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The Rapid Fire Adc: Apollo Guide ♫ (s11)

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by Ozanoku updated March 6, 2024

Smite God: Apollo

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Apollo Build

Starting Build

Build Item Gilded Arrow Gilded Arrow
Build Item Spiked Gauntlet Spiked Gauntlet
Build Item Healing Potion Healing Potion
2
Build Item Multi Potion Multi Potion
2
Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Golden Shard Golden Shard

The Most Popular Crit Build

Notes This build is one of the most popular builds in season 11 right now but there has been some nerfs for Devoted Deathbringer and Demon Blade so in future this build might lose popularity

Notes

This build is one of the most popular builds in season 11 right now but there has been some nerfs for Devoted Deathbringer and Demon Blade so in future this build might lose popularity

Build Item Ornate Arrow Ornate Arrow
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item Envenomed Executioner Envenomed Executioner
Build Item Demon Blade Demon Blade
Build Item Dominance Dominance
Build Item Devoted Deathbringer Devoted Deathbringer

Silverbranch Build

Notes You might want to switch Asi with Devourer's Gauntlet I decided to pick Asi for extra attack speed

Notes

You might want to switch Asi with Devourer's Gauntlet I decided to pick Asi for extra attack speed

Build Item Hunter's Cowl Hunter's Cowl
Build Item Asi Asi
Build Item Dominance Dominance
Build Item Envenomed Executioner Envenomed Executioner
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Silverbranch Bow Silverbranch Bow

Full Build Without Crits

Notes This build is especially good when you have trouble with enemy frontliners

Notes

This build is especially good when you have trouble with enemy frontliners

Build Item Leader's Cowl Leader's Cowl
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item Dominance Dominance
Build Item Envenomed Executioner Envenomed Executioner
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow

Apollo Jungle Build

Build Item Seer Of The Jungle Seer Of The Jungle
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Fail-Not Fail-Not
Build Item Devoted Deathbringer Devoted Deathbringer
Build Item Dominance Dominance
Build Item Demon Blade Demon Blade

High Odysseus Bow Damage

Notes this is probably not a good build I put here just for fun

Notes

this is probably not a good build I put here just for fun

Build Item Death's Temper Death's Temper
Build Item Devourer's Gauntlet Devourer's Gauntlet
Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Odysseus' Bow Odysseus' Bow
Build Item The Ferocious Executioner The Ferocious Executioner
Build Item Dominance Dominance

High Cooldown Reduction + Crits + Full % pen

Build Item Transcendence Transcendence
Build Item Fail-Not Fail-Not
Build Item Hydra's Lament Hydra's Lament
Build Item Malicious Deathbringer Malicious Deathbringer
Build Item Titan's Bane Titan's Bane
Build Item Bumba's Hammer Bumba's Hammer

Axe Of Animosity Build

Notes probably only good against teams with so many frontliners

Notes

probably only good against teams with so many frontliners

Build Item Axe of Animosity Axe of Animosity
Build Item Asi Asi
Build Item Crimson Claws Crimson Claws
Build Item Envenomed Executioner Envenomed Executioner
Build Item Qin's Sais Qin's Sais
Build Item Silverbranch Bow Silverbranch Bow

Counter Item Options

Build Item Magi's Cloak Magi's Cloak
Build Item Toxic Blade Toxic Blade
Build Item Bloodforge Bloodforge
Build Item Envenomed Executioner Envenomed Executioner

Relic Options

Build Item Purification Beads Purification Beads
Build Item Aegis Amulet Aegis Amulet
Build Item Golden Shard Golden Shard
Build Item Wing Shard Wing Shard

Alternate Starter Items

Build Item Gilded Arrow Gilded Arrow
Build Item Leather Cowl Leather Cowl
Build Item Death's Toll Death's Toll
Build Item Manikin Scepter Manikin Scepter
Build Item Warrior's Axe Warrior's Axe

Apollo's Skill Order

So Beautiful

1 X Y
So Beautiful
1 4 6 7 9

Serenade

2 A B
Serenade
3 13 14 15 16

The Moves

3 B A
The Moves
2 8 10 11 12

Across The Sky

4 Y X
Across The Sky
5 17 18 19 20
So Beautiful
1 4 6 7 9

So Beautiful

1 X
Apollo strums a single cord on his lyre. It's so beautiful it hurts, and all enemies in a long range line take damage.

Ability Type: Line, Damage
Damage: 90 / 150 / 210 / 270 / 330 (+90% of your Physical Power)
Cost: 70 / 75 / 80 / 85 / 90
Cooldown: 11s
Serenade
3 13 14 15 16

Serenade

2 A
Apollo uses his amazing voice to mesmerize all nearby enemies and bolster himself with additional Protections. Any damage done breaks the effect.

Ability Type: Circle, Mesmerize
Mesmerize Duration: 1.5 / 1.7 / 1.9 / 2.1 / 2.3s
Protections: 10 / 15 / 20 / 25 / 30
Buff Lifetime: 5s
Radius: 20
Cost: 75
Cooldown: 17 / 16 / 15 / 14 / 13s
The Moves
2 8 10 11 12

The Moves

3 B
Apollo runs forward and slides on his knees, dealing damage, knocking aside all enemies and adding a stack of Audacity for each enemy hit. At the end of the slide, the movement speed is decreased for enemies and increased for himself and allies.

Ability Type: Dash, Buff, Damage
Damage: 70 / 115 / 160 / 205 / 250 (+60% of your Physical Power)
Movement Speed Buff/Debuff: 15 / 17.5 / 20 / 22.5 / 25%
Buff Duration: 3s
Cost: 70
Cooldown: 15s
Across The Sky
5 17 18 19 20

Across The Sky

4 Y
Apollo rides his chariot across the sky, choosing when to land, dealing damage every .15s for .6s as he lands. Enemies hit by the last tick of the landing will also be knocked up.

Ability Type: Circle, Knockup, Damage
Damage Per Tick: 70 / 95 / 120 / 145 / 170 (+25% of your Physical Power)
Range/Radius: 60/20
Cost: 20 + 35 / 40 / 45 / 50 / 55 per second
Cooldown: 110s

Apollo Threats

Tap each threat level to view Apollo’s threats

Max
4
Major
4
Even
5
Minor
0
Tiny
0

Apollo Synergies

Tap each synergy level to view Apollo’s synergies

Ideal
1
Strong
1
OK
0
Low
0
None
0

Introduction

Hey, SmiteFire community! My name is Ozanoku I've been playing smite for years and I spent almost 5000 hours of my life in this game. I am not a professional player and I am still learning new things about the game. Yet, I am willing to share my experiences and thoughts with you. This is going to be an Apollo guide. I love playing Apollo because he has a global ultimate (who doesn't like to ride a chariot across the sky?) and also he is not so hard to play. I believe that Apollo needed a fresh guide and some attention after all that visual rework and item changes.In this guide, I won't just focus on Conquest, I will try to cover every mode as much as possible. Apollo is a consistent hunter he has always been a strong pick. Even after nerfs he still performs really well. He is mainly played in ADC role but I will also give examples of possible roles that he can be played such as Apollo jungle.
art by MarmaduX-Smite and Pachi

Pros & Cons

PROS

-High single target damage.
-High Mobility
-Safe to play
-Can do split push
CONS

-Mana hungry ultimate
-Item dependant
- Apollo can be trapped/blocked by enemy objects
-Loses lane pressure against some hunters ( Izanami Anhur etc.)

Apollo's Abilities



Passive: Audacity "♫Me-me-me-me-me-me-me!♫"

This passive helps you cap your attack speed even before the late game which allows you to make more use of items that have on-hit effects such as Qin's Sais Odysseus' Bow or Silverbranch Bow as you start to cap your attack speed limits.

Tips:
-The more enemies you hit with your damaging abilities the more stacks you get.




1. Ability: So Beautiful "♫ Plays his lyre ♫"

This ability is Apollo's one and only wave clear ability. You should be leveling up this ability first and maxing it out first. This ability is often underestimated but it does so much unexpected damage.

Tips:
-It is a great ability to do killing blows, secure kills.
-It goes through walls.
-It can be used to steal objectives, jungle camps.





2. Ability: Serenade "♫ Aaaah! ♫"

This ability can be used both aggressively and defensively. It has a short range around Apollo.

Tips:
-You should use this ability to cancel the channeling abilities of enemy gods. For example, Guan Yu uses his Taolu Assault on you, You can stop him with this ability.
Chanelling ability examples: Nike's Rend Ares' Searing Flesh Cabrakan's Tremors
-Keep this ability as long as you can and not waste it early. In case enemies collapse on you and gank you.
-This ability gives you physical protection, when you are 1vs1 ing in your lane you can pop this ability during a fight when enemies aren't in your range.





3. Ability: The Moves "♫ Yeah! Hahaha! ♫"

This ability can be used both aggressively and defensively as well. It is a dash that deals damage to enemies also slows them. It also increases your and your allies' movement speed.

Tips:
-Try not to use this ability aggressively when you can't make sure whether it's safe or not.
-Try to hit as many enemies as possible with this ability as it increases your Audacity for each enemy hit.





4. Ability: Across The Sky "♫ Woooo! ♫"

His ultimate ability can be used in so many different ways
: chasing the enemies down, ganking, going back to your lane, rotating, escaping, avoiding enemy ultimates (Ares', Cerberus'), objective stealing, objective defending (fire giant, gold fury, etc.), split pushing, and more...

Tips:
-Do not dive in multiple people even when you guarantee a kill it would most likely not be worth it.
-When you are to land your ultimate on an enemy god, do not hurry! Wait for them to use their dashes, leaps then land your ultimate.
-Use this ability to to distract enemies while they are doing objectives such as fire giant or try to steal it!
-Check your mana before ulting, your ultimate costs mana every second and you are forced to land when you run out of mana and possibly find yourself surrounded by enemies depending on where you will be touching the ground.

General Playstyle

Apollo is an auto-attack focused hunter, therefore his itemization mainly focuses on gearing towards his auto attacks on not ability power. He utilizes attack speed builds that include Silverbranch Bow very well, due to his passive Audacity, which will help in getting a substantial amount of extra power by over capping his attack speed. He is a high mobility god, with a global ultimate, a basic attack stim with his passive and self peel. Just like every other ADC Apollo's primary objective is to farm and get ready for the late game. Because of his global ultimate, Apollo should be on the lookout for ganking opportunities. For example when there is an enemy running away with low hp. That means free exp and gold for you. In teamfights you should position really well and always try to hit autoattacks so you can stack your passive. Early Game
Apollo has a decent early game. His lane clear isn't the worst.

-If you have pressure on your enemies early game you should keep pressuring them as Apollo. Call for ''Attack'' and dash in once you have level lead upon your enemies. Be careful with the ganks though.
-If enemies have pressure on you and you have a hard time clearing your wave, keep back until you feel confident to fight. Mid Game

This phase begins as you get your first 2-3 items, which would most likely be an item that would keep you alive such as Devourer's Gauntlet and a crit item that would provide you with crit chance.

-Now that you have items, you can surprise enemy squishies with your ult and kill them.
-You can start rotating to different lanes and call for objectives.
-Look for possible fights in the mid lane
-Try to destroy towers Late Game

In this phase, you completely leave your lane and always stay as a team or split push.

-Be where you are needed, he is great at shredding objectives. So, you shouldn't be farming for exp&gold when your team is grouping on Firegiant.
-If you know that the enemy team is doing Firegiant and you can't help it... Split Push! Apollo is one of the best split pushers in smite due to his ultimate.

General Build Info & Conquest

In terms of popularity, Apollo in Conquest (ranked) takes 38 place among all gods, 6 place among Hunters, by Win Rate Apollo in 53 place among all gods and 10 among Hunters

Apollo's builds uses attack speed items mostly and he is the best user of Silverbranch Bow because of %100 attack speed increase on his passive Audacity. We will be using that item a lot, since he easily caps his attack speed.

Item 1/ Starters
We have 3 options here: Death's Toll Leather Cowl Gilded Arrow
Every one of these work really well on Apollo.. Depending on play your playstyle, you can select any of these and feel good.
I personally like Leather Cowl because of the movement speed and lifesteal. Plus its upgrades are really good not only for you but also for your team. You should build Gilded Arrow If you want to build Devoted Deathbringer because of the crit chance increase it gives when you upgrade it to Ornate Arrow you can also earn more gold by building this starter. You just need to do the killing blow on selected targets. I also like Death's Toll because it is safe and gives you mana and health back on successful hits. Since Apollo is really good at basic attacking, you can easily make us of it.

Item 2/ Sustain
The second item you need should be a lifesteal item to keep you alive in the lane and help you farm more. Devourer's Gauntlet With the new stacking changes in season 11 this item became even more popular and it's too good not to build. It gives you the power spike you need and sustain to stay in lane. If you don't want to stack I recommend you build Asi. Asi gives you so much lifesteal with its passive. Asi saved my life in teamfights so many times and it's a really good item. 45 physical power is also really good and should not be slept on.

When asi activates it has a visual effect (a pink vortex) around your god that lets you know when it activates.

Item 3/ More Power, Pen
As the third item, you should get an item that would give you a power spike. You should be able to clear camps, minions, and shred tanks. Build Envenomed Executioner or Demon Blade at this stage. Envenomed Executioner helps you with a decent protection reduction and green glyph provides you with antiheal which is really good in 1v1 lane fights as hunters always build some sorf of lifesteal. Demon Blade lets you do crit attacks and gives you movement speed and most importantly gives you %10 penetration
Item 4,5/ More pen!
At this stage, it is almost late game and you start to group up for teamfights. You should be getting Silverbranch Bow because you begin to cap your attack speed and for % penetration it has. If you want to build Silverbranch Bow later or not build it at all you can go for Dominance or Qin's Sais here. Item 6/ Situational Item

You should end your build carefully by checking enemy team's build and comps here.
If you don't need an extra situational item that you really need. You can finish your build with Silverbranch Bow if you haven't built it. Or Dominance or Qin's Sais. You can still decide to go more crits if the enemy team isn't so tanky and you can reach their backline. In this case you should build Devoted Deathbringer

Situational Items

Toxic Blade & Envenomed Executioner : Build this item when there are lots of healing in enemy team such as Sylvanus, Hades , Anubis...

Magi's Cloak: When Purification Beads isn't enough you can get this item. It provides you with a shield that negates the next enemy crowd control effect on you.

Bloodforge: If you are comfortable shredding enemies, but you need more safety. Get this item, it gives you more lifesteal and so much power. It gives you a shield when you get kills.

Aegis Amulet: It is wise to get this relic when the enemy team have burst damage characters like Poseidon , Scylla
Purification Beads: You should get this relic almost every game, it is hard to find a matchup that there is no stun in enemy team.
Cloak of Meditation: This relic is a great option in assault since you cannot return to base. Also can be picked up in other modes but its only good in the early game.

Assault

In terms of popularity, Apollo in Assault takes 66 place among all gods, 20 place among Hunters, by Win Rate Apollo in 108 place among all gods and 21 among Hunters

Apollo Struggles a little bit in early game assault. However in late game he starts to shred everyone and carries games. There is one thing about apollo that many gods don't have in assault. It is that he can return to base without giving enemy players a kill by using his ultimate. Just use your ultimate and land on enemy phoenix or fountain.

Assault Start:
Death's Toll Griffonwing Earrings Healing Potion x2 Multi Potion Cloak of Meditation or Purification Beads / Golden Shard or Wing Shard

Full Assault Build:
Death's Toll Griffonwing Earrings Qin's Sais Odysseus' Bow Dominance Devoted Deathbringer

Joust

In terms of popularity, Apollo in Joust (ranked) takes 110 place among all gods, 22 place among Hunters, by Win Rate Apollo in 105 place among all gods and 19 among Hunters.

Apollo is a late game character and in joust these characters are not picked most of the time. I still think in right hands apollo can do really well no matter what. In joust apollo can secure and protect Bull demon king with his ultimate and can do backdoor with his ultimate.

Joust Start:
Griffonwing Earrings Healing Potion x2 Multi Potion x2 Purification Beads / Golden Shard or Wing Shard

Full Joust Build:
Griffonwing Earrings Devourer's Gauntlet Dominance Qin's Sais Demon Blade Silverbranch Bow

Final Considerations

My final considerations are that Apollo is always a strong pick, especially in modes that you need to destroy towers and kill objectives. He is very versatile and can help a team in so many aspects. He can easily split push, shred objectives, steal or protect objectives. His abilities are easy to land and he is so fun to play.

Thank you for reading this guide. I am always open to feedback and improvements.
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Joladuda | March 7, 2024 3:50am
the best build on apollo rn
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Ozanoku (1) | March 13, 2024 4:39am
thank you so much!
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Punisher1522 | June 4, 2023 7:46pm
good
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Falcrus (3) | March 25, 2022 3:58am
this is big and well rounded guid as for beginning
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Ozanoku (1) | March 25, 2022 10:48am
Thanks!
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