
Man I wish I had this guide when I first started... nothing hurts worse when you start off in the wrong lane and take the wrong buff camp as everyone on your team is yelling at you for not knowing the extremely complex dance choreography conquest requires. Excellent guide!
Branmuffin17 (331) | October 3, 2020 11:27am
Thanks S7evin!
Kriega1 (120) | August 1, 2020 12:12pm
For the "Late-game warding" section/map could you please mention these ward spots near the pheonixes (For Sieging / Defense, including mentioning sentry wards) ?

Like this:
Revenant7755 (1) | July 4, 2020 2:26pm
I have a question about the ADC role: If I was playing as a god who has bad wave clear, what steps should I take to ensure that I won't be outfarmed by the enemy?
Branmuffin17 (331) | July 31, 2020 3:12pm
Hey Rev,

Okay, other question. This is maybe tough. Some potential things:
  • Your support can get Hand of the Gods for quicker Void camp clear. If you can then beat the enemy to lane (unlikely if they also got HoG), you can try to clear the first wave before them and immediately apply pressure to force them back. If you can push them back under their tower, and get a head start on clearing the next wave, you want to sort of rinse and repeat, keeping up pressure and forcing them off their game. Maintain pressure as much as possible, and consider it a win if you can force them to back before you, and before they can get a full item.

  • If you aren't winning the wave clear race, and you find yourself forced back, you need to make sure you (AND the Support) are not taking unnecessary damage, forcing you to back early. At this point, I'd probably say you might do 2 things...1) request an early gank from the Jungler, and 2) don't even worry about poke, and rather just make sure you clear waves as much as possible.

  • If you expect to be pushed back, there's a strong change they might attempt to steal your Void buff when it respawns the first time. IF you have an ability that can travel through walls or hit over walls, throw your Vision Shard down near and use the vision to try to at least steal the buff. That buff gives them flat prots and AS, along with the debuff prot aura, giving them not only the farm but preventing you from getting the buff and thus making it even more difficult to counter their pressure.

  • Sometimes you just accept that you're going to be behind. At this point, again, ask for ganks if possible, and #1 make sure you don't die and get even further behind.
Revenant7755 (1) | August 1, 2020 6:28am
Yea that makes sense, I once got super behind because the mid just let the enemy poseidion get ahead and go ult me and my partner. Was extremely mad for that lol
Kriega1 (120) | July 31, 2020 3:23pm
Support should always be buying HoG, especially now since camps got tankier and since the recent HoG buff.
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Revenant7755 (1) | July 31, 2020 10:41am

You said that the exact meta for adc builds are currently unknown as of now, Should I worry about trying to redo all my hunter builds or can they still work?
Branmuffin17 (331) | July 31, 2020 3:00pm
Firstly, I said that because there seems to be quite a bit of potential variation in build types right now, and I didn't want to direct people to a specific build type and have Kriega slam me. XD

But the first thing you can probably consider is that there is a hard shift away from The Executioner, with Atalanta's Bow taking its place. I'm sure you know this. If you just switch Exe with Ata in most of your builds, they're probably generally solid right now. BUT one thing to consider, Exe provided 36% prot reduction at max stacks, and now Ata (and Exe) only provide 20%ish. Difference here being that %pen now affects structures again, which really means you want to make sure you're getting good %pen, not just from Atalanta's, but also from at least one other source. Options here include Berserker's Shield, Soul Eater, Titan's Bane, Wind Demon, Fail-Not, Heartseeker, and Silverbranch Bow.

As long as you've got that covered, you should be generally okay.
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Kriega1 (120) | July 31, 2020 10:58am
Just go on pandacat's twitch channel and type "!builds" in the chat. Still works when he is offline.
boogiebass (44) | July 31, 2020 10:46am
Kriega1 (120) | July 4, 2020 3:05pm
Either you’ll be forced to let some minions into tower range early game (or just near tower line) and/or you can “freeze” the wave to starve the enemy ADC of farm unless they are pushed up heavily in your lane.
Revenant7755 (1) | July 4, 2020 3:14pm
I used Fist of the gods on the purple camp to get to the lane before the enemy does. Also how do you freeze waves?
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qenri | June 23, 2020 2:38pm
I've been having trouble finding a resource for objectives, buffs, and camps. Information like XP and gold value would be good to know. Is there somewhere where I can get this detailed info?
Kriega1 (120) | June 23, 2020 3:16pm
The Word Of Thoth should have most of what you asked:

I’d also check the patch notes for the starting season 7 patch on the official Smite website.
qenri | June 23, 2020 3:35pm
Thanks! That took a bit of reading, and I can see why it would be difficult to add these numbers to the guide. I appreciate the help, Kriega1.
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Hadeyan (2) | April 10, 2020 4:27pm
Thats a great content man. Its an enlightening explanation about all.

Btw ı have a question. What do you think about Ra as mid / supp / solo after his upcoming buff to his 3 ? And since many Spear of Magus heavy mages affected by its nerf . Could Ra shine a bit more at those roles ? I'm not asking at pro level but think as ranked mostly.
Kriega1 (120) | April 10, 2020 4:32pm
Ra was never a Spear of Magus user, also Ra is only good in Mid, not Support or Solo.
Branmuffin17 (331) | April 11, 2020 1:36am
If you're playing in ranked, yeah, I think Mid only. I would never suggest him as Support specifically because he doesn't have any real CC (the slow from his 2 doesn't count). I know he is sometimes played as off-meta solo, but don't suggest him there either. Too easily ganked I think, and if you don't build him mostly full damage, he's not going to bring enough to later teamfights.

His buff to his 3 is stupid and shouldn't have been really strengthens team objective push too much IMO. If he was falling out of meta too much, they could have sped up the activation of the 2 and given it a stronger or longer duration slow, or something else.

Kriega, reread Hadeyan's question. He's not asking about Magus use on Ra, they are saying since Magus GOT a nerf, maybe this helps Ra a which point, I'd say it mostly helps ALL non-Magus users to one degree or another.
Revenant7755 (1) | March 26, 2020 1:53pm
What do you think about these gods for these roles?

Solo: Ah Puch

Jungler: Sun Wukong

Support: Chaac
Vini_sds (13) | March 26, 2020 2:02pm
I'm not Bran (Surprise!) but I'll answer:

Ah Puch Solo: I think he's a good pick against healers in solo, but not much outside of that. He's not even in Top 5 for solo mages.

Sun Wukong Jungle: He can work, I guess? A Transcendence + Heartseeker + Soul Eater build might be effective for him.

Chaac Support: Not enough CC to justify him in the duo lane, IMO. If you want Warriors that can be supports, pick Horus (The best Warrior for duo lane), Amaterasu or even Achilles.
Branmuffin17 (331) | March 26, 2020 2:39pm
Good answers, Vini. Ah Puch has been a counter-pick option against strong healers in the Solo lane in the past, but probably only a good idea when you're playing Ranked, since you can potentially see who the enemy Solo will be. Outside of that, he's very risky since he has no escape and can be ganked easily in the early game.

SWK Jungle is a spicy pick and can work situationally.

Chaac support I don't suggest at all. You can make the very early game higher pressure like they used to do for some other choices ( Ne Zha, Hel, Fenrir), but as Vini said, usually you're looking for more "Supporty" CC to help peel for the ADC.

Funny enough, I thought AP was already listed in Solo...but I guess not. Maybe I used to have him there and dropped him from it at the point he dropped out of favor.
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Revenant7755 (1) | March 26, 2020 2:10pm
For Sun Wukong, do you think that players should build him as a brusier later on? And as for Chaac, what does he not have that makes him good as a support?
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Kingbanana12 | February 4, 2020 12:32pm
I would really appreciate if you included builds for the other god types, you have it for the first one or two but not for mages or solos at least.
Kriega1 (120) | February 4, 2020 3:12pm
Branmuffin17 (331) | February 4, 2020 3:44pm
Not sure I would use that right now.

Just one example...Pythag's 2nd, Magus 3rd, then Ethereal Ob Shard Reaver. It's an S6 build. They will need to update.
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Branmuffin17 (331) | February 4, 2020 1:12pm
Hi Kingbanana,

I would lovelovelove to, but the amount of work that would entail would be...too much, to say the least. In a general sense, ADC builds (and I only included hunter builds, not mage ADCs) are the simplest of the bunch, and I explain in the guide that I did that only for hunters because they're the simplest to build. Yes, there can be variation, but in terms of basic builds, those are fairly simple to display. Why? They're almost full damage builds, and there's very little counter-building at play. They often won't even build anti-heal, because their damage output will greatly outperform any healing.

I would say the next simplest builds would be Support, but those entail a lot of counter-building. And when you go Solo and you're a basic attacker or an ability god, and you're facing a magical or physical solo, and you have X or Y ability type, then the build directions spawn off into multiple directions.

As such, what you're asking for, although it might seem simple, is a ****ton of work, and could take up their own guide by themselves. We've had some people attempt this in the past ( for example), but even they never kept up with it. As for me, I don't make any $$$ on this guide (or any of my guides, for that matter), and they already take up a lot of time just to keep updated. Changing all builds just to keep up with the meta is unfortunately asking too much, even of me.

Your best bet is probably to look at individual god guides/builds for specific gods, and see about how to build from there. Keep in mind, my templates for ADC are there to give some quick education, but in the end, you want to learn the reasons for how you build, so that you eventually can develop your own builds with a solid base of knowledge.

You're always welcome to post questions on the site here, and we'll be happy to give advice.
qenri | January 30, 2020 8:46am
There doesn't seem to be any information on Gold Fury spawn time/refresh time. Is it located somewhere else?
Branmuffin17 (331) | January 30, 2020 10:27am
Hi qenri,

Sorry, that information is a bit hidden away. It's there though.

There's a spoiler in the Conquest Overview chapter at the bottom (Camp, Objective, and Structure Details), and it gives information on all structures/camps including the Gold/Oni/Primal Fury. In the first paragraph at the end, it states "Spawns 5 minutes into the game and respawns in 5 minutes."

Hope that helps!
qenri | February 10, 2020 3:39pm
It does! I just visited the guide again. Thanks for the reply!
Revenant7755 (1) | January 28, 2020 5:35pm
The description for Bastet, Cu Chulainn, and Odin in the jungler section are outdated and needs to be changed.
Branmuffin17 (331) | January 28, 2020 10:29pm
Yeah haven't touched those yet... Thanks for the reminder.
Revenant7755 (1) | January 29, 2020 12:28pm
No problem. Also I didnt knew that Ullr could be played as a jungler, in that case, is it better to go with normal hunter items or items like hydra's lamet, void sheild ect. Also, should I ulize his life steal and go melee most of the time or should I focus on bow
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xmysterionz (62) | January 27, 2020 7:21am
What's your opinion about Crits in this early season?
I have some questions:
  • Rage is almost a core item on crit builds right now. It's extremely cheap and if picked early can easily reach the 45% crit chance before the 20mins. As core in any crit build we also build Deathbringer. With only these items you have 70% crit chance. Will Fail-Not be forgotten now because when it procs the passive, it overcaps the crit chance?
  • Will crits return as the MAIN builds for adcs? Specially due Nemean nerf (I know it's a shift but it ends as a nerf)
  • Is there a chance of Ability Based fall (even more)(like Chiron)? And gods like Rama goes up?
  • The support will be officially an ADC babysitter now? XD
  • Also I think you wrote wrong on your guide because according to HR this was the changes on the purple buff: Removed +2 Protections Reduction per enemy God within the aura radius, Removed 5% additional Protections Reduction, Added 10% Attack speed. So I do think the purple buff only provides 10 AS now, which makes it useless to the support, so the carry is the guy who should pick it.
Kriega1 (120) | January 27, 2020 7:42am
>"Will fail-not be forgotten now because when it procs the passive, it overcaps the crit chance?"

Fail-not helps teammates, Rage doesen't.
xmysterionz (62) | January 27, 2020 8:11am
I mean, 15% crit chance for the team worth the trade with Rage? I like Fail-Not due the CDR but nowadays Deathbringer and Rage seems to be core items on crit builds and if also you build fail you over cap 5% the crit chance and probably will miss attack speed on your build because you can only build 2 items with AS.
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